Wow, here we are. Finally at the end or at the beginning depending on when you are discovering this project. There's quite a bit of variety contained in this list. Marvel Legends, DC Universe Classics, minimates, playsets, accessories, Justice League Unlimited and Timmverse figures, Marvel Universe and Toy Biz 5 inch figures and so much more. I intentionally jumped around from toyline to toyline to maintain a bit of variety in the selection rather than one category all at once. If there is a specific line that interests you more than other simply use the search function and type in 365 followed by the name of the line. This will help filter out the items you want to see most. I've said it regularly throughout the year that my collection is a mish-mosh of toys created from all types of media. I'm rather proud of what was accomplished over 2015 and the way the project turned out. All things may not be for everyone but I believe there is something nostalgic here for everyone.
Although I plan to continue to showcase any new customs that I make or buy in this blog it will no longer be daily entries. The host that I use for my site has gone through some format changes throughout the year and it has become increasingly challenging to post my daily entries because of a lousy app upgrade. Stay tuned, there are quite a few things in the works. As of this entry I am working with a few different artists to assemble a complete roster of Marvel Legends X-Men from the 60's through the 90's. I am also always looking for quality customizers to help me build my collection. I have a list of about 150 customs that I would like to have made to give my collection a unique feel. I don't call the site Pop Culture Hoard for nothing. Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy what is here. Feel free to use the contact tab if you have any questions about anything you see here. Well, with the exception of my Pup Named Scooby Doo figures, I receive a lot of requests from people looking to buy them or to contact the artist who made them. Unfortunately they are a one and done item and are not available for sale.
I end with the project with Minimate versions of the Scooby Gang. Daphne was chosen to be last because she is my favorite member of the gang.. As with all of my Minimate customs they were crafted by Psyguy who is a genius at customizing figures. I did dedicate March of 2015 to a portion of my Minimate collection but the Scooby gang was chosen to be last because they were my first love as a child. They spawned several other pet detective teams for Hanna Barbera but none of which have endured the way Scooby Doo has. I would have loved to own toys from Scooby Doo as a child but back then the only options were puzzles, colorforms and coloring books. Figures were made until the 90's. They have more than made up for that shortfall since. I wanted to have a collection of figures that represented all of my favorite pet detectives growing up in one consistent toyline and scale. That has been achieved with Minimates. They are one of my most unique collections and are very special to me.
In closing I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy 2016 and thank of all you who have supported this project and website from the beginning. I've only just begun. Stick around to see what's next!
Eartha was harder than she needed to be. Her head is a casting from a Marvel Legends X-23. Her ears are taken from Julie's head. The braid and hair were sculpted as two separate pieces. I struggled to paint her face, eyes and eyebrows. She still needs a mask. He cheeks are too full to accurately represent Eartha as her cheeks were sunken in under those high cheekbones but the Mattel Batman '66 aren't exactly perfect likeness of the actors they represent so she works.
I was pleased with the way my Neal Adams X-Men customs turned out with the blue highlights that I decided to give a Black Widow custom the same treatment. I reached out to IBMMT over on eBay and ordered the Judith Chambers head with bangs and red hair. For the body I used an Ant Man series Wasp figure with the belt and stingers donated from a Toy Biz Widow. The blue highlights are done with paint marker.
A Custom A Day....365 days of custom figures Day 359 - Betsy Braddock as Captain Britain Minimate by Psyguy
It's Christmas and what better way to acknowledge that than with a gift. I have been fortunate to have spent the past 5 years working with Psyguy on my Hanna Barbera Minimate collection but our common interest lies in Miss Betsy Braddock, Psylocke. When I first encountered Psyguy over at the Minimate Multiverse he had just started out as a customizer but had a natural gift for wonderfully persnickety custom Minimate of Marvel females. I contacted him to render a 1st X-men appearance Betsy in her pink costume for me. He has rendered several other Marvel ladies for me over the years as well, all of which can be found throughout this project. He was gracious enough to make this Betsy as Captain Britain as a gift. I love the idea that it was a Psylocke that he made for me using the first female long hairpiece, it ties back to the idea that Psylocke is what started this wonderful custom universe he has created for me. She's a very special piece of my collection.
Iceman's belt. I never liked the belt so I decided to render it extremely bulky and obnoxious by using a WWE belt with a bit of sculpt. It rests on his hips and can be removed to display him both with and without it.
A Custom A Day.... 365 days of custom figures Day 357 - DC Universe Classics Rainbow Raider by TitanTrap Customs
Hasbro listens. The fans complained that the line was lacking in females and villains so every wave of Marvel Legends figures gets at least two villains and two females. Mattel and DC Collectibles have yet to get the memo. Maybe it was the untimely demise of Club Infinite Earths. Maybe it is the idea that females and C-list villains don't sell. Who knows but the DC Universe figure collection is lacking in villains. Fortunately TitanTrap Customs has a thing for Golden & Silver Age heroes and villains. Something that hasn't been a focus since the days of DC Direct.
A Custom A Day....365 days of custom figures Day 356 - Batman: The Animated Series Bruce Wayne by The Guff
Bruce is a custom that you don't see very often. He's perfectly rendered in his look from the first Bruce Timm animated series. He appears to use the Lex Luthor body from the DC Super Heroes line from Toy Biz.
A Custom A Day....
I began toy collecting as a hobby back in 1990 I have always had a
need for custom figures. Toy companies begin action figure lines, begin
to release individual characters to create teams and, more often than
not leave them incomplete. Many collectors find that custom figures
pollute their collection's authenticity by not being mass produced
creations from the toy companies that created the preexisting toy lines.
I disagree. I feel a quality custom action figure enhances a
collection and help create a complete picture.