Occasionally, I ask folks “What’s the one character that you wish they made an action figure of?”
The answers are telling.
Some people have their answer straight up: they have THAT ONE character they’ve been waiting YEARS for a toy company to make. Others roll out the list (which breaks the rule, by the way. Only one.) For some, it takes a while to juggle the disbelief that maybe that figure really is about to show up and deciding who they really want.
I only think one or two couldn’t answer.
For Brian, the owner at DETROIT COMICS, he was pretty emphatic: Matt Wagner’s GRENDEL, as worn by the character Eppy Thatcher:
Now, I have only read the very first chapters of the book, and the GRENDEL BATMAN cross-over, so I needed to do some digging. Mr Wagner put out a series of statues over his career, so this helped:
Armed with these two pictures, I grabbed a DCUC Creeper, sanded down the body details, yanked off the carpet backpack and head, and sculpted those long foot trails. A fast coat of matte black and a roll of white pin stripping tape finished off the body.
I then cast a DCUC Starman resin head and a DC Direct Superwoman hood. I extended the back of the hood to trail off like the illustration and filled in the few details of a face on the Starman head.
Capes are always tricky for me. They need to look good, handle paint, be done quickly, and not cost a lot. The solution for Eppy Thatcher was to go dig up a DCUC Nekron (?) pelvis and skirt. The skirt was very ragged, just like Grendel’s cape.
In the above picture, you can see how it was coming together: the hood would need a little sculpting to adapt to the Creeper neck and Starman head. The Nekron skirt would wrap around the figure. I would have to sculpt the cape around the neck and shoulders, plus blend it to the plastic.
After a little bit of mess with epoxying the cape to the back and arms of the figure, I think we got the job done. The staff was made from a dowel, with metal foil forks.
Eppy Thatcher Grendel is now proudly perched above the cash register at DETROIT COMICS. Stop by and see evil up close.
How can you have a Hallowe’en Custom FIgure Countdown of Evil without the Devil?