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Zoinks!! It’s the Walking Dead!! (Scooby Doo/Walking Dead crossover figures)

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It’s the Walking Dead spin-off series we all want to see!!  A band of four mismatched teenagers and their dog, on the road in a beat-up old van, doing their best to survive in a world plagued by the walking dead!!

These figures are only the first phase of a big project.  I’ll also be making a road-weary, blood-soaked Mystery Machine, and a “street corner” diorama to be on display in this year’s Chaos Theory art exhibit at the Henning Cultural Center in Sulphur, LA.

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Shaggy 01 front
Shaggy – For his body, I used the comic book Rick Grimes figure.  I replaced his stump with a hand from a Glenn figure.  The head came from a Doctor Who 11th Doctor/Matt Smith figure.

Shaggy 02 body & head

I had to grind off the neck to match the body’s articulation.  The Doctor Who and Walking Dead collections are both 5” scale, but they’re still not a perfect match.  I had to grind down the jaw and chin to make the head appear proportional to the body.  I also added a few extra flyaway locks of hair to make him look more “shaggy”.  I sculpted his goatee.  The belt and holster were already a part of the original Rick figure.

Shaggy 03 fusion

Shaggy 04 left

Shaggy 05 back

Shaggy 06 right

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Daphne 01 front
Daphne – For the body I used TV Andrea, with the head of comic book Andrea.

Daphne 02 body & head

Daphne 03 fusion

Daphne 04 left

Daphne 05 back

Daphne 06 right

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Velma 01 front
Velma – This one is made from a Maggie Greene figure.  I sculpted some bangs.  The glasses came from the aged 11th Doctor/Matt Smith head that was packed with the “Time of the Doctor” figure set.  I wanted to use them as they were, but the round lenses looked too big and fake.  I had to gently grind the lenses down into a rectangular shape.

Velma 02 body & head

Velma 03 fusion

Velma 04 front

Velma 05 left

Velma 06 back

Velma 07 right

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Fred 01 front
Fred – For the body, I used TV Rick Grimes (series 6) with the head of Steve Hart from the Primeval collection, made by the same company that makes the Doctor Who figures.

Fred 02 body & head

Being in the same exact scale as the Doctor Who figures, I had to do the same modifications as Shaggy by removing the neck and grinding down the jaw and chin to appear proportional.  I had a conundrum with Fred; ascot or not?  I rolled it around in my head.  Could I give him a cartoon-accurate ascot without it looking like a joke?  No, I couldn’t.  I thought about tying a bandanna around his neck, but that just felt like I was trying too hard.  I ended up going with a dirty white button-up shirt with a light blue collar, with a bit of an orange t-shirt peeking out of the neck, just to give it that touch of orange where the ascot should be.

Fred 03 fusion

Fred 04 left

Fred 05 back

Fred 06 right

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Scooby 01 front
Scooby Doo – I used a Schliech “Great Dane” figurine.

Scooby 02 figure

I painted him brown, and added black spots where the actual Scooby Doo figure has them.  I noticed that from left to right they were perfectly mirrored for easy cel flipping in the animation process.  I went ahead and varied the size and placement on my version to make it more realistic.  I sculpted the collar and diamond-shaped tag.

Scooby 03 fusion

Scooby 04 left

scooby 05 back

Scooby 06 right

group Shaggy & Scoob

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group 02

group 03

Keep watching for Phase 2:  The Mystery Machine!!

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Customs on a Budget: Wun-Dar and Tri-Klops out of two Mo-Larrs

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What do you mean you’ve never heard the legend of “Wonder Bread He-Man”, one of the most sought-after action figures in toy collecting history?!  Don’t worry, I’m about to fill this gap clearly left by our country’s education system.
01 Wun-Dar main
Back in 1981, Mattel teamed up with Wonder Bread to create an exclusive mail-away figure.  It was pretty much a cheap, nameless variant of the original He-Man figure.  They changed his colors up by giving him dark brown hair, black boots and a black belt.  They swapped his traditional “iron cross” armor for Zodac’s “Cosmic Enforcer” armor, cast in black plastic instead of it’s usual red.
02 Wonder Bread He-Man
Browsing through Ebay, you’ll find a few original Wonder Bread He-Man figures, ranging between $250 to $1,000+ depending on quality.  You’ll also find a number of fakes out there, where some clod repainted a standard vintage He-Man figure and tried to pass it off as a “Wonder Bread”.  (That’s not customizing. That’s LYING!)  Occasionally you’ll also see an auction for the actual Wonder Bread wrapper that had the promotional info printed on it. (30+ year old bread not included.  Usually.)  

Over the years, “Wonder Bread He-Man”, sometimes referred to by fans as “Savage He-Man”, has developed a mystique amongst MOTU collectors, as well as his own myths (both as a collectible and as a character) and even a fair amount of fan art and fan fiction.
03 Wun-Dar by Gerald Parel
In 2010, Mattel released a modern version in the Masters of the Universe Classics collection.  They gave him the official name of Wun-Dar, in tribute to his Wonder Bread roots.  As a subscriber exclusive, that rationed him out to “one per hard-core collector”, keeping his status must like his vintage predecessor as “rabidly sought after.”  Even this modern version is fetching as much as $250+ on Ebay.
04 Wun-Dar MOTUC
And that brings us to the the reason why we’re here today.  As with all my previous “Customs on a Budget”, I’m not dishing out over $200 for a figure.  Especially when his 80% body-double, Mo-Larr, can be bought for around $10 to $15 on Ebay.

I made a few changes to my version.  I used Dekker’s forearms to give him matching gauntlets rather than mirror He-Man’s mismatched ones.  Also, instead of using a MOTUC He-man head, I ordered the “Conan” head from Mat O’Toole.  It’s longer hair and gaunt face gave him the look of He-Man’s ancestor rather than his fraternal twin.

05 Wun-Dar front

06 Wun-Dar left

07 Wun-Dar back

08 Wun-Dar right

09 Wun-Dar above

10 Wun-Dar faceoff

Tri-Klops is another MOTUC figure that is going for $100 to $150+ on Ebay, making him another candidate for an “On a Budget” custom figure!
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Like Wun-Dar, Tri-Klops is also a Mo-Larr body double.  I ordered the cast head and torso armor from Karak Nul’s Customs.  I swapped out his gloved forearms with a second pair of Dekker forearms to match Tri-Klop’s gauntlets.
02 Tri-Klops WIP
As usual, I made a few changes on my version.  Instead of a flat green, I decided to go with metallic green on his armor.  I also used a peridot green for the accents on his armor, to give it a little more dimension.  I never liked the sherbet orange accessories, so I painted his gauntlets, belt and chest strap in copper instead. For reference, here’s the vintage figure, along with the modern figure.

01 Tri-Klops originals

I also added rhinestones to two of his eyes.  I almost added one to the red one, but I liked it more with just a big, black pupil.
03 Tri-Eyes
I also painted his sword in two-tone metallic green/peridot green.  You might notice I changed the handles on the sais on his back.  I would have preferred to leave them as they were, but I got a little rough and snapped the handles off by accident.  I replaced them with some little syringe tip covers. (Yay diabetic supplies!) 

04 Tri-Klops front

05 Tri-Klops left

06 Tri-Klops back

07 Tri-Klops right

08 Tri-Klops & the boys

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All my Hexes live in Texas: a Tex Hex Custom figure (Bravestarr)

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Bravestarr is a Filmation cartoon and toyline based on the concept of “a western in space” that premiered in 1987, predating Joss Whedon’s Firefly by 15 years.  It was a short-lived series (it was, in fact, Filmation’s final series before closing their studio) with a small fan base compared to others of it’s era like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe or Transformers, despite it’s top-notch animation and storytelling.  I personally think the series’s meager success was due to bad timing.  Bravestarr came along “after my time”.  I think that if it had been around earlier to tap into my generation’s steady diet of after-school cartoons, it would have found more success.

It was just a few months ago when I picked up the complete series of Bravestarr on DVD.  I found it for sale for $10, and bought it out of pure curiosity; no nostalgia invested besides an appreciation for it’s fellow Filmation cartoons.  I’m glad that I did.  It was downright brilliant.  The sarcastic banter between Marshall Bravestarr and 30-30, his “pardner” transforming cyborg mutant horse, was extremely well-written and actually funny.  The moral of the story that became an end-of-episode staple for He-Man was kicked up a notch with lessons that were downright multi-faceted.  They had topics that dealt with standing up for yourself and dealing with bullying that, quite honestly, every child should learn but would never be taught in today’s current political climate.

I have much more to say about that series, but I’ll save it for a future review.  Let’s get down to today’s custom figure, Bravestarr’s main villain, Tex Hex!

Tex Hex is an alien zombie cowboy.  (Really?)  Really.
02 Tex Hex art
According to the commentary on the Bravestarr DVD, Tex Hex was originally conceived as a one-episode villain for Filmation’s Ghost Busters cartoon.  (Not to be confused with The Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  The rivalry between these two could fill a future blog all by itself.)  The design department showed Filmation boss Lou Scheimer the design for Tex Hex, who was simply intended to be a ghost from the Old West, but it sparked an idea in Lou’s head.  He knew this “Tex Hex” was meant for bigger things.  He proceeded to spring an entire “western in space” concept from this character design.

As I started planning a Bravestarr collection of custom figures in my head, I intended from the very beginning that this set would be a part of the Masters of the Universe collection.  Are they of a “shared universe”?  Not officially, but some fans (like me) like to think so, and there has never been any reason not to… so there.  One of the drawbacks to customizing with MOTUC figures is that they don’t really have much diversity in body types.  The rivers of Eternia clearly flow with steroids.  So while I wanted the Bravestarr figures to match and blend in with the MOTUC collection, I was having a hard time keeping them accurate and true to their original designs.  Frankly, Tex Hex was a lanky dude, and I was having trouble finding a body to match him in the right scale.  Then I remembered when DC Direct produced some Justice Society of America figures that were deeply unpopular amongst collectors because they were so oversized compared to DC Direct’s standard scale.  We’re talking over a head taller than the average DC Direct figure, which managed to make them almost exactly the same size as the MOTUC figures.  It was some serious synchronicity when I noticed that Tex Hex and the golden age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) were practically wearing the same outfit.
03 GL & Tex
With a lot of carving, whittling, sanding and sculpting, I managed to conjure up an accurate Tex Hex body.
04 Tex WIP front05 Tex WIP back
But what about the head?  There was no such thing as a head sculpt that was going to be “close enough”.  The best I could find was “New Adventures” Skeletor, but I was going to have to give him a layer of skin, a nose, some eyeballs, some hair, and a bad-ass handlebar mustasche.
06 Tex WIP head
Here is the complete, fully painted custom figure of Tex Hex, the first of my Bravestarr collection.  I want to thank Evilmike for designing the 3D-printed Neutra Laser weapon, courtesy of Shapeways.

07 Tex front

08 Tex left

09 Tex back

10 Tex right

11 Tex above

12 Tex Neutra-laser

13 Skelly & Hex

14 Rio & Tex

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