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Playing Santa: JOY TO THE WORLD!

In our final PLAYING SANTA installment, Deane and Rod Keith treat themselves to a little holiday cheer.

Emphasis on little.


Deane: Bah Humbug.

Rod Keith: What’s that?

Deane: Bah Humbug.  I’m sitting here, reading my METAL MEN DC COMICS ARCHIVES, looking at my MATTEL METAL MEN figures, and saying “Bah Humbug: they left out Doc Magnus”.

Rod Keith: Right!  It’s hard to imagine that Doc Magnus, creator of the Metal Men, wasn’t included as a figure.  Doc is a no-brainer, and even Toyguru has said that the Metal Men (like the Doom Patrol’s Chief) is incomplete without their leader. How hard would it have been to include him in the sub?

Deane: As the Ghost of MATTEL Subscriptions Past, I would say it was the cost of a new head sculpt.

Rod Keith: Alright, so here is my holiday gift to myself:

Rod Keith: Doc’s body is just a simple Black Mask suit buck (which is different than every other jacket we’ve had so far, btw). I trimmed off the clasp that holds the coat together, repainted the shirt and tie, and obviously the jacket. Oh, that tweed!  Hands are from a MM Harvey Dent.

Deane: I’m so happy not to be seeing Aquaman’s or Superman’s noggin.

Rod Keith: Yes, Mr. Grinch: the head is from Matter Eater Lad, which I recognized at once, with that lop-sided smirk, that the crooked mouth might look okay with a pipe. It involved re-working the bulged-out cheek, and re-styling the hair. But, hey Mattel, it’s a suit buck, a pipe and a new head. It’s not like you have to build a sentient, elastic robot with responsometers or anything.

Rod Keith: As for the pipe, I was having trouble finding something that would work, but I just happened by pure chance to stumble upon a leftover from someone’s custom Minimate pile, a half-finished spider thing, of which the leg was part toothpick. I pulled it out, re-shaped the putty ‘joint’ into the bowl of the pipe. Lucky. I’m sure there are 1:12 dollhouse size pipes out there though.

Deane:  For my Doc Magnus, I set my way-back machine to the DC Direct Metal Men PVC Set.  A set so massive I had to take two pictures:


Rod Keith: But those figures are 8 cm high.  What good is that going to do you?

Deane:  A-ha!  I used the remaining growing resin from our Chief project and enlarged the Doc Magnus head to match the scale of a MATTEL Black Mask figure:
I ground the Black Mask neck down to the shirt collar and there you have it: A novel Doc Magnus head sculpt!  I decided to go for Doc’s other tweed jacket, the mustard-yellow with diagonal checker tweed.  Oh, that tweed!
Rod Keith: You are an insane genius!
Deane: I take my METAL MEN very seriously.
Rod Keith: Wait, that’s not paint…
Deane: No, it’s automotive pinstripe tape.
Rod Keith: What in the …
Deane: You know how much I hate paint brushes: I used tape to make that jacket.  And I will never make another one again.
Rod Keith: What’s that, Ebenezer?
Deane: That jacket was the worst thing I have ever done and I shall never make another.  Humbug, I say!
Rod Keith: Almost forgot! Had to drill a little hole in Doc’s face to fit in the pipe. I’ve left it loose so it can come out and not snap if the custom ever topples.  And if anyone wants to know what Doc looks like without:

Deane: My pipe is 1mm metal wire and a chunk of plastic sprue from a model car kit.

Rod Keith: Nice!  What’s the Metal Men without their creator? Slightly less cool, that’s what!


Deane: Right!  Almost done!

Rod Keith: Erm.  There’s some figures missing in your picture.

Deane: No there aren’t: I’ve simply removed the figures that MATTEL made flawed.

Rod Keith: Oh, hasn’t this gone on long enough?  It’s almost 2014?

Deane: Nonsense.  Lead was never depicted as towering over his friends; Lead was portly.  Also, Tin was never as diminutive as MATTEL sculpted him.  I stand with the original classics.  I need to make THREE MORE METAL MEN:


Rod Keith: There’s no helping you.

Deane: Don’t be ridiculous: You’re going to help hold the resin molds.

Rod Keith: Happy New Year, everyone!

Deane: Happy New Year, and may all your metals be bright!


A special METAL MEN salute to Anthony Clark for the use of his PVC figure!


Filed under Deane Aikins, Rod Keith

Playing Santa: Silent Night, Final Night…

I love comics from the Nineties, in part because the moments of artistic brilliance were peppered with …intense fandom reaction.

I asked a hip young man, busting his ass to make his family right, what would be the one figure he’s always wanted.

I have no judgements about the answer.  Hey, baby- it’s someone’s dream figure.  If the Toy Faerie came and sat on your lap for a $20 and she gave you that figure, that one figure that you always wanted and this is what you wanted?

I say: Go with god.  Enjoy.  It’s not what I want the Toy Faerie to do be doing on my lap, but that’s what makes the world go around.

I think Geoff Johns would do good to remember this fact, from time to time.

I am a paint whore:  Look at these lovely lacquers!

Pop taught me how to use pin striping tape at an early age.  It sure beat the hell out of going to Third Grade…

Shoulder pads, etc, and we’re off to Santa Land:

And then it’s Jin-



Rock, baby.

Merry Christmas!

Grant’s bringing back the Nineties, Baby!


Filed under Deane Aikins