- Morrison’s Doom Patrol by Dylan Pommer AKA Rust This World
I’m actually not very familiar with Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol. I tried reading it a time or two and just couldn’t figure it out. I guess that’s why I think this line up from Dylan Pommer is so rad. It’s weird and unexpected! The line-up includes Robotman, Negative Man, Mr. Nobody, Scissorman and Rhea Jones and look like they could go along with your DCUC figures pretty easily.
Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars by Sillof
Sillof did it again this time around (three times in fact as you’ll see on the list). His line of figures based on Ralph McQuarrie’s original Star Wars concept art looks sick. I wish he would have done a group shot to really show them off, but as usual, he does professional looking work you wish would get produced by the big companies. Why there isn’t and never has been a line of 6-inch Star Wars figures, I’ll never understand.
Darkwing Duck by DRG4
Hot damn, these are some great looking Darkwing Duck characters. From left to right you’ve got Taurus Bulba, Negaduck and Quarkerjack. It’s not easy to make toys based on cartoons and still nail the look while using existing figures. Mad props to DRG4!
M.U.S.C.L.E. by "The Warsman" aka Joel Klase
My memories of M.U.S.C.LE. from childhood revolve around a few of those little rubbery mini toys that my friends and I had, but I learned way more about them while working at ToyFare, enough to realize how cool these 3 3/4-inch customs by The Warsman are. Gotta love that he even did action features like the coiled guy and non-human designs like the cup and walkman.
Sillof's Daredevil Through The Ages
Hey look, it’s Sillof again! He stepped away from Star Wars just long enough to do a ridiculous amount of figures in a line he called Sillof’s Daredevil Through The Ages which included his renditions of DD as drawn by people who actually worked on the book like Jack Kirby and Gene Colan, but then he did Horn Head in other figure formats and then did these three figures: Daredevil by Mike Mignola, Matt Groening and Ed McGuiness.
300 by Industrial
NECA did a great job with the 300 license, but as a toy fan, I prefer articulation to statue-like posing, so Industrial’s trio of Spartans from 300 (Stelios, Leonidas and Dilios) gets my full support. Articulation forever!
Marvel Legends Stranger Than Fiction by Raynir's Custom Action Figures and the JP FrenchLegend ML Collection
These Marvel Legends customs by Raynir’s Custom Action Figures and the JP FrenchLegend ML Collection are just fantastically weird. The wave includes Mandrill, Griffin, Psycho Man, Quasimodo and Stranger. The way I’ve approached the few customs I’ve done is “I don’t think I’ll ever see this version of this character get a figure, so I’m going to do it myself.” I like when customizers do the same thing by Frankensteining pieces together, especially when they turn out this good. I want that Griffin!
Guardians Of The Galaxy by K&L Customs
Guardians Of The Galaxy was one of my favorite Marvel books around the time I got laid off. Not having a lot of extra scratch to spend on comics it went to the wayside like just about everything else, but this collection of figures by K&L Customs makes me want to get back into the book. Check the link to see who’s who.
Thundarr The Barbarian by BullyBoy
BullyBoy‘s Thundarr The Barbarian customs are interesting. I like that he took a different approach than just straight-up mimicking the animated style. His renditions of Ariel, Thundarr and Ookla make me want to rewatch that cartoon, which I LOVED as a kid.
Furyous Basterds MiniMates by Bob Harris
Here’s a short list of things I love: MiniMates, Nick Fury, Comics, Mash-Ups and Quentin Tarantino. So, yeah, I like Bob Harris‘ Furyous Basters line of Marvel MiniMates that seems to combine Marvel characters with World War II and steampunk for some reason. The lineup includes Hawkeye, Wolverine, Thor, Nick Fury, Cable and Iron Man.
Star Wars 1942 by Sillof
And here we’ve got the last CustomCon 26 entry on the list: Sillof’s second series of Star Wars 1942 figures which includes WWII versions of C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan, Stormtrooper, Vader and Boba Fett to go along with the first round of figures. These bad boys made the rounds last week pretty heavily and you know why? Cause they’re awesome.
I’ve actually got an idea for a CustomCon line I’d like to see about getting ready for an upcoming event. I’m just waiting to see if a certain line of toys goes on super sale. Things are looking up, so hopefully I can make it happen!