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Old 26-12-2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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As a kid growing up in the 1960s I was lucky to be part of the first generation of kids who had action figures, or dolls for boys. Obviously going on into the 1970s it was Mego too along with Action Man so I grew up with figures of almost all of my TV, comic and film heroes. However there were many who were not produced. Over the last five years or so many on line sellers and shops have begun to sell sculpts of various characters never officially produced as figures. I decided to try my hand and have really enjoyed doing it. There are guys way better than me who sell stuff and often get big money for them but for me it is just a hobby. Some are little more than head paints popped onto a figure with outfits already available while others are pretty much hand made from top to bottom. Some I try to do in the more modern Sideshow, Hot Toys, Dragon style while others are done to kind of look like an old Mego doll but perhaps a little more authentic than they'd have done them. Any of you other guys into this sort of thing or have projects on the drawing board?

This is basically just a head paint from me. Chris King kindly put me in touch with the person who made his outfit. Thanks Chris.


This is a resin cast of the rubber head that came on the kid's walkie talkie set a few years back. All I did was paint it and dress him in some Dragon and Action Man stuff. The jacket is a U-Boat Commander thing dyed black.



Just a head paint from me with a suit made by a US DR WHO fan who offers custom made outfits for these sort of figures.


A resin cast of the Palitoy head placed on a real deal Mego body with the CTVT space suit. It fits an original body much better than those new things they made.


A Sideshow Taylor figure from PLANET OF THE APES. I plan on working a new ID tag for him but this is of course Brent from BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES.


Another Sideshow type of figure. Daniel Craig from CASINO ROYALE in his tropical suit. Just a Barbie 'Ken' suit on a Dragon body with my head paint.



This is a Mego style TV Batman. This guys was done by me including the outfit and cape. The boots though were from an on line repro boots guy.


This is another kind of Sideshow thing as opposed to a 1970s Mego look. Aside from the boots and gloves I painted the head and sewed the outfit and made the belt too.

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Old 26-12-2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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Wow. Very, very nice.
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Old 26-12-2008, 09:56 PM   #3
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All excellent work Jim , it's hard to pick a favourite , but if you put a gun to my head ,it'd have to be the West Batman (Batmen?) and I'm not even a fan of the show! The majority of my projects nowadays tend to be of the 1/6 figure variety as you can spend as little or as much time as you want to get a result .
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Old 27-12-2008, 07:47 AM   #4
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Hard to pick a favourite, I really like the second doctor and the first batman in particular.
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Old 27-12-2008, 09:28 AM   #5
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Thanks for checking these out fellas. I was pretty happy with the outcome. I recommend anyone to take a shot at a project like this if you are into action figures and fancy owning a character that is unavailable officially. The TV Batman is a favourite of mine and is actually a fairly simple character to do even with the belt and outfit if you take a bit of time on it. For me I guess he is my favourite along with Straker as they were guys I wanted an action figure of since I was a child big time. Thanks again for looking.
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Old 27-12-2008, 04:50 PM   #6
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The James Franciscus one is sheer genius! I love it!!
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Old 27-12-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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Thanks! Like I said all I do is paint the heads no sculpting. I do costume work mostly on super-hero figures with capes, belts and jumpsuits so that's all I can take credit for. The Franciscus head was very well done though and for me far better than the Sideshow one and came out really well I think. I managed to nab a cheap Sideshow Taylor but wished it had been a Brent as all I would need to do is stick the new head on.

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Old 28-12-2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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They're all great, but my favourites are Ed and Pat.
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Old 28-12-2008, 09:50 PM   #9
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This is an ideal subject, i am buying these dragon type dolls for the project i'm doing, although its a slow going process, i have maybe 12 of these 1/6 scale dolls.. i have the head of the second doll pictured actually.
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Old 28-12-2008, 10:29 PM   #10
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Thanks Mark. That's high praise coming from a fella with your talent. Cheers. So Firefly what particular figures do you have on the go then. Any in progress shots? The Troughton head is very well sculpted and a good likeness but a little stern I feel. I'd have prefered the more benign knowing half-smile he often had but I ain't really complaining. If you want to exchange 'recipes' on this sort of thing just give us a shout.

Sorry! Just realised the second figure you mentioned is Eccleston! This was originally the head meant for a 12 Inch action figure of The Doctor but when he left the show Character Group decided to do a cheap walkie talkie set using the sculpt. It looks pretty naff but a decent cast of it which is then turned out in resin can be turned into a good likeness. I'd loved to have seen how the real one may have turned out had he stayed for longer than one series.

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Very, very nice!
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Some nice figures there, I particulary like the Pat Troughton However the Taylor figure though looks more like James Brolin than Charlton Heston to me. Its still rather nice though.
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:16 PM   #13
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Thanks Tony. It isn't Charlton Heston. As I mentioned it is a Brent, or James Franciscus head, on a Taylor body that I need to change the name tag on but thanks for checking him out.
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Nice going!...I have 2 complete Palitoy sets of the S1999 Megos. I also have complete Martian Chronicles dolls, which are RARE on cards. I had to brag.
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:32 AM   #15
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Thanks CaptainHyper. Seeing as there is a seperate thread about original toys, this one being about custom made figures, how about posting some shots of your SPACE:1999 figures over there and that set of MARTIAN CHRONICLES figures too. Sharing stuff for others to see isn't bragging so please do put up some images. I would love to see your stuff. Chris King has already posted his SPACE:1999 dolls but the more the merrier I say. Are they alll carded or loose? Whatever it would be nice to see them on the TOYS FROM CHILDHOOD thread. Please do post some images of what are some great figures.

http://www.eagletransporter.com/foru...6167#post96167

Here is the thread. There are some superb things on there.

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Old 12-01-2009, 08:36 PM   #16
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Does anyone know where you can buy furniture for 1/6 scale figures?, such as chairs, tables, beds etc. I've tried e bay, and the options are limited.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:31 PM   #17
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There are tons of bits and pieces. Toilets, beds, wardrobes, kitchens, tables the lot. Use SINDY or Barbie in the search. Obviously very 'girly' and often pink or expensive if you go for vintage stuff but it's there if you look. Same as in the High St or in your local retail park ,any toy shop that does larger Barbie accessories will do furniture for the play sets and houses they make. Beyond that and for everyday looking or perhaps futuristic stuff you are going to have to do it yourself I reckon. Best of luck.
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You might want to try http://onesixthdepot.com. Lots of interesting stuff to browse.
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Thanks guys, your help is very important.
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Old 15-01-2009, 09:42 PM   #20
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Continuing with the custom thread and as a little tribute to the late Patrick McGoohan here is the first custom figure I ever made. This guy started me off on the whole custom thing about five years ago when I saw the heads for sale on line. I decided to buy one and see if i could paint it well enough to bother with the outfit and stuff. For a first attempt I was more than pleased and he in fact accompanied me on one of my regular trips to Portmeirion where he was photographed outside 'his' old house! Obviously people thought I was mental but to quote Catherine Tate "Bovvered??"
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