Rex is another 80/90's toon villain I've been wanting to tackle for a while, but kept going back to the drawing board because I couldn't find just the right parts. He's the big bad from Dinosaucers. The Amazing Spider-Man Lizard figure proved a "good enough" base, though I'm disappointed he lacks the standard Joe torso and hip articulation. He's got enough armor to hide those short comings though, and really came to life when I started to detail him. I opted for a more subdued brown and purple over his toon gear's blue and orange, and went with a darker, truer red for his skin tone to make him a little more viscous.
He was made for the big Group Projects recap at joecustoms.com, and you can read how I wove him into the "Dino-Hunters" project here.
Jurassic Park T-rex - Head, Feet
Jurassic Park Velociraptor - Hunting Raptor
ASM Lizard - Base Figure
Pablo-Jill - Hands
Nemesis Immortal - Chest Armor
Storm Shadow - Lower Armor
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Mumm-Ra, host to the Ancient Spirits of Evil, from the Thunder Cats. Thunder Cats maintained an odd mythology to me when I was a kid... the world building in it was very specific, but unlike Star Wars, GI Joe, or TMNT, there wasn't a ton of back up material to fill you in, whether or not it adhered to the same canon as the 'toon. As I kid, I always took "Third Earth" to mean the 3rd planet from the sun, and that it was our Earth, but either far in the future or far in the past. And I loved that... the Egyptian imagery was so creepy and cool, and Mumm-Ra and his transformation was one of the few cartoon villains that I remember actually scaring me a little bit back then. At any rate, he's always been a favorite and I wanted to incorporate him into my custom collection.
He's not radically different than his original cartoon design, but I think this is him either long before we see him in Thunder Cats, before his "real" form has decayed into the small, shriveled mummy... or maybe even after, and he's able to maintain the form of "The Ever-Living" and is constant host to the Ancient Spirits of Evil.
Frost Giant - Base Figure
Serpentor - Wrap
Nikto Gunner Nysad - Headpiece