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When Good Customs Go Bad.

Let me make one thing crystal clear before we go any further.

I could NEVER even come close to making a good custom action figure. That’s just a straight fact. I would never even dream of trying. Nothing but respect from me for those who try, and especially to those who actually make a couple bucks off of it.

That being said…

I’m not blind. I know what works for me, and I know what doesn’t. So here’s some customs that, while good ideas, in my opinion came out the opposite.

Ursa Major is one of my favorite under utilized Marvel mutants. In fact, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’m a pretty big Soviet Super Soldier fan in general. I’d love to see Marvel actually give them their due in plastic. But I would sincerely hope their due didn’t include Ursa looking like doo doo…

It’s like they set Grizzlor on fire.

Sometimes though it’s not that harsh. Sometimes it’s just one little tiny thing that throws everything off…

Onomatopoeia. Not exactly a character that’s ever going to get his own figure, and not exactly a character whose outfit is so easily screwed up. I mean, really, he just wears all black. And they nailed that.

It’s the target circles on his face that send the whole job south. They’re wavy and appear to have been done with an unsteady hand. It doesn’t drop this custom down to Ursa levels or anything, but it detracts from an otherwise perfect looking figure. And when your figure already has one strike against in terms of it’s perceived simplicity, that could break you.

Same problem is apparent here, on this Titanium Man custom from the creator of ol’ Ursa up there:

The armor looks great, but thank goodness the mask is removable, because the glowing eyes and mouth line make an otherwise realistic looking custom look cartoonish. It’s a little, little thing, but for an anal retentive jerk like me, it’s all the difference.

Another example of a little thing that can go wrong and throw off the whole custom would be proportions.

Terrax’s face already looks slightly suspect, but throw in that giraffe neck and forget about it. Or what about this custom Odin?

Setting aside his being in some sort of Conan outfit, and the unfinished (?) left arm and sword, there’s the fact that beneath this gigantic flowing beard appears to be one of the pinheads from Freaks. Yet check out that buy it now price…

And finally (for now):

I don’t think I need to explain why this Enchantress makes the (low) cut.

Again, I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. Custom figures are a hard row to hoe. But if you’re going to ballsy enough to listl your custom with a buy it now price of upwards of $50, you better make sure your customs can’t be blown out of the water by a Dreadknight custom with a $15 starting bid:

That’s all I’m sayin’.

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