Hey there! This week’s new customs are a Marvel/DC twofer. Up first is a new custom Batman Arkham Origins figure, complete with video game accurate battle damage and equipped with Electrocutioner Shock Gloves! And then I have a Marvel Select Thor the Dark World custom action figure complete with a wire poseable cloth cape! Click each picture below to see the corresponding page to view the full gallery and detailed description for each custom figure. And don’t forget to view the videos I made for both Arkham Origins Batman and Thor to see exclusive WIP photos and more! And if this is your first time here, check out the Custom Action Figure Archive so you can view every single custom action figure I’ve made up to this point. Here at Mint Condition Customs, toys become Interactive Art!
Don’t forget to check out the video I made for this custom action figure near the bottom of the page to see some exclusive WIP (work in progress) photos and more!
This custom Arkham Origins Batman action figure was really fun to work on, because I just got to go crazy with my dremel. Well, not completely. I wanted Batman to look battle damaged, as he does late in the Arkham Origins game. I actually researched stills from the game to make sure the battle damage was accurate. To achieve the damage, I used my dremel on some parts (such as the bullet mark on the chest), but for most of it I used my carbide scriber to dig into the figure to actually give the damage dimension. I then painted inside each damage mark with some silver paint to show the metal plating underneath shining through. I also gave Batman his shock gloves. In the Arkham Origins game, Batman gets these from the Electrocutioner. Once again, I wanted to make sure they were accurate. I used a combination of some styrene rods, Aves Apoxie Sculpt, and some electronic wiring to put the gloves together. I made sure they wouldn’t interfere with articulation, and would be nice and sturdy. All that was left was to paint up the gloves, and dry brush some gray shades all over the figure to give it more of a weathered look, and now Arkham Origins Batman, while tired I’m sure, is ready to fight for his life against Black Mask’s assassins!
The Mattel Batman Unlimited Arkham Origins Batman figure looks great, and has wonderful poseability from the waist down (double knee joints!), but was severely lacking in the upper body area. I went through and gave the figure a bunch of new articulation. First thing I did was take some pieces from a movie Mr. Fantastic figure and gave Batman double elbow joints. This also still allows for a bicep swivel, and even a swivel at the glove. I’ve also given him a floating ab joint! This took a very long time to carefully get done, but basically it involved a lot of scoring with an X-Acto knife so I wouldn’t have to use two figures. I implanted some parts from a NECA figure and made it all fit, and now Batman can bend forward, backward, even side-to-side! An ab joint is one of the most important on a figure. It can make or break a pose, so I couldn’t let the lack of an ab joint slide. To top it off, I drilled a small hole in his hand and now he can hold a batarang! Batman can’t always rely on his fists, after all. With Batman’s added articulation, he’s now ready to take down the criminals of Gotham City!
Deathstroke is one of my favorite comic book characters ever, and I absolutely love his design in the Arkham Origins video game. I was excited when Mattel said they were making a figure of his appearance in the game, and I think the figure looks great. Unfortunately, that’s about all it does. While it has quite a bit of articulation, most of it is useless due to pointlessly being hindered by the figure’s sculpt. So I shaved some plastic from around the elbows and knees and doubled their range of motion. I also sliced the legs at the thighs and added thigh rotators, and even completely reworked the feet into actual, functional rocker ankles to help with stability and natural posing. Then I gave the figure a very specific silver dry brushing to make his armor look used and worn to match the game. I also took a DCUC Slade Wilson head cast and fully painted it, trying to make it look realistic as possible. I even gave him a big scar on his face to match the video game. So now Deathstroke has two alternate heads, and a full range of poseability. He’s now ready to fulfill the contract on Batman’s head and claim his prize!
The Mattel Batman Unlimited Arkham Origins Batman and Deathstroke figures are now available on Amazon. They just popped up yesterday. They’re both at retail price, just $15.99 apiece and if you get both then your shipping is free! You can also sign up for a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime and get them shipped guaranteed in two days! That’s what I did so I could get these figures quicker. Just click the links below to go to the corresponding pages for the figures. And don’t forget that Batman Arkham Origins
comes out October 25th, so get ready. I hope this helps anyone wanting these figures to get them easier. I’ve already got a set of the Batman Unlimited Arkham Origins figures on the way, I can’t wait to get them!
An image has been circulating the web today of the upcoming Beware the Batman 6″ figure set to be released in the Batman Unlimited toy line from Mattel. It’s hyper stylized to match the show, and more or less has the same kind of articulation we’ve come to expect from DCUC figures.
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Hey everybody! I have another video review for you. Yes, I know it’s kind of soon since my last one was posted just Friday, but I really couldn’t wait to get this one up! Today, I take a look at the brand new Batman Unlimited Dark Knight Returns Batman figure from Mattel, based on the graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller!
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This is certainly exciting news for the Batman fanatics out there. Mattel’s Batman Unlimited Dark Knight Returns Batman, as well as the Batman of Zurr-En-Arrh figure have been found at retail. A thread over on The Fwoosh has a couple of people posting pics of their newly found figures. But don’t go rummaging through your local Target or Toys “R” Us just yet. They’re only available at comic and specialty shops right now, so if you’re looking for either of them, I’d call around to my local comic shops first and see what they say.
I should be getting my Dark Knight Returns Batman soon, and when I do you can very much expect a video review. Happy hunting everybody.
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Holy Batman figure variants, Batman! I have to admit, this one was unexpected, to say the least. In an article posted on the LA Times today, this Vampire Batman figure was revealed. It’s based on the Elseworlds comic from the early 90’s where Batman was indeed turned into a vampire and proceeded to kill ALL THE PEOPLE. It’s actually kind of awesome.
The article says that the figure is from Mattel’s DC Unlimited line, but I think that might be wrong. This clearly belongs in the Batman Unlimited line. At any rate, I’m sure we’ll get clarification on this, as well as many more awesome reveals when Toy Fair comes next weekend. Thanks to Toy News International for the larger image.
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If there’s one thing Mattel has been great about with the DC license, it’s making sure they give the fans as wide a character and figure selection as possible. One of the things Mattel has been doing with DC Universe Classics is to remake the original Kenner Super Powers figures, updated and fit in with the other DCUC figures. Some fans hate the Super Powers updates, but a large part of them, myself included, absolutely love it. Super Powers was a staple 80’s action figure line, and seeing it represented with updated sculpts and articulation is pretty amazing. The figure I’ll be reviewing today is Super Powers Penguin. Based on the face sculpt, one could think of this as simply a Silver Age Penguin figure, but to my knowledge Penguin never wore a blue suit in the old comics, but feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong.
So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the Batman Unlimited Super Powers Penguin figure and see if he’s a worthy update to the vintage figure, and if he makes a good addition to your DC collection.