I'm the DarkMonkE, a.k.a. Trip Somers. I'm sure you've heard of me, because that's the only you'd want to come to this site. This is where I keep all of my custom action figures for public viewing. Most of my figures have complete recipes included on their pages, and the ones that don't have recipes will soon get them!
A member of the Custom Coalition
Quick Customizing Tips
Here's a quick summary of tips that are very useful for customizing action figures!
- Always use Magic Sculp!- Despite it's long drying time, it's the best stuff
you can buy because you don't have to worry about melting your figures because of
- Find Good Reference Pics!- You can't make an accurate figure without knowing
what the guy looks like. Take some time to research the character to plan to
make and refer to these pictures as often as needed.
- Use Multiple Brush Sizes!- It's incredibly difficult to make a good custom
action figure with just one paint brush size. Get at least 3 different size
paint brushes, and it should work out well as long as they're not made with plastic
- Don't Use Latex Enamels!- Most Testors brands of paint will thoroughly mess
up your perfectly wonderful work by NEVER DRYING! Acrylics are the best
inventions known to the customizer (next to Magic Sculp). Find them; use them;
- Finally, Don't Spend Too Much $$$- Most sculpting tools can be simulated
with stuff laying around the house (ie. loose screws, buttons, old toothbrushes,
etc.). Expensive paint is definitely not required, the cheap stuff at most craft
stores is sufficient in painting action figures.
Here are a few cool links for the customizer in you!
- RTM's Custom
Corner- home of the CUSTOMIZE! mailing list (email sign-up instructions available
there), as well as one of the most comprehensive link lists for all kinds of custom
- Bill Burns' Custom Action
Figures- Home of Bill Burns, possibly the greatest customizer of our time, at
least that's the concesus from those who've seen his work. Don't miss this DC
fan's great stuff!
- Customize It!- Designed
by yours truly, this site contains the only custom action figure search engine!
Also has a chat room, forums, articles, recipes, and more!
This site is in no way affiliated with Marvel Entertainment or Toy Biz in any way, nor does it claim to be. X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, All New All Deadly X-Men, Thunderbolts, Age of Apocalypse, and all related characters are private property of Marvel Entertainment and should not be used without prior consent.