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Monday, November 20, 2017

CUSTOM DESTRO - JAMES MCCULLEN, COBRA AGENT [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Here is my Custom Destro, the Cobra Death Dealer / Arms Smuggler, who founded the sinister M.A.R.S. corporation. It took a while to make this one. I utilized ML Tombstone as the dark-colored base, and I added the head from Draxx, before modifying it and adding putty for the metallic plates on his face.

The body armor, gauntlets, boots, etc. were all fully sculpted. His weapons were heavily customized as well. And rather than given him a regular WWE briefcase that can hosts some handguns, I decided to give him a handheld boxed-mini-gun, which is held like a briefcase. And that mini-gun has a sword holstered to it, placed on the inside. There is an extra sword fastened upon his back and an extra dagger as well, behind his belt.

His left arm and his left hand are from a HHH basic series toy, while his right arm was standard from Tombstone, and the clawed open fist on his right hand came from Draxx. Both of his gun-holsters and thigh straps were custom-made. And the customized heavy machinegun held upon his back is fastened in place via a magnet. His left gauntlet has three heat-seeking mini-missiles, which are glued in place.

Additionally, I gave him a removable phantom mask, obtained from a WWE Elite Warlord figure. Tamiya paints were used to color him, along with two shades of red. I have a habit of loading up my Joes… so my Destro has five guns [including the machinegun and briefcase], two swords and one dagger. I couldn’t add more than that, without blocking out his gut / his chest design.

No stickers on him… the design speaks for itself. Had to include his sexy Lady, Baroness; I also posted here here in my DSNG Blog gallery, and at Figure Realm.

   

   

   

    

  

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

CUSTOM MATT TRAKKER AND GLORIA BAKER, FROM THE 1980s MASK CARTOON [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Prepare for a Blast of Nostalgia!!!! First, a Brief Cartoon Role Call: In the 2000s, we had Justice League, My Little Pony, Avatar Air bender, Danny Phantom, Samurai Jack, Ben 10 and Young Justice. In the 1990s we had TinyTunes, Animaniacs, Batman, Duck Tales, Goof Troop, Xmen and The Gargoyles [Fawk Yeah!!!] And back In the 1980s, we had the G1 Transformers, Voltron, The Centurions, Heman, G.I.Joe, and Ma-Ma-MA-MASK!!

 And my customs are based on two characters that I greatly admired as childhood heroes, back in the 80s, from the MASK Cartoon Series. Matt Tracker [or often spelled Trakker] was the ultimate good guy, cool-headed and always calm, and he was a loyal father. He also showed a fatherly spirit to his men [and women] and he was always a good father to his son, Scott, even when the young lad would get himself in trouble. Those traits in my eyes, made him a true hero, even though he had no super powers.

Truthfully that cartoon was way ahead of its time in the 80s setting, because the good guys & villains were using advanced nanotechnology, finite-particle manipulation and zero-state quantum mechanics to create those masks with diverse customized powers. Although fans never got to meet the wife of Matt, they did get to see the Karate Hottie, Ms. Gloria Baker [who is shown as my female MASK agent]. As far as I can remember, these two characters never hooked up in the series, but as a childhood fan, I thought it would be nice to put them together as a power couple.

    

   

    

   

The base toy for Matt was the ML Captain Britain [and I enhanced his chest with putty before adding the body armor, gloves and boots]. And the Captain Marvel Carol Danvers was used for Gloria’s base; plus the extra mohawk-head from the Carol toy was used as the base for creating Gloria’s aquatic mask via putty, in stages. Their removable masks and costumes were fully sculpted and hand-painted with Tamiya acrylics, and the base of the mask for Matt was gotten from a McFarlene TitanFall toy – but I had to enhance it greatly with putty as well. Some of their weapons have magnets and those guns were customized. Like and Share!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

CUSTOM BARONESS G.I. JOE COBRA TOY [MARVEL LEGENDS SCALE] BY DSNG!

Baroness [Anastasia Cisarovna] is one of the sexiest female villains from the 80s. And I added some of my artwork, to show some of the inspiration that I was drawing from, in order to get the custom job done swiftly. There is another pic that inspired my artwork’s pose, which was done by a popular comic artist guy called Adam Hughes [You can search Google for “Adam Hughes Baroness” to see it].

 Anyway, the Baroness base figure was ML Enchantress, but I later opted to utilize the top body of ML Mocking Bird, along with the head from that toy [since it came with the iconic glasses that I needed]. I borrowed the handguns from Star Lord, which are adhered to her hips via magnets. And her grasped submachine guns were heavily modified, and they originally came from Casting Cave [I highly recommend that site, for your 6-inch figure guns!].

 Some gemstone stickers were added to her costume, placed on her belt and her gauntlets, to give her that extra bling factor, since she is supposed to be very affluent in the cartoon series. And on her right hip she has a sculpted pouch adhered to her belt, while on her left hip she has some sculpted C4 explosives.


    

    

   

The armored thighs, legs, vest, and the rest of the costume of Baroness were sculpted with Milliput, and then I painted her with Tamiya black and metallic gray highlights. I also sculpted some extra hair strands for her, before planting them in the front section of Mocking Bird’s bleach-blonde hair. Then her hair was painted, while black gloss highlights were also added. I didn’t want to load her down with weapons like my other 6-inch G.I. Joes, since I felt that the simplicity of her design didn’t warrant the extra layers of the heavy weapons shown on the other guys like Flint.

[You may need to click the words "Read More" slightly below and on the right, to see the rest of the pics in this long article!]

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