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Custom figures and dioramas

Discussion in 'Action Figures' started by Dearth, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

  2. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Hi ho,

    I can't upload pics at the moment due to some computer problems, but I've used the time offline to complete several new customs, including:

    Kermit the Pig
    "Pearlie" Fozzie [from the UK skit "Wotcher (Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road)"]
    proto-Strangepork (brown hair and purple tux, from season one)
    blown-up M.A.M.M.A.
    Steppin' Out Scooter
    generic female pig Swinetrek crewmember

    And I've finally begun work on my Veterinarian's Hospital trio and accompanying O.R. diorama.

  3. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    Sounds awesome. Looking forward to seeing Steppin' Out Scooter the most ;)
  4. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Here's a group shot of most of my Muppet Show customs:

    Steppin' Out Scooter can be seen at the far left of this shot.

    He can also be seen in this group shot. The Kermit the Pig is still a work in progress. The generic female Swinetrek crew member is just a background character, though I chose the button eyes and red hair as a nod to Lydia pig.

    Closer shot on the 'Pearlie' Fozzie figure. Yes, the hat is magnetic, just like a Palisades figure. I made it from Scuper-Sculpey.

    Getting the pattern of 'pearl buttons' correct was almost mind-numbingly precise painting. Each one is a single touch of the brush, using a pearlescent white paint. Notice the F on the back of the vest, just like in the show, and the spider-web pattern at the crown of the hat.

    Side view shows how the horizontal lines on the back of the vest become the diagonal pattern on the front. He's just blue-screened onto a modified frame of the show, I haven't yet printed that one out as a backdrop.

    I made an alternate head for my Dearth Nadir figure yesterday, as well as finally constructing his 'Crypto-Anagon Transmitter' accessory.

    The Gonzo head can also be put on a Series Two Gonzo body, since I dislike that head sculpt. This is a glimpse of a diorama work-in-progress, of Gonzo defusing the bomb from the Dudley Moore episode. The egg-shaped container originally held some Easter candy, I believe, and will eventually become the egg-shaped bomb/rocket from the episode. If you look closely at the bottom of the egg, inside it is the little screwdriver (from Hobby Lobby) which Gonzo will be using to try to defuse the explosive.

    Another set of customs currently in progress... Veterinarian's Hospital! Their set will be constructed simultaneously, but you can glimpse the vinyl dollhouse pieces I'm going to use for the floor and walls, as well as the gurney, which is an old X-Files toy, that will be covered in green cloth.

    More to come!
  5. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    More diorama shots...

    The Muppet Stage. This brick wall has been a lengthy work in progress, but I am finally happy with it. The mortar is black like it's supposed to be, and the No Smoking sign was stencilled from a frame grab in the Petula Clark episode.

    Gonzo hanging from a feather boa by his nose. Can't recall the episode offhand.

    A nice psychedelic backdrop for the Electric Mayhem, from some tie-dyed felt purchased at Hobby Lobby.

    Just a blue-screened composite here, from the Vincent Price episode.

    Similar shot to showcase Uncle Deadly.

    Not a blue-screen, and not a flat backdrop. This planetoid from the Koozebanian Phoob episode is a three-dimensional set piece which I made by hand. I used half of a styrofoam ball, some spackle, the cap of a saline bottle for one volcano, and paint. It took a lot of man hours, but I was very pleased with the end result. The hanging planets come from a solar system mobile purchased at Toys R Us.

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  6. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    Very very awesome, keep up the good work!
  7. Nick22

    Nick22 Well-Known Member

    these dioramas are entertaining. they just look so cool.
  8. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Keep up the good work sir!
  9. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    Dude, you do some really fantastic work! I wish I had the time to work on customs, especially those Pig extras you made! The purple tux Pig is my favorite. Would also really love to make a plain-clothes Link.

  10. Gelfling Girl

    Gelfling Girl Well-Known Member

    Very awesome.
  11. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Oh my. In the group shot with extra-Pigs...Fozzie is naked! Oh my! THE COMEDIAN'S A-BEAR!
  12. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the kind words, folks! I love the feedback.

    Okay, these new links are for pictures that are much larger, and I apologize, but that's a result of the computer I'm on today.

    This group shot of Steppin' Out figures includes my newest 'formal' figure, Lew Zealand. He was inspired by the costume Lew wears in the 1981 special The Muppets Go To The Movies, which I recently saw for the first time, believe it or not. Since I had an extra Lew in my parts box, this was a must-do figure.

    Two Robin's in progress. The one on the right has had all of his original clothes dremeled away (that's a rotary tool) and then a thin layer of Sculpey was put over him, with the 'reticulated' texture provided by the tip of a ball-point pen. I must have made thousands of those dots. As soon as I match the right shade of green, he's a plain or naked Robin.

    The Robin on the left is in the process of becoming a much-needed companion piece for Adventure Kermit. Here I'm basing the details on a Hasbro "Short Round" figure from Temple of Doom.

    And here he is finished.

  13. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Of course, when you buy lots of Robins for customs, you get lots of extra Robin accessories. And that means one thing...

    ...marshmallows for everybody!

    Oh, there's a 'temporary' custom in that shot. I threw the leftover glasses from a Scooter custom onto one of the extra Robins, and made another Frog Scout who is very reminiscent of Goggles. That's a happy accident, but one I may keep.

    I bought a dollhouse ironing board and iron specifically for the Swinetrek. It was an odd blue and pink color, with a white cord, so I spray-painted it silver and gloss-white, and tinted the cord black with a marker.

    You can see the unpainted diamond-plate styrene that I bought to extend the floor, but the scale is off, and I plan to buy some in a different scale before finishing my enlarged Swinetrek.

  14. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    "Good grief!"

    LOL, I love that skit.

    Actually, he's the beginning of a "Chew-wokka" custom, but I like him as a naked Fozzie too, so I may just leave him like he is.

    Plus, in the Crystal Gayle episode, you see him naked like this very briefly, when the prairie dogs steal his police uniform.

    I may be attempting something like that soon...

    Today's progress: I have begun a Steppin' Out Swedish Chef today. Once the sleeves are painted and he's finally assembled, I'll post pics.

  15. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Three "Steppin' Out" customs in slightly new versions:


    Swedish Chef is a hybrid of a regular Chef (head and repainted arms) on the torso and legs of the tux Rowlf figure.

    Scooter's head has been replaced since the previous version I posted, because the glasses had gotten warped when I boiled the head to remove it.

    And Lew Zealand has had the rose detail added, thanks to some little ribbons I found at Hobby Lobby.

  16. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hee... Now that you have Steppin' Out Swedish Chef, how long before the Traveling Comedian, Olaf the Frog, and the Angel of Death join him?
  17. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    LOVE all of the Steppin' Out customs! They're incredible! I think Lew is my favorite... but Chef is a pretty close second.
  18. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    I'm hoping to see a Ma Bear figure, or a Dr. Bunsen Honeypig. (granted he was never shown, but it'd be nice to see a rendering of what he may look like)

    Also, on the subject of steppin' out characters, how about Steppin' Out Electric Mayhem.
  19. Fluffets

    Fluffets Well-Known Member

    I thought of a good idea, do kermit with a purple suit, like in some of the episodes, notably in the happy feet number.
  20. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I actually sketched the Angel of Death while watching that episode. His wings would be ridiculously simple to make with folded paper. But, even if I do find some extra Beakers to customize, I have a couple of other plans for those first.

    Steppin' Out Swedish Chef was one of those things that happened by accident. I had another project lined up for the Chef, something not based on a real appearance, just something I was making up for myself. And I was literally about to slice and dice that tuxedo Rowlf to begin making my Dr. Bob custom. As I took off the jacket, I wondered if I could use it on someone else.

    I tried it on the spare Chef, and it looked pretty good. But still, my plan was to shred the Rowlf torso and paint the Chef torso black, etc. THANKFULLY, part of my brain realized it would be far easier to keep Rowlf's torso intact for the Steppin' Chef and use the leftover Chef torso with Rowlf's arms for Dr. Bob. Whew!

    Bunsen Honeypig... now you say that. Darn. I just passed on an auction for several loose figures, and one of them was a Bunsen with broken glasses that I thought I had no use for.

    A Steppin' Out Electric Mayhem might be a fun project... I was watching the wedding sequence in MTM the other day, and thought that Janice's tux looked awesome. Again, though, it was hard enough finding one spare Janice for my Vet's Hospital project. But if I find another for a reasonable price, who knows?

    I've actually already begun a purple tux version of Kermit, as well as a purple tux Crazy Harry and a purple tux Floyd.


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