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Custom figures and dioramas

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

  1. Reevz1977

    Reevz1977 Well-Known Member

  2. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Was watching the Harry Belafonte episode the other day, and noticed that the straw hat which Fozzie wears as the 'Tally Bear' is almost identical to the one that Palisades included with Vacation Fozzie.

    I didn't want to build a full diorama for one marginally customized figure, so I doctored some frames of the episode to remove Belafonte, Fozzie, Link, and the other pigs. I didn't worry over the parrot in the foreground since I knew I would be cropping it differently...


    And then I bluescreened Fozzie into it:


  3. Frogpuppeteer

    Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    all these are just awesome
    more please
  4. homerthegreat

    homerthegreat Well-Known Member

    man these are fantastic
  5. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Hey Dearth, I gotta say...Your movie Usher Scooter has a bit of Nigel the Conductor's frown going on...
  6. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    Know what diorama I would love to see?

    The showdown from TMM. All the muppets standing together around Kermit, with Giant Animal's head popping out of the top of the saloon.

    Also, I would love to see the '4 ft. prune' prop, as well as the dancing rain barrel.
  7. Scooterthegofer

    Scooterthegofer Well-Known Member

    I would like to see a Luke Skyhopper to go with Princess Loina and Dearth Nadir. But, that's just me and my intrests.
  8. kdking

    kdking Active Member

    I am looking forward to seeing whatever dioramas you have created. They are awesome!
    I personally would like to see a "Western Sketch"(The Day Kid Fozzie Rode Into Town) one.:o

    Fozzie: "Does this sound like John Wayne?"
    Not really. You sound more like Fozzie Bear with a cold.
  9. Frogster

    Frogster Well-Known Member

    I'm loving the dioramas people are doing, but those photos you've done are pretty amazing as well! Especially that Sweetums & Robin one... frighteningly awesome!
  10. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Happy Holidays everyone!


    "Fresh outta the pan, Sweet Gingerbread Man!"

    My younger son was eating some gingerbread men the other day, and it made me think of this sketch. As I was watching it, I realized that not only could I stitch together a cool backdrop and print it out... but in this particular instance, I could technically do the same thing with the five Muppet characters!

    Ho ho ho!
  11. kdking

    kdking Active Member

    What a great scene! It's making me hungry.:hungry:

    Happy Holidays To you and yours Dearth:)
  12. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I finally made a scene to show off my Lips figure:


    The re-created wall behind them slides in behind Animal on the Palisades bandstand, right in front of the plastic backdrop. I put the other figures on risers to reach the proper height, and cropped them at the waist... which is oddly fitting, when one thinks about it.

    And from a slightly different angle, we get this nice closeup of Lips:


    LipsGF4Life likes this.
  13. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    Very nice. I always loved this scene/song from GMC. You fail to disappoint yet again!
  14. Fluffets

    Fluffets Well-Known Member

    Great picture, rowlf looks a bit annoyed though, he looks like he's staring at dr teeth for nicking his piano, lol! :)
  15. rtgentry

    rtgentry Well-Known Member

    Hey is there any custom toy builders out there that could do some custom Pee Wees Playhouse Figures to go with the orignal playset and figures?
  16. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Well, Rowlf is standing there in the movie (he happily vacates the piano when the EM arrive at the Hotel's bandstand), so I thought it apt to include him in the photo.

    I have never customized any Pee-Wee figures. I only own a Conky (because I love robots) but a girl I dated in college had everything. She was tempted to throw them out after Pee-Wee's 1991 arrest, I should have told her to do it and then just nicked them out of the trash.

    New custom figures:

    "If this is the Happiness Hotel, I'd hate to see the sad one."
    Not a complicated custom, but one of those things you eventually just have to do.


    I had to replace my Frog Scout Leader Kermit set with the blue frog scout because its leg broke off, so I glued the leg back on the broken one and decided to use it for a custom additional frog scout...
    Here he is with his eyes and hat removed and a coat of a blue-green paint on him.

    Here he is, in context, with the other Frog Scouts and Kermit. (He's the one standing on the stump...)
    Notice that I also swapped his crooked hat for a spare Robin hat, to break up the monotony a bit. (The frog scout with glasses was a simple addition of some leftover Scooter glasses on an extra Robin; I affectionately call him Goggles Junior.)


    So, this meant I also had a spare FSL Kermit, right? And I'd had an idea a while back for something to do with him if I ever got one...
    I combined the FSL Kermit torso with the legs of a spare Adventure Kermit which I'd won in a lot on eBay. (I was about to swap their heads, until it occurred to me that it was a lot easier to just invert the magnet in the fedora so it would attract to the FSL Kermit head, rather than repel.)

    After I painted him in some new colors, I also had to make a companion piece for him out of an extra tuxedo Gonzo...

    Yes, they're Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant from Jurassic Park.

    As you can see, the necessity for these customs grew out of an older photo that I'd done:
    "Welcome to... Jurasick Pork!"

    As soon as the weather cooperates, I will retake the entire photo.

    Here's an extra shot that shows the drybrushed technique used on the Alan Grant Kermit.


    And since I was making use of leftover parts, what about that spare Adventure Kermit torso? Well, I paired him with an extra Koozebane Kermit for the legs, and voila:
    Yes, it's Kismet the Toad! (From the comic book "The Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson"!)

  17. kdking

    kdking Active Member

    Great job on the customs, as always, Dearth:)
  18. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

  19. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Need Swinetrek reference images!

    Hey folks,

    Can anyone here help me out?

    Long ago, in Muppet Magazine, there was a piece of artwork depicting the Swinetrek with its landing gear down, on the surface of an alien planet.

    I'm working on some Swinetrek and Koozebane dioramas at the moment, and would love to see that image again.

    Anybody up to digging their magazines out and sending me some scans?

  20. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I generally hate bumping my own threads, but I was still wondering if anybody has access to Muppet Magazines they can scan?

    I've been working on some custom Muppet commissions, so not a lot to report at the moment, but hopefully soon.


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