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Custom figures and dioramas

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

  1. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    New diorama - Koozebane

    The idea for this whole diorama began with the five Merdlidops seen in the Dom Deluise episode. Once I had amassed enough Koozebane Kermit bases to detach five identical large Merdlidops, I started in the center by making these craters...


    And then the rest of it kind of snowballed from there...

  2. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    Amazing again. Your attention to detail is astounding.
  3. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    Plus it's sorta modular...

    The above shot shows the optional 'cave' mountain piece. You may also notice that there are more craters now... some of them are countersunk so that they can be hidden by the little movable 'hill' pieces.

    The cave is loosely patterned on the one from the Mark Hamill episode, from which Dearth Nadir enters.

    I also made some caves for the Koozebanians to inhabit... the two caves are actually linked by a low-ceilinged tunnel all the way through.

    The large crater (for Dom Deluise) was scaled down... not even a female Nocturne Koozebanian can fit in it.

    I was tempted to not even paint it, and just call it an 'arctic Koozebane' playset. This is what it looked like when it was just styrofoam and spackle, before the three coats of paint (solid black first, then the grey, then the white highlights).

  4. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I sent you an email, did you get it?

  5. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    That I did.... and I replied back...
  6. j3h

    j3h Well-Known Member

    I love it! The amount of work and creativity you put into a project that anyone else wouldn't even come up with doing in the first place is astounding.

    seriously, I'm going to run out of complimentary adjectives in this thread each time you post new pics.

    Now I can connect the dots as to why you were asking for the landing gear photos of the swinetrek:D

    Can't wait to see what's next
  7. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Oh if only they made the rest of the Koosbanians. You could have had a feild day.
  8. Telly

    Telly Well-Known Member

    Oh man! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your customs! I wish I had your talent and patience, my friend! I'm kinda in the middle of working on a Steppin' Out Scooter from the Movie Theater Usher Scooter figure. I'm trying to figure out something to do for a Steppin' Out style Piggy
  9. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

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    Dearth Well-Known Member

  11. beaker

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  12. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member


    Would you believe that just yesterday I impulse-purchased Ultraman on DVD when I found it at Target for $5? I had fond but vague memories of watching it as a kid, and wanted to revisit it.

    How was Cookie Monster incorporated into that?

  13. LamangoNumber2

    LamangoNumber2 Well-Known Member

    Heh, Ultraman's made by the Japanese Jim Henson, Eiji Tsuburaya, same guy who made Godzilla. It's highly enjoyable. Cookie Monster how ever, while being a monster, never appeared on Ultraman.
  14. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    My buddy John came over the other day and showed me a pedestal he had built for a Dr. Who diorama, and as soon as I saw it, I thought, "Adventure Kermit needs something like that for his Gonzo fertility idol accessory!"

    I kludged this together last night in about an hour and a half. The Sculpey is built over two plastic items which I rescued from the bin: the lid of a deodorant can, and the stick-and-base of an orange sherbet push-up.

    I was consulting a Hallmark Indiana Jones ornament for the 'Chachapoyan' patterns, but in a flash of inspiration, I took out Jim Henson's Designs and Doodles sketchbook and used Jim's own borders to one of his pitch proposals for the upper and lower bands.

    Around the middle I did various Muppet eyes. Some like Yorick and Bert are more recognizable, while others are based on generic Jim doodles from the book. I even threw in a Hidden Mickey to fill space.

    The one thing I didn't like was, compared to the electroplated Fertility idol in that Hallmark ornament, this Gonzo version seems so dark and dull. I digitally tweaked him for a v2 of the photo:


    But now I really want to look into having a spare Gonzo-idol plated. Hmmm.

  15. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    You know how several Muppet figures from Palisades came with record album accessories?

    So, I thought I might print this little image out, from the curtain call of the John Cleese episode:

    This is actually a couple of framecaps painted together into one image to remove John Cleese's fingers (and their shadows) from the edges.

    But, what would I use for the BACK cover of this nonesuch album?

    I did a little googling for some iconic 70's images of John Cleese, and cobbled together this montage:

    I know it looks pretty sloppy, but bear in mind it will only be printed about the size of a postage stamp. In fact, I posted it to the forums at Rebelscum, where they include a thumbnail image on the links, and it looked great in the tiny size.

  16. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

  17. GarlicGuy

    GarlicGuy Well-Known Member

    Impressive :)
  18. Dearth

    Dearth Well-Known Member

    I got some custom fodder Muppets in the mail via eBay, and one of them was an Invisibility Spray Fozzie... so I wondered what he would look like being TOTALLY invisible, like before his trip to the little bear's room:


    It didn't require anything more than some paint-stripper and an old toothbrush. Very easy, very satisfying.

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    Dearth Well-Known Member

  20. GonzoLover85

    GonzoLover85 Well-Known Member

    Dearth... you sure are a clever fella....

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