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Harry Potter

Hobby Collision!

Posted on 2006.07.08 at 20:36
My hobbies collide sometimes. This is one of them. If you've looked at this blog at all, you know the Harry Potter universe has become a hobby of mine.

One I've had a while is customizing 1:6 scale action figures.

So I give you...


yaaronet at 2006-07-09 10:02 (UTC) (Link)
*waves from over at oncelikeshari's lj*

This is very cool. What do you mean by "customizing" action figures? What did Bill look like before hand?

*giggles at Gandalf looking all WTF at Bill*
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-07-09 12:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.

What do you mean by "customizing" action figures?

That's actually a somewhat controversial question. To a lot of hobbyists, simply changing the clothing and accessories to make a figure something that it wasn't "out of the box" counts. Others just call that "Kitbashing," and reserve the word "Customizing" for something that involves resculpting, or creating clothing or accessories from scratch.

In Bill's case, I started with the head from Hasbro's GI-Joe "State Trooper," and added a lot of facial scarring by carving them with my pocket knife, and then coloring with a light-pink undercoat and then those purply lines (From a fine-point sharpie pen) in the centers. I pulled the pony-tail off of another figure entirely, and stuck it to Bill's head. The dragon-fang earing is the end of a rib from a halloween toy skeleton, on a bit of chain from a cheap child's bracelet, held to his earlobe by being stuck in with a straight-pin. I painted his hair a more Weasleyish red, dressed him in other clothes I had around, and a "Dragon-skin" vest I made out of "alligator"-patterned swimsuit lycra.

As a State Trooper, bill looked a lot like this:

yaaronet at 2006-07-09 14:07 (UTC) (Link)
Cool again :) Thanks for the explanation.

He came out very Bill-like, despite the fact that his neck slightly freaks me out with its thickness ;)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-07-09 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't noticed the thick-neck thing. It's one of the "conventions" of this type of figure that, to make standardization of heads easier -- for cheap manufacturing -- the necks have a circular cross-section, and that makes 'em all seem like professional wrestlers on (even more) steroids. So I just sort of tend to overlook it.
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