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Iori Yagami from The King of Fighters 1:6 Custom Figure

Hi Guys! Here’s Iori Yagami, one of the marquee characters from the long-running King of Fighters videogame series. He’s been in almost every KOF game since the series started in 1994 and is definitely the series’ most popular original male character (Terry Bogard was from Fatal Fury, not KOF). He wields the telekinetic powers of the Orochi flame and serves as the antagonist/frenemy to series hero, Kyo Kusanagi.

I’ll level with you: I don’t use Iori when I play KOF. He’s cool but never been my fave. However, I came across Hot Toys’ old & really crappy year 2000 Iori figure for a cheap price and I wanted to see if it was possible to salvage it. Hard to believe now, but Hot Toys sucked back then – this was before they hired world class customizers for their design team – so I thought it would be a nice challenge to improve on it. Google “Hot Toys Iori” to see the original figure.

The original HT pieces left are the black jacket, white shirt, and pants. I refit the clothes slightly, replaced snaps with thin velcro, rearranged buttons, and cleaned/starched the whole thing. The material is still too thick, but the work to fix that would be so extreme that I may as well sew clothes from scratch. The hair is also from the original figure, but repainted and hollowed out. I made the neck choker.
Head is recast & sculpted over VeryCool head. Hands are from misc brands. Flames are Japanese hobby flame dio pieces.

I had to repaint the hair, head, and body several times to get the right look and style. If you look closely, the first picture is actually from an older paint job so you can see the hair has less shading & detail. It just didn’t look good, so I redid again in more of a PlayArts style with the over-the-top gradients. 🙂

Thanks for looking!

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Cool guys must turn away when you’re speaking with them, you see. 🙂
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Bill from Left 4 Dead (L4D) 12″ Custom Action Figure

Hi Everyone! Here’s a custom 1:6-scale figure of William “Bill” Overbeck from my favourite zombie game of all time, Left 4 Dead! L4D was the first and only game to make me feel real fear, tension, panic and excitement — I felt like I was actually in a zombie apocalypse. Needless to say, it freaked me out. No game has accomplished that since! It also taught me that I’d likely go nuts from tension (laughing uncontrollably, guns blazing) in that kind of extreme life-or-death situation if I’m not well-prepared for it. 😉

Anyways, Bill is one of the 4 memorable heroes from the game, he’s a crusty Vietnam vet & all-around bad ass. As you can imagine, this game holds a special place in my heart, so I really tried to do the character justice. I’ve been planning a figure of him since the game came out, over 7 years ago!

Beret – BBI, colored, printed & glued new special forces patch (De Oppresso Liber!)
Head – Kaustic Plastik, slight painting to bring out lines in face
Cigarette – Wire from a trash twisty tie, rolled in apoxie sculpt, painted (the wire sticks out and makes it easy to subtly insert into head plus change the angle of the cig)
Body – Enterbay old guy body, repainted to match head’s color
Jacket – Dragon, re-colored, weathered
Shirt – Fodder, weathered
Pants – Sideshow, heavily weathered
Boots – ACE, heavily weathered
M16 – BBI, added the light & pressure pad, repainted & weathered

Thanks for looking!

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Bill L4D left 4 dead custom action figure 12"

Dead Rising Frank West 12″ Custom Figure (1:6-scale)

Does anybody else remember Capcom’s Dead Rising? It was an early Xbox 360 videogame and one of the first major zombie games of the new millennium. Here’s my take on the game’s hero, investigative reporter Frank West. Frank’s an abrasive and sarcastic kind of guy but he has a heart of gold and does the right thing when it counts. He’s one of the few characters of that generation of gaming that I still remember, so that’s gotta count for something.

For this figure, I tried to recreate the look of the game where the characters look blocky, yet have realistic skin textures. The head is a crazy dummy (i think) head which I re-sculpted to look cartoonier and irritated, just like Frank. Chainsaw is some Power Team POS that I repainted and weathered.

Anyways, here’s a preview. I’ll shoot better pix once I’ve weathered & re-done all of the zombies for my shelf dio.

12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - medium shot

12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - shelf dio, surrounded by zombies 2
12″ Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom – shelf dio, surrounded by zombies 2

12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - all weapons & base
12″ Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom – all weapons & base

12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - Power Team chainsaw repaint
12″ Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom – Power Team chainsaw after repaint & weathering but before blood

12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - chainsaw medium shot
12″ Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom – medium shot with chainsaw
12" Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom - surrounded by zombies
12″ Dead Rising custom action figure Frank West Capcom – surrounded by zombies, shelf dio

Barracuda from Punisher MAX – 1:6 Custom Muscle Figure

WHAT IS PUNISHER MAX?

MAX is Marvel Comics’ mature comics arm. MAX allows creators to re-interpret famous Marvel characters without worrying about the ratings board or appealing to kids. It produced one of the greatest comic runs in history: Garth Ennis’ The Punisher (2004-2008). Over 60 issues, Ennis takes the basic Punisher idea WAY beyond its simple vigilante origins. It deftly weaves in commentary on Iran Contra, corporate greed, human trafficking, Vietnam, Russian warrior mentality, Afghanistan, and more. Yet it all feels like a natural extension of the Punisher story and still remains a gruesome, lurid pulp fiction tale. Highly recommended.

CHARACTER:

Presented here is my take on Barracuda (aka ‘Cuda), the Punisher’s most fearsome enemy throughout the series. Barracuda’s fun-loving exterior masks an utterly ruthless and cunning personality. Abandoned at an early age by an abusive father, ‘Cuda fought his way through juvenile facilities and eventually joined the US army during the Vietnam War. There, the military (and later CIA) found a use for his savage talents and he spent the next 2 decades fighting in clandestine operations all over the world. Upon leaving the military, ‘Cuda found success as a contractor/assassin/man who gets dirty jobs done until meeting The Punisher, Frank Castle. Their first meeting leaves Cuda blind in one eye, missing a few fingers and obsessed with revenge. This sets the two men on a collision course that leads to a bloody, brutal conclusion.

FIGURE:

I was going for an extremely cartoony look with this figure. I wanted cartoony, bulky proportions. In the end, the skin detailing on the arms was a little more realistic that I intended, but live and learn. Initially, I gave him short legs and a huge torso like the comic, but it just didn’t look right in 3D, so I made him taller.

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I have to admit that I finished most of this figure in 2010-11, then abandoned it for years. Once I finished the interesting parts (ie, things I’ve never done before) like the custom muscle bod and large clothing, I lost interest. Over time, I tweaked things like extending the legs for better proportions and improved the paint finish, but it wasn’t until this year that I really resolved to finish and photograph it. You can see its companion figure, The Punisher, that I posted a few years ago here.

Head: WWE wrestler, recast and de-haired.
Body: Combination of DC Deluxe, Marvel arms, BBI legs, and recast forearms from wrestlers. The elbows are Spiderman’s knees!
Jeans: 1:6 farmers overalls that I turned into regular baggy jeans.
Boots: BBI reshaped & repainted
M60: Some undersized gashapon piece of crap, but it was the only M60 I found that didn’t break apart upon the slightest touch (Hot Toys, I’m looking at you)

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Height comparison with DID first generation body (which is taller than most bodies):

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Dwayne The Rock Johnson as Fast and Furious’ Agent Hobbs 12″ Figure

Here’s a 12″ custom figure of DSS Agent Hobbs aka Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock from the 2011 film, Fast Five.  The Rock was the best thing about the movie and helped revitalize the entire The Fast & The Furious franchise. He also played the same character to great effect in the sequels, Furious 6 and Furious 7.

I used Hot Toys’ 1/6th G.I. Joe Retaliation Roadblock figure as a base.  Unfortunately, Hot Toys gave that figure a much thinner neck and body than the real Dwayne Johnson in order to fit the body armor & clothing better.  So for my figure, I had to modify the body proportions to better match The Rock’s huge, muscular physique.

The holster was designed in a 3D CAD program and printed it at Shapeways. It came out perfectly! It fits the pistol down to the milimeter — I’m amazed at the precision of computer aided design! If you care about such things, the holster is a Safariland Model 002 “Cup Challenge” Competition Holster and the revolver is a Dan Wesson PPC .357.

Head: Hot Toys (lengthened beard to match Fast Five goatee)
Body: Hot Toys (widened neck, added traps & lats, made taller)
Shirt: Ebay
Pants: Very Hot (lowered waist by 1/2″, took in all seams)
Boots: DAMToy
Pistol: Sideshow
Holster: Custom 3D Printed Safariland Model 002 “Cup Challenge” Competition Holster
Gloves: Sideshow (converted to fingerless, change angle of trigger hand)
DSS Badge: Dragon Models DML

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The Celebrity Lookalike 12″ Figure Database is under construction! Check out customs in the meantime!

I know what you’re really here for: The database of 12″ figure headsculpts that look like celebrities.  Sadly, that section is still under (re)construction.  A lot has changed since the original famousfigures.com website launched in the 1990’s!  Nowadays, Hot Toys and other brands release officially licensed 1:6-scale 12″ figures that sports incredible likenesses of actors and celebrities.  No longer are the best celebrity likenesses relegated to unofficial & unlicensed figures.   The biggest action blockbusters almost always get a spectacular set of 12″ figures.  However, manufacturers still release head sculpts that bear  unofficial yet uncanny resemblances to actors and celebrities and that is where this website will come into play.   Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I’ve put up a sample of my own custom figures throughout the years.  Working on these figures is one of the reasons I haven’t updated the head database in so long.  A man only has so much free time.  Have a look and check back periodically for updates!

Geese Howard 1/6th Figure from The King of Fighters Videogames

Geese Howard is the main villain from the classic arcade / videogame series The King Of Fighters & Fatal Fury from SNK. The crime boss of the fictional South Town, Geese lords over the city from high atop his skyscraper, Geese Tower. He would be a forgettable late 1980’s villain were it not for the way his design ingeniously combines multiple villain archetypes of that era. He’s a muscular blonde fighting giant (think Dolph Lundgren) and cocky corporate businessman (think evil Wall Street raiders, Kingpin) who wears traditional Japanese clothes (think samurai/ninja movies) who always has at least one floor of his skyscraper decorated like an ancient Japanese temple. The visual design is striking and his in-game moves are typically aggressive and mean-looking. Overall, I just think Geese Howard is a cool-looking character and I’m happy to create what I believe is the first 12″ figure of him ever made.

Recipe:
Clothes – Handmade
Head – Medicom military, resculpted expression heavily to create his signature evil smirk
Body – DC Deluxe with resculpted neck and upper chest
Hands – DC and WWE

 

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The Punisher 12″ Custom Figure Frank Castle

Here’s a custom figure of Frank Castle aka The Punisher from the superb PUNISHER MAX comic series. I wanted to emulate artist Goran Parlov’s highly-detailed “cartoony yet serious” art style. Parlov also gave The Punisher a stripped down, hulking and weather beaten look. It’s a nice contrast to The Punisher’s usual look where he’s loaded down with weapons and gear.

I first posted this figure in 2010, but reworked it over and over until 2013. Needless to say, a lot of customization went into this 1:6-scale figure. The head is from DC Deluxe Green Lantern, but shrunk down slightly and with newly sculpted hair. The body is a combination of Marvel rotocast figures and DC Deluxe arms, plus a lower body from DID. The shirt is handmade and sprayed, while the jeans were dyed black and weathered. The M60 machinegun is an old 21st Century Toys or Barrack Sergeant piece which was repainted and weathered.

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ON THE SHELF:

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MAKING OF PICS:

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From Dusk Til Dawn Seth Gecko (George Clooney) 12″ Custom Action Figure 1:6 Scale

George Clooney’s first major Hollywood film was also one of his best: 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn co-starring Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodrigues (Desperado, Sin City).   I’ve wanted a 1:6 scale action figure from it ever since I saw it – over 15 years ago!  My skills and the availability of civvie parts in this hobby have both finally progressed to the point where I can create a figure that doesn’t look like total crap.   I find it surprising that 1:6 manufacturers still haven’t created a great George Clooney sculpt.  For my custom figure, I used a head from an old Three Kings headsculpt set and customized it to look more like the young Dusk Til Dawn Seth Gecko Clooney.   It could still be better, but it will have to do for now.

Apologies for the vanilla pix. One day I’ll make a base for this and try to shoot something tricked out as is the fashion now.

FORMULA:
Body: Triad EVO — Neck lengthened (This is an underrated figure! No other smooth arm bod has its range of articulation!)
Head: Three Kings Clooney + Wahlberg 2-pack set– De-aged, sculpted new hairdo
Gun: Intoyz Cold Python — Turned into shorty Astra-Unceta Terminator
Vest: Art Figures — dyed
Wife Beater: Mattel Ken — Yes!!
Pants: Unknown suit — definitely came from one of the contemporary over-priced ones
Cowboy Boots: Triad — repainted and weathered

Donnie Yen in Kill Zone SPL 殺破狼 [ REAL HAIR ] – Custom 12″ Action Figure 1:6

Kung Fu Cinema Madness!  Here’s my tribute to kung fu superstar Donnie Yen in his darkest and maybe best film, SPL (殺破狼, 2005) – Known as Kill Zone in North America.

Donnie Yen 12" SPL Kill Zone Custom Figure

BACKGROUND:

American-born Donnie Yen has been a martial arts actor & choreographer in the Hong Kong film industry since the late 1980’s. Though he was widely considered one of cinema’s best martial artists, megastardom like that of contemporary Jet Li consistently eluded him in the first half of his career. After a brief stint in Hollywood (that’s him as samurai vampire “Snowman” in Blade 2!), he returned to Hong Kong to make SPL, the first in a series of collaborations with director Wilson Yip. These films would eventually lead to Ip Man, the smash hit about Bruce Lee’s master that would finally bestow to Donnie the superstar status that he had long sought after.

This newfound fame was not without a price. While Yen could make polished, big budget films with elaborate action sequences, his status as a Chinese National Hero meant he could now only play heroic characters in stories with happy endings.

Here then, is my tribute to that brief perfect moment before Ip Man, when he was pushing the boundaries of action cinema but was still obscure enough to play anti-heroes in dark serious films.

FIGURE:

1/6 Donnie Yen in Saat Po Long / Kill Zone

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Donnie Yen 12" SPL Kill Zone Custom Figure

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Donnie Yen 12" 1:6 custom action figure SPL Killzone 2010

With natural lighting to show the paint job:

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One more full body shot: Donnie Yen 12" 1:6 custom action figure SPL Killzone 2010

Making of:

On the Shelf:
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For the real fans who know the score:
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RECIPE FOR THIS DONNIE YEN SPL FIGURE:
RECIPE:

Head – Enterbay Ip Man (recast, drilled, repainted, added real hair)
Body – Soldier Story (elongated neck)
Hands – HT & Enterbay
Shirt – 21C (Their shirt uses surprisingly thin material! I took the shirt in heavily for a better fit and added buttons. I also sewed it close.)
Pants – TTL
Jacket – Ebay knockoff of Saturday Toys Prison Break sets. Heavily taken in for that fitted look.
Baton – Hot Toys
Necklace – Custom
Boots – ITPT zip up jack boots (opened it up, reshaped it into square toe, sculpted new sole, added straps and ring)