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The Customs Of Our People: Inside The World Of Custom Action Figure Design

Gee Whiz Customs

On a brisk afternoon in January, a collective of custom action figure creators banded together to present their works to a captive audience in a tiny gallery in Manhattan. An art show on a weekend is nothing new for the Meatpacking district, but it's rare for the likes of Aragorn, Wolverine, Mr. Freeze and the Mario Brothers to be the stars of the show.

The custom creation side of the hobby has been around almost as long as action figures have been in existence. In recent years, however, the do-it-yourself-ers that were once relegated to sharing their work on forums and chat rooms have found a larger audience thanks to the advent of better social networks and sharing options on the Internet. The rise to prominence of Instagram and Tumblr have given these artists a way to share their unique takes on familiar faces or even wholly original creations with more people than ever.

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Link Ink: Cap’s New ‘Avengers 2′ Suit, Ultraman Victory And New TMNT Toys

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Get your look at Tuesday's links, after the cut.

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Funko Announces ‘DIY’ Pop! Vinyl Figures And Green ECCC 2014 Variants

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Over the past few years Funko's 3.75" tall Pop! Vinyl line has delivered tons of licensed characters, but fans who wanted to customize the figures had to fully paint over existing toys to achieve do-it-yourself effects. That changes March 28-30 at Emerald City Comicon 2014, with Seattle-based Funko unveiling its new line of blank DIY Pop! Vinyl figures in both a standard white color, plus a convention-exclusive green version.

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Kidrobot Reveals More Marvel Figures For March

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Kidrobot can't seem to slow down on its superhero releases. Following a major DC reveal at Toy Fair 2013 and last week's release of a new wave of Marvel Labbits, KR's announced even more figures coming in the middle of March.

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Crack-Smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Gets An Action Figure, You Are Not Hallucinating This Headline

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So, you know Toronto Mayor Rob Ford? He's been in the news lately as the central figure in a series of scandals including a conflict of interest trial and admission of using crack cocaine "in one of my drunken stupors." You've probably seen him on the news. And if you have, of course you've thought "I need an action figure of that guy, preferably in the 6" super-articulated Marvel Legends scale!"

Well, now you can finally achieve your oddly specific dream. There's a custom Rob Ford figure available on eBay from user nuffsaid 78 -- and it's only going to set you back $300. At that price, can you afford not to buy it?

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Fan Imagines Activision’s Atari Games As G.I. Joe Action Figures

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Fresh from constructing Mega Man toys using Kenner's classic 3.75" tall Star Wars figures, action figure customizer Dan Polydoris is back on the scene with a line honoring the Activision games of the Atari Era using classic G.I. Joe figures. That's right, Polydoris has fashioned the protagonists from Pressure Cooker, Keystone Kapers, Pitfall!, H.E.R.O. and Frostbite into toys from Real American Heroes.

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Link Ink: ‘Adventure Time: Pixel Princess,’ Arresting Spider-Man And Custom ‘Blade Runner’ Toys

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Click past the cut for all of Wednesday's links.

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Link Ink: More Iron Man Anime, ‘Helheim’ Gets Cute And The ‘Injustice’ Soundtrack

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Anime: The English version of the new Iron Man: Rise of Technovore trailer is now online, in all its technovoring glory.

Upcoming: Oni Press has revealed a "Death by Cuteness" variant cover for Helheim #2 by Katie Cook and colorist Nick Filardi. It'll be available through Oni on April 24th.

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Link Ink: Mega Man ‘Star Wars’ Figures, Animated ‘Mighty 7′ And TWD Monopoly

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Customs: Dan Polydoris, the Chicago Toy Collector, shares his ridiculously awesome Mega Man action figures fashioned from vintage Star Wars toys.


Techy Toys: Mimoco is offering a new limited edition Riddler Mimobot designer flash drive.

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Link Ink: ‘SHIELD’ Signage, B. Gupta’s ‘Superman’ And An Awesome Ziggy Stardust Custom Figure

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TV: SHIELD TV series co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen hit Twitter yesterday to lay down some set rules.

Animation: The A.V. Club looks back at DuckTales... very thoroughly.

Movies: Here it is, for your fascination, B. Gupta's 198

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