Welcome to the home of pulpy fiction productions corner for customs.

So here it is, I'm a graphic artist and illustrator located in Canada. I love animation, comics, sci fi, fantasy, movies, and music. On my spare time I customize action figures for the fun of it. My customs mainly focus on comic and movie characters, but that's not all I do. I'm an articulation nut, so the more the better, one of the reasons I love working with Marvel Legends and DC Universe figures.

On this blog, I'll be giving the lowdown of what I'm working on, what I'm thinking about doing, and how I plan to take over the world (all super heroes and would be vigilantes, please disregard this site).

If you have any questions, comments, or inquiries please feel free to email me at: pulpyfiction@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TV Arrow's Slade Wilson a.k.a. "Deathstroke"

Slade Wilson A.K.A. "Deathstroke"

Custom Type: Action Figure

Toy Series: DC Collectables
Base Figure:  Original Arrow Appearance Deathstroke
Height:  6 inches
Articulation: 30

I made this for the first appearance of Slade in the Deathstroke costume, and I'm just getting to posting him now.  He's a special favourite in my collection because I love the character in the show, I'm a huge Manu Bennett fan, and I'm loving Arrow as a show in general.

The figure is a reworking of the Original Appearance for the character's updated look, plus better articulation.
The crotch and upper legs are from a hasbro infinite Red Skull.  Arms were replaced with a dcu ted knight starman's.  The new mask is from the arkham figure, that has been reworked to be more accurate to the tv appearance.  His unmasked head was a wrestler I reworked to get a Manu Bennett Slade likeness I'm quite happy with.  I added armour and correct gear, and then repainted for screen accuracy.

Sorry about the picture quality the pics are from a loaner.

Thanks for checking him out!

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Dark Knight Dynamic Duo - Batman & Carrie Kelley Robin

The Dark Knight Dynamic Duo - Batman & Carrie Kelley Robin

Custom Type: Action Figure
Toy SeriesBatman
Base Figure:  DCD TDKR Batman/Piledriver -DCD TDKR Robin/X23
Height:  6.5 inches - 5 inches
Articulation:  25 points/23 points

One of the most quintessential Batman Books of all time, Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns is perhaps my personal favourite. I liked the DCD versions, they look great, but I needed better articulation. So this is what I came up with.

Batman- I took the DCD torso and fit the ML Piledriver arms and fit them in, and put the batman gloves on piledriver's forearms. Then I fit the crotch and legs into the Batman torso. I also added the tops of the batman boots to the piledriver boots and sculpted them to flush them together. I also added a balljoint to the neck for extra range of movement. Then I tied it together with a repaint.

Robin- Almost the same process as batman. I added a balljoint to the neck. Popped in the arms from x23 to the robin torso. However I added the robin sleves dremeled out over the x23 biceps. Then I added put the x23 crotch and legs to the Robin torso. I used DCU cheetah lower legs, and used DCU deadman feet for the elvan/pixie type shoes. Then I gave her a repaint.

Thanks for checking these guys out! 

The Dark Knight Returns Joker

The Dark Knight Returns Joker

Custom Type: Action Figure

Toy SeriesBatman
Base Figure:  DCD TDKR Joker - jakks wrestler
Height:  6.5 inches
Articulation:  25 points  

"They'll kill you for this... and they'll never know... That you didn't have the nerve... I'll see you in hell... HA ha Ha hA ha HA hA Ha ha!
I love this vision of the Joker. Lying dormant until his nemesis' return, and then he lets all hell break loose, in an all or nothing final final fight with Batman he goes out on his own terms, and sets Batman up for his murder. Even in death he screws over Batman!

So I took the DCD Joker apart. Fit the wrestler's lower body to the torso. Then I dremil fit the arms to the torso and added a ball join to the neck. I used the DCD Kubert Joker feet and dremiled them to fit a set of ball joint connected to swivels and fit them into the wrestler legs. Then finished him off with a total repaint.

Thanks for the view!

Arkham Origins Batman

Arkham Origins Batman

Custom Type: Action Figure
Toy SeriesBatman A. O.
Base Figure:  DCD A.O. Batman
Height:  6.5 inches
Articulation:  28 points 

 I like this concept for Batman a lot! The suit looks great, functional, and believable for a guy to be out busting crime in. I like the sculpt of this figure, he looks great, but I wasn't the biggest fan of his articulation.

He has x3 beast's hips and upper legs. I dremeled out the original leg arm and shoulder armour and he's literally wearing it over top. The shoulders of a tkd movie bats shoulders, batman begins biceps, 1st ml punisher arms, with the A.O. bats forearms grafted to them (with swivel) and added DCU Arkham City Bats hands (people think the arms look shirt, so these big hands really help with the proportion). Then I sculpted the extra gauntlet armour. Finally tied it together with new paints, and gave the armour that scraped warn/damaged look.

Thanks for checking him out!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Han Solo!

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Han Solo!

Name:  Han Solo
Custom Type: Action Figure
Toy SeriesStar Wars
Base Figure:  Captain Cold
Height:  6.35 inches
Articulation:  24 points 

The man who made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. The ultimate Captain to have in any collection is mine!
Han is mostly a DCUC Captain Cold, with DC Direct lower arms from an unknown figure. Boots from a DC Direct Green Arrow. I lost articulation, but they were just to perfect!

I want to come back to this custom again, but use an awesome glassman han head for this and swap out the Cap.cold legs with the longer DCUC Jonnah Hex legs.

Thanks for checking him out, and SHOOT FIRST!

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Chewbacca!

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Chewbacca!

Name:  Chewbacca
Custom TypeAction Figure 
Toy SeriesStar Wars 
Base FigureChewbacca statue, ML Sasquatch, and DCU Grodd
Height:  7.20 inches
Articulation22 points

What a Wookie!
I know he's a little on the large side, but this is what I finally came down to after several versions, and he's the one I'm happiest with.
His torso is a Unleashed Chewie dremilled to fit the ball joints for arms and legs of a ML Sasquatch.
His lower arms are DCUC Gorilla Grodds because I loved the sculpt and wanted that popeye arm furriness that chewie has.
I had to build the bowcaster from an incomplete one from the Unleashed figure that was sculpted into the figure.
The bandoleer was also from the Unleashed figure!
Then a lot of different browns, dark beiges, and rusty tones for layers, highlights and low-lights for fur.
I know he's not perfect, and he's a little on the tall side, but I've always loved Chewie since I was a kid, and I'm super stoked to have finished him!
Thanks for checking him out, and RRRAAAAAGHRURAGHRUUUURRR!

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Boba Fett

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 Boba Fett

NameBoba Fett
Custom TypeAction Figure 
Toy SeriesStar Wars 
Base Figure:  Toybiz ML Loki
Height:  6.50 inches
Articulation:  36 points

Out of all of the legends scale Star Wars figures I've been working on, I learned the most on this one. It took forever to finish, as in years, and I had to try a lot of different methods to accomplish what I wanted from it.
Every time i thought i was just about finished there was another small detail i had missed and had to get back to. In the end because of that, I learned a lot about the character and his suit from tons pf research and reference! Like did you know the slats in his shin pockets aren't armour plating, they are signal jammers! Boba Fett is completely stealth and can't be caught on most cameras and monitoring systems!
Another cool "ditty" are the little "dodads" on the side of both Boba's knee pads, the are miniature rocket launchers!
This was a real labour of love, and I'm glad to have him done. Die hard fans can see where I took a few liberties with him, like cape placement, and putting his sidearm more forward on his belt. He has so much on that side and it helps with mobility/articulation, and heck i took the time to make the holster and gun so I want to show it off!

He's made from a Ml toybiz loki,
Hand ninja fore arms
A bootleg ML Cyclops lower legs (exactly the look I needed!)
The removable helmet, rifle, jetpack, gauntlets, and base from a Hasbro Star Wars
I was going to try to make the unmasked head head Jeremy Bulloch, the man who played Boba Fett when I was a kid. However I went with a a modified DCUC mr. Terrific, who I feel is a great likeness for Temuera Morrison, the actor who played Jango Fett, and who Boba would grow up to look like being his clone.
All other details fabricated or sculpted.

Thanks for checking him out, and may the force be with you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 A New Hope Luke Skywalker

Pulpy's EMPIRE: Series 1 A New Hope Luke Skywalker

Name: Luke Skywalker A.N.H.
Custom TypeAction Figure
Toy SeriesStar Wars
Base FigureBullseye
Height:  6.00 inches
Articulation26 points

So you may have noticed I'm one of those guys who doesn't have a tons of customs in my portfolio. This series of customs is why. I've always wanted 6 inch Star wars figures, and after a year or two of posting got started on these. I've worked on them on and off between other pieces, never posting when things were completed so that I could do them in series. Then the back series came out and shamed me into finishing these.
With that said, I'm really excited to present my 6 inch Star Wars series:
Pulpy's Empire!
First off is Luke Skywalker as seen in A New Hope

I sewed a shirt and did some paints on it to give it some extra life to it.
He's a ML Bullseye buck with random Buffy sized arms and hands.
From ball joints down, the legs were modified elseworlds' Pilot Green Lantern, cut off and dremilled to to fit Bullseye's ball joints.
The boots and feet are from Chow Yun Fat's Crouching Tiger figure. (a perfect fit!!!)

Saber Handle is a modified Starman staff - I think a tutorial is needed on this one, the staff supports 3 saber handles if cut right, all you have to do is see it in it!
Trooper rifle made from fodder
The head is a modified epic force-*side note*- if you are going to use this head add his above lip and below mouth moles, and it really helps to push the look because they are recognizable features.* I also cut in some extra hair detail.
I'm really excited to finally post them, I know they're not perfect, but I've wanted them for so long, and wanted to finish them for so long that I'm really happy with them and I hope you like them! 

Thanks a lot for checking him out, and...
May the force be with you!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Marvel Select Thor Review!

Okay here's the start of my review. That being said, sorry if I faux pas!

Marvel Select, always a double edge sword. They either look great, and have horrible articulation, or they have good articulation and look like crap. I don't feel that they can blend the best of both words for the most part. Yes, there are some exceptions to the rules, but I'm generalizing.
Anyway, I'm looking at the Marvel Select Movie Thor. I've added some photos of the toy, as well as Chris Chris Hemsworth in the costume. I think they nailed his look. I love how this figure looks. The Hammer is great looking, and the paints help the overall look too.
But that's it, that's where my love of this figure ends. All that glitters is not gold. This figure would be good as a statue if it could properly stand, making it a great looking paper weight! I was worried about this just being my figure, but after seeing two of my friends as well as hearing other stories in reviews and boards, this seems to be the bane of this figure. It barely (if it does at all), stands properly on a base or stand with pegs in it's feet.

However the reason for this brings me to my next issue, ARTICULATION! It looks like this figure should be good, but it's clunky and awkward, and doesn't work properly. I don't think you are going to get too many dynamic poses out of this one. Especially when standing is such an issue.
I've seen customizers already dealing with the articulation problems by replacing the legs and hips for traditional ball joint hips and double pin joint knees. I don't think it's enough. If I could I would swap out the arms for DC Universe classic Aquaman's with the mail to get the ball joint swivel shoulders, the bicep swivel joint, as well as the pin joint elbows (I'd also have to work out something for the bracers and swap Aquaman's hands for Movie Thor's, blah, blah, blah!).
I also wanted to comment on the hammer. I found that a lot of copies of this figure has a bent handle for Mjolnir. This is because it's made with a really flexible rubber. I always look through stock to make sure the figure I grab is good for paint and etc. But I couldn't find one with a decent looking hammer. I ended up rectifying the situation by putting it in boiling water for 30 seconds to a minute, then holding it in place to shape while running extremely cold water over it. It's held shape since. I also did this to shape the strap to the way I wanted it to look.

Lastly I'll yap about the packaging. The look we have come to expect from Marvel Select with solid images on the side and back, that makes them look amazing for the collector who keeps them in the box and stores them on the shelf like books (I'm not that guy, I rip mine from their respective protective cases, so that I and the elements can ravage their visage!), but they do look good on the shelves that way. I will say this about the packaging, it goes back to what I was saying about Mjolnir. The packaging seems to crunch the hammer up in a way that bends it and causes it to hold that shape. Like I said, it's fixable, but not to the general consumer. It's not a huge thing, but enough to bug me.

It's a shame about this figure because it does actually look great.
Just like the deleted scenes from the movie, my Marvel Select Movie Thor is going to end up on the cutting room floor as custom fodder for a Thor with the ability to stand on his own, and just an overall better articulation.

On a side note: I posted this review on Figure Realm. I had a great reply from the well renowned customizer Stevid, with a good piece of advice. He posted:

Stevid - Sunday, May 29, 2011

You are right about the figure and that it doesn't stand well at all! First time I put him on my shelf with the rest of my Thor figures thinking I had him standing nice and strait and next thing you know he falls and knocks all the rest of the figures with him! What I notice you have to do is position his feet slightly down and have him leaning back a little and using the cape as a stand. But I have to say I do love the sculpt of the figure!

pulpyfiction - Sunday, May 29, 2011

I was going to talk about the cape but I was worried, I might be going on too much. Don't you think the cape is part of the problem too, like it's just too long? I think that's why it works as an anchor so well, but it doesn't help if you try to drape it right at the back of his feet. Like you're mentioning stevid, I think it only works if you drag it back and use it to hold the weight of the figure.
Good idea on the feet placement. That seems to be the only possible way to get it to stand for any time at all. Mine just won't even really stand unless he's pegged down on a stand. I've had some issues like yours where he's jumped and taken everyone around with him, only instead of a group of Thors, he took down my marvel movie avengers both actual released figures and custom! Argh!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Marvel Select Hulk - REDO! Custom Action Figure

I'm not a big fan of the Marvel Select Hulk, particularly for the atrocious head sculpt, the brutal paints, and the ridiculous articulation. Sorry if you love the factory release on this one, but I'm not. I did get my hands on one several months back for pretty cheap, and I had a couple of ideas for it. After seeing some customs using the select hulk, Raybot's specifically (if you haven't seen it check it out, his original head sculpt is crazy good!), I saw how there was some really good sculpting to the figure, and I wanted to take a crack at one.

So I took the solomon grundy head I had (I think it looks more like the 2008 movie hulk than the poor head sculpt put out by hasbro for the legends line), and I dremilled it to fit the massive select neck. I then went to town painting the whole thing anew! I used lots of dry brushed layers for the skin tones, and especially the jeans. I topped them off with a light white dry brushed layer to mimic denim. I also tipped the frayed areas in white to get that torn denim look seen in cutoffs.

Thanks for the views!

P.S.- I left a few extra pictures here as well.