In this month’s Q&A with Mattel, the following question was asked:
Q: How does Mattel feel about the various customs that are made for the various lines? Do they get inspired by some of them? Do they even notice?
A: We think they are just terrific! Matty and Toy Guru spend a lot of time on the boards and when they find really cool customs or ideas they often print them out and hang them up on a shared idea wall for all of the member of the team to see!
Well, a bunch of us recently customized a whole mess of JLU figures and we thought it’d be fun to share them with the world. Keep in mind, that these are "simple" repaints and head/cape swaps. These are customs that anyone with a steady hand and a little patience can make for themselves.
Of course, it would be great if Mattel made these characters so we don’t have to worry about paint chipping if they fall off the shelves.
First up, we have the original Green Lantern Alan Scott. Alan is made from a Hal Jordan head, a standard hero body and a Mister Miracle cape.
From the pages of Shadowpact, comes the Nightmaster. Nightmaster was created with a Shining Knight head and sword, a standard heroic body and a Superman cape.
Robotman from the Doom Patrol is made with a 5 POA torso and legs with a Steel head. The rest is just paint!
Made way before Mattel announced their version, I made this Sinestro Corps Sinestro. Just a repaint and a sticker for the logo.
This version of Batman as he appeared in the 90′s was yet another repaint with a sticker for the logo.
Green Lantern’s forerunner Abin Sur, was just a repaint of a John Stewart Green Lantern.
Golden age Batwoman is just a repaint of the Huntress.
Even though the custom is inspired by Brainiac’s most recent appearance in Action Comics, he’s actually just a Lex Luthor repaint.
The Creeper is a Joker head on a standard hero body.
The Green Man Green Lantern is a Metamorpho head on a Green Lantern 5 POA body.
Halo is a Black Canary head on a stand female body. The rest is paint!
One of Hawkman’s lesser known costumes was during the Hawkworld mini-series of the 80′s. However, it looks pretty good on this JLU Hawkman.
Heatwave is just another of Flash’s rogues – the Mirror Master – repainted.
A Lex Luthor head, a Red Tornado body and a Martian Manhunter cape is all it takes to make a classic Martian Manhunter.
Speaking of Manhunters, Kate Spencer is just a repainted Katma Tui.
Long-time DC foe Kobra is a Shining Knight body, Superman cape and Hawk head.
Want your JLU Kyle Rayner Green Lantern in his classic appearance? Just add paint!
A classic Joker can be made by swapping the head of the Red Hood onto the body of the Joker!
If you can find a Mattel Nightwing, he can be converted into his comic version with just a little paint!
OK, this classic Robin is a little bit of a cheat, I used a Kenner TNBA cape, but I’m sure Mattel would provide a nice new cloth one as found on their BTAS Robin figure instead.
Prefer a blue Starman to a red one? Just repaint.
Another Flash rogue can be easily made from a skinny hero body, a Red Tornado cape and an Elongated Man head – just paint some stripes and viola! The Trickster!
Turn your animated Two-Face into his comic book counterpart with just some paint.
This could be the easiest repaint ever – paint the eyes of a Justice Lord Flash to get Flash’s nemesis – Zoom!
I really like this one. Take a 5 POA Batman and repaint him in crazy colors and you’ve got the Batman of Zur En Arrgh – straight from the pages of Batman R.I.P.
I hope you’ve found these inspiring. Just get out those paints and start painting!!