Even though I was resistant at first to leave behind my beloved TNBA figures as a customizing base – finding parts was becoming harder and more expensive – I eventually made the logical transition to JLU figures.
I’ve come to appreciate the JLU figures not just for their simplicity, but also for the very wide selection in head, limb and body parts available.
Partially fuelled by the need to catalog parts for the upcoming AFI repaint contest, I’ve put together this visual guide to help stimulate ideas.
This first part of the guides showcases heads.
Simple - These are heads that can be transformed into new characters with a simple repaint. They also make great bases for sculpting and details can be easily modified with cutting or dremelling.
Row 1 – Black Canary, Captain Atom, Dove, Elongated Man
Row 2 -Galatea, Green Lantern (ver. 1), Green Lantern (ver. 2), Hawk
Row 3 – Lex Luthor, Mr. Miracle, Nemesis, Wonder Woman (Justice Lord)
Row 4 – Lex Luthor (STAS), Atom Smasher
Basic – These are heads that can be transformed into new characters by removing minor bits by cutting and sanding. They make great bases for sculpting additional details.
Row 1 – Atom, Batman (BTAS), Batman, Flash
Row 2 – Kyle Rayner, Mirror Master, Shayera Hall, Superman
Row 3 – Waverider, Nightwing (BTAS), Giganta, Catwoman (BTAS)
Row 4 – Orion, Parasite, Supergirl, Shining Knight
Row 5 – Sinestro, Volcana
Advanced - These are heads that can be transformed into new characters by removing fine details with some cutting, sanding or sculpting.
Row 1 – Amazo, Arkis Chummick, Aztek, Blue Devil
Row 2 – Bizarro, Demon, Joker (BTAS), Booster Gold
Row 3 – Dr. Light, Deadshot, Fire, Hawkgirl (Justice Lord)
Row 4 – Huntress, Robin (BTAS), Joker, Katma Tui
Row 5 – Lightray, Metamorpho, Aquaman, Obsidian
Row 6 – Question, Ray, Red Tornado, Stargirl
Row 7 – Starman, Steel, Two-Face (BTAS), Star Sapphire,
Row 8 – Wonder Woman (ver. 1), Vixen, Wonder Woman (ver. 2), Zatanna
Missing – Ice, Batgirl (BTAS)
Unique - These are heads that, unless you plan on doing a simple repaint of, will require considerable dremelling, cutting, sanding and sculpting to transform into a new character.
Row 1 – Big Barda, Brainiac, Copperhead, Darkseid
Row 2 – Doomsday, Forager, Grodd, Solomon Grundy
Row 3 – Shade, Lashina, Martian Manhunter, Martian Manhunter (Alien)
Row 4 – Dr. Fate, Rocket Red, Hawkgirl, Sand
Row 5 -Kilowog, Mantis, Green Arrow, Hawkman
Row 6 -Tomar Re, Ultra-Humanite, Vigilante, Wildcat
Missing – Penguin (BTAS)