So as part of the big re-launch of AFI, I’m going to be doing a series of customs that represent what I think are viable ideas for Mattel!
First up: more Green Lantern Corps figures, or at least heads!
I think swappable heads are the best way to get more of the humanoid GL Corps members in figure form. This isn’t a new idea, yet it’s rarely used. DC Direct did it with their 13" GL Corps figure, to good effect, and at a smaller scale with a more affordable price point, it would be even more effective.
For DCUC I think Mattel could do a GL Corps Army Builder figure on Mattycollector.com; one base body and a number of heads. That way fans could buy one and swap out the head periodically, or buy a few and build a corps of their own. OR use the heads on Hal Jordan re-releases in the retail line. Or heck, Mattel could include a head or 2 with any Hal re-releases to encourage repeat buys.
Sure, not every humanoid GL Corps Member has the same number of fingers and toes but a simple head swap can certainly fill in the ranks quite a bit.
Now, on to the customs and kitbashes!
Sure, sometimes Arkkis is draw as much broader and bulkier with 3 fingers, while others see him as leaner, so I think the figure still works.
Not a hard custom. I used a Marvel Legends Age of Apocalypse head, grafted on the mask from a DCUC Green Lantern, and created Arkkis’ trademark hairdo with strips cut from the Sabertooth ponytail.
An even easier custom. Tuebeen just uses a Marvel Legends Iceman head with a GL Corps mask painted on. Tuebeen is usually drawn with a more faceted face, so I might go back and paint or carve some more detail, but for now it displays well enough.
The deceased GL Corps member from Xudar still gets a lot of action figure love, so he’d be an easy choice for a alternate head. (And continuity buffs could pretend the figure is his brother Tomar Tu.)
Either way, this kitbash is dead easy. Simply the head off a DC Direct Tomar Re!
So there you have it Mattel! Give us some more GL Corps Members! It’s fun, it’s easy and best of all it’s CHEAP!!! (And you can use this same idea on Sinestro Corps… Or the othe Corps…)
‘Til Next Time!