Hey Mattel! Stick THIS on your wall!
December 16, 2008

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!!

Scott Rogers
Soctt "Boneyard" Rogers has been collecting toys, making custom action figures and reading comic books since before many of you were a twinkle in yore daddy's eye. Needless to say, he knows a fair bit about all of this stuff and definitely has some opinions about it. He also makes video games when he's not looking for toys, making custom action figures and reading comics books.
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  • Glenn Moss Glenn Moss says:

    I am inspired by these! Especially the Batwoman figure! Thanks for showing the way.

  • Jonathan says:

    I am so digging Robotman, its the best Ive ever seen. Now if we can only get the Metal Men.

    Batwoman looks amazing, as does Abin Sur-I did the same thing, Heatwave looks great, Ill have to try that recipe.

  • elvis8batman says:

    These are great, but my favourite has to be the Green Lantern Alan Scott. If they could just make a GL using that (blank) head, it would make so many people happy!

  • Scott Rogers Scott Rogers says:

    LOL. The head for Alan Scott is from Hal Jordan. I’ve updated the post.

  • CantinaDan says:

    Wow, great job on these. Love the classic Martian Manhunter. Looks like he comes from the pages of New Frontier.

  • Arsenio3 says:

    If they made Alan Scott using the Hal Jordan head I would lose my mind with righteous fury and indignant anger.

    Scott-which Mattel Q&A did you quote? Is that the AFI Q&A that you have insider info on? Or am I just missing it somewhere?

    Also these look ah-mazing. Love Heatwave and Manhunter!

  • fred says:

    HA! Most of those are actually on my shelf at home. Not just the character, but that particular figure. Wow!

  • Scott Rogers Scott Rogers says:

    @ Arsenio3 – The quote was from the DC Hall of Justice website.

    @ all of you – thanks for the kind words about the customs. making these guys are like eating potato chips – once you start, you can’t stop.

    When I’m done, I’ll post round two!

  • Erik superfriend says:

    What? No Killer Moth?

    These are pretty cool, and some are pretty obscure. Love that you included Halo. And that you included some Flash foes Heat Wave & Trickster. We can never have too many Flash Rogues after they ALL appeared in the Flash Museum episode of JLU.

  • kevfett says:

    Oh man these are incredible! I especially like Alan Scott and Kate Spencer.
    I would also like to go on the record as saying I loved the Hawkworld mini series and a Hawkworld inspired Hawkman and Hawkgirl would be awesome.

  • Poe Ghostal says:

    Just thought it’d be nice to link to the Q&A which had the quote about customs:


  • Darren says:

    Wow, some great stuff…

    But if you really used a hal head to make a custom I will lose my mind!!!?? Please tell me you have a custom mold of his head somewhere .. preferably one I can buy! 😉


  • Scott Rogers Scott Rogers says:

    @ Darren,

    You’ll have to talk to SpyMagician about that…

  • Jeremy SpyMagician says:

    PMimg is a wonderful thing!!!


  • Darren says:

    Scott/Spy, thanks! Spy I sent you a pm (assuming spymagician is your handle) – would love to know how you got the paint applied so smoothly as well!



  • Scott Rogers Scott Rogers says:

    @ Darren,

    …with a brush…

    Seriously, it’s just a matter of making your paint not too thick and your strokes not too wide….”Just like in Prison” as Spy would say.

  • Mouther says:

    Man.. the Superfly must learn from you…

  • Darren says:

    Scott, that’s impressive – are you using a gloss coat afterward, or just a glossy paint? Acrylics? The red on Alan looks absolutely perfect…

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