Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Clever Customs!

As some of you know, back in the day, I was a maker of custom Mego toys from the 1970's. I was even kind of a big deal for a while there ;-). I focused primarily on the DC and Marvel characters that Mego never produced, and it got so big that I ended up doing it full time for about three years until the DC Comics lawyers brought the gravy train to a screeching halt!

Thankfully, others have not only picked up the torch, but some have even been so creative and skillful, that they have truly set the bar to a new height. One of these artists is popsfartberger.
Yes, I said Popsfartberger. This guy is as elusive as he is genius; I scoured the interwebs looking for any information to his true identity with zero results. What separates Popsfartberger (I just love saying that) from other very talented customizers, is that he has decided to take on the goofy, none-too-detailed world of the 3 3/4" action figures from the late 70's and early 80's. 


Now before all of you decide to attack me for blaspheming our precious Star Wars toys from that era; I'm not talking about those! Sure, he does some Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and GI Joe customs, but I'm talking about the lesser known MEGO line of 3 3/4" goodness. You know, Pocket Superheroes, Eagle Force, Star Trek TMP, etc. However, instead of the family-friendly fare that Mego provided, his subject matter takes a darker, more adult theme; movies such as Jaws, Blade Runner, Dawn of The Dead, and Taxi Driver, are but a few examples of the many properties from that time period he creates.

 






















What I, as an artist and former customizer find especially impressive, is how he takes the essence of the original toy lines and not only does an incredible job capturing the style of the action figure, but he also does a phenomenal job in creating professional packaging that perfectly encapsulates the design style of the time with the subject matter. Kuddos, my friend! I can't find a website for him other that his Ebay page, but here are a few of his creations up for auction.


2 comments:

  1. those are sweet... makes me want to drag my toys out and play...

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    1. Yeah, I might have to clear some shelf space for a couple of these...

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