Sunday, January 22, 2012

Custom Action Figures of the 1990s...

Well, this is kind of embarrassing, but I'll share it anyway. Because I'm an over-sharer. While going through my files on my computer, I found these pictures from sometime in the late 1990s. There had been a line of action figures that included some members of the Justice League, b
ut not all. Total Justice gave us Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and then a few bizarrely random characters like Huntress, Black Lightning...and...I forget.

Because that wasn't enough, I decided to buy up some other ation figures and repaint them as I saw fit. Blame some of the amateurishness on the 1990s, some on my developing skills, and some on the pictures...which were taken on my parents' front porch. Wow.

The Teen Titans: Starfire, Arsenal, Troia, Flash, Nightwing, Tempest, and Changeling. Wow. That was one of my favorite superhero teams, and versions of it still are. Love the Titans.

Aztek and Metamorpho. It's best not to ask.

This one is more interesting to me than others, just because I don't remember making most of them. But hey kids, it was the 90's There was CRAZY stuff going on. So that was the Justice Society, and included... Hawkgirl, Hourman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, Black Canary, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Spectre, Flash (Jay Garrick) and Wildcat.

This is just an assortment of characters. No real rhyme or reason. The Wonder Twins, Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, Supergirl, Firestorm, and...the Ray? I don't remember that at all.

Some New Gods: Lightray, Orion, Big Barda and Mr. Miracle. I actually liked how they turned out, although you really can't tell how awesome they are from the photograph.

And then some ladies...too often overlooked. I mean come on. It's Wonder Woman. She deserves some credit. So in that picture we have Fire, Ice (a favorite team-up from the Justice League International comics) Wonder Woman (that tiara. ouch), Oracle (Barbara Gordon, former Batgirl, now computer genius in a wheelchair...with Agent Scully's head. Great.), and Tomorrow Woman. Who looks to be turning Japanese. I really think so.

Wow. Sorry about that blast from the past. I feel kinda dizzy now. I think we need more Fisher Price Little People to cleanse the palate.

Ahhh. Better.


  1. So here's the part where I go uber-nerd on you: these pictures are from 1999 at the earliest. I know this because in your Teen Titans pic, the flash is actually an alternate-reality version that didn't show up until mid that year. Also, your Ray figure looks to be made from a Toy Biz X-Man, which a little searching shows came out in '98. Based on his look, I'd say it's possible that pic wasn't taken until 2002 because that's when Ray joined Young Justice. I am a giant nerd.

  2. Those dates are entirely possible. I was assuming late 90s simply because the pictures were taken at my parents house, and I (finally) moved out in 2000. But it could be that I just pulled them out of storage later and took the picture. Ray being part of Young Justice is irrelevant, because I've never read a Young Justice book, ever. Which makes me a bad PAD fan. I'm still thinking the pic is August 2000 at the latest. Which again, is possible. Plus, I just don't think any of these were made post-marriage.

  3. Huh...I would have figured you for a Young Justice fan. Oh well. Mostly, I just had to point out the thing about Flash. Because I have an illness.

  4. I noticed that when I was looking at the pic--and that particular Flash costume would be from a very narrow window--so yeah. That's probably the most accurate dating. And I think I would totally BE a Young Justice fan. But I didn't get on board early, and then my library didn't carry the TPBs, and then I didn't bittorrent them, and then I stopped reading comics...yeah.