Custom Con 23 is on this week, hosted graciously by Joe Acevedo after the Fwoosh requested a switch to the winter slot. Since we switched to three Custom Cons a year, the summer slot seems to be the lightest, but there’s still a bunch of great entries to look at.
In their original incarnation, Mezco Mez-Itz were 3-inch mini-figures they produced for their licensed properties, like Aliens and Dick Tracy, and some original creations, like Pirate Mez-Itz. I know I have some of the older Hellboy and Predator Mez-Itz around here somewhere – most likely they’ve been gobbled up in my wife’s growing collection of designer figures.
To promote the launch of the new Mez-Itz, Mezco invited customizers and designers from the toy industry to make some customized Mez-Itz. Their creations were collected into an art show and also shown at San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to the He-Man by Airmax and Skeletor by SpyMagician (shown above), be on the lookout for entries from Iron Cow, Joshua Izzo, Eddie Wires and more.
When Mattel first announced the DC Universe Classics 2-pack of Adam Strange and Starfire, I was pretty psyched. You see, I’m a big fan of Cosmic Odyssey – in that comic, those two characters team up with Lightray of the New Gods to fight an aspect of the Anti-Life Entity. Adam Strange’s adopted planet, Rann, the Earth, and the rest of the universe are at stake! (I can’t believe how nerdy I sound.)
Then, when Mattel revealed that Strange and Starfire would be in their modern day costumes, I was crushed. Starfire’s close enough, but Strange? I knew I would have to do something about that.
The Deadpool figure from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine line (whew, that’s a mouthful) is probably my favorite Marvel figure in the 3 3/4-inch scale from Hasbro. It doesn’t hurt that Deadpool is one of my favorite Marvel characters. He’is a kickass ninja who, in the hands of a talented writer (no, I’m not talking about Daniel Way), would beat you into submission with in-fight banter. The stock figure is a pretty good rendition of him, but given how much I like the character, I couldn’t leave good enough alone.