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"Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Tue May 01, 2012 7:13 +0000

ok, i'm new to the dojoboard, but i have been a long time fan of the TMNT and Usagi Yojimbo. I was first introduced to Usagi via the Ninja Turtles back in the day, whether it was by a comic add or Usagi #10...i dont recall. well a few months back i commissioned Jim Lawson to draw me a nice little piece with all four turtles and what he sent to me blew me out of the water. i was so inspired by the art that i decided to customize a Jim Lawson styled ninja turtle action figure (a little hobby of mine). once i was done, i emailed Jim a few pics and he loved it! that made me feel great! still motivated, i decided to do some other of my favorite rendtions of the shelled warriors. i followed up with an A. C. Farley Donatello and most recently an Eric Talbot Raphael. My Leo is in the works...just about done actually. Once that Leo is done, i plan on attempting another Leo but in Stan Sakai's style.

i hope you guys enjoy the pics!

Jim Lawson's Michelangelo
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A. C. Farley's Donatello
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Eric Talbot's Raphael (2 dif head sculpts)
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby Mayhem » Tue May 01, 2012 8:01 +0000

Welcome :D

Now, I've seen these of course because I'm also on the Technodrome, but I'm sure they're gonna be new for most folks here heh.
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby Usagi » Fri May 04, 2012 12:29 +0000

That looks reallllly cool! :)
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby go » Fri May 04, 2012 16:44 +0000

Cowabunga Dude!
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Sun May 06, 2012 17:53 +0000

thanks guys :)


well Leo is the final of the four brothers. i had originally intended to do Ross Campbell's old school Mirage rendition. both because i love that particular rendition and his mask is red so it would fit in perfectly with the other three Mirage turtles i did. but with Ross' new Leo issue coming out recently, i thought it only fitting to go with the new version. it kinda is an old meets new combination. Ross has ties to the Mirage turtles and now he has ties to the new IDW turtles. both versions are awesome, and i love how Leo turned out. when i painted Leo, i went with the actual colors that Ross uses vice how the comic was colored since it was someone else who colored it. its not perfect but i feel its a pretty close representation of the character. please let me know what you think :)

Ross Campbell's Leonardo (IDW)
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby Maka » Sun May 06, 2012 20:08 +0000

Awesome! You have some skills! Thanks for sharing. Peace, maka
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby maichan » Tue May 08, 2012 19:34 +0000

Yes, truly awesome! This is what action figures should look like! Turtle thumbs up, all the way dude!
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:31 +0000

I’ve been a fan of Usagi Yojimbo and Stan’s rendition of the TMNT ever since their first crossover. That crossover was also my introduction to the Usagi character and I grew to really like him. By no means was I diehard fan like I was with the TMNT. In all honesty the availability of the Usagi Yojimbo comics at my local comic shops was random at best and I didn’t go out of my way to get them. But when I saw a copy on the comic rack I would buy it and it always proved to be an enjoyable read.

Over the years my appreciation for the character and Stan’s story telling has grown tremendously. TMNT, UY, and a few choice issues of Cerebus are the ONLY comics that I keep in my small but prized collection. Lol, I guess I have a thing for talking animals… I’m hoping that Stan will do an alternate cover for the new IDW TMNT series. That would be too cool. I can’t say that’s very likely but it’s always possible. At any rate, here is a custom figure that I was inspired to do to show my love and appreciation for Stan’s contribution to the TMNT world and all of his amazing art :)

Initially I went with a standard aggressive kind of facial expression, but while I liked it, I wasn’t getting the full fledged Stan Sakai vibe, so I came up with head sculpt #2 which is much more reflective of Stan’s personalized style. Art is like water; ever changing and adapting. Stan’s rendition of his characters has changed over the years. Most of the differences have been minor, such as the shell pattern, the plastron design, and the heel of the foot. It was tuff to chose, but I went with his Mirage rendition. I know he didn’t color the issue (that was done by Tom Luth if I remember correctly) but I liked how clean and vivid the colors were and it just seemed to fit well.

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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby MikeM » Tue Jun 12, 2012 7:23 +0000

wow. amazing.
you are truly talented!
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:14 +0000

MikeM wrote:wow. amazing.
you are truly talented!

thank you!
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby Maka » Wed Jun 13, 2012 21:14 +0000

Very cool!

When are you going to make an Usagi? ;) Peace, maka
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby locustofdeath » Fri Jun 15, 2012 15:21 +0000

Oooooh! These are amazing! Now those are toys I'd love to have on my bookshelf.

Love to see a Usage figure to go with them (and a Groo, even though there was never a crossover - but perhaps a Cerebus).
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Tue Jul 31, 2012 18:11 +0000

Michael Zulli style tmnt.

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ok so really it could be anyone of the brothers. each of the brothers do have a unique shape pattern painted on their shells (as seen in the reference) but i'm not sure which one belongs to who.

what can i say about Zulli...he illustrated and wrote the fantastic "Soul's Winter" series in volume one. it is easily the most unique story and art that have graced the pages of TMNT to date and probably one of the greatests. when i first read the story, i was blown away by the spin he put on splinter and shredder. his rendering of the turtles transported my imagination to another planet, never to return the same. he is a true master of his craft.
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby MikeM » Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:51 +0000

I remember when I picked up those issues. They were so different and beautifully drawn.
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Re: "Artist Rendition" custom TMNT action figures

Postby plasticplayhouse » Tue May 28, 2013 9:31 +0000

I float around the dojo pretty regularly, but I don’t often post. Probably due to the fact that I can only seem to make one post per day. I'll post a comment in one of the threads but if I try to post another comment (regardless of thread) it says I have to wait before posting again :(

At any rate...I have made a bunch more of these "artist rendition" custom action figures since my last post in this thread and here they are! One day when I run out of TMNT styles to make, I'll most likely move on to my other favorite comic and make some UY characters :)

i've done at least 8, but since i can only post 5 links at a time, i may have to update it over a few days span.

Laird style Dr. Dome
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Mark Bode style Mikey
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