CUSTOM ACTION FIGURES
LINE HISTORY:

Toybiz Style:

Even though I'm not the world's biggest Marvel fan, it's hard not to love the X-Men.  I not only followed the X-Men throughout much of the late 80s/early 90s, I bought many X-Men toys.

Toybiz, the toy company that Marvel bought, produced an astonishing array of Marvel toys -- so many that I've felt I didn't have to customize any figures.  There will likely be very few Toybiz-style customs to come from me, but I have decided to jump into the Marvel pool because, while Toybiz created a great number of figures, they didn't always produce the best quality figures.  Toybiz-style figures are in virtually the same scale as my DC Total Justice line, although they don't look as constipated and they generally have more articulation.

Animated Style:

Technically, there have only been a few Marvel lines released which can be considered in the animated style (a Spider-Man line comes to mind), but that hasn't stopped customizers from adapting their favorite characters into animated action figures.  My animated-style figures will follow classic conventions of the ADCU and JLU-style figures:  clean lines, bold colors, mostly stiff posture, and little articulation.

TOYBIZ STYLE FIGURES

Dazzler

Moondragon

ANIMATED STYLE FIGURES

Bucky Barnes

Captain America


My love-hate relationship with Marvel

Comic book readers usually fall into one of two camps:  Marvel readers or DC readers.  Sure, there are some who straddle the line, but most I've come across really have a preference for one or the other, and that preference is usually set at a fairly young age.  

Most superhero books I remember and love from my childhood were almost exclusively DC.  It wasn't until I was well into my teens that I really discovered Uncanny X-Men, and I quickly became a huge fan.  I even began to pick up the various peripheral X-titles (and two such titles -- PAD's X-Force and the Claremont/Davis X-Caliber -- were as well loved by me as the X-Men books themselves).  But strangely enough, my love for the merry mutants didn't really cross-over into a love for Marvel's other characters.  I've only ever bought two Avengers books in my life, one New Defenders book, and my only connection to Spider-Man was through the old Electric Company skits (okay, that's a lie, I did pick up the first handful of issues of the McFarlane Spider-Man, including multiple variant covers).  But while I really dug the X-Men for a while, crossover after crossover after crossover soured my tastes somewhat, so that by the end of the multiple cover, chromo-foil, money grab that we call the mid 90s, I'd given up every Marvel book I was ever buying.  For good.

It wasn't until well after I graduated college that I began to pick up Marvel books again.  Grant Morrison's New X-Men kicked it off.  I can't believe Marvel fanboys complain about Morrison's run, but then again, I've never been a Marvel fanboy, so what do I know?  I really liked that Morrison ditched the costumes and took the X-Men on an experimental journey into the future instead of the past -- with all the melodrama they just felt tired to me before that, and Morrison rejuvenated them.  Anyway, along with New X-Men, I also bought Milligan & Allred's X-Statix for some time.  Later I picked up the Ultimate X-Men in trade paperback, and I liked that so much that I'm now reading in trade format the four core Ultimate books, Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Spider-man, Ultimates, and Ultimate Fantastic Four, and even some of the minis, such as Ellis's Ultimate Galactus trilogy (when it finally all comes out -- damn late books).

More recently, I've again ventured into the Marvel Universe proper, again through trades.  Whedon & Cassady's Astonishing X-Men serves as the only X-book worthy of following up Morrison's run, and Waid & Weiringo's Fantastic Four is keeping me thoroughly entertained even though I know it's already over.

So here I am, back reading Marvel books.  

Of course, I'm still a DC fanboy at heart.  What's a guy gonna do?
 

 
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