I finally wrapped up my list of Superman Hulkbusters with the completion of Earth Prime Superboy! The list included: President Superman (Red Son), Earth Prime Superboy, Kryptonian Life Suit Superman, Superboy, Eradicator, and Steel. The last five on the list were, of course, all from the nineties “Reign of the Supermen” series that followed the shocking death of Superman. Earth Prime Superboy had some challenges for sure. I ordered some 1mm translucent silicone tubing off eBay. It was pretty cheap ($1.76) and was the exact right size. For the back, I removed a sculpted piece from a TMNT Salamandrian mate. For the cape, I customized a cape from the Pilot Batman mate. The shoulders came from a Mandroid mate and the belt was fabricated from white styrene. I have never mastered (or even tried) sculpting; so, the hair is from an original Superman mate. The symbol was produced and printed on the computer and I used bright blue, flag red, yellow and metallic silver for the paint. The hardest part was removing the shoulders from the Mandroid mate with my Exacto chisel. I feel like this was the appropriate piece to finish out my Superman HBs and to become my 96th custom Hulkbuster overall. Just four more Hulkbusters to go and I will be done with this project! Superman is done, but the last four should be here “faster than a speeding bullet!”
Finally, Sue Richards showed up to claim her spot as the fifth member of the Fantastic Four! Fantastic FIVE you suggest? Well, that is not how we roll! Of course, we started with the Mr. Fantastic Doom-buster. Next came the Battle Damaged Ben Grimm Doom-buster. Eventually, the Human Torch Doom-buster lit up the team, and then, H.E.R.B.I.E. arrived as a temporary replacement for Sue. I had high hopes that I would find a way to create clear legs for Reed’s wife, and so, her arrival was delayed quite a bit. But I decided that if I was going to finish my 100 custom Hulkbusters by my target of December 31, I would have to settle for painted legs. So, here she is, the Phasing Invisible Woman Doom-buster. Not fancy. Not exactly what I invisioned, but here nonetheless! Custom Hulkbuster 95. The team is all gathered...let the fantastic adventures begin!
I never understood why Cyborg Superman was considered a match for the real Supes back in the day, but I really liked him visually. Hank Henshaw, a.k.a. Cyborg Superman, looked like the “Man of Steel” and a killer robot! Who wouldn’t find that appealing? Hank has had several different looks over the years, and, of course, the rebooted version was Kryptonian and not even Hank at all. It was his original look from “Reign of the Supermen” in the nineties that I wanted to recreate as my 94th custom Hulkbuster. I took the head and belt from a Cyborg Superman mate and the cape from a Hydra soldier. The front and back Superman symbols were created on the computer. I had to remove much of the thickness from inside the cape to allow it to fit on the back of the HB properly. Luckily, I had to use the same technique for my Thor Hulkbuster; so, I knew just how much to remove with my Exacto and only managed to cut my finger once. I removed the front cape attachments and glued them to the front of the HB and then used Flag Red paint to recolor the cape and to extend it visually over the shoulders. The rest of the figure used Silver Metallic and Bright Blue. I may try my hand at doing the modern Kryptonian version of Cyborg Superman sometime, but, for now, this will be enough to keep Superman’s hands full! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a psychotic killer cyborg!
If you were a child in the seventies, you remember that some of the best Saturday morning cartoon lineup shows were produced by Hanna-Barbera. Now, this was long before Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon, and Disney Channel. You actually had to wait a week to see your favorite cartoon characters unless you were lucky enough to have a VHS or Betamax recorder and taped shows to rewatch during the torturous 7 day wait. My all time favorite Hanna-Barbera cartoon was Space Ghost followed by the Blue Falcon in a close second. BF was very reminiscent of Batman and his dog, Dynomutt the Dog Wonder, seemed like a distant cousin to Scooby Doo. I chose the Blue Falcon as my 93rd HB custom to round out my childhood favorites collection. The hardest parts of this custom were the helmet beak, belt buckle, and chest insignia. The latter two were cut by hand from white styrene. For the helmet beak, I utilized a thigh enhancer from a Hulk mate. It only required a little cutting to pretty easily resemble a beak. The colors used on this mate were: black, yellow, flag red, bright blue, and metallic gold. The Falcon eyes on the top of the helmet were hand detailed. I must say that I pondered the possibility of a Dynomutt Hulkbuster to go with the Blue Falcon and decided against it. Well, that’s it for now. “To the Falcon Car, BF!”
The Transformers animated show back in the eighties led a wave of robot fantasies including Go-bots. M.A.S.K., Voltron, and many more. There is no transformer more iconic than the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime! He has had many incarnations over the years, but his original version is still my favorite. This custom Hulkbuster version of Optimus was my most complex to date. Every part from his head to his squared-off toes required customization and fabrication. I will be posting a YouTube video soon detailing some of the techniques I used. This is my 92nd HB custom and my number one favorite so far. Thanks for reading. “Autobots, roll out!”
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I have really enjoyed customizing Deadpool characters lately. You can check them all out on earlier blogs or on my website on the MINIMATE CUSTOMS tab. Believe it or not, I am really not that big of a Deadpool fan and I found the movie to be something that I could NOT take my children to see. I just like the Deadpool color scheme and variety of characters that he imitates. Of course, the X-Force Deadpool HB was almost completely monochromatic which attracted me to it as a complementary piece to all the red and black DP customs I had recently completed. The challenge always seems to be finding katanas and sheaths and appropriate accessories. I had picked up a couple “Deadpools Assemble!” packs at Ross Dress for Less a few months ago that have been extremely helpful. It also helps that Deadpool costumes seem to have variations that allow you to have a little creative license when doing customs. I hope you enjoyed this one. I am close to the end on Hulkbuster customs but have several Deadpool customs in mind for the next few months. Stay tuned!
For me, Duke has always been the most nostalgic member of the Joe team. His traditional Army look is what originally drew my attention to G.I. Joe. It is hard to detail where all the pieces for this custom came from because I just grabbed every scrap part that I had that looked old school Army. I do know that the grenade was an attachment to a gun that came in the “Spirit” four-pack that includes Octopus. The backpack came from one of the Max underwater figures. For the color scheme, I used Christmas Green, brown, and linen. I printed the American flag shoulder patch and cut his chest insignia out of white styrene and painted it metallic gold. This piece, when completed, really took me back to the eighties! Yo, Joe!
It seems odd that one of my favorite childhood cartoons chronicled the adventures of an anti-terror taskforce, G.I. Joe, and their struggles against a powerful worldwide terrorist group, COBRA! Maybe life does imitate art in some small way. Previously, I completed Hulkbusters of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and I now add the Cobra Commander to finish the trifecta. While CC was originally going to be my last G.I. Joe HB, I think I have another few in mind and will be re-thinking my plans for my final eleven Hulkbuster customs. Stay tuned!
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Well, there may be no hero more suited to wear Stark technology in the DC Universe more than John Henry Irons, a.k.a. Steel! This was a fairly easy build. I started by attaching a cape from the Steel DC minimate to the back of the HB. After that, I removed the front “S” plate and attached it to the HB chest armor. I also removed the HB helmet and cut out a piece of the left gauntlet to insert the wrist armor piece from the Steel mate. The belt required a slight modification and then was glued to the HB torso. After the glue dried, I covered the cape and sprayed the entire piece with metallic silver spray paint. I used “flag red” to recoat the existing cape and then to visually extend it up the back and over the shoulders to the front. I accented the wrists, belt, and feet with “gun metal gray.” The final task was popping on Steel’s head and inserting his iconic hammer into the right hand. I have been looking forward to adding this character to my other Superman-related Hulkbusters as my 87th HB custom overall. Look for possibly two or three more “Supes” HB characters to come in the near future! Until then...up, up, and away!
I have been searching high and low for a method of creating perfect webs for old Web-Head himself but have not found anything that produces the look I am going for. But there are several alternatives available for Spider heroes and here are a couple: the Spider Woman and Agent Venom Hulkbusters!
I will be completely honest with you. I did not even think about a Lady Deadpool Hulkbuster until after finishing my Gwenpool HB. I have been trying to customize some more female characters for Hulkbusters before I reach 100. I really like how this one turned out. That blonde ponytail really makes a great POP in the middle of all the red and black. I used a belt from one of the mates in the Deadpools Assemble set. That set that I picked up at Ross Dress for Less for ten bucks has been instrumental in a lot of my customs lately. Well, here she is...Lady Deadpool HB...custom HB number 84!
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Poole is definitely a strange amalgam of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool but yet has no connection to either of those two characters. The pink and white color scheme drew me to making a custom HB of this character. It has been difficult finding female Hulkbuster candidates for customs that still appear feminine. This is only my third female character including the Star Sapphire HB and Captain Marvel HB. I utilized parts from the recently released Toys R Us exclusive and created some accessories from white styrene and paint. I like how it turned out and my daughter was excited to see another "girl." Presenting my 83rd HB custom: the Gwenpool Hulkbuster!
I have completed my 40th Hulkbuster custom: the Carol Ferris Star Sapphire Hulkbuster! I used the head, hair and fashion accent from the Sand Saref minimate. For the white collar accent, I cut some white styrene and glued it to the armor. The tiara came from the officially produced D.C. Minimate, Star Sapphire. This custom only required a little gluing and pink, sterling silver, purple and white acrylic paint. This Lantern Corp HB is number five. The only Lanterns remaining to be produced are the orange and the blue. I am also looking at possibly doing the black and white Lantern corps if I can settle on a design! Keep customizing!
Like a moth is drawn to the flame, I was drawn to attempt the Doc Samson Hulkbuster as my 82nd HB custom. The flame in this case was the bright, vibrant colors and that big lightning bolt on the chest. Doc Samson has fought on both the sides of good and evil during his story arc and eventually gave his life as a hero in the end. Well, the end as much as anyone permanently dies in the Marvel Universe. For the custom, let us start from the top. The hair is from the Sin City Jackie-boy mate and the chest symbol and belt were customized from white styrene. The two round "bulges" on the belt were created by sheering off part of a minimate armpit ball joint. I painted the hair a base of Christmas Green and then mixed a little white with the green to give Doc some gamma hi-lites. I mixed three parts Linen to one part Orange to create the skin color for the arms. The rest of the colors used were Metallic Silver, Yellow, and Flag Red. With Doc Samson's desire to catch and cure Dr. Bruce Banner from his gamma curse, he seemed like an obvious choice to don the Hulkbuster armor. That's all, Doc!
It can be a tricky proposition when searching for a woman that can become invisible, but no one has heard from Sue Richards in a while and her husband along with the rest of the team has become extremely worried. Is she hurt? Is she deep undercover? Is Victor Von Doom involved? With a little help from fellow scientist and inventor, Tony Stark, the Fantastic Four has been outfitted with Hulkbuster armor that mimics the effects of the cosmic radiation that empowered the team. And not to be outdone, Reed Richards has created his own secret weapon, H.E.R.B.I.E.! The Doom-buster armor has already been tested when Ben Grimm, a.k.a. The Thing, encountered one of Victor's Doombots. After some repairs, Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, the Human Torch, and H.E.R.B.I.E. will resume their PRIORITY mission: FIND MRS. FANTASTIC! Stay tuned and see if she turns up in one of the final nineteen Hulkbuster customs. Excelsior!
Take one super-strength Asgardian and give him a super suit of armor from Stark Industries and the Incredible Hulk might have to look twice. We know that the Hulkbuster has overpowered a rampaging Hulk and that Thor is a close match in strength; so, maybe, just maybe, this would be a fair fight.
"Battle of the Planets" was the renamed American version of the Japanese anime called "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman." SNTG appeared in Japan in 1972 and BOTP appeared in the U.S. In 1978. The original Japanese version was considered too violent and so it was edited for content and added a loveable robot character named Seven Zark Seven that ran the team's control center at Center Neptune. His added scenes filled in the time left vacant by the aforementioned editing. Oh yeah, and he was definitely a rip-off of another famous droid of the time period that you may have also heard of, R2-D2! Battle of the Planets was awesome and was ahead of its time for action packed animation. The team of five teenagers, known as G-Force, flew their ship called the Phoenix and fought the evil forces of Spectra led by the devious Zoltar. The Phoenix to this day is still my favorite space ship! So, there was some history that went into custom Hulkbuster #76: my Battle of the Planets G-Force Zoltar-buster! I had such fun making it that I am seriously considering making the other four team members, but I only have 24 Hulkbusters left until I reach my goal of 100; so, only time will tell if the whole team makes the cut. Stay tuned and find out!
I am going to be honest with you right up front. I do not really know much about the Green Hornet and Kato. Here is what I do know. As a child I used to listen to a radio show every Friday night that included the adventures of the Green Hornet and Kato. This was a re-broadcast from the fifties as far as I could tell, that absolutely stoked my imagination to listen to it each week. I also remember watching re-runs of the sixties Batman t.v. show every week as a child and remember the Green Hornet and Kato's guest appearance. It thrilled me to see images of the characters I had enjoyed listening to and imagining on the radio broadcasts. I also know that Bruce Lee did a stint as Kato at some point. And finally, in 2011, Seth Rogen appeared as the Green Hornet in the movie. The movie didn't thrill me. These customs are my homage to a very different set of heroes cloaked in the shroud of the criminal. Trendsetters at the very least of a wave of vigilante heroes that would come to be popularized in the seventies. Interesting characters and fun customs!
Well, I have made so many Hulkbuster customs lately that I had to put six into one blog just to catch up! From the top left going clockwise, we have the Punisher HB, the Grand Admiral Thrawn Rebel-buster, the Wolverine HB, the Arnim Zola HB, the Phasing Vision Infiltrated HB, and the Tron Legacy Grid-buster! You can get a better look at the Phasing Vision Infiltrated HB on the CUSTOMS tab. The side views show the Vision flying through the Hulkbuster. My favorite out of this batch has to be the Tron Legacy Grid-buster. I have wanted to do a Tron custom for a long time. I felt like the disc was the frosting on the cake. Grand Admiral Thrawn came together by chance with the parts that I had left over after making the Punisher HB. It was tricky painting the blue face but was so worth it! The Grand Admiral has been a reoccurring character on Star Wars Rebels, but I was first exposed to him in the original Timothy Zahn "Heir to the Empire" trilogy. If you've never read it, it's worth the time. Unfortunately, it is not considered Star Wars canon anymore. I have had Arnim Zola and Wolverine on my to-do list for a while. For Wolverine, I chose extra long adamantium claws (made from ninja swords) to tear through opposing suits of armor if needed and extra-thick Hulk hide if possible. Well, that's it. Check out the 360 degree pictures of each one on the website. 75 Hulkbusters down, 25 more to go!
Wow, three years has really flown by fast! I cannot believe that this is my 200th blog post already. A lot has changed in three years: I live in a different part of the world, I now have two teenagers in the house, I have been married for over two decades (22 years to be exact), and let's not get started on the political scene! One thing that has not changed is my enjoyment of those little two inch action figures with 14 points of articulation...minimates! In the last year, I have gotten really involved with customizing Hulkbusters. If you are a regular reader of this blog, I'm sure you have noticed. Over the course of the last three years my customizing focus has gone from Marvel Zombies to Angel to Venom to Hulkbusters and to what I like to call my Marvel Lantern Corps. And there have been many one-offs in between. All of those customs can be seen on www.minimateaddicts.com on the "Minimate Customs" tab. My wife and children all still enjoy my work and occasionally help with the process of customizing and collecting. My youngest, Aaron, has his own collection of mates and takes time quite often to talk minimates or seek a trade. All-in-all, it is still not a bad hobby and is as addictive as ever! I will never regret the choice of names for my website! I hope you all have enjoyed the previous 199 blog posts and will stick around with me for the next 200. And, as always, make 'em the way you like 'em!
I recently added two new HB bat suits to the collection: the Green Lantern Batman Hulkbuster and the Superfriends Batman Hulkbuster as my 67th and 68th HB customs. After seeing the movie "Batman vs. Superman," I remember thinking that the Dark Knight would be a good candidate for some HB customizing. As you may recall, I have previously created The White Lantern Batman HB and the Dark Knight HB as my 43rd and 52nd HB customs, respectively. The symbol for the GL Batman HB may have been the single-most difficult chest element I have had to do because of the inside curves of the bat wings. Other than the symbol, the gauntlet guards were pretty tedious. Using white styrene, I created a little stencil for each custom (slightly different from each other) and used them to cut out the six guards. I have a couple more Batman variations in mind, but I will have to restock on my capes and cowls! Same bat time, same bat...well, you get the idea!
I am not sure. I was only seven years old at the time, but did anything better happen in 1979 than the release of the movie, "The Black Hole?" I mean the first woman was elected Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1979. The ESPN network was launched in 1979. But I am sticking with "The Black Hole." I mean wasn't it the first Disney "PG" movie? It had cool spaceships, robots, suspense, weirdness, and a giant flaming meteor. It was a great space movie when Star Wars had just redefined what "great space movie" meant a couple years earlier. And who was cooler than Maximilian? He was absolutely silent until his spinning assassin blades began to whir. So, as a tribute to this early robot space ninja, I present my 66th HB custom, the Maximilian Palomino-buster! I cannot detail all of the effort it took to put this guy together; so, I'll just list a few features. His head is from the X-Men movie Juggernaut. His legs are made from regular minimate legs turned upside down. And his arms are made from dental flossers. Oh, and his exhaust port was scavenged from the bottom of a M.O.D.O.K. chair. About the only part of the original Hulkbuster left was the chest piece. One thing that I would still like to go back and add is to put a minimate head inside his head with the two eyes of Dr. Hans Reinhardt looking out like at the very weird ending of the movie. If I do, I will post a picture. Some people may have thought this mate was not possible, but as Dr. Reinhardt reminded Ernest Borgnine's character, "The word "impossible," Mr. Booth, is only found in the dictionary of fools."
Well, it only took 65 Hulkbuster customs to finally get to my favorite Marvel super hero of all time...Spider-Man! Yes, it is true. I have been avoiding him. Good friends do that sometimes, don't they? It was nothing personal. I have just been afraid of Spidey's webs. Those fine, straight lines that adorn his costume have been a sticking point for me. How do I make a Spider-Man HB custom with webbing? I made a Venom. I made an Anti-Venom. I even made an Iron Spider, but, alas, no Spidey. Now, I know what some of you long-time minimate collectors are thinking. The early released Ultimate Spider-Man minimate had no webs on the costume. I have thought about that a lot! But still, a traditional Spidey with no webs is, well, can we say it...BORING! So, that brings us to Deep Immersion Spider-Man. He was recently released in the Walgreens line from the now-departed "Web Warriors" animated show. He's pretty cool looking and, yep, no webs in the costume! The only visible part of his costume is his head, which I transferred over to the Hulkbuster. So, there we have it. Finally, a Spider-Man Hulkbuster. Hopefully, he will be joined by other Spider-Men like Spider-Man 2099 or black-suited Spidey and SOMEDAY, a traditional red and blue Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, complete with webs! A man can dream!