Friday, May 30, 2014

Beta Ray Bill (Marvel Custom)

Beta Ray Bill

Real Name: Beta Ray Bill
First Appearance: Thor #337

Built With: Bill starts with a vintage Power Rangers 8" figure to have that uniform bulk. The costume is a vintage Mego Thor costume with a modern CTVT red cape. His belt is a painted TNA championship belt and the boots are random cut plastic painted yellow. His helmet and hammer are from the Famous Covers Thor. The wristbands are just cut cloth. The head is a painted miniature prehistoric mammal skull from Toobs. 

From Marvel Heroes: Debuting in the Bronze Age of Comic Books, the character was initially intended to be a surprise as an apparent monster who unexpectedly proves to be a great hero. As such, Bill becomes the first being outside of the Marvel Universe's Norse pantheon to be deemed worthy enough to wield Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. After an initial rivalry for possession of the weapon, the alien warrior was granted a war hammer of his own, called Stormbreaker, and the two reconciled as staunch allies.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Grok (One Million B.C.)

Name: Grok
Line: One Million B.C.
Year: 1977-78

Grok is the hunter of the caveman group. He is not complete and is missing the foam/magnet spear that he threw. Replacing that is a repro-Western Heroes spear. It fits. His neckwear, fuzzy loincloth and boots are all original.

From The Mego Museum: "This line from 1977-78 took it's name from the Raquel Welch classic, but was not related to the movie. The female, Mada, far from being Raquel Welch, actually shares her head with Ma Walton...

A Tribal Lair treehouse was protyped and advertised on the card back, but was not produced. The cave family also had a Tyrannosaur, Dimetroden, and Hairy Rhino to populate their prehistoric adventures.

Given children's television at the time, it's no wonder Mego chose to create this line. Children across the world were watching Land of the Lost, Korg 70,000 BC and the animated Valley of the Dinosaurs.

The cave man series produced a number of unusual features for the 8 inch format. The figures have fused torsos (no waist unit) to accomodate the "Spear Throwing Action". Lacking the waist unit, the bodies have trouble standing up. They are hard to pose, especially in their furry shoes."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Apache Chief (DC Custom)

Apache Chief

Real Name:
First Appearance: Challenge of the Superfriends "The Antidote"

Built With: CTVT Brown Body, Repro Cochise Head, Conan Boots and Red Wrist Bands. Vest and Loin Cloth were created modifying Vintage Marx Johnny West Indian accessories.

From DC Database: Apache Chief is a Native American super-hero with the ability to greatly increase his size. He is a member of the Super Friends. By speaking the phrase "Inuk chuk!" his powers are activated, making him grow to the size of 50-feet tall. His counterpart in the mainstream DC Universe is Manitou Raven, a mystic hero and member of the Justice League.



Ghost Rider (Marvel Custom)


Ghost Rider

Real Name: Johnny Blaze
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight #5

Built With: CTVT White Body, Blue Motorcycle Jumpsuit, Black Boots, Black Gloves, White Pouch Belt, Modern Skull Head and White Electrical Tape for the insignia. The head flame is a modified BAF Ultimate Green Goblin Fireball.

From Marvel Heroes: Raised in a carnival by stunt men, Johnny Blaze was born to ride. When his mentor revealed that he was dying of cancer, Blaze made a deal with the demon Mephisto to save the man's life. Blaze's infernal contract bound his soul to the demon Zarathos and cursed him to become the Ghost Rider, a Spirit of Vengeance who rides the night and punishes the wicked. Throughout the years, Blaze has found himself battling his inner demon almost as often as his countless supernatural enemies.






Sunday, March 23, 2014

Meanwhile...

Hello all and welcome to the Custom League of America! As you can probably tell, I am fascinated with the greatest action figures ever created; the line of Mego heroes, villains, legends, television characters and more that dotted the 1970s and 1980s. These 8", articulated figures with real cloth costumes and outstanding sculpting were THE toy of my youth. I didn't get a chance to have many then, but now I can! As a comic fan, there were also a BEVY of characters that I wanted to see turned into Mego figures. That is where the Custom League of America comes in. As a stress reliever, I build custom Mego figures of my favorite characters from yesterday and today. I keep every one and, when possible, make extras for sale. Regardless, this hobby insures that I stay sane. I hope you enjoy these figures as much as I do.