Repaint - NECA The Dark Knight Joker bootleg


 

Not posting for a long time? Yep that seems like my m.o. but I have a good excuse because I've been busy! Customizing and/or repainting a bunch of figures. Too many figures at once I would say. I pick one up, leave it halfway done and go start another one because the idea just popped in my head and like a child... or a puppy... or a puppy child with A.D.D. I just had to drop everything and invest myself in a brand new experimental idea.

Anyway, I bought the bootleg version of the NECA 7" Joker from The Dark Knight movie starring Heath Ledger from AliExpress because the original figure was released in 2015 I think and it's not the cheapest at the moment.

And although Jack Nicholson's Joker will likely always be my Number 1 Guy, Heath Ledger's version is my second favorite and there are barely any figures that are decent looking and not mad expensive in this scale, so this was the perfect chance. 

Here's how the bootleg originally looked like, you can see there were some atrocities being committed mainly gold streaks over the forehead, mismatched colors between arms and torso, bright baby blue suit under the purple jacket, and a too-perfectly painted red smile are among the biggest offenders. 

Bootleg version:



Repainted bootleg version:






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Custom 1/12 scale 1989 Batmobile

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Custom Scarecrow - DC Multiverse McFarlane Toys

 

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Custom Mister Freeze



So I can say that even though it's not completely finished, I'm pretty proud of this conversation as back when I started to play around with the idea, I didn't think it would actually work. So, why not just buy a Mr. Freeze 1:12 scale or 7 inch figure? Amazingly, there are none unless you're willing to pay hundreds for them and the alternatives at decent prices are... well...

 

DC Collectibles DC Comics Designer Action Figures Series 2: Mr. Freeze Figure by Greg Capullo

 
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS Gotham Select Mr. Freeze

And their expensive competition...

One:12 Collective Mr. Freeze - Deluxe Edition

DC Direct Batman: Arkham City: Mister Freeze Deluxe

I went for the absolute cheapest because if it didn't work out then it wouldn't pain me that much. With the Gotham version I had affordability and my only worries were a bald head and the helmet/dome. So from these two ugly-ass prototype helmets...



 

 I decided to shave the ever loving crap out of him and gave him a gun. It was actually Marvel Legends Superpatriot's arm.

 



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Random Picdump







 

 

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Marvel Select - Magneto by Diamond Select Toys




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Ghostbusters Plasma Series shoot

Hey. Picking up where I left off back in July 2020, I decided to work on some proton streams so that the whole crew could go blast-happy.

 






 

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AZRAEL Batman Amor - McFarlane DC Multiverse

AZRAEL Batman Armor from Batman: Curse of the White Knight #8

This is the second time in my life I've been interested in an Azrael action figure and it's a mighty fine example of Todd McFarlane's incredible trademark sculpting. While not much in the articulation department, as sort of expected, it's still very much fun to pose.

 




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Cable 1:12 Collectible by Mezco

A couple of amazing things happened this year (otherwise filled to the brim with bullshit). 1) I finally have a decent camera to shoot with. And 2) J.G. An awesome friend and co-worker surprised me with two amazing gifts, this being only one of them.


Meet Cable from the 1:12 Collectible line by Mezco, this bad boy comes with a butt-load of accessories and exchangeable hands and that oh-so-sweet light up feature. This isn't a review cause I ain't any good at those so...

 





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Unused Poster for Batman 1989

More than 10 years ago I found a lot of online resources with concept art, storyboards and cut scenes for Batman (1989) and Batman Returns. I was baffled by the fact a lot of AMAZING things were left on the cutting room floor, which brings me to the unused poster below. I have yet to see an official restoration so  having already dabbled in upscaling/restoring with the Nintendo Power NES Batman Video Game, I tried my hand at this.


 

Original file (highest resolution I was able to find):

 


Bonus with added glow and red lips.




Nintendo Power Vol. 8 - Batman The Video Game Poster Restoration - NES, 1989

I had no idea this thing even existed and a decent scan online is pretty non-existent. This amazing piece of art was a four-page poster found in the eight volume of the now defunct Nintendo Power magazine. Archive.org has a full magazine scan but unfortunately no poster is included. Found within a Michael Keaton / Batman 1989 Facebook fan page, and thanks to Devan Gladden I was able to upscale and fix several aspects of the poster, including but not limited to: 

 

  • • Re-doing the logos for Batman, Nintendo Power and its copyright signature 
  • • Colorization as close as possible to other pictures of the poster itself found online 
  • • Removal of creases and distortions 
  • • Smoothing (tried to keep the original details as intact as possible) 
  • • Upscaling for printing


Click for Full-size image. Dimensions: 5128x6000 px, File size: 3.3 MB


 The unedited version:




Beetlejuice (NECA Cult Classics Series 7) & repainted Vanishing Vault (Kenner, 1989)

This was one of my holy grails, but I still hold on and hope someday we'll get an ultimate version of this iconic character.

 For more info on the repainted Vanishing Vault from the original Kenner toy line, click here.