Cosplay - The Riddler (2016)

Continuing to finally document and post what I've done in the past few Halloweens, we move on to year 2016, where I decided to bring it down a notch. In order to do that, I had to decide for a character that uses regular every-day clothing (just in very specific color schemes).

I don't remember using this outside of one Halloween party and a Superhero day at work (yes, I know The Riddler is not a superhero), so the main purpose was for it to be low-effort, economical and comfortable to wear.


Consisting of a spray-painted black bowler or derby hat, a few iron-on patches, cheap purple tie and purple ladies leather gloves, a green jacket from Wish.com, I can definitely say the hardest thing of this whole get-up was...



...the freakin' Riddler cane. Consisting of a wooden dustpan handle, a small PVC pipe segment and a heavily modified wooden "S" bought at TJ Maxx, my hometown friend "Guichy" Millán (IG Profile) went through a lot of effort to make this a reality at the lowest cost possible. Thanks to time and a stupid hurricane named Maria, I no longer have this.




Shots of Horror Movie Figures

So I really don't know how this happened, or rather how it didn't, but I discovered I hadn't posted my first ever figure/collectible photos on my blog. These were taken with my now-defunct Canon Rebel XTi camera and I did not own the figures, I borrowed the figures from a local at my hometown.

I recently found out these were 18+ inches tall! It's been almost ten years since I took these photos, so memory is a bit hazy thinking they were 12 inches.

Okay, let's start off with...

Edward Scissorhands 18" Movie Maniacs Series 5 - McFarlane Toys (2002)


I remember it having very little articulation and it supposedly had "motion-activated  blade moving action" in order to wiggle its scissor-fingers but the figure I had was bust.






Jason Vorhees (Freddy Vs Jason) 19" - NECA (2009)

The articulation on this guy was better but still very limited. It had a removable mask and this is one of the "less is more" cases in my opinion as the face reveal has always been disappointing when it comes to Jason. It had a machete that was not removable, effectively mimicking the running theme of the movies.









Leatherface 18" Movie Maniacs Series 4 - McFarlane Toys (2001)

The chainsaw on this guy had a broken handle so it was tricky not having it show in the shots. The fact a lot of the folds at the clothes are sculpted with a lot of detail, using the articulation points actually kinda messes up the realism of the look. I remember liking the experimenting using a candle for lighting.





Cosplay - Beetlejuice and Lydia Deetz (2015)

Picking up from my previous post, I try to document what I did all these past Halloweens since I did not bother to do it back then.

As you may have assumed from my MS-Paint Beetlejuice from 10 years ago (ouch!), I am a fan of the bio-exorcist and it was only because my wife promised she would endure the process of painting my face for all three outings that I was able to do this. My costumes require little to no make-up and that's a conscious decision. Anyway, she fittingly went as Lydia Deetz in her wedding gown from the film. At first I did the film version which had a white shirt, whereas the animated series version sported a pink shirt instead, so the next day I decided to switch it up and now I can say I did both.









Cosplay - Mortal Kombat II Raiden (2014)

Learning how to run away from reality by dressing up as my favorite fictional characters has been an annual aspiration to buy things I definitely do not need for many years now. It was not up until a few years ago, the only excuse that I could get away with was to do it at Halloween and if you add my signature style of "Oh I have no real responsibilities lemme drink until I learn how to socialize properly" and it instantly became my favorite time of year!

Well, these past few years the tradition has somehow stayed alive but I have not been bothered to continue posting about it so I'll try to make up for it in a few upcoming posts, starting with this one.

Halloween 2014: Mortal Kombat II - Raiden

This was actually the second Raiden costume I had because the original did not live up to my standards and I lacked the drive to improve it. So I bought a white gi on eBay, have someone sew the blue and black apron-like fabric and the rest were hand-wraps both on my arms and legs.


The black sash or whatever you call the thing around my waist was originally part of that discarded Raiden costume but opted to use something less intrusive at the actual event(s). One thing I also attempted was to have lightning circulate at least one of my arms by the way of sticking an EL wire in between various holes in the left sleeve. It wasn't bad, but it required a lot of darkness for it to be noticeable.




Custom BvS: Dawn of Justice Electro-Armor Batman 12in. Figure




What actually set me off on considering customizing any sort of figure in any magnitude was this thing right here. I was given this figure by my ex-boss and good friend Tony. It surprised me that someone would give me a kid's toy out of nowhere but the more surprising thing is that it was based off Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a movie he really disliked. Turns out a niece or nephew gave him the toy and suffice it to say, it is a very crappy and basic looking toy that was obviously meant to cater to little kids.



So for its time and price tag ($20 approx.) it's got a pretty basic but decent look and feel to it, it's obviously not proportionate to the size of the suit, it's got semi-transparent eyes and chest emblem that light up blue when the ACTION WINGS are expanded and its very clean-looking (sunny-bright yellow) belt is very out of place.

By the way, that whole "Deploy Action Wings!" thing is sadly also present for the Superman figure and it looks even worse. That being said, I knew I had to remove those wings and it was pretty straightforward. Fortunately for me, I did not have to make a perfect cut of fabric for the cape as it just drapes down and it's supposed to look a bit roughed up.

Next I repainted the entire figure with a metallic acrylic grey I had laying around, weathered the belt, tried to darken up the areas between the actual armor, as well as get rid of the semi-transparent sections.

Disclaimer: My camera is still shit so please bear with me.






Customizing Beetlejuice 1989 Kenner Action Figures



Since I haven't posted in a while, instead of getting to the point straight away I wanted to give some background on this idea. If you don't want to read all that, click here.

What I remember most about my childhood was the entertainment and in that area, the Nintendo Entertainment System and action figures were top contenders for the crown of time wasters. Much like today.

Like most other kids born in the 80's, my toys were mainly composed of:
  • • ThunderCats 
  • • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • • G.I. Joe 
  • • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • • Batman

However, there were some one-offs that stayed in the back of my head and one of them was Beetlejuice. I remember this toy line being somewhat limited to the point which no one else at school even bothered to have a single action figure. As an adult I've come to realize that the toy line is somewhat misguided. The Beetlejuice movie had been released in 1988 and a Saturday morning cartoon had released in 1989. I loved the film and was also definitely a fan of the animated series but if you're a stifler for consistency even as a kid you would find me asking why are Lydia and Beetlejuice friends now? Why do the outfits vary so much? Are the toys based off the film or the animated series?

For reference, the following figures as Series 1 were released and I've added what they're supposed to represent from the film:

Shish Kebab Beetlejuice, Spinhead Beetlejuice and Showtime Beetlejuice


For what they were, they were decent enough considering these were obviously based off the film. Keep in mind that although we have fond memories of Beetlejuice, he's not in the film for that long, he's very vulgar and is basically the villain of the story. Then Series 2 or the second wave of the figures came out with these two lackluster entries:

Shipwreck Beetlejuice

The only purpose of Shipwreck Beetlejuice was to deceive with its boxart and stick out four "snakes" from his hair.

This is just sad.


Exploding Beetlejuice

And the last Beetlejuice figure made by Kenner was Exploding Beetlejuice. This figure's sole purpose is to put his index fingers close to his ears like he's expecting something loud to happen and then... he explodes when you squeeze his legs.

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In my opinion, what the figures had in detail, or at least a couple of the first wave, they greatly lacked in replayability and I'll explain myself. Each of them had specific poses that didn't allow for much else on top of the limited articulation. The only other thing was that figure's niché, and once you did it once or twice, it was no longer interesting.

  • • Spinhead Beetlejuice had a head you could spin by rotating a small wheel from the back and his head popped off to reveal a tiny shrunken head (also from the film). 
  • • Showtime Beetlejuice had a "lever" that would sort of raise the head, the hands were good for nothing and the stance was very specific. It also had a removable head that revealed an tiny snake head.
  • • Shish Kebab Beetlejuice had....holes so you could insert the swords. That's it. Oh and a removable head that revealed an eye.

See a pattern yet?

The last two, Shipwreck and Exploding Beetlejuice, were worse in my opinion. On top of this, none of the figures were accurate to the film or the cartoon. The toy line also had some vehicles and other characters not even worth mentioning, so what else is there?

In 2001 NECA Toys released a line that was closer to the film and for what it's worth, it's a very noticeable upgrade. However, NECA would outdo themselves in 2012 with Cult Classics Series 7 Beetlejuice.


After two decades a decent Beetlejuice figure is released equipped with the trademark pose and, most importantly, Michael Keaton's likeness. Fast-forward to 2019 and the damn thing is kinda hard to find at an affordable price, going upwards of $70. There's another version that's 18 inches tall and it talks but all that was moot, for in 2016 Sideshow Collectibles followed up with an amazing version that would be as good as getting a sequel to the film were it not for the questionable facial expression they decided to go for.


The thing was over $200 and it was sold out anyway.

I decided to try my luck and make my own version with the Beelejuice Kenner figures. I noticed that any promo image of the toy line's vehicles would always picture Beetlejuice with the body of Showtime Beetlejuice and Spinhead Beetlejuice's head. This would make for the most screen-accurate combo within that toy line. With the added bonus that the Kenner had a "Vanishing Vault" which was his grave with a tombstone and a nifty trap trick to hide the figure. I decided to paint Beetlejuice's face, including mouth, mold, eyes, hair and shirt and combined all these things with a repainted Vanishing vault, this was the result. (My apologies in advance, I have a crappy phone camera)