Mysteria (Marvel Legends) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:11663
Contest:Gender Bender
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Date Added:December 26, 2008
Base Figure:Wasp
Height:6.00 inches
A little lift here. A little tuck there.

That’s how the life of Hollywood icon Victoria Beck started on the downward spiral that led to the birth of Mysteria, Mistress of Illusion.

Beck had enjoyed huge success and award after award, but when time began to take its inevitable toll on her beauty she found that the surgeon’s knife was not enough to keep her in starring roles. The first time she crossed the line was when she used the experimental holographic special effects of her 3rd husband Quentin, and used them to preserve her looks and her career. Quentin attempted to blackmail Victoria with exposing the truth of her resurgence, but had underestimated how far she was willing to go.

Twisted by her renewed success, she ran amok with Quentin’s experiments, using hallucinogenic mists to land roles and subliminal, hypnotic techniques in her movies and TV appearances to warp the minds of all who watched her, and force them to love and adore her.

Peter Parker always thought he just didn’t see her appeal, not knowing that his unique powers made him immune to her mastery of illusion. When her greatest fans began to commit crimes against her Holloywood rivals and then to die from overexposure to her illusionary techniques, the amazing Spider-Man stepped in and exposed the mastermind Mistress of Illusion. Her aged true face was photographed by Parker and splashed across the front page of the Daily Bugle winning the young photographer the Pulitzer Prize.

Every print of her movies was destroyed for fear that her deadly hypnotic power still lurked in the celluloid. Her awards were retracted and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was smashed and carted away, revealing the mangled body of her presumed missing husband Quentin beneath.

However, the law and death itself could not hold Victoria Beck. She swore vengeance on Parker and Spider-man from the electric chair as she literally went up in smoke, vanishing without a trace.

Now employing her sinister illusions in a life of crime and murder, Mysteria, Mistress of Illusion returns. For if the people will not adore her, they will die.


The idea behind Mysteria was obviously that of a fallen movie star, but I tried to mix a little bit of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane in her 'true' face. Her name is a spin on Quentin Beck with Posh Spice mixed in. I wanted to fit all of Mysterio's costume quirks into her design.

I wasn't too keen on giving her the bowl helmet but it's so iconic that I had to. It's a silver Christmas bauble painted with Tamiya smoke.

Her green cocktail dress is sculpted for the top part and then made from super hardened papier mache for the lower half. I tried to go for an art deco design that I again saw Joan Crawford in and copied the purple sculpted belt from that. Her collar is sculpted and acts as a base to hold the dome in place. Her shawl is super hardened papier mache again.

I really struggled with trying to fit the eyes into her design, but caught Pan's Labyrinth on TV a few days ago and went with the eyes on the hands thing. I thought this worked great with her eyeless dome and gave it that hypnotic effect.

The base is made from air drying clay (it took -days- to dry) and is meant to be her shattered star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame hovering in the mist. I decided at the last minute to have Quentin Beck's decomposing arm jutting out from the mist, just as a little nod to her origin story.

Her face was resculpted at various points. The 'beautiful' side has work done on the mouth and brow to give her a bit of a wicked smile, while the 'true' side has extensive resculpting to her cheek bones, mouth and eyes. I wanted the two halves to really contrast, so while I was originally just going for an aged look I ended up going for an almost zombified look.

User Comments
thecronest -
Friday, May 3, 2013
looks great!
Carnage99 -
Thursday, August 9, 2012
AMAZING!!! Mysterio is one of my favorite characters! I'm glad that Mysteria won! Good work Warrack!
Unknown User -
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
congrats: I'm so glad you won I love this one.
fastfreddie -
Friday, January 9, 2009
congratulations on a flawless victory!
glennwebman69 -
Friday, January 9, 2009
If you're looking for volunteers I have to wash my hair and/or have a headache!
Unknown User -
Friday, January 9, 2009
Now that was a lil too graphic for me cornflakes. Hahaha. Andit's even better hard work if ya pulled a sickie or two to complete her. Check out the rule book...
warrack -
Friday, January 9, 2009
Ha ha, fantastic! Although I don't think anyone's been up Mysteria's 'Lane' in years. Oh, nasty.
glennwebman69 -
Friday, January 9, 2009
I hope the comic is about a bunch of crazed super-wives of regular Marvel characters who all live on "Mysteria Lane." Whilst their super-halves are off fighting crime they have nothing better to do then cook, clean and plot world domination!
warrack -
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thanks everyone. I crapped my pants when I woke up this morning and found that I'd won. Chalk one up for camp!
atgscl: Thanks. Glad you like the papier mache and the base.
Maelstrom: I did indeed put a lot of thought into her. The base was quite last minute in the design process. The smashed star of fame and Quentin Beck rotting beneath really seemed to be the hook for the character so I had to try and capture that.
WingsCustoms: Thanks for the support marra and for keeping my sordid secret... secret. Does it count as hard work when you skive off your proper work to do it?
Dr Nightmare: Thanks sir. I also thought that the Creeper would come higher and I had her down to win.
MenByMckenn: The backstory was my favourite part about this custom. Given that I'm usually working with others' designs and concepts it was great to have a chance to create my own character and try and work the spirit of the original character into it.
dhawkos: Thanks for the praise. I'll definitely be making more bases in future. I miss the days when ToyBiz would make character appropriate bases for ML.
flash: Thanks, mate.
Glennwebman69: 15 points! Wow! That there is more than we've got at Eurovision in -years-.
brazen: Thanks! I think she's awesome too. (If I don't she'll murder me or even worse make me wear her dead husband's checked green body stocking. Noooo!)
Liko: Oooh. I would love to make a fan comic about this super-b*tch. If you're really serious about it drop me a pvt. message.
Thanks to everyone again.
Liko -
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Hey, we should make a fan-comic about her. I know I will draw some pictures of her anyway.
Excellent job, amazing story. Excellent custom figure.
Unknown User -
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Well deserved the win! Glad to see the hard work has paid off dude
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Congratultions--she's really really awesome!
glennwebman69 -
Thursday, January 8, 2009
5 points for the backstory alone! 5 points for the base and another 5 for the figure itself - I make that 15 points!
flash -
Saturday, January 3, 2009
This is awesome!
Gambit4Hire -
Friday, January 2, 2009
Amazing custom - a real work of art. Great paint, sculpting, use of different forms of materials, and story. That smashed walk of fame is superb.
MenByMckenn -
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I'm with you Wings on this one. After reading the backstory- COULD NOT wait to see the pics. You can tell the time and effort that went into this fig. She is a real work of art man!
Dr Nightmare -
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I love it @_@
Unknown User -
Thursday, January 1, 2009
YES! Been looking forward to her since I firstheard of the backstory. Won't spoil who did this but massive accomplishment all round!
Maelstrom -
Thursday, January 1, 2009
I can see that you put a lot of thought and work into this character! The base was a nice addition. Very well done!
atgscl -
Thursday, January 1, 2009
whoa! nice sculpting all over, great use of paper mache, awesome base, and really neat costume!
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