Onslaught (Marvel Legends) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:15519
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Date Added:June 16, 2009
Base Figure:Marvel Legends Icons Venom
Height:13.50 inches
Know his name, and fear it!

Another commission for me, Onslaught is a much maligned character that is actually one of my favourite villains. Born out of a necessity to clear away the 90's angst that Marvel's heroes had found themselves in, he actually managed to be a credible threat to the heroes and make sense within continuity.

Anyway, to the custom; Onslaught was a Marvel Legends Icons Venom that I had to spend weeks and weeks building up to get the armoured look. Most of the armour on his body is fully sculpted, but you can see areas, like parts of his gauntlets, or the shell on his back (which you can't really see here) that were cobbled together from the ML BAF Onslaught.

His shoulder armour is made from a cardboard Easter Egg box covered with my usual super hardened papier mache. His armour isn't totally accurate to the comics as I had to retain the articulation. Although, it was actually very difficult to find two images of Onslaught that were similar, with each artist seeming to take his own approach to the character's look. It was frustrating at first, but I could feel a bit more comfortable about filling in the blanks myself.

I wanted to recreate the moment in the comics where Onslaught taunts the heroes by opening his chest and revealing Charles Xavier trapped within him (right before Thor tears him out). This was also a feature in the old 1997 Toybiz toy but Xavier appeared in a bubble on Onslaught's back, which was a bit weird.

Anyway, I carved out Venom's chest and added 2 double pin joints at the top of his pecs, and another at the top of his abdomen. I then slowly sculpted up the flaps so that they fit together and created a nice little secret compartment. I used some fodder I had lying around: ML Movie Punisher's upper body, ML Xavier's head and a Spider-Man Movie Green Goblin hand to create Xavier inside the body. I resculpted Xavier's serene look to make him look anguished and reaching to get free of Onslaught. As in the comic, I surrounded Xavier with black goo (hot glue with Tamiya Smoke paint) and gave it all a lot of gloss finish.

Other items used were flossers for the spikes and a wooden ball for the orb in his stomach.

His paint job was a little more difficult than I first thought. Red and purple, not the most difficult thing in the world, but it was a hellishly hard to make him look evil. I ended up using a lot of dark red and almost black, especially on the head so that his eyes would burn out of the darkness.

I hope you all like him.

User Comments
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
totally bad azz great job. did not remember seeing this but one of my new favs. 10 out of 10.
devil907 -
Saturday, June 20, 2009
This is f-in unbelievable
fitzjedi -
Thursday, June 18, 2009
HOLY NIGHTRAIN that's bada$$!!!!
jessecuster -
Thursday, June 18, 2009
wow wowee! that's totally awesome!
BKZ718 -
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I'm late to the party Everything has already been said so...
pinkspacedog -
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
toyfire -
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
OMG!! thats so cool, keep it up.
Unknown User -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
like it I frecking love
Top-notch comix -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
dude... THE BEST thing to ever happen to humanity...
Madtinker76 -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
beyond words.. WOW.. Top knotch all the way.. Is there a site we can get a view of some pics? love to see this thing 360 degrees.. Bravo..
snobtic -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
WOW WEE, What the hell * * * * , 200% wonderful ,Best Onslaught EVER
Matt-Man -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Freaking wicked custom. Best Onslaught EVER You went all out with this custom and the chest/abdomen that opens is awesome
spawnsauce -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Too Cool. Nice work dude.
tommyx -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I'm left speechless by the sheer amount of talent it took to make this! Take a bow, Warrack. You deserve it.
fastfreddie -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Warrack..as I wrote you a story over at TS...this a true masterpeice and the custom gods are smiling from Olympus or Eternia...lol!
glennwebman69 -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I dug out that comic where Prof. X was released from Onslaught when I worked on my custom. And all the panels are close-ups of the Professor in rags with the black tentacles wrapped around him and it's hard to tell what part of Onslaught he is actually emerging from. Although tucked away in the back I always liked that feature on the pre-legends figure and remember that the card back had a cutaway so even MIP collectors could enjoy the feature without removing the figure from its packaging. Yours is a wicked nod to that figure.
warrack -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
It was indeed the same bidder. His only real request was that Onslaught's gauntlets go far up his arms, so I just added the rest myself. I really love Onslaught and owe the story, for all its faults, for pulling me back into comics, so wanted to do the big guy justice.
I think I went a bit over the top with the effort I put in, but I was just having a good time!
You mentioned the Professor X reveal in the comments on your Onslaught custom and I just -had- to do it. I couldn't find the particular comic where Thor tore through Onslaught and freed Xavier, so worked from memory on how Onslaught's chest opened. Probably totally different from what I've done, but I'm just happy I could get the continuity nod in there.
And thanks everyone for the kind words.
I was going to use a wrestling figure as well, but he didn't have the upper body bulk that I wanted and I doubt I could have fitted Chucky X inside. Also Venom had the individually articulated fingers that I absolutely love to have on my customs.
Scouser -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This has left me speechless!!! WOW!!
That venom works a lot better than the
wrestling figures that I love people to using....
It is outstanding, really outstanding!!
One of the best customs on this site.....
I am very impressed, I really can feel the
love and attention to detail you put into this.....
I take my hat off to you my friend.....
Absolutely fantastic work....
guywitdog -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Best Onslaught EVER!
glennwebman69 -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Holy Hell - I think this just might be the most incredible custom I've ever seen. If this is for the same bidder that allowed my Onslaught to slip through their fingers then they should consider themselves very lucky indeed. It's funny I considered doing the Pro X. reveal like the old Toy Biz toy but ended up getting lazy but here all your extra work and attention to detail totally paid off!
Stevid -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This is by far one of the best customs I have ever seen, WOW!!!
Chansey86 -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wicked! This so Amazing!
Kull.3397 -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
flawpunk -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
holy s@%t that is the most sinister and diabolical Onslaught I have ever seen!
blaynescott -
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Nice work. I'm a particular fan of your helmet sculpt.
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