Zatanna Zatara (DC Direct) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:24833
Name:Zatanna Zatara
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:DC Direct
Date Added:October 11, 2010
Base Figure:Identity Crisis Zatanna
Height:7.60 inches
I bought a DC Direct Identity Crisis Zatanna for cheap, and for a long time was very unsatisfied with how it looked, simply because I much prefer Zatanna's stage magician outfit.

As a customizer with not a lot of spare cash, I work with what I have, and turned Identity Crisis Zatanna into an approximation her more recognisable incarnation. I removed her cape, which was partially glued to the figure. The top hat, bowtie and waistcoat/bustier were sculpted using DAS air-drying clay. The top-hat was especially challenging - my first versions didn't look much like a top hat, and then I constructed it the same way a real hat would be constructed, with a rim, hollow body and top. The hat needs a bit of black blu-tack to stay on, though. The vest portion of her jacket was taken from Mattel's Joker, from their pre-DC Super Heroes Batman line. Almost everything apart from the skin was repainted, and then sealed with a gloss sealant for the sheen. The magic wand was a cut segment from a Q-tip, and is also attached to her hand via blu-tack. The base was packaged with the original figure.

I am unhappy with the smudges on her skin, but I think I did an okay job for what is my second real custom ever. She measures 7.6 inches to the top of her hat. The first photograph is a comparison photo, with the original figure on the left and the custom on the right.

Updated with a new coat of paint, and redid the hat. Still unable to salvage this, it's been a long time since I made this one, it's one of my first customs, and I hope I've improved a little with my newer customs.

User Comments
MCollector -
Friday, July 13, 2012
I've just posted mine,when it appears on the site,tell me what you think,ok?
MCollector -
Friday, July 13, 2012
Well,if you insist... Just kidding,soon I'll post mine,and anyway,it's more like a paint job,it's a Mattel,you know? I liked that from you(maybe more than mine!)
MCollector -
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Great work,and I must say,I preffer that clothes too,so I changed mine as well!
JeddTheJedi -
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thanks man! I wish I could start this one all over again, there are so many cakey layers of paint it just looks horrible even with a new coat. I would really like to see your version, I'm sure it's terrific!
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