Nixon / Hard Boiled (Dark Horse) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:29209
Name:Nixon / Hard Boiled
Contest:Battle Damage
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Dark Horse
Date Added:April 30, 2011
Base Figure:Spirit
Height:6.00 inches
If you have ever had the nightmarish pleasure of reading Frank Miller's/Geoff Darrow's masterpiece Hard Boiled, then you would know that to suggest that the lead protagonist, Nixon, takes a serious amount of damage during the course of the story is almost laughable. Because Nixon gets straight chewed up way beyond the scope of "serious amount of damage." I don't want to spoil the story-line for anybody that hasn't read this book yet, but let's just say Nixon is a good candidate for a battle damage contest. Actually, I was working on a Blade Runner Rick Deckard custom with this base Spirit figure when I read about this contest, and then switched gears towards doing a Hard Boiled tribute.
One of the fun things about reading Hard Boiled is looking at all the endless minutiae and detail that Geoff Darrow puts into every panel. I tried to capture that look by flooding my diorama with as much detail as possible. This scene loosely depicts the apex of the comic ie the big fight in the junkyard. There are a lot of elements in this diorama that are lifted straight from Darrow's artwork, such as the junkyard dog, the female blue robot, and the endless amounts of garbage. Also, for some reason, Nixon's blood (of which there is plenty) is always depicted as being black instead of red, and I tried to mimic that aesthetic here, again in pursuit of reference accuracy. I must have dremelled out Nixon a thousand different ways with a thousand different wounds, but it was fun because there is no way to screw up someone being extensively battle damaged!

Head - Marvel Legends BAF Ares/Terminator
Body - Spirit
Arm/Robotics inside wounds - Terminator w/ Aves Apoxie
Gun - pieced together from Terminator gun
Junkyard dog - GI Joe Junkyard
Stand - from a Kabuki figure
Walls - from Nosferatu figures
Tie - from Stevie Richards
Endless Minutiae - fodder bin

Cheers and thanks for looking!

User Comments
pinkspacedog -
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Awesome figure and diorama!!! Hard Boiled Rocks!!!
dbocustoms -
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
not familiat with the character but this is gory and great!!! the glass in the arm looks awesome,top to bottom sweetness!!
rpetras -
Monday, May 2, 2011
Love the detail and I love Hard Boiled ... one of the best comics of all time!
Redmist -
Sunday, May 1, 2011
I am vaguely familarized w/images from this book- probably saw it in a Wizard...Great work w/the custom + the dio!5stars!
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