The Penguin (Batman) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:31972
Name:The Penguin
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Batman
Date Added:August 17, 2011
Base Figure:Various
Height:5.50 inches

A nice, clean 6 inch scale action figure of Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot (aka THE PENGUIN) was going to be a MUST for my “Legends Of Gotham City” Collection.

I will state from the start that I am NOT a fan of the post-Tim Burton concept of The Penguin. My preference definitely leaned toward the classic Golden / Silver/ Bronze Age comic book version of this character.

In the end, a figure that I would consider suitable for my collection required a serious amount of customizing effort on my part. From the configuration of a proper anatomy, to the scratch building of accessories, The Penguin was certainly one of the more complex and challenging custom action figures of this series.

As a base figure for my custom, I started by using the DC Direct Penguin action figure (available in the Silver Age Penguin & Catwoman Deluxe Set). But right from the start, the very limited articulation, excessively rotund proportions, and off-balance posture of The Penguin were a big disappointment. The legs on that figure were actually static and non-poseable! They forced the figure into a permanent forward leaning posture, which made it impossible for him to even stand on his own! The feet were badly undersized, and the arms were excessively long and spread far apart.

I also did not care for the Mattel DC Universe Classics Penguin figure with its long “gorilla” arms, over-sized hands, frightening face sculpt, and non-traditional depiction of the character’s tuxedo. But the figure did feature a nicely sculpted, nicely articulated pair of working legs!

After a LOT of surgery to correct wardrobe and exaggerated anatomy, I was able to combine the grossly over-weight top half of the DC Direct Penguin, with the much slimmer lower body of the DC universe Classics character.

I fashioned a straighter more elegantly shaped Top Hat (taken from the Mattel DC Universe figure’s head sculpt). I also made a pair of umbrella accessories (open and closed) out of the DC Direct accessory, the Kenner Super Powers Penguin umbrella, and some odd household items.

User Comments
Mint Condition Customs -
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Why is the same custom posted twice? I thought there was moderation to prevent stuff like that from happening.

Sorry, great custom man. I saw your progress of it over on TNI. That and Catwoman. Truly fantastic stuff.
The Real Question -
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Perfect penguin!!!!!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Thursday, August 18, 2011
for some reason my original post did not post, probably me. but anyway as I mentioned this is so perfect and your work is of platnium standard. continue to post the tutorials, some of the most insightful to date. also your batman customs will be amazing, can't wait to see more.
RedRebelCustoms -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Frick'n cool as $#!% This custom rocks all the best of every release. All that work paid off bigtime!
TheGr8One -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wow dude, all that time spent on this custom sure as hell paid off. This is by far the best penguin custom. Hats off to you & take a bow bro because you deserve it!
Automatauntaun -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Bob-A-Ferret -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I am seeing double LOL
darklord1967 -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Yes I do apologize for the double postie! At the last minute, I had decided to submit this figure in the Golden oldies contest, so I re-submitted, not knowing it would appear here again.
RedRebelCustoms -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Yet another great entry that doesn't make it to the contest! ***** from me bro!
pock63 -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Like I said over on your custom workstation thread this looks great! You did a perfect job of combining all the parts.
darklord1967 -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thanks a million Pock! You're a real pal!
daredevil96's Sidekick Studio -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
darklord1967 -
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Thanks pal! I appreciate the compliment.

Actually, The monocle is already there. DC Direct actually sculpted it in place. It's just a little tough to see.

Feel free to check out my "Legends Of Gotham City" thread over in the Custom Workstation on the Realm forums. There is a full step-by-step photo document covering the creation of this little guy!
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