Lord of Darkness (Legend) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:34168
Name:Lord of Darkness
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Legend
Date Added:November 8, 2011
Base Figure:Frankenstein/Conan/McFarlane L.O.D.
Height:7.00 inches
I'm a fan of the 1985 Ridley Scott film, "Legend," and particularly fond of the make-up and special f/x work the amazing Rob Bottin (probably better known for his work on John Carpenter's "The Thing")did for the movie. Apparently I wasn't the only one, as it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Make-up the year it was released.
Anyways, I was very pleased when the McFarlane Lord Of Darkness hit the shelves. I thought to myself, "Finally! I've been waiting for this figure for 17 years!!!"
However, I was very disappointed in the limited pose-ability and statuesque nature of the toy. So I finally decided to upgrade the figure into something that I would have gone totally crazy for when I was a kid.
I used the head, hooves, belt, and cape from the original figure and modded them to fit and work with the Marvel Legends Frankenstein torso and legs. The legs were heavily re-sculpted to give them a satyr/goat leg bend. He can still stand on his own if you find the right center of gravity but he poses better with a base, so I gave him the one from the Marvel Select Black Widow, which seemed to fit the character. You can also hang it on the wall, which is a cool feature. The arms are from a Marvel Legends Conan. Not sure about where the sword came from...I filled in all the existing peg holes with Aves fix-it to make the figure more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Also he went from being 5 inches to being just a little over 7 inches (even bigger if you factor in the height of his horns), which makes him more physically imposing standing amongst the rest of my figure collection, and he now has a decent 24 points of articulation!
I would be remiss in not mentioning the great work that actor Tim Curry did in portraying the character Lord Of Darkness. He really displayed a fantastic amount of depth in his performance, and even managed to make a completely evil character seem sympathetic at times. According to Wiki, he had to endure 5 1/2 hours of make-up application to become the Lord Of Darkness and at the end of the day, spent an hour in a bath in order to liquefy the soluble spirit gum. At one point during filming, Curry became aggravated and claustrophobic and pulled his make-up off too quickly, tearing off his own skin in the process! Director Ridley Scott had to shoot around the actor for a week as a result.
Hope you like it and thanks for looking!

User Comments
bjpalm1994 -
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Oh Yeah! One of my favorite villians of all time! That part where he starts charging always gives me goosebumps. And when I found out who played him? Mind Blown Great job keeping the cool sculpt but adding articulation! TOp-Notch!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is awesome dude! The paint job is the icing on the cake.
dbocustoms -
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I loved this movie back in the day,havent seen it in a long time but I remember what he looks like and you freakin nailed it! the whole thing is just so cool,awesome choice for the base and the paints are awesome too,great job!
suprasizeme -
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
All the parts came together perfectly. And the paints are super clean. AWESOME job!!
hussapocalypse -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thanks again mi amigos, it is very humbling and meaningful to have all of you commenting on my work. Totally made my day and I sincerely appreciate it. Kudos!
boskoes -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Batman1016 -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Spectacular! Now make Jack, Lily, Una, Gump, and the dwarves!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I would second that, the ultimate set.
hussapocalypse -
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Don't forget Meg Mucklebones!
blaynescott -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Excellent work!
G Brand -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Incredible work man. Flawless transition to articulation.
Monkeyman411 -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
WOW!! Totally awesome
3mountains -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
What a blast from the past. Superb redition of the character. Wow.
Delta T -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
That is SICK dude! The skin tone looks very consistent, and he looks ready to kill your unicorn... personally! My favorite Tim Curry role!
hussapocalypse -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Ha! Hey, thanks for taking the time to comment, guys. I really appreciate it. Shazam!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
one of my favorite movies of all time, even though it has tom cruise in it. Also you tackled on of the coolest characters of all time and make him spot on epic. how can you live without the dark? Have one question did he call you boy at any time while you were making him?
The Composer -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
timshinn73 -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Awesome work.
pulpyfiction -
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wow dude... WOW! I love what you have composed here! The parts came together great, and the paints tie this all together. Hey McFarlane, This is what the fans wanted! Take note!
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