Mecha-Thing Alternate Reality Ben Grimm (Marvel Legends) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:34319
Name:Mecha-Thing Alternate Reality Ben Grimm
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Legends
Date Added:November 15, 2011
Base Figure:Spiderman Classics Buzzing Beetle
Height:8.00 inches
Buzzing Beetle from head to toe with various fodder for backpack and knee pads and such. re-sculpted head to bring more the THING into the design.
I know at one time or more, Ben Grimm has reverted back to human form and has worn a mechanical suit. SO inspired by that I wrote a little narrative to go along with this custom.

In this reality Captain Ben Grimm was the pilot of the failed space mission, Baxter IV. This particular mission was a joint effort between Dr. Reed Richards and Tony Stark of Stark Enterprises. The objective of the crew was to successfully reach Mars and initiate construction of the first settlement for later human colonization. The crew would use four exoskeletons (X04) designed by Stark Enterprises to work in the hostile Martian environment. Not only were these “exoskeletons” built to provide extensive shielding from the elements and intense solar radiation that the Mars mission would expose the crew to, they were built to augment the strength of the wearer over hundred times to make the need for conventional construction equipment unnecessary.
Shortly after liftoff the spacecraft was hit by a missile from an unknown source (later to revealed originating from Latveria)*. As the wing was ripped from the body of the space ship, Captain Grimm ejected the rest of the crew to safety and managed to steer the broken ship away from the crowd of spectators on hand to watch the launch, resulting in his apparent demise. However, as Dr. Reed Richards approached the twisted metal of the completely decimated spacecraft, he found the charred and broken body of his closest friend.
Within minutes the hero was airlifted to the Baxter Building for emergency medical treatment. There Dr. Richards and a team of the most advanced medical minds worked tirelessly to save Captain Grimm from death, but Ben’s life was slipping quickly through their fingers.
In a last ditch effort to save Ben, Tony Stark reconfigured the only remaining exoskeleton, a prototype of the XO4 construction suits that were to be used to build the Martian settlement, to sustain Captain Grimm’s body until such time an alternative means of saving his life could be found.
Captain Grimm regained consciousness to find himself completely encased in a hulking body of armored metal plates and bolts. Unable to take off this armored suit, Ben Grimm is forced to live the rest of his life in this mechanical body. Only Ben’s blue eyes remain exposed to witness the world around him. A world he can only participate in as this iron monster, this “mechanical thing”.

*Dr. Victor Von Doom and Obadiah Stane International were working on a similar project called Phobos and were competing secretly with the Baxter program to gain the first foothold on Mars.

User Comments
crea-torX -
Friday, September 14, 2012
Love it! Simply Love it!
Question: what if you followed this idea with the rest of the team? I for one would love to see it!
MaxINerd -
Sunday, December 4, 2011
You always seem to anger me because I can not judge you since your figures don't match any of the standard categories. That also means you automatically received a 10/10.
fitzjedi -
Thursday, November 17, 2011
saber4734 -
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I think it looks great. I just think the armor should be higher than the rock. By that I mean it looks as if he is wearing the rock over metal armor rather than armor over rock.
3bcustoms -
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Great job on this, I would love to see you do a the future version of thing from the Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic 4 crossover...he is reverted back to Ben and now wears a suit of armor built by Stark...Awesome custom man, glad your back!
Madtinker76 -
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to look. I have been away and have missed customizing. I hope to be more active. And a big thanks to you all for inspiring me to get back to the chopping block. I wouldn't be doing this with out all the awesome customs getting posted on here these days.
Monkeyman411 -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
So very cool...well done
G Brand -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
evanjones1 -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
That is so nice. Seriously. The honeycomb pattern on the chest perfectly evokes the Thing's rocky skin and the tech look you were going for. Excellent.
hussapocalypse -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Holy crap! This might be the greatest Thing custom of all times - you have definitely raised the bar here. The thought and originality that you have put into the back-story adds to the superior quality and value of the piece imo - it is an often overlooked facet of the craft. Good stuff!
pulpyfiction -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I'm glad to see new customs from you Tinker! This custom definitely hits on the Byrne era of the book! This is a great concept thing. I'm digging the colours here. The parts were well chosen, and it really 'suits' him! Pardon the pun.

On a side note, after the amount of work you put into the back story, with a little stretching, you have a 3 issue story arc waiting here for sure.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Glad to see more work from you, one of my idols. Your work is always epic and inventive. Also the backstory is great, so amazing work in all areas.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
...Great custom Man!!!
RedRebelCustoms -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I love this bro! I am huge fan of Thing and your work. This is the most unique custom of Mr. Grimm I have ever seen. Those paint apps are incredible! Everything came together perfectly. The helmet is awesome.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Now that is COOL! I love the idea! Kudos!!
dbocustoms -
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
what an awesome use of the beetle,you got skillz man! mad tinker skillz! I always liked the thing and I like this take on him,I don't think I have ever seen a custom like it,great job!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This is so BAD AZZ BRO.

*The back story fits perfectly with the design.
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