Spector (Misc) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:34529
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Misc
Date Added:November 24, 2011
Base Figure:DCUC Lex Luthor/Vigilante/DC Direct Deadman
Height:6.00 inches
Here is another member of The Super Diabolics team produced by Airgam in 1985: Spector!
When I initially started this project I thought it was going to be easy. I was envisioning a simple head swap of a DC Direct Deadman onto the two pack Lex Luthor that was packaged with Skeletor, a quick one color re-paint and, "Wham bam, thank you Ma'am!"
Well, this custom turned into a nightmare for me, and I'm glad it did, because I learned a lot while wrestling it to the ground and finally pinning it down! The nightmare started when I was using super glue to try to seal the paint on his leg hinge and the glue got into the joint, which led to me accidentally ripping his leg off while frantically trying to work the articulation! At first I tried to fix the leg using Dr. Nightmare's screw method (thanks for the tutorial Doc!), and got it back to working like a cut joint, but I lost the hinge articulation, which haunted me. So I decided to swap the upper legs and waist out with a DCUC Vigilante. Finding inspiration from DarthThomas81's amazing Faker custom, I also decided to crack the figure and prep the joints from the inside out using his tutorials as a guide (thanks DT81!!). I managed to mangle his left thigh pretty badly while trying to crack it, but it gave me a chance to work on my sculpting and overall I'm extremely pleased with the results. I will be using this method of completely dismantling figures from here on out on all future customs.
The head is from a DC Direct Deadman. I dremeled off most of the collar of the Lex figure and sanded it down. The helmet is from Classic TV Toys. The "glass" of the visor is from a quarter gumball machine, amazingly it fit inside the helmet perfectly. I used a strap from ML Mister Sinister's cape and glued it down inside of the collar to give the helmet a snug fit. I tweaked the design of the original figure a little bit here to satisfy my imagination. The gun was scratch built from the fodder bin but it has a peg that attaches to a hole I carved into his belt. Finally, I used a blend of matte and gloss finishes to make the "metallic" parts of his costume pop and to break up the monotony of a one color paint job.
Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

User Comments
Dr Nightmare -
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Cool update, looks like a good idea for a contest
Madtinker76 -
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
so awesome.. wicked work and it paid off. bravo.
dbocustoms -
Sunday, November 27, 2011
the head is so cool,with or without the helmut,the figure top to bottom is wicked,my eyes almost popped out of my nugget when I saw this,
unknownsoldier13 -
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I might have to take you up on that at some point.Right now I have a few Bat rogues on the work bench but after there finished ,Game on!!! Also really love that Unknown Soldier,Will definitely be stealing from that one once I locate an IH Hush!
fitzjedi -
Friday, November 25, 2011
WOW! -Fitz
Avid_Dabbler_Cadabra -
Friday, November 25, 2011
AWESOME WORK!!! Good call on not placing another skull for the chest piece, it would've been too much. I don't know which I love more: this custom or looking up what the heck The Super Diabolics are. Airgam had to have been sued by Marvel & DC, huh? LMAO!
hussapocalypse -
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thanks man! Yeah, it would be fun to do customs of this whole series. The Super Fantastics knock offs are hilarious and The Super Diabolics are just plain cool. I don't know if I have it in me though - I have about 50 WIP customs lying around that need to get done first - somebody else might have to carry the torch here! The gauntlet has been thrown Realmers!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Excellent job!
unknownsoldier13 -
Friday, November 25, 2011
Now you got me curious about this skull that you had ready for this. I wonder if you painted it red or neon green and placed on a yellow circle logo or lightning bolts behind it if that would correct your problem with the design.This looks fantastic but now you got my mind wondering on what that skull would have looked like.
hussapocalypse -
Friday, November 25, 2011
Hey! Thanks for taking an interest unknownsoldier13! Yeah - I think it was just too much skull (if such a thing is possible lol!). It somehow diminished the effect that he has a skull for a head. It was painted bone beige with a grey wash (I planned on drybrushing white over the top once it was glued down), and believe me, after I had already done all the work with dremeling and painting it was a tough decision to not use it. I stared at the figure with it on and off for a long time before simplicity won out and I concluded that in this instance, I felt that less is more. I figure I will still find a use for that skull piece in some other project down the road. Thanks again for the discourse though bro!
hussapocalypse -
Friday, November 25, 2011
Also, and forgive me for going on and on like this, but I forgot to point out to you that I've actually done this character before, in a MOTUC style, where I did choose to use a (primate) skull motif on the chest, as well as bright red highlights to accentuate the armor. So I think that I can actually accommodate you here, friend! Just look through my previous work if you're interested...also I would love to see an unknownsoldier13 custom of this character, where perhaps you can add design elements that satisfy your aesthetic sensibilities.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Friday, November 25, 2011
great job, love your customs and they are always executed perfectly. glad you got you used the tutorials, I have always found them very resourceful.
3bcustoms -
Friday, November 25, 2011
Awesome work bro, I'm not really familiar with these vintage characters but you have a real talent for bringing them back to life (it shows from your reference picks)
j-x -
Friday, November 25, 2011
All that hard work paid off, this is brilliant,I really like this custom. UBER GRIM REAPER LOL.
ringomendoza -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
not familiar with the character, but the figure is amazing! great job!
Monkeyman411 -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
WOW!! Totally fantastic
Redmist -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Really like what u've done here!
hussapocalypse -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Also thanks for the comments guys! I appreciate it.
unknownsoldier13 -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Looks fantastic but maybe cover up the Lex logo and give him an updated Skull logo.
hussapocalypse -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thanks man! Heh - I had to sign in again to specifically reply to this comment. It's funny you should mention that, because originally I was going to give him a 3 dimensional skull (from an Aurora Wolfman model kit) that fit over his chest and covered the existing emblem. I had it all dremeled down, painted, and ready to go, but right before I was going to glue it down, something about the design bothered me. It looked too...redundant. Especially when he had his helmet off. In the end I decided I liked the look and feel of it better to leave the chest as it was.
mbosky99 -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This is one amazing looking custom and I love the idea of updating these figures into current versions.All that work really paid off with this custom great job!
mannequin -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Agreed 100% I love seeing these awesome vintage toys infused with new life. Not to mention that it looks absolutely beautiful!
Mini-meRules -
Thursday, November 24, 2011
This is great! I really like the update for this, awesome job!
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