Dr. Deemo (Swamp Thing) Custom Miniature / Figurine
Custom #:34620
Name:Dr. Deemo
Custom Type:Miniature / Figurine
Toy Series:Swamp Thing
Date Added:November 28, 2011
Base Figure:Cylin-Dar
Height:2.00 inches
One of Dr. Anton Arcane's Un-Men minions introduced in the early 90s DiC Entertainment Swamp Thing animated cartoon series and Kenner toy line.

Back when he was human, Deemo operated on the fringes of Louisiana society as a self-proclaimed voodoo sorcerer, snake charmer, and all-around con-artist. He eked out a meager living by preying on the gullible and superstitious and always managed to stay one step ahead of the local authorities whenever his scams inevitably fell apart. But Deemo's luck ran out when he accepted a job from Doctor Anton Arcane, a local scientist of ill repute, to "liberate" some supernatural artifacts buried in a nearby cemetery. Not only did he fail to obtain the goods, but Deemo underestimated the intelligence, and ruthlessness, of his employer when he made the fatal mistake of attempting to fleece Anton by substituting some counterfeit items. Needless to say, Arcane was not amused and Deemo shortly found himself strapped to the mad scientist's operating table as punishment. It appealed to Anton's twisted sense of humor to make his newest Un-Man slave a literal "snake in the grass", to reflect Deemo's unscrupulous former lifestyle.

In humanoid form, the crafty Dr. Deemo prefers to employ voodoo magic rather than dealing directly with his foes. Having managed to secure some vegetable matter from Swamp Thing's body during their first battle, Deemo subsequently fashioned this material into a voodoo doll. The sadistic Doctor takes great delight in tormenting his arch nemesis with this figure: driving pins though it, scorching it with fire, immersing it in herbicides, etc. Fortunately for Swamp Thing, his remarkable regenerative power makes it impossible to destroy him in this manner (even if Deemo were to obliterate the puppet outright, Swamp Thing's essence would just escape into the Green, and he could then easily reconstruct a new physical body for himself out of any nearby flora.) Still, if nothing else, the excruciating pain the figure causes is useful for temporarily incapacitating/distracting Swamp Thing; when coordinated with the attacks of his fellow Un-Men, this can be a very effective tactic indeed. While potent, this doll does have a limitation: Deemo has to be relatively close to Swamp Thing in order to employ it to full effect; the farther the distance, the weaker the magical sympathetic link between body and figure becomes (i.e., if Deemo were miles away and he impaled the puppet on a knife, Swamp Thing would feel little, if anything.)

When the need arises, Dr. Arcane can cause Dr. Deemo's twisted flesh to undergo a further, albeit temporary, mutation to increase his power. In this transformed state, his upper body changes into a hideous serpentine creature. The Un-Man can capture and constrict objects with his prehensile neck while in reptilian guise. This vise-like grip is almost impossible to escape, and the slow tightening of Deemo's coiled throat muscles can potentially exert enough pressure to snap a one-foot-thick tree trunk in half. Deemo's bite is also extremely poisonous while in this form--a healthy human adult will die in minutes unless they receive immediate medical attention (Swamp Thing, and his allies, have seen to it that all the local hospitals have a supply of antivenin specially formulated to counteract the Un-Man's venom.) It should be noted that, given his unique physiology and ability to rapidly filter toxins out of his system, Swamp Thing cannot be killed by this poison, just temporarily sickened. The Un-man also benefits from increased strength, speed, and stamina while in mutated form.


Cylin-Dar base body, newsprint, tissue paper, wire twist ties, white glue, gloss nail polish, and acrylic paint.

2.2 cm/0.9 in. x 5.0 cm/2.0 in. (widest point x highest point)
Note: The numbers given assume a neutral standing pose without any accessories attached.

12 points: Neck, mid-torso, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles. Additionally, the string on the voodoo doll is bendable and the serpent head has 21 points of articulation (neck, lower jaw, tongue, and multi-jointed appendages.) That's right, an accessory with more joints than the actual figure!

Three days; November 24-26, 2011. I fully customized the Cylin-Dar base body into Dr. Deemo and made the voodoo doll accessory on the 24th, and it took me the following two days to sculpt and paint the alternate serpent head.
Note: This only accounts for the time period spent customizing the Cylin-Dar base body into this particular character, not the creation of said body.

User Comments
Ole Jade Jaw -
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Ahhaa!! I just figures it out... You're not actually that talented, you just create awesome figures from scratch and then shoot them with a shrink ray, right? (I'm sure the iphone will come with one of those soon enough) That's got to be it... Really though, once I scrolled down to the shot with your hand in it, I almost did a spit-take. Incredible stuff man, just incredible.
Patraw -
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Man, I wish I could do that with a shrink ray, although I'd probably find some other nefarious purposes for a shrink ray besides sculpting . . .
hussapocalypse -
Monday, November 28, 2011
NO WAY MAN!! I love Dr. Deemo - actually I'm crazy about that whole line and I have a pretty sweet collection of old Swamp Thing toys. I saw that you did a Weed Killer in the past, so I assume Skin Man is next? Excellent, crazy excellent work here! You've got mad sculpting skills and I'm not sure from reading your description, but it seems as if you are also creating your own base body as well? This is some next level stuff here. True artistry imo. I'll take a weird Patraw custom over a fully articulated Deadpool with all the bells and whistles any day man (no offense meant to the numerous Deadpool junkies out there, as without you there would only be like 10 of us customizing lol)! Kids take note, this kind of uniqueness and originality is the true pinnacle of the art form! Oh yeah and one more thing - BRAVO!
Patraw -
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I agree that the Kenner Swamp Thing line was boss.

I might make Skin Man one of these days (Dr. Arcane & Bio Glow Swamp Thing are also strong contenders.) I think I'd probably redesign the Kenner Skin Man monster head pretty significantly and give him large, separate, articulated bat wings.

Yes, this was made with my own original base body, Cylin-Dar.
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Monday, November 28, 2011
love it, your new figure bodies with your already fantastic work makes excellence even better. looking forward to more as always.
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