Mercury of the Metal Men (DC Direct) Custom Action Figure
|Name:||Mercury of the Metal Men|
|Custom Type:||Action Figure|
|Toy Series:||DC Direct|
|Date Added:||January 15, 2012|
|Base Figure:||DCD Mercury|
Mercury of the Metal Men getting stomped by a rogue Rock'em Sock'em Robot. This is actually strategy to make the robot slip and fall. Part of a larger diorama to come. Mercury is the DC Direct figure cut apart and attached to a chunk of old printer cover with the footprint cutout. I stretched his arm and neck by piecing in plastic tubing from the hardware store stiffened inside with coat hanger wire. I also cut his jaw open and fashioned a throat and teeth, because Mercury is always yapping. The rounded blobs are just white putty. I found the best sanding tool was a stiff rotary white brush in the Dremel-equivalent. (I use a Weecher grinder because a Dremel is too heavy.) I painted him with Testor's Red and Testor's Dark Metallic Red alternated and sometimes mixed. Mostly it's Mixed as a base coat, Dark in the hollows, and Red for high spots. The R-S Robot is just a leg so far. I wanted the Metal Men to battle one red and one blue robot. I glued a left blue leg to a right red leg (see inset). I don't recommend it. The pieces are asymmetrical and took forever to join, then many pieces of plastic card to even up. Loyal Lead in the rear is one of my first figures, modded from a primitive Toy Biz Hulk. You can almost hear Mercury squawking, "Do something, you lead-footed dunce!" And Lead asking, "Duh, what?"
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