The Red Skull (Marvel Universe) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:35999
Name:The Red Skull
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Marvel Universe
Date Added:January 17, 2012
Base Figure:POC Destro
Height:4.00 inches
Have you ever thought that you came up with an awesome idea for a custom, and then looked online to discover that 800,000 other people had already thought of it and executed it to perfection many times? Yeah, that's how I felt about this figure. There's no doubt that the POC Destro toy practically demands to be made into a Red Skull, so I guess it comes as no surprise. I had actually abandoned this project a while back, after scouting the many amazing versions of this simple recipe out there, concluding that there was nowhere left to go that hadn't already been done. But The Red Skull kept calling to me from beyond the grave, and so finally I relented and made it anyway.
It's mostly just a simple re-paint. And yet simplicity was the key to achieve the desired effect of a sleek, imposing criminal mastermind! Paint the Poc Destro black, slap on some gold buttons and a belt buckle, use a matte sealant for the clothes and a gloss sealant for the boots and gloves, and voila! You're half-way there. The head is from a Chap Mei Skeletor rip-off figure, it was lopped off and dremeled out to work with the Destro body. It was painted with a transparent red and then matte sealed, so that the paint apps on the original figure show through, which is cool because the apps on the skull are quite good for a cheap dollar store figure. Hmm. Go figure. WAR CHAP MEI!! I love those guys.
I was feeling a little sketchy when I was printing out the swastika arm band because I don't want to be misunderstood as promoting hatred or glorifying the nazi aesthetic or anything like that by using it as a part of his costume. Personally, I think it is integral to the character that he is indeed a nazi. Obviously, no toy company is ever going to produce a Red Skull figure or any other toy that displays a swastika, because it would be a public relations nightmare. And that's where a customizer can step in and make things happen that toy companies either can't or won't do. If you feel I am being insensitive by utilizing that imagery, then I apologize as that is not my intent. I judge people as individuals based on their actions, and it's been my experience that there are both %#@holes and cool people from all different walks of life. This custom is meant to be an accurate representation of the character, and that's all. Hopefully this disclaimer will keep me from getting roasted in the comments section lol!
Anyway, there are a lot of different versions of this recipe out there, and this is my take on The Red Skull! Thanks for checking it out!

User Comments
NeCrollector -
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Hey hussapocalypse,
Just surfing through your customs.
I've always enjoyed your style of customizing and I find them to be very inspirational.
I love your take on Red Skull.
Can't wait to see your next customs.
Liko -
Friday, February 3, 2012
Great work. I am currently working on this same project. Much like yo I let this one gather dust for a while but now I'm back on it. I agree with you on the swastika and I need my custom to wear one in his armband. How did you make yours? I know you printed it but what material did you use? is it waterproof? Can't wait for your answer. Thanks .
hussapocalypse -
Friday, February 3, 2012
Thanks Liko! It was printed on regular printer paper but double check your printer quality settings and make sure it is set to "best" to get a high quality print. For a good template google "junaidabad nazi armband gi joe" and click image, the first image that comes up you will find an armband that is already scaled to fit a 4 inch figure. Once you get a good print cut it out (print 2 so you can get the red part to stretch all the way around his arm) and roll it up like a poster (or a joint lol!) so that it will adhere to the shape of his arm better. I used matte Mod Podge to glue it down and then seal it. Not sure if it is waterproof but it's a good sealant. The thing's definitely not going anywhere. Hope this helps and good luck with your custom!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
as always a great custom again. your work is flawless and you made the character totally vintage and listen to bakegirl she is quite informed. keep up your great work, always impressed.
Bakegirl -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
There may be 800K versions of this Red Skull out there, but this definitely qualifies in the top 10 of the BEST! Regarding the swastika, this symbol has been used in many cultures throughout history (predating even the Egyptian Ankh!)to represent life, power and good luck. It's also been used religiously by Buddhists & Hindus. But it just goes to show how powerful hate can be when it's used to twist and pervert its meaning. Because it was bastardized by the nazis, it's difficult to see this symbol any other way now. But I think it just makes this symbol that much more mysterious and potent - to encompass both the positive force of life, while remaining as a dark scar in humanity's history. I'm glad you brought it up for discussion.
G_Rantula -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Perfect base figure, nice job!!!
3bcustoms -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Awesome work bud I wouldn't be bothered by the other 800,000 versions cause yours will have it's own unique take and that's what makes it stand out
Monkeyman411 -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Very nicely done
fastfreddie -
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
well, you can just group thank all 800,000 of the guys who made one before you. looking good! SKULLS RULE!
hussapocalypse -
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Freddie. Thanks man! Hey I wanted to compliment you on that last batch of Hulks you did, holy crap the paint apps on those things were insane dude!
hussapocalypse -
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to comment amigos, I appreciate it!
deadpool79 -
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
KiboBeerNomad -
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I love it, and the inclusion of the swastika(controversial and potentially offensive as it may be) hearkens to a certain Kirby illustration of 'Herr Skull' that I personally hold as definitive of this world class scumbag character. I think this is a wonderful representation of a reprehensible character...excellent work,my friend!
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