Old West Undertaker (Jonah Hex) Custom Action Figure
|Name:||Old West Undertaker|
|Custom Type:||Action Figure|
|Toy Series:||Jonah Hex|
|Date Added:||September 4, 2012|
|Base Figure:||Sean Connery head + odd body parts|
I owe it to the wife. I was trying to decide which Old West town features to represent - just the front facade hanging on a wall - when the wife said, "You need an undertaker's shop." I had been thinking "Only cowboys", but that idea lit up like a light bulb. "Oh, I could have an entire town full of all kinds of interesting Western figures!" not just cowboys and gunmen like Wyatt Earp. So saloon girls, storekeepers, kids, dogs. A lot of fun work ahead. Anyway, had a black suit from a cheap Wyatt Earp (not the Sideshow). Picked out a random head with piercing eyes (later recognized it's Sean Connery as James Bond). Stacked up a top hat by cutting a wine cork into his head to get a core, then steamed a brim and jammed that down around his head, then rolled a tube of plastic around and wedged in cotton balls to get the round shape. Wrapped the hat in masking tape and painted with gray-black then some dark purple for that "rusty" look. Used Concrete Patch (from Home Depot) for his hair and mustache, eyebrows, and goatee. Frankensteined his body together with duct tape once the pose was right. Used Sam Cobra legs to get the Western walking boots, and painted Sam's lower pants to be spats with a ribbon/strap under the heel. Cut down an old Joe shirt as the vest, painted it gray, glued it on with the original buttons, then painted pinstripes. Ribbon makes his cravat sewed down lightly. The measuring tape is a just a ribbon with marks. The shovel is a Joe entrenching tool with a tube slid over the handle and capped with putty and masking tape. He's taking the measure of a Sideshow Billy the Kid. I plan to make a scale coffin once I buy some "dollhouse lumber" as it's called. Probably won't build him an entire Undertaker's storefront. Of course, with his top hat and tails, he could also pass for a Circus Ringmaster or a Medicine Show Doctor, but so it goes.
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