Mastermind - 1st Appearance Style : Version 2 (X-Men) Custom Action Figure
Custom #:62820
Name:Mastermind - 1st Appearance Style : Version 2
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:X-Men
Creator:Davey Blaze Customs  
Date Added:June 23, 2014
Base Figure:Ichabod Crane
Height:6.00 inches
Articulation:9 points
Hello my Fellow Realmers! This is the first of two submissions today, which were made for a 'Brotherhood of Evil Mutants' Set. This is the Second Version of "Mastermind: 1st Appearance Version" that I am posting to the Realm.

The recipe for this is the same as the first, but this one features a new 100% Original Headsculpt (and Alternate Head).

As many of you probably know, Mastermind's Mutant Ability is the power of illusion, which he uses on an almost constant basis to make himself look more attractive to the people around him. I find this the most interesting aspect of his character, So this figure comes with a 'Handsome-Masked by Illusion-Head' (Modified Johnny Depp Head) like the original figure posted here and now he also comes with an All new 100% Original Sculpt 'Real -Unmasked-Head'. To me, his new head is his Primary head.

I wanted his new head to capture the way he looked in his first appearance issue, Uncanny X-Men (vol.1) #4. I really wanted to be true to Jack Kirby's illustrations, but to take that image and make it real, the way he would look in real Life.

As a side note, This figures posture (with the new head), the proportions of head-to-body and sort of the "vibe" I hoped to capture a little bit too, was inspired by F. Murray Abraham's portrayal of Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus". I felt a character who used his power to constantly make himself appear better looking to those around him might have some personality traits in common with Mr. Abraham's amazing portrayal of that character/individual.

I hope you all like it!

User Comments
bbeeno44 -
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I have this figure. Again, this one deserves great praise. Just LOOK at that face!!! The idea of doing a new head on the same figure who's character is that he creates illusions was genius. The younger original head for the figure really does capture the look of that whole Hellfire club saga part of his career. Of his original Mastermind figure, I commented that I remembered and liked his original older ugly face better than the newer handsome one featured in newer stories. Davey agreed and went after it!! I wish I could accurately explain how different the figure is with each head on it. The younger one makes him look confident and the master of his surroundings. Almost a malevolent attitude. He looks like he's ready to lead, to command. The older head gives him an almost sympathetic look. In the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, he is clearly the Shakespearian Richard the Third. He serves Magneto. But I think he clearly wants to be King (mastermind wants to be Master),.. the way he is shown waffling around between the other members talking them up, planting little ideas. He is perfectly captured here by Davey Blaze. I absolutely DO see that F. Murray Abraham from Amadeus (excellent comparison) look here.

The sculpting is superb in this one. The shape of the head, wrinkles all over the face, the tired but conniving look in his eyes (how often do you hear someone comment on the "look in the eyes" of a figure?),...
Those pursed lips, the bushy eyebrows, that downturned mustache and especially the highly detailed hair. He did that sort of Kirby/Ayers single hairs comb-over bangs effect. I also HAVE to comment on the ears again (I keep commenting on the ears of each Davey Blaze creation). The ears on this older head are really well placed and unique. I looks like he has taken time to have them detailed and sticking out to be noticeable at every angle. This is an artist who knows how important good placement of ears is on a figure. If these ears were not as large or prominent, this would be a completely different figure. He would not look the same.

Also have to say that although it doesn't show enough in the pictures, the way his head is sculpted when facing forward it is cocked slightly to one side,.. giving it the impression of some kind of damage, like he might have at some point had a broken neck that he is somehow trying to mask. The head cocked to one side gives him a down turned look of someone protecting a weak side or in some way a twisted character. But if you turn the head to the side, he looks upward (it just swivels that way) as if he is a powerful leader posing for a portrait of greatness. The same features,... different attitude. I have to just comment again on amount of detailing on the face and head. It really presents so much care and commitment by the artist to see all of those little wrinkles, shadings and crevaces on a face, hair and head. It looks like he has taken great time and care to make this figure as lifelike and realistic as possible. And every feature layered in is only there to add to the overall look and effect.

I may sound like I'm heaping great praise. But you should see Davey Blaze creations next to regular action figures. They are just extraordinary!!!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Monday, July 21, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this. Again, I am always impressed by how observant you are of small details, and things I intended but assumed most people would not necessarily notice. I Love the thought of the same figure being able to convey a different mood by a shift of the head, or body. Not just posing, but an expression shift. Sometimes this is tricky, but when it works it's very satisfying. I knew your set would not be complete withouth this figure and I'm glad you briught up the original Kirby "Ugly" head, becasue I feel that that was the thing that really brought this figure forward among the set. I am very glad that you are happy with the figure!
Rabid_Ewok -
Thursday, June 26, 2014
That first appearance head sculpt is dead on.
Davey Blaze Customs -
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thanks a lot, Rabid!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Thanks so much for the kind words, my fellow Realmers! Planning to respond individually later on but wanted to say a heart felt thanks!
The Watcher -
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Cool! Nice job!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thank you very much, Watcher!
pock63 -
Monday, June 23, 2014
Great work!!!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Thanks so much, Pock!
Xysma Warhorse -
Monday, June 23, 2014
This figure is really nice, I've always wanted to do Mastermind.
Davey Blaze Customs -
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Big thanks, Xysma! I'm a big fan of your work, would Love to see your take on a Mastermind one of these days!
NeCrollector -
Monday, June 23, 2014
Really cool!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thanks, NeCro!!! This was a fun challenge.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Superb bro, you captured his likeness.
Davey Blaze Customs -
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thanks M.C.! It was hard to tell while sculpting it if it would work once completed (likeness-wise). I'm really glad that you think it does!
VicVeinz -
Monday, June 23, 2014
Your one of the best on the realm in making statuesque type customs in this scale. Little marvel museum pieces of art..awesome
Davey Blaze Customs -
Friday, June 27, 2014
That's a huge, huge compliment and I can't say enough how much I truly appreciate that. Big time. Thanks Vic
KoolMisfit -
Monday, June 23, 2014
LOVE the work on the head...EXCELLENT!!!!
Davey Blaze Customs -
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thanks Misfit!!!! and thanks for checking it out!
HectorHall -
Monday, June 23, 2014
Swappable heads for this guy is genius! His detail is creepy and accurate for Mastermind! Well done
Davey Blaze Customs -
Friday, June 27, 2014
Thanks a ton, Hector! I appreciate that very, very much
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