"Meltman" prototype and questions
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"Meltman" prototype and questions

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So I finished up my "Meltman" prototype a few days ago, and I'm not completely satisfied with how it came out.

For those who don't know, "Meltman" is from "Action League Now," a series of 5-minute segments featured on the 90's Nickelodeon show "Kablam." These segments were filmed in live-action, and the cast was made up entirely of - you guessed it - action figures.

This is what he looked like on the show. I have no idea how they made him - whether they did the same thing I did, or if they just threw a GI Joe into a frying pan:



I did a test run on one of the legs, and I thought it came out good. I Frankensteined together a complete action figure from some old spare parts, then sculpted on each piece with hot glue, and gave it a few coats of spray paint. (Yes, spray paint, I know, I'm new to this.)



Both legs completed, hanging to dry:



Pleased with the results, I gave the other parts the hot-glue-spray-paint treatment, and put it all together. As this was a test run, I hadn't done the head yet.



Lookin' a little "artsy" here accidentally - gotta love that sunlight!




Now I'm a little concerned with how the hot glue affects his articulation, as I didn't test-fit the parts together until they went under the paint. He looks a little bulky, and he has a little un-natural posture (a bit like C-3PO).

So what I wanted to ask was, does anyone have any tips on how to improve ol' Melty, or even alternate suggestions on how to make him?

Posted by harveytwoface999
on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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harveytwoface999 -
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Cool, cool. Show us how it comes out, that way we'll see how it looks if we pick hot glue or just heat.
doctorwhoroxs1 -
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I'm gonna melt this guy.
harveytwoface999 -
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sorry for the double post, but the completed Meltman figure can be found in the Showcase:



harveytwoface999 -
Friday, December 26, 2008
I've been doing some extensive research, and here's what I've come up with:

The Flesh - Conan the Adventurer figure, sanded and painted
Thundergirl - British "Sindy" head (NOT Barbie) on quite possibly an old She-Ra body (which one, I don't know - a lot of them look like they'd work)
Stinky Diver - '94 GI Joe Shipwreck, with certain parts painted orange and the scuba mask flipped backwards
Meltman - from what I gather, a real melted GI Joe (Classic Cobra Trooper?)

The Mayor, The Chief, and Bill the Lab Guy are all made with parts swapped from Playskool dollhouse figures:
Mayor - "Doctor" body with stethoscope sanded off and a necktie sculpted on, topped with one of many "Dad" heads, and repainted
Chief - "African American Doctor" figure, stethoscope replaced with a necktie, repainted
Bill the Lab Guy - Same modified "Doctor" torso and legs, "Fireman" arms, coat tails sculpted on the legs, and I don't know what head
Kyle Robinson -
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I plan on making all the Action League Now figures, I loved them growing up

Meltman was an actual melted figure, melted with a lighter. Pretty sure it was classic cobra trooper

The Flesh, is a modified version of a "Conan the Adventurer" figure

Thundergirl was modified barbie doll

Stinky Diver was Navy Seals Shipwreck GI Joe Figure with painted flippers and gloves
Wonder***Woman -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I loved that show! I was only like 5 or 6 but I remeber it well, and I watch the re-runs every now and then But he looks great! As for the other figures Stinky Diver was a miny G. I. scooba diver repainted and Thunder Girl was a late 80's early-mid 90's barbie head (with that horrible white-blond crimped fried looking hair) and the cartoony face on some female action body.
harveytwoface999 -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I re-did the right arm (some of the shoulder joint was coming off - not the hot glue but the plastic itself), trimmed off some of the hot glue from the back of one of the legs, hot glued the head, and spray painted everything. I'll be working on it more over the next few days; I'll give it a few more spray coats, then drybrush some blue, brown, and skintone Testors paint on it.
somebody1 -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I was surprised to see that the voices were almost all done by DJs from WDVE out of Pittsburgh, known in the area for their own sick humor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_League_Now!
HeartBreakKid -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I was considering actually melting a figure
Punstarr -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Ahhhh ok, that was after my time. No worries.
harveytwoface999 -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thanks guys, I'm making this for a fan-episode of sorts. I found a Conan figure on Ebay for the Flesh (dibs!), and I'll keep a lookout for a GI Joe Shipwreck to turn into Stinky Diver (by far the easiest conversion out of all of them).

Punstarr, "Kablam" was on in the mid-to-late 90's. It's the stuff I grew up with, so it's got a special place in my heart.

And Yamivash, you can still go ahead and make your Meltman figure. Who knows, maybe we can bounce ideas off each other.
HeartBreakKid -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
You beat me to melt man dang it
Punstarr -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
What time period was this Kablam? I don't remember it.
atgscl -
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I Loved watching Kablam when I was a kid! You should make the barbie chick and the others!

I like how Meltman came out but I think a much easier method would be to take an existing figure that has similar colors to Meltman (before he was melted) and just heat up some metal things (screwdrivers, nails, or use a heatgun) to melt him, poke him, make holes in him, and just go at it
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