What non-DBZ figures are kind of DBZ style sculpt-wise?
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What non-DBZ figures are kind of DBZ style sculpt-wise?

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Hi guys, I'm looking to make some DBZ customs of characters that don't have reasonable "bases" within the DBZ figure lines. They are the stockier characters that aren't necessarily muscular. They are relatively heavy set but not necessarily fat. I'm also curious if anything other than Blue Dragon figures look remotely DBZ-like. Anybody know of any other figures that look kind of like the Irwin and Jakks DBZ figures like these? Seems like just about every product line I find on ebay is either super realistic like Marvel Legends (yet deformed because everyone is built like they are 7 or 8 foot tall supermodels) or too simplified and REALLY deformed with huge hands and feet. And then there are the Batman figures that are too simplified and too barrel chested and just not good at all for DBZ style customs. I just need some nice, relatively detailed figures without them having super rippling biceps and hands as big as dinner plates.

The DBZ figures I collect and customize are 5 inch scale, so the average height characters like Goku are 5 inches, the shorter ones around 4 inches, the really short are around 2.5 inches, and the taller ones like Piccolo are around 5.5 to 6 inches. Pretty much everyone is in a standing position without a pose, and I would like to keep it that way. I can't use figures that are standing at an angle and don't want to deal with 50 points of articulation. 4 to 12 points of articulation are ideal.

What I need is...

a base for Moori, and he needs to be between 3.5 and 4 inches tall with at least articulated arms... I don't care if his legs move and I can make his head move easily enough.

a base for King Yemma, whose height needs to be between 6 and 8 inches, and I prefer a character already wearing a suit BUT NO POT GUT fat guys. Needs to be built about like a bouncer. Because of the size, I prefer at least articulated elbows.

a base for a Saibaman, 3 inches tall, with 4 points of articulation minimum (shoulders and hips) and it needs to be standing like this... I was thinking I might locate a Daffy or Donald Duck figure since they stand kind of like this and have thin limbs... I'm at a complete loss... thinner is better than too big

a base for the farmer that tries to shoot Raditz, 3.5 to 4 inches tall, no articulation preference, but an open hand that would hold a rifle would be cool

Posted by Branjita
on Thursday, January 5, 2012
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Branjita -
Friday, January 6, 2012
This Joker from Akira might be useful for Yemma, but I think he's not the height I'm looking for.

Are there any 4 inch Marvel Universe characters similar in build to the Thing to make Moori or the Farmer? This figure is WAAAY too thick for either of those characters, but is the proper amount of stout since the hips are almost just as wide as the shoulders, which is a pretty consistent look for DBZ characters, especially those who aren't the fighters.
Branjita -
Friday, January 6, 2012
Through my research on ebay, I think some Doctor Who figures would be somewhat close. Similar articulation, realistic, but not TOO realistic. Funny outfits. I think I at least have a good base for Dr. Briefs looking at this:

I thought about Ben 10, but it doesn't look like they make anybody who isn't a total wacky alien.

The really stout characters like King Yemma, Moori, and the Farmer have me really at a loss though. Most action figures have a V-shaped body. Even the Genie from Aladdin does, so he'd be worthless for Moori.

I'm kind of hoping an anime fan will step in here and tell me some series that kind of have similar style as DBZ. I'm just a DBZ fan, and don't know if there are other animes that are similar. I know Sailor Moon is kind of close, but I don't need girls, I mostly just need really stout male characters.

How about video game characters? I'm not a gamer. Anybody really stout?
leafman343 -
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Maybe something by Bandai? They do a lot of cartoon based toys like Ben 10, perhaps they have made figures that would suit yor needs.
Branjita -
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Let's add one more to the list.

3 and 3/4" maximum height base for Dr. Briefs. Can just have arm artiulation. Prefer the figure be wearing normal clothing. Don't care if he's wearing a lab coat, I just don't want to have to sculpt pants particularly.

(not artwork from the show, but good enough)

By the way, the heads don't matter on these figures. I can (and enjoy) sculpting heads. I do NOT enjoy sculpting pants particularly. Any tips at all on what cartoon/comic/whatever series has similar characters in the proper scale
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