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Rundas Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:22386  
Name:Rundas
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Metroid
Creator:Batman1016  
Date Added:June 14, 2010
Base Figure:Legendary Comic Book Heroes Judge Death
Height:7.50 inches
Ta-daaaa! Finally, after forever and a half, I'm finally posting the final figure in my second series of Metroid customs! The next Metroid figure I post will be the Build-A-Boss, and then I'm taking a break figure building while I get ready to move to another town! However, I hope to take pictures of some of my other, older custom work so that I have some stuff to post here in the interim. Ninja Turtles and Marvel Heroes and whatnot. But for the moment, let's look at the final bounty hunter from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, the frosty, imposing Rundas!

The first corrupted hunter you fight in the game, Rundas is a Phyrigisian ("frigid" . . . get it?) with the power to generate ice. Much like the X-Men's own ice man, Iceman (creative name, no?), Rundas can create ice slides to travel, as well as shots, towers, missiles, spires, and traps using his frosty powers. Despite his bulk, he is surprisingly agile, and at the end of the first planet in the game, he saves Samus from almost certain death after a long fall down a reactor chute.

Like both of the other Corruption bounty hunters, Rundas was a challenging build. Ghor required engineering ingenuity. Gandrayda required creative paint solutions. Rundas required an OBSCENE amount of sculpting, to the point that the base figure is not only invisible, it's completely unrecognizable. I started out with a Legendary Comic Book Heroes Judge Death. Can you tell? At all? The only places where the original figure is still "visible" is at the hips and knees. The rest of the body has been thoroughly coated in thick layers of Loctite Epoxy Putty and Crayola Model Magic paper clay.

To create Rundas' bulky upper body, I used the torso from an old ToyBiz Marvel Vs. Capcom Zangief figure that I had lying around. The base for the head and feet of the figure were from a Marvel Legends X-23, and the beefy arms and shoulders came from a DC Superheroes Batman. Piles of putty and a multi-leveled paint app later, and Rundas was more or less complete. I still have yet to create his ice accessories or his Phazon Armor like the other hunters, but I wanted to get this guy up as soon as possible. I'll post updated pics as soon as I get the chance.

See you next mission!


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User Comments
metroid prime - Sunday, October 17, 2010
Rundas is one of my favorite hunters in the game and again your figure does the character so much justice it isn't funny.
Wakeangel2001 - Friday, June 18, 2010
This figure is awesome, Rundas was actually my favorite hunter in that game, and I believe he had the most character development. He saved Samus not once, but twice, and this left me feeling genuinely sad when I was forced to kill him.
Batman1016 - Monday, June 14, 2010
Uhm . . . what? Did you not live in the US through the late 90s/early 00s? 'Cause it used to be, you couldn't walk into a KB Toys without tripping over a Pikachu doll. Pokemon toys were EVERYWHERE. I'll grant you, they're pretty nonexistent now, but ten years ago, Pokemon and DBZ pretty much triggered the anime boom.
They've died out now because Pokemon, despite the continued production of the games and anime movies, was nothing more than a fad. But there were PLENTY of Pokemon figures.
wesr - Monday, June 14, 2010
YOu don't really see much pokemon-wise when it comes to toys either.
Batman1016 - Monday, June 14, 2010
I think it has less to do with the toy companies and more to do with Nintendo not really giving up the rights. They seem to think that Mario and Pokemon are the only "marketable" franchises they have as far as non-game merchandising is concerned. Not just Metroid, but Zelda, Fire Emblem, Star Fox, F-Zero, even Earthbound, all are ripe for toy lines of their own. And seeing as Nintendo had a brief stint as a toy company, you'd think they'd realize that. But aside from the occasional collectible statue or single figure, they're keeping an iron grip on their IPs. More's the pity.
wesr - Monday, June 14, 2010
Very cool. I'm glad to see someone's making Metroid figures considering so many folks want them but the toy companies ignore them.
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