The Thing Custom Action Figure
The Fantastic Four's Thing in all his rocky orange Jack Kirby glory. Any time you think, "This will be an easy one," put it back in the box. I reposed him, cutting all the joints, even separating the toes, and gave him a neck. I also sawed open his jaw and built a row of teeth. I used a woodburning tool to cut every fissure deeper, then divided the big scales to be more uniform. Only then did I realize his head was too small and his chest too shallow. So I cut new scales (scutes? That's what a turtle's plates are called) by hand from a curved toothbrush case. I covered his head and chest with a new depth of scales, which meant building up his brow and jaw, so had to cut another layer of teeth. I also had to reduce his fist by half. The scales were too smooth, so after some experimentation, used Goop from a hardware store to crown them. Finally I thickened acrylic paint with baby powder to rough-finish the old scales and fill the gaps between the new scales. For his trunks, I rolled a vinyl FedEx envelope around his thighs, and cut a wrestler's belt with a ring glued on for the 4 emblem. Way too much work for a "simple" job. Then Tweety Bird snuck into the photo shoot.
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