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N'Kantu, the Living Mummy Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:2481  
Name:N'Kantu, the Living Mummy
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Midnight Sons & Friends
Creator:LWes  
Date Added:April 29, 2007
Base Figure:SF Vega
Height:8.00 inches
I didn’t know who ”The Living Mummy” actually was when I recently started reading Supernatural Thrillers. I thought it would be pretty boring and just something I had to read just to have read it, but I was really surprised to actually really like the character!

3000 years ago; N’Kantu was a great warrior and king of the Swarili, but he and his people were taken as slaves by Egyptians. When he led other slaves to rebel against their oppressors, he was captured by the evil Nephrus, who punished him by replacing all his blood with some special liquid and mummifying him alive. This liquid inside of him made N’Kantu immortal, so he was alive all those 3000 years he laid paralysed in a tomb. When he finally awakened in the 1970s, his body had decayed and at the same time become hard as stone, making him almost invulnerable and he also had superhuman strength. Half-mad after centuries of being paralysed, he stumbled around in a world much different from the one he used to live in.

While not truly a zombie, I thought the character was pretty close to being one. His body being dead and stale and all, I thought it was appropriate to submit him for the Zombie Contest.

I originally used a Mr Fantastic body as a base and it was going pretty well until I suddenly thought of the fact that the Living Mummy is supposed to be really tall and mine was just average height!
I made another custom using that body and instead used Vega from Street Fighter to make N’Kantu.
I tried to use several different materials like fabric and paper to wrap him in, but the final layer was some tape that I cut thinly. Since Vega’s left hand is a closed fist, I changed it for a hand from some 5” figure.
I sculpted the head using FIXIT Sculpt and then I painted the figure, first grey, then drybrushed it with white.
Logically, the mummy should probably be yellowish or something, but in the comics, the bandages were still really white, so I went with that.
I’m happy with the face, because it actually looks like in the comics a bit!
On the second and third picture as you can see, I hadn’t noticed that I hadn’t done anything with the eyes yet. After those pictures I painted the eyes black, but I think I might change it, as they were just normal eyes in some of the comics and red in some.
There’s not much more to say; I’m really happy with how the figure turned out, even though it took a really long time to make him.


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User Comments
Punstarr - Saturday, September 1, 2007
That looks like it was painstaking, man. Very nice work.
loosecollector - Friday, August 31, 2007
Wow! That IS one of the best custom mummies I ever laid my
eyes on. Labor of love man. Patience of a panther, craftsmanship
of a spider. Cheers on this great work!
fastfreddie - Friday, August 31, 2007
I'm sorry, I cannot resist it!!..........I WANT MY MUMMY!!!!!!!!!!! well....I was just looking through my old handbook of the marvel universe and was looking at that Living Mummy entry ...I think it was drawn by Brett Blevins...his stats say he is 7 foot and 6inches tall....he's taller than the HULK...well, you did a great job LWes...sorry about the pun, but I wouldn't throw a pun on it if I didn't like it my man....lol!
LWes - Friday, August 31, 2007
I've updated the pictures. I intend on doing it with all of my older customs. On some, I'll update the figure as well, but for this one, there was nothing that needed to be done, so I just took some fresh clean pictures.
VariablePenguin - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I think here in the states, that's actually called masking tape. Your stereotypical "Scotch" tape is clear and used for small stuff like wrapping present or taping things.... uh, yeah. Scotch is also technically and brand and not a type of tape. I think they do make masking tape too.
I'm doing a similar mummy-esque figure and I used Johnson & Johnson first aid tape. It's great, it's even fabric-y.
LWes - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Thanks
Unknown User - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Awesome. I'm going to be doing a few customs that require bandages and I hadnt found a good way to do them until I saw this
Good idea and a great custom
LWes - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Yeah it does.
Unknown User - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
So its pretty much just Scotch tape? Cool
Does paint negate the sticky side pretty well?
LWes - Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Hi everybody and thanks for your comments! Sorry I didn't reply to the questions earlier, but I've actually been a bit busy!
I don't know what the kind of tape is called in either swedish or english, but I took pictures of it:
As you can see, I used a knife to cut thin pieces.
I found two more rolls:
If I had cut straighter, I it would have been easier and the tape wouldn't have broken all the time which made it a bit more frustrating and it took some time to finish it.
hawkeye - Monday, May 7, 2007
It looks great, I want a mummy now!
Unknown User - Monday, May 7, 2007
Lol anybody to take guesses on who made it?
I'm about 99% sure
Unknown User - Monday, May 7, 2007
I madea mummy for my daughters Egypt priject out of toilet roll strips dipped in pritt stick
but man this certainly does look more involved - I'd ;love to know how you did the bandgaes too
looks lik that took you AGES
Very well done
VariablePenguin - Monday, May 7, 2007
What kind of tape did you use for the final layer? Was it the medical bandange cloth stuff you find in first aid kits?
carlos1 - Thursday, May 3, 2007
That is the best mummy I have seen. The Mummy is the original zombie by about 3,000 years great effect with the dry bruching very creative, congratulations.
Maelstrom - Tuesday, May 1, 2007
YOU BET A MUMMY QUALIFIES AS A ZOMBIE! And this one ROCKS!...and I don't mean in a Barry Manilow way. We're talkin' WHITE ZOMBIE, METALLICA, KORN..O.K. you get the picture. Nice work with the bandages! I too want to know the sordid little details of how you did that!? Any chance that you took WIP pictures?
Unknown User - Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Ok, now you gotta show us how you did the kicking bandages...
Very nice!!!
Unknown User - Tuesday, May 1, 2007
This is one of the better Mummy figs I seen
well done man
Bob-A-Ferret - Tuesday, May 1, 2007
thats pretty nice I like it wish I could see the eyes better but awesome any way you look at it
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