Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. It was designed as a commission for "4Color-8Bit Comics & Games" in Kingston, Ontario. Obama merchandise had sold so well for them that year, they wanted a custom Obama figure to commemorate his sales potential in comics, cards, and toys. ^_^
"4C8B Comics & Games" also hosted an art show of my custom figures, and sold them from one of their display showcases for a year. This figure was a thankyou to the store owners for their support.
-x1 DCD Jimmy Olson
-x1 DCD John Stewart (resculpted, then recast)
-Misc. McFarlane Basketball figure (open hand)
-Misc. McFarlane military figure (pointing/sword hand, clipboard)
-Misc. Wrestling figure (tie)
-HML 2-Pack Captain America (shield)
-Misc. TopCow comics figure - Katana.
-Minipaper craft backdrop (retextured/retooled in Photoshop to be larger/better resolution)
-Various Magnets (from Gaussboys dot-com)
-TOPPS Obama Cards (for photo reference/skin tone matching)
About the Presidential Diorama:
I found a papercraft Obama online, and rescaled the pattern to be in scale with a 6" action figure. After re-texturing it in photoshop - I printed it out on a thick card stock/resume cover letter paper. After scoring all the crease lines with a lead-less mechanical pencil, I used my hobby knife over a cutting mat to isolate different elements for construction.
After assembly, I fitted cut foam inside each section (backdrop and base). Inside the base, I fixed 2 wide hockey-puck style magnets. I installed magnets in Obama's feet, so that the figure would stand correctly without needing foot-pegs. I did the same for the podium (magnet/foam inside), and ran a paperclip inside the clipboard - making it attach magnetically to the stand. :)
After resculpting the DCD Jimmy Olson, and the DCD John Stewart face (hairline, forehead, jaw, ears, then recast the original) - I assembled and painted the figure with Vallejo paints. It was sealed with Krazy Glue liquid type superglue, and Matte Vallejo varnish.
After the positive response I had to this custom (both at FANEXPO 2009, and via 4C8B Comics & Games), I've created others for customers based on a MM Joker Goon body, complete with the same style of play-stand. :)
This figure was a blast to create! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. :)
Check out the thread for a link to this figure's Gallery on my website, and more photos!