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John Constantine - HellBlazer Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:3835  
Name:John Constantine - HellBlazer
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:DC Universe
Creator:deadeye  
Date Added:August 30, 2007
Base Figure:Spike, Xander, GhostRider caretaker
Height:6.20 inches
Forget Doctor Strange or Doctor Fate or any other pyjama wearing comicbook sorceror, when push comes to shove - theres only one true contender for the Throne.
My favourite magician and horror comicbook anti-hero - JOHN CONSTANTINE.
A British, chain smoking, sarcastically wise-cracking,Occult investigator wearing the shabby trenchcoat of a classic private eye detective.

Although usually a compassionate humanist and often heroic, Constantine pursues a life of dark magic and danger.
Hes a Magic junkie - getting an adrenaline kick from the strange and mysterious of the Occult. The more dangerous the better.
This has cost him the lives of many of his close friends, a lover and allies who now haunt him as ghosts.

Early attempts at using magic and his usual flippant arrogant attitude towards it - often backfired on John, leaving him guilt-stricken when he couldnt save a little girl called Astra from a Demon that he hgad summoned to destroy another. (See Hell Blazer #11). Years later he makes it his mission to release her soul and all the other children's souls unfairly trapped in Hell.

John's true Legend begins when he's dying of Terminal Lung cancer from his chainsmoking. (Hell Blazer graphic Novel Dangerous Habits)
When saying goodbye to a dying Irish friend - Brendan Finn - he saves his soul from being collected by Satan. For Brendan has sold it to create and own the best Alcohol in the world.
Constantine tricks Satan into drinking Holy Water magically disguised as Guiness.
John uses the opportunity to smash him in the face with a wine bottle "STICH THAT" and dissolves Satan back to hell in a Well spring of HolyWater blessed by Saint Patrick.
Satan vows to make Constantine's Soul suffer worse than anyone ever sent to hell and The Devil hasnt got long to wait.
John hatches a plan to save himself from eternal torment, secretly selling his soul to Satan's equally powerful brothers.
When they discover Constantine's trick, they would be forced to go to all-out war over his soul. Weakened by a recent civil war in Hell, the three wouldn't dare wage war as the only winner of a war in Hell would be God and his angels. As a result, they were forced to cure John of his cancer and keep the crafty Mage alive.

Unlike most comic book magicians, Constantine rarely uses magical spells, unless he really has to, especially in combat. Constantine faces most of his challenges relying primarily on his cunning, his vast knowledge of the occult, manipulation of opponents and allies, and an extensive list of contacts.

Constantine's blood is demonically tainted, initially by a blood transfusion from the demon Nergal, and later by sex with a succubus. His blood has been shown to have healing properties.
It has also acted as a defence mechanism when The King of the Vampires tries to feed from him (Hellblazer #69)
Melting the Vampire King's jaw and leaving him in a weakened state for Constantine to drag into the sunlight and pee on the burning vamp's remains.

Although John generally avoids physical battles - letting others fight for him like a master chessplayer - he has been known to use magical weapon's (Hellblazer #217) or fight dirty (Hellblazer #42, #57 and the graphic novel All His Engines).

Some examples of Constantine's magical powers include
Divination, Demon summoning, Black magic Cursing, Spirit Ward sigil creation, Golemancy (Raising a golem. (Hellblazer #167)).
Necromancy - Raised a group of murder victims to attack their killer(Hellblazer #230)
Illusion - Using illusion to make people think he's someone else. Or using Illusion to scare susceptible opponents into insanity (graphic novel collection Hard Time)
But constantines main ability is being able to travel the Synchronity Highway.
An instinctual supernatural ability to be in the right place at exactly the right time. This has led John to uncanny luck, like winning incredible amounts of money from Arcade machines and Casinos. Avoiding harm. And more times than not - to meet the right kind of ally to help prevent or stop an apocalyptic event from happening. (Jamie Delano's Hellblazer run)

Constantine has also exhibited considerable mastery in "stage magic skills" - Hypnosis, Misdirection, "mindreading", Sleight-Of-Hand and Escaplogy.
His skills pee on those of Derren Brown and David Blaine.



RECIPE

Tho I quite like the Constantine movie - I didn't like Keanu Reeves as Constantine JAMES MARSTERS - SPIKE from Buffy and Angel tv Shows would have been a lot better.
He had Constantine's attitude, accent and look - he was perfect.

So taking a deluxe edition 6" spike figure and turned him into my favorite comic mage.
I swapped out the arms and his Trenchcoat for those of a Ghostrider movie Caretaker
The arms were a bit short so I added longer forearms using a spare Xander figure's forearms (spike's arms had Black Nail Varnish) and color matched the GR Caretaker trench and arms with suitably color sculpey - filling any holes where needed and making proper Trenchcoat cuffs

* Altered his mouth with flesh colored sculpey into a pout and this was perfect so slipping a cigarette I made out of sculpey into
* Increased the height of his hair slightly and restyled and it into the classic Constantine 'do from the earlier comics (based on singer/actor Sting from the movie Quadrophenia)
* Made a shirt from handkerchief white linen that easily slipped over his body
* Glued a Tie on from a NECA Hitman figure

Constantine doesn't have a signature weapon in the comics - but does in the film "The Holy Shotgun" - I made an HS from a fodder shotgun and small cheap crucifix.
It didn't look too Holy so I decided to give it a "holy glow" in photoshop.
However I felt this wouldn't be something the comicbook constantine would use and would call his movie counterpart "a Ponce and a Tosspot" for using one.
So I made a "Spearhead of Destiny" dagger out of a fodder Spear for my Constantine to use as a ritual Dagger to fight the forces of darkness with.After doing a bit of research on "The Spear of Destiny" - the spear of Longinus that allegedly pierced Christ's side during the crucifixion - supposedly imbued with mystical powers as its coated in Christ's blood. I found out that one of the Early Christian Kings of the Holy Roman Empire that owned it was KING CONSTANTINE.

Perfect - this would be something that constantine would use as its easily concealable about his person. and is mystically powerful enough for defense as well as offense.
I gave it a nice Bronzey paintjob.


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User Comments
Redmist - Thursday, November 1, 2007
This is bananas! Why don't I remember seeing this? D, awesome, my man.
Unknown User - Saturday, September 15, 2007
Ciggies and Lung Cancer didn't Kill John - lol - he just caught the Devil in a sting operation and made him cure his cancer
Hes such a great character
~_@
Dedi
Greg8624 - Saturday, September 15, 2007
"John always has a cigarette in his hand"
~_@
Dedi
I noe smoking kills but that's bad@$$
Unknown User - Saturday, September 15, 2007
Yes - but the comic is ten times better, britisher and blonder than the Keanu movie
EG
Chas in the movie is a little annoying wimpy git
Chas in the comics is as hard as Vinnie Jones in Lock Stock or Gone in 60 seconds
thanks for commenting - glad you 'like' it
John always has a cigarette in his hand
~_@
Dedi
Punstarr - Friday, September 14, 2007
Sorry, I guess I really hadn't commented on anything...
This is the guy that Keanu Reeves played? I do like the cigarette, it's a nice touch.
Unknown User - Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Thanks Freddie
~_@
Dedi
fastfreddie - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
yes, the spike from buffy fig...will pm the info
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
what store freddie? and was it a spike?
I'm needing another one
~_@
Dedi
fastfreddie - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
totally amazing and awesome...love the photos too! magnificent Deadeye....I saw one of these figures in the store and immediately thought of your john c figure...made an impression....imagine that???
Unknown User - Monday, September 10, 2007
Like the Monkees - I'm a believer
thanks man
~_@
Dedi
VariablePenguin - Monday, September 10, 2007
Oh I voted alright. I gave this 5 stars.
Unknown User - Monday, September 10, 2007
Thanks man
Neglectful?Lol someone didn't vote for this then
Thanks man - I always thought Marsters wouldve made a great Constantine - especially in a TV show - when you see network shows like Supernatural and Dresden Files - they could have easily done Constantine as a series.
~_@
Dedi
VariablePenguin - Monday, September 10, 2007
I've been neglectful! This figure is rocktastic. Marsters as Constantine? Genius!
PUNISHMENT5411 - Sunday, September 9, 2007
This is SOOOOOOOOOOOO freaken cool dude !!!!
Unknown User - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
What´s Up P
I agree, using JM was brilliant... man I makes me wonder how the movie would have been with him...
The likeness is really great, really amazing, like always, your work leaves me speachless...
Hey hey hey Carlos!!!
My sibling from anutha dingaling! Que pas Amigo?
Thanks for the love man and congrats on your First post - you broke your figure realm cherry
~_@
Dedi
comicfan - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
What´s Up P
I agree, using JM was brilliant... man I makes me wonder how the movie would have been with him...
The likeness is really great, really amazing, like always, your work leaves me speachless...
Unknown User - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Wow Jesse - Thank you very much man
Youre one of THE top dog customisers here - youre stuff comes out looking SO realistic just with a paintjob
and here you are givin half blind old me props? I'm really flattered.
Its so cool seeing my customising heroes - Toymaker B, Greymonk, LooseCollector, Geejay and yourself among others giving me praise - lets me know I've done something right
Well if I manage to get my casting rig finally sorted - I'll cast this head and send you it - your one'll put mine in the shade by a longshot bro
Glad to see another hellblazer fan - I'll be putting my hellblazer collection up for trade/sale soon - so if you missed anything before Ennis' run - I should have it
~_@
Dedi
jessecuster - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
fu_k I really love this custom! oh I've said that already. If only buffy figs aren't pretty hard to come by in my country I'd customize the exact same fig. dude you rock!
jessecuster - Wednesday, September 5, 2007
"James Marsters as Constantine" -- this is definitely one of the best customs I've seen at figurerealm. I've read most of the Garth Ennis Hellblazer series. and dude this custom defines John Constantine. I absolutely love this.
loosecollector - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Nicely done! I love how the many different parts came together so seamlessly, the cloth included. Seems like its made from just a single fig. The accessories are cool too and fits the character well. Specially mentioning the small but subtle cigarette. John should ALWAYS have a cigarette! Great work overall Dedi. Cheers!
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thanks very much, Wings my man, glad you swooped by
Aww Thanks muchly GeeJay
~_@
Dedi
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thanks very much man - James Marsters wouldve been AWESOME as Constantine - even if they wanted to make him American
I wouldve liked to see Denis Leary play an American Constantine too
keanu did do a noble job and nailed the attotude - personally I think he couldve at least dyed his hair blond - so that he didn't look like Neo or Devils Advocates Kevin Logan
Yeah I made the weapons - left the recipe for the weapons in the description
~_@
Dedi
greymonk - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Saints Preserve us! Now this is Constantine! I was mildly disappointed with Keanu's performance but I felt he gave it a noble effort. Your custom however, has the role nailed! Did you make the weapons as well buddy?!
Gee_jays_Customs - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
this is awesome man! I love the pics! great work!
~Gj
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Awesome custom - 5 stars! I love how losely you capture the original work like the Marv custom - and the shot of him over the shoulder with the cig is flawless - NICE ONE!
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Long ago here? Or elsewhere?
I know Dc direct did a version that was MEH
~_@
Dedi
Dr Nightmare - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
It was years ago, no clue where it is now @_@
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thanks
Where was the other Constantine you saw, Doc?
~_@
Dedi
Unknown User - Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Thanks man - heres a quote from Hellblazer
"The night's a sultry mistress. She shook her hips and thunder rolled. She winked and lightning split the sky."
Yeah - Sexy.
~_@
Dedi
Greg8624 - Monday, September 3, 2007
That is super wicked
And that little comic bit was sexy
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Funny you should say that
Thats Abaddon dyed Green in the last picture with John fighting him with the "spear of destiny" dagger
~_@
Dedi
Greg8624 - Monday, September 3, 2007
OMG perfect
Just thougth if Constantine, and your last DEmon Entry
would get into an awesome super fight how crazy cool it would be.
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Aww thanks man - miss talking to ya on Yahoo
~_@
Dedi
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Molto Grazi bellisima Senora
~_@
Dedi
drop_of_caramel - Monday, September 3, 2007
Awesome job on this custom. I love the cig and the story behind constatine. Rate this one at a 5!
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Thanks man
Well if you read the backstory to him I gave (I think ) some key hellblazer comic references
He's such a brilliant character.
Thanks DTM, TMB, Scarlet_Magpie, Boba and the others for your comments so far
The money is in the mail
~_@
Dedi
CplHicks - Monday, September 3, 2007
I'm not too famialar with this charater but I've looked at some soucre meterial and this is dead on.
This is such as great fig.
Great job!!!!
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
I found my favorite of this contest. Everything about this custom is Cool as hell. Once again we are only allowed to give 5 stars , but this deserves 5 more. Great job!!
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Thanks man
Lol between You and Boba - the secret of who made this is out
Your welcome bro about my well wish - its a heartfelt goodluck - I found college life tough - but a lot easier than highschool.
Oh for the record - I only really painted the dagger.
the rest of its done in pure colored sculpey or using the colors of the original fig
And yep the cigarette sticks in his mouth and between his fingers without any glue necessary
its made from fuse wire wrapped in two different colored layers of sculpey - like a stick of rock candy
to get the red burning end of the cigarette - I gently wittled the white away to reveal the red underneath.
I actually planned to make a micro pack of 20 silk cut cigarettess but the plan got canned - the packet wouldn't fit into his hand and it wouldn't show up well on webcam
It turned out the best it could considering
~_@
Dedi
Greg8624 - Monday, September 3, 2007
Deadeye once again. OMG This is awesome, and I am not just saying that
You use quality figures to make even more quality customs.
I can't believe that cig sticks.
and your right keano reeves was some poor acting choice
Those hollywood cats don't noe how to pick quality
Paints is crazy good too.
much luv for your work.
thanks for the luck for college
will need it.
Unknown User - Monday, September 3, 2007
Well being such a big fan of the midnight sons as you are LWes - I think you'd love them.
Theyre much darker and edgier in tone too anything Marvel's produced horrorwise
HellBlazer and Preacher are some of My favourites and I have them all - I'll send you some Hellblazer copies in our trades
~_@
Dedi
LWes - Monday, September 3, 2007
I've never read Hellblazer, but if there's one thing I do know, it's Buffy and Angel! I was an enormous fan of the shows when they were in production and I still am a big fan. So for a "James Marsters as Constantine" I think it's great. The hair looks really nice, and most of all the cigarette, I never succeed in doing that right, but in those pictures it does look rad.
scarlet_magpie - Monday, September 3, 2007
Loving this figure...I really like the tie!!! I wouldn't be surprised if John shows up in the LCBH series sometime soon, but they will struggle to match this!! Lovely......
Bob-A-Ferret - Monday, September 3, 2007
Wow now I know who did this and I have to say this is one of the best customs in this contest, of the 28 entries only 9 deserve a 5 and of those only a hand full deserve enough of my time for me to say anything about them. I wish the pics where clearer as I know they would show a better fig than we currently see. But knowing that you are a cyclops and using a web cam I forgive this. This is an awesome figure very well done and great workmanship all around. you deserve to be in the top 5 where I will not predict as I am no oracle but great job.
Dr Nightmare - Sunday, September 2, 2007
Yeah man, great job on the likeness, this is like the second ever Constantine custom I've seen, 5 stars
DTM - Sunday, September 2, 2007
that is a really cool custom. Thoguh I don't know the comic I can see you got a really good face to the comic book in the background. 5 stars
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