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Cthulhu Custom Action Figure

Custom #:43493  
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Horror
Creator:Heroes Assembled Customs  
Date Added:October 10, 2012
Base Figure:SPawn Movie Malebolgia
Height:12.00 inches
"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

"In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."

H.P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu, 1928

Cthulhu is a fictional god, said to 'slumber beneath the waves' in a mythical sunken city known as 'R'lyeh'. He first appeared in H.P. Lovecraft's 'Call of Cthulhu', written in 1928. Cthulhu was described as a huge, flabby creature. He looked to be part man, part dragon, with wings and a huge cephalopod head, not unlike a cuttlefish or octopus. I've been wanting to do a Cthulhu figure for quite some time, and was astonished that there wasn't already one here (other than the odd MLP or alien Cthulhu homage.)

This figure is a commission by a return customer, who's husband is a HUGE H.P. Lovecraft fan. This figure stands at twelve inches tall, and boasts a completely original head sculpt, as well as a completely sanded and re-sculpted body.

I've never been a fan of the older Spawn figures, and this Malebolgia was definitely one of those. There were random spikes everywhere, big sloppy globs of glue, a REALLY ugly head with wispy, crappy hair, and fins on the back of the arms. All of it came off, and was sculpted over.

I added Annihilus BAF wings, repainted.

Head, torso, 'ribcage', shoulders, biceps and the crustacean-like armor (complete with barnacles growing on him as he slumbered and dreamed beneath the waves) are all original sculpt.

Tentacles are from a cheap rubber squid toy. The longer appendages are poseable.

Eyes, bio-luminescent marks, and 'hidden' symbols all along the wings and body glow in the dark or under black light, and are invisible in direct light.

Feedback is always appreciated!! Feel free to drop by my Facebook Customs page for more pics, as well as a few WIP galleries of Cthulhu, and all my figures so far at the link below!

User Comments
Emmett - Thursday, January 31, 2013
You possess amazing skills my friend!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Thanks Emmett!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The owner of this recently placed it in his 'place of honor' in the Man Cave. I am honored
G_Rantula - Friday, November 9, 2012
Cerrano - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Very, very cool. Nice work.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, October 14, 2012
Wow everybody, thank you SOO much for all the feedback! I'm humbled by all the praise!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Sunday, October 14, 2012
epic work, so love it. you really captured the custom in your description. also I love the info in your description and in the comments, has me wanting to read Lovecraft.
REBNOR - Sunday, October 14, 2012
That is a massive undertaking,Especially for such a character. Great job!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks man! The sculpting on your figures was actually a HUGE inspiration to me, especially your Clayface and Leonardo TMNT figures! Your input means a lot!!
RedRebelCustoms - Friday, October 12, 2012
Man, I just can't stop saying how impressive this is! I loved the WIP!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks Red!! Wait till you see the Fin Fang Foom I'm working on using the same base!!
El Draxo - Thursday, October 11, 2012
superflash - Thursday, October 11, 2012
AWESOME!!! Would like to see some better-lit/lighter photos to be able to check him out more (though the spooky dark lighting fits his mood).---Oh...I see on Facebook the WIP photos are lit normally. That'll work.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks man, glad you liked them.
The Watcher - Thursday, October 11, 2012
That's quite an undertaking! Great job!
MCollector - Thursday, October 11, 2012
HisDivineShadow - Thursday, October 11, 2012
poor old cthulu, all dead and dreaming! just an epic job, best I've ever seen of the king of the lovecraftian elder gods, phenominal work!!
giusti - Thursday, October 11, 2012
this thing is amazing bro I can't wait to see whats next. Sweet job bro
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Foom is coming along nicely too sir....
Nsp - Thursday, October 11, 2012
savage looking piece
scarecrow studios - Thursday, October 11, 2012
this might be my favorite thing ever. that face looks completely different from each angle. absolutely stellar work.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Well....the old ones were 'many angled'....
Batman1016 - Thursday, October 11, 2012
That . . . is disturbing. And amazing. But also disturbing. Excellent work!

On a side note (since there's already a precedent of nit-picking your description ), I'm pretty sure you mean "cephalopod," not "arthropod." An arthropod is any invertebrate with a full-body shell, an insect or spider or crab. Cuttlefish and octopodes are cephalopods. Just a little helpful biology tip!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Thursday, October 11, 2012
And I replied to the wrong comment lol...stupid phone. You're completely right about it being 'cephalopod', I always got those two confused. Either way, it's fixed in the description.
SirDigbyChickenCesear - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Goodness, this is amazing.....
Heroes Assembled Customs - Thursday, October 11, 2012
Yes, cephalopod. It's been a loooong time since biology class.
JonMichael - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Looks great!!! The face is PERFECT, as is the rest of the body. Your sculpt work here is very very nice. I love the texture you gave him, and the arms look just plain mean. Maybe, give him more of a gut, because he was described as having a belly and sketched that way by Lovecraft. And, I would just make the wings look torn and more "useless". Since, they aren't for flying in atmosphere as we know it, and so appear rudimentary to us. I would really like someone to depict Cthulhu with the giant scar on his head, that he receives after the fishermen ram him in the face with their boat to stop him from rising.

Although, Cthulhu himself is NOT a god. He is a high priest of the "Great Old Ones". While the Elder Gods imprisoned the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu is still free in a way. His duty is to remain dormant in R'lyeh, until the time is right and the stars align correctly so he can unlock and free the Great Old Ones. He is able to reach out telepathically to humans' subconscious, because while he is dormant he CANNOT free himself from R'lyeh when the correct time comes. That's why he needs humans and forms cults with them, because the humans MUST free him when the time comes or nothing will ever be accomplished. That's, also, why Cthulhu was able to be defeated by some fishermen ramming him in the face with their boat. While Cthulhu is an ancient, important being he is NOT on the same level as the Great Old Ones or the Elder Gods.

Sorry to ramble, I've actually been reading Lovecraft since I was a little kid...creepy, I know. But, I'm a huge fan and I love all of his work. Even his essay papers and his discarded drafts/unfinished stories.

Anyways, AMAZING custom. I would love to have something like this for my desk.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
All the above is true. I described Cthulhu (admittedly incorrectly) as a 'god' to simply to save time. He is the high priest of the Great Old ones, as you say, and I also am a fan of Lovecraft. Admittedly, even though I own a 'complete' collection of his works (thank you Kindle...), I still have yet to read them all. Thanks for the clarification.
JonMichael - Thursday, October 11, 2012
No worries, I just love Lovecraft and rambled about it. Most people think of him as a god (little "g"), anyways.

If you got the Complete and Unabridged collection, it's good. I really like the unfinished draft for The Shadow Over Innsmouth. If you can find them, there are two books that collect the works Lovecraft wrote his essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature" on. It quotes Lovecraft and and the influences he thought the stories are responsible for. Also, I recommend Derleth's Cthulhu stores. They are kind of controversial, since he added a "good and evil" dichotomy that Lovecraft specifically tried to avoid. But, it's more history and information of the Cthulhu mythos.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
I totally get the! Lol. I'm a big fan as well, and his stuff actually pointed me in the direction of Lord Dunsany as well! You should check out his stuff for some really early weird tales! Oh, and if you're ever looking to get something like this for your desk, feel free to contact me on Facebook, just search for "Heroes Assembled" and we should pop right up!
Jarred706 - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Best Cthulhu ever...mind you there's not many floating around...but this would still beat all those.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
thanks man!
NeCrollector - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I love Cthulhu and I absolutely love this masterpiece!!! Ingenious use of a Malebolgia figure as the base!
The recipient of this work-of-art is one lucky guy!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks Necro!!
Dr.Zom - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn! Wonderful eldritch homage to that slimy abomination of non-Euclidian geometry!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!!!
braleefun - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
U definatly gave both the character and author amazing justice here. standing O to u
suprasizeme - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
This incredible work, the sculpted head is magnificent, and the paints just send this custom into the stratosphere of awesomeness.
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks man, I really appreciate that!
bet1 - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!!!
Whiskeytango - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
freakin... amazing
Heroes Assembled Customs - Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks Whiskey, you old dog!
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