Came home with Spider-woman today! And another Iron Man I don't know what to do with.
I am hoping to pick up a second Spider-woman and paint her into a Jessica Drew. I'm sure they'll put out a Jessica Drew figure sometime in the next year, but I want mine now, for now! The Julia Carpenter figure is beautiful, by the way. The color scheme is just electric. The orange of her hair is just a really exciting color. Wish I had a comic or two which actually dealt with Julia Carpenter-besides Secret Wars, I mean-it would make the figure so much more meaningful.
I got a GI Joe movie Cover Girl which, along with movie Destro's mask, will make me a Leper Queen. I'm going to repaint her combat fatigues and try and cut a scabby-scalp from the back of Destro's head. Just putting the head on the figure made her look a lot like the Leper Queen. Thankfully, Cover Girl's arms look surprisingly emaciated, so weathering them to look scarred can be a minimal task. She nearly looks as she does when Mike Choi and Sonia Oback draw her.
Maybe word spreads fast from this board? the Secret Wars wave II packs arrived at my local Target just recently, but the Magneto/Black Spidey pack is peg-warming right now. There was only one Spider-Woman and no Cyclops/Hulk set. Luckily I ordered those already.
My Magneto fix is simple. I don't really mind the look of the figure, but I am going to go ahead and replace his torso, upper legs and arms down to the elbows with a modern Sub-Mariner. I'll swap their waistbands. It ought to give him a little more height and heft. Meanwhile, I'm going to use Namor's gauntlets and build me an Astonishing-costume Cyclops out of the Secret Wars Cyclops. I'm still looking at options for Cyclop's Astonishing lower-legs. Every artist draws his lower legs in the Astonishing costume differently. For Terry Dodson he appears to have full metal shinguards, but Deodato and Land and others draw either little yellow rings around his ankles or pretty much no special books at all. So kind of a quandary.
I like the Cyclops Secret Wars figure a lot, but here's my thing; that costume dates back to a time when I couldn't stand Cyclops as a character-I used to think of him as an insufferable prig, and I was outraged by those ridiculous issues of From the Ashes where he took out the whole rest of the X-men by his lonesome, which struck me as totally unbelievable. Nowadays I really enjoy his presence-leading the X-men like an jerk, knowing he's a jerk, but no longer sensitive and hurt by it. Sleeping with a super-villain. This is a Summers to grow on. So I want a really good version of the Astonishing costume, and I think I've got to make one. The XO figure is just not too cool. Even after replacing his arms, I can't get over what a tiny head he has. It's like he squishes himself into the hood and it's too tight and it compresses his cranium.
Incidentally, has anyone noticed that whenever he takes off the hood these days Summers has really long, Lorenzo Lamas-style hair? I suppose not that extreme, but still...what does he do with it when he puts the hood on? Does he tuck it into the neck of the costume? How come the hood fits so closely around his skull if he has all that thick hair hidden under there? This question really vexes me.