Ever since Marvel’s Spider-Man & Friends line showed us how cute superheroes and villains could be, we’ve been itching for DC to follow suit… But while we can’t wait to see the inevitable cute Superman and Batman, we had some ideas of our own that probably won’t make the cut…

– Jed Resnik, ToyFare Magazine

For my next contribution to ToyFare’s WISH LIST action figure feature, I was asked to mess with the kids a bit by making some “mildly inappropriate preschool-styled DC customs!

I began the Joker custom by initially reworking a random Spider-Man & Friends figure. I forget the specific piece, but the jacket was nearly perfect for the Joker. Anyway, it took a crazy amount of sanding and reshaping to get the form right. The head came from a Spider-Man & Friends Green Goblin toy. That captured the right mix of evil clown and evil child (although some might argue that all kids are evil?). The hands needed to be replaced, so new ones were added from a Rescue Heroes piece. I then used Magic Sculpt to create the rest of the details necessary for the custom, along with the original sculpt for the crowbar (the one in the WIP pics proved to be too small). Finally, the Joker Fish was reworked from a small shark toy I had found.

This was such a fun project for me, obviously. It was such a random assignment, and it was a lot of fun working on Constantine, the Joker and Power Girl all at once. Plus, check out the killer spread that ToyFare ran on the pieces. I really love how they looked in print.

Created Spring 2006

Featured in TOYFARE MAGAZINE, Issue #110, October 2006


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