Well, I am working on a ton of different projects/figures right now, and being that I'll have a lot of down-time over the coming months, healing-up from a nearly fatal car accident, I figured the best way to share my hobby with you all would be to create a thread that I can update regularly with new pics. I will try to post at least a couple pics a day for now, and should be getting more done in the coming weeks. I will definitely be updating this thread regularly, and with more detailed pics, and "before & after" shots.
I used to post at a message board with a bunch of action figure snobs, constantly bickering back & forth about the difference between a 'custom' and a 'fix-up.' Well, what I do, in most cases, is try to create a better likeness of the figure to best match the actual person- and touch-up details that the factory often misses or messes up on- while making the actual figure look as close to factory-made as possible.
I buy extra Elite figures for parts, and do a lot of part-swapping with parts from some of Mattel's Basic Series figures to create an Elite.
Sometimes, I'll create an entirely new Elite figure from scratch, by putting different parts together, esentially. But all parts are from Mattel WWE figures. For example:
The "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase
Basic Toys R Us Exclusive SummerSlam Heritage Series Ted DiBiase head & arms
MattelShop.com Legends Exclusive Series Arn Anderson shoulders, torso, pelvis, upper-legs & knees
Legends Series 5 Rick Rude calves & boots
Medium black kneepads
Mankind- Hell In A Cell Attire
Amazon Exclusive Elite Mankind torso & legs
Basic Series 43 Mankind head, mask, arms & soft-plastic over-shirt
Elite 13 Cody Rhodes boots
Now, this may look fairly regular- which is exactly the point. But the amount of work to put those parts I listed together- and make everything look factory- was pretty tricky, due to the plastic shirt being one-piece. Those arms are a special mold, with swivel joints at the elbows & wrists, as well as verticle articulation at the elbows as opposed to traditional Elite 3-piece arms. I had to disassemble the Amazon Elite Mankind's torso completely, to remove the traditional Elite arms- then slide the shirtpiece over the disassembled torso, and fashion the pegs to the matching Basic Mankind sleeved arms, which took some effort. Then it was a matter of swapping the Basic head & mask onto the newly-fashioned Elite body... then swap out the debut-attire Mankind boots with his traditional black wrestling boots.
I finished these two earlier today. More pics on the way! Next up is "street clothes" Brock Lesnar, Chicago tights/black kickpads CM Punk, and Dolph Ziggler with IC Title... thanks for your interest, and all comments are welcome!