Homemade Action Figures: Princess Relonia

Relonia 1

This doll is based off a character from the mythical world of Pangaea, which I really, really, REALLY hope will one day be written and find its way to bookshelves. So far it exists mostly in the mind of a brilliant artist by the name of Sara Strand or Silvestris, but if you go to her website, or Livejournal, or deviantart you can find out more. Or you can ask her yourself. She’s really nice, and loves her fans.

I made this doll when I was fifteen, which makes it around nine years old, but I consider it some of my best work. The dress is made from toilet paper, and the hair from a pretty crappy paper mache, but somehow I got it to work. The jewelry and face were all painted with needles or toothpicks.

This character as well as Pangaea are copyrighted by Sara Strand.

Relonia 2

Relonia 3

Relonia 4

Relonia 5


Homemade Action Figures: Inque from Batman Beyond

This doll went through a few drafts like Princess Zelda. At first, I left the original hair on since it was straight and black. That was before I became so anal that it had to represent the original character precisely. Now the hair is made out of toilet paper like the clothing. So, please enjoy a slide show of the shape-shifting femme fatale from Batman Beyond. God, I love that show…

Homemade Action Figures: Morgaine Le Fay

Morgaine Le Fay, powerful sorceress and infamous half-sister of King Arthur.

There are many versions of Morgaine, but I really, really liked the design they used from The Justice League. In the beginning during the war with Camelot, she was depicted as a beautiful woman with dark hair and green eyes. But in modern times, she keeps her face covered with a golden mask in order to hide the fact that she sometimes looks old thanks to constantly channeling energy into her son Mordred to keep him young.

I painted the golden armor on her upper body, but if I had to do it over again I would use my special paper mache in order to make it look more realistic. I’m not at all fond of the skirt’s flair at the end either. Used some paper for that. But you live and learn.

Homemade Darth Talon Action Figure: Unknown Time’s the Charm

I’ve redone this doll so many times, I don’t even remember what I originally wanted to make it into.

But I guess that’s not really important. In the end, I decided on Darth Talon from the totally awesome Legacy comic book series by John Ostrander and Jan Duuresema.

This time, I mostly used a toothpick for the tattoos since I discovered that they often work better than needles. I just need to make sure to wipe the paint off before it dries and makes the toothpick lose its point.

Homemade Princess Zelda Action Figure: Sometimes Wet Clay Can Hold Steady for a Long Time

I was fist introduced the Zelda franchise when I was ten. Am I the only one who first thought Zelda was really Link?

There are many versions of Princess Zelda, but Twilight Princess is my favorite, mainly because it’s the most realistic.

I consider this one an experimental doll. The armor, jewels, hair and ears are made out of clay that never hardens. Paint gives it a protective coating, but I wish I had found my stone clay that hardens eventually before I decided to make it. Still, I’m relatively satisfied with the results. The apron is made out of paper, so I better hope it never gets wet.

Sorry that a couple of pics look a bit blurry. When I get a better handle on Photoshop, I’ll fix them up.

Homemade Midna Action Figure: The Zelda Franchise Needs Her Back

I didn’t even get through Twilight Princess and I still want this character back in some future Zelda game.

I’m not a Navi hater unlike a lot of Zelda fans, but she had no real personality or charm. Midna on the other hand had both as well as some depth. Is it any small wonder that I want her to be a future love interest for Link rather than the 2-D pacifistic Zelda? The creators said they might bring her back if they hear enough bitching requests from fans, so I’m adding my voice to theirs.


This was the first time I used paper towels for the clothing rather than toilet paper. TP is just too weak when wet if I’m making something that doesn’t directly stick to the doll’s body. The crown is made of cut up thin straws with little lumps of clay at the ends. A needle was used for the designs on her skin.

I know I made her dress wrong. It’s supposed to be a skirt that bares one leg rather than a long loin cloth. When I made this, the pictures of Midna in her true form available on the Internet weren’t exactly top quality and I got confused.

Oh, well. C’est la vie.

Homemade Mystique/Raven Darkholme Action Figure: Needles Aren’t Just Used for Sewing

It has been literally proven: Rebecca Romijn has a Barbie doll face.

I wouldn’t consider myself an official fan of X-Men. I got into it somewhat after the second movie came out, but not enough to start hunting for the comics. However, the live-action version of Mystique was friggin’ awesome. I mean who wouldn’t love her after she smacked the shit out of that miserable bigot, Senator Kelly?

A cheap bathing suit Barbie was used to make this. I was about fifteen when I finished. The scales were painted with a needle.