22 Apr 2011 6:38 pm

This beauty comes courtesy of Pack Rat Studios, and it’s currently on sale on eBay. I love the attention to detail on this figure, from the brass and iron rivets, to the steam pistons on the forearms, to the flickering coal-fire light in the chest (check out the site for those pictures). The best touch, I think, is the awesome handlebar ‘stache on Victorian Anthony Stark.

Custom toys have always tickled my collector impulse, largely because they’re unique, and because they’re an expression of previously unknown and unfulfilled desire. It’s always nice to see artisanal work being done in the field of pop-cultural toys, especially on woefully under-represented Western properties. I mean, aside from Jonathan Kuriscak (head honcho of Pack Rat Studios), you’ve got Jin Saotome and a few others; certainly nothing along the lines or numbers of Japanese custom-makers.

Then again, it’s not like there’s a real Western equivalent to Wonder Festival, both in terms of creators and visitors. I mean, just look at a small sampling of the contributions to this past winter’s Wonder Festival…

One of these days, I think I’ll pull out my dremels and resins and give this custom-creation thing a go. I’d really love to make some of Mega Man’s Robot Masters, or even try them steampunk-style.

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