Thursday, February 14, 2013

Minimate Customs: Rocket Raccoon

Little (admittedly embarrassing) backstory here: a bunch of us over at the Minimate Multiverse (your home for all Minimate chat) have spent the last several years championing Avengers villain Kang as a shocking omission to the Marvel Minimate lineup.  Well, last spring, the impossible dream became a reality, as Kang received a Minimate.  The question now, among Minimate fans, was whom would we champion next?  Within days, this became an all-out Civil War, as factions were formed, alliances were created and broken, and general chaos reigned in the Minimate world.  Oh, the fun we had!  I'm sure anybody reading this that wasn't there is simply green with envy.

Anyhow... I threw my weight behind Rocket Raccoon.  Two reasons (besides Rocket Raccoon being awesome): one, he's become an important part of the Marvel Universe over the last decade; and two, I figured he was beyond my customizing skills.  While the former is certainly still true (even moreso, now that the Guardians of the Galaxy are heading towards the big screen), the latter actually ended up being incorrect....

Rocket Raccoon
 Yep, Rocket Raccoon.  In all his glory!  This actually turned out to be a simpler custom then I anticipated.  It all started when I realized that the Marvel Universe Rocket was right in scale with Minimates, and that if I could pop the head and tail off, I'd have a pretty sweet custom started. Which... er... is what I did.  Not much more to say....
The trickiest part was finding legs; I ended up using the Lizard's, which work well enough, but I'm hoping that the Battle Beast line will run long enough to give us a compatible mammal's hind quarters.  I designed a quick decal; you'll note that this is original, classic Rocket, as he was seen in his own mini-series, drawn by the great Mike Mignola.  I personally prefer this look, and I figure that, if he ever does get an official release, it'll be in the GotG outfit anyway.  Here's the decal:
The Civil War, by the way, was won by team Baron Zemo, who'll be a part of Wave 50.  Ah, he was my second choice!

UPDATE:  I recently replaced Rocket's legs with the Wolfman from the Nightmare Before Christmas:

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