As you likely know, Hasbro just recently gave us a 6" Marvel Legends version of the Crimson Dynamo
which is the Build-A-Figure for the new Black Widow themed wave.
Crimson Dynamo is one of those characters that has had a number of different looks over the years. The Hasbro one is based on the Gennady Gavrilov as the eighth Crimson Dynamo
as seen in the pages of Marvel Comics. The figure overall seems to do a decent job of capturing the look of that particular version, but honestly I can't say its one of my favorites.
I won't pretend I speak for everyone, but personally I would have much rather seen Hasbro give us the Dmitri Bukharin as the fifth Crimson Dynamo
armor. After all that is the version they gave us several years ago for their 3.75" line.
To demonstrate my point of how cool a 6" Marvel Legends figure of the Dimitri armor would look, I present you with a look at this awesome custom figure done by Matchu
He says the figure was made using an Omega Red figure exclusively. He did a ton of sculpting on this guy. Apoxie Sculpt was his goto medium for the project. The majority of the torso was sculpted over. The upper thighs were removed from the torso and detailed with lines, as were the feet. The head was done in multiple layers to ensure he didn’t loose the shape of the face, which is something he says he generally does and then struggles to fix. The only thing not done with Apoxie Sculpt was the tubing around the top of the hip swivel and knees, which were done with Procreate, simply because found it easier to handle and maintain the proper roundness of the piping.
To make the shoulder pads, he glued some heavy plastic over the shoulders so he could build up the shoulder pads over the butterfly joints, without loosing the articulation of them. Once the glue dried, he started building up the shoulder pads in layers. When he had a good base built up, he sanded it smooth and level, and applied one final, thin coat of Apoxie Sculpt to them. He then pressed pieces of kebob skewers into the wet apoxie.
Once they were all placed, he brushed them liberally with super glue to give them some strength. He then brushed them with liquid green stuff by citadel, which kinda acts like a wood filler. After they dried, he gave them a good sand and repeated. He did this same process for both the gauntlets (which started as paint pots from the dollar store) and the boots (which were made of PVC piping).
The paint job for this one was super simple in theory, but it was his first time using the very wonderful Turbo Dork metallic paints, so he did multiple test pieces to figure out exactly what worked best. He used Turbo Dork Redrum as the base of the entire figure. He planned on doing some shading using a metallic orange, a silver, black, etc. He says he probably tried 7 or 8 different combos of colors, but in the end, the Redrum base on its own looked so so good. Because of they he decided to leave the shading alone. Instead, he hit the shoulder pads, gauntlets, boots and helmet with a multiple coats of clear red. The look of this was SO subtle, that he don’t think anyone would noticed it. It definitely does not show up in the pictures, but in hand, to him anyways, he could see it.
Check out more images for this custom below and let us know what your favorite version of Dynamo is in the COMMENTS SECTION