Thursday, April 28, 2016

All My Toys: That's A Turbocone 5000!

Dear Diary,

Far away from the real world, I'm finally back to my old world. A world full of toys and fun! Except nothing is fun anymore. In my absence, Cobra somehow took control and everything turned into a post apocalyptic toy world. I can't keep stressing the whole post apocalyptic world thing. If there's one thing I love it's a lot of cars speeding around in a wasteland. I blame Tina Turner. Either way, keep following the story. I'm in disguise under my super hero alias WoW since the world hates Miss M. I'm also en-route with my ex-boyfriend Michelangelo to meet some guy named Brian Farrell who apparently has information on my friend April O'Neil. This should be interesting. What could be so special about this guy?

Hopefully I'll Survive,
Miss M


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ahhh! They Do Exist!

What happens when a toy collector begins the process of organizing and simplifying her collection? For real this time? Well dear reader, she finds what she's been looking for the past number of months: a Fluppy Dog! This one is for you Nick Moose.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

All My Toys: Enter Toy World

Previously on All My Toys,

Torn between two worlds, Michael Lynn (Miss M) found herself unable to cope with the realities of the "real" world and instead decided to travel back to Toy World. Unknown to her, Toy World is now under control by Cobra Commander. His forces of evil are working tirelessly to find Miss M and anyone who happens to support her. What will everyone's favorite dorkette do? Will she be able to save her friend and mentor April O'Neil? Or will this new Toy World be too much of a change? There's only one way to find out, click the link below and catch up on all the juicy melodrama!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Progress Report: Paint By Numbers Gets a Twist!

I am really trying my best to post more on a regular basis. It's working right? Right? This is just a brief update on the minor custom projects I have started on some Marvel Legends styled figures. The toy story stuff is still in the process of being finished. Those toy pictures really take up a lot of time.

My plans to start on my own custom Polaris Marvel Legends figure have gone bust. At least in terms of what I originally wanted to do. There's a wealth of Polaris customs out there that are just spot on to her various looks. I began to notice that my talents were more on the lazy side so my plans for Polaris now include making my own interpretation of the figure on a Scarlet Witch ML figure. They are sisters and in the great tradition of total shared repainted parts like Toybiz was famous for back in the day, it just seems like the right thing to do with sharing those parts. The mistress of magnetism is going to take a bit longer to actually complete.

With Polaris a bit on the back-burner, I also decided to take on the task of painting another figure, one who has been a part of All My Toys before: Gwen Stacy! A couple months ago the local Walmart had the new Spider Gwen Marvel Legends figure and that extra Gwen Stacy head sculpt was just begging me to find a new body for it. I don't like having extra heads rolling around the Archival Room. This is not Death Becomes Her. This is real life. Heads belong on bodies! Unless it's a brutal toy death scene. That changes everything.

So after a decent hunt through my local comic store I was finally able to grab an extra Rachel Summer ML figure which has the perfect design elements for Gwen Stacy. Here's a picture of my progress.

I've been using acrylic paint via brushes and marker to paint over the Rachel Summers attire with a more Gwen Stacy inspired look. I still don't know what I will do about the gloves and I am trying to sand the neck peg down a little so the Gwen Stacy head will pop on easily enough. My version of Gwen Stacy will be lacking her jacket. What can I say? I'm not perfect and I sure as heck will not try to make one. I can only really paint. That's it.

Anyways, I wanted to share this because I really love being able to do this from time to time. I find it therapeutic and with work and life just being busy and messy all the time it is nice to zone out painting toys. While chewing bubblegum.

Hope you guys are all doing well! I hope these figures will turn out super fun. Talk to y'all later!


Saturday, April 2, 2016

All My Toys: Showdown!

Dear Diary,

I'm not meant for this world. I don't understand it. Sure I look like I belong, but looks are deceiving. I have a smile as big as Texas. I'm also a fan of M.A.S.K. so read into that what you can. I just don't get it. None of it. I have to return the key to my house I shared with my husband. Well I guess he is now my ex-husband. How in the hell does that happen? I was always scared the marriage would end but I hoped that was just my anxiety, ya know, nothing based in reality. I sort of knew though that it was not going to work. One knows. You just know. It's how it is. I tend to love too much while hoping for someone to love me just as much in return. It's never really worked. I bare my soul, things like secrets and lies are catnip to my anxiety. I have to confront him. I really want to just leave the key in the mailbox. Why not? He won't care. But he has to know. He has to know what he did to me. I'm going to give him a piece of my mind. Before that though, I will do some toy shopping. If only to clear my mind. Yeah. That's it. Totally.

-Miss M


Monday, March 28, 2016

A Custom Whirlwind

Hey everybody! Just wanting to say hi. As I write this brief little post I am also simultaneously writing a new All My Toys. It has proven to be a difficult one and a rather personal entry for sure. I hope to have it up this week.

I also wanted to say that I am going to try my hand at another toy custom. I have repainted some figures in the past, but usually in the sense of changing a pair of boots from red to silver like with the Masters of the Universe Classics Catra figure. This time is different though. I am going to try and spruce up a figure into someone totally new. I have long waited for a Polaris figure to be made in the Marvel Legends line and have begun to realize I have more of a chance seeing a Mermista solo film in theaters than ever seeing a Polaris figure released by Hasbro.

There have been numerous custom Polaris figures made by people and they all look fantastic. It's very difficult to find a bad one. So mine might actually be the first. I am only partially joking. I am planning on taking a new Scarlet Witch ML figure and converting her into Polaris. This has been done before, but I want to do it with the look of Polaris from the late 70's and early 80's, with all the green and purple. We'll see how this turns out but so far I know I need some fine sanding paper, acrylic paints, and a steady hand. I've admired the custom figures from Hunter Knight Customs for ages now so he is a great source of inspiration. (Although let me be very clear, he gets into sculpting and really advanced stuff, I'm just going for a paint job.) I want to ask my fellow friends tuning in if there were any other tips I needed to know before really doing an over haul.

So let me know your thoughts and experiences with toy custom work. I know it can be a challenge, but I really have some fun ideas on getting this Polaris figure made.

Oh and before I forget, for all the folks who like truly outrageous sleepwear, head over to Target! They have Jem and the Holograms sleep clothes! I just found this out and I am loving everything. I have links below:

Jem short sleeve/pant set
Jem long sleep shirt
Jem and the Holograms group short sleeve/pant set

There ya have it, pajamas that are like a dream! They need to have some Misfits sleepwear. So much fun. Anyways, I hope you are all doing well. See ya soon!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

All My Toys: Pop! Pop! It's Brian!

Previously on All My Toys...

The fantastic Miss M aka Michael Lynn left the comforts of her toy world to brave her real world working in the cosmetics department at Lacy's department store. Her co-workers and friends have been helping her through a disastrous divorce.

Of course not all is well in the toy world that Miss M once lived in. Everything has turned into an apocalyptic wasteland. Your favorite toys are in danger, particularly April O'Neil who is up for trial due to her friendship with Miss M. Can Miss Elizabeth and Ed find help to bring M back? 

Who knows what will happen, just click below to find out what happens next!