Jester FX Custom Swamp Thing Figure

It feels like I’ve been playing catch-up this week with appearances and collectibles I’ve been meaning to post. Yesterday’s post featured Suicide Squad #23 which I meant to post a few years ago, and now this awesome 4 inch, static, custom figure from Jester FX Studios that I acquired in the beginning of 2020.

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The static, custom figure was 3D printed and hand-painted, with a little moss to give Swampy texture. The figure was released a year after the DCU series debuted but as you can see, the backing card features imagery from the show. The figure reminds me of what the DCU series could have been. It’s too bad the show didn’t last long enough to spawn figures or more collectibles. I love that Phantom Stranger’s hat sits on the tree, below Swampy in the photo on the backing card. For over analytical people like me, it’s a little Phantom Stranger goodie on a Swamp Thing collectible.
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Below is a process photo from Jester FX Studios’ Instagram page. From the looks of his website, Swamp Thing figures are still available .

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2 for 1 Swamp Thing Movie Theater Coupon

Do you remember when movie theater coupons were all the rage? Neither do I, but this Return of Swamp Thing 2 for 1 coupon is really cool. A while back I stumbled upon this Canadian Cineplex Odion movie theater coupon and was thrilled that it was intact. I assume that most theaters would want to cut/punch or trash them once used. Reusing this laminated coupon repeatedly would have been a blast in 1989 when the film was released.

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The front of the coupon features an illustration that makes Swampy look like the Jolly Green Giant. In 1989, when The Return of Swamp was released, the film was typically promoted with a photo of Dick Durock holding Heather Locklear or the above illustration. I’ve always preferred the illustration over the photo. It feels more inline with the playfulness of the film. 
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The back of the coupon clearly states the truth in that Swamp Thing is “…America’s favourite superhero.” The Return of Swamp Thing made its way to theaters on May 12, 1989. Cineplex Odion theaters in Canada rolled-out this coupon campaign for July 14th – August 19, 1989. I’m not sure what the red stamp, “Siege Perilous” refers to but my initial guess was that it’s one of the Cineplex Odion franchisees. The stamp is underneath the laminate. The coupon measures 4 1/2” x 6”.

Deluxe Them Things

Neil Ewing is at it again! This excellent bootleg Swampy figure is cast in soft, durable, glow in the dark, glittered resin and hand painted in 5 layers. Neil only made 6 Deluxe Them Things figures and I was extremely fortunate to obtain one. 
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I love Neil’s packaging. It features a great card and a resealable bottom. Check out Neil’s website for more awesome creations.

Below are more images of bootleg Swampy

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Swamp Thing TV Show AD Dept. Vest

I was fortunate enough to find this 2019 Swamp Thing TV show AD (Assistant Director) Department vest last week. The down filled vest was manufactured by Calvin Klein. It will pair nicely with the 90s Swamp Thing TV show crew member jacket I picked up some years back. Here’s a link in case you haven’t seen it on the site. Since this vest is a size medium, my wife gets to sport it.

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The back of the vest features the 2019 Swamp Thing tv show logo. Below the logo reads, “Season 1 AD Dept.” The front of the vest is less exciting, featuring the CK logo.  

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Dr Anton Arcane Custom Figures

Custom toy maker, @dr.antonarcane makes extremely fun and creative figures. I purchased a Swamp Thing & Arcane figure from him in the past but this new neon/glow in the dark figure is ELECTRIC!
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the above image was taken from @dr.antonarcane Instagram page. Follow his work for more amazing photos.

“Neon Fall Swamp Thing” has 4 points of magnetic articulation and included a custom, signed backer!
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@dr.antonarcane stays true to the figure style by pairing it with artwork inspired by Swamp Thing #57 “Mysteries in Space” – see below. The figure that inspired this custom was the Kenner Bio-Glow Swamp Thing. Both the Kenner figure & Swamp Thing #57 depict the character with a cactus body. The two great depictions merge together to make this fantastic, inspired custom action figure!

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Below is a process photo of the figure being made. It was taken from @dr.antonarcane Instagram page. Continue reading “Dr Anton Arcane Custom Figures”

DC Direct Heroes of the DC Universe Bust

DC Direct: Heroes of the DC Universe Bust – Series 2, 2011
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Around the time the New 52 was kicking off in 2011, this beautiful statue of our beloved Muck Monster was released. I made sure to pick one up around the time of its release, anticipating that it’d sell like hot cakes. It’s one of my favorite statues. 
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Statue Detail Images:
Swamp Thing’s abs are nuts! I love the details throughout, the wildlife clinging to him look great. I often think of this statue as the Ron Perlman/Party Swamp Thing.

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Abby Arcane FINALLY has an Action Figure

This week, Figures Toy Company finally released their Abby Cable figure. It’s part of their DC Comics Retro 8 inch Action Figure Series. I’m pleased as punch because it’s the first time an officially licensed Abby action figure has been released. It’s the perfect match for the Swamp Thing Mego-style figure that was released last year.

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Abby is one of my favorite characters within Swamp Thing canon. She is the backbone of the title character, and the glue that binds numerous story arcs throughout Swamp Thing’s history. Amongst other things, Abby anchored Swamp Thing when his humanity and spirit were adrift. She suffered through-what seemed like-endless struggles, trauma and loss since she appeared in Swamp Thing #3 (1973). Abby is a reminder (to me) of how humanity can suffer and endure, living within the world of monsters. There are so many reasons to love the character. I’m really psyched to add this Abby figure to my collection.

And, of course Swamp Thing made his way onto the packaging! The artwork on the packaging is great, and economical. Figures Toy Co used the same artwork that was used on their Swamp Thing figure, but they reconfigured it a bit. On this packaging Abby takes center stage while Swampy makes for great wallpaper.
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Figure detail:

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Back of packaging detail: I don’t understand the hyphenated name below. Abby didn’t keep the Arcane name after marrying Cable. 

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Now that Abby finally has a figure, it’d be so cool to see a Floronic Man and Chester Williams in Mego style. It would be a dream come true to have a two in one figure set of Rose & Thorn, one of my other favorite DC characters.

Swamp Thing Mego Style

DC Comics Retro 8” Action Figure Series – 2020

In November of 2020, Figures Toy Company released this fantastic Mego inspired Swamp Thing figure. I picked one up when they became available and am finally getting around to sharing it on the site. Figures Toy Company did a terrific job with the figure and packaging. The design of the figure is inspired by Bissette/Totleben’s Swamp Thing, as indicated by the “1987” on the back of the packaging (see images below). The packaging design also feels of the era, with artwork inspired by Bissette/Totleben. Although, the packaging illustrations look more friendly/whimsical like the artwork used on Swamp Thing collectibles in the early 90s.

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The onesie suit looks great and is a fun way to show off Swampy’s texture in a simple way. The Rick Flair looking green fur is a bit cheesy but I really like it.

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The details in the head looks great! The figure is detailed and simplified in all the right places. Continue reading “Swamp Thing Mego Style”

Kenner Swamp Thing Playsets & Vehicles

I shared the Kenner Swamp Thing toy line last week and am now excited to share the Playset & Vehicles. Every great action figure line needs them!

Kenner Swamp Thing Transducer Playset with Mutated Insect Figure – 1990

Although Arcane is not include, the Mutated Insect Figure is. This fun playset allows you to “transform” figures into the Insect Un-Men.

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Below are pictures of the packaging.

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The Kenner Figures

Kenner Swamp Thing Action Figures, 1990-1991

Like so many of the fun, memorable Swamp Thing collectibles from the early ’90s, this toy line was released in conjunction with the short lived Swamp Thing animated TV series. For better or for worse, the five episode cartoon ,much like the recent series of 2019, wasn’t given the chance to spread its wings. But, that didn’t deter the powers that be. Thanks to all the fine folks at DC, LCA, Kenner, Noteworthy, etc. for marketing the living hell out of it. The toy line outshined the animated series so much so that many fans don’t realize there was a Swamp Thing cartoon. I’ve met a number of fellow Swampy fans who enjoy sharing fond memories of growing up with these action figures. In this post I’ll be sharing the action figures. Next post, I’ll share all of the vehicles!

Snare Arm Swamp ThingStarting things off, the original Swampy action figure! Sure it only comes with that weird looking trap you’re not sure what to do with, but it’s the fun figure we’ve grown to love. I consider it to be the classic Swamp Thing figure. It was rumored, and since proven wrong, that this figure was intended to be part of the Super Powers action figure toy line.

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Bio-Glow Swamp Thing – The figure wielding the most weapons is Bio-Glow Swampy. Don’t be fooled by his charming glow in the dark features, this figure is equipped with an axe and mace. I really like this design. The cactus texture is a really fun addition.
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Snap Up Swamp ThingSnap Up Swampy is a fun concept but rarely would Swamp Thing need to play dead or need to hide as a pile of logs. When not playing dead, Snap Up Swamp Thing enjoys log bazookas. Continue reading “The Kenner Figures”

2019 Fan Expo Comic Con Promo Poster

2019 Fan Expo Comic Con Promo Poster

Another wonderful package arrived yesterday from Canada. This 13″ x 17″ promo poster advertises the Swamp Thing television show for Canadian viewers. If not already, Swamp Thing will be available through the Showcase Network. Numerous Canadian Swamp Thing fans that I’ve been in contact with have been chomping at the bit to watch the show and I’m extremely excited that it will finally come to fruition.
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Since the show previously wasn’t available in Canada, I was extremely excited to obtain the collectible.
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DC Computer Mat With a Little Bit of Swampy

DC Year of the Villain “Who are the infected?” Promotional Computer Mat (2019)

Good friend and purveyor/guru of comics, John Nordstrom stopped by the house last night with this wonderful surprise! The promotional mat was included in comic shop orders this week. I’m not sure if all retailers received this cool promo mat but I’m thrilled to share it with you. Oh, and it features Swamp Thing!
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The mouse pad-like mat measures 11×17, while Swamp Thing’s appearances on the mat is the size of a penny. Regardless of how big or small, it’s always a thrill to come across a Swamp Thing sighting.
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SDCC Exclusive Swamp Thing Poster

2019 SDCC Exclusive Swamp Thing Poster

Fellow Swamp Thing fanatic, Erica attended San Diego Comic Con last week and sent me one of the treasures she acquired! I’m so grateful for Erica’s generosity and to add the poster to my collection! Artwork by Cliff Cramp
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The poster measures 18” x 24” and is printed on thick, quality paper. Along with the SDCC Swamp Thing bag, the poster promotes the current Swamp Thing show available on the DC Universe streaming platform.