I do a fair bit of semi-purist minifig customization, but never post anything in the MCW forum. Well, that changes today! I've been tinkering off and on with a custom Mr. Freeze, and I'd like to share some of my work here and maybe get some new ideas from you guys.
We'll go in chronological order, starting with my first (vary minor) variation on the official figure. I think it's hands-down better than the official fig, but it's nothing too exciting. All pictures are links to flickr...
I really hate that helmet, and would prefer to use a clear dome piece to replicate the look from Batman: The Animated Series. That piece doesn't make for a good helmet (trust me, I tried) so I decided to try my hand at a brick-built Mr. Freeze "hard suit" based on designs from the flickr Lego hardsuit group. Here's my first attempt:
My goal was to make the smallest hardsuit possible, and this one was just too big (compare with Batman for scale). Take two, using very different construction techniques:
Not bad, but I think it's still too bulk and it's too skinny in the middle—it's not really plausible that a minifig could be wearing this suit. And like all minifig-scale hardsuits, it's rather flimsy and unstable. So I went back to minifigs wearing armor!
I've considered using the Atlantis armor, but there are no good visor options. A guy who goes by bogey175 on flickr was able to strip the chrome off an astronaut visor to make a clear-visored version of the Atlantis armor. It looks great but that clear visor seems to be more trouble than it's worth.
Mr. Freeze by bogey175
And so we come to my current favorite design, the one I featured at the top of the post: Freeze in the space marine armor from Minifig Series 7.
I Brasso'd off the silver space logos, and gave him the black ADU gun (from the space marine) and added a brickarms monopod and technic pin to give it some bulk.
This is my favorite version, despite the lack of any visor or helmet (the clear dome piece I used for the hardsuits doesn't fit). Color scheme looks good, armor gives him reasonable bulk compared to other minifigs.
What do y'all think? Do you have your own semi-purist take on Mr. Freeze? I really like The Penguin's custom figures, but painting the Buzz Lightyear armor or Series 4 Hazmat Suit is more than I can handle. Oh, and come summer I'm interested to try Darth Malgus's armor for Freeze as well!
Edited by Pellaeon, 02 May 2012 - 06:01 PM.