After several revisions, I finally completed my custom Mego Punisher doll, and have thus added Frank Castle to my massive Mego trove.
I first ordered most of the parts from FTC, only to discover the body and head were atrociously bad, so I scrapped them in favor of a type 2 Joker body and what was originally a Scottie head – Star Trek’s Scottie head sculp has a nice resemblance to a generic “men’s adventure fiction” protagonist complete with no-nonsense scowl. Ultimately it just didn’t look right, though, and after a few more head swaps, I finally got a good custom head from Dr. Mego, painted beautifully by Lyn Stahl of Metalhead Minis!
I also replaced the Mego arms with LJN SWAT arms: they’re bulkier and articulated at the biceps, so Frank can actually hold his weapons properly! I’ve since done the same for all my Punisher customs.
The rifle, belt, boots, and bodysuit are also FTC, and look nice enough when fully assembled into the Punisher’s likeness, though again FTC lets me down: the suit has a hole in the backside, and the original belt split after only a little pressure. I ditched the belt in exchange for a Signature Series Punisher belt which had to be trimmed with my scalpel.
The chest decal is especially nice and comes courtesy of nemo1635 on ebay, though it is slightly larger than expected and doesn’t fully cling to the chest as a result. But it also stays on really well (so far) and looks great on display.
The box was made by Greg Jensen, and looks and feels just like the sort of box Mego would have produced had they made another wave of Marvel characters. I imagine his reproductions are just as impressive.