DIY Superhero Style- Customize Your Action Figures

The boys have created their own version of a dynamic duo- Liam Lightning and Kellen Thunder.  Liam Lightning can shoot lightning from his eyes and fingertips.  Kellen Thunder makes thunderclaps and has orange heat vision.  They both drive airplanes- Liam’s is yellow with lighting bolts, and Kellen’s looks like a panda (hey, the kid loves pandas).  What better way to encourage their imaginations than to make action figures of the heroes they envisioned.

I asked the boys to describe what their heroes looked like- color of outfits, boots, gloves, if they wore capes or masks, what their symbols were, etc.

I selected two action figures from our stash.  I used Imaginext figures because they are inexpensive and they are the figures my boys play with the most.

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First step was to give the figures a light sanding with sandpaper, so the paint would have something to hold on to.

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Next step was to paint.  I used craft paint because I had it on hand.  My husband thought model paint would hold better.  Have to remember that for next time.  First coat on Liam Lightning was not the right color- had to do a second darker coat.  Boys had to get in on the action too.P1030795 P1030798 P1030799

 

Of course, superheroes need super symbols.  I drew up the symbols on paper and then glued them down using a matte gel because it dries very hard.  If you don’t have that, I’m sure regular glue would be just fine.

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Painted on yellow masks, because that’s what this duo wears.  This was the hardest part as my hands are not too steady.

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Finished up by sealing with a coat of clear nail polish.  I’m sure there is a better sealant, but this is what I had and it gave the toys a nice shiny gloss.

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Attached the capes, and shazam! Liam Lightning and Kellen Thunder are ready for play.

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Ok, not quite ready- I told the boys they had to dry overnight and would be ready for play in the morning.  Liam was up at 5:40am to get his hands on his figure.  Oh well- at least he was excited!

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