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Classic Jonny Quest - Louis Badolato's Figures
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I decided to start with Race Bannon and Jonny Quest. I found the Captain Action
and Action Kid figures on line for $39.95 and $29.95. I found a couple of websites
which sold clothes and equipment for 12 inch and 8 inch action figures, where I
was able to find a nearly perfect red shirt with a front flap (believe it or not
it was a civil war era shirt) and khaki pants for Race Bannon, and jeans, a brown
belt, a black pullover shirt, white sneakers and socks for Jonny Quest. I also found
great brown boots with a buckling strap and a nearly perfect exotic looking assault
rifle for Race Bannon. The Captain Action figure comes with a belt, which I will
repaint as the brown belt with silver buckle Race Bannon wears (all the clothes
and accessories cost a combined $40.50).
Converting Race was as simple as pulling the head off a 1:6 scale action figure,
dressing the body in the red shirt with front flap, khaki pants, brown boots and
wrist watch I had found on various websites and on ebay, painting the "Young Lee
Marvin" head I bought as Race (white hair, green eyes), and attaching the head to
the body. Total work time, less than two hours. I also ordered a Rifle that looked
as close to Race's cool assault rifle, and a Bazooka and am about to order a rocket
pack, so I can dress Race exactly as he appears in the Turu the Terrible
Next came Jonny Quest. I started with an "Action Kid" 9 inch action figure - unfortunately,
the clothes I was able to find were all for 8 inch action figures. The Blue Jeans
were too tight, the black shirt I found was too short, and while the socks fit,
the white sneakers would not fit over his feet. Fortunately, I was able to squeeze
him into the jeans (I folded up cuffs on the bottom), and sewed the back of the
jeans shut. I took a pair of scissors, trimmed the figures feet until they fit in
the sneakers. One of the 12 inch action figures I bought to convert came with a
short sleeve black turtle neck shirt, which fit the 9 inch Action Kid figure loosely.
I sewed the rear of the turtle neck to tailor it to the Action Kid figure. The Action
Kid came with a brown mini-pompador hairdoo and brown eyes, so I painted his hair
yellow, and eyes blue. I put a brown belt around his waist, and tucked a PVC Bandit
figure I found on ebay under his arm. Total time spent in the conversion: less than
[But] I wasn't 100% thrilled with how Jonny came out [so...]
I decided to remedy my issues with Jonny Quest, mostly about the way his hair lacked
the classic blond pompadour Jonny was famous for. I bought a container of plastic
wood from the local hardware store, and sclupted him a pompadour exactly like the
one on the model of him. I painted it yellow, exactly like the model, and am a lot
more pleased with how Jonny turned out. I am awaiting delivery of a camera for him
like the one depicted with the prototype action figure that was never produced.
I finished up the evening's work with Hadji. Hadji's conversion was simple and quick.
The only real work involved was sewing to tailor the clothing I was able to find
as close as possible to Hadji's traditional outfit: white sneakers, khaki pants,
a Nehru jacket, and a white turban with a red jewel. I started by undressing the
American Indian outfit from a Mego 8 inch indian brave figure I found on ebay, then
dressing him in khaki pants, white sneakers and a turban with a red jewel set in
it, all found on two 8 inch action figure websites I was able to locate via a google
search. The problem was the Nehru jacket: I just couldn't find one. I was able to
find an old "Action Jackson" jungle adventure outfit from the early 1970's which
came with a dark khaki jacket, as well as a canteen and walkie talkie I decided
to use with the Hadji figure as well. The jacket was a bit too big, so I tailored
it to the young brave figure, sewed the collar shut to make it look like the collar
on a Nehru jacket, and sewed a couple of minor modifications to the turban to make
it appear (flatter and wider) more like Hadji's from the cartoon. I am quite happy
with how Hadji turned out.
Benton Quest was also completed today, and I am even more pleased with him than
I was with Race Bannon. I painted his head exactly to match the head of the model
of Benton Quest, and dressed him in dress pants, dress socks, dress shoes, dress
shirt, tie, a lab coat, and put a clib board in his hand, exactly like the prototype
of his action figure.
Race Bannon's rifle arrived, and I have to tell you 12 inch action figure accessories
have come a long way since I was a kid playing with G.I. Joes. The rifle has a folding
metal stock, removable clip with brass inside, a fabric sling and remarkably realistic
detail. Race looks great with his rifle in hand. I am still waiting for his pistol
belt, holster and .45 to arrive.
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