Collecting High Grade Newsstand Editions for Investing in Comics

Remember when you could go to the grocery store with mom and get a comic book?  Or maybe the pharmacy?  You could even go to these ancient bookstores called Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Booksellers and could buy a comic book off the spinner rack!   That was a long time ago.  If you are a comic book collector now, in 2017, you buy your comic books on ebay, an online retailer, or even at a local comic store. In almost 30 years, this is what happened to newsstand edition comic books:

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Because of all of this, I would be mindful and watchful for any 1992 or newer newsstand edition comic books that feature a UPC bar code on the covers – especially if they are high grade. Specifically, any comics that are in a grade of 9.4 or higher and newsstand edition are selling for significantly more money than regular market value. Examples include Batman Adventures 12 Newsstand Edition, and any other modern day key issue book:

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

For earlier titles, there are exceptions to the rule. Some comics have the bar code on the back, like Marvel Comics Presents #72.   Any books post 2002 would have a UPC barcode on them no matter what now, but the difference is they all state “DIRECT EDITION”. You are looking for 2002 and newer comic books that have UPC Barcodes that do not show the words “DIRECT EDITION” in bold letters above or below the bar code.

Okay I broke down some maths. Let’s look at Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane.

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

That’s a very publicly well known number having a 1.7 million copy print run in 1992. 15% of comics in 1992 were allegedly newsstand. 225,000 (1/4 million copies) I estimated the newsstand edition to be a 1:1000 ration of rarity. So 1:1000 is not accurate, that was hand grenade accurate. 32 is more accurate. I think it’s even more accurate to say it’s a 3:100. Or, 30 in 1000, if you will. That’s still a very low number. Still rare. But not even a 1:100.

In summary, here’s what you need to know about High Grade Newsstand Collecting for Investing:

  • High grade. 9.4 or higher is ideal. Pressing services for comic books helps greatly!
  • The years for comics in 1972-1990 doesn’t really matter. It was a 50/50 ratio split in distribution of direct editions over newsstand editions.
  • Search for comic books from the years 1990-2001 with UPC bar codes on cover.
  • Search for comics from the years 2002-2017 with bar codes that do not say “DIRECT EDITION”.
  • Newsstand Edition error or recalled books are also wise investments.

You can experiment with this with your own Spawn #1 Newsstand search terms on ebay.  Try it!  This is the new hunt, people!  Have fun! The only place where I can find modern day 2016-2017 newsstand edition comic books is:

  1. Barnes and Nobles bookstores
  2. Books-a-Million bookstores
  3. Wal-mart
  4. Toys R’ Us

Good luck!

Here are some examples of high grade newsstand edition rare covers of J Scott Campbell with his run on Amazing Spider-man. This is some of his earlier work, too:

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell-newsie-001

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell Very rare

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell with rare $3.99 cover price.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

2016 NECA 1/4 SCALE DONATELLO from the 1990 JIM HENSON Movie

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

I purchased 2 only because one source was taking over 2 months on pre-order when I bought another one directly from NECA’s ebay store. This one was opened to enjoy its immaculate detail and photorealistic likeness of the movies. NECA manufactured these quarter scale replicas to every single detail from the motion pictures. I am truly amazed at the quality and scale of effort put forth into making these toys for mass production. This is hands down the most detailed and high quality action figure I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Buy one if you ever have the chance!

Authentic 100% NECA North American Release, not an unlicensed imitation bootleg.

Very hard to obtain and purchase only when NECA does limited releases on their ebay store page. You can pre-order these figures from various online retail outlets but there is no guarantee you will get one in a timely manner.

 

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Full body shot posing with bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Full body shot posing with bo staff.

2016-2017 NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1/4 SCALE REPLICA from the 1990 JIM HENSON FILMS
DONATELLO

Comes with:
-extra pairs of hands, open, clutched, and thumbs up
-a slice of pizza
-a cannister of TGRI ooze
-bo staff
-cloth bandanna
-cloth ribbon ties for bo staff on shell
-removable wrist straps for changing hands
-inflated ego

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Action pose with bo staff over his shoulders

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Action pose with bo staff over his shoulders

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a slice of his favorite pizza and giving a thumbs up to the camera!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding a cannister of ooze from TCRI labs.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff. Notice the veins in his hands and arms. Such detail and quality!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie holding his bo staff. Notice the veins in his hands and arms. Such detail and quality!

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello - Closeup of Donnie's face.

2016 NECA 1/4 Scale Donatello – Closeup of Donnie’s face.

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT FOR SALE ON EBAY

1988 OFFICIAL TMNT NINJA TURTLE FORCE FAN CLUB KIT Complete

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo. This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.
This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

This was the original fan club you would receive if mailed in the fan club form only offered in the original 1988 release rubber soft head Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from either Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, or Leonardo.  This is a complete yet opened fan club kit, serial number #3390.

Includes the following in the Fan Club:

Welcome Letter
Limited Edition mini TMNT comic book (Street Collector’s Edition #1 – raw ungraded)
4″ Yellow “Mutant Power” color TMNT sticker
Official Turtle Force Wall Certificate and Membership card #3390
Royal Blue “Heroes in a half shell” Eastman and Laird art
22″ x 22″ TMNT bandanna
original packet mailing envelope with original owner address
label

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

Contents of the Turtle Force Fan Club Kit found inside the mailing envelope.

It was anecdotally decided it was random which color bandanna you would receive in the mail, and not based off which fan club form turtle you sent in. The most common colors found to this date are red and orange. Blue is considered more rare. You could even send in an additional $3 for each additional bandana for a friend with your fan club form!

I have digitally blurred out the address and name on the address label on front of envelope for this listing due to privacy of the original owner.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT RIGHT NOW!

TMNT Warrior Rahzar with Fur MINT ON CARD (MOC)

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR featuring Glow-In-The-Dark Armor Mint on Card MOC Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

The item before you is the end result of combining a 1991 Rahzar MOC movie star Rahzar figure with an unpainted red nose and unpainted eyes – and the other donor,  an original 1995 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Rahzar” Re-Release Mint on Card Action Figure.  I used the 1991 as the base figure with accessories, and the 1995 figure was used for its card backer and packaging.  This prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke (Michael Frederik Sorensen). This is the only Warrior Rahzar with Fur known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in-the-dark armor, and with glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

This figure took several weeks to build.  The unpainted MOC red nosed figure was completely repainted from scratch.  Glow in the Dark crystals mixed in clear coat were lightly painted with 1 coat each day for several weeks.  The shoulder pads, thigh pads and gauntlets were all painted black to match the mysterious Playmates Toy catalog photo.  The armor rings were painted from bronze to bright school bus yellow before painting the glow crystals.  The eyes and teeth were included in the glow in the dark paint, something never attempted before.  This toy initially was not intended at all to glow in the dark.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Sticker art and packaging with WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Accessories of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I've been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

An original 1995 Rahzar Mint on Card, this prototype test shot figure was exclusively custom made by KaptainMyke Figures. This is the only Warrior Rahzar known to be Mint on Card, and with glow-in the dark armor, and glow in the dark accessories. The glow action is really bright when in direct sunlight for 10 minutes. The figure will glow for over 12 hours. I’ve been told the glow paint is not radioactive.

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Front of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Back of WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR The Hairy Hero Stompin' Wolf! Mint on Card (MOC) Prototype Test Shot for Production KaptainMyke Figures ©2017 Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR
The Hairy Hero Stompin’ Wolf!
Mint on Card (MOC)
Prototype Test Shot for Production
KaptainMyke Figures ©2017
Mirage Studios ©1995
Playmates Toys ©1988-1995
No. 5205
UPC 043377-05205-0

This figure is very rare and very elusive.  Many have tried to produce this figure but not to this scale and magnitude featuring glow paint and existing mint on a card.  Included are glow in the dark accessories which give the overall feel of radioactive ooze dripping on Rahzar’s armor and his weapons.  This action figure is totally and completely “one-of-a-kind” and remains incomparable.

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR Glow-In-The-Dark Armor, Mint on Card Prototype by KaptainMyke ©2017 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mirage Studios ©1995 Playmates Toys ©1988-1995 No. 5205 UPC 043377-05205-0

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

 Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Test Shot Photos of Prototype WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Glow in the Dark action for WARRIOR RAHZAR WITH FUR MOC

Read my post here in my ninja turtle collection!

KaptainMyke’s “KRANG’S GROSS DIMENSION X BODY” [PROGRESS] UPDATE

Check out KaptainMyke’s latest project – it’s  a big one!  It’s my very first custom action figure I’ve ever attempted to build.  I took a little bit of what I researched online and a little bit of what seems to make sense to me and cobbled together this insane idea in my head. For the sake of being the first in the world to attempt to build such an interesting figure, I will be unveiling progression photos and production notes.   I would like to simply call this figure “2017 Krang’s Original Alien Body”.

Let’s start with some background information, shall we?

1990 Krang's Gross Dimension X Body Concept Sketch by Dan Berger and Stephen Murphy of Mirage Studios.

1990 Krang’s Gross Dimension X Body Concept Sketch by Dan Berger and Stephen Murphy of Mirage Studios.

First of all, Krang’s Gross Dimension X Body is a failed concept drawing sketch from 1990 (by Dan Berger and Steven Murphy from Mirage Studios) of a toy presented to Playmates Toys for consideration of a new action figure.  The design and idea was scrapped and never to be seen or heard from again.  I am here presently trying to change that, in 2017.  I will be attempting to build the first prototype test shot real life example of this figure drawing.  It will not be easy, and will require countless hours of patience, time, and thoughtful engineering.

So let’s start with some drawings and show you where my Krang heads are gonna be screwed onto.  My initial idea in my head is to feature 3 removable heads:  A hand sculpted “Gross Head”, a “Broken Space Helmet Head”, and a glowing radioactive version of the standard classic pink “Krang Brain Head”.  See concept drawings:

Figure 1. The Gross Head 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 1.
The Gross Head
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 3. Original concept of box packaging art and layouts scribbled on the back of a sheet of scrap paper by me. 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 3.
Original concept of box packaging art and layouts scribbled on the back of a sheet of scrap paper by me.
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 2. Original concept production notes scribbled on the back of an ebay invoice by me 2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures Krang's Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of "Gross Head" by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke). 1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

Figure 2.
Original concept production notes scribbled on the back of an ebay invoice by me
2017 Copyright KaptainMyke Figures
Krang’s Gross Dimension X Concept Drawing of “Gross Head” by Michael Frederik Sorensen (KaptainMyke).
1990 Copyright Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mirage Studios are trademarks to their respective owners.

So I figured, “What’s the best way to start?” I need a KRANG! Here we go:

I purchased a 1991 loose Krang's Giant 11" Android Body with Krang Brain and Bubble Walker.

I purchased a 1991 loose Krang’s Giant 11″ Android Body with Krang Brain and Bubble Walker.

Hmmm. “That’s not right. He looks fat!” I can fix this!

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body
I have started hash marks with sharpie on what I need to grind off with a dremel tool.

The next process is simple. I figured I needed a foundation or base for a core 4″ screw and bolt setup as a spine and plug for the removable heads. I also begin adding armature wire for sculpting the arms and hands by hand with clay. Very tedious process, but simple enough. I used Krazy Glue to glue the armature wire and drilled contact points for the wire. This will hopefully prevent cracking and make the arms resilient to twisting and turning at the shoulders.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

After getting the arms and overall pose where I wanted it, I still considered the figure to be too bulky for all that clay I’m going to add on top of him – so off to the dremel tool we go!

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before...

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before…

 Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) The read will feature a broken off reptillian tail and scales traveling down the spine and legs.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) The read will feature a broken off reptillian tail and scales traveling down the spine and legs.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) Starting to build the inner mass of the arms connecting to the 4 fingered hands.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before...

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body (with armature wire) shaved off most of the extra bulk and body ciruitry that was there before…

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the spinal core.

I began added a very thin layer of clay in order to get a base for the bulk and mass that will become his arms and legs.  As you can see in the concept sketch, there is a lot of veins and bones from within a lot of muscle tissue mass.  So I figured, “I should start thin so I have plenty of surface area to work with later”

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 4 inch bolt and screw washer spinal core inside the torso. I haven't decided what I will use as mass for the stomach region yet. I tried styrofoam at first but it expands and the clay shrinks when dried so there was definite cracking. I decided to scrap that idea.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 4 inch bolt and screw washer spinal core inside the torso. I haven’t decided what I will use as mass for the stomach region yet. I tried styrofoam at first but it expands and the clay shrinks when dried so there was definite cracking. I decided to scrap that idea.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heal and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the 3 toe feet with oversized heel and bone structure.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the broken off tailbone and reptilian lizard tail.

Original 1991 Krang's Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Original 1991 Krang’s Giant Android Body with armature wire and beginning stages of building the arms with a thin layer of terra cotta air dry clay.

Eventually, the 14″ tall figure will be greenish with brown and grey overtones. He’s a lizard reptilian alien race. Only the brain is pink and squishy. I’m going completely by references of Krang creator David Wise who has stated via interviews, podcasts, blog posts, and forum posts consistently that Krang is not an Utrom and was once a reptilian who was stripped of his body on Dimension X.

This goes deep into the rabbit hole of things that never was but should have been. There are hints via various cartoon iterations that Krang is not what we all think he is or comes from where most think he came from. That’s another thing I love about the genius of this design and version of Krang. Conversely, the KRAANG we all know currently in the comics and cartoon is of an entire alien race from Dimension X. The older cartoons (2003) have shown in the past, Krang had cloned out into several bodies they are started walking upright and had tails like lizards. They looked like lizard people!

To be continued…

Well, that was the first 2 weeks. I’ll post more regarding sculpting of the heads and more!