Off the Workbench: Mighty Muggs Spider-Man 2099 Custom

(Hooray for my first post in 2015!)

Last year, I began working on a project that involved repainting these little vinyl collectibles called Mighty Muggs. It was supposed to be my way of celebrating the much-hyped “Spider-Verse” story arc in the Dan Slott-penned Amazing Spider-Man ongoing series, which promised to unite EVERY. SPIDER-MAN. EVER against a family of interdimensional energy vampires with a massive hate-on for all the spider-powered folks scattered across realities.

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Considering that my excitement actually made me go and suit up as a Spidey at a local comic store event, I’d say “excitement” might actually be an understatement. (Props to my friend JJ for this awesome shot.)

Unfortunately, life got in the way – something which I promise will not stop me from accomplishing my goals this year – and I was only able to complete four Spider-Men.

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From L-R: Spider-Man 2099, Cosmic Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, Miles Morales (Ultimate Spider-Man). Adorable, aren’t they?

Well, I recently got my own place and moved all my stuff there. I now have an awesome HQ/workshop/secret lair where I can write, paint, draw, and work on my side projects in peace. The only downside is that I don’t have a shelf to display my work, so most of them are now boxed up and in storage – toys, books, comics, and these poor customized Mighty Muggs.

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Which is a real shame, since even Miles Morales himself seemed pleased when he saw my work displayed at a convention last year. (Hello, Spider-Dan!)

Anyway, I decided to just put my custom Mighty Muggs up for sale on ol’ evilBay, since they’re just gathering dust here (and since I operate under the belief that I can replicate anything I make, given sufficient time and motivation).

As luck would have it, I *did* manage to sell one – my favorite out of the batch, Spider-Man 2099.

Custom Hasbro Mighty Muggs Spider-Man 2099
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Miggy!

I *love* Spider-Man 2099. As a matter of fact, he’s right up there with Peter for me. I don’t know if it’s the kick-ass costume, his irreverent and hilariously sarcastic sense of humor, or the fact that his real name (Miguel O’Hara) is so close to mine.

Spider-Man 2099 was the first custom Mighty Muggs figure I made in this batch. He began life as a Hoth Han Solo Mighty Muggs figure – it was a simple process to just spray-paint him black, wait for him to dry, and hand-paint the details.

It was one of the rare occasions when I was actually happy with my own work.

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Here’s another look at him.

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This is what his backside looks like. Air foil cape, baby!

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“What the shock?!”
(Microwave sold separately.)

I’m shipping him off to the US tomorrow, and for some reason I feel like a dad saying goodbye to his child or something. I don’t know. I hope the guy who bought it ends up being really happy with it when it reaches his mailbox!

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At some point, I’ll make one for myself again. God, I love this series so much.

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Got a Mighty Muggs figure, Funko POP! collectible, or any other designer/vinyl toy you’d like to turn into your favorite character or original concept? Hit me up at mikaelwrites@gmail.com and let’s talk about it!

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