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Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« on: April 13, 2014, 03:39:58 PM »
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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 04:55:49 PM »
Great job, buddy, looks as good as the original!

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 08:42:38 PM »
Nice. That's the route I'll go. Originals too $$$$ and far between.

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 09:20:20 PM »
Thanks, guys. I'm glad you like it. I've been wanting to do a custom HH for awhile but it took forever to round up all the stuff. It will never be as dear to me as my real one, but as a tribute piece I'm pleased to add it to my collection. Thanks again, Mord and jimm.  :)

BTW, I wish I had the photographic skills of some of our UMA folk, then you guys could appreciate it more. It looks way cooler in person, and my photos leave a lot to be desired.
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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2014, 11:14:10 PM »
I've been wanting to do a custom HH for awhile but it took forever to round up all the stuff.

Great stuff! I love it!

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Could you identify all the pieces you used in the process?

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2014, 11:18:59 PM »
 Super cool piece, I love it:)

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2014, 02:03:30 PM »
See. i think that looks fine. For me personally, it would be the balls to have a real HH and i still mint find one someday BUT until then i still get the same kick out of a custom HH thats done right! Kool!

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2014, 02:22:44 PM »
Looks amazing brother!
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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2014, 03:02:38 PM »
Thanks, fellas! I'm glad you guys dig it.

Hep, as for the bits and pieces I started with one of the later issued MPC Pirate Ships with the sails that were unpainted and just one piece mast and sail. These sails lend themselves to customizing much better than the earlier versions where the sails were little wooden sticks (like chopsticks) and the plastic sails were painted with black skull/crossbones and would fit over the sticks/masts. This version has the hull made from the actual Haunted Hulk mold with the big mast hole as well as the two smaller mast holes. Then I got a good deal on a full set of original MPC Monsters (my 7th I think) to crew it. I used colored sharpies to color the crossbones bloody red and the skulls blackish green and cut up some repro HH stickers to decorate the sails. I also painted the flags black and added inverted five pointed stars stickers (pentagrams  >:D). I ordered some plastic skull buttons from Hong Kong and affixed them with round toothpicks and plastic coated black twist ties. I ordered the spiderweb Halloween decoration from London and draped it over the masts, along with a giant spider. That's about it.

I wanted to pay homage to each important element of the original Haunted Hulk- the spooky imagery stickers and logo, the skull standard, the spiderweb rigging, the vulture atop the mast, and of course the original MPC Monsters. I managed to touch on all of these except the vulture which I could never find anything cool looking to stand for it.

The Haunted Hulk is probably about as obscure a niche as possible. The rarity of it has a lot to do with it. Most monster toy collectors have never seen one except in pictures on a website like UMA, or once every year or three on evilBay. And many collectors may feel it is nothing more than a cheap pirate ship toy with some monsters stuck on it. My parents bought me a Haunted Hulk when I was five in 1964. I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and the Haunted Hulk is still my favorite monster toy. To me it just screams '60s Monsterkid like nothing else. I hope to one day find one sealed in a nice original box. But, I'm just happy to have my original on my display shelf, as well as this custom.

Thank you all for the positive comments. I'm glad I could share it with my UMA friends.  :)

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 06:16:02 PM »
Will these MPC ships float in the bathtub or are they so top heavy that they tip over? (Perhaps a desirable trait in a woman but not in a ship.)

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2014, 08:28:27 PM »
Will these MPC ships float in the bathtub or are they so top heavy that they tip over? (Perhaps a desirable trait in a woman but not in a ship.)

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I haven't had one in the water in around 50 years.  :laugh:

But, if Monsterkid memory serves correctly my HH was a favorite bathtub toy, and I seem to recall playing with it on vacation in a swimming pool in Florida. So, yeah, I think they float pretty well. The sails are very light and it sets pretty level in the water. But I won't be putting that to the test with my tricked out monster yachts.  ;)
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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2014, 03:01:29 PM »
What about the vulture token from the Green Ghost Game?

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2014, 04:28:54 PM »
What about the vulture token from the Green Ghost Game?

Good idea, Devlin! I'll have to start haunting evilBay and see if I can scare one up.  tynhrt
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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2014, 05:11:17 PM »
The cat would look good too on the deck somewhere.

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Re: Custom MPC Haunted Hulk
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2014, 06:36:20 PM »
Well done!  Great job on the graphics.