My son is really into Ben 10. I think he identifies with the boy a lot because he’s young and he’s a smart-aleck. I think he also likes the idea of getting a super cool alien device that would give him alien powers.
I think Ben 10 action figures are the same for my son as the Kenner Star Wars action figures were to me. This year, I decided to do a repaint of the Ben Tennyson (the Ben 10) figure to make it look like my son. As I mentioned in a previous post, my son is able to recognize any wild-haired brunette boy as himself. So, I decided to buy an extra Ben 10 figure and repaint it to look like my son.
Here is what the original figure looks like:
I decided to repaint it to look like my sons red shirt with white sleeves with khaki cargo pants. I also decided to reshape the hair. I would also change the omnitrix wristwatch-style alien device to look like a purple sweatband with a baseball embroidered on it that my son got from Chuck E Cheese.
I had to grind off the vertical stripe from Ben’s t-shirt to make the shirt look smooth. I used red Rustoleum plastic spray paint.
I also took off the pointy tufts of hair on top of the original figures head and repainted it. The brush I used also added some texture. I also used a marker to change the eye color from green to brown.
For the long sleeves, I decided to use Sculpey. Sculpey is a polymer plastic that hardens when you heat it to 200 F. It worked fine, but check out the shrinkage that occurred:
Oops! I didn’t realize the plastic from the figure would be affected like that. The arms still work, though. I used a plastic paint to coat the sleeves and repaint the wristband.
Repainting the legs was a pain. I used a beige Rustoleum plastic paint but it didn’t stick very well. I had even tried to buff off any coatings with my Dremel tool, but it didn’t help. I had to do coat after coat of spray paint. It was pretty tedious trying to cover the whole surface.
Here is the final figure.
Next time I think I would do something different with the paint. I’ll have to do more research.