Well if I had a "Holy Grail", I suppose this fig would be near the top of that list. As a kid, I was totally inthralled with the entire John Carter of Mars series. I've read and reread them many times over the years. Well I finally have gotten around to creating this fig and adding him to my collection of scifi customs. I had issues with Triads JC...frankly if you read the books you'll realize most of Barsoomian inhabitants are virtually naked except for some footwear, fighting harness and occasionally silken capes. I drew some inspiration from Michael Whelans book cover illustrations as well as gladitorial Rome. His sword is a bit oversized, as often depicted in Whelans work, and is entirely hand made out of styrene, brass and wire. His radium pistol is bashed from a variety of bits in the misc. bits bin. I opted for a very asymmetrical design and organic white metal look for his leather harness. His cape is weathered with the red dust from the Martian surface. Since so much of his body was to be exposed, he needed a nice sculpt for it. I initially went with a Triad Evo which looked good but I had a variety of issues addressing its looseness. So he will await a future project. Instead, I've gone with an ACI Christian body...which is both too stiff and yet too loose for some poses. JCs head is a repainted Jake Gyllenhaal head from Hot Toys.