How to Create Nintendo’s Non-Specific Action Figure

For those who don’t remember a certain Nintendo Direct just before E3 2012, it was the debut of Non-Specific Action Figure. The skit that showcased a few features of Miiverse, although insulting to many, had one redeeming feature, an action figure without a speaking role.

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Below is a near twenty minute video that shows my process in creating the figure. Also, I have gone through the trouble of figuring out what the components to this internet sensation are and have listed them below.  Finally, a few tips that were not included are also provided. Feel free to comment with any questions or thoughts you may have!

Parts list:

Mark Coleman Figure
Action figure set with wings/sword
Milliput (or equivalent)
Acrylic Paints
Primer (optional)
Brushes
Paint
Palette
Water Container (to keep your brushes nice)
Sticker paper (or All-Purpose Labels from Avery)
Markers (for face)
Sandpaper (150, 400 grit)
Hobby knife or Exact-o
Dremel (or something to make a hole)
Paper Towels

Tips:

Lots of light is useful
Priming the figure isn’t completely necessary
If priming, allow 24 hours to dry if not more time to ensure cure!
THIN coats of paint is key, otherwise you get cracking
Wait one hour between coats of paint
Rubbing the figure after it’s all done with a paper towel results in shiny
Take your time for the best results
Work on this when you’re fully rested
Acrylic can and WILL spill on pants and ruin them!
Milliput responds nicely to water before it’s cured to smooth out surfaces
Cats like to rub up against you while you’re working, ALWAYS.
Getting cheapo type brushes will make your job harder.
For the red, add a tiny bit of black to give it a darker red.
I opted not to modify the right hand to make a thumbs up. This can easily be achieved by chopping off the thumb and replacing it with Milliput, with the same steps as the head.
Milliput should probably be mixed with gloves on. Wash hands thoroughly after contact with your fingers!

Andrea Campton

Andrea Campton has been a part of the gaming industry for 7 years. Prior to Gametista, she worked on another venture of her own, NintendoGal.com. She loves cats, slow walks on the beach, and brutal honesty. Oh and her trusty Logitech MX518 that's still alive and kickin'.

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2 comments on “How to Create Nintendo’s Non-Specific Action Figure
  1. Pixess says:

    Thank you for your tutorial!
    I was looking to create this fig!
    Thanks for the tips. Coleman ´s action figure is really close to the prototype.
    Just need to find the wing part, now.
    Any thoughts about online sellers offering that kind of set ?

    • Andrea Campton Andrea Campton says:

      Sorry about the late reply, my comment system is flagging posts it shouldn’t. As for the wings, I don’t have a source for them at the moment.

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