The Incredible Adventures of Vishous the Funko Pop ….or when the COVID played with my nerves

Hi friends!

Today I am coming with another post about a custom funko pop but this will be slightly different.

Yes you’ll have a step by step of how I did it but you’ll also get the backstage story of the idea behind the funko and the journey it went on!

 

Birth of an idea

I was talking with my Texan friend and blogger Trisy @bobosbookbank when she asked me if I could make her a custom funko pop.

She loved JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood ‘s series and wished for one of these badass bloodsucker 😀 

My answer was yes of course! But we needed to have one that was really recognizable. Because a blond guy with blue eyes in a T Shirt ….that would not make easy to recognize a book character.

We narrowed it down to three potential candidates and then chose …Vishous!

You can find some fanart of Vishous here : https://www.fanpop.com/clubs/the-black-dagger-brotherhood/images/30881931/title/vishous-fanart

He has short dark hair, longer on the front. A goatee. White diamond eyes with a blue ring. A tattoo on his left temple and eye, one upon his groin and of course the distinctive tattoo/star/bullet hole on the chest that all BDB Vampire have. He also has a glove on one hand.

So these were pretty distinctive signs!

That was decided then and he would be shirtless as he is most of the time!

 

 

The making of

We decided to use Alcide Hevraux’s body from TrueBlood as he was shirtless with lots of muscles and Tony Stark’s head for the hair and expression.

 

Then it was pretty easy!

  1. Beheading like usual (see my other post about custom funko pop 101);
  2. Painting the hair and goatee in a darker tone, with eyebrows too!
  3. Add the tattoo on the left temple and around the eye and change the color of the eyes.

4. The body was tricky as I realized the skin color of the body did not match the one of the head! So I was in for a full body painting with added tattoos, gloves etc.

 

Then of course I glued back everything together and you have it here!

 

The adventure

I was happy with the result but we were beginning to be under lockdown! How would I ship it to Texas? Lucky for me, a postman told me that DHL still sent to the US. So we paid DHL express, the only option and sent it with tracking on April 10.

Six weeks later, I got it back home!!! It never left Belgium because Trisy’s phone number was not mentioned

Six weeks where we had lost it only to have it back where it started! 

We waited and waited some more.

I was told the mail was open again towards USA and I went back to the post office, didn’t ask for express this time (it was no help the first time) and would you believe that less than three weeks later, it found its new home in Texas?!

My mailman told me I was relly lucky as it’s been incredibly fast!

I guess fate had to make it up for us!

Trisy has already posted her post and you can find it HERE with Vishous on her shelf! 😀  

 

Pfew end of the adventure and I was so relieved!!!

Thanks for reading!

 Sophie

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19 Replies to “The Incredible Adventures of Vishous the Funko Pop ….or when the COVID played with my nerves”

  1. I’m always jealous of your funko pops! They’re so pretty and awesome. I love Black Dagger Brotherhood.

  2. So creative! I’ve always wished I were a crafty person, but it’s just not in the cards. 😉

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

  3. This is amazing! But 6 weeks and it came back to you? Thats a long while!

  4. What an adventure! Nice to hear that it got into the hands of the receiver without an issue afterward! 😀

    1. I was so relieved!

  5. You tell the story much better than me my friend!! I’m just so incredibly happy to have Vishous on my shelf!! <3

    1. And I am so so so HAPPY that you got it Trisy! I loved making it for you 😉

  6. Excellent job, Sophie! It was so fun to see how you did Vishous:)

    1. Thank you Laura!!

  7. That is absolutely amazing and he turned out so fabulous! You are so incredibly talented Sophie!

    1. Thank you so much Jen!

  8. This is incredible.
    Just like you. <3

    1. Thank you Poulami!!!

  9. He’s gorgeous Sophie. You’ve gotten quite wonderful at creating these!

    1. Thank you so much Kim!

  10. Another amazing custom job, Sophie, and I’m so glad it finally made it to its new owner.

    1. Me too Suzanne! LOL

  11. Wow, six weeks in limbo despite tacking the DHL expensive option. But yes, I suppose covid has dented postal services. Because it take them 4-6 weeks to deliver anything here, from one province to the next. I’m still waiting on stuff from April.

    1. Yes, 6 weeks in limbo!!! I hope you’ll get your April stuff Alex!

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