Keanu Reeves as "THOMAS ANDERSON"
aka. "NEO" in THE MATRIX, 1999

When I first saw The Matrix, I knew it was
going to spawn a trilogy.  Unfortunately, the
second and third installments didn't quite
hold up to the standard set by this first film.

Even so, as a customizer of action figures,
how can I not do a Neo?

Like my Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in
Mission: Impossible 2, this is also based off
of a Hot Toys figure that I got from a trade.

The uniform and accessories were excellent,
like the boot detail and double holster, but
again the head likeness of the original figure
was not so good.

Still, it's always quite a shortcut to a
customized figure, when all I have to make is
a custom head.
The glasses worn in the film are quite
different than the ones that come with
the Hot Toys figure, but I didn't feel that
the difference was great enough to
warrant crafting another pair from
scratch.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how Neo turned out.  
In fact, it really motivates me to try and make a
worthwhile Carrie Ann Moss as Trinity custom.  I
really have been itching to customize a female
character so maybe I'll start with her...  We'll see.
Keanu Reeves as "THOMAS ANDERSON"
aka. "NEO" in THE MATRIX, 1999

When I first saw The Matrix, I knew it was
going to spawn a trilogy.  Unfortunately, the
second and third installments didn't quite
hold up to the standard set by this first film.

Even so, as a customizer of action figures,
how can I not do a Neo?

Like my Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in
Mission: Impossible 2, this is also based off
of a Hot Toys figure that I got from a trade.

The uniform and accessories were excellent,
like the boot detail and double holster, but
again the head likeness of the original figure
was not so good.

Still, it's always quite a shortcut to a
customized figure, when all I have to make is
a custom head.
One of the first things I noticed as
I was studying my reference
photos was the gelled
appearance of Keanu's hair.  I
decided then that if the likeness
was strong, I would go ahead and
mix sculpted hair with glued-on
crafted hair.  I wasn't completely
happy with the overall look of the
Ethan Hunt craft hair head, as the
look of it was too full.  For this
head, I cut back on
       the amount of fur used
                 and relied on a
                 fundamentally
                sound sculpted
                    hair base and
                     then attached
                     sparingly in
                      just a few
                       places.
I did not replace the body that came
with the HT figure as I did with the
Ethan Hunt figure because Keanu
Reeves appears tall and lanky enough
in the film to make the use of the
long-legged HT body appropriate.  This
would probably be one of the quickest
customs I've done since the outfit,
accessories, and even glasses were
already pre-made.
Once I plucked the HT head off and put my head
on, it was as if I was looking at a totally different
figure.  Once the head on the figure was on a par
with the quality, accuracy and detail of the outfit and
accessories, the figure came together really well.
Not to toot my
own horn or
anything, but I
think, looking at
the two pictures
to either side,
this is the first
time putting a
web page
together that I
think my head
almost looks
more real than
the reference
picture!
Keanu Reeves as "THOMAS ANDERSON"
aka. "NEO" in THE MATRIX, 1999

When I first saw The Matrix, I knew it was
going to spawn a trilogy.  Unfortunately, the
second and third installments didn't quite
hold up to the standard set by this first film.

Even so, as a customizer of action figures,
how can I not do a Neo?

Like my Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in
Mission: Impossible 2, this is also based off
of a Hot Toys figure that I got from a trade.

The uniform and accessories were excellent,
like the boot detail and double holster, but
again the head likeness of the original figure
was not so good.

Still, it's always quite a shortcut to a
customized figure, when all I have to make is
a custom head.
One of the first things I noticed as
I was studying my reference
photos was the gelled
appearance of Keanu's hair.  I
decided then that if the likeness
was strong, I would go ahead and
mix sculpted hair with glued-on
crafted hair.  I wasn't completely
happy with the overall look of the
Ethan Hunt craft hair head, as the
look of it was too full.  For this
head, I cut back on
       the amount of fur used
                 and relied on a
                 fundamentally
                sound sculpted
                    hair base and
                     then attached
                     sparingly in
                      just a few
                       places.
One of the first things I noticed as
I was studying my reference
photos was the gelled
appearance of Keanu's hair.  I
decided then that if the likeness
was strong, I would go ahead and
mix sculpted hair with glued-on
crafted hair.  I wasn't completely
happy with the overall look of the
Ethan Hunt craft hair head, as the
look of it was too full.  For this
head, I cut back on
       the amount of fur used
                 and relied on a
                 fundamentally
                sound sculpted
                    hair base and
                     then attached
                     sparingly in
                      just a few
                       places.
The glasses worn in the film are quite
different than the ones that come with
the Hot Toys figure, but I didn't feel that
the difference was great enough to
warrant crafting another pair from
scratch.
The glasses worn in the film are quite
different than the ones that come with
the Hot Toys figure, but I didn't feel that
the difference was great enough to
warrant crafting another pair from
scratch.
I did not replace the body that came
with the HT figure as I did with the
Ethan Hunt figure because Keanu
Reeves appears tall and lanky enough
in the film to make the use of the
long-legged HT body appropriate.  This
would probably be one of the quickest
customs I've done since the outfit,
accessories, and even glasses were
already pre-made.
I did not replace the body that came
with the HT figure as I did with the
Ethan Hunt figure because Keanu
Reeves appears tall and lanky enough
in the film to make the use of the
long-legged HT body appropriate.  This
would probably be one of the quickest
customs I've done since the outfit,
accessories, and even glasses were
already pre-made.
Not to toot my
own horn or
anything, but I
think, looking at
the two pictures
to either side,
this is the first
time putting a
web page
together that I
think my head
almost looks
more real than
the reference
picture!
Not to toot my
own horn or
anything, but I
think, looking at
the two pictures
to either side,
this is the first
time putting a
web page
together that I
think my head
almost looks
more real than
the reference
picture!
Once I plucked the HT head off and put my head
on, it was as if I was looking at a totally different
figure.  Once the head on the figure was on a par
with the quality, accuracy and detail of the outfit and
accessories, the figure came together really well.
Once I plucked the HT head off and put my head
on, it was as if I was looking at a totally different
figure.  Once the head on the figure was on a par
with the quality, accuracy and detail of the outfit and
accessories, the figure came together really well.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how Neo turned out.  
In fact, it really motivates me to try and make a
worthwhile Carrie Ann Moss as Trinity custom.  I
really have been itching to customize a female
character so maybe I'll start with her...  We'll see.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how Neo turned out.  
In fact, it really motivates me to try and make a
worthwhile Carrie Ann Moss as Trinity custom.  I
really have been itching to customize a female
character so maybe I'll start with her...  We'll see.