I saw a photo of a action figure lamp years ago and immediately fell in love. And then I made about 400 other things and never got around to making it.


Bask in the action figure's lamp gold and action-packed glory. :D

This action figure lamp is a fairly quick and cheap project, and I love that the results are so dramatic with so little effort! Plus, it will be nice to have some geeky things around presented in a nicer fashion. All I've got left as far as action figures are some Cowboy Bebop and Mouse Guard ones. :P

Step 1: What You'll Need

  • action figures (more info below)
  • spray paint - I'm doing white and then gold for better coverage
  • x-acto knife for cleanup and trimming
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • E6000 glue (the only type I recommend)
  • super glue of choice
  • painter's tape
  • lamp (must be skinny and tall for best results. I used this one from Target)

Choosing action figures:

I just bought a box of them off Ebay. As much as I wanted all X-Men figures, that would have ended up being waaaaay too expensive and I think I'd feel bad about painting them. ;)

After doing this project, I have to say you'll have a much easier time using only figures made from a hard plastic. The cheaper ones made from more rubbery plastics don't glue or paint as well, but it is possible.

You'll just cuss a lot. :D

<p>For my nephew's Christmas present, I made a lamp with just a few action figures. Thanks for the demonstration and inspiration!</p>
<p>The family was passed down a lamp they thought was ugly as sin. So I took it and made it into this. The Victorian (?) couple became steampunk dragon hatchers. I used some plastic figurines, jewelry, and air dry clay. It's fragile, but it came out nicely.</p>
<p>I love this! Great job!</p>
<p>(Please ignore my ugly glue job with the fabric. I certainly am. )</p>
I made this for my kids and a friend wants to buy one how much could i sell one for any ideas
<p>Maybe 50 or 60? That'd be the minimum I'd sell one of these for. And I'd have the other person buy the base lamp. ;)</p><p>I'm a strong believer of being paid fairly for your time. :)</p>
<p>looks really cool in gold</p>
<p>Great discovery-- thank you. Found a great way for my son to deploy those excess legos. </p>
<p>Absolutely amazing!</p>
<p>Favorited! I think I will make one with small toy tractors and farm equipment to match my son's John Deere decorative theme in his room. He is obsessed with farming. </p>
<p>Cool! I just wish someone would invent actual chrome spray paint tho.</p><p>I think I will try this but get some Sculpy and fill in all the articulation before painting so they look more like the 'real thing' and less like action figures, yeah?</p>
I think im going to make an alice in wonderland one, using a play tea set and figures i alter with air dry clay. Thanks!
I made one with cartoon character toys about a year ago but want to make more! Thanks for a great Instructable and good tips for my next one. ?
<p>Oh, that's adorable! I like seeing all the versions with less figures. They look just as nice!! :D</p>
<p>Turned out better than I imagined, I went for a bronze colour as gold really isn't my thing. Figures are all from ebay and lamp base was from B and Q. Great make :) </p>
<p>That is awesome! I like the darker color. :D</p>
<p>This is amazing. You did a great job! If I was going to do this, I think it would have to be dinosaurs :-)</p><p>I'm curious why you didn't paint the figures before rather than after assembly? I'd have thought it would be much easier and not so likely to miss hard to reach places deep in the seething mass of awesomeness. Will the glue not stick if painted first? Whatever the reason, this is great. </p>
<p>Thank you! </p><p>Yeah, it really lies in the reaction with the paint and glue. Sometimes the paint will keep the glue from sticking and sometimes the paint melts and runs when glue is applied after, too. <br><br>Also, I knew the glue wouldn't always stay contained where I wanted so I'd probably need to give the whole lamp another coat or paint after assembling it to cover up any glue blobs. :P</p><p>As long as you have your finished lamp up on a work surface like I did, it's pretty easy to get the paint everywhere. :)</p>
<p>Right on!!</p>
This is awesome! As soon as I saw this and I knew I had to make it for my brother for Christmas. I'm pretty pleased with the result!
<p>My son loves his lamp, made from his own action figures! Thank you for this instructable &lt;3 </p>
<p>Very Nice Job Thanks :)</p>
<p>Very Nice Job Thanks :)</p>
<p>THIS IS JUST... WOW! </p><p>Awesome and unique DIY action figure lamp! Thanks so much for sharing! ^^</p>
<p>Thanks love it </p>
It's only when I got to the picture of you standing next to it, painting it white that I realised: &quot;Oh god, it's HUGE!&quot;
<p>i love this; it's one of me fave instruct<strong>i</strong>bles .... i take issue, however, with spray-painting <strong>buzz lightyear &hearts; </strong>~ he's perfect the way he is!</p>
<p>This is one of those pieces that you would do a double take. I LOVE it and how you arranged the figures is well executed and balanced. I would put that in my living room lol. GREAT job !!!!</p>
<p>This is going on my list for what to make for Christmas next year. We had home-made Christmas this year and it turned out well. If we decide to do it again next year, here's my first piece! Or maybe I'll make it for my son for his birthday next month!</p>
<p>Jessy, I've always loved your recipes. I had no idea you were so versatile...wonderful ideas! My nephew that will really love this project!</p>
<p>Was a blast to make!! Turned out wonderful and it's a perfect addition to the mancave! </p>
<p>Great job, I love the poses.</p>
<p>This turned out even better than I could have dreamed. Thanks for the awesome idea and even better instructions. Definitely in love with my new nerd lamp :)</p>
<p>Great job, this looks amazing!</p>
<p>My sons are in their 30s and I'm not sure how many action figures I have hidden in boxes around the house, but I'm going on the hunt!! I may even add other &quot;toy parts&quot; I just can't batch up with anything else. Thanx for the inspiration!</p>
<p>Perfect art and design .</p>
Great idea. I love it. What music did you use in your video please ?
<p>I made this after I got inspiration from your creation! Thanks for sharing the idea...</p>
This is absolutely brilliant!
i made one for my dad and he loves it.
<p>I just love this, it's brilliant!</p>
<p>Fantastic! I did a Lego mini fig lap with a giant Lego for the lamp base but my son has out grown it.....starting on a super hero lamp today. Thanks bunches!</p>
<p>fun to do1</p>
I did it. Finished it. AND my son loves it. Thanks for the great instructable
<p>what a nice lamp , i will use goku i have one , thanks</p>
Love this project

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