CustomCon is a fictional toy show showcasing the work of
several customizers. You will not find these toys in your
local toy store.
been five long years since the last volume was published, but
the folks at Bantam Books have announced a collaboration with
Baen Publishing and the fledgling Pamster Toy Company to introduce
a line of action figures based on characters from the popular
Wild Cards mosaic novels. Set in a world like our own; save
for the alien Takisian Virus which killed tens of thousands,
disfigured thousands and left a precious lucky few with fantastic
powers; the Wild Cards novels feature the exploits of characters
created by some of the top writers in science fiction, including
George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Melinda Snodgrass, Chris
Claremont, John J. Miller, Stephen Leigh, Walter Jon Williams,
Lewis Shiner and many, mnay more. The books were written in
the "mosaic" format, allowing each author to write the chapters
featuring their own charcters.
is a group shot of the villains in the series, (from
left to right)
Edward St. John "Loophole" Latham, The Astronomer, Mackie
Messer, Senator Gregg Hartmann aka Puppetman, and Ezili-je-Rouge.
Astronomer was the main villain in several of the early
novels, a psychic vampire who viewed others as mere nourishment
to be drained and discarded.
picture shows Senator Gregg Hartmann, aka the manipulative
secret ace Puppetman, and his pet assassin, the former
German terrorist Mackie Messer, who can walk through
walls and vibrate his hands into lethal buzzsaws. These
will be sold serarately.
St. John Latham was an attorney who earned the nickname
Loophole because of his ability to acquit his shady
clients of almost any charges, no matter how solid the
prosecution's cases seemed to be. He later became the
head of a cult of bodyjacking teen criminals.
are two of the Wild Card Universe's most vile villains,
the corrupt attorney Edward St. John "Loophole" Latham,
and Ezili-je-Rouge, the sexual dynamo used as human
bait by the malignant joker Ti Malice to lure in new