Most of the time when I design my Mythic Legions customs, I create a single new figure/character. Recently, I decided to embark on a bigger project and create a little mini-wave of characters that I am calling my "Woodland Bandits". There are obviously inspired by Robin Hood and his Merry Men, but reimagined so they fit within the world of Mythoss. Of course, there are already a number of versions of the Robin Hood stories, including the "Prince of Thieves" movie with Kevin Costner. While many people dislike that version, I always enjoyed it, especially the character of Azeem, played by Morgan Freeman. This figure is my version of that character, reimagined as a magical djinn.
For me, this was a really fun character to design. It combines ideas from one of my favorite previous customs, my Djinn, but reworked to fit the design elements of the Azeem character from the movie. I also like the connection since, in the movie, Robin frees Azeem from a prison and, in turn, he is now indebted to Robin. This same scenario works as if Robin freed this genie from his lamp prison and now has a steadfast companion by his side!
This tribute to the character of Azeem really started with the head. I wanted to create something different than the one I used in my previous djinn custom, which made sense since in the movie, Azeem wears wrappings on his head. To achieve that look, I went with a head from a 300 Immortal figure from NECA. I removed the normal face inside and added the new head/face instead. That new head is from a ML Gorthokk figure, which was repainted to the blueish color I used on my previous djinn. I had to shave off piece of the head, including the ears, to get it to fit inside this turban, but since that it how it will always be displayed, that worked fine for me. I glued the head in place to finalize this part.
The figure's body is from a ML Scaphoid figure, while his upper arms and legs are from a ML Cador. They have been repainted to match the same blue as his face. His lower arms and legs are from a ML Skapular.
In the movie, Azeem wears lots of robes. I didn't want this charatcer to be fully hidden by his robed, so I opted for more of a cape than a robe. The loin piece and long cape are from a McFarlane Toys' Ghazab figure from the Prince of Persia line. I also added another cape piece from a Star Wars Black Series Kylo Ren to add that layered look of lots of different pieces of clothing.
Azeem would not be complete without his sword, so I gave him the large schimitar from a MOTU Demo-man figure. I also have a nice "flame effect" from a Marvel Legends Iron Fist that can snap onto his hand, showing his fiery genie powers.