Michael Spitz (aka Mr. Throwback) tells us it all started when Brooklyn-based writer and multimedia artist Moth de la Cruz came into his vintage toy and clothing shop on East Ninth Street and showed off a hybrid action figure he had made for his son, using the body of a Venom figure and the head of a Kid Robot-esque bear. Spitz encouraged him to turn the mash-ups into a business and now, under the name Mixxedchampions, De la Cruz sells figurines of Cocaine Fiends and the like.
Recently, he gave Mr. Throwback the action figure you see here. It’s a combination of two Starting Lineup figures (Charles Barkley’s body and Lenny Dykstra’s head), with Throwback’s custom sweatpants, hoodie, and beard painted on.
Though the one-of-a-kind Throwback figure and faux Topps baseball card aren’t for sale, Spitz will soon be hawking other Mixxedchampions creations, including a Biggie Smalls made from a Ghostbusters action figure. Don’t worry, West Coasters, there’ll be a 2-Pac one, too.