One of the artists I’ve long admired on the custom scene is Evilos. He has his own distinct style and while many of the artists focus on expanding existing characters or creating new ones from existing Amiibos Nintendo has released, Evilos takes what Nintendo has created and reimagines the paint. While the style might not be for everyone, the intricate paint work is impressive. Evilos also knows that one of the draws of custom Amiibo is that you’re getting a one of a kind piece of art. Almost all of the figures he creates are limited to a small number (15 is a common number on his Etsy store) which means he can not only ask for higher prices but his work is very likely to retain or even grow in value over time. He constantly innovates with Amiibo and is releasing new customs all of the time. With Evilos, you’re getting a one of a kind piece of art that will be a highlight in your collection.
When I think of Evilos’s art, this Pikachu is what comes to mind. The unique style blew people’s minds when Amiibo were just starting out and I think it really help put his work on the map. Perhaps paying homage to his early work, you can actually buy a re-imagining of this old figure on Etsy for $60 (with only one copy left, I guess I should add, while supplies last!).
Red is one of my favorite colors so I may be biased but I just find the shininess of this figure to be incredible. It is limited to 100 pieces overall and Ruby Pikachu really captures the best of Evilos’s style in a cute figure.
If you saw Pikachu and thought, Mario would look awesome in that paint scheme, we’ve got you covered! Once again, the shininess of this figure is incredible and the paint scheme reminds me of the “Shadow Mario” enemy that started in Super Mario Sunshine. This is quite possibly my favorite Amiibo Evilos has done. The paint work is just really top notch. With only 15 total made, this is an excellent limited edition piece.
Have you ever wondered what Samus would look like in a Zero Suit armor? Evilos has brought this vision to life in this “Zero Suit Samus”. As you would expect, the colors are really striking and somehow Samus almost looks even more futuristic than ever before. This custom Amiibo also looks great in the standard Smash Bros. Samus box and one cool feature of Evilos’s custom Amiibo is that most come in some kind of Amiibo box so they are perfect for displaying alongside any other new in box Amiibo you have. After all, if you’re paying for a premium custom Amiibo, you want to be able to easily display and show it off.
Finally, I thought it would be nice to show Evilos’s range as an artist and show you these cool custom vinyls (non-Amiibo) inspired by Disney and Star Wars. Kingdom Hearts and a number of Star Wars games have appeared on Nintendo systems and I review Star Wars action figures on here so I figured why not. This cute and clever idea shows his freehand painting skills, especially on the Stormtroopers. The custom built carbonite chamber with Mickey Han Solo is especially cool. Evilos has a lot of interesting Mickey Mouse and Disney custom figures so if you enjoy the character or Disney as a whole, then you should definitely check out more of his work at the links below.
Evilos epitomizes quality over quantity and his work is very eye-catching. While I’ve highlighted some incredible custom Amiibo artists, I think his work is best suited to collectors with some money to burn and who want a distinct Amiibo showpiece in their collection. Please checkout Evilos’s Etsy and social media sites below so you can follow his work and purchase anything you like! Amiibo artists rely on our support and I hope we will see more awesome custom Amiibo from Evilos for many years to come!
That Pikachu and Mario look crazy! I love the way the shine looks. The Mario one actually reminds me of the Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack image. That Pikachu is just out-of-this world though. Thanks for sharing this! His work is amazing.
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You are very welcome and I agree that Evilos is one of the best Amiibo artists out there. His custom figures look to be worth the money. I really want to pick one up after writing this article 🙂
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I used to like his work, but now everything seems so lazy and derivative. How many things can you put a “cosmic” paint job on before finding a new theme?
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I can understand where you’re coming from and he definitely has done the cosmic theme in many, many different ways. It would be awesome to hear his thoughts on this and I can only say as someone who draws when he has time (or in other words not as often as I would like) that once you do develop a style, it can be hard to break away from it or innovate upon it. It is almost like a comfort food and you go back to it over and over again, especially if you’re having trouble with something. I had this experience myself recently when I screwed up a drawing and felt bad about my abilities. I ended up going back to a familiar style and had fun drawing again and felt better about myself as an artist. So I guess what I’m saying is I see both sides of the argument and I appreciate your comment and for checking out the site! 🙂
I am completely biased as Evilos is my husband, but I wanted to say thanks for writing such a great article!! My husband loves creating art and loves his supporters even more. When someone truly enjoys his work it means more than anyone could ever imagine. More often than not people are tearing each other down instead of building each other up and in the Art World this especially holds true. Artists are people too. If you cut them they bleed. Believe me, I have seen it. After 7 stitches working on one of those Mickey in Carbonites, he luckily got to keep his thumb. Artists create because they love it!! They are passionate about it!! So it is so nice to see some positivity being spread out there instead of the hate that is more prevalent in today’s world. Thanks again
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I really appreciate your comment and I know firsthand how challenging any kind of creative profession can be emotionally, financially, and many other things. I’m so glad to hear this article had a positive impact on both of you and I sincerely hope it leads to more support for his work. One of the main goals of this site is to be a positive place for the hobby of Nintendo figures including Custom Amiibo so it means a lot to know one of the articles I’ve written has helped you in some small way. If there continues to be a lull in Nintendo figures being released, I could definitely see myself buying at least one of Evilos’s pieces and writing about it here on the site to further promote his art. I wish you both the best and if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know!
Jeff aka Kuribo