I honestly don't see the point in a lot of this stuff like the whole sub board for ideas and this thread, I don't think we're really getting flooded with anything to actually need these kind of topics.
yes they did cast the torso in black plastic and paint the flesh. It isn't noticeable in person but it sure sticks out like a sore thumb in pictures. I am not a fan of that practice. Especially if I was a kid who played with my figures. I would worry about the flesh scrating.