Monday, December 4, 2017

CUSTOMS FOR THE KID - 2017

Another year is wrapping up here at the blog. Although it is rather early in the month of December, we figured we'd do our end of the year video now because we don't think we have anymore customs coming this month. In fact, we may have to take a "short" break from customizing for a few months due to some upcoming changes here at home. More about all of that at a later date though. 

Below is a video slideshow compilation of all the Star Wars custom action figures made this year by Darth Daddy and Elias of Customs for the Kid.  We only made 36 action figures this year, but we peppered in a lot of work by other Star Wars artists to keep you all entertained. To see more information on each custom in the video go to our Action Figure Index and click on the image of the action figure(s) you are interested in learning more about.  

Until we are back up and running, take time to explore the blog in its entirety.  There is almost a decade of material here from artists from all over the world. Click away at all the images in the sidebar, or just start at the beginning of the blog and work your way through while we are away. Before you know it we will be back up and running, and everything will be back to normal.  Until then, have a good holiday season and we'll see you sometime later in 2018!


CUSTOMS FOR THE KID - 2017





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thank The Maker's "STAR WARS - THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL (FAN EDIT)"



This is a Thank the Maker "Special Edit" with added scenes to replace some of the older ones and some really great subtitles included to spice up some of the original footage. Also listen close when the Strormtroopers show up on screen, you might just hear Brian Fulton aka Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid and Chad Peak aka Peak-OB1 Custom Creations lending their voice acting talents.





Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #51: "Custom Cast Cargo Accessory Bundles" created by Empire Toy Works

This year I used some of my birthday money to purchase some items from Empire Toy Works to enhance my diorama displays. In the mail, I received a variety of really cool replicas of some Star Wars crates, generators and barrels that I absolutely love.  I highly recommend checking out this artists eBay page for not only the cool accessories he has available, but also to see his gorgeous wooden Star Wars dioramas that I hope to own one day!

"Custom Cast Cargo Accessory Bundles" 
created by Empire Toy Works























ROT-GUT STATION (Spaceport Playset) created by EMPIRE TOY WORKS
Slideshow Video by Darth Daddy




Monday, November 20, 2017

CLONE WARS "SERGEANT HOUND & GRIZZER" created by Elias

This was a clone trooper we have been wanting to get to for a long time now. Hound was an ARF Trooper sergeant of the Coruscant Guard who was stationed at the Republic military base during the Clone Wars. To make the figure we used the body from a Clone Wars Commander Wolffe action figure with a casted helmet that was sent to us by a friend. To finish the figure I just added the signature paint applications.

In 20 BBY, shortly after the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar, Letta Turmond, who was responsible for planting the explosives, was taking into Republic custody at the Military base on Coruscant. After Turmond died, having believed to be murdered by Ahsoka Tano, Hound was part of the team that searched the base for Tano with his massiff, Grizzer. The massiff picked up on Tano's scent and led him towards her. However, she narrowly evaded them and escaped on top of the Geonosis monument. Hound later went with Grizzer and the others of his group to corner Tano.


"SERGEANT HOUND & GRIZZER" 
created by Elias


















Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"REBEL HOVER CRATES" created by Kyp Durron

The other day we received an email from fellow customizer Kyp Durron who sent us some digital files of "Rebels Hover Crate" Papercraft that he made. 

In his email, he stated that he'd like to let us be the first to test them out. 

He said he used Paint.net to print out his own set of hover crates, and left the "fit picture to frame" box checked/ticked. This prints the hover crate and accessory page out in 1:18th scale. Files like the propaganda posters, props, and the walls and floors are all supposed to be printed out with the "fit to frame" left OFF. 

He made all on-screen versions he was able to find (standard brown/tan, Imperial grey, and Fulcrum Green). Plus he made several custom colors to represent various contents. 

The Custom ones are:

Blue = Aquatic foodstuffs and supplies. Like fish, chum, liquids, etc. 

White = Medical supplies like Bacta. 

Yellow = Hazardous materials like radioactive or bio hazard. 

Light Brown = Clothing and linens. 

He also made an accessory page that has squares for meilooruns, jogans, pistols, rifles, credits, and spice. This page includes racks that can hold the various pieces much like the racks seen in the first episode. And four extra foot pegs to help give the bottom of the crate definition. Kyp Durron even included a rough draft version of the credit boxes that Vizago, Hondo, and Lando are seen using. 

Each of the crates has the option to have a folding top or a removable top and there's an insert for the interior of the crate. He's working on some additions, so the lid to have an insert, as well as designs for other supply accessories. 

It's easy to add cardstock (cereal box material) to the crates to strengthen them, but the insert does make them sturdy enough for display purposes. 

He hopes you all enjoy these crates, and we'd all love to see them used in some of your dioramas too. Send all your diorama pictures that utilize these crates to customsforthekid@gmail.com so we can put together a nice little video compilation of all the dioramas that were inspired by Kyp Durron's hard work!

*UPDATE

The crates have had their Credit cases updated and the button panel added to make it more 3D.

He even made a new crate using an old WOTC free printout with crates in scale for the Star Wars miniatures. He then scaled it up and made it a single crate instead of the double one the Death Star scanning crew uses.

One page is a Sabacc deck, credits, credit cases, a Djerik Table Top(wip), and some spice for the crates. He used a fan made sabacc deck and scaled each card down. Cut them out, add glue, and fold them over. They're small, but you can tell that which suit they are. And the credit squares can be glued together to cut out individual credits. But these will be really small and easily lost.

There's a page that is a set of Topographic maps from a GI Joe papercraft site. He rescaled them and put them all on one page. I figure these are useful in certain dioramas/displays.

There are a couple of propaganda pages with wanted posters and advertisements. Some are correctly in Aurebesh while some are still in English. He's working on the English ones to make them in Aurebesh.

One page is a set of posters that has the translations on the left side. Another page is shop signs and their translations. The shop signs should probably be scaled up though.

He's even included files for the Yavin Base floors and walls as well as the floor from Hera's home. These are all from the assets and can be used to make diorama's/displays.

He also took the Puffer Pig crate you posted a while back and scaled it to print out in scale with Paint.Net.

His favorite page that he included is the props page. It includes: datapads for both Rebels and Imperials, baby blankets, blue milk cartons, space waffles and plates, Hera's Kalikori (requires skill and patience to assemble), factory ID's in multiple colors, Tooka dolls in multiple colors, credit and gem cases, some Atollon Spider eggs, and a random panel made from the Gonk Droid asset.



"REBEL HOVER CRATES"
created by Kyp Durron