Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Flaccideagle added to "Customs I Wish I Owned"

Flaccideagle is a thirtysomething from New Jersey, and has been collecting Star Wars since his high school days. He used to customize POTF2 figures for a while in the mid 1990's, and 1:6 Scale for a few years before finding ImperialShipyards.net site, and turning his attentions towards Star Wars vehicles and the occasional figure. All of his recent customs can be found on the Imperial Shipyards Forums.

We've been huge fans of his work ever since the first time we saw it, and we especially love the vibrancy of his color palette. A true master!!


Flaccideagle




To see more from Flaccideagle check out his other customs at the links below:
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/SMF/index.php?topic=2678.0
and
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/SMF/index.php?topic=7023.0


Sunday, September 25, 2011

GEONOSIAN JEDI

This Geonosian Jedi is a quick custom action figure that I made that required very little paint work, and just a small amount of accessorizing to complete. I used the skirt of a Clone Wars Eeth Koth, the Geonosian drone action figure from the exclusive Target 2-pack, the Jedi Robe from a CW Shaak Ti action figure, and the hilts of a G.I. Joe Storm Shadow action figure. I only had to paint the jewel blue on the waist covering of the Geonosian. Dad carved the bottom of the lightsaber blades with an Exacto knife so they slid in and out of the hilts with ease.


BACKSTORY

A Geonosian Jedi?!  Don't Geonosians hate the Jedi?!  Well this guy is the exception.  Strong in the Force was he.  So strong he was able to control the Hive mind and even had the ability to sway the Queen Geonosian, Karina the Great.   Knowing his Force abilities were a threat to her throne, and aware she needed to get him far from Geonosis, this Jedi joined the Order at a youngling's age when Karina shipped him off world to die long before the start of the Clone Wars, and he was discovered by a Jedi Knight who later became his Master.  A survivor of Order 66, he returned to his people and facilitated the Geonosian alliance with the Rebellion.  He was later killed during the Subjugation of Geonosis by none other than Darth Vader himself, but not before the Geonosian Jedi was able to get critical information out to the Rebel Alliance with a way to destroy the first Death Star.  Vader always considered the Jedi to be one of his most difficult, if not THE most difficult, of his opponents due to his unique lightsaber fighting technique and powerful mind control abilities. 




GEONOSIAN JEDI
created by Elias

I love these lightsaber hilts attached with a chain, because the type of battle action that could be incorporated into play with its design.


The hilts can still be used as a weapon even when the lightsabers are not ignited.



















The hilts attach and can be worn over the shoulder like a bandoleer.




SITHHAPPENS has started a "CUSTOMIZER OF THE WEEK" post over at his SANITARIUM CUSTOMS blog and I was super honored to be the first customizer featured.



My Geonosian Jedi was featured on the front page of IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

THE BUDGET JEDI

Dad has always been very intimidated about creating a diorama. That is until he saw the Youtube videos of The Budget Jedi. At the time we are writing this, The Budget Jedi has 8,690 channel views and 19,085 total upload views, and he has quite a loyal following with 532 subscribers.

Not Always Poor, but Always Frugal? The Budget Jedi shares tips and tricks on Toy Collecting Fun on the Cheap! Previously budgetjedi on Youtube, his channel mostly contains dioramas, deal finds on toys, and random fun stuff that he likes to share with his audience. Mostly Star Wars and some hauls. He also shows some Batman, Marvel, DC and Transformers!

We viewed these videos below that he created and wanted to share this talented artist with you all so you can make some cool Star Wars on the cheap too!


Boba Fett's "Sarlacc Escape" Display






"Darth Maul Duel" Vol 1: Diorama in the Making






"Darth Maul Duel" Vol 2: Diorama Final Display





Check out his Youtube Channel below:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

stitchfett added to "Customs I Wish I Owned"






stitchfett WIP


Dad came across the work of stitchfett while searching ebay to find cool custom action figure auctions to post to the blog's Facebook page. stitchfett had created a unique sculpt that Dad never saw before. Something stitchfett has labeled as the Microman series. The action figures have incredibly good articulation and an assortment of interchangeable hands.


stitchfett WIP


"Microman Jango" by stitchfett



Dad reached out to Yovitt Planadeball a.k.a stitchfett of Puerto Rico, and when stitchfett responded he also provided some really cool work in progress pics for you all to check out.


With 100% Positive feedback, you can't go wrong.


There is a time when a kid is supposed to grow up, mature and get rid of his toys... well stitchfett will surely tell you that he didn't quite do that and that's how he ended up the man he is today (lol). He still remembers using toilet paper dowels, card board & clear blisters to make ships, painting his figures with Testors paints, and playing with them under his bed. His advice to beginner customizers, the secret to success is practice. By failing you discover new techniques that no one else could teach you, but most importantly... it's about having fun!





stitchfett







You can go to the ebay page of stitchfett by clicking the link below:

http://myworld.ebay.com/stitchfett/?_trksid=p4340.l2559






Dad's "stitchfett video" featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.




Sunday, September 18, 2011

My Second Mando




The last Mando I created was for Eli during the Toy Drive. This new one I created some time after. Dad gave me this action figure for practice as a way for me to learn different painting techniques. First it was just simple paint application, trying to stay in the lines and pick matching colors for the figure, but after, Dad taught me how to do some weathering with my Grievous figure, and then I had to try it on my Mando too. So here is what I have so far.


MANDO











Darth Sidious CAFN commercial







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Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Ewok from Peakob1





Peakob1 just put up another Ewok on ebay, and he informed us that he is slowing down his collecting and customizing to a snails pace due to an upcoming move and he will consider selling any of his customs to any interested buyers. He has always been a favorite customizer in our house and we recently acquired some of his customs for our own collection. We can say if any bids are placed, they can be made with confidence. You are truly getting a superior product as far as as Star Wars custom action figures go and his body of work is about as cool as it comes.







Check the link below to see a collection of his work:


Pop Culture Community Raises Money for Disaster Relief Effort






Comic and Toy fans put their money where their hearts were last weekend for the first ever Heroes Give Hope charity auction. The Live Online Auction event featured dozens of custom made action figures and works of art specially commissioned for the event, and raised nearly $1000.00 for the Disaster relief agency ConvoyofHope.org

Sponsored by internet Auction House TheBigToyAuction.com, the first of its kind event showcased the talents of both professional and amateur artists from a broad range of fields. Each artist was asked to create and donate a piece in the theme of "everyday heroes." Pieces ranged from a tongue-in-cheek GI Joe based custom "bootleg" figure by Suckadelic Toys to UK Illustrator Dave Williams' original print featuring dozens of minimalist interpretations of Comic, TV, and Movie heroes arranged to form the word "Hope." The big item of the night, selling for $125.00 was a watercolor painting of the Iconic He-Man and Battlecat Figures by artist Jonathan Reincke. Other works included versions of Batman, Transformers, the X-Men, Micronauts and Star Wars as well as a number of original creations.

At the end of the event, over $900.00 worth of items were sold with 100% of the Hammer price going directly to Convoy of Hope. Convoy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing disaster relief, feeding initiatives and community outreach. Since its founding in 1994, Convoy has provided aid to more than 45 million people in over 100 countries, including the victims of the Japan and Haiti earthquakes, the Joplin tornadoes, and New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

Along with a donation by TheBigToyAuction.com, the event raised a total of $1000.00 for the charity. "We were so glad to have the opportunity to donate our services to this cause and help out, that we wanted to do a little more," said Christopher Noon, founder and auctioneer of TheBigToyAuction. "$1000.00 looked like a good round number, and we were already pretty close, so we thought 'what the heck?' and kicked in the rest ourselves. It's for a good cause."

The benefit auction could not have come at a better time, as Convoy is already responding to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene by delivering supplies across the eastern seaboard.

Plans are already under way to make this a recurring event. "We just want to thank everyone who got involved." says Noon. "We weren't sure at first how well it would be received, but our artists really came through for us with their donations. The fans came out in droves to bid, and the news sites and blogs really got behind this in a big way. Even though it was the first time we had taken on something this big, with trying to coordinate all of our donors, We learned a lot. It was great to be able to show the world what motivated Geeks can do when we work together. We're looking forward to doing it again, but even bigger next time."


Those wishing to donate directly to Convoy of Hope can do so through their website at:

http://donate.convoyofhope.org



For information: http://www.TheBigToyAuction.com or

Contact: news@TheBigToyAuction.com

Phone: 610-997-0165



Sunday, September 11, 2011

"CUSTOMS FOR THE KID": An Introduction to My Collection




A few times I have been asked if I was a Star Wars toy collector as well as a customizer. When people who asked found out that I collect Star Wars figures as well as make them, they asked to see pictures of my collection. This video shows my bedroom and some of the Phantom Menace action figures that I set up in the living room over the weekend. I will create a separate page for this video and I will add videos to the collection page as I begin to showcase the other parts of my collection.



"CUSTOMS FOR THE KID":
An Introduction to My
Collection






IN THE NEWS


The first video installment of an introduction to my Star Wars action figure collection was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.





Saturday, September 10, 2011

COLD WEATHER KEL DOR FEMALE JEDI



This is a variation of my Kel Dor Jedi. I just added a few accessories to the action figure so I could use her in a cold weather environment too. I also used the CW Cold Weather Plo Koon head as a second head sculpt to use with the figure I originally created. I took the mask and hood for the figure as well. The chest plate from the Bultar Swan Comic Pack action figure helps accentuate her femininity.



COLD WEATHER
KEL DOR
FEMALE JEDI













ORIGINAL POST


Kel Dor Female Jedi




My Kel Dor Female Jedi featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.



Thursday, September 8, 2011

X-Wing Alliance: Chapter 18 - The Movie






X-Wing Alliance: Chapter 18 - The Movie


created by Hangarbay94/julianmaurice









You'll find Julian's X-Wing graphic novel at:
www.xwa-webcomic.com

Also check out his Darkchild series on his Youtube Channel at:
http://www.youtube.com/user/hangarbay94?feature=mhum





Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #15: OMAR RIVERA

The latest customizer we'd like to introduce you all to is 31 year old customizer, Omar Rivera from Puerto Rico. When this husband and father of two isn't busy making his awesome Star Wars action figures, he works as an art and history teacher and as a pastor as well. Dad first saw his customs on ebay when Omar had three stunning Padme Amidala action figures that were just incredible to set eyes upon. We didn't have any money at the time, so somebody else won the figures and let's just say that the somebody who is out there is one lucky individual. Fortunately, the following week we did have money when Omar posted 3 new figures up on ebay and they were really cool ones that one wouldn't want to pass up on. Omar openly states that customizing action figures is one of his passions and his passion is definitely visible in his work. Omar told us that he has created over 100 customs to date. So here are the three Star Wars custom action figures created by Star Wars customizer, Omar Rivera that you can find in my collection. Enjoy!



Khaleen Hentz
by Omar Rivera







She even comes with the baby. Unfortunately we didn't see this cool looking Quinlan Vos up for bid.


Khaleen Hentz was once a Separatist agent sent by Count Dooku to spy on Quinlan Vos, as a mole in his spy network. She later turned to the Galactic Republic and became the wife of Vos and the mother of his child.



K'Kruhk "Dark Times"
created by Omar Rivera






K'Kruhk was a male Whiphid Jedi who lived from around the end of the Galactic Republic to the time of the One Sith and the Second Imperial Civil War. The apprentice of Lilit Twoseas, K'Kruhk survived his Master's death during the Yinchorri Uprising and went on to serve with distinction in the Clone Wars. A disastrous loss of life at Teyr led K'Kruhk to question his cause, and he joined a dissident movement on Ruul. Betrayal by one of his own, however, caused him to reaffirm his absolute loyalty to the Republic and the Jedi High Council, and he would go on to serve on Saleucami in the final weeks of the Outer Rim Sieges.

Despite countless brushes with death, K'Kruhk survived both the Clone Wars and the Great Jedi Purge, living to see the demise of the Galactic Empire and the return of the Jedi, albeit while in hiding from the agents of Darth Vader. Only when Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order was well-established and the last elements of Palpatine's Empire destroyed did the Whiphid finally emerge from hiding.

Some period after the Yuuzhan Vong War, K'Kruhk joined the New Jedi Order and was still active even past the rise of Darth Krayt, serving as a member of the Jedi High Council, and taking a leading role in the Jedi resistance to the ascendant Sith. K'Kruhk's efforts were integral in forging an alliance between the Jedi, the Galactic Alliance Remnant and the Fel Empire. With the death of T'ra Saa at Taivas, K'Kruhk became the oldest and most experienced of the surviving Jedi, and participated in the alliance's final assault on the Sith-held Coruscant.

Following the deaths of Darth Krayt and Roan Fel, K'Kruhk became one of the three Triumvirs of the restored Galactic Alliance.



Thisspiasian Jedi
created by Omar Rivera









To go to Omar Rivera's ebay store click below:

http://myworld.ebay.com/albalindaalba?ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1181




IN THE NEWS



Our "Customizer Spotlight" post on Omar Rivera was featured on
Ed Johnson Presents: STAR WARS The Clone Chronicles (Webcomics & SW News)



Articulated Knees for Your Hondo Ohnaka

If you toss your Hondo Ohnaka into a pot of boiling water with a Shahan Alama action figure for about 5 minutes, you can pop the two figures apart at the waist and give Hondo, Sahahan Alama's legs giving him the articulated knees that we all wish he had. We didn't paint our legs because we were ok with the way he looked, but you could always paint yours. Just be sure you use parent supervision whenever using boiling water.



Hondo Ohnaka
with Articulated Knees

Hasbro's CW Hondo Ohnaka on the left and Dad's modified Hondo Ohnaka with articulted knees on the right.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

TK-9849 ADDED TO "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"

TK-9849, the poster boy for Action Figure Empire, official mascot, and founding member, started collecting action figures as a young kid. He was turned on to the world of pop culture, sci-fi, and all things nerdy by his father who also worked for many companies including Lucasfilm, Marvel, DC, Jurassic Park, Warner Brothers, Visa, Exxon, Shell, Goosebumps, Ghostbusters, Hasbro, Mattel, and many other licensing companies, creating toys, sculptures, artwork, and holograms. Together they collected movies, comic books, and of course action figures. For TK-9849 collecting, especially toys and comics, has always been a joyful experience and one that brought him closer to his father. To be a collector is another way to be a serious and dedicated fan of a franchise, story, or toy line. Having studied art in College, TK-9849 started to apply his imagination, combined with his creativity, to his collection of Star Wars action figures (having spent thousands of dollars in amassing it), and thus creates kit-bash/part-swap custom creations. The fun is in the challenge of not painting anything, nor permanently altering anything. All items are removed and the figures are returned to their original states after photographing each custom creation. He has also been known to branch out into charity work for young collectors in need. He pioneered the Toys For Eli Toy Drive (with the help of Darth Daddy, Tamer, ISY, Rebelscum, Yakface, and many more) to bring hundreds of Star Wars toys to a young fan in a difficult situation. Nothing compares to the giddy rush that comes from scoring some new figures, opening them and posing them, photographing them and reviewing them on the Action Figure Empire Blog, and then using their pieces for future custom figure projects!"



TK-9849




"Plastic is a way of life" --TK-9849


AFE Blog:
http://actionfigureempire.blogspot.com/

AFE Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Action-Figure-Empire/196704237028097

AFE on Imperial Shipyards:
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/SMF/index.php?topic=6619.0

Look for fodder on eBay and Star Wars items for sale under seller name:
sdan9300



Thursday, September 1, 2011

BATTLE DAMAGED GENERAL GRIEVOUS

This is my latest custom creation. Dad used this figure to teach me about how to use Apoxie Sculpt and how to weather clothing on an action figures. I painted the figure. Dad showed me how to apply the Apoxie Sculpt to Grievous' cape for the fire concept I had in mind. After I painted the cape, Dad showed me how to add water to black paint to create a wash to weather Grievous and the cape.



"BATTLE DAMAGED GENERAL GRIEVOUS"
created by Elias










SKILL LEVEL: ADVANCED



FEATURED

My "BATTLE DAMAGED GENERAL GRIEVOUS" was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.