Saturday, October 29, 2011

Totally Forgot...Arianna Got an Update




 Next to the envelope for my birthday card was a "newly modified" Arianna action figure that Dad utilized as his version of a bow topping a present. She was the first custom action figure that Dad ever made for me and also the first action figure that we ever posted here on our blog. Dad wanted to revisit Arianna and employ some of the techniques he had learned since he had first done this character. He said he wanted to give her a whole new look, while keeping the colors of her Jedi Starfighter in her clothing still. Dad toned down on the blue and tossed in browns. He also sculpted a top on her so she'd look a little less like Hasbro's Ahsoka Tano action figure. I was really happy with the changes Dad made to her.




Arianna
created by Darth Daddy





















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Monday, October 24, 2011

ON THE TABLE: CFTK WORKS IN PROGRESS



We don't really do work in progress posts all that often, but we thought you'd all like to take a look. These custom action figures are all in different stages of development and some are closer to being finished than others. Enjoy the sneak peek.




Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another Collection Video



Two weeks ago I pulled out my Geonosian Battle Arena and filled it up with a few pieces from my Separatist Droid Army and a bunch of my Jedi action figures. Although I do have a much bigger Droid Army and a lot more Jedi than what appears in these videos, it at least illustrates some more of my collection. Hope you enjoy!







Thursday, October 20, 2011

ONE QUICK BACKGROUND GUY



Just a quick head swap to create this one for use as a background character during play.




The rule at the house is if they don't have a name they can be victims off crossfire.




It's a CW Nikto Guard with a G.I. Joe action figure head. If anyone knows the figure that the head is from, please leave it in the comments section so anyone who wants to recreate this figure will be able to.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Custom Action Figure News Interviews Remco of Incom's Customs






Episode 18 - Incom's customs



Remco from Incom's customs spoke with Custom Action Figure News on Thursday night, or Friday morning if you were Remco. It was a really fun interview to listen to. It was cool to hear from a customizer who really admires the work of his peers and could discuss their pieces as well as he could tell us all about his own customizing process. Always a big fan of his work it was great to hear from this talented artist. I can't tell you all enough how awesome a podcast Custom Action Figure News is turning out to be. They have been pumping out interviews with some of the most talented artists that we have come across in our customizer searches and the show is definitely worth a listen.

Incom's customs blog:
http://incom-t65.blogspot.com/
Facebook page (give him a "like"):
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Incoms-Customs/197614093610231
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http://www.imperialshipyards.net/






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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Customizer Spotlight #16: Peakob1


Yesterday was my birthday, and Dad knows how much I love the custom action figures created by Peakob1. You couldn't imagine my surprise when I opened up my birthday present and it was a box full of Peakob1 action figures. Especially when they were action figures I used to only dream to one day own. I created a video of my new birthday presents that showcase the figures with pictures that were taken by Peakob1. Thanks Chad for making it possible.

Chad Peak (aka: Peakob1 or CAP) is a 35 year old artist in Denver, Colorado and has been a Star Wars fan all his life. He makes customs for the love of the hobby and you won't find a more dedicated fan. He hopes one day that he can have an entire custom collection simply because it is personalized to hi
m and he never seeks financial gain by doing his customs, although he has done a few commissions at reasonable prices. He started customizing in '95. He doesn't count some of the vintage Ewoks that he colored over with black and brown markers as a kid.

He refers to his style of customizing as "hard sculpting" opposed to using sculpy to mold his own figures. He uses bits of existing parts and dremels those down to make a new result. He believes that it makes for a much stronger figure because he's a little like Jar Jar, "hesa clumsy" and often drops figures. Usually they don't break if he builds them properly. He finds customizing very exciting and he has many projects on the horizon.

Hope you enjoy the Peakob1 customs from my collection!

He displays his customs on Yakface, Imperial Shipyards, Droids and Ewoks and Jedi Defender.



Customizer Spotlight #16:
Peakob1




here:
and here:
http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=20796.0


To go to the ebay page of Peakob1 click below:
http://myworld.ebay.com/peakob1/?_trksid=p4340.l2559





My Peakob1 video was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.



This post was also featured on Ed Johnson Presents: STAR WARS The Clone Chronicles (Webcomics & SW News).




Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MASTER ZAO



Zao was a blind, elderly male Veknoid Jedi Master and an accomplished chef. He did not accept missions from the Jedi Council, but followed the will of the Force as he traveled about the galaxy.


One of mine and Dad's favorite Dark Horse comics is Darkness written by John Ostrander. I love stories about Aayla Secura and Dad is a Quinlan Vos and Master Tholme fan. After reading this comic series, we were both fans of Master Zao. So much so that Dad had to make him into an action figure. Dad has been working on this action figure for a long time.






Click image above to go to Dark Horse's site for the book's page.







If it weren't for the help of Lucasclones, Dad may never have finished this figure. Lucasclones provided Dad with the pouches Master Zao wears around his waist. Lucasclones had needed Trandoshan body parts after the Clone Wars: Season 3 finale, Wookiee Hunt inspired him to create a few Trandoshans and Dad had a few parts he could spare. When Chad asked Dad if he wanted anything for the pieces, Dad asked if he had any waist pouches and sent Chad some images of Master Zao. Dad was thinking he was going to have to sculpt them by hand, but Lucasclones came through in a big way. Thanks Chad!!



Those who ate Zao's cooking often found that its taste, whether good or bad, reflected the degree to which their current mental state was in harmony with the Force.



In spite of his blindness, he remained a formidable and lethal adversary, wielding his unique lightsaber cane with frightening accuracy.





Before the Clone Wars, Zao served as chef to Gorto Zaga on Kiffex, during which time he explained his method of travel to Quinlan Vos. When Zao's cooking didn't avail to Gorto Zaga he helped Quinlan Vos and Tholme fight off Zaga's guards before the Anzati lead by Aayla Secura stormed the Black Hole Cantina.
He later cooked food on the streets of Saleucami, where he encountered his old friend Tholme, who was on the planet to investigate the actions of the Dark Jedi Sora Bulq. Zao believed the Jedi should serve the Force and the principles of the Galactic Republic, but explained to Tholme that the Republic itself no longer upheld those ideals.




Zao was opposed to the Jedi serving as officers in the Clone Wars. However, he did help Tholme locate Sora Bulq's underground Morgukai cloning facilities.
As the war continued, rumors abounded of his death. Since he was not involved with the war, he was not killed in the execution of Order 66. Dressed in rags amongst huge crowds, he was overlooked as a beggar by clone troopers searching for Jedi to execute.




INTERESTING FACT:
Zao was originally going to die in Darkness, but according to artist Jan Duursema, "Zao would have been toast in Darkness, but we were asked not to kill him."[2]



MASTER ZAO
created by Darth Daddy



















SKILL LEVEL: ADVANCED



WIP PICTURES 


Dad kept the ball hinge ankle joint of Yoda and glued it to the feet of the Teemto Pagalies to keep the articulation.




Dad gave this figure full articulation except at the hips. Master Zao's hips are only hinge joints.




Dad used the head, and feet of a Teemto Pagalies action figure, arms of a CW Quinlan Vos, and everything else was a Vintage Yoda action figure that was dremeled and sculpted to create the figure. The lightsaber blade is removable.


 The shoulder joints are still Yoda's, but they are glued and sculpted to fit the modified CW Quinlan Vos arms.










I used a frying pan from a Indiana Jones Marion Ravenwood action figure to give Master Zao a tool for cooking.











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Dad's Master Zao was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.