Thursday, May 30, 2013

D&DCUSTOMS ADDED TO "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"





We love nothing more than finding a customizing outfit that just blows our minds and hopefully yours too.  I mean these figures are just off the charts!

One look at the 6" creations of D&DCUSTOMS and you will spend your money on this artistry to compliment Hasbro's upcoming Black Series line.  These figures are just amazing and are sold exclusively on eBay.  In 2008, D&DCUSTOMS mostly created Dungeons and Dragons, G.I. Joe and Marvel figures.  Fortunately for Star Wars fans, they have made some of our favorite characters too.  These figures are perfect collectibles for adults who like articulation and poseability in their figures.  Ahsoka's to die for.

What are you waiting for? Watch the video and run to their eBay store before these figures all sell out!



D&DCUSTOMS













D&DCUSTOMS
sell their customs exclusively with the two eBay stores below:

LOTRTOYS

D-DTOYCUSTOMS








Sunday, May 26, 2013

Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys SNEAK PEEK TEASER FOOTAGE!



X-Ray Films is proud to present this SNEAK PEEK TEASER for our upcoming documentary, Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys. These 13 minutes and 24 seconds of preview footage were lovingly selected and randomly assembled for your viewing pleasure, and showcase a few of the collectors, historians, and toy designers that help bring this story to life. We hope you enjoy this small taste of the documentary, which will be available on DVD in September, 2013. 

Please Note: This footage does not feature final graphics, music, or effects. The stuff you see here was constructed by the film's director, and he's smart enough to hire pros to do the final versions!


Friday, May 24, 2013

CLONE WARS: SEASON 5 FINALE - BARRISS OFFEE CUSTOM ACTION FIGURE created by Darth Daddy

This was just a quick head modifiction with some sculpted hair.  Dad used Green Stuff to make it because of it's flexibility and it's unlikeliness to break off.  A little paint and she's done.  Dad used the Cad Bane elbows from his first release to give the Barriss Offee figure ball jointed articulated knees so she can do more Jedi stances.  We finished her off with a set of Assaj Ventress lightsabers. He wants to make the Assaj Ventress bounty hunter helmet and cloak at some point, but he hasn't started working on anything yet.




CLONE WARS - SEASON 5 FINALE:
BARRISS OFFEE
CUSTOM ACTION FIGURE
created by Darth Daddy


















































SKILL LEVEL: ADVANCED



Dad's "Barriss Offee" custom action figure was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.




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Hasbro may have given the Clone Wars line the cold shoulder, but Yakface forum members have expressed a different sentiment altogether.  This new customizing challenge allows for both animated and realistic style figures – join in the fun and show off your skills (or lack thereof) after the jump!







Tuesday, May 21, 2013

CAFN does a special podcast with Frank Diorio...












Frank Diorio is well known to customizing fans across the world and definitely a well known guest on CAFN. Chad and Tamer were looking for a reason to podcast and used this special podcast episode with Diorama Workshop.com to announce a few things that we think all will like to hear. It was great fun to hear Frank talk about his experiences at Celebration 6. Don't worry, Custom Action Figure News is gearing up for a new season. And if you would like to be on send them an email!





Frank Diorio has picked the top five choices for dioramas that he has never produced before (notice that two of them are not SW!) and now it is time vote to win one of those dioramas built by Frank Diorio himself. Please click this link to see how to vote and make sure you do so only once or you will invalidate your entry and you will have no chance to win one of 31 prizes being dolled out in this 1st Anniversary of Diorama Workshop.com Contest!





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Saturday, May 18, 2013

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #30: MARCUS STARKILLER

So it's time to present our latest edition of Customizer Spotlight.  For the month of May, we grabbed two of the newer additions to my collection that were made by Star Wars customizer Marcus Starkiller.  He made a super-articulated Aurra Sing that we couldn't pass up.  We even got a sweet bonus figure when it shipped.



"Aurra Sing"
created by Marcus Starkiller




So it's time to present our latest edition of Customizer Spotlight.  For the month of May, we grabbed two of the newer additions to my collection that were made by Star Wars customizer Marcus Starkiller.  He made a super-articulated Aurra Sing that we couldn't pass up.  We even got a sweet bonus figure when it shipped.  We came across the Star Wars custom action figures of customizer John Bandow, aka Marcus Starkiller, while surfing the forums of Rebelscum and like us he's a huge Star Wars fan. We were really impressed with not only his customs, but also the work he put into their presentation. He recently started to sell some of his customs, and we picked up the above Aurra Sing custom action figure to add to my collection.  He threw in a New Republic Neimodian A-Wing Pilot for free.  Check out his figures and pick up a few yourselves. We can't say how impressed we were with his action figures, and we are sure that you will be too.



"New Republic Neimodian A-Wing Pilot"
created by Marcus Starkiller




To see more action figures created by Marcus Starkiller click here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v319/MarcusStarkiller/Custom%20figures/





RebelForce Radio 05.17.13





This week, podcasting icon Steve Glosson (Geek Out Loud/The Big Honkin' Show) sits in to discuss the latest Star Wars news and sequel rumors. Plus, an update on Kyle Newman's documentary "Return To Return Of The Jedi", Spanish Vader, and the Patton Oswalt frickin' controversy continues



Friday, May 10, 2013

"Smuggler's Gambit" Custom Action Figure Contest WINNER ANNOUNCED

 


For those of you who don't know, RebelForce Radio and Customs for the Kid have just wrapped up their "Smuggler's Gambit" Custom Action Figure Contest.  The winner of the contest was none other than well-known Star Wars customizer Luke Sprywalker for his Ro Kurota action figure submission.

Some of you might remember Luke Sprywalker from the first ever Star Wars Custom Action Figure Panel that was held last summer at Star Wars Celebration VI where he was one of the first speakers to give the panel. 

Luke Sprywalker is a great ambassador for the Star Wars customizing community and we here at Customs for the Kid are looking forward to hearing him appear on RebelForce RadioLuke Sprywalker is an excellent representative for the art form.  He has been displaying his custom creations since 2008 and has put out some awesome action figures.  He does a lot of vehicle and diorama work too.  Sprywalker even created the characters for a photo novel called Star Wars Apocalypse written by Nate Ciurla aka Kessel Run Imports and with graphic design and action figures created by Julian Maurice aka  Hangarbay94.   Luke Sprywalker has had his hands in every aspect of action figure art.  He is always there to offer encouragement to the newer custom action figure artists and is there to support the veteran's as well.  He creates a super positive environment around him wherever he goes and he's always there to lend a helping hand to those in need of customizing advice.   I couldn't think of any customizer more suited to get some air time on RebelForce Radio than this seasoned artist.  Can't wait to hear him interviewed by Jimmy MacInerney (Jimmy Mac) and Jason Swank on their RebelForce Radio podcast.



"I decided I wanted to make the character Sam Witwer voices in Smuggler's Gambit radio drama. I am a huge fan of Sam's, since the release of the Force Unleashed. I wanted the figure to feature sleek tight lines, not bulked up like many of my other figures. I also wanted to go a little bold with color choices for his clothing. It is mentioned that he wears mostly black so I wanted to stick to the description but add interest. When modifying the GI Joe head sculpt I added a small scar to show he had been around the block. Since Sam also plays Starkiller I threw in a few homages to those designs. I wanted him to have several belts, the collar is reminiscent of his Raxus Prime gear cowl, the shoulder armor is a reflection of his training gear design. In the end, other than some resemblance to Sam in the face, I hope it doesn't look like Starkiller, but mildly influenced by his many looks. So on with the show, presenting Ro Kurota, a young spacer just turned bounty hunter with his sights set on Han Solo."  - Luke Sprywalker


The judges for the contest were "Smuggler’s Gambit" writer Kyle Newman, co-writer F.J. DeSanto, Jimmy MacInerney (Jimmy Mac) and Jason Swank of RebelForce Radio, voice actor David Collins (Han Solo in "Smuggler's Gambit"), artist Paul Bateman from The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, actor Sam Witwer (Galen Marek aka Starkiller of Force Unleashed & Force Unleashed 2, Darth Maul in Clone Wars, and Ro Kurota of "Smuggler's Gambit") and Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid.





"Ro Kurota"
created by Luke Sprywalker

















Click the links below to check out Luke Sprywalker's latest customs:







Click to listen to the latest episode from RebelForce Radio!

This week on RFR: RFR celebrates the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi with a report from the incredible VIP screening last weekend in Hollywood. They give us the inside scoop on Kyle Newman's new documentary "Return to Return of the Jedi". And we get caught with Clone Wars actor Stephen Stanton (Tarkin) and filmmaker Trey Stokes who gives us the lowdown about the "Pink Five" saga. All this and Patton "Frickin" Oswalt on RebelForce Radio!





Sunday, May 5, 2013

"Ssi-Ruu Bounty Hunter" created by Elias


A while back Dad took me to the DK Star Wars Attack of the Authors East Coast Tour at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Manhattan.  It was cool because while I was there I got to meet Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.   Star Wars artist Chris Trevas was there and while I was there I picked up an awesome book that he illustrated called Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species.  It was in this book that I discovered an alien species called the Ssi-Ruuk.

Ever since I saw the illustration below, I knew I wanted at least one of the these aliens in my collection.  One day I saw a dinosaur at a local toy store that I knew would be perfect for my custom.

I also took my first crack at sculpting. I sculpted the headset and the shoulder armor with Apoxie Sculpt and then used assorted fodder to create the harness.  I used some casted Jango Fett leg armor that I got from SithHappens.  I also used Green Stuff for the first time to create the forked tongues that come out of the Ssi-Ruu's nostrils.  

I made the one of a kind gun myself too. I pieced it together from about 6 different guns.






Ssi-Ruuk

The Ssi-ruuk (pronounced /'si ruk/)[3], Ssi-ruu in singular form, were a saurian species that invaded from the Unknown Regions of the galaxy and initiated the Battle of Bakura in 4 ABY, shortly after the Battle of Endor. This race relied on a technology called entechment that involved extracting the life-energies of sentient beings and using them as power sources for their mechanical technology. They had a sizable war fleet and ruled an empire called the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium in the Ssi-ruuk Star Cluster near the galaxy's rim.

Ssi-ruuvi society was deeply compartmentalized—being dominated by a rigid caste system based on skin color which signified one's socio-economic standing. As a species, most Ssi-ruuk were xenophobic towards members of other species due to their stringent religious beliefs and the compartmentalized state of their society. Due to the remote position of their home territory in the Ssi-ruuk Star Cluster and their religious fear of dying on an unconsecrated world, few Ssi-ruuk traveled outside their Star Cluster. Thus, they remained largely unknown to the rest of the galaxy, and contact with outsiders was limited even in the days of the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance.










"Ssi-Ruu Bounty Hunter"
created by Elias




















Me with Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  Ashley was sooo cool!



Ashley Eckstein, Chris Trevas, and Chris Reiff









My Ssi-Ruu was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.