Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"CANTINA SPACER" created by Darth Daddy

Well, I'm still working on filling in my Chalmun's Cantina diorama with the characters from A New Hope that were never produced as action figures. My latest addition is a Cantina Spacer that can be found in the original movie in the background as the camera pans across the room. Since Hasbro has already produced all the parts needed to make the figure, it is one of the easiest ones to produce. Dad took the Legacy Bossk action figure, removed the head and replaced it with a Bo Shek helmet, and then replaced the forearms and legs below the knees and glued on the gloves and boots of a POTF Death Star Gunner to complete this figure.



"CANTINA SPACER"
created by Darth Daddy











SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER


Be sure to enter your own custom to Yakfinities #50.







Saturday, October 26, 2013

JVCustoms ADDED TO "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"




"Ahsoka Tano"
created by JVCustoms




Recently Dad set up a deviantART page to help promote my blog.  While setting up the page, Dad found the art of JVCustoms on the site.

JVCustoms is a professional figure customizer of 3 ¾ inch through 1/6 scale figures, as well as, vehicles from miniatures to 3 ¾ inch figure scale. He also dabbles in traditional drawing and digital art.

His tools of the trade include Vallejo Artist Acrylics & Varnishes, X-Acto Knives, Custom-Made Tools, Sandpaper (120 thru 400 Grit), Nail Files, Detail Paintbrushes, and more for Custom Figures. Pencils, Inks and Charcoal for Drawing and Photoshop for Digital Art.

JVCustoms is not currently accepting new commissions but he sells from his own collection often and will entertain offers for many of his already-completed customs. He also sells his customs on eBay.




JVCustoms







"CUSTOM Y-WING"
created by JVCustoms





JVCustoms on deviantART:
http://jvcustoms.deviantart.com/

JVCustoms on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/usr/psychotropia76





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: I-AM-BOBA-FETT

We recently acquired a really cool custom action figure from Star Wars customizer I-AM-BOBA-FETT.  It's our second action figure from this artist.  Our first figure from him was a Selkath Jedi that can be seen on our Customizer Spotlight archive page.

I-AM-BOBA-FETT has been making custom figures, ships, accessories, you name it, for over 20 years. The latest addition to my collection from this artist is a Bunny Bot that was seen in the Clone Wars television series. It was a fun custom that we just couldn't pass up on. Lately this customizer has been popping out new Star Wars custom action figures with great fervor. I-AM-BOBA-FETT even began producing quality resin head casts of Cantina aliens and skiff guards from Jabba's palace using molds of his his own unique sculpts. We definitely recommend checking this artist out whether it is to commission his services or to buy one of his resin casts. We used one on our Melas custom action figure and we couldn't be happier.





"BUNNY BOT"
by I-AM-BOBA-FETT


 
Recently added this little guy to my collection too






Keep your eyes out for I-AM-BOBA-FETT customs for purchase at his ebay store located at:



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You can also check out I-AM-BOBA-FETT customs at his Photobucket account:



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You can also check out I-AM-BOBA-FETT customs at his Facebook page:



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Monday, October 21, 2013

Yakfinities #50 Continues





Yakface.com's 50th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge continues as several customizers have already contributed to the latest theme, The Original Trilogy! The entries thus far have been outstanding, and in addition to their standard random winners, someone will win the Amazon exclusive Droid Factory wave for the grand prize! Whether you’ve never customized before or are a crafty veteran, head on over to the forums and and show off your skills!




Sunday, October 20, 2013

GENERAL PONG KRELL custom action figure - COMPLETED




"JEDI GENERAL PONG KRELL"
created by Darth Daddy & Hyperdrive

"Click Image" above to go to the post with the completed figure.


"Hello all. I just had the privilege of contributing to one of the coolest, most beautifully sculpted figures that I have ever worked on. Darth's sculpt work on his General Pong Krell figure is top shelf, TOP SHELF! Having seen it in person, I can attest to his craftsmanship and skill. While the entire piece is nicely sculpted, I was blown away by the head sculpt and his feet. Also his paintwork was awesome. Pong Krell is en route back to Darth D as we speak. Looking forward to sharing the finished product with you all." - Hyperdrive

"Oh my, this is fantastic! You have really raised the bar with this beautiful work of art. I am blown away by how awesome this figure is! I officially nominate this as custom action figure of the year! Just had a thought, CAFN should do a Figure of the year show with what they feel was the best figure/figures created. The soft good by Hyperdrive really seals the deal and that custom base is great as well." - Luke Sprywalker 

"You just made my top custom figures of all time list. Just awesome work here." - Tamer of Imperial Shipyards

"WOW O WOW Krell is just brillant the details on him a just flawless." - Ron Hemble

"Looks stunning!! My jaw is on the floor!" -Wraithnine
 
"It really doesn't get better than this. What a fantastic collaboration between the two of you. The figure was already amazing before Hyperdrive's soft goods were added... the final touches just make this without a doubt, one of the most amazing customs to grace our boards." - Chewie 


Saturday, October 19, 2013

CAFN EPISODE #61: Luke Sprywalker



"SWEEPER"
created by LUKE SPRYWALKER









Custom Action Figure News was joined by our friend Luke Sprywalker to hear about all his latest custom work and projects he is involved with as well as, Dan "The Spectre" Kosa ISY's roving reporter to fill us in on the all fun he had at NYCC last week including the Q and A with Hasbro, The Star Wars Rebels Panel, and the Making of Return of the Jedi Panel.






"Ro Kurota"
created by LUKE SPRYWALKER






If you haven't seen the brand new and improved CAFN Page yet, be sure to give it a look.



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Sunday, October 13, 2013

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #35: JawaKing



"Sise Fromm"
created by JawaKing


Recently we showcased some super-articulated customs action figures from the Droids cartoon that were made by Star Wars customizer Peakob1. Around the same time we acquired those figures, we also obtained another action figure of a character from that same TV show, but made by a different Star Wars artist that goes by the name of JawaKing, and this action figure also featured super-articulation. The action figure was of Sise Fromm, an elderly male Annoo-dat who at one time, was the head of the most powerful crime syndicate in the galaxy.

I needed a villain to go with the rest of the action figures I had from the Droids cartoon and this creation was the perfect fit.  The soft goods were created with a heavy suede like material that is always cool to the touch and it is dark and rich in color.  The nicest soft goods material I have ever seen on an action figure.  I loved the weight of the fabric, very heavy and thick.  What I really liked about this fabric was how readily it accepted paint on its surface on how nice it looked once it was applied.

The articulation on the figure is just awesome!  Ball joints at the head, shoulder, elbows, knees and ankles with swivel joints at the waist, hips and wrists.  All hidden under that gorgeous regal muumuu.

JawaKing customized for the Custom Alliance over a decade ago and just started doing customs again this year.  He's a graphic designer for a paycheck, mostly designing company logos, school mascots, shirt designs, etc.  His main drive though is the large, full-sized creature sculptures he makes for the local art galleries.  He also creates a lot of monsters and decorations at Halloween for Veterans' organizations to help with their fundraising efforts.  Custom Star Wars figures are the only small-scale sculptures he does.  He can be contacted through YakChat as JawaKing.

JawaKing has crafted some beautiful figures from the Droids cartoon that I saw posted in a customizing thread over at the forums on Yakface.com.  I fell in love with them the first time I saw them.  I like seeing this new trend that's developing of customizers updating the figures of older characters given a more modern incarnation.  It's also cool how nicely they blend into my collection of other figures now too.  I was really bummed when I found out that JawaKing's Tig Fromm had already been sold to another buyer, but I was so happy that I was still able to obtain his Sise Fromm action figure.

I really love this Sise Fromm action figure made by JawaKing


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"Sise Fromm, was an elderly male Annoo-dat who at one time, was the head of the most powerful crime syndicate in the galaxy.
During Senator Palpatine's rise to high office, it appears that Sise Fromm, the elderly then-kingpin of organized crime in the galaxy, was one of several gangsters who made possible the Sith Lord's bid for power. Others seem to have included Jabba Desilijic Tiure and PrinceXizor, fledgling heir to the Black Sun criminal empire. Fromm was fascinated by the Tarkin Doctrine and Palpatine's ambitious dream of a New Order. However, Fromm was ignorant of the Senator's true nature and severely underestimated his partner in crime.

Sise hired Boba Fett to eliminate his rival, Klin Kartoosh, leaving him undisputed crimelord of the Annoo system. Sise tried to groom his son Tig to replace him, but the clumsy youth accidentally destroyed Sise's vacation palace on Bolad.[1] Sise assigned soldier Vlix Oncard with damage control duty accompanying Tig.

Even after the end of the Clone Wars and establishment of the Galactic Empire, Fromm continued to attempt to compete with Palpatine. However, he was far more successful in his striving than would seem reasonably possible. He even constructed a super weapon similar to the Death Star, a full fifteen years before the Empire was able to accomplish such a feat. This would have posed a serious threat to Palpatine's newly-established government, were it not for a run of incredibly bad luck that destroyed both the space station and his palace.

Mad for revenge, Sise Fromm devoted his time to hunting down and destroying the individuals responsible. However, his fellow gangsters Xizor and Jabba sensed the winds of change and spent their resources more wisely, garnering favor with those who seemed to be shifting into power. In this way, Xizor and Jabba built powerful criminal empires parallel and in symbiosis to Palpatine's New Order. Taking advantage of Fromm's temporary insanity and weakened state, Jabba the Hutt made a political power-play that would rob Fromm of his power. The quick-witted Hutt struck while the iron was hot and placed a bounty on the heads of the entire Fromm organization, aiming to crush them while they were still reeling from their losses. Through a series of bad turns with the bounty hunter Boba Fett, the elderly Annoo-dat gangster was captured along with his son and Vlix, their chief officer of security, and turned over to Jabba.

Sise survived the ordeal only by agreeing to a deal heavily slanted in Jabba's favor, promising the Hutt a large percentage of the Fromm family business profits and committing their army of Annoo-dat clones to Jabba's attempt at removing the Mandalorian Death Watch diaspora that had encroached on his territory."[2] - from Wookieepedia

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"Sise Fromm"
created by JawaKing

  










The Sise Fromm action figure from my collection with JawaKing's Tig Fromm custom action figure.  Unfortunately, the Tig Fromm was already sold. I would have loved to own that action figure too!



JawaKing on Yakface.com:


To go to the ebay page of JawaKing:





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"VLIX ONCARD"
created by markpoon



This is a custom replica you can buy on eBay made by Singapore customizer markpoon of a Vlix Oncard Droids action figure. Vlix represents an obscure character from the short-lived Droids cartoon series and is the rarest of all Star Wars figures to be commercially released. In the States, it was scheduled for release in Kenner's 2nd series of Droids action figures, but, due to the cancellation of the show, it was never issued. Vlix was only released in Brazil by Glasslite in 1988 & very few are known to exist.

markpoon's Vlix is pressure cast from an original Brazilian Glasslite Vlix in plastic, fully articulated & air-brushed by a professional modeler to match the exact same color as the original figure. It comes complete with a black rifle (cast from an original Hoth Stormtrooper rifle). All mold lines were skillfully removed from the master copy before the mold is made so the figure is extremely well cast.







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Droids action figures
created by Peakob1









Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yakfinities #50 – The Original Trilogy


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The first customizing challenge at Yakface.com began as a bit of an experiment back in August of 2006 – and here they are now, seven years later, and have hit a bit of a milestone – the 50th Yakfinities Customizing Challenge has begun!

The rules are simple… create any sort of new custom that is inspired by the Original Trilogy… it can be that certain cantina alien that Hasbro just won’t pull the trigger on, an ultimate Luke Skywalker,  something “off screen,” or whatever – the choice is yours.

But this time, rather than the usual random winners, Yakface.com will also be selecting a Grand Prize winner… which will receive the upcoming Amazon exclusive Droid Factory wave of figures.  Head on over to the forums for all the details after the jump!



HERE'S OUR SUBMISSION:




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

SANDTROOPER IN TUSKEN RAIDER DISGUISE

A few weeks ago I saw an awesome Star Wars custom action figure of a Sandtrooper in a Tusken Raider Disguise made by TD 5491 Phenix Customs.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted one.   Ben Kenobi had a sneaky suspicion that these were the guys who took out Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru so I knew it would be fun to add this figure to my collection.

To make it, Dad used a Vintage Sandtrooper and a Vintage Tusken Raider.  He cut off the neck post of both figures and glued the Tusken Raider head to the Sandtrooper body.  He had to boil and pop the arms of the Tusken Raider action figure to get the bandoliers off and add them to the Sandtrooper torso.  He made sure he added the soft goods robe first though.  Now I only wish that I had one with the awesome card back that TD 5491 Phenix Customs designed.


"SANDTROOPER 
IN TUSKEN RAIDER DISGUISE"
created by Darth Daddy


































SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE


"SANDTROOPER - RAIDER DISGUISE"
created by TD 5491 Phenix Customs


 Be sure to check out TD 5491 Phenix Customs Facebook page.




Dad's Sandtrooper in Tusken Raider Disguise was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.




Dad's Sandtrooper in Tusken Raider Disguise was submitted in Yakfinities #50.




Be sure to enter your own custom to Yakfinities #50.