Friday, December 5, 2014

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: THE FORCE AWAKENS







"Star Wars:The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rey
created by Chris Hooton aka Sabretooth


By now, I assume that most of you have seen the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" teaser that was released last Friday.  Already Star Wars customizers have created some really awesome toys from the small number of scenes we we were able to view.  

Last week, I showcased two such customs created by the artist Rundown who made a "Jedi Luke Skywalker" and "Robot Arm Chewbacca" based on information released in rumored plot leaks around the web.



"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Luke Skywalker
created by Rundown


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Chewbacca with Robot Arm
created by Rundown



While searching for more customs from The Force Awakens, I found another Luke Skywalker custom action figure for sale on eBay. This one was made my echo3customs. I've been really enjoying the different versions of Luke Skywalker looking as he would thirty years in the future. He's been the character I've seen made the most since the movie was announced. The variations on him are endless.



 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Luke Skywalker
created by echo3customs


 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Luke Skywalker
created by echo3customs


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Luke Skywalker
created by echo3customs




Right after I finished putting this feature together I saw that my friend in the UK, Colin Hobbs made a cool custom action figure of the X-wing pilot we saw in the trailer.  Colin had taken a short break from customizing Star Wars figures, so I was really excited to see this prolific artist back at it.


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - X-wing Pilot Poe Dameron
created by Colin Hobbs





My favorite custom from the new teaser has to be Chris Hooton's Speeder Bike. Completely hand crafted, this stunning piece has very nicely done paint applications complete with a very cool action figure of Daisy Ridley's character in the film.  I'd love to own this piece!



 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rey
created by Chris Hooton aka Sabretooth


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rider
created by Chris Hooton aka Sabretooth


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rider
created by Chris Hooton aka Sabretooth


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rider
created by Chris Hooton aka Sabretooth



All of you that are fortunate enough to own a 3D printer are truly lucky today. Artist lilykill has posted a free 3D print file so that you can make your very own BB-8 Droid.  Just print it out and add paint.  I really wish I had a 3D printer right now!


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - BB-8
by lilykill


 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - BB-8 Droid Unpainted
by lilykill


Get the 3D print file here:




Customizer Brandon Flores aka HALCION also made impressive versions of the Speeder Bike with Rey, as well as the BB-8 Droid too.  He even did a 6" version of the Sith revealed in the trailer.  I was really excited to get a glimpse of these new elements being introduced to the Star Wars universe and even more excited to see my peers hard at work bringing the images we viewed to life in plastic.


"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Desert Speeder Bike with Rey
created by Brandon Flores aka HALCION



 "Star Wars:The Force Awakens" - Rey & BB-8
created by Brandon Flores aka HALCION



 "Star Wars:The Force Awakens" - Rey & BB-8
created by Brandon Flores aka HALCION




"Star Wars:The Force Awakens" - 6" Kylo Ren
created by Brandon Flores aka HALCION


The last figure I'll put on display is Joshua Todd Jensen's Sith sporting a new lightsaber design that has been getting mixed reactions from fans.  I'm curious to see how the lightsaber is used in combat.  Until then, I'll save my judgment.



"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - Kylo Ren
created by Joshua Todd Jensen



What excites me most is that we still have a trailer that is yet to be released, as well as a new Star Wars installment right behind it!  I can't wait to see what cool things customizers make between now and then.