Saturday, November 29, 2014

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: RUNDOWN








Rundown Customs first exposure to Star Wars custom action figures was when he was on ebay buying and selling vintage Star Wars toys. When he came across them, he was very interested in what he saw. He started his research with watching other customizers to see what they were doing for a long time before he made an action figure himself.  He definitely did his research. He picked up a paintbrush in 2007 and since then Rundown has made over 300 custom action figures; more than 200 of which have been private commissions. Rundown says that he truly enjoys the hobby and will take requests to produce characters not yet made in toy form.  He has a lot of customs available on his eBay page right now if you like what you see and want to add one of his figures to your collection,
















































To buy custom action figures created by Rundown visit his ebay page where you can also contact him about commission work.





Friday, November 21, 2014

"C1-10P" aka "CHOPPER" featuring ARTICULATING ARMS by DARTH DADDY

With Star Wars Rebels in full swing now, we thought it would be fun to do a Chopper custom action figure featuring the arms that come from his dome like he sports in the show.  Although Hasbro has not yet released Chopper with the arms, it may just be a matter of time before they do so.  We used the McQuarrie R2-D2 action figure 2-pack that has been showing up in droves at Five Below stores.  These older concept releases couldn't have shown up at a better time.

This is a quick custom that could be made in less than an hour with a drill, small magnets, and some Krazy glue.  It's a great figure to try if you have the assistance of an adult to drill the holes and prevent fingers from being cut off or glued together.


"C1-10P" aka "CHOPPER" 
with ARTICULATING ARMS 
created by Darth Daddy










DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: PULPY FICTION









Pulpy Fiction from Brantford, Ontario has a signature style when it comes to customizing his 6" Star Wars custom action figures. He was at it before Hasbro was even considering making their 6" Black Series toy line modifying and sculpting onto the Marvel Legend figures.  His work looks as if it just jumped off the page of a beautiful comic book. He is remarkably skilled. This is an artist you will want to watch. Not only can he paint his awesome creations with great precision but he can create tailor made soft goods to dress them in. His sculpts of Chewbacca and Boba Fett are just jaw dropping and his photos look like they could adorn the cover of an old pulp novel. If his future projects look as eye catching as these figures, we have one very cool journey ahead of us. He still has many projects on the way, and I mean MANY.




























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Thursday, November 13, 2014

JRNY FAN added to "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"



Last time we featured a customizer that made Star Wars playsets it went over really well and ended up being one of our most popular posts. That's why we're giving you some more of what you all desire, and there is no other artist that is better to take you along for a ride than JRNY FAN!

His Mission? Star Wars Plastic Playset Awesomeness.  And this guy really brings it!

JRNY FAN gave up hope long ago that Hasbro would ever give him the playsets he'd want. When the Star Wars line was relaunched in 1995, he wanted to have “one of every figure” that appeared in the films. He's been collecting Star Wars since he was 4 in 1980, so he really likes to integrate homages back to the vintage Kenner playsets wherever possible. His goal is to create playsets that would fit in his shelf space and give his figures worlds to inhabit, just as the old Kenner playsets used to. So, he tried his hand at crafting his own using a plastic called Instamorph (learn more about working with it). And even more recently entered the world of 3-D printing, which is helping him achieve some very impressive looking pieces.

Much like how George felt about his films, JRNY FAN's playsets aren’t “done.” He's always revising them, integrating new ideas, and reinventing past creations that are super functional from a design standpoint.. He wants them to be constructed entirely of plastic - no foam, glue, clay, and ideally no paint. While he's certainly going for the spirit of the film, he's not trying to create a inch-by-inch recreation of the set and shooting exteriors. Instead, he's trying to create something that would come close to a "toy.” Aside from furnishings and accessories, these playsets are generally one piece, not held together by glue. He's been using a combination of PCL moldable plastic and PLA for 3-D printed pieces. He finds that the more that he works with the material, the better he gets at manipulating it. JRNY FAN has no real art background and he hasn't sculpted anything since he was in 4th grade.

The bad news is, Star Wars and the toys are the property of Lucasfilm/Disney/20th Century Fox and Kenner/Hasbro. His playsets are not for sale, simply personal custom display pieces.  The good news is that he offers a link on his website for Downloadable 3-D Models.  He also has a small web store with small diorama pieces that are worth a look at too. 




JRNY FAN




















Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: ASIS FILM MODELS







Earlier this week, I read about a company by the name of ASIS Film Models that had contacted Jedi News to inform them of their line of 3 3/4" custom Star Wars model kits posted on their website for sale.

We bought a set here at home, and we recommend visiting the source link below to check out all of their available models.  The design work is just amazing and this will probably be the only way to complete your set of Phantom Menace podracers now that Hasbro has their plates full with future film releases.

These kits are a LIMITED SERIES of only 200 units each! (includes serial number and sculptor´s signature).

The sculpts are extremely well done, and the company even offers painted models for consumers who aren't confident using a paintbrush!