Sunday, May 29, 2016

NOTEWORTHY PHOTONOVELS




Several of the photonovel artists have posted some outstanding stories as of late for their readers’ enjoyment.

First up, Yakface staffer Jodo continues his outstanding Era of Darkness series, which can be seen here.

Next up, forum member Choi has added another action packed installment to his Alliance Intelligence series.

Need a break from the Original Trilogy? Then check out the latest update in the Will of the Force series by CloneCrazy by clicking here.



AWESOME DIORAMA SETS


If you’re a 3.75″ collector and have felt like you’ve been left out in the cold, it might be time for you to head on over to Hole in the Ground Productions and check out what they have to offer.

We have purchased numerous items from this seller and we can't say enough good things. Here's a sneak peek at a new item coming.



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Oldboy CTTS Added to "Customs I Wish I Owned"




Oldboy Custom Tattoo Shop are a small pack of Thai tattooists located in Bangkok, Thailand that have followed their interest in action figures and collectibles to create some truly original custom sculpt work with realistic details and paint apps. They started off a few years ago in 2012 collecting 1/6th scale figures. After collecting for a while, they explored different techniques of sculpting and painting figures heads with the objective of trying to achieve the most realistic effects possible. They told us that it took a very long time to refine their techniques, but during that time their interests moved down to the 6" scale due to there being very limited artists/customizers for this scale. They wanted to position themselves as a recognizable and distinctive 6" scale customs maker. For now, their focus is totally on 6" scale headsculpts and soft goods for mainly the Star Wars line (Black Series/Bandai S.H. Figuarts) due to their passion and love for the movie. They also have plans in the future to explore the Marvel line and have speculated moving into the Art/Designer toys industry. 

As for materials and techniques used to achieve their works, Oldboy CTTS sculpting is done with Super Sculpey Firm, along with carving/sculpting tools that are all available online. Their head repaints/paint are done purely with a hand brush using a variety of different paint types (acrylics mostly, and washes/enamels) to achieve different effects desired. 

As for Oldboy CTTS' future work, they will be striving to accomplish the very challenging work of creating characters from the Star Wars universe that have not received the attention that many fans that they talk to really want! Therefore, a few characters shortlisted are Qui-Gon Jinn, variations of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and as for the Marvel line, they really want to have a take on Tony Stark. Also some projects on hand that are really close to going on pre-order within the next few months are their Daniel Craig headsculpt. Last but not least, Oldboy CTTS will be doing a special give-away when their Facebook page reaches the 5k "likes" milestone, which will be their George Lucas headsculpt. This will be a really limited piece ( >10 worldwide). They will be announcing a small activity for all their fans to have a chance to receive it!



Oldboy CTTS







Painted alternate headcasts for The Black Series 6" Kylo Ren.






Sunday, May 22, 2016

CUSTOMIZING "THE CLONE WARS" - EPISODE 5





Peak-OB1 Custom Creations and Darth Daddy of "Customs for the Kid" discuss "Lair of Grievous" and the customs the episode inspired.




Friday, May 20, 2016

"ENDOR CAPTAIN REX aka NIK SANT" created by Darth Daddy

If someone asked me a few months ago, if I planned on making the Nik Sant action figure anytime soon, my answer most likely would have been, no.  Maybe at some point I would have gotten to it, but because of a comment Star Wars Rebels producer Dave Filoni made back in March of this year in which he stated that Captain Rex was the white bearded Endor Rebel soldier that we watched in Return of the Jedi, once affectionately referred to as Nik Sant by fans due to his resemblance to Saint Nick; suddenly, the desire to create this version of him in plastic shot right to the top of the list of things I wanted to get done!

Rex was one of the coolest characters to come out of The Clone Wars television series.  The idea that Rex lived to fight on Endor and had front row seats to the destruction of the second Death Star just warms the heart.

I actually bid on an action figure version of him on eBay right after the story dropped. The price went over a $100, and I gracefully bowed out knowing I could make a No-Paint-Kit-Bash replica that was exactly like the one in the auction for about $40.  Maybe even for less if I still had some of the parts I needed in my fodder.

To make this custom action figure, I used the hat and body of the 1st Release 2010 Star Wars Vintage Collection - Return Of The Jedi  Endor Rebel Soldier. The vest and backpack I grabbed off an extra 1st version of the Endor Rebel Soldier from the 2002 Star Wars Return Of The Jedi SAGA collection. Lastly, the head I popped off the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Templar Knight action figure.

All it took was a wardrobe change and headswap to make this great looking figure!



"NIK SANT aka CAPTAIN REX"
created by Darth Daddy




















SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER













Sunday, May 15, 2016

CUSTOMIZING "THE CLONE WARS" - EPISODE 4




Peak-OB1 Custom Creations and Darth Daddy of "Customs for the Kid" discuss "Cloak of Darkness" and the customs the episode inspired.  We tried a different format tonight shortening things down to just 30 minutes by covering only one episode this time to make it easier to consume.






Saturday, May 14, 2016

CLONE WARS "R4-M1" created by Elias

R4-M1 was an R4-series agromech droid that was present inside the Jedi Temple around 21 BBY. When Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu were trapped on the Endurance at Vanqor, R2-D2 rushed into the Temple to play their distress message, jostling the R4 unit as he sped past. It was seen with an unidentified blue R5 unit. It was later seen aboard CC-3636's transport during the Mission to Aleen and then on Adi Gallia's flagship during the Battle of Patitite Pattuna, and was able to escape the cruiser before it exploded.  We even spotted this droid smashing into the wall of a home located in a village ravaged by Maul and Savage in the season finale for Season Four of the show.

R4-M1 was the droid equivalent to Pune Zignat in The Clone Wars television series. The droid can be seen numerous times in the background of many episodes. A frequently used character asset, I have been wanting to make this droid for quite a long time now.

To create the figure, I used the lower half of the The Clone Wars R7-D4 and the head of a Build A Droid R4-J1.  



CLONE WARS
"R4-M1" 
created by Elias




























SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER




Episode Appearances
(we can think of off the top of our heads):


 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "R2 Come Home" (First appearance)
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nomad Droids"
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voices"
 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Revenge"





Monday, May 9, 2016

CUSTOMIZING "THE CLONE WARS" - EPISODE 3





Peak-OB1 Custom Creations and Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid discuss "Downfall of a Droid", "Duel of the Droids" "Bombad Jedi".

SPOILER HEAVY!!!





Darth Jar Jar Theory - Explained In Depth:





Friday, May 6, 2016

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #46: "Death Star Detention Block AA-23 - Cell 2187 Diorama" created by reanimationtoys

reanimationtoys saw Star Wars in the summer of '77.  He said his 7 year old mind was blown away. He made figures from Lok Bloks, before figures were available, and made a TIE-Fighter and X-Wing out of cardboard for his Fisher Price astronaut figures. Later he made a sandcrawler from a large chocolate easter bunny box. He used to put his record player speakers behind his cantina and played cantina band (Moog) over and over and over! Back in '80, reanimationtoys made an AT-AT out of wood, and still laughs at the loose legs as it would not stand up at all! 

These vehicular creations were accompanied by various custom figures in those years of characters which were not produced. Unfortunately, only one survives, a Grand Moff Tarkin made from an Imperial officer. 

Too cool in the mid-late 80's for "toys", reanimationtoys interest in all things plastic was jump started again in '95 when the "He-man" POTF Star Wars figures arrived. The bug bit again. and the bite hasn't left since. reanimationtoys started dioramas in '01, and actually started with a 2001:Space Odyssey diorama, which he still hast although incomplete. Building dioramas is a way for reanimationtoys to watch and enjoy Star Wars over and over again while "checking that particular pipe in the corner of that room" or "seeing exactly where the blast marks are on that fuselage". reanimationtoys loves building these and only wishes he had more time to devote to each. Although he readily admits that if he had more time, he'd probably still be on his first project!

reanimationtoys "Death Star Detention Block AA-23 Diorama" was a great addition to the Death Star display shelves here at Customs for the Kid.  The LED's make his beautiful diorama even cooler!

We included a video slideshow below the pictures of the diorama we purchased so you can enjoy two other projects that he recently completed that are both "FOR SALE" on eBay now.  The link to his eBay page is included below as well!



"Death Star Detention Block AA-23 - Cell 2187 Diorama"
created by reanimationtoys

























All photos by reanimationtoys.



reanimationtoys