Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Darth Depressis is a Star Wars customizer from The Woodlands, TX. He is known for his unique action figures and weapon creations. He was the creator of the Sequel Trilogy Photo-Novel series, creator of the Twelve Part Memoirs of a War Profiteer Series and was in charge of PNN - Photo-Novel News  from 2008 to 2009. Aside from continual photonovel work he is currently in the process of creating his own non-Star Wars related animated features. Enough talk check out his one of a kind custom action figures in the video below.

Darth Depressis

You can see other custom action figures made by Darth Depressis at these links below:

You can view Darth Depressis' photonovels at these links:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bith Smuggler

Another fast and easy custom by Dad. This action figure is made 100% from parts we found in our fodder box. We know the head is from a Cantina band action figure and the arms and vest look like they are from a Han Solo figure. All the rest, couldn't tell you. Boiled all the parts for about 5 minutes to get the pieces soft and pliable and then popped it all together. Dad painted the sweater, and the whole figure was finished in less than 30 minutes. Any kids out there, make sure you have parent supervision if you are going to be using the family stove top.

Bith Smuggler

Saturday, December 25, 2010



Can't tell you how happy we are to present you with another edition of our Customizer Spotlight. Justin Cook, who is also known in the Yakface Forums as Yak_Chewie is by far one of the most talented and creative customizers out there. Anyone looking for inspiration for a custom action figure or an action figure recipe needs to look no further, Yak_Chewie has more recipes than a cookbook. His great body of work has already landed him a spot on our "Customs I Wish I Owned" page and if you watch the video we posted of his customs you'll immediately see that his body of work is something special.

Yak_Chewie is an administrator over at Yakface Forums and he oversees the custom creations part of the forum. He is also the creator of "The Enloe Chronicles" which is probably known to be one of the most famous Star Wars photonovels there is.

We recently mentioned on our blog that we participated this year in Yakface's Secret Santa and showed you the Zombie Jedi gift that we sent out to Mungo Baobab. Well, I can't express how happy we were when we received our yellow plastic bubble mailer and saw the name J. Cook in the upper left hand corner of the package. We were even more excited when we could feel not one but two action figures inside the package. Below is a quick video showing the joy a great customizing activity can bring when you participate in one of the community projects you can find located at a customizing forum.


Yak_Chewie sent us these two incredibly awesome action figures for Christmas:


We love the color scheme that was used on the sleeves and robes. It really brought out the potential for customizing the Starkiller action figure.


If you watch the video for Yak_Chewie in our "Customs I Wish I Owned" page, this figure you will find. Yes... I realize I just talked like Yoda.

These are links to see more of Yak_Chewie's work:

Yakface Forums
(great place to find action figure recipes)

The Custom Alliance

The Photonovel Alliance (The Enloe Chronicles)
(for a good read...)

Customs I Wish I Owned


Click the link below to see other "Secret Santa" figures posted on the Yakface Forums this year:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Darth Daddy's "Vanessa" Action Figure - VIDEO POST

Usually posts for Dad's action figures are composed of a few pictures and a short write up about the figure being posted. This time we wanted to try a little something different. This action figure that Dad named "Vanessa" was created to resemble his cousin and started off as only a SNEAK PEAK posted earlier this week. We hope this follow up video illustrates how much the figure was worth the wait.

This video that we created highlights this new action figure from her "SNEAK PEAK" picture, through her early stages of production just before her torso reduction modification, all the way to ending photos showing her current look upon her completion. If you look at her waist you can see where the transition takes place from WIP to completion.

She was made from a dremeled Stass Allie head, the upper torso of Leia in Boush Disguise, the legs of a Clone Wars Aura Sing, and the arms of an unknown Jedi. The hair was made from a modified Pirates of the Caribbean Davey Jones hand.


Please enjoy the music.

Friday, December 17, 2010



Von Reinhardt aka Darth Von Frost is a 41 year old customizer from Canada and has been a Star Wars fan since he can remember. He owned a ton of original toys back in the early 1990's but had to sell off that collection. In 2010 he was bit by the Star Wars bug after seeing a few of the new and amazingly detailed action figures and started to collect once again. But now he will only buy figures that he really wants or toys he could use as custom fodder.
He does not collect vehicles or ships because he feels they are expensive and take up way too much space.

After seeing some amazing customs from JACKOFTRADZE and buying an abundance of customs from him, he, like us, thought he'd try to create some of his own.

He then started his own blog, I {HEART} STAR WARS this month to showcase some of his own customs and also show some of the new figures that are coming out. He has been making his own customs since SEPT 2010. he says he is still honing his painting skills.


You can see other custom action figures made by Von Reinhardt over at Imperial Shipyards at this link:

or at his blog:

If you have a Star Wars blog, get in touch with him so you could trade links at his email address:

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Imperial Shipyards: 2010-2011 New Year's Custom Contest

2010-2011 New Year's Custom Contest

Open to all members of Imperial Shipyards.

Theme: The Clone Wars

Build: handbuilt diorama with 1 custom figure or vehicle in the 3 3/4" action figure scale


Open to any theme from the Clone Wars era movies, cartoons, comics or novels, No Fan Fiction. Must be scratch built items, no Photoshoped only items will be allowed. Photoshoped elements printed off and used as diorama supplies are allowed.
1 entry per person, all entires must be newly built and not shown anywhere but here until the contest is over.

Members can submit up to 5 pics of the entry. Pics should be taken on a neutral colored backdrop and show only the diorama and custom elements.

Members shall not post any WIP pics until the contest is over. Posting of WIP pics will render the entry invalid.

All pis shall be submitted via email to by January 31st

Voting will commence on Feb 15th and will be open for 1 week, in the event of a tie a run off vote among the 1st place entries will take place for 1 week.

Winner shall receive $50.00 via Paypal or via US Postal Money Order.


Monday, December 13, 2010

"ITHORIAN SMUGGLER" created by Customs for the Kid

Dad made this custom action figure last week after I handed him an old Bossk and a POTF Momaw Nadon.  It was really cool seeing him bring my design to life.  I really like how he made the right arm poseable by giving it a spinning joint at the forearm like the Bossk figure had.

created by Elias and Darth Daddy

His back pack was made from a Darth Vader chest plate and the blaster of a Djas Puhr.

 Dad's ability to bring my Ithorian Smuggler design to life landed him a place on's "Customizer Mega Spotlight!"

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yakface Secret Santa Action Figure: ZOMBIE JEDI

Dad made this action figure for Yakface's Secret Santa. Dad just checked, and our action figure reached its new owner Mungo Baobab today. Mungo Baobab is known for making one of a kind custom Jedi action figures. Dad wanted to make him a Jedi that he hasn't made yet which was tough because he keeps making so many.

Dad has recently been hooked on AMC's TV show The Walking Dead and I think it was a big influence on him when he made this action figure.

How would the Jedi react to one of their own being turned into the walking dead?

Jedi Master Morta was still strong with the Force.

After being severely bitten on her jaw by a Wookiee zombie. Jedi Master Morta cut off what was left of her own mouth with her lightsaber before she turned into the walking dead. Without her mouth, there would be no way for her to bite another and spread the infection. This action also stopped her bleeding as she reached with great desperation to become one with the Force before she lost too much blood. There wasn't time enough...

It's the first custom action figure that ever left the house.

This Christmas project was a lot of fun and definitely kicked off the Christmas spirit at home. We can't wait to do it again next year.


Click on any images in the blog to zoom in and see more detail.

Would a zombie Jedi still be capable of using the Force? Would it still bother using a lightsaber? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this in our comments section.

With her face half chewed off this action figure was a bit too adult for the collection of a seven year old.

This custom action figure took many hours and more coats of paint than we can even count to get the look of decomposing flesh.

Monday, December 6, 2010


Dad made this Jedi General out of a dremeled Clone Wars Plo Koon to thin out the neck, and then used the head of a Force Unleashed Juno Eclipse with the braid taken from a Padme Amidala in Evening Dress. All the rest was created with unidentified hands and the magic of paint.