Wednesday, October 31, 2012

YakFace Added to "Customs I Wish I Owned"

Well, as you know, we are always on the hunt to find you a new customizer every month.  Well, being it's Halloween, we figured we'd give you all a treat and show you the customizer for November one day early.  So here is some Star Wars eye candy that is so big that you won't fit in that bag you carried along on your door to door shuffle.  We'll leave the "tricks" to YakFace, the latest customizer being featured here on our blog.  If you see the customs he has created you'll see that he has plenty of them up his sleeve when it comes to paintwork and action figure creation.  We'll even cap things off with a detailed view of the menacing monster shown above that Star Wars customizer YakFace created when he was only 15 years old!

Brent Gothold (AKA YakFace) is a 27 year old father who works in the video game industry but spends his spare time creating Star Wars customs. He posted his first custom Star Wars diorama at age 15 and is currently posting custom figures at the Imperial Shipyards. Brent mostly creates characters from the original Star Wars trilogy but is working on making some original characters that will fit nicely among the characters from a galaxy far far away. A talented sculptor and painter who is trying to make "toys" transform into art pieces and be viewed as such. 



YakFace can be contacted about tips or commissions at: 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm

Today the most historic news from Lucasfilm was announced. Disney today purchased Lucasfilm and now owns all of its rights to the Star Wars franchise. Furthermore, a new live-action Star Wars movie is due out in 2015 and more to follow. I'm hoping this won't mean we'll soon be receiving one of the cease and desist orders that Disney is so popular for distributing to artists like ourselves. Not sure if this will be a good or bad thing for the Star Wars franchise.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope it will only be a postive change for all us die hard fans who have been begging for more.  Click HERE to read the full official details on Disney's website!

reports on the latest development.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bring on the Barge! Star Wars Fan Site Petition

Bring on the barge! In order for us to approach Hasbro with this petition, we would like at least 10,000 signatures supporting this cause, so would you kindly sign the petition? Do your part to help make this 3.75" scaled vehicle a reality so it can sail its way into your collection! Hasbro has hinted that they'd love to make a Sail Barge, but they'd like to gauge things like interest, cost and other things from collectors. Here is your chance! 

The collective goal here is to garner a significant amount of signatures from Star Wars collectors by January 31, 2013. We will then take these results with us and submit them to Hasbro at NY Toy Fair in February. With your support we hope that the iconic Sail Barge vehicle can be realized in a very exciting vehicle/playset for the 3.75" line. But it won't happen without you! So please sign the petition! After you sign it, be sure to leave some of your thoughts in the comments module below where you can discuss desired price points, features you want to see included and just general discussion about this awesome vehicle! Thank you for your support!

Monday, October 22, 2012


So we don't have a custom for the week unless you can count the redesign Dad and I constructed in my room over the weekend.  To better protect my collection before any harm came to it, I used my birthday money to buy some shelves for my bedroom.  Here are the completed results.


My bedroom was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Yakfinities #46 is here!

The latest Customizing Challenge is here! As always, the rules are very simple – make a new figure, and post a picture of it in the Yakface forums! But you do need to follow the theme of course – and this one is very broad… all you have to do is make a custom of a female character!

Whether it be an alternate look for Princess Leia, a half-eaten Oola, or something completely fan-fiction, it’s up to you! Entries will be accepted through 11:59 PM CST, December 31st.

They’ve already gotten some nice entries – check them out, or add your own by clicking here!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wookie-Balls added to "Customs I Wish I Owned"

"LE-BO2D9 aka Leebo" 
created by Wookie-Balls

Ray, Wookie-Balls, is 37 (just) and lives in Buckinghamshire in the UK. He is a lifelong Star Wars fan having first seen the movie projected in his own bedroom wall in Berlin in 1978 (the joys of being an army brat.)

He works in London - but lives in the countryside with his wife (another Star Wars fan and Gamer!) and his Dog Halo (beamed after a 2000AD character.)  He enjoys SciFi, GMing RPGs (SW, Aliens and Supernatural.)

Customizing wise - he prefers the realistic style of figures over CW ones. His projects have included "A Clone squad (The 349th)", an all new Shadows of the Empire Line, Expanded Universe New Jedi Order figures and some Star Wars crossovers including 2000AD and the Centurions!

Rays other major hobby is the restoration of classic Kenner Star Wars toys - he started with his own much loved figures and ships and has since moved on to rescuing beaters that he discovers on his travels.

Ray has completed commission work for collectors however his pieces are for display rather than play! He can be contacted at


Wookie-Ball's older customs (rephotographed to a better standard are here):

Wookie-Ball's vintage restoration work is hosted here:

And Wookie-Ball's most recent customs including his Imperial Judge and New Jedi Order Luke Skywalker are here:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Darth Daddy is organizing a Secret Santa for ISY

Read the full program details here, but essentially you will be making a custom to send to another forum member and in return you'll get one too.