Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clone Wars "99" Custom Action Figure created by Darth Daddy

99 was a malformed clone of the Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett who served the cloning facilities at Tipoca City on the planet Kamino during the Clone Wars.

99 was deemed unfit for service in the Grand Army of the Republic because of his limited physical abilities and overly rapid aging and was assigned to perform janitorial duties in Kamino's cloning facilities.

He befriended the members of Domino Squadcadets CT-782, CT-00-2010, CT-21-0408, CT-4040, and CT-5555—during their final exam to become clone troopers. However, Domino Squad lacked proper teamwork, which caused it to fail the Citadel Challenge

Though Jedi Master Shaak Ti decided to give Domino Squad a second chance, 99 later caught CT-782 attempting to go absent without leave in the middle of the night. 99 pleaded with CT-782, whom he nicknamed Hevy, not to leave and taught him the importance of teamwork and brotherhood. Deciding to take 99's advice and name to heart, Hevy led his squad to finish its final exam. Later, Hevy decided to give his graduation medal to 99, with the promise that they would meet again. 

During an attack launched against Tipoca City by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, 99 assisted clone troopers CT-21-0408, CT-27-5555, and a group of cadets against the invading droid forces. After meeting with CT-7567 and CC-2224, 99 assisted the captain and commander in defending the city. 99 was shot and killed by a battle droid while attempting to retrieve explosives for use in combating the droids. Once the Confederacy was pushed back, 99 was mourned by his brothers and commended as a true soldier.

99 was a dedicated and loyal member of the maintenance division of the Grand Army of the Republic, but was often looked down upon because of his deformity—while 99 always respected his brothers. 99 was also a source of wisdom and was able to develop a strong friendship with Hevy after talking him out of going AWOL. 

Despite his limitations, 99 was proud of his basic soldier's heritage which his brothers were able to execute, and was determined to be useful in combat. When Kamino was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, 99 helped out as best he could by delivering needed weaponry to the clone troopers.

I've always had a soft spot for 99.  I really respect 99's love for his fellow brothers.  Although, 99 wasn't considered to be worthy for battle, he was still brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice defending Kamino during its invasion.  The immense heart that 99 exemplified throughout the first two episodes of Clone Wars Season 3 made me want to pay tribute to the character.  I threw him together over the course of the week and made all of his accessories, other than backpack and helmet, by hand.  I have been really wanting to make this action figure for a really long time now.  I really geeked out when I finally got him finished.  Definitely one of my favorite clones of all-time.

Clone Wars "99" Custom Action Figure 
created by Darth Daddy

 I fabricated Hevy's medal out of Green Stuff that I rolled flat and allowed to dry.  I then cut out the shapes I needed with a scissor.

 I attached a magnet to the medal so I could attach it to a second magnet I glued into the backpack making it harder to lose my accessories and preventing them from falling out of the backpack.

 I also magnetized the grenades 99 carries in his backpacks so they didn't roll away on me.

Ready for battle!



Head - Sculpted onto a Clone Wars "Captain Rex" with both Aves Fixit and Green Stuff
Upper Torso - Sculpted onto a Clone Wars "Mandalorian Police Officer" with both Aves Fixit and Green Stuff
Arms - Clone Wars "Quinlan Vos" (Hard-sculpted with a Dremel)
Lower Torso - Modified Clone Wars "Mace Windu" (shortened with Xacto Knife)
Hands - Modified  Unknown Hands
Knees - Clone Wars "Pirate Speederbike Cad Bane"
Boots - "Mandalorian Police Officer"
Belt - Sculpted with Green Stuff
Backpack - Clone Wars "Clone Trooper Draa"

99 was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.

Darth Daddy's "99" was featured on Yakface.com's Facebook page.

Darth Daddy's "99" was shared by Chris Spice on Sandtroopers.com's Facebook page.

Darth Daddy's "99" was shared by The Wolfpack Podcast's Facebook page with a nice endorsement from BudgetJedi Ed.

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