Saturday, August 18, 2018

Custom Star Wars Action Figure Showcase & Interview with Elias of "Customs for the Kid"






Elias' Action Figure Showcase without the Interview







Hole In The Ground Productions Launch an Indiegogo Campaign





Hole In The Ground Productions has launched a crowd funding campaign to convert some of their exiting resin diorama parts to injection molds with extra features. This effort is designed to pave the way for new items down the line. Watch the video and click the link below to participate!






Solo: A Star Wars Story "Imperial AT Hauler" Building Plans by thewriteguy


  

This is a prototype for the Imperial AT Hauler from Solo: A Star Wars Story. It's made from cardboard, paperboard, wood coffee stirrers, toothpicks, and clear plastic sheet. It's designed to be a Hasbro-style toy: It features a claw mechanism to grab, hold, and release Hasbro's Imperial AT-DT walker toy.





Like thewriteguy's 1:18 scale U-wing, he intends to release the templates and building plan photos for this AT Hauler for free!







To make your own, visit his tutorial:






Tuesday, August 14, 2018

SEASON 3 "SABINE WREN" Custom Action Figure created by ELIAS

This is definitely the most difficult paint job I think I have ever had to do. Between the wing pattern on the jetpack, and the convor on the shoulder pad, the extremely small details were quite the challenge. All the hard work only made me love the action figure more when I finally completed her. I chose not to add articulation to this figure, because in the end, I thought adding articulation might hurt the final product more than it would help it. The joints I had available were just too big to add to the skinny frame and would have ruined her silhouette.

I had to completely resculpt Sabine's hair and add armor to her shins. I also had to do some modifications to tailor fit Commander Cody's jetpack to my Sabine figure. I then utilized magnets to make the jetpack attach to her back so it had the option of being removable.

She came a long way from the Season 2 Sabine Wren action figure we received from Hasbro and I couldn't be happier with the results!



SEASON 3
"SABINE WREN"
 Custom Action Figure 
created by Elias






























 Season One "Sabine Wren" created by Darth Daddy
Season 2 "Sabine Wren" by Elias


Season One "Sabine Wren" created by Darth Daddy & Elias
Season 2 "Sabine Wren" by Elias



Season One "Sabine Wren" 
by Darth Daddy






Sunday, August 12, 2018

#CLONEWARSSAVED REACTION



Peak-OB1 Custom Creations & Customs for the Kid respond to the announcement by Lucasfilm about the return of "The Clone Wars" animated TV series and we discuss how it may impact the Star Wars action figure line. Make sure you listen to the end of our videocast for our special announcement. Be sure to share your thoughts on the future of Clone Wars action figures and what you want to see in the comments below.


SHOW NOTES




Check out the lists Peak-OB1 and Customs for the Kid were asked to put together for Jedi Temple Archives to share with Hasbro. We were happy that it already reached the eyes of Steve Evans director of design for the Star Wars brand team over at Hasbro.


In a perfect world, the sculpts on these figures would be made so they could pass for animated or realistic. A hybrid, similar to The Clone Wars action figure of Cad Bane that came with TODO-360. 


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"This list was a blast to do! It's nice to offer some concepts and ideas every once in while! Both Darth Daddy and I left off a bunch of characters.


Here is Peak-OB1's most wanted list:

1.) Bo Katan: We are in a time right now where, like it or not Girls rule! This character is in both Clone Wars and Rebels and everyone loves Mando bounty hunters


2.) Sugi: Once again this character is in Clone Wars and mentioned in the book "Shattered Empire"  where her niece is one of the main characters fly that green gunship around!


3.) Ben Kenobi in Rako Hardeen Disguise: Would be my absolute all time favorite! This is such a great look for him and the first time, he uses the code name Ben!


4.) Ventress Bounty Hunter: or pretty much any Ventress outfit you want to make would be a hit in my mind! She is such a solid character by the end of the show!


5.) Ketsu Onyo: In both Rebels and the new Forces of Destiny. Probably the most elaborate costume I have seen since Hasbro made Cato Parisiti in the toy line.


There's so many more. If just a few of these are produced I'm sure it would make a lot of people happy!


Also Wanted to thank Paul Very much, for letting us work on this list!" - Peak-OB1 Custom Creations

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"I really wanted to get the 99 action figure on the list, but we tried to narrow it down to only a certain number of slots and I lost the coin toss ;) I think we need an action figure of a character of his caliber in the line. Imagine what the implications would have been if Domino Squad never made it into the field as their instructors were planning. 99 had a huge impact on The Clone Wars, but we forget his contribution by the end. He also is very relatable to all the Star Wars fans overcoming short term or long term disabilities that rarely feel represented in toy lines. 

I think all the figures listed here are significant enough characters to merit a figure and it would be nice to see them made over the coming years. 

I like all the interest in this topic because it shows just how much love there is for the animated Star Wars content. 


DARTH DADDY's TOP 10 DESIRED "CLONE WARS" FIGURES

1.) Satine Kryze: Any Outfit. Preferably a 3-pack of her in her headdress outfit, pink adventure gear outfit, and the blue outfit she died in. The love interest of Obi-Wan Kenobi NEEDS an action figure. She died in his arms! At Maul's hands. What fan doesn't want to recreate that scene in plastic?

2.) Professor Huyang: Love the idea of a droid lightsaber building instructor who was present when Yoda built his own lightsaber. With David Tenant from Dr.Who voicing the character he is sure to be a good selling figure.

3.) Bo Katan: She is in both Clone Wars and Rebels and features as a major player in both. Viszla’s partner in crime. Plus, she's a Mandalorian and Satine's sister.

4.) Pong Krell: Scariest villain in the entire series, and he’s a Jedi!

5.) Sugi: One of the coolest new bounty hunters we got on the show. I’d love if she came with her ship.

6.) Ziro the Hutt: He was the villain of the theatrical release and a great reoccurring figure throughout the series. He’d look great in a set with Sy Snootles.

7.) Kalani: Love the design of this droid. Plus, he made it into Rebels.

8.) Lux Bonteri: A pretty major character. Lux was the love interest of Ahsoka and they had several adventures together. I’d prefer the Onderaan version for his figure.

9.) Steela Gerrera: The first Rebel leader. Need I say more.

10.) Saw Gerrera: Have to have a companion figure to Steela and Lux. Plus he raises Jyn Erso and is heavily featured in Rogue One.

Other Honorable Mentions: Younglings from Season 5 Ahsoka/Hondo “Gathering” arc, Younglings & Trandoshans from "Padawan Lost", Hondo Gang members, Pune Zignat, C-21 Highsinger, and of course all other figures that actually made our final list.

DARTH DADDY's TOP 10 DESIRED “REBELS” FIGURES

1.) Hondo: One of my favorite Star Wars characters of all-time!

2.) AP-5: The only Ghost crew member to not be made.

3.) Season 3 Ezra Bridger: An updated version of Ezra is a must.

4.) Blind Kanan Jarrus: Another figure we desperately need. It would be cool if the face shield were removable.

5.) Season 3 Sabine Wren: The coolest look Sabine has had on the show so far. Don't forget her Darksaber!

6.) Azmorigan: He'd look awesome in plastic!

7.) Ketsu Onyo: Love the look of the character design.  This character definitely needs a removable helmet.

8.) Lando Calrissian: Love the look of the Rebels Lando.

9.) Cham Syndulla: One of the coolest characters from the animated content and Hera's dad.

10.)  Numa: Another cool nod to The Clone Wars, nothing cooler than seeing Numa all grown up.

Honorable Mentions: Tarkin, Sabine's family, and all other figures that made the final list.

A big thanks to Paul Harrison and Peak-OB1 and for asking me to participate in this!" - Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid



SUBMITTED FINAL LISTS TO JTA










Who would be on your lists? 


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1. Pong Krell
2. Bo-Katan Kryze (Removable helmet)
3. ARC Trooper Fives (CT-5555) (removable helmet)
4. Asajj Ventress
- Asajj Ventress (Bounty Hunter)
- Cad Bane
7. Admiral Trench
- Duchess Satine Kryze
9. Darth Maul (Spider)
- Rako Hardeen
- Savage Opress (Battle Armor)
- Sugi
- Tera Sinube (Cosian Jedi Master)


And 2 Honorable Mentions:




14. ARC Trooper Echo (CT-21-0408) (Season 7)
- Clone Commando Gregor (CC-5576-39)


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1. Jedi Temple Guard



2. Jedi General Pong Krell



3. Bo Katan



4. Fives



5. Cad Bane



Honorable Mention



Other Notables

Asajj Ventress - One of the more popular characters outside the films, she had an engaging character arc throughout TCW and beyond.

Hondo Ohnaka - Nomadscout's second favorite character from TCW (behind Gregor), also has the distinction of being in Rebels.

Pre Vizsla - We already said Mandos sell. The stylized animated version was an insult.

Huyang - Voiced by David Tennant. Make the figure, already.

Gregor - Nomadscout's personal favorite character from TCW

Admiral Trench - A competent CIS military leader with an interesting alien design would make a great figure.

Echo - If you're gonna do Fives, you gotta do Echo.


Multipacks/Deluxe Suggestions


Anything Mandolorian - Did we mention the Mandos sell? How about a Deathwatch Pack? Or a Maul/Savage-centered pack?

Nightsisters - We do have an EU version of a Nightsister, but a pack of TCW inspired Nightsisters/Mother Talzin/Asajj Ventress would be cool.

Kid Padawans - Another popular arc was when Ahsoka led 6 young padawans to Ilum (in a nod to the Microseries) to find their kyber crystals.

Father/Son/Daughter - From a polarizing, but interesting arc that tested viewers' understanding of The Force.

Steela/Saw Gererra - Young Saw and his sister Steela were instrumental in the rise of the Rebellion, and Saw later appeared in Rebels and in Rogue One.

Tiplar/Tiplee - Creepy Jedi twins, but would make awesome figures, and were part of the story that featured the only time Sidious kind of panicked.

Cancelled Rex - As an alternative to single figures suggested above, how about the cancelled Rex (Phase 1 & 2), in a 3 pack with ARC Trooper Fives and ARC Trooper Echo? 

Ziro - SERIOUSLY, HOW WAS THIS NEVER MADE???


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