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Monday, June 22, 2020

"THE CLONE WARS" LUX BONTERI (ONDERON) created by Elias

"Lux Bonteri was a human male senator and rebel fighter from Onderon during the Clone Wars. He was the son of the Separatist senator Mina Bonteri. During the Clone Wars, he allied with Saw and Steela Gerrera to lead the Onderon rebels during the Onderonian Civil War. After the conflict, he followed in his mother's footsteps and became a senator, this time representing Onderon in the Republic

During the Clone Wars, Bonteri was present when the Republic Senator Padmé Amidala and Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano traveled to Raxus to speak with his mother about negotiating a peace treaty between the Confederacy and the Republic. While his mother and Amidala negotiated, Bonteri and Tano conversed outside in the garden. Both spoke of their biased perspectives of the war; Bonteri confessed his distrust of the Jedi and the Republic, and Tano spoke of her distrust of the Separatists. Bonteri had never met a Jedi before while Ahsoka had never met a Separatist civilian, and they mutually agreed that they were in fact not that different from each other. Despite being on opposing sides of the war, the two quickly became friends.

Eventually, Bonteri returned to his homeworld of Onderon, which was under Separatist occupation. The Separatist regime had made Sanjay Rash King of Onderon, and removed the true King, Ramsis Dendup. Bonteri joined a resistance group that had been formed by Steela and Saw Gerrera with the goal of returning Dendup to the throne. In order for their mission to be successful, however, the rebels required supplies, weapons, and training. Using his personal connection to Ahsoka Tano to his advantage, Bonteri contacted the Jedi High Council, asking for aid to help restore peace to Onderon. The Jedi promised to help, however many were resistant to becoming directly involved in the matter, saying that it was an internal affair and out of their control. Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker suggested that the Jedi provide supplies and training to the rebels, but not directly become involved in the fight; allowing the rebels to retake their homeworld on their own. Agreeing with this idea, the Council sent Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, accompanied by Commander Ahsoka Tano and Clone Captain CT-7567, known as "Rex", to Onderon where they began to train the rebels for combat.

Upon arrival to Onderon, Kenobi, Skywalker, Tano, and Rex were brought to the rebel camp and began to train the rebels. The rebels began by learning to disable Armored Assault Tanks and droidekas using grenades. Bonteri was particularly good as disarming the droidekas, however when paired with Saw to take out the tank, he fell off the tank taking Saw down with him. This caused Saw to be upset with Bonteri, claiming that he was a politician and not meant to fight. Both Steela and Saw could not disable the droidekas, and Steela became frustrated with herself, preferring her skills as a sniper to destroy droids.

While practicing their marksmanship with the Jedi, a group of battle droids, learning the location of the rebel base, began to attack the rebels. Using their new training, the rebels took out the first wave of battle droids using grenades. However, the second wave of battle droids arrived with a tank, which Bonteri and Saw had been unsuccessful disarming in training. Bonteri and Saw paired up again to take out the tank, and this time succeeded, using thermal detonators and destroying the tank. After succeeding in defending their base, the Jedi and the rebels decided that they were ready to take the fight to Iziz and reclaim Onderon. In order to get into the Separatist controlled city, Bonteri came up with the idea of posing as hunters, coming back into Iziz to sell their game in the market. Not detecting any of their weaponry due to the high amounts of organic matter on their carts, the battle droids allowed the rebels to enter. After entering Iziz, the group split up to avoid attention; agreeing to regroup after nightfall.

The group decided to execute a series of small strikes on battle droid battalions throughout the city, where Bonteri hid behind a market stand and disables a patrol of droids in front of some citizens. When the rebels later met up in a safehouse in Iziz, Saw suggested that they increase their attacks on the Separatists. However, it was noted that many of the civilians in Iziz had become frightened by the sudden outbreak of violence, and it was suggested by Bonteri and Steela that they first must win the trust of the people. Bonteri suggested that they take on a large target to show their strength and draw public attention to themselves. It was decided that they would attack the city power generator. Skywalker, Kenobi, and Rex left the rebels and returned to Coruscant, while Tano remained as an advisor to the rebels.

Eventually, after some time training, Bonteri, Tano and the Onderon rebels—led by Steela—made their presence known to the people in Iziz and fought against the droid army, forcing them to retreat. Onderon was won, Dendup became king again, and Bonteri—having his faith placed in the Jedi and the Republic—was appointed Senator of Onderon. He swore to serve the Republic."

Because Lux was such a key character throughout many episodes of The Clone Wars and such a good friend to Ahsoka Tano, we thought he definitely deserved a spot on the shelf with all our other clone Wars action figures. While he was depicted with several different looks in his episodic appearances, we felt his Onderon appearance was the one we wanted most so we could pose him next to our Saw and Steela action figures.

To create this 100% sculpted action figure, I just resculpted a head onto a Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker and for the body I used the Black Series Endor Han Solo action figure as my base.



THE CLONE WARS
LUX BONTERI
created by Elias













"Saw and Steela Gerrera" also created by Customs for the Kid.












"Ahsoka Tano" action figure created by Hasbro.









STEELA & SAW GERRERA
by Customs for the Kid






Kessel Run Review: Tens - Top 10 figures from The Clone Wars

Thursday, May 21, 2020

"May the 4th" Star Wars Talk with Peak-OB1 Custom Creations








Petition for Hasbro to make more NEW 3​.​75" Star Wars Vintage Collection figures per year



The purpose of this petition is to provide Hasbro with actionable market data to justify the investment in more new 3.75" Star Wars Vintage Collection figures every year. 

By signing this petition, I affirm the following:

1. Collecting Hasbro's 3.75" Star Wars Vintage Collection is / will be a hobby of mine.

2. In order to retain / attract me as a customer, Hasbro must produce more newly tooled figures each year than is currently being produced, and those figures need to be in close alignment with the desires of the collector community.

3. I am more likely to visit retail locations that properly stock and manage Hasbro's 3.75" Star Wars Vintage Collection, and will also do so more frequently.

As Star Wars action figure customizers these action figures are necessary to continue our art form. If you could please sign to support the blog, it would be greatly appreciated!

#BackTVC #FightForTVC #Save375






Saturday, May 16, 2020

Back The Vintage Collection




For the last few years, 3.75" Star Wars action figure collectors have grown more and more frustrated with the releases from Hasbro. The first gripe started with reduction to 5 points of articulation from super-articulated figures that were the standard at the time. Poor character selection and lack of availability compounded the irritation collectors were feeling. Gaslighting by Hasbro executives did not help the issue. The corporation's push to make 6" action figures the new standard while adopted by some, was not embraced by all. 

Recently, collector's patience with Hasbro has evaporated and fan sites like JediTempleArchives.com, Yakface.com, JediBusiness.com, ImperialShipyards.net,  and BanthaSkull.com have banded together to have their voices heard. Bossk's Bounty has led the charge and we highly recommend watching the video above to become more informed on the issue and find out how you can get involved.

As long time members of the collecting community, Customs for the Kid knows how important  increased articulation is for providing parts for our projects and "new" parts from "new" characters increases the possibilities available to us for creating something truly special. A thriving 3.75" line is so important to action figure customizers, photonovelists, and diorama builders. That is why we are asking our readers to defend the threatened art forms and join the chorus of voices advocating for a stronger and more robust 3.75" super-articulated line in the Star Wars Vintage collection. Leave comments with Hasbro support staff, letting them now we all want more figures from TVC, not less and ask them to return to the worldbuilding focus we all love.

#FightForTVC #Save375 #BackTVC


Monday, April 27, 2020

"STAR WARS REBELS" MORAI painted by Darth Daddy

Morai was a female convor with spiritual ties to the Daughter, a Force wielder from Mortis. She appeared in various depictions of the Force wielders alongside the Daughter. It was believed by some that the convor in these depictions was a servant of the Daughter or even a manifestation of the Daughter herself in another form. Morai became a friend of former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano,whom the Daughter transferred her life essence into prior to her death.

Morai accompanied and watched over Tano throughout her life. Tano claimed that she owed the convor her life. When Ezra Bridger entered the world between worlds, Morai was present and encouraged him to save Tano by pulling her out of a portal. After reuniting with Tano, she was present when Tano and Bridger fought against Emperor Palpatine. Morai accompanied Tano when she returned through the portal to the ruined Malachor Sith Temple. As Tano returned to the temple interior, Morai overlooked an injured Darth Vader as he limped away from the temple.

This year, Customs for the Kid has been showcasing several 3-D printed customs that can be found on the internet. Not only have these print files been great for adding unique pieces to our own collection, but by sharing these files with all of you, we provide our readers the ability to replicate the customs we post here in their own homes. Sandcrawler Customs messaged us and made us aware of this particular file of Morai created by itisnotadoll

The print painted up beautifully, and we are already getting ready to modify the print to portray Morai when she is in flight as well. Morai looks great posed with the Super-Articulated "Rebels" Ahsoka Tano that we purchased from Star Wars customizer, SWK Kustoms back in 2016. 



"STAR WARS REBELS"
MORAI
painted by Darth Daddy












Morai (Ahsoka's Convor Bird from Star Wars: Rebels)
created by Itisnotadoll


SUPER-ARTICULATED
"STAR WARS REBELS" AHSOKA TANO
created by SWK KUSTOMS


Star Wars: The Clone Wars S7E10 "The Phantom Apprentice" ROUNDTABLE

Thursday, April 16, 2020

THE CLONE WARS "SIEGE OF MANDALORE" AHSOKA TANO & THE CLONE WARS - SEASON 7 OBI-WAN KENOBI created by ELIAS

Like many Clone Wars fans, my dad and I are super excited about the release of the new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. When I received a commission request from Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions to make the Season 7 "Siege of Mandalore" Ahsoka Tano, I was beyond delighted to begin my work on her in anticipation of the upcoming finale to the show.  

To give Ahsoka her older appearance as depicted in the new season, I used ProCreate sculpting putty to extend the Montrals on the top of her head.  I also added to her shorter Lekku and re-sculpted them to look longer than they they were previously to make her appear older.  To articulate her elbows, I cut them away, then drilled into the upper arm and forearm to accommodate the elbow joint from the 3.75" Black Series Ahsoka Tano.  I also used the legs of that same Ahsoka because they already articulated.  I sanded them down so they would appear thinner, and more Clone Wars-esque. Using a Dremel, I then sanded the rest of the boot below her knees.  The armor on her forearms, hips, legs and back were then handsculpted back in.  Her head band was also sculpted by hand.  I removed the tabbard of the Rebels Ahsoka Tano and completely re-sculpted her entire skirt.  Her Mandalorian skirt top was completely different from the Rebels Ahsoka Tano, and required heavy reconstruction as well.  Her lightsabers, however, were more of a simple task.  I removed the green blades, then selected two blue ones, one longer than the other, and sanded both ends so that the super glue would form a stronger bond between the hilt and the blade.  Once her build was completed, I went in with Reaper acrylic paints and painted everything to match reference photos. After I finished her, I couldn't wait to get started on one for myself!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the other two custom action figures I made for Corey, a Season 7 Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Fives in his bar patron disguise from Clone Wars: The Lost Missions.  


RECIPE
Head - Clone Wars Scuba Ahsoka Tano (Re-sculpted)
Torso, Upper & Lower Arms - "Rebels" Ahsoka Tano (Re-sculpted)
Legs & Elbows - Black Series 3.75" Ahsoka Tano (Re-sculpted)



"SIEGE OF MANDALORE"
AHSOKA TANO 
created by Elias







  



  




































This custom action figure of Obi-Wan Kenobi was a commission piece that I produced for Corey Van Dyke of Kessel Run Transmissions.  Corey contacted me and asked if I could make him a Clone Wars -Season 7 version of Obi-Wan Kenobi along with an Ahsoka Tano action figure from The Siege of Mandalore. I made the Ahsoka first, so after doing such a complex and tedious action figure that required so much precision, it was a relief to switch over to working on an action figure that was much easier in comparison.

To make Obi-Wan I just needed to make some minor adjustments to the 2013 Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure. First, I used a Dremel to remove the armor of the elbows and hands. Next, I used some ProCreate to sculpt sleeves onto the forearms. Once the ProCreate dried completely, I painted the sleeves to match the rest of his Jedi robes, painted the hands to match his face, and added some grey and blonde highlights to his hair and beard.

The three hours of labor put into making an Obi-Wan Kenobi was a breeze next to the twenty-one hours it took me to make the Ahsoka.



"The Clone Wars" Season 7 - 
Obi-Wan Kenobi 
created by Elias