Friday, July 28, 2023

TVC "CARSON TEVA" custom action figure by Elias of "Customs for the Kid"

We'd love to say that we had been preparing for quite some time to come up with a cool way to celebrate the blog's 13th anniversary, but truth be told we have been so busy that we had to come up with a spontaneous plan for a custom post. We looked at what we had that would be quick and capable of helping us reach such a short deadline. In the end, we narrowed our choices down to an animated Hunter from The Bad Batch, a TVC Praetorian Guard from The Mandalorian Season 3, and a TVC Carson Teva from Season 2 of The Mandalorian.

Initially, I started painting the Carson Teva head that we purchased from Watto's Scrapyard because even 13 years into the blog, we are still going out of our way to promote other artists in the community. I placed the head onto a very expensive super-articulated version of Jek Porkins. I was going to use the helmet of the figure as well, but quickly realized it was a bit too snug and would cause some serious paint rub. Dad did some test fitting with the diverse number of X-wing and Rebel Snowspeeder helmets represented in our collection and found that the POTF Jek Porkins helmet to be the best fit for the Carson Teva 3D resin print. Once we had the build we wanted I quickly painted the rest of the head and the helmet then sealed the paintjob with some Dulcote spray from Testor's.

Carson Teva was a human male captain who served in the Rebel Alliance and later within the Adelphi Rangers of the New Republic Starfighter Corps flying a T-65B X-wing starfighter. While patrolling in the Outer Rim in 9 ABY, he and fellow New Republic pilot Trapper Wolf approached the gunship Razor Crest, questioning why the starship's transponder was not emitting. The Crest's pilot, the Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin, explained that the vessel was pre-Galactic Empire and promised to fix his issue. Teva then requested a ping from Djarin, which the Mandalorian eventually transmitted reluctantly. Wolf then connected the Razor Crest to a breakout on a New Republic Correctional Transport and Djarin attempted to flee.

Teva and Wolf pursued the Razor Crest through the atmosphere of the planet Maldo Kreis but eventually lost visual of the starship. Running tabs on the gunship after, the pair learned of some selfless actions Djarin made on the correctional transport. They found the Crest after and rescued it from a swarm of knobby white ice spiders. Teva explained to Djarin what he and Wolf had learned about the Mandalorian and let the bounty hunter walk free, departing on their X-wing starfighters.

Teva and a wingmate later went to the planet Nevarro and the captain questioned Magistrate Greef Karga about the destruction of a base and a possible detection of the Razor Crest. Karga answered Teva's inquiries, and promised to contact the captain if there was any anything to add. Teva then talked with the ex-rebel Cara Dune, offering her a chance to help the New Republic quash the Imperial presence in the Outer Rim, which she silently refused.

While patrolling above the planet Tatooine, Teva and Lieutenant Reed encountered Djarin again. While Reed wanted to use further force with the Mandalorian and his fighter, the captain chose to let the bounty hunter off, attempting to bargain for answers regarding the prior incident on Nevarro.

custom action figure
created by Elias of "Customs for the Kid"

Monday, July 10, 2023


We received three prints of this Gamorrean Guard from Star Wars customizer, Daniel Trujillo Jr. The prints all varied in size. They were originally produced for him by Moff Glidden's Customs. Daniel said the medium size print was the action figure that was most to scale. When Dad attempted to assemble the print, he broke one of the hip joints on the most to scale figure. Thankfully, it was clean break and we were able to krazy glue it back together. We then molded the leg, and then made a cast of the leg to salvage the project. In the end, it actually made for a stronger joint that will not be breaking anytime soon.

Once the figure was fully assembled, Dad felt the head was a bit oversized for the body based on the original Clone Wars design of the character, so Dad filled the neck hole on the torso with a little bit of glue from our glue gun, and quickly inserted the head from the smallest print of the figure to see if the smaller head would scale better. After careful inspection, he noticed this made the figure somewhat shorter, but the head size was more in line with the animated show's design. Dad then grabbed the largest print and again repeated the same trick with the smallest head to match it with the largest body. Immediately, he noticed that the silhouette was more in line with what we saw on screen. 

At that point, he decided this was how he would proceed with the build. Dad felt super lucky that he had the option of even having the prints of varying size to experiment with. Dad felt a little bad manipulating the original design by swapping the proportions, but also wanted to personalize the project just a little. He momentarily considered doing his own original head sculpt, but didn't want to defile the artist's sculpt more than he already had. 

We're not really sure who the original designer was for this print. Moff Glidden's Customs is a printing service and doesn't actually do any of the designing. He subscribes to other artists' Patreon accounts and pays the higher subscription fee to allow him to print their designs. Therefore, we don't know the original artist to credit them for the sculpt. Keep in mind that the proportions shown here will be much different than the product you would be purchasing.

It was very cool of Daniel Trujillo Jr. to send these out to us! Adding to The Clone Wars line is always a special treat!

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