Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thanks to Sanitarium Customs

I must send out thanks to Sanitarium Customs.  Some of my work is being showcased on that blog.  Now, you've probably seen enough of my stuff but swing by and check out some great customs by Sith Happens and others.

Sanitarium Customs

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Whither retail?

So, I ordered Wave 7 from Entertainment Earth. It has been awhile since I ordered a case because of the cost.  However, finding figures at retail has been hopeless (I am looking at you Target Corp. with your stupid ordering system).  I like Entertainment Earth even though it is more expensive than a bricks and mortar store.  The only reason I haven't gone totally to online shopping is because of Hasbro's terrible case assortments lately.  I can't see the point of buying a case when half of the contents are the same six figures currently clogging the pegs at retail.  I've already missed several cool figures like the Gammorean Guard and Wave 7 has too many great characters to pass up. 

I'll be opening these up shortly but I wanted to show off my mail haul.  I would never have this much luck at retail.

From Edited customs

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Jedi Week comes to an end

From Edited customs

Our closer for Jedi Week is Master Corlif Archant.

From Corlif Archant

He is an unconventional Jedi who wears armor.  I think he favors a young Count Dooku.  His upper half is from a comic pack Jedi while his lower half is from a Prince of Persia figure.  The head is from the fine folks over at SlayerDesignStudio
It has been fun...and a lot of work.  Now, to cook up some new scheme for future updates... 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jedi Week -Day 6

From Edited customs

Today we have Lanif Bin-Ooliff, a Jedi Padawan.   This is actually a redo of a custom that I completed some time ago. 

From Lanif Bin-Ooliff

This figure uses the body of the Rodian Jedi from the Geonosian Arena two-pack.  The arms are from another Jedi...can't remember which one...

From Retired customs

One more day and one more custom Jedi.  See you Sunday.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday - Day Five of Jedi Week

From Edited customs

Why don't we close out the work week with a female Jedi?

From Kaytana Bia-Wa'ri

Today's entry is Kaytana Bia-Wari, the Jedi Master to a previous Padawan custom...

From Kara-Lyn Maru - Jedi Padawan

The Kaytana custom was somewhat of a challenge.  I had to lengthen the torso with a two-part sculpting compound.  The trick was trying to reproduce the folds and textures that were part of the original torso. One thing I know, I need a lot more practice before I will be happy with my sculpting abilities. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Will I see you there?

Star Wars Celebration VI, Orlando 2012

Day Four - Durosday

From Edited customs

Today we have a Duros Jedi by the name of Geej Browgtee

From Geej Browgtee

Those of you that frequent the Rebelscum customizing forum will notice a very similar Jedi by MarcusStarkiller.  Credit where credit is due, he posted his first.  Where my figure may differ is in the neck and wrist articulation--otherwise they look very similar.  I experimented with ball and socket wrist joints.  It was moderately successful and it helps that the original Duros figure had an expressive hand sculpt.  I don't imagine I will attempt this with many figures unless I can come up with a better idea for the ball portion of the joint. I like the way this one turned out and it was a bonus to find a use for that extra Ben Kenobi figure...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day Three of Jedi Week

From Edited customs

Time for round three.

From Zarek Tav-Tarijn

This is Jedi Padawan Zarek Tav-Tarijn.  The name is inspired by names from Holland. 

This is probably one of the most technically challenging customs I've completed.  It is also one that I am the least satisfied with.  The head is from Spykids.  The torso belongs to Zett Jukasa, the arms belong to a comic-pack Leia and the legs are from the female figure that was part of the Avatar: The Last Airbender line.  I had to hollow out the arm sockets and used the old hot glue trick to fit them.  In retrospect, i probably should have placed them deeper in the arm sockets.  I also have issues with the brown skirt but after about five attempts to make one, I decided to just use one from a Jedi figure I already had.  I also added boots from an Uhura figures but they made the character too tall...  Live an learn.  I may have to take another crack at this one down the road.