Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CUSTOMS FOR THE KID FEATURED ON THE ALBUM ART OF HIGH ADVENTURE's LATEST FULL LENGTH RELEASE "HIGH FIVE"

Action figures and album photo by Customs for the Kid


High Adventure is a Fan-Rock band, based out of Connecticut. Since 2008, "Hi-Ad" has gathered a worldwide following of fanboys and fangirls with their passionate music about comic books, movies, video games, loving life and fandom. The band has been featured on NPR, "The Force-Cast," "RebelForce Radio," "The Indy-Cast," "The Mac-Cast," "Fanboy's Guide To The Galaxy," "The Star Wars Report," "The Star Wars Talk Show," "TechnoRetro Dads" and have played such high profile shows as New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, ComiCONN, Rhode Island Comic Con and Boston Super Mega Fest!  High Adventure's music has also been featured in the soundtrack to the Star Wars documentary The Force Within Us.

High Adventure is teaming up with PledgeMusic to make their fifth album entitled “High Five”. It will be the first album to feature the entire 8-piece band together in the studio. All 14 songs are written and demoed and ready to record. All they need is you! High Adventure has tons of cool exclusives and incentives that you can pledge on, so check it out, watch the video, and pledge your support. They can’t wait to share their amazing new music! 

Customs for the Kid is really honored to have been asked to contribute to the album art for the latest offering from High Adventure. Lead singer Glen Nelson just told us the characters he wanted photographed together  in a high five pose and we set up the shots.







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Yakface.com prepares for the next Yakfinities Customizing Challenge



Yakface.com's current Yakfinities Customizing Challenge goes through June 30, but it’s time to start thinking about ideas for the next one, which kicks off in July! After over 50 of these customizing events, they could always use some help with some fresh ideas. Be sure to share your suggestions in their comments section or in the forums!


IMPERIAL SHIPYARDS LAUNCHES THEIR LATEST CUSTOM CHALLENGE



This time out you have your choice between two themes: create yourself as a Star Wars Custom Figure or scratch build a Star Wars Vehicle. The particulars you can find here. Special thanks goes to TS Hobbies who has been kind enough to donate the prizes for this one. Get to building!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rykrof Enloe Returns in Catastrophe



Chewie's adventures of Rykrof Enloe returns to the Yakface Forums, as the former Clone Wars hero finds himself mixed up in his first major battle of the Galactic Civil War. Head on over to the Yakface forums for the full chapter; The 8th Trial: Catastrophe after the jump!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT #41: Boutros77 - Ben's House & Yoda's Hut

Early in the week, I found some really beautiful Star Wars dioramas up for auction on eBay.  When Elias saw them he asked me to bid on them for him and he would reimburse me with the money he had been saving from some commissions that he did.  When he won both auctions, he screamed praises to the gods above for his victory.  Quite excessively and at great length to my surprise. A low bellow from deep within.  

After winning the auction, I inquired and asked the seller who the artist was that made these incredible dioramas for 3 3/4" action figures.  I was informed that they were created by artist Carl BouMansour who goes by the handle of Boutros77.  His talent has caught the eye of Star Wars blogger/historian Tim Veekhoven who tweeted the artist's work and Boutros77 has even been interviewed by From 4-LOM to Zuckuss.com.  

His Cantina and Jabba's Palace dioramas have gotten some serious attention too. I advise checking out his Flickr page.  Drool worthy!



"Ben's House"
created by Boutros77



























"Yoda's Hutt"
created by Boutros77


























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Sunday, May 10, 2015

"POWER DROID" created by Darth Daddy

Dad repainted the 2012 Droid Set Vintage Collection GNK Droid with a paint application that was inspired by the 1978 Power Droid from the Vintage Star Wars collection.  The sculpts on the figures were completely different, so Dad just tried to repaint the more modern figure with the old blue/orange paint scheme from the earlier figure.  I really liked how Dad's figure came out!

Notable power droid models included the EG-6 power droid produced by Veril Line Systems, the EG-4 found in Echo Base on Hoth, and the GNK power droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton.    


"POWER DROID" 
created by Darth Daddy













 Repainted figure next to the figure that was used for inspiration.




 Repainted figure next to the base figure.









ACCOLADES







Friday, May 1, 2015

CUSTOMS FOR THE KID RECIEVED OVER 20,000 VISITS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL



After about a year of dancing at the 10,000+ mark month after month, a featured showcase at Star Wars Celebration almost doubled Customs for the Kid's monthly audience.  We can't thank you all enough for your visits.  Hope all our new visitors keep coming back for more!

"Custoisits fro: Tunisia, Jordan, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Egypt, China, South Africa, Austria, United KingdoIsrael, Portugal, Netherlands, Isle of Man, Canada, BelgiuFinland, Latvia, Mexico, Ukraine, Italy, Colombia, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, GerTaiwan, Gabon, Serbia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Australia, Chile, DenMozambique, mania,  Macedonia, Algeria, Moldova, Bosnia, Herzegovina, ma, Syria, Malta, Uruguay, Lithuania, United Arab Emirates, Bolivia, Greece, maica, Guernsey, m,  Sri Lanka, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Tobago, Azerbaijan, Côte d’Ivoire, Montenegro, We apologize if we left anyone out. If you'd like, you can let us now you were here by leaving a  in our co

Monday, April 27, 2015

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: "CIKATRO VIZAGO" created by SWK Kustoms

We just got the last of the Hasbro released Star Wars Rebels figures that we wanted in more articulated form.  Star Wars customizer, SWK Kustoms, really transformed Hasbro's action figure of Cikatro Vizago by adding ball-jointed elbows, knees, and ankles to their five point articulated figure.  SWK Kustoms even added some swivel wrists as well.  

Here at Customs for the Kid, we had always wondered what this line would have looked like if consumers were able to obtain the superior craftsmanship that was available in The Clone Wars 3 3/4" action figure line, before the quality of the action figures was drastically reduced.  The idea of more articulated Rebels action figures was just dreamy.  Deep down I think many collectors wanted to more articulated figures made and available on store shelves.  Especially if they opened their figures.

Vizago was the fifth Rebels custom action figure we purchased from SWK Kustoms. We really liked how he maintained the Hasbro aesthetic in his customization of his Rebels figures.  The action figures all had extremely durable construction and were manufactured out of ball joints taken from multiple action figures. (It takes the ball joints from several super-articulated action figures to create a custom action figure that was made out of a 5 POA figure.  This means improving the articulation on the action figure can become a very costly enterprise.) 

When we saw SWK Kustoms Rebels figures available for purchase, our immediate response was to buy them right away. The savings we'd receive just in parts and labor alone made purchasing his versions a real bargain.  Because we were already in the process of working on more than six custom Rebels figures of our own and we were using the same technique with the very same style that he was...it was a no brainer.  It was like shopping out half of the work on our project.  We couldn't have been more pleased with out decision.



STAR WARS REBELS 
"CIKATRO VIZAGO" custom action figure 
featuring Increased Articulation 
created by SWK Kustoms















"ZEB",
"KANAN JARRUS" & "EZRA BRIDGER"
created by SWK KUSTOMS





"THE INQUISITOR 
with INCREASED ARTICULATION" 
created by SWK KUSTOMS







Other "STAR WARS: REBELS" Customs 
in OUR COLLECTION


C1-10P aka CHOPPER
with Accessories


HERA SYNDULLA

Zeb's Extended Bo-Rifle


Zeb's Bo-Rifle Modification

Sabine Wren

Inquisitor Lightsaber Modifications

Agent Kallus

Zare Leonis

Tank Transport Pilot