Here are some pictures of all the custom Star Wars Cantina action figures that we created this month along with some of our other Cantina customs from A New Hope. These Star Wars custom action figures were made by both Elias and Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid. The picture links that appear below can be clicked on to observe each individual figure in all of its splendor!
We really hate doing this, but in this next post, we will be revisiting a character that we created once before at Customs for the Kid. We personally don't like making more than one version of the same character, unless it's when the character appears in a different outfit, or the figure specifically references another point in the character's timeline in their fictional journey spanning all available Star Wars content. Originally Elias made an action figure of this Cantina denizen, but sold his version to someone after he found a photo of Melas that showed the character wore a skirt below the waist and not pants.
Our second version of Melas is what we have on our collection shelves today and we feel it is a bit more screen accurate than what we previously made. This time instead of using the 2001 Power of the Jedi Ketwol action figure for the base figure of Melas like Elias had, I used only Ketwol's cape and head. On top of that, I substituted the body in my recipe for a 2010 Darth Sidious (Palpatine) (REVENGE OF THE SITH) VOTC #12 action figure. I sculpted the upper torso, as well as a hat onto the back of Ketwol's head. The hookah I assembled from an assortment of random fodder that I had laying around. The skirt I used was also from unidentified fodder.
I personally like the paint job on Elias' original figure much more than my own. I may have to spend an extra hour or two on this paint job one day down the line in an attempt to try to equal what Elias did on his Melas' head.
"Melas was a Sarkan exile who traveled from planet to planet. Unlike most Sarkans, he was short, with bright blue eyes and short claws.
Melas' exile was not due to his appearance—rather, it was due to his gregarious nature. Melas enjoyed the company of Humans and other non-Sarkans, and often ignored the complexities of Sarkan rituals when socializing with them. He was forced to leave Sarka because he violated the strict laws of Sarkan protocol on numerous occasions.
Melas greatly missed the natural beauty of his homeworld, but exile was not an insurmountable hardship. He managed to smuggle a fortune in precious metals and gems off Sarka before his exile. Melas traveled across the galaxy, sightseeing and meeting as many different alien species as possible. Naturally, he found himself in Chalmun's Cantina when he visited Tatooine. He was present in the Cantina on the fateful day Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker hired Han Solo.
Melas became fond of smoking an Esoomiangruu pipe during his exile, and was rarely seen without it."
The head I used was a heavily modified cast that was originally created by I-AM-BOBA-FETT of Riff Valley Designs. The Lutrillian head cast I used for my Ownellco was of the character of Solomahal as he appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special. The version of the character that I wanted to make was the second Lutrillian that had appeared in the cantina of Star Wars: A New Hope named Ownellco. While not a perfect match for the character I was making, the head was different enough than the head I used for "Atheloe aka The Colonel" earlier this month. I just had to Dremel off the scarf that was part of the cast and sculpt in the bottom of his face.
The jacket was handcrafted, and the body of the figure was a 100% sculpted. I used the Rancor Keeper body as my base figure, sanded it down and sculpted onto what remained. I stained and modified the jacket from a Black Series Endor Han Solo. First I cut the jacket shorter, and then I created pockets from the scraps left behind. I tried to keep the stitching wherever I could to give it a more finished look.
We figured Cantina month would be a great time to share this Mos Eisley related custom in our newest Customizer Spotlight post. Garouf Lafoe was a character we didn't have represented in our diorama, so when we saw a rendition of him available for sale on eBay we jumped at the chance to add him. We had many figures made by the artist CRIMSON DYNAMITE so we knew the figure was worth the investment.
CRIMSON DYNAMITE is a seasoned veteran in the customizing community. Before adopting his new monniker he had one of the most popular Star Wars custom action figure blogs in the community. The blog in fact that inspired the creation of our own. His weekly eBay auctions were eagerly awaited on Sunday evenings. Custom action figure collectors were elated when the listings returned after a long hiatus. We have over 30 of his customs here at home. Be sure to check out his eBay page and save him to your favorite sellers.