Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WHO MADE IT?

Over the last few years Customs for the Kid have bought a large number of Star Wars custom action figures.  Sometimes we procured the action figures from the artist themselves, while other times we purchased these figures from fans like ourselves who had purchased the customs for their own collections.  Later due to a variety of circumstances, these fans sold off a few of these Star Wars custom action figures while liquidating their collections.  A few of these figures found their way into our own collection, but for one reason or another, the creators of these customs were forgotten by their original owners and we never learned who the artists were that created these figures.

Since a large portion of our readers here at the blog are Star Wars customizers, we figured we'd see if any of our fans could identify the makers of these cool action figure creations.  If you made either of these figures or know the customizer who did, please let us know in our comments section so we can give these artists credit where credit is due.  We thank you in advance for all of your help!



"Sakiyan Jedi"
creator unknown








"Rebel Soldier"
creator unknown








Imperial Shipyard's 2014 Birthday Custom Challenge



Imperial Shipyards has a new custom action figure contest to celebrate ISY's birthday.  Voting has just wrapped up and it looks like the theme of this one is going to be to make the ultimate version of a character in 3 3/4" scale.  Check out the new contest and join in on the fun.  They have some great prizes so you don't want to miss out!




The Realm Recap: Episodes 30, 31, 32









Monday, September 15, 2014

"Sergeant Doallyn" created by Darth Daddy

The custom action figure for the character of Sergeant Doallyn took less than one minute to make.  I just sliced the neck ball joint off of the Bane Malar figure and popped the head of the new Black Series Brock Starsher (Jabba's Skiff Guard #27) onto the Bane Malar body.  I bought the Bane Malar as soon as I found out Brock Starsher was being released.  It was a great way to add to Jabba's Denizens.  Expect this custom to show up heavy in the forums by a variety of customizers.  Lot's of people have plans to make this one.

I have to say I'm super pleased with Hasbro's Black Series release of Brock Starsher.  Not only did they give us a really cool and unique addition for our Jabba dioramas, Hasbro gave us a figure with a head that could be used with one of their older releases to make a brand new unique figure for the same play environment.  It's nice to know they're listening.

On a short side note, I want to share another complimentary remark in regards to Hasbro.  Many collectors have been complaining about how easily the latest waves of Black Series figures come apart at the joints.  I remember a while back, I asked Hasbro to start making action figure joints pop apart like they do on the Vintage collection Ponda Boba figure that way it would make it easier for us to customize our action figures and more kids could get in on the action.  Sure, maybe the easily dismantled figures have more to do with lower production standards, but the Droid Factory episode of Collector's Cast with Dan Curto and James Burns featuring the interview with the artists of Boss Fight Studios, was really eye opening and made me realize that customizers ARE on Hasbro's radar.

There are actually two Doallyns in Return of the Jedi. The first is Sergeant Doallyn who is seen more closely when Chewbacca pushes him down the steps of the entrance to Jabba's Audience Chamber. This Doallyn wears a black mask and black body suit. Some believe that it is Bane Malar who is pushed down the stairs, but the two characters have different helmets.

The second Doallyn appears aboard the second skiff at the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon. He wears a black helmet and a white body suit. This Doallyn is killed by Luke Skywalker, yet Doallyn is supposed to have survived the battle of Carkoon and returned to Jabba's Palace to rescue Yarna d'al' Gargan. There were probably two actors wearing similar outfits and the same helmet during filming. It is assumed that the black-outfit Doallyn in Jabba's Palace is the actual Doallyn, while the white-outfit skiff guard is a completely different character that has been identified as Brock Starsher.

A hunter by trade, Doallyn had two reasons to wear a mask: the first being that he needed to breathe hydron-three to stay alive on planets with an oxygen-rich atmosphere, the second being that his face was once hideously scarred by the poisoned claws of a Corellian sand panther. He eventually came to Mos Eisley to hunt a krayt dragon for Jabba the Hutt to pit against his rancor in a head-to-head fight. However, he ended up getting drunk in the cantina, and gambled to his detriment. He awoke from his drinking binge to discover that he had lost the game and now owed Jabba a year's service.

During one memorable time in Jabba's palace, immediately following the feeding of Oola to the rancor, an Ubese bounty hunter named Boushh (actually Princess Leia Organa in disguise) silenced the crowd with a blaster shot. As Doallyn hurried over to inspect the situation, he found himself thrown painfully against the wall by "Boushh's" quarry, the powerful Wookiee Chewbacca. Both Leia and Chewbacca were only posing as a bounty hunter and captive respectively to attempt to rescue their friend, Han Solo.[1]


"Doallyn"
created by Darth Daddy













I kept enough off the ball joint on the torso so that the ball socket on the head snapped into place snugly.


 






 
 Dad's Sergeant Doallyn was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.