Thursday, July 24, 2014

Make Your Own Admiral Ackbar's Command Chair, Tatooine Hut & Endor Imperial Bunker (4" scale)





We're huge fans of TheBudgetJedi's tutorials and his latest video is another awesome installment that teaches us all how to enhance our Star Wars displays on the cheap!





Here's are two bonus videos that we missed when they came out, but they are equally cool.




I think we're going to try this one.




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Clone Wars "99" Custom Action Figure created by Darth Daddy

99 was a malformed clone of the Mandalorian bounty hunter Jango Fett who served the cloning facilities at Tipoca City on the planet Kamino during the Clone Wars.

99 was deemed unfit for service in the Grand Army of the Republic because of his limited physical abilities and overly rapid aging and was assigned to perform janitorial duties in Kamino's cloning facilities.

He befriended the members of Domino Squadcadets CT-782, CT-00-2010, CT-21-0408, CT-4040, and CT-5555—during their final exam to become clone troopers. However, Domino Squad lacked proper teamwork, which caused it to fail the Citadel Challenge

Though Jedi Master Shaak Ti decided to give Domino Squad a second chance, 99 later caught CT-782 attempting to go absent without leave in the middle of the night. 99 pleaded with CT-782, whom he nicknamed Hevy, not to leave and taught him the importance of teamwork and brotherhood. Deciding to take 99's advice and name to heart, Hevy led his squad to finish its final exam. Later, Hevy decided to give his graduation medal to 99, with the promise that they would meet again. 

During an attack launched against Tipoca City by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, 99 assisted clone troopers CT-21-0408, CT-27-5555, and a group of cadets against the invading droid forces. After meeting with CT-7567 and CC-2224, 99 assisted the captain and commander in defending the city. 99 was shot and killed by a battle droid while attempting to retrieve explosives for use in combating the droids. Once the Confederacy was pushed back, 99 was mourned by his brothers and commended as a true soldier.

99 was a dedicated and loyal member of the maintenance division of the Grand Army of the Republic, but was often looked down upon because of his deformity—while 99 always respected his brothers. 99 was also a source of wisdom and was able to develop a strong friendship with Hevy after talking him out of going AWOL. 

Despite his limitations, 99 was proud of his basic soldier's heritage which his brothers were able to execute, and was determined to be useful in combat. When Kamino was invaded by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, 99 helped out as best he could by delivering needed weaponry to the clone troopers.

I've always had a soft spot for 99.  I really respect 99's love for his fellow brothers.  Although, 99 wasn't considered to be worthy for battle, he was still brave enough to make the ultimate sacrifice defending Kamino during its invasion.  The immense heart that 99 exemplified throughout the first two episodes of Clone Wars Season 3 made me want to pay tribute to the character.  I threw him together over the course of the week and made all of his accessories, other than backpack and helmet, by hand.  I have been really wanting to make this action figure for a really long time now.  I really geeked out when I finally got him finished.  Definitely one of my favorite clones of all-time.





Clone Wars "99" Custom Action Figure 
created by Darth Daddy




























 I fabricated Hevy's medal out of Green Stuff that I rolled flat and allowed to dry.  I then cut out the shapes I needed with a scissor.



 I attached a magnet to the medal so I could attach it to a second magnet I glued into the backpack making it harder to lose my accessories and preventing them from falling out of the backpack.




 I also magnetized the grenades 99 carries in his backpacks so they didn't roll away on me.















Ready for battle!





RECIPE

Head - Sculpted onto a Clone Wars "Captain Rex" with both Aves Fixit and Green Stuff
Upper Torso - Sculpted onto a Clone Wars "Mandalorian Police Officer" with both Aves Fixit and Green Stuff
Arms - Clone Wars "Quinlan Vos" (Hard-sculpted with a Dremel)
Lower Torso - Modified Clone Wars "Mace Windu" (shortened with Xacto Knife)
Hands - Modified  Unknown Hands
Knees - Clone Wars "Pirate Speederbike Cad Bane"
Boots - "Mandalorian Police Officer"
Belt - Sculpted with Green Stuff
Backpack - Clone Wars "Clone Trooper Draa"





99 was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.



Darth Daddy's "99" was featured on Yakface.com's Facebook page,



Darth Daddy's "99" was shared by Chris Spice on Sandtroopers.com's Facebook page.



Darth Daddy's "99" was shared by The Wolfpack Podcast's Facebook page with a nice endorsement from BudgetJedi Ed.






Friday, July 18, 2014

Custom Action Figure News: Episode 71 - Sith_fire30


















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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Clone Wars "Unidentified Weequay Pirate 1 (Florrum)" created by Elias

This is an action figure that I created with two Shahan Alama action figures and some Clone Wars Quinlan Vos hands.  First I modified the boots with some green stuff.  Made them flap over at the top.  I repainted the arms, legs, and torso.  I also repainted the hat, cummerbund and the shoulder armor too.  I used a scrap of dried flat green stuff, cut it into shape, and glued it below the ears to modify the Shahan Alama figure so he wore a bandana.  I used the blue gloved forearm from two Shahan Alama figures to do his forearms.  I couldn't use the Shahan Alama hand because he only had one regular hand to work with.  The Clone Wars Quinlan Vos action figure supplied the perfect replacements.  I didn't want to see the extra heads go to waste and this was a great way to give them some use. When I saw him on the show and I saw I had the parts to do it, I figured it was meant to be.

Around 20 BBY, this pirate informed Jiro that a ship's hyperdrive and main reactor were inactive. After that, when it turned out that Darth Maul and his brother Savage Opress were on the ship, this pirate along with Jiro and some of the other pirates joined them against Hondo Ohnaka. Later on, when the two Sith were overpowered by Obi-Wan Kenobi and Hondo, the remaining pirates joined Hondo again, and helped him to chase the brothers away from Florrum.



Clone Wars
 "Unidentified Weequay Pirate 1 (Florrum)"
created by Elias






























My Clone Wars Weequay Pirate was featured on the front page of Imperial Shipyards.  Unfortunately, Dad got the credit for him.  I guess I should be happy that someone thought my custom looked good enough to be one of his.





CLONE WARS WEEQUAY PIRATES FROM HONDO's GANG THAT WE HAVE CREATED:




http://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2014/07/clone-wars-weequay-craggy-tooth-pirate.html
 WEEQUAY CRAGGY TOOTH PIRATE A

http://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2014/01/imperial-shipyards-no-paint-kitbash.html
Clone Wars Weequay Pirate 

http://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2014/01/clone-wars-weequay-pirate-created-by.html
 Clone Wars Weequay Pirate

http://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2014/01/imperial-shipyards-no-paint-kitbash.html
 Clone Wars Weequay Pirate

http://customsforthekid.blogspot.com/2014/02/clone-wars-weequay-pirate-with-massiff.html
 Clone Wars Weequay Pirate with Massiff