Friday, November 21, 2014

"C1-10P" aka "CHOPPER" featuring ARTICULATING ARMS by DARTH DADDY

With Star Wars Rebels in full swing now, we thought it would be fun to do a Chopper custom action figure featuring the arms that come from his dome like he sports in the show.  Although Hasbro has not yet released Chopper with the arms, it may just be a matter of time before they do so.  We used the McQuarrie R2-D2 action figure 2-pack that has been showing up in droves at Five Below stores.  These older concept releases couldn't have shown up at a better time.

This is a quick custom that could be made in less than an hour with a drill, X-ACTO knife, and some Krazy glue.  It's a great figure to try if you have the assistance of an adult to drill the holes and prevent fingers from being cut off or glued together.


"C1-10P" aka "CHOPPER" 
with ARTICULATING ARMS 
created by Darth Daddy




STEP #1:

First Dad attached the McQuarrie R2-D2 concept figure arms to Choppers head.


We made sure we kept all of the same articulation that was present in the McQuarrie action figure we borrowed the arms from.


STEP #2:

Next Dad shortened the arms to make them more in scale.







DARTH DADDY's CUSTOMIZING CORNER: PULPY FICTION








Thursday, November 13, 2014

JRNY FAN added to "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"



Last time we featured a customizer that made Star Wars playsets it went over really well and ended up being one of our most popular posts. That's why we're giving you some more of what you all desire, and there is no other artist that is better to take you along for a ride than JRNY FAN!

His Mission? Star Wars Plastic Playset Awesomeness.  And this guy really brings it!

JRNY FAN gave up hope long ago that Hasbro would ever give him the playsets he'd want. When the Star Wars line was relaunched in 1995, he wanted to have “one of every figure” that appeared in the films. He's been collecting Star Wars since he was 4 in 1980, so he really likes to integrate homages back to the vintage Kenner playsets wherever possible. His goal is to create playsets that would fit in his shelf space and give his figures worlds to inhabit, just as the old Kenner playsets used to. So, he tried his hand at crafting his own using a plastic called Instamorph (learn more about working with it). And even more recently entered the world of 3-D printing, which is helping him achieve some very impressive looking pieces.

Much like how George felt about his films, JRNY FAN's playsets aren’t “done.” He's always revising them, integrating new ideas, and reinventing past creations that are super functional from a design standpoint.. He wants them to be constructed entirely of plastic - no foam, glue, clay, and ideally no paint. While he's certainly going for the spirit of the film, he's not trying to create a inch-by-inch recreation of the set and shooting exteriors. Instead, he's trying to create something that would come close to a "toy.” Aside from furnishings and accessories, these playsets are generally one piece, not held together by glue. He's been using a combination of PCL moldable plastic and PLA for 3-D printed pieces. He finds that the more that he works with the material, the better he gets at manipulating it. JRNY FAN has no real art background and he hasn't sculpted anything since he was in 4th grade.

The bad news is, Star Wars and the toys are the property of Lucasfilm/Disney/20th Century Fox and Kenner/Hasbro. His playsets are not for sale, simply personal custom display pieces.  The good news is that he offers a link on his website for Downloadable 3-D Models.  He also has a small web store with small diorama pieces that are worth a look at too. 




JRNY FAN




















Saturday, November 1, 2014

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT UPDATE: SWK KUSTOMS

Now that Star Wars Rebels is in full swing and we have a few of the first episodes behind us, we thought that it would be a good time for our blog to display some Star Wars Rebels custom action figures to add to the excitement building around the show.  SWK Kustoms did a masterful job of adding elbow, knee, wrist, and ankle articulation to the figures from the 3-pack that is available in Toys R' Us without experiencing any of the downfalls associated with paint rub.  The customized lightsaber for Ezra was also handled in an impressive manner.  We especially loved the removable blade on his saber.  Almost all of us complained about the 5 points of articulation in the Rebels line that Hasbro was releasing, so it's nice to know that there are customizers out there providing the articulation that we all desire to give our figures more pose-ability for play.

With around 300 customs under his belt, SWK Kustoms specializes in fully articulated figures! SWK Kustoms creates fully articulated and detailed Custom 4” figures. Star Wars, Star Trek, DC, Marvel or anything you can think of. With SWK you can also become your favorite character as well: Jedi, Sith, Storm trooper, Mandalorian and much more. Figures can be purchased upon request. Price is based on how hard the piece is to make, usually between $50-150. All figures come with specialized weapons or gear & name plate stands.




SUPER-ARTICULATED
KANAN JARRUS & EZRA BRIDGER
created by SWK CUSTOMS



















Visit him on facebook: 
www.facebook.com/swkustoms


Email him at: 
SWK1138@yahoo.com


Check out his "profile page" on ebay at:
http://myworld.ebay.com/kr2700?ssPageName=ADME:X:CEM:US:1181





Monday, October 27, 2014

The Clone Wars Collection @ Customs for the Kid: THE VIDEO



Here is a must see video for all fans of the Clone Wars!  This may just be the coolest Clone Wars action figure collection ever caught on film!  One of the most unique in the world for sure.  Several artists spent years building the collection you are about to view.  Kick back and relax and see how strong the Force is with this Clone Wars action figure collection!







Sunday, October 26, 2014

ASIS FILM MODELS - Custom Star Wars Model Kits




Earlier this week, I read about a company by the name of ASIS Film Models that had contacted Jedi News to inform them of their line of 3 3/4" custom Star Wars model kits currently posted on their website for sale.

We bought a set here at home, and we recommend visiting the source link below to check out all of their available models.  The design work is just amazing and this will probably be the only way to complete your set of Phantom Menace podracers now that Hasbro has their plates full with future releases.

These kits are a LIMITED SERIES of only 200 units each! (includes serial number and sculptor´s signature).

Darth Daddy's Google+ Profile Gets Over 2 MILLION Views!

The profile page Dad created for his Star Wars custom action figure art surpassed 2 million views today!