Friday, October 20, 2017

CUSTOMIZER SPOTLIGHT "UPDATE": CLONE WARS "BULDUGA & ONCA" created by Peak-OB1 Custom Creations

So, I just had a birthday earlier in the month and Dad surprised me with an out of this world present, Clone Wars custom action figures made by Peak-OB1 Custom Creations from "The Box" episode. We featured a few of the figures on the blog already, but today's feature is all about Onca and Bulduga.

Normally we get our action figures from Peak-OB1 Custom Creations directly, but these particular figures were commissioned by another collector many years ago. That collector recently made the decision to sell off their Star Wars collection and contacted us to see if we'd be interested in purchasing what he had available.  We jumped at the chance to buy these knowing they can't be found anywhere else. We admired them from afar ever since their creation, always wishing they were part of our collection. The paintwork and craftsmanship on these figures are just incredible, and worthy of our previous praise. While we still need a few more of the figures to complete the set, Balduga and Onca might just be my favorites of the bunch.

"Most beings in the galaxy assume that Ithorians are peaceful keepers of gardens and contemplative philosophy. The ones who have stared down the barrels of the bounty hunting brothers Bulduga and Onca beg to differ -- if not busy begging for their lives. While Onca favored heavier rifles, Bulduga preferred the fast-draw blaster. Some who noticed Bulduga's low slung holster, red-lensed goggles and wide-brimmed hat wondered if perhaps Bulduga was a copy-cat, looking to imitate another well-known gunslinger -- but not within earshot of the deadly Ithorian." - Star Wars Databank

"Together with his brother Bulduga, Onca was part of a legendary bounty hunting team. While Bulduga fancied himself a fast-drawing gunslinger, Onca was slower, unable to overcome the bulk of his Ithorian build to snap off shots as quickly as his brother could. Instead, Onca favored firepower over flash or finesse. He often carried more than one blaster rifle at a time, including a sawed-off one." - Star Wars Databank




CLONE WARS 
"BULDUGA ONCA
created by Peak-OB1 Custom Creations


























My current collection of figures from "The Box".



Only a few more to go to complete the set!



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Monday, October 9, 2017

JEDI TEMPLE ARCHIVES - ANIMATED FIGURES FOR THE VINTAGE COLLECTION



Check out the lists Peak-OB1 and Customs for the Kid were asked to put together for Jedi Temple Archives to share with Hasbro. We were happy that it already reached the eyes of Steve Evans director of design for the Star Wars brand team over at Hasbro.


In a perfect world, the sculpts on these figures would be made so they could pass for animated or realistic. A hybrid, similar to The Clone Wars action figure of Cad Bane that came with TODO-360. 


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"This list was a blast to do! It's nice to offer some concepts and ideas every once in while! Both Darth Daddy and I left off a bunch of characters.

Here is Peak-OB1's most wanted list:

1.) Bo Katan: We are in a time right now where, like it or not Girls rule! This character is in both Clone Wars and Rebels and everyone loves Mando bounty hunters


2.) Sugi: Once again this character is in Clone Wars and mentioned in the book "Shattered Empire"  where her niece is one of the main characters fly that green gunship around!


3.) Ben Kenobi in Rako Hardeen Disguise: Would be my absolute all time favorite! This is such a great look for him and the first time, he uses the code name Ben!


4.) Ventress Bounty Hunter: or pretty much any Ventress outfit you want to make would be a hit in my mind! She is such a solid character by the end of the show!


5.) Ketsu Onyo: In both Rebels and the new Forces of Destiny. Probably the most elaborate costume I have seen since Hasbro made Cato Parisiti in the toy line.


There's so many more. If just a few of these are produced I'm sure it would make a lot of people happy!


Also Wanted to thank Paul Very much, for letting us work on this list!" - Peak-OB1 Custom Creations

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"I really wanted to get the 99 action figure on the list, but we tried to narrow it down to only a certain number of slots and I lost the coin toss ;) I think we need an action figure of a character of his caliber in the line. Imagine what the implications would have been if Domino Squad never made it into the field as their instructors were planning. 99 had a huge impact on The Clone Wars, but we forget his contribution by the end. He also is very relatable to all the Star Wars fans overcoming short term or long term disabilities that rarely feel represented in toy lines. 

I think all the figures listed here are significant enough characters to merit a figure and it would be nice to see them made over the coming years. 

I like all the interest in this topic because it shows just how much love there is for the animated Star Wars content. 

DARTH DADDY's TOP 10 DESIRED "CLONE WARS" FIGURES

1.) Satine Kryze: Any Outfit. Preferably a 3-pack of her in her headdress outfit, pink adventure gear outfit, and the blue outfit she died in. The love interest of Obi-Wan Kenobi NEEDS an action figure. She died in his arms! At Maul's hands. What fan doesn't want to recreate that scene in plastic?

2.) Professor Huyang: Love the idea of a droid lightsaber building instructor who was present when Yoda built his own lightsaber. With David Tenant from Dr.Who voicing the character he is sure to be a good selling figure.

3.) Bo Katan: She is in both Clone Wars and Rebels and features as a major player in both. Viszla’s partner in crime. Plus, she's a Mandalorian and Satine's sister.

4.) Pong Krell: Scariest villain in the entire series, and he’s a Jedi!

5.) Sugi: One of the coolest new bounty hunters we got on the show. I’d love if she came with her ship.

6.) Ziro the Hutt: He was the villain of the theatrical release and a great reoccurring figure throughout the series. He’d look great in a set with Sy Snootles.

7.) Kalani: Love the design of this droid. Plus, he made it into Rebels.

8.) Lux Bonteri: A pretty major character. Lux was the love interest of Ahsoka and they had several adventures together. I’d prefer the Onderaan version for his figure.

9.) Steela Gerrera: The first Rebel leader. Need I say more.

10.) Saw Gerrera: Have to have a companion figure to Steela and Lux. Plus he raises Jyn Erso and is heavily featured in Rogue One.

Other Honorable Mentions: Younglings from Season 5 Ahsoka/Hondo “Gathering” arc, Younglings & Trandoshans from "Padawan Lost", Hondo Gang members, Pune Zignat, C-21 Highsinger, and of course all other figures that actually made our final list.

DARTH DADDY's TOP 10 DESIRED “REBELS” FIGURES

1.) Hondo: One of my favorite Star Wars characters of all-time!

2.) AP-5: The only Ghost crew member to not be made.

3.) Season 3 Ezra Bridger: An updated version of Ezra is a must.

4.) Blind Kanan Jarrus: Another figure we desperately need. It would be cool if the face shield were removable.

5.) Season 3 Sabine Wren: The coolest look Sabine has had on the show so far.

6.) Azmorigan: He'd look awesome in plastic!

7.) Ketsu Onyo: Love the look of the character design.  This character definitely needs a removable helmet.

8.) Lando Calrissian: Love the look of the Rebels Lando.

9.) Cham Syndulla: One of the coolest characters from the animated content and Hera's dad.

10.)  Numa: Another cool nod to The Clone Wars, nothing cooler than seeing Numa all grown up.

Honorable Mentions: Tarkin, Sabine's family, and all other figures that made the final list.

A big thanks to Paul Harrison and Peak-OB1 and for asking me to participate in this!" - Darth Daddy of Customs for the Kid



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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

JASON HARROP Added to "CUSTOMS I WISH I OWNED"




While it is true that we solely collect 3.75" figures, we found the work of Jason Harrop aka Harrop Customs noteworthy enough that we wanted to feature his work nonetheless.  One of our biggest reasons for featuring him is for what he has been giving back to the community.  I was first exposed to his work over at the Star Wars Two Suns 6" Customs Facebook group that he created and put together with friends, Cubescity Customs. The page was created to help out action figure enthusiasts who are interested in customizing by bringing many talented individuals together to inspire and collaborate on their creative action figure ideas.  The group was a really cool place for me to see what Star Wars custom action figure artists are doing in another scale.  From resin cast character kits to informative tutorials that will help you fine tune your skills, Jason has made some awesome contributions to the page and to his portfolio. We highly recommend 6" collectors take notice of this artist so you don't miss out!


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LINKS TO HIS WORK:

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

NEW INVENTORY @ HOLE IN THE GROUND PRODUCTIONS



Hole In The Ground Productions awesome diorama building pieces are getting to be extremely impressive of late. From Rebel War Tables to a Cantina Distillery, all the new additions are drool worthy. Head on over and check out all that's available. Recreate numerous movie scenes with your figures.



Monday, September 25, 2017

"THE LAST JEDI" KYLO REN created by Darth Daddy

This was a quick and easy custom to create if you have an extra Black Series Kylo Ren action figures on hand. All you need to do is reduce the ball on the neck peg to accept the heads of the two different The Last Jedi  Kylo Ren 5poa action figures.  The unmasked head can be found single carded on store pegs now and the helmeted head can be purchased with the Force Link.  Just remember to remove the soft goods below the waist with a scissor to make the figure screen accurate. It takes only a few minutes to add a super-articulated version of the character to your home's display shelves.


"THE LAST JEDI"
KYLO REN 
created by Darth Daddy

  


















Sunday, September 17, 2017

"THE LAST JEDI - ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD" created by Customs for the Kid

Sometimes the best looking customs are the easiest to make.  All this 3.75" action figure needed for completion was a quick head swap to fill out the ranks and diversify the team protecting Supreme Leader Snoke.  We used the head from the Rey 2-pack released on Force Friday with the new Black Series - Praetorian Guard exclusive to Walmart.  If you want to fill in the hole in the head some with glue gun or anything else you see fit, it may help the head rest off the shoulders a bit, but if you pull up on the head it will rest tight enough on the head for posing to not make any modifications. We're sure we won't be the only ones doing this custom.  It's very likely it has been done already by several customizers.  

If you are having difficulty locating the Black Series - Praetorian Guard action figure at your local Walmart, fear not.  These figures aren't due to be released until November.  


"THE LAST JEDI -
ELITE PRAETORIAN GUARD"
created by Customs for the Kid



Posed next to the original Black Series action figure release.






The action figure can remain in really difficult poses with ease.












We love the Snoke action figure from the BB-8 playset.




Saturday, September 9, 2017

UPDATED: "1:18 scale U-Wing Build-It-Yourself-Kit" by thewriteguy




Not too long ago we featured the 1:18 scale U-Wing build-it-yourself-kit by thewriteguy, Howard Wen. He updated his online album with over 200 photos of the vehicle playset fully painted. Many of these pictures feature action figures of the entire Rogue One crew.


















Also, this ship now has push-button sound FX. He put together YouTube photo videos showing people how to take the sound board from Revell’s U-Wing model to use in their own 1:18 scale U-Wing.






He is finally, absolutely finished with his project! 


This 1:18 scale U-Wing (from ROGUE ONE and the fourth season of STAR WARS: REBELS) is made from cardboard and paperboard. It’s designed for the 3.75” action figures. The building plans I designed are free for all Star Wars fans who want to make one of their own. 

Templates (Building plans and photo guide) 

Accessory Pack (Building plans for the inside elements) http://www.mediafire.com/file/v90cence644d3y1/U-wing_1-18_scale_accessory_pack.zip 

Paint Guide (How to prep and paint cardboard models) http://www.mediafire.com/file/bcoq2p5o28z51l5/U-wing_1-18_scale_paint_guide.pdf 

Alternate Engine Build 
(Build the mid- and end sections of the engines so you won’t need to paint them) 

Sound Add-on (Implement the sound board from Revell’s U-Wing model) http://www.mediafire.com/file/tvi784qvqab8q7d/U-wing_1-18_scale_Revell_sound_addon.pdf 

Archive (Archived photos showing the original design and build process)