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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: May 9, 2007, 08:11 AM »
Hey Guys,

OK, I had some fun with the whole converting swivil heads to ball joint heads, I thought I would do some more. For today, let me ask you this,  Who here thinks the latest SA Mace Windu face looks like it got hit with the ugly stick? This head just does not look anything like Mr. Jackson as compared to the great sculpt work done during Episode 2 movie release. I had a surprise box arrive from my mother-in-law with loose figures in it (It helps that I am her favorite son-in-law ;D) and would you believe, it had just the Mace Windu figures I was planning to get on e-bay. OK, here are three different head modifications for this figure. I still have to do some painting to establish one skin tone for this figure and the heads, so I will post an update later when I have that done. But for now here are some pics.

I really like the last scupt face. I don't think the artist intended on it being used for that scene, but it looks so right. Man, that's got  to hurt.

Thanks again for the comments and enjoy the pics.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: May 8, 2007, 07:41 AM »
Hey Guys,

I was lurking about the board when I found this great custom of a SA Qui-Gon Jinn by HappyNoodleBoy. I was inspired to dig up a some parts and whip up my own version. First off, I wasn's sure if I should do a new sculpt on the head or use one of the existing Hasbro versions. I did have one of the Applause statues and compared the face sculpt to the statue and notice that the Hasbro (finial duel version) was very close. I repainted the head and used some Fixit-Sculpt to lengthen the hair and square the back hair piece. I then hollowed out the head so it could fit on a SA Obi-Wan neck-post. I notice that the Obi-Wan torsol was too short for a Qui-Gon, so I decided to use the existing torsol, In order to achieve the ball-neck for the head, I used one of the new Male Neck Post Conversion Kits (comming soon to GTG) in place of the swivil neck hole. I then used a dremel to bore in the shoulder so that the Obi-Wan arms will fit. I then popped the legs off and put in the Obi-Wan legs and then sculpted the boot details with Fixit-Sculpt. I did not like the hands that came with the Obi-Wan for this custom, I went with the first set that I had laying arround, Bail Organa (ROTS version). The robe is from the new SA Mace Windu. Ok, enough with the talk, lets see some pics:






And just for fun, I did a quick head conversion on a young Obi-Wan and put it on the SA Obi-Wan body (unpainted for now). Here is the Master and the Padawan ready for action:


This was a great project and I am happy with the results. Plus this was a good exersize test for the upcomming Neck-Post Conversion Kit. With custom like this, alot of good older sculpted figures can be updated with a little bit of magic.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the pics.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: April 9, 2007, 11:34 AM »
First, thanks to all that have posted thier thoughts, suggestions and comments.

As for the female wookie, I would have thought that maybe 20 some odd years ago, but now with the newer media out there, I have seen slender female wookies. I was basing this design from the SW Galaxies game wookies, were the gamer can modify the character to what they want to be in the game. The head sculpt is fashioned after a SWCC game card I found. So the cross between the two forms of media, I cam up with this kit. It seem easy enough for the cassual customizer to modify and at least opens up the possibilities for more characters. That does not mean that I would not consider a more portly female charater kit down the road. I will have to see about tracking down another one of the larger wookie  bodies seeing that the one I have is spoken for my own custom K'Kurhk based on our own Sithfire designs, with my own twist to it.

Thanks again for the comments, I really enjoy hearing back from you all.

Until next time,

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: March 16, 2007, 12:54 AM »
Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the comments so far. It means a lot and I do really listen to what you have to say. Glassman6 had a very good point about the hight, she did appear too tall for a female. I went back and did some more tweeking and I think I got it decent enough. The main problem is in th length of the torsol rod. I compensated this by making the hole in the neck deeper. Here is a latest compareson of the ep3 wookie and votc chewie.

Again, thank you for the comments and I look forward to having this over at GTG soon.


Star Wars Action Figures / Female Wookie Project
« on: March 15, 2007, 10:10 AM »

I just got in a donor VOTC Chewie from Hawkeye for another project (think Sithfire's K'Kruhk custom). After I boiled and popped the feet, I reallized I had an oppertunity to study the design. Here is a pic:

The head seems to hold everything in place, so popping the head allowed me to break down the torsol. I then tried on the female Alien Head #12 on the neck post and saw that it did not fit. I retooled it so it could fit on the neck post and shoulders. I then notice that I had an opertunity to make a mini cutsom kit by changing the chest from male to female. In the process, I notice that Chewie's midsection was too straight on the sides and his belly extended out. I made a new section that gave her an hourglass figure of sorts (what I can get away with in all that fur). This is what I came up with:

Because I used wax on the torsol, I could not put back on the arms for the photos, but I held them in place while I was working on her and they look fine. She really looks slim and danty next to one of those hulking Wookies from ep3. I am happy at the way this turned out. As seen in the last picture, the kit includes three pieces, head, chest and mid section.

I hope this something that you all can use. I still rember when SW Galaxies was reviewed by X-Play and Morgan Webb made a female wookie character to test the game, and showed the dancing wookie. Well now the wookies can dance and do what ever you want. So dance wookie, dance your heart out.


Star Wars Action Figures / Good To Go Customs Restock (13-FEB-07)
« on: February 13, 2007, 07:57 PM »
GTG had a restock a few days ago. A big portion was the alien heads. Head on over there before they are all gone.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: February 11, 2007, 05:44 PM »
Hey everyone,

Well I hope everyone is enjoying the pics and reports that are comming in from Toyfare '07. I have for you today the finished sculpt on the Alien Thug #1. Here is a breakdown on what I did for him. I first reworked the face and head gear. Alot of detail was lost during the impression molding I did on both the Vintiage and POTF2 heads. I then rounded the back and sides of the head near the neck so that the head had more movement on the ball-joint neck. I also longated the face spikes a little and made the eyes more pomident. I also added some additional cloth detail between the face and the helmet. It helped masked the gap between the fussion of both pieces. In addition, the refernce photos I have show the same thing, so it is more accurite to the costume in the movie. Speak of which, I could only find one refernce photo of this guy and it is he same picture that was used on the vintage card. Even the chronicle book did not have this guys photo, imagine that. Anyways, The torsol was touched up a little following the example of both the vintage figure and the reference photo.  I followed the vintage figure wrinkle pattern and gave an additional lace so it has 4 instead 3 on the shirt.Since there are no shots of this guy from the back (other than the movie) I had to rely on the figure and guessing. The arms again are modeled after the vintage figure with modification for articulation. The hand is the same resin cast hand from the impression mold with extra wax to fill in either missing fingers or air bubbles. The shirt tails is model after the vintage figure with the addition of a leather strap that goes from the belt buckel to the back pouches. I caught this detail while watching the movie and studing the reference photo. Now the legs were very interesting and a pain in the butt. Both the reference photo and the vintage figure show signs that the knees are at the quilted part of the pants. This ment I had to cut the quilted pattern to make the knees. Once I had the knees done, it was a matter of rounding the edges in the quilted pattern to finish the effect. I finnished the detail work with filling in air bubble in the shoes and scribing the strap details into the shoes.

Now for the part you all are waiting for, the pictures. I have the four profile shots in color and also more angles in grey scale to show off more of the details.

Well another figure completed. I am really getting a hang on making the SA style figures. I started working on the Alien pilot a few days ago so I should have something for you all next week. Thanks again for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment on the way out. I love to read what you all have to say.

Until next time,


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: January 29, 2007, 08:06 AM »
Hey Everyone,

I have not posted here for a while so I thought I will update you all with 2 finished sculpted figures. Here is the first one, the Alien Thug 3 wax sculpt. ;D I am really proud of how it turned out. I finished this one on 31-DEC-06. Here is the breakdown on how he was made. I did a clay impression mold of the POTF2 Klatuu head and hands and the vintage Wooof helmet. I made a one time resin cast of these parts and used supper sculpty to fill in any gaps between the the face and the helmet. I also made sure that the head was ball-jointed to match the current Saga line. The rest of the body was sculpted. I then made a mold of the body and of the head (not the hands) and made a wax cast. From here I tooled the 12 points of articulation. I did an extensive study of the Saga design figures to make sure I had the articulation correct. After I had the articulation down, then I refined the details. I use this technique for the Alien Thug 2 as well. I got a lot of pics of him and I am also following my friend Sith_Fire30 photo method and bring you grey scale images to help bring the details out more. So enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.

Up next is the Alien Thug 2. I accually would have finished  him earlier today if it wasn't for the errors I caught in the sculpt. It so happens that I was watching the ROTJ DVD looking up reference material for Alien Thug 1 when I caught the jacket details on Thug 2 were wrong. I had to change the jacket, shoulder sleeves and collor. I am glad I took the time to do this now or it would have bugged me later on. In addition to the costume rework, I touched up the head by accenting the skin folds and vines, deffine the eyes, correct the details that were missing from the POTF2 head and cleaned up excess wax between the bandana and the back of the head. The head has alot more freedom to move compared to the POTF2 model. Now for the part that you all are waiting for, the pictures.

And as I did for the Alien Thug 3, here are some Grey Scale pics to help show off the details.

I might do some more tweaking here and there as I spot stuff I missed, (taking pictures help me look at my sculpts differently and I can spot things I want to fix after studing the photos) also feed back from you all help me to find those things I missed. But overall, I am happy with the way it turned. I have one more left to touch up now so it is back to work. See you all later.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: December 24, 2006, 10:26 PM »
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

I have a wonderful treat for you all. I just finished the last wax sculpt on my Alien Heads line Wave 2: Female Alien Heads. Here are the finial wax pics of all 15 heads:

We should have these heads avalible over at GTG early 2007. I hope you enjoy the pics and look for Wave 3 begining in the first quarter of 2007.



Plastic is a chemical compound that when heated will release toxic fumes which can then be transferred into your food. Super Sculpty is tested to be safe and was not meant to be used in the standard kitchen oven instead of a kelm. Be safe and do not bake plastic in your oven. You may not notice anything at first, but over time you may developed health problems that may not be reversible.

Here is the best way to produce your own action figures or parts. The best thing you should use to add detail or build up features on your figures is using a 2-part epoxy compound. Sith_Fire30 uses FIXIT for his creations and then makes a mold and a wax cast to put the finial details in wax. Sideshow Collectables use Apoxie Sculpt from a company called AVES Products. This stuff works like clay when mixed equally and applied and then hardens like a rock in hours. If you have to use Super Sculpty, I recommend that you treat it like clay and once you sculpted your piece or details, make a mold and then cast in resine or wax. Sculpty was never really design to handle the extremes our hobby demands on products. That is why I abandoned that stuff years ago for more professional look for my sculpts.

Lets keep this hobby safe and stay alive, OK.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: October 13, 2006, 03:06 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I have great news, the first wave of sculpted heads, sabers, and weapons will be up in the Good To Go Customs store this Monday :D !!! I got a sneak peak at the cast heads and I almost shed a tear of joy. They look fabulous in color plastic. I have to say, my favorite is Jedi Master K'Kruhk. But then again, like children, they are all my favorites. The staff at GTGC has given my work an exclusive section with in the store, so it should be real easy to find these pieces. Now I do have to warn you that supplies will be limited in the first run, but I have their insurances that they will try to keep the restock updated.

I would like to take this time to thank each and everyone who has posted comments, sent pms, and viewed this thread and offered there support. I am very touched by the overwhelming response to this project. I hope everyone will enjoy their cast pieces and I look forward in seeing your creations using these pieces. And stay tuned, I have more updates coming in the next week, featuring Wave 2 female heads, double blade sabers, and more mech weapons.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: October 3, 2006, 06:40 PM »
Hey Everyone,

I have finished the wax sculpt of Yarna D'al Gargan and Hoover.  Here is the finial pics:

Now if you have not heard by now, GTG will produce this figure and have it in the store. I just sent her overnight today. Check over at and GTG forums to see when she will be avaliable.

Thanks for your support and I hope you will enjoy.


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Jedi_Master_Ben's Wax Shop
« on: September 25, 2006, 10:21 AM »
Hey Everyone,

A few weeks ago I posted over at GTG, information about a mistery head that was sculpted for wave 1 that was requested by the GTG staff. Well here she is, Darth Talon from the SW Legacy comic.

In additional news, the molds have been made and shipped to GTG Headquarters for production. Check over at the GTG store in about a week to see the finial product pics and place your orders. Thank you all for your support on this project and I look forward to see all your custom projects that use these heads.

Best reguards,


Star Wars Action Figures / My Quinlan Vos Custom
« on: September 20, 2006, 11:10 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I have a quick custom post today. I just got my Quinlan_Vos head along with some other heads and I could not resist the temptation to paint this head and see what it looks like with color. Here is the pic:

Here is a close up of the face:

The recipe is this:

GTG Quinlan Vos head
Episode 1 OBI-WAN KENOBI (Jedi Duel) body

I am not one for chop and shop customs, but I did have this extra obi wan that I use to display my sculpted heads for pictures. I painted the face and hands dwrf flesh from citadel paints. I then painted the rest of the face based on the clone wars comics. I was really impressed with the results. By far, this has been one of the best sculpts I have ever seen of this charater. I am willing to bet even the Big H can't do as well of a job. I HIGHLY recommend this head sculpt for all you Quinlan Vos fans. Thanks to Bekker and the rest of the GTG team for making this custom posible.

I am your humble fan,


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