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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: March 21, 2006, 10:30 PM »
Hello everyone,

I would like to thank everyone who has left comments and those just stopped by and had a look at my creations. A lot of you have asked me some question about the various customs I posted. So lets get started with some answers.

hemble:  Thanks for the warm welcome and thanks for the kind words.

Fritzkrieg:  I hate to burst the bubble, I am not a "Pro" sculptor nor do I work for Hasbro. I do take your comment as the highest compliment possible. We all strive to emulate the master toy makers with each and every custom. I have been sculpting custom figures for over 10 years. It is only natural that with every custom created, the skills and experiences increase. Now the question one needs to ask is, when you surpass the master, where does one go from there? Again, thanks for the compliments.

Clone Commander:  I am glad that you like the AT-PT. The legs were from a Battlemech toy long since discontinued. The body was made from styrene sheets and other spare parts. And no, still not working for Hasbro :'(. Maybe one day.

BrentS: Thanks for the compliments. I belong to 4 forums so the chances of seeing my stuff amongst them is very probable. Since there is not a local group that practice this hobby, the forum is the only source of feedback. I only get better with every response. As for selling the casted figures, I will have to look into how to do it safely. As much as I would love to meet Uncle George, I do not want it in a court room.  ;D

Kit Fisto: Thanks for the comment. I want to let you know that I have seen UK Rick and Bantha5 (who I have talked with about the Gargan project) customs and in fact theirs were the inspiration to do the Gargan and Mawhonic figures. I did not purchase those figures from them. I studied their pictures, then did research on the film character costumes and made my own choices on the design approach for the customs. Believe me, they are not the same sculpt or style as those of UK Rick and Bantha5. By the way, they have seen these pictures on another forum and they are supportive. I do have to confess one thing, I did buy a Ben Quadinaros from Bantha5 and I am really happy with it. ;D

darth_ripley:  Thanks for the compliment. The Gasgano pods were made from 1Ltr Coke bottles and Ody's pods were made from Mr. Bubble containers and a lot of model frames and tubing. I sometimes look at the ordinary object and see if I could turn it into something useful (and its cheap ;D). I was a little ticked that Hasbro made the figures, did not make the pod racers to go with them. So I took it upon myself to fabricate them. I would like to make all of them one day.

Master_Phruby:  Thanks for the compliment. Yes, the Gargan is sculpted from scratch using a wax/ oil based clay from . I did the body first, the neck, (as seen in the picture) is a ball joint configuration. The head was sculpted on the post, and then separated for molding. A cast of the body and head were made in plastic resin. Two of the worst casts became the foundation for the accessory sculpts, as seen in the picture. The only thing I have left to do is the back of the head and the headdress. I notice that the back was not long enough compared to the reference photos of the actress. So I am going to fix that and make a new mold. This should not affect the headdress. I will update here on this posting as I make changes.

Thanks for everyone’s input. I am glad that I was able to share with you some of my creations. I will be posting here more often now that I found this community.  I do look forward to seeing everyone’s projects as they are made and I will provide my comments and suggestions as well.

Until next posting,


Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: March 17, 2006, 04:00 PM »
Thanks Chewie, that means alot comming from you. I can't wait to hear your input. The only way we improve is through our peers comments. Feedback is the key to growth.


Hi Chewie,

I had a look at your customs today. You have so many that I had to make a list just so I can keep track of them for me to comment on. Overall, you have a keen eye for detail. You managed to create a whole new toy line out of these parts. Amazing work. Hasbro could learn a thing or two from you.  So since the list is long, let me get started.

Rodian Senator -  Nice looking, love the color scheme.

Groon - Very cool, although I wouldn't go showing this off to Star Trek fans (LOL).

Trofarr the Terrible - I love it!

Ki Adi Mondi in armor - looks great.

Lord Cration - Awesome!!!

Republic field officer - great concept, reminds me of that Droids cartoon General.

Troll Rapitis - Nice looking.

Trench Back Beast and Yettar - Another Awesome figure and beast!!! I really like the beast of burden. Great job with the head.

Jeeta - Very nice.

Marliss - Very nice.

Josser Enloe - he looks great. Nice color scheme. He also reminds me of Kyle father from the video game Jedi Knight.

Dark Pageuis - Interesting use of Dr. Doom head with that body. It paid off nicly.

Quinlan Vos - I love the Bob Marley look, man. I would keep it around just for that look.

Kala Mly Shondi - Very interesting looking.

Gomor - Great Looking.

Mace Windu with Cloak - Best ever Mace figure!!!

Imperial Gonk Droid - Very interesting use of random stuff. It looks very practical in conception.

Seportist Surveillance Port - Nice paint job and use of old GI Joe stuff!

Tame Heem and Malon Shaar - Very nice looking Hammerheads.

Bail Organa - Nice cross from imperial and Alderann costume.

Roron Corobb - Very nice looking. I would recommend the use of the new legs that come with the new Hammerhead figure due out this year. It comes with pants which in the cartoon series, he had paints on.

Yarael Poof -  Very nice looking.

Jedi Master Mace Windu - Best ever likeness with out the cloak.

Jedi Master Aayla in armor - Nice concept. Might I recommend that you loose the skirt. In the film, she had on pants which would say that the character like the mobility with pants than with a skirt. Also, looking at the character's costume, I would fashion the armor to match the outfit. For example, she had one arm covered up and a sports bra. How bout covering one arm with armor and the chest plate ( not the belly) and cover the boots and maybe the thighs. Just a thought.

Jedi Master Hagen Daas - Interesting Head and nice hands use. Good pose.

Jedi Master Mace in armor - Very nice figure, but something about the neck. That turtle neck piece dosen’t looks right. I would recommend the torso that you used for the Jedi Master Mace Windu . Just my two cents.

And last....

Blue Tweelik - Very nice looking figure since you fixed the neck thing. I like the body and choice of colors for the costume.

Awesome work you put into this and it shows in your photo novel. I look forward to seeing more great figures in the future.


Star Wars Action Figures / Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: March 17, 2006, 11:33 AM »
Hello Everyone,

I have been customizing Star Wars figures since 1992. I started to sculpt my own figures starting in 1996. I was published in Wizzard Magazine in JAN 98 issue for Homemade Heros, where I recieved Grand Prize for my Cantina Diorama featuring my sculpted figures. In 2002, I was commisioned to design 6 figures for a toy company in GA. The toys were fashioned after the New Resident Evil line. Unfortantly, the company did not win the lincence. I am currently desinging charaters for a stopmotion film project. With all this experience, my main love will always be with Star Wars Figures. I surfed the web and came across custom forums and decided to join. I was inspired again to sculpt new figures and share them with others. I came accross this site while looking at Glassman's and Chewie's customs on other forums. I wanted to share with this community my custom works. I have strived to develope my skills to be equaled only by those at Hasbro. With help from Bantha5 and Sithfire_30 as well as hard reaserch and practice I am closer to my goal. Let me know what you think and I am always open to sujestion. So with out further delay, I present my customs and works in progress. Thank you,


WIP Tantive IV Rebel Blockade Runner

Gasgano and Ody Mandrel Pod Racers

Imperial AT-PT

WIP X-WING MOD kit with maintenance platform

WIP Teemto PagaliesPod Racer

WIP Barada

WIP Klatuu

WIP Nikto

WIP Mawhonic

WIP Yarna D'al Gargan

Here is my WIP Yarna D'al Gargan (27-FEB-06). This is not a copy of the vintage hard copy. This Yarna D'al Gargan is completely sculpted by me. The body has already been sculpted and a mold was made. I casted the body in resine so I could sculpt the skirt. I filled in the area with clay to give a foundation for the skirt, just like the Kenner hard copy (found at as well as Bantha5) The head was sculpted on the body seperatly sitting on the ball joint neck. The figure is ment to be more like a saga sculpt than a Kenner sculpt. The head was molded and casted in resien and snaped on top of a half body. From here, the headress is sculpted on. I like to thank Ryan (Bantha5) for the great refrence photos and for the insperation and advise. I still have a lot of work left.

Here are two pictues of Yarna D'al Gargan progress (06-MAR-06). I also thrown in the clay master of the body that I sculpted. The clay master did not survive the demolding proccess. I lost a lot of the face detail comming out of the mold. But at least you can see what the body looks like.

I made some more progress with the Gargan (17-MAR-06). Here is a picture of the progress of the headdress. I decided not to do a Kenner style, I wanted to do a more movie acurate piece. I still have work to do on the back of the head. Let me know what you think. The best part about sculpting in clay is that if you do not like it, you can change it.

Thanks you.


Star Wars Action Figures / WIP Mawhonic
« on: March 17, 2006, 10:23 AM »
Hi everyone,
I have for you today a almost finished sculpt of Mawhonic, the podracker from Episode 1. This is another part Hasbro part original sculpt figure. The Head, hands, and feet are from the Ask Aak figure from ROTS line. The body is sculpted by me. The neck post is a quick cast of the Ask Aak figure using the impression method into sculpty clay. I do have a general question for those of us that sculpt our figures in clay and wax: At what point in the figure production should articulation be put in, at the clay stage, at the wax stage or at the urethane resin stage? I am not sure if I should do the articulation details into the clay piece or cast it in wax then put in the articulation detail? Any comments would be appreciated. Anyway, here is the picture (I grouped different views into one picture this time


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