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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Neck Post Conversion Kit
« on: April 10, 2006, 07:06 PM »
Hi everyone,

I had a long conversation with Glassman6 this afternoon and between him and I, we worked out a plan of attack for this project. I am going to open a new thread for collecting a list of body types that are most commonly used by you all for custom work. This will be the first step. The list should include the most commonlly used POTF2, POTJ, Episode 1, Saga and OTC peg head bodytypes. We want both male and female types, reguardless if they have been used alot by customizers in the past or not. Good examples would be uniforms, unique body sculpt, favorite costume. The next phase will greatly need your help with. I will need volentiers to send me bodies with out the heads, mostly torsos but whole figure also accepted (for taking example pictures of the head on the body). I asking to barrow them while I am developing this project and you will get them back to you all. I will also need to barrow ball jointed heads from a list I will post here. These will give me the range of head sizes I will have to keep in mind while sculpting the neck posts. Once I am done, the will be sent back with my thanks. To give you all another example of what I am proposing, I have an Adi Gallia figure on loan from Bossk_in_E3. I did two neck posts, one for Mon Mothma's width, and one for Aayla Secura. I am guessing the diameters between these two neck types should cover the range of female ball joint heads. Here are the pics:



And a Groupe Shot:



Again the success of this project will depend on your support. Go to the "Neck Post Body List" post and enter your requests you can submit as many body types that you would want to see get this treatment. Please, read through the list before posting your request so we do not have duplications. This is not a voting thing. I will post the ball joint head list later today.

Thanks for your help,

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: April 10, 2006, 01:19 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I finished another head sculpt for my alien head sculpt. I posted detailed pics of the head over at the alien head list. This time its my favorite Luxan, Ka'Dargo from Farscape. It took all day Sunday:

 

Now for a side note, because of the alien nature of the Colemen body, I would replace the top half with an Obi Wan #55. Since I do not own either figure at the moment, I can only imagine. I did win some loose ROTS jedi on e-bay and they should be here by the end of the week, so I will have other bodies types to showcase my alien heads. As always, comment, feedback and suggestions are greatly encuraged. Thanks for looking.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Hi Everyone,

I know I have not posted a new alien head in the past 5 days, with all the work I have been putting into my Psadan Gladiator and the Gargan's Hoover accessory. But not to worry, I would not leave you all with out a little something. I have updated the alien list with a new alien head sculpt. Thanks to roron_corobb over at RS, for  loaner Colemen body, I was able to get one of my favorite heads made on Sunday, The Luxan Male Head!!! Thats right, its my favorite Luxan, Ka'Dargo from Farscape. It took all day to get his features just right. In doing some research for photo refrences, I came accross several male and female Luxans. So most likely I will return to this species.  I did win some loose ROTS jedi on e-bay and they should be here by the end of the week, so I will have other bodies types to showcase my alien heads. Thanks for stoping by. Next up will be some Bothans.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Hi BrentS,

Ha ha, size maters not, my gladiator will take on yours. Let get ready to rumble!!!!

All kidding aside, that gladiator came out great! I like the fact that you chose a color that not a shade of brown or green. It's very bold and pops out. The choice of head was perfect, who would have thought that figure could serve another purpose other than flipping a burger ;D. Man, I going to have to get some better weapons though...and I just where to get them he he he eh ;D.

Again BrentS, great looking gladiator. I got to finish mine. See you at the coliseum  ;D.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: April 9, 2006, 03:59 PM »
Hi Chewie,

Thanks again for the confidence boost ;D. It is always great to get feedback from another master. On the Gargan kit, I am really proud of how this one turned out. I was planing to submit it to Hasbro for a commision as a freelance sculptor for them. It would be a dream possition. Of course, feet planted firmly to the ground, they most likely turn it away saying that do not take unsilisted work :'(. If that happens, then you can bet your sweet  :o I will make it avaible to you guys just to dispite them ;D. Thanks for all the support, Chewie.

Jed_Master_Ben

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BrentS: Thanks for the comment. I had to guess what the back side of this guy looks like. I only seen two good pictures of him, Essential guide and the pic I posted above. I have the Last Command comic, but these creatures were not done justice by the artists that inked the mag. :'( The way I figure this guy looks like is a summo wrestler. I studied refrence photos of the summo and applied it to the sculpt. Also, by the nature of the design of the alien, that will be very little articulation. I only see swivil arms and ball joint head with the big bone will be attached to the head like the breathing unit on a AT-AT or TIE pilot figure. The rest of the body would have to be a single cast. But am having fun making him. I am supprise that Hasbro has not really tap this subject material for future figures. If anything, it would be another alien encounter for Chewie's photonovel if he want to use him that is.

Again, thanks for the comments and stay tuned for more updates as I have them ready.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Hi everyone,

I have been very busy this weekend. I got a rough sculpt now of my Psadan Gladiator He is comming along nicely now. I thought this would be a good time to post a WIP pic of him. Oh, and RollaJedi, to answer your question, there is no base figure for this custom. This is a complete sculpt just like all my other figures. The only thing on him that is store bought are the weapons he is holding. Thanks for the interest and stay tuned for updates as I get them in.



Let me know what you all think. Thanks for looking

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: April 8, 2006, 08:13 PM »
Hi everyone,

I wanted to give you all another update on the Gargan. I was looking at her the other night and compared her to the refrence pictures and notice that the skirt drooped down arround her belly. I went a head and moved it, which ment I had to cut into the skirt and all that detail in order to get the right shape and look. I think it looks more like the movie character now and less like the Kenner mockup. In addition, I started the sculpt of her accessory, Hoover. I know at first glance it looks big compaired to the Gargan, but when I looked at the refrence photos of it being constructed by ILM, it was a big puppet. Of course I still have to do the detail wrinkles and such, but I think I have the right pose. Here is the pic:



I hope you enjoy.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Hi there Spectre,

I really enjoyed examining your custom medic. Really top notch. Great attention to detail on all the accessories and paint scheme. I do have to agree with Chewie on the Earthly look to the character. Right now, she looks like she is between two diffrent toy lines; GI Joe and Star Wars. I would recommend the design that is already on the med kit, the circle with verticle lines, should replace any red cross patches and the blue cross patch on her chest. Also, I am not sure you ment to do this or not, the colors you picked, tan and green, looks a lot like Doc from the '80s Joe line. I would research some of the costume designs used in AOTC or ROTS movie extras and compare the color pallet to your figure. Change these things and the figure would then look more Star Wars then GI Joe. Just my opinon. Again, really great work there,  I would love to see more of your work in future.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Fodder Alert!
« on: April 7, 2006, 08:31 AM »
Hey guys,

I was looking arround for these Alien vs Predator figure kits that Fritzkrieg had posted. I found an online store where you can preorder a case. Here it is:

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu.aspx?menu=509

I also notice that Hot Toyz makes the ones that Fritzkrieg showed  us  but Kotobukiya makes the other set that come with the picest to make the queen. Check it out. This could make an interesting photonovel with the crossing of the two movies. I can see it now, General Quinlan Vos and  Commander Faie are on a search and destroy mission trying to locate General Grievous. They encounter a seperatist outpost that seems to be abbandond. Little do they know what lies down below. ;D

I thought you guys would like to know. If some of us get a case and get the figures they want, the extras could be offered to the rest of the group for sale or trade. I am willing if some of you are. Just my two cents.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Neck Post Conversion Kit
« on: April 7, 2006, 12:28 AM »
Thank you Gregorbian, i was getting to wonder if I was spinning my wheels for nothing. If at least one person could benifit from this project, then I feel better going into this. I just hated the idea that a good sculpt like Adi Gallia would be neglected because it is a peg head body.  Now with this idea of mine, you could use a Aayla Secura head on that body or even one of my alien head sculpts ;D.

Thanks again for the support, it means a lot to me.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Neck Post Conversion Kit
« on: April 7, 2006, 12:11 AM »
Hey everyone,

BrentS: you have a valid point and I did take that into consideration. I would make several neck posts that would cover the range of ball socket (except stormtroopers and clone troopers, to big of a ball). From what I have seen in most new figures as they are taken apart at RS photo gallery, the balls are close, not perfect. If the head is loose on the neck pole, then all you have to do is fill it with some plastic welder 2 part epoxies that you can get at Wal-mart and cover the neck post in either Vaseline or saran wrap and sick it in and let the plastic cure on the neck post. Otherwise, I will make various neck kits that will be made to order. Example " I would like a Hoth Leia neck with a small female ball joint, please." Once I have an inventory of stock necks, I will be able to adjust to the needs of the customizer. Of course, some of the fun in customizing is solving problems that come about doing chop shop toy designs. Bottom line, I have proven my plan could work and that is what I was trying to accomplish and now have succeeded. As for distribution, for right now, I think I will work on a case-by-case scenario based on the needs of each customizer choice of body they are customizing.

Thanks for the input and I deeply respect your feedback, it does shed light on to other issues besides the engineering design process.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« on: April 6, 2006, 10:49 PM »
Hey everyone,

Now that I got the Bothan question squared away now, I wanted to go back to a previous posting and give you all an update. Here she is, Yarna D'al Gargan! I have finished the sculpt on her ;D. I lengthen the back of her head and finished the detail on the back of the headdress. I am really happy how this turned out. Here are the front and back shots.





Now you are all wondering if I will include some sort of accessory. Would it be a staff like Leia had in the deluxe model? Nah.... I decided to follow Hasbro's example with Oola when they gave her Salacious Crumb. I am going to include Hoover with my Yarna D'al Gargan!!! You will be able to kill two birds with this figure set in your Jabba's Palace diorama. Now how about that, lets see if Hasbro can top me ;D ;D ;D!

All joking a side, now that I finished the sculpt of her; I can make molds of the skirt and headdress and a new head mold in preparation for the wax when it arrives.

As always, all comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Hi everyone,

I got my Gladiator picked out. It is a Psadan Gladiator  from the planet Wayland. I spotted this guy in the Essential Guide to Alien Species. Here is a pic of what they look like:



I will post WIP as I get them done.

Later,

Jedi_Master_Ben

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Neck Post Conversion Kit
« on: April 6, 2006, 06:57 PM »
Hi everyone,

OK all you doubters out there, I did it!!! I figured out how to do this conversion, with very minimal effect. Here is the breakdown:

OK, we all know that each head we boil and pop has different neck shafts and base disks. So I was rattling my brain on trying to figure out how to universities the peg to go into the body. I had an old POTF2 Obi Wan body that I boiled and pop a long time ago. I took my monster maker clay and started to play around with the torso. I pushed in some of the clay into then neck hole and then started to shape a neck post out of the clay. I had my VOTC Han head next to the body and started to fit it to the neck post. I sculpted then neck and got it to it was a working condition with the ball joint head. Now the interesting thing that happened was the post was stuck on the body and I just could not get it out and then it dawned on me... What is the most common factor amongst ball jointed figures???? Their neck posts are part of the torso!!! That cracked it for me, the neck post conversion kit would be GLUED to the peg hole to be permanently fixed in place. Since all customizers make a custom, they do not try to restore the figure to its original condition, gluing the neck post would just be one more step in making the custom figure. So here are some pictures to illustrate the my concept:







Now the next task is to get as many sample custom fodder bodies without the heads and make the neck post to cover the various styles of bodies. The ball joints diameters would be a standard size one for females and one for males. This will be an on going work in progress since I do not have but a small few loose figures and hardly no custom fodder since I sculpt my customs not chop shop them. I will compile an initial list of bodies that I have notice that get customize a lot and then I will leave it open for everyone to submit their wish list. If I do not have the body, I would need someone to loan or donate the body for the conversion process. I will be making the cast of each neck post since it would allow me to provide customizers the purchase my alien heads to use them with the older bodies.

I would like to hear everyones opinion on this since this will greatly benefit you all with the direction that Hasbro is going with the design of the newer figures.

Thanks for your time,

Jedi_Master_Ben

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