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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: August 4, 2014, 05:03 PM »
I'm glad I don't have to wait another two weeks, but in the grand scheme that's not too bad.  Used to be it could take months for a new release to hit international territories.

Don't I know it! My very first movie on the big screen was RotJ. It premiered in February 1984  ;D That'd mean I get to see EPVI in September 2016  :o ;D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:08 PM »
Isn't that great. In this time of worldwide premieres, GOTG will premier here in Holland on August 14  ::)


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guardians of the Galaxy
« on: July 30, 2014, 06:50 AM »
Super hyped about this one, yet I've refrained from seeing anything but two trailers. And that Guardians of the Star Wars Galaxy mashup poster? Need. That. On. A. Shirt. Now!  ;D

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Gentle Giant / Re: Jumbo Jabba
« on: July 26, 2014, 05:34 PM »
I passed on the entire Jumbo thing, but mucho kudos to GG for having the balls the take this endeavour to a new level. Jumbo Wampa was one thing, but Jumbo Jabba?! Next thing you know, they'll make a Jumbo Rancor, or a Jumbo Imperial Shuttle!  ;D

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Collections / Mr. Black's Man Cave: makeover 2014 - update 08/26
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:55 PM »
Back in 2008 I had this idea to seriously take on reorganizing my 'man cave'. It's my own little room, where I have my collection on display and where I practice the fine art of customizing. It's a small room of 2m. x 3m. (6ft. x 9ft.), but it's mine. Mine!


Fast forward six years and I've finally started the makeover! Here's a series of photos showing the progress.


These two 32" Billy cabinets feature part of my collection and some random stuff as well. It all looks a bit sloppy. I was never happy with the way the cabinets met in the corner, but due to the size restrictions of the room, there wasn't another way of placing them.







Panning to the left you can see my customzing space:







And here I've disassembled one of the grey Billy cabinets and assembled the first two of four 16" Billy cabinets:







Another Billy and a Benno CD case waiting to be assembled:







This shelf above my workbench has to go, otherwise I can't fit all the Billy cabinets:







I don't have a big collection, but man, even a small collection consists of a lot of stuff. I'm just glad all of my action figures are packed away in bins in the attic:







This is a quick setup of the first three Billys, enabling me to maximize the use of the corner. Of course, there's quite a bit of empty space behind the middle cabinet, but that can be used perfectly for hiding the wiring of the lighting inside the cabinets:





Here's a test fitting of the LED strips:








 I'm not sure what looks best: one on top and one on the bottom shelf, or two on top and two on the bottom. If only one, should I place it in the back, middle or front?


My girlfriend mentioned finding a mural or wallpaper of a starfield and applying that to the back and/or inner sides of the cabinets.



*** update 07/25 ***



I installed all of the LED strips and guided the cable through the back panel of each Billy:










The back panel of the Benno CD case hasn't been fixed with nails, as one would normally do. Instead it just sits loose, held in place by this metal plate.







This knob allows me to slide up the back panel of the Benno CD case, so I can reach the switches of the LED lighting units, that lie behind the Benno case....







... as demonstra-.... what the... ?!! Jawas?! I can't abide those disgusting creatures! Oh well, at least it's not a flock of mynocks!





*** update 08/05 ***


Ikea has tiny covers for the countless small holes in the sides of their cabinets. Had a little help from my girls plugging those in. 400+ of those things!






Installed four Morebo glass doors and placed a lot of my collection in the cabinets. You can still see a couple of wooden shelves, but I have already bought glass ones to replace those too.





















But first I will take care of the other side of my room. On this side I will set up three 42" high / 32" wide Billy cabinets with a Benno cd case between each pair of Billys. The Benno cases will be cut to size, since these don't come in 42".






I've decided this side will feature my action figure collection of vintage Kenner SW figures and their best modern counterparts.

Although I've put in quite a bit of money so far, I'm pretty proud of my timing. Ikea has replaced their old Billy and Benno cabinets with newer models, so the older models were all on sale. Safe for the 42" Billys, it's all old skool Billy and Benno what you see here. Another advantage is that additional products (such as the glass shelves and Morebo doors) were also on sale, up to 50% off!


*** update 08/26 ***

Never realized placing 180+ figures neatly in a row could be so time consuming. It was much easier to just throw them in a big bin :D But I have to admit, it's very satisfying seeing all these on display.






On top you can see a small Ikea Ribba frame, that holds 24 mini figs. I don't have that many mini figs yet, but it's on my list.




These are four mini posters from a very old set, published by Zanart in 1994. I'm looking into replacing these frames with one giant mural, preferrably a battle of Hoth one, or a scene from Tatooine. A space battle would be really cool, but I like to keep my room light.


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Already working on a fourth Ven Zallow. Here's a wip shot of the fourth version of Ven. This time I'll sculpt his shin armour as well, instead of just using the lower legs of that GI Joe Wraith figure.


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Finally got my hands on two carded Gamorrean Guards. One to display loose, on to keep MOC. Here's a shot with their ancient predecessor:



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Modern Classifieds / Re: WTB: various TLC/TVC, etc.
« on: March 27, 2014, 02:08 PM »
Update list,

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Modern Classifieds / WTB: various TLC/TVC, etc.
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:18 PM »
I'm looking to complete my "Kenner vs. Modern" figure collection. I have nearly every basic Kenner figure in C8-C9 condition and over time have acquired quite a few of the 'best' modern counterpart. Scott from JD.com set up this awesome feature Collect All 92, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to update it for quite some time now.

Nevertheless, it's some sort of a guide for me. I am therefore looking to purchase the following figures, loose but complete and in mint condition, of course:

Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise): TLC Luke in ST Disguise

Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown): TVC Bespin Leia pending

AT-ST Driver: Endor AT-ST Crew Member

8D8: POTF2 8D8 pending

EV-9D9: POTF2 EV-9D9

Squid Head: POTJ Tessek

Han Solo (Carbonite): Saga '06 Han in Carbonite pending

Luke Skywalker: Resurgence of the Jedi Luke pending

Ree Yees: Black Series pending


Let me know if you can help me out. I live in the Netherlands, prefer 1st Class International Airmail and can pay through Paypal.

Thanks!

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This is a follow up from the same client who commissioned the Twi'lek smuggler. Turned out to be a very fun project to work on, with quite a bit more sculpting than anticipated at first.

Rachi Sitra is a Twi'lek character from the SW Galaxies Trading Card game: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Rachi_Sitra











Parts used:
- ROC Cover girl: head, sculpted lekku / arms, sculpted sleeves and gauntlets / lower body, sculpted waist band
- 25th. Scarlett: upper body, resculpted
- ROC Baroness: legs
- TAC Juno Eclipse: feet
- various pieces of Jedi softgoods
- lightsaber from the parts bin, blade and hilt connect with neo magnets

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Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Mr. Black's customs: Ven Zallow v3
« on: January 19, 2014, 06:46 AM »
Back in 2010 I made a commissioned diorama of the duel between Darth Malgus and Jedi Master Ven Zallow. Later on, I was asked to make another Ven Zallow and last year again someone wanted me to make a custom figure of this character.

Version 3 is quite different from the first two. The client wanted quite a few changes, most notably on the armour. This is the reference pic:



And this is the custom figure:











Parts used:
- Resolute Duke: head, resculpted the hair
- ROC Duke in RIA suit: upper body, upper arms. Custom made chest belt, sculpted device
- ROC Ripcord in RIA suit: shoulder armour (connects with neo magnets), lower arms (sculpted gauntlets), hands
- 25th Destro Iron Grenadier: lower body, sculpted armour
- 25th Zartan: upper legs, sculpted armour
- Cobra Commander in Battle Armour: knees
- 25th Wraith: lower legs, feet
- Order 66 Mace Windu: cloak w/shortened sleeves
- lightsaber from the parts bin, blade and hilt connect with neo magnets

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Earlier this year, I got a message from a fellow who asked if I could duplicate the Twi'lek smuggler I made in 2011. I didn't have the same base body, but version 2 turned out pretty nice and somewhat different looking.











The commissioner also showed interest in an older custom of mine, a Zeltron female, and bought that as well:




More pics, including WIP shots can be seen here

Made from:
- SW Cesi Doc Eiriss: head (modified/resculpted)
- GI Joe: Resolute Baroness: body (modified chest)
- custom made double barreled blaster
- blaster from the parts bin

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LOL, I am very, very good at starting projects..... Believe me I've got dozens of long term stuff going on! :D But if I recall correctly I actually have the Trandoshan primed and the Wookiee built. I think  ;D

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Thanks Paul!

This is my last pair of customs I had to hold back for you, until I received confirmation of receipt  ;D As some of you may know, ImperialShipYards mods LucasClones and Tamer host the Custom Action Figure News podcast. CAFN is fast approaching the 50th episode and it's a great podcast for the customizing community. Earlier last year I decided to immortalize these two fine gents in plastic action figure form.

So, without further doo-doo, may I present two very respectable officers among the ranks of the fine Imperial navy: Chad Hitchcock and Shawn Groves!















Recipe:

Fleet Admiral Chad "LucasClones" Hitchcock:
- Admiral Ozzel body
- Galactic Marine head w/sculpted moustache
- Lt. Jundland cap

Lieutenant (Commander when wearing the armour, nice going Hasblow ;) ) Shawn "Tamer" Groves:
- VTC AT-AT Commander body and accessories
- GI Joe Chuckles head cast, supplied by DocOutlands

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This female Endor Rebel Scout was made for the 2012 ImperialShipyards Secret Santa round.







Recipe:
- Zartana head cast by Starwarsgeek (thanks, Dave!)
- GI Joe ROC Cover Girl body
- Saga '06 Endor Luke Skywalker poncho, belt, blaster
- TAC/TLC (?) Hoth Han Solo binoculars
- blaster rifle from the parts bin

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