On and off over the course of my customizing years, I have had a small project going involving the creation of background filler droids. My project is to make them out of as many non-Star Wars parts as possible, often out of junk parts and found items.
Here are a few of the oldest ones (1995-1996) as they are the only ones I have had the opportunity to photograph as of yet.
Parts: This droid is made primarily from a G.I. Joe spring-loaded missile launcher (I think it's from Red Star but am not sure). I removed the launch mechanism and permanantly installed the projectile to serve as the droid's head. The five legs on the bottom are from a modded MicroMachins B'Omarr Monk as is the small sensor node underneath the legs (the only SW-related parts I have used in this project are from the MicroMachines boxed Droids set). Many of my oldest customs featured spot applications of glow-in-the-dark paint, such as the "eyes" on the droid's head and the sensors on the bottom node.
Parts: This droid is made primarily out of a MicroMachines futuristic tank and features rolling wheels underneath the body. I'm not really sure what else went into this guy as it is the first or second junkbot I ever made, way back in 1995! I think there are some more MicroMachine parts and the red "light" on top is from a Lego set. This droid is really short, the top of the red light is barely knee-height to a standard figure.
Parts: This droid is made primarily out of 3 things: Sneak Peek's periscop, the skyboard from a Playmates Flash Gordon figure, and the engine from a TMNT Sewer Skateboard. This droid is very similar to the one underneath, I see them as similar models from the same manufacturer. The "head" is a MicroMachines R1 droid and features a rotating dome.
Parts: Same as the droid above but with 2 exceptions: the head is part of a MicroMachines FX-7 and the tower mount is the head of a Jurassic Park grappling hook.
Parts: This droid is made out of a different futuristic MicroMachine tank than the little blue droid above, the shell of one of the motorized Action Packs from the G.I.Joe line (I want to say the Anti-Aircraft Gun, but I'm not really sure), and a bunch of Playmates Star Trek accessories. The head is articulated and rotates 360 degrees.
Here are a few random Cantina patrons (and the Cantina owner) that I have made over the years. Please forgive any spelling erors as my knowedge of the character's names is not as encyclopedic as some of the forum members
Parts: POTF2 Chewbacca with custom tunic made from parts of Xizor's robe and Momaw Nadon's tunic. I made this figure back in 1996!
Parts: Ellors Madak head and hands, Gunner Station Luke torso and arms, Sneak Preview Mace Windu waist, belt, and legs. Custom holster made from Chap Mei belts. Amidala short bareled blaster.
H'rchk'k Kal Fas:
Parts: POTF2 Bossk head, POTF2 Nein Nunb body, 2 different POTF2 Han Solo boots, POTF2 Rebel Fleet Trooper vest, sculpy collar.
Generic Cantina Alien:
Parts: 1995 Obi Wan Kenobi body, Mortal Kombat Goro hands, MIB bendy alien head. This guy was just a quicky meant to help fill an alcove.
Tall Alien Spacer:
Parts: POTF2 Bossk body, Playmates Ming The Merciless head, Aliens: Hive Wars Acid Alien lower arms and legs.
Tall Vampire Bat Alien:
Parts: Spawn/Weworks Vampire head and arms, Cyberlink Superman torso, waist, nd legs, Aliens Mantis Alien feet, Street Guardian Superman jacket (cut into a vest), Ninja Turtles kangaroo guy's backpack, real chain. His wrist blaster is custom made from Joe parts.
Here's a couple of very early custom droids I made way back in '95 + '96!
Silver Protocol Droid:
Parts: 1995 POTF2 C3-PO
Red Protocol Droid:
Parts: 1995 POTF2 C3-PO
R5 Series Astromech droid:
Parts: modded POTF2 R5-D4, MicroMachines lunar rover antenna
RX Series Astromech Droid:
Parts: POTF2 R5-D4 body, G.I.Joe "Wolf" wheel (for base of new head), pump hairsparay clear topper, MicroMachines Star Trek K-7 Spacestation top, found items (for interior head mechanics and extended arm), sliver trimmed from LEGO mini-fig hand (for manipulator hand).
I made this Star Wars menorah 2 years ago for a friend of mine who is of the Jewish faith. He almost wet himself when he saw it and uses it every year :lol:
Parts: Modded POTF2 '95 C3-PO, Saga metal lightsaber handles and blades.
The finished product sat atop a hand-cut wooden base I spraypainted metallic gold to match the figure. The hardest part of this project was drilling all of the tiny little holes in Threepio to insert the lightsaber handles into (took forever