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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,

Jedi_Master_Ben

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




« Last Edit: April 4, 2006, 10:12 AM by Jedi_Master_Ben »
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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2006, 11:40 AM »
Jedi_Master_Ben, I've seen some of your work elsewhere and am very glad you are showing it here too.  I really enjoy it and hope to hear your thoughts on our work too, and what you would suggest on improvements.  You really have a broad range of customizing talent, including painting, sculpting, etc.  And vehicles!  So cool to see someone with so much to offer adding to this section.

As soon as I have time, I'll comment on each of these.  I really am impressed, to say the least.

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« Last Edit: March 17, 2006, 04:08 PM by CHEWIE »

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #2 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.

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2006, 05:05 PM »
Welcome aboard mate and nice to see you over here.

I have to say that I'm very impressed with your work the vehicles look excellent and the figures well mate they are some of the best scuplting work I've seen for a long time you have a great talent  indeed.

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2006, 06:55 PM »
Wow!

Once in a while you see a Customizer come along on these Boards, whom makes you Wonder, Is This guy really  working for Hasbro and Just posting his Stuff here for kicks. I know these Guys are out there somewhere, is it not posible that they pop in on us every now and then for inspiration or just to laugh at us amatures.

Ben, Your work is just that good, and that makes me wonder are you really a Pro?

Either Way, I can't wait to see more of your work and possibly pick up some Sculpting Tips.

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2006, 11:40 AM »
WOW!!!!!
I saw your work over at FFURG and was amazed, but now they look spectacular!
Really nice AT-PT, by the way...do you work for hasbro?  :P
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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2006, 04:30 PM »
JB, I commented on your figures over at Galactic Hunter.  But I want to echo, I'm amazed at your sculpting skills.  These figures will look outstanding when they are completed!  You may even have people wanting to buy casts once they are made.

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2006, 03:03 PM »
Nice job, but a lot of those casts look exactly like the work from guys like RickyUk and Bantha5... DId you buy some casts from these guys?
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2006, 04:17 PM »
these are really great items! i'm blown away by the podracers most of all -- amazing! i look forward to seeing more of your work completed.

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2006, 04:25 PM »
What I like best is the WIP pictures of  Yarna D'al Gargan. That figure is turning out great. Did you sculpt the entire thing or is it based on something?
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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #10 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 www.monstermakers.com . 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,

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2006, 11:19 AM »
Ben, I've been holding off commenting in your work. Maily becasue i have nothing new to add.
Your sculpting is excellent, You are tackeling some very hard figures.
THe vehicles look great!

I know how hard it is to sculpt an entire figure, and you are exceptional at it.

I cant wait to see them finished!!!

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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2006, 11:44 AM »
I'm going to eventually comment more on them all, but this post will be on the Podracers.

Those are something people seem to forget about, but I think they are really cool.  Seems like my favorite designs from the film were the ones Hasbro didn't make.  It's always cool thinking about how huge those engines are.  You did a fantastic job putting these together, and the painting is fantastic.  It's impossible to look at these and not smile.   ;)

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2006, 06:38 PM »
Hello everyone,

I had posted a pictures of whats left of my Farscape figures I made back in 1999 as well as some alien heads over at the March MCC. Here are some more detailed pictures of the Farscape figures as well as another look at the alien heads. They did not survive the move to Statesboro. Most of them were not able to be salvaged, so they were lost to me. Those that did make it, I had started to mend them and until I got sidetracked at work and they were abandon until now. Now that I am a better sculptor and have better supplies and tools, I will revisit the line again.

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Re: Custom Works By Jedi_Master_Ben
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2006, 04:16 AM »
Those are pretty impressive sculpts you have going Ben.  It's a shame they didn't survive the move.  The bottom alien is really impressive.  It would really translate to Star Wars well to me.  Any of them could really have been adapted as background creatures to any scene.

That's really nice work though sculpting overall, I'm definitely impressed.

Let me say some of your ship work is pretty outstanding too.  The Droid tank's great.  The Tantive IV, is it still in progress or have you finished it yet?  Quite a huge ship.

Nice work man.
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