This figure is my entery into the Yakfinities "Star Wars Janitors" Contest this month.
I borrowed a digital camera from a friend, however it still does not take the best up close pictures...
IG-42 "Cleaner" Droid "X1 Prototype"
The IG-42 model was initially designed to act as General Grevious's personal guards. Similar features were incorporated into the design as in the General's mechanical body. The CIS, composed of corporate alliances, are all about saving a few credits, so the idea was design a droid incorporating existing parts, making it more cost effective in the long run of mass producing an entire series as opposed to just being tooled up for one customer (Grevious). In the test run of IG-42-X1, it was determined it was designed too well... It proved to be too intelligent and adaptive to be suitable as a body guard. Not to waste a droid the CIS assigned it to clean up duty. General Grevious seeing the full potential of this droid personaly over saw an upgrade of its programming to incorporate assassination and cover up protocals. Its cover is a clean up droid, however it was cleaning up more than just the streets. The General himself did not have enough time to deal with all of his "annoyances" within the CIS beuracracy as he was in the field of battle alot. IG-42 was his hand to eliminate threats quickly and quietly. In time the droid started to become more sadistic. During the Clone Wars, IG-42's favorite past time when not on an assassination mission was to go onto a recent battlefield looking for Clone Troopers who were barely left alive and use his specially designed corrosive to melt them alive. The special blend of toxins it carries not only dissolves flesh but is also designed to melt down most the parts of the clone trooper armor as well. IG-42, due to its assasination protocals and adaptive programming was able to ignore the droid shut down commands at the end of the Clone Wars.
It continues its sadistic glee of melting bodies on battlefields, pretending to be part of the local clean up crew. IG-42 takes out contracts to clean up messes.
Rumors on outerrim imperial bases whisper of lone patrols of stormtroopers who occasionaly disappear. The stories speak of the sadistic droid who missed the days of "cleaning up" Clone Troopers and relives those moments by melting down stormtroopers.
Yes "Talk Droid", take me to your friends...the flesh creatures I am so fond of...liquidating...
IG-41"X1" eager for fresh victims, decides to save his corrosive cleaning chemicals and forces the protocal droid to lead it to a new chorus of screams to please his audio receptors. The corpse is left laying arround for him to clean up a little later...
The parts are as follows:
Body - General Grevious
Dome Head - Cast of a roller from an Epson printer
Skull Face - Cast of a skull ring I had kicking arround
Dome and Face eyes and sensors - articulation points from a battle droid, some parts are from a microman hand.
Horn on Skull - thumb from a battle droid.
Trenchcoat is from a 21C action figure
Tubing and Springs were from a necklass kit from Wal-Mart
Backpack dispenser - Battledroid torso
Backpack Canister - Two different super glue caps glued together
The skull face is attached to the dome head via a cast of a microman shoulder socket, allowing the face to move left and right as well as up and down independent of the dome head it is attached to.
The dome head is attached to the body via a microman "karate chop" hand that was cut down.
The neck area was dremmeled down and resculpted up to allow for the micro man hand socket to interface in giving the dome head the option of turning left and right as well as looking up and down.
Its sad, but collectively the Head of this action figure has alot of articulation points.
The feet are from a battle droid and the back fin parts of the feet/legs are from battledroid limbs.
The elbow points are from a "devil man" microman figure. The elbow spikes are from a battledroid's limbs.
I used the round areas were the articulation pegs went on the battle droid to act as connector points for the tubes on this figure.
The "Liquidator" gun is made from a Leonard Corps gun, a 80s GI. Joe shotgun and two cast copies of canisters from 21C action figure accessories.
Some of the round parts on arms and legs to hold the tubing in place are nylon spacers from ACE Hardware.
The victim is as follows:
Clone Tank Gunner body including arms and upper legs.
Lower Legs are from Commander Cody
Helmet is a cast of an Airborne Trooper helmet that did not turn out right, so I painted it up as battle damaged.
The head is a cast clone head that I dremeld away one side and sculpted in skull features and tried to give it the effect of flesh and armor being bubbled and melted away from the head and body.