Droids Custom Weequay: Inking commences!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-22, 08:25:10

Last week I showed off my mostly-complete pencils. I neglected to take a photo of the art after I finished up the pencils and began inking, so all I can show off now is my first stab at inks:

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Looking great, no? Ah, but look again... I made a mistake! I misinterpreted my pencils on Weequay's left leg, confusing his puffy pants for a cuffed boot. But a cursory look at the figure reveals Weequay wears half-calf boots. CATASTROPHE! Well, not really. Just need to fix that up with some white-out...

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Now it's accurate to the figure... my "source of truth" on the artwork for my series. And old Hondo turned out pretty great in the background there. I expect I'll finish the inks in one last session, maybe tonight! So if that goes as planned, I should have the colors finished by next Wednesday, and the figure assembled on sale on June 5th! That works out perfectly with a planned vacation that weekend. I love it when things work out like that.



Droids Custom Weequay: First pencils!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-15, 09:49:04

My latest custom presented a challenge: What to do with yet another Jabba's Palace character that hasn't been done before. I already knocked it out of the park with another Skiff guard, so how could I top that? After some brainstorming, I realized Weequay is a pirate. Let's have him do pirate sh*t!

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When I started my idea was to have Weequay skidding down the hull of Hondo's space yacht, getting ready to storm another craft. But after I looked at it a while, I shifted gears to have him instead clinging to the side of the craft as it approaches its prey....

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What would a pirate be with his pirate captain? I'm thinking... rudderless? So I added in Hondo Ohnaka to complete the scene. And I'm pretty happy with how this is coming along! Add in some blaster bolts and explosions, and we have a rip-roaring pirate adventure right here!

My schedule the next week is nuts, with family coming in and a graduation party, so I don't know how much more I'll get done. I guess we'll find out by Wednesday!



Droids Customs: toyPAlooza delivers again!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-08, 08:40:19

Last month I attended Steel City Con, where I only found 2 Vintage figures I needed among all 600 of the vendors. This past Sunday toyPAlooza proved why once again it is THE best toy show in Pennsylvania!

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toyPAlooza invites maybe 1/3 as many vendors, but they're vetted. That effort really shines when you're looking for nice toys. Given that early-entry tickets are only $10, it's a show there's no reason to skip!

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I picked up 11 figures off the show floor. I could have grabbed 7 or 8 more, but I was picky about condition. Except for the Death Star Droids... I'm looking for those in terrible shape. My plan for DSD is to strip and paint them in the style of Droids cartoon 3PO.

The Weequays were all arranged ahead of time, with James Simkins bringing 5 for me and Kip Henniquan bringing 4. That brings my total Weequay count to 20, which means... my next Droids Custom will be Weequay! I have a picture in my head that formed yesterday, so I plan to get started right away.

Check in next week and hopefully I'll have some pencils to share.





PSWCS.org 14th Charity Medallion - Almost sold out!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-01, 09:07:38

Please join us on May The 4th by sharing your Star Wars fandom and supporting the Foster Love Project. Featuring the beloved Clone Wars character Ahsoka Tano, our charity medallion is not only a unique collectible but also helps those in need. With less than 200 remaining, purchase one now before they are gone forever.

https://www.pswcs.com/charity.cfm

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Foster Love Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing love in action to kids in foster care as well as support to the families proving care for them in and around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. They provide a free shopping center with clothing, baby items, bedding, books, toys, and toiletries to children in foster or kindship care to help prove dignity and care during their transition. Foster Love Project also has programs that provide back-to-school supplies, hair and skin care classes, teen connections group and a family support center.



LEGO Creature Cantina build progress report

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-01, 09:03:34

I don't know if anyone out there actually cares, but just in case I figured I'd share some photos of my progress on the Mos Eisley Cantina LEGO set (75290).

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I'm having an absolute blast with it. So many cool tiny details.

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Each new step is a treat. And I'm just devouring it. The precision. The little surprises. Watching the pile of bricks slowly vanish. And it's weird, there always seems like there aren't enough bricks to complete any step, but there always are.

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If I had any complaints, well... I don't. If I wanted to niggle, one thing I'd say is the build is a little too easy. I expected a Master Build set to challenge me a bit more. Granted, I'm naturally gifted at geometric rotation in my brain, and I'm able to very quickly notice the changes from one diagram to the next. The most difficult thing is sometimes finding the bricks in the pile.

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The other thing that makes me sad is I'm already almost done! I've only stages 16-18 left! And I want more! I want more to build! It's just so satisfying and calming.

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If you'd like one of these for yourself, check out LEGO Star Wars Day where you can earn 4x points on this set and get some free gifts!

Even though I have a packed weekend, I expect I'll finish the build by next week. I hope you'll indulge me a final story about it...



LEGO celebrates May the 4th!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-05-01, 09:02:21

Here's What's Happening for LEGO Star Wars

  • The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm continue to celebrate 25 years of the LEGO Star Wars collaboration?
  • New range of 25th anniversary LEGO Star Wars products revealed, including the LEGO Star Wars TIE Interceptor building set?
  • LEGO Star Wars content coming to LEGO Fortnite ...


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PSWCS.org charity medallions - Selling out FAST!!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-04-24, 08:50:24

The 2024 PSWCS.org fundraiser launched yesterday, revealing their limited edition Ahsoka Tano medallion. In less than 24 hours, over half the run has sold.

https://www.pswcs.com/charity.cfm

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At that pace, it's selling just about as fast as the Boba Fett and R2 coins that were gone in less than 3 days. No surprise given how popular Ahsoka is. I'm doing my best to reach out to as many fans as possible so they don't miss out on this year's coin, but your Instagram/Facebook algorithm may very. Best of luck!!



Regal Robot Ree-Yees - On sale now!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-04-24, 08:42:40

https://regalrobot.com/custom-star-wars-busts-statues/

On April 23rd at 12 Noon EST Regal Robot and Return of the Jedi fans will have a chance to order a new, 100-piece Numbered Edition of the Ree-Yees Concept Maquette Replica. The original Signature Edition of this maquette sold out in just a few hours and the company has debuted this new limited edition for fans who have long requested a numbered edition of the character.

This maquette was the first step in designing the Ree-Yees character for the film. Like the other pieces in their Star Wars Archive Collection, this classic creature from Jabba's Palace was developed with hands-on access to the original film artifact and high resolution 3D scanning.

Every statue in this edition was made in their New York studio from solid resin and expertly hand painted by FX artists with beautifully multi-layered paint, making each a unique tribute to the artistry involved behind the scenes of our favorite films!

Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity to bring home one of their most requested replicas, scanned from the original artifact!

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Sabine visits the Steel City!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-04-17, 08:39:06

The past weekend I attended Steel City Con near Pittsburgh. One of the main draws was to see Natasha Liu Bordizzo, who plays Sabine on Ahsoka.

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Bordizzo's panel was the first Saturday morning. Since the Doubletree Hotel next door to the convention center shut down, ...

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