Happy 23rd Anniversary CreatureCantina.com!!!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-04-01, 14:58:21

It's April Fool's Day, aka - the day CreatureCantina.com was founded! To celebrate, most of the crew here jumped on a Zoom meeting to share some thoughts and then learned we forgot to record the second half, resulting in an appropriately awkward and disjointed mess. Enjoy!

Side note - how cool is it my CSS from 2001 still works as intended? Or that almost all the links those old stories go to are dead. We outlasted all of those old websites that inspired us. Crazy...



My 15 minutes of fame are over

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-27, 08:46:25

It seems as if Cablemania on Facebook has run its course. Over the weekend the DoND posts have pretty much dried up. There was only one more legitimate Droids Custom listed:

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That Klaatu sold for $325. That's one I really like a lot, so great to ...

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A wild week in Bill Cable collecting!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-20, 09:02:20

The past 7 days have been kinda crazy for Bill Cable collecting. It all started 7 days ago with the most Bill Cable collectible to ever collect...

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Prop Store ran an Anthony Daniels auction, and among the items was a custom Pittsburgh Penguins jersey from ...

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Regal Robot Klaatu replica now available!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-20, 08:26:40

Regal Robot's latest Return of the Jedi replica includes both Signature and incredible hand-drawn Legacy Sketch Editions from 5-time Oscar winning ILM legend, Ken Ralston!

Learn more and reserve yours here: https://regalrobot.com/custom-star-wars-busts-statues/

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Droids Custom FX-7: SOLD OUT!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-13, 08:29:53

Today we wrap up another successful Droids Custom project: FX-7. I gotta admit I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.

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When I was brainstorming ideas and landed on a prenatal scan, I really didn't know which characters I'd use. While I watched the Droids episode when I was a kid, I don't remember them at all, so I usually rely on Google to figure out if my ideas make sense. I discovered the only overt romantic relationship in the Droids series was between Mungo Baobab and Auren Yomm. In the extended canon, they even got married! Given that Mungo was among the UDEs, it was an ideal option.

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I think this one makes a really nice addition to the set. And I hope you guys are happy with it as well, as I'll now find out...

The cost of this custom will be $125 shipped within the USA, or $120 + actual shipping international. If you're paying by PayPal, it's F&F only. If you'd like one, curse your metal body you weren't fast enough! They've already sold out. Thanks for your interest!



Droids Custom FX-7: On sale Wednesday!!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-11, 10:11:24

I completed assembly of my next run of Droids Customs over the weekend, much to the detriment of my lower back. It all began with completing the front artwork:

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This one took a bit more tweaking than most... I ended up printing out 5 "proofs" to ...

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Droids Custom FX-7: Color progress

by Bill Cable
on 2024-03-06, 07:52:19

I continue to make progress on my next Droids Custom. First up, the nearly done coloring of FX-7 and Mungo...

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They're both about 90% there. Maybe even 100%. Just need to check what they look like when I print them.

Next I worked on Auren and the examination table.

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Man, I love that splatter tool. So great for giving things texture.

Given my current progress, there a chance I'll have these up for sale next week. That'd honestly be ideal - I don't really have any plans this weekend and next weekend is St. Patrick's Day. But I won't rush it, so we'll see how things go. I'll post on Monday if they do get done.



Droids Custom FX-7: Color blocking

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-28, 07:44:24

With my inks completed it was time to scan my art and block out the colors.

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FX-7 was pretty easy, even with all the mechanical arms. The hologram of the baby was a bit more challenging. I tried to just use a texture filter to get the stripiness you usually see, but it didn't quite work. So I copied a stripe pattern off Google and manually erased lines from the art. It worked out pretty well.

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Mungo and Auren were also easy. So all that left me with was the background. As I said in a previous article, the background comes straight from a scene in the Droids cartoon.

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The episode was titled The Roon Games. In it, Mungo gets injured by Gaff and wakes up in a medical tent. And that's our inspiration here!

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I think the bold colors are gonna work well for our gray and white action figure. Now that the colors are blocked out, next we get to the real art - painting in Photoshop.



Droids Custom FX-7: Finished Inks!

by Bill Cable
on 2024-02-21, 08:17:14

My next custom keeps progressing nicely. On Saturday I inked my FX-7 art in two sessions.

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These late winter weekends where I have nothing to do are perfect to get a lot done, apparently. With the characters inked, I moved on to backgrounds.

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And that's it. Inks done! And I inked this one quite quickly. The background is based off a scene from the Droids cartoon, which was pretty basic, so I didn't have a lot of stuff to draw. But I like how it's all composed so I'm glad I went this way. Next week hopefully I'll have some colors to share!

Another thing I accomplished over the past several weeks was casting all the coins I need for my current supply of bubbles. In addition to FX-7, that supply includes 8D8, Dengar, Klaatu Skiff, Nein Nunb, Weequay, Death Star Droid, and General Madine. Take away the metal coins I was gifted by Mark Huber, and that was close to 140 coins I needed to cast, by hand, a batch of 4 or 6 at a time. And each batch takes close to 15 minutes to harden. It's quite tedious. But now it's done! I won't need to cast another coin for like 2 and a half years at my current custom production clip.

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So all good news this past week. We'll see how far I get in coloring by next Wednesday.



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