Droids Custom Squidhead: A productive week!

by Bill Cable
on 2019-02-13, 06:55:10

So I got busy over the last week, and ended up being very successful in my endeavors! It started Thursday, when I took advantage of the wonderful 60+ degree weather and painted up my coins...

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It was also nice and sunny, which is exactly what I ...

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The 3rd Annual Dannos!

by Darth Danno
on 2019-02-13, 06:51:49

Yet again I bring you MY Choices for the best of 2018, and not just the artsy-fartsy crap the Oscars always dote on. Again, I’m not giving awards in all the categories the Academy does, just those I deem most important. The winners will be announced after the Oscars. Rather ...

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The best of 2018, then and now

by Darth Danno
on 2019-02-13, 06:46:45

This was the list I posted way back on Jan 8th as to what I thought the 10 best films were going to be in 2018:

  1. Halloween
  2. Black Panther
  3. Pacific Rim: Uprising
  4. Winchester
  5. Venom
  6. Ant Man & the Wasp
  7. Avengers: Infinity War
  8. The Meg
  9. Deadpool 2
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

Now that 2018 is over, this is the “OFFICIAL” list of the 10 best films of the year (in my humble opinion):

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. The Meg
  3. The Predator
  4. The Nun
  5. Venom
  6. Halloween
  7. Peter Rabbit
  8. Ant Man & the Wasp
  9. Deadpool 2
  10. Solo: A Star Wars Story

As in past years, some films moved up, others moved down, some surprises made the list, and others dropped off the list completely. Now that’s not to say I didn’t like certain films, it’s just that there were ten other films I thought were better. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings, but I feel that a certain film opening in December will be taking the #1 spot yet again.

Droids Custom Squidhead: Ready to print!

by Bill Cable
on 2019-02-06, 08:09:19

I'd like to start by pointing out that you guys are a bunch of fake likers! In my story last week I purported to reveal the near-final colors of my Squidhead. But when you clicked on the thumbnail it revealed a ridiculous image hilariously obscured by very obtrusive "watermarks." It was a fantastic joke that nobody seemed to notice, which suggests nobody actually clicked on the link to check out the art. Why do I even bother??

So for this week's update that you won't actually click on and read, I'm happy to share that the card art is print-ready. I played around with the color saturation quite a bit. Here's my first pass:

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After taking that one in a bit, I decided to take down the color saturation in the art, and to shift the bubble background to more of a red-orange than pure orange. I also switched the nameplate to white text.

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I think I'm happy with it now. Happy enough at least. I'm never truly happy with everything. I've already begun work on the back, and I hope to paint the coins tomorrow (61 degrees!!). Who knows - I might have this thing done before the end of February!

Bill Cable's Droids Customs Gallery

by Bill Cable
on 2019-02-06, 07:42:45

Welcome to the definitive Cable Droids Customs reference guide! So many times when I share photos of these on Facebook, people ask "What other ones have you made?" So here's the full list! I'll update this story with each new addition as they're completed.

Custom 1: Bossk
Date: August 2003
Run size: ...

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Alden Ehrenreich to do a private signing for Official Pix

by Darth Danno
on 2019-02-06, 07:36:09

That's right! Young Han Solo himself will be doing a signing w/Official Pix. You can send in your item, or choose from one of the many pictures & posters on their website. But here's something I find interesting. They list the price of his signature as $185.00. He's not doing personalizations, so that wouldn't add to the cost, you can choose from 3 different size pictures as well: 8x10, 11x14, or 16x20. Now if you click on the 8x10 selection, the price automatically jumps up to $197.00. Clicking on the 11x14, the cost becomes $242.00. If you'd prefer a 16x20 size image, the price now is $272.00. So the original quoted price doesn't include the photo he'd be signing??? They don't give you any other options to keep the cost at $185, so if you really want his signature, be prepared to shell out over $200 for it including shipping. No word yet if he'll be signing at SWC. Go to www.Officialpix.com for all the info, and to check out the images you could have signed. I should add that if you’d rather have him autograph a poster, those run bet. $315-390.00. If you want to send in something for him to sign, they're allowing a much wider range of items including Funko Pops, trading cards, licensed apparel & art prints, DVD & Blu-ray covers, magazines, etc...everything BUT comic books and screen-used props. Orders will be taken through 3/7.

Droids Custom Squidhead: Almost entirely colored!!

by Bill Cable
on 2019-01-30, 07:22:45

Progress continues on my next Droids Custom! (Editor's Note: I accidentally first typed 'Porgress' and I very nearly just left it that way for a chuckle...). I've nearly completed coloring the thing. All I have left is the background (oh how I loath backgrounds). Besides that, all I really need to do is take a photo for the back and paint my coins (the latter of which requires temperatures somewhere around 50 degree in the garage, so it won't be any time this week!). Everything it progressing as I have foreseen!

Before I share an image of my latest progress, I should not that I've taken some precautions to prevent anyone from stealing my artwork and using it to make their own cheap knock-offs to sell on eBay. That was a real wake-up call, so I now realize I need to watermark my work in such a way that it can't be used by anybody else. All it takes is one a-hole to ruin it for everyone.

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Tune in next week where hopefully I'll be able to share even more progress!!

No title, no trailer, but we have… SNACKS???

by Darth Danno
on 2019-01-30, 07:08:28

There will be no Episode IX trailer during the Superbowl. We still are waiting on word as to what the actual title of the film will be, J.J. Abrams hadn't been very forthcoming with any on-set photos either. I did see that Anthony Daniels has finished filming his part of it though. I also found the below on social media as to what to expect as far as theater collectibles will have. No word on which theater chain will offer what, but at least it's something. Thanks to @TNooler on Twitter for supplying us with this.

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And the winner is…… NOT!

by Darth Danno
on 2019-01-23, 07:19:24

The Oscar noms came out on Tue, and the 2018 Star Wars installment got a whopping ONE nomination for Best Visual Effects! I have little hope it will win, and decided to look back at the track record the Star Wars films have had at the Academy Awards to really see how much chance it has. Here's what I found:

  • "A New Hope" - 10 nominations, 6 wins
  • "The Empire Strikes Back" - 3 nominations, 2 wins
  • "Return of the Jedi" - 4 nominations, 0 wins
    ( I should point out that IV, V, & VI each won a Special Achievement Academy Award for which there was no category, so they each have one more additional award win than what is listed above. So technically ROTJ did win something.)
  • "The Phantom Menace" - 3 nominations, 0 wins
  • "Attack of the Clones" - 1 nomination, 0 wins
  • "Revenge of the Sith" - 1 nomination, 0 wins
  • "The Force Awakens" - 5 nominations, 0 wins
  • "Rogue One" - 2 nominations, 0 wins
  • "The Last Jedi" - 4 nominations, 0 wins
  • "Solo" - 1 nomination, ???

After looking at this, I fully believe we have absolutely NO chance of winning considering our last win was back at the Oscars in ’84 and that was a "special" award. It just goes to prove that the academy can't deal with perfection.

CreatureCantina is going to TOY FAIR!

by Bill Cable
on 2019-01-16, 06:44:04

I'm happy to announce that for the 11th year running CreatureCantina will be descending on Manhattan in February to cover Toy Fair!

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Our long-time contributor Steve Rensi will be repping us SUCKers, hopefully with our usual Toy Fair photographer (haven't received his confirmation yet). So be ready for some awesome CreatureCantina scoops on all the Star Wars toys at Toy Fair!!

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