Action Figures & Their Beers -- She Stoops to Cocoa

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-10-15, 10:39:12


My wife and I were out and about recently, when we stopped a nice (but pricey) local country store not far from our house. And they had lots and lots of beer. But most of the beers were either IPAs, Double IPAs, or ...

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Droids Custom Bib Fortuna: Slightly more pencils!

by Bill Cable
on 2021-10-13, 07:51:51

Hi guys - just a quick progress update this week. I did more penciling... Image

I'm not sure yet if I'll be doing all of Jabba's skin folds with ink or in Photoshop at this point, but I'm leaning towards Photoshop. Seems like that'd be more in line with the Droids cartoon style. We shall see - hopefully with inks next week!

Quick & Dirty Review: Wal-Mart T.V.C. Death Star Droid

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-10-10, 09:34:59


This arrived in a rotten, stinking bubble-mailer, so the lovely retro card was slightly dinged, and the bubble lightly crushed in one corner. Thanks, Wal-Mart! Oh, well, at least it arrived, instead of being cancelled for no apparent reason. And no, I will not let it go.

Blah, blah, blah, repro ...

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Droids Custom Bib Fortuna:  Pencils in progress!

by Bill Cable
on 2021-10-06, 08:04:21

I'm pleased to announce my next Droids Custom:  Bib Fortuna!  And it started out like this: Image

I toyed around with a few ideas.  I wanted to make sure I included Jabba in this one, as it'll likely be the only time I do that.  I wanted to do something a little more exciting than your standard, static throne portrait.  My first idea was to have Oola in the foreground, maybe the outline of her legs with the chain going back to Jabba.  Then I was trying to remember... how was Jabba holding her chain in that scene?  So I went back and looked at the clip, and I found a blooper!  In the side shot where Jabba is facing Oola, he has the chain in his right hand.  But a second later, he's holding it in his left when he hits the trap door button.

In my mind I couldn't envision a good layout that'd feature Oola that wouldn't be gratuitous, so I kept brainstorming.  I went with another scene with that sort of foreground/background play.  I've done a couple pencilling sessions so far.  Here's the result of the first: Image

And here's where I'm at right now: Image

I'm pretty happy so far!  Jabba looks like he could be from the Droids cartoon.  Now I gotta decide if I want to add more characters around the throne, or leave it clean.  Still a long way to go on this one, but it's shaping up nicely!

Action Figures & Their Beers:  Beep Boop Bop

by Bill Cable
on 2021-10-06, 08:02:57

As I revealed in my previous article, I was gifted a couple Star Wars beers at a recent collector event.  This is the second: Image

Mason Ale Works' "You're My Only Hope" is also not another IPA.  This one is an imperial pastry stout with chocolate ...

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Revisiting The Golden Grail

by Bill Cable
on 2021-09-29, 09:42:26

It's been over three years since I discovered the Golden Grail one fateful morning on eBay.  It stands as my greatest collecting story to this day. Image

Recently someone posted a video on YouTube highlighting the find.  I don't want to draw attention to the ...

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Quick & Dirty Review: Wal-Mart T.V.C. Tusken Raiders

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-09-15, 14:53:14

Well, these are finally shipping, provided your orders weren't whimsically cancelled. I ordered two, and they arrived . . . with Wal-Mart's usual flare for packing collectible items, of course, so there are dings and creases all over the place on both figures' cards, yet they somehow look better in ...

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Surprise proto discovered in the Protocol-osseum!

by Bill Cable
on 2021-09-15, 07:23:47

Over Labor Day weekend I had the occasion to welcome some collectors over to my house to view my collection (and drink way, WAY less beer than I anticipated).  I had spent the previous month off-and-on cleaning and rearranging things so the collection room would be tip-top for the guests.  ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers - Deep purple

by Bill Cable
on 2021-09-15, 07:19:00

Contrary to its name, Situation Normal (Streetside Brewery, Cincinnati) is anything but a normal beer. Image

Over Labor Day weekend I attended (and helped organize) a gathering of Star Wars collectors.  Fun times!  Lots and lots and LOTS of drinking.  The first night I really got into ...

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Action Figures & Their Beers - We got Dank Side

by Bill Cable
on 2021-08-25, 08:14:11

At the OSWCC Summer Social in July I picked up a Darth Vader IPA. I wasn't a fan. To follow that up at the PSWCS Summer Social in August, I picked up another Darth Vader IPA... Image

The Dank Side Hazy IPA is produced by Fourscore ...

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