Droids Custom Ackbar: Ever closer!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-10-28, 07:35:54

Last Friday I took the day off work mostly because I'm nearly maxed-out on the number of PTO hours I can accumulate and I didn't want to lose any. I used those hours by to do some extra chores, go grocery shopping, and work on my Droids Ackbar. And we're almost there...

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You can see I tried out a cyan bubble area, and I'm really liking it! The Ackbar figure looks fantastic against that backdrop. And it works well with the rest of the card art.

This piece is going to be unique among my runs of customs. Ackbar is the last of the batch of bubbles I ordered back in 2017 after I finished IG-88. Initially I ordered 15 bubbles for each. Then I was approached about doing the Yak Face collaboration, and needed to order more bubbles. And I asked my supplier, "since you're already doing 30 Yak bubbles, can you make 5 more each for Power Droid, Lando, Ree-Yees, and Ackbar?" He agreed. All the other ones were identical to the first 15, but the Ackbars he molded with a bit more space between the coin and figure areas. So I'm gonna have a bubble variant! Here are the long and short bubbles on the card:

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You can see I'm gonna need to move the nameplate down a smidge so it's not behind the Ackbar figures on the long bubble cards. So just a bit more work to do there. What is done is the back:

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That's my own photo of the figure on the back there, along with my own description. This description is on the dry side, but I like it.

The final thing I did on Friday is prep my coins. I'm going with the Falcon again for Ackbar. They never made an Ackbar coin or a generic "Rebels" or space cruisers coins. But Ackbar did lead the battle in which the Falcon proved key, so I think it's the best option. I nearly used up the last of my original gold coin paint... the stuff they stopped producing. I'm thinking of picking up a different can of the Krylon for when the old one is depleted, hoping it works better than the Krylon I used on the last few.

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With The Mandalorian Season 2, Halloween, and a critical Steelers game this weekend, I doubt I'm going to get around to assembling these by Monday, so my target for putting these up for sale is now 11/11. If that changes, I'll let you know next week!





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