Droids Customs: The future!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-04-20, 08:50:06

Good Wednesday everyone! It's time to consider what I'll be doing moving forward with my Droids customs.

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Right now I have 3 more Droids customs lined up:

  • The Emperor
  • 2-1B
  • TIE Pilot

I still need to track down a ton of TIE Pilots for my run. I'm hoping I can find another focus collector / army builder like Adam Bell who helped me out with Biker Scouts. But I expect to get enough one way or the other.

After that, I have nothing else planned. That's because I haven't ordered any bubbles yet. Given that my bubble guy can take quite a while to fill my order, I figured it'd be a good time to start deciding and getting those in production.

I have a couple rules when choosing who I do. Number 1: No Luke, Leia, or Han. Number 2: No repeats of characters already produced on Droids cards (3PO, R2, Fett). So that's the starting point.

The way I figure it, this is the list of financially viable figures I have left to choose from:

  • 8D8
  • AT-AT Commander
  • AT-ST Driver
  • B-Wing Pilot
  • Bespin Security Guard
  • Bespin Security Guard 2
  • Death Squad Commander
  • Death Star Droid
  • Dengar
  • FX-7
  • General Madine
  • Hoth Rebel Commander
  • Hoth Rebel Soldier
  • Imperial Commander
  • Klaatu Skiff
  • Lobot
  • Nien Nunb
  • Nikto
  • Rancor Keeper
  • Ugnaught
  • Weequay

A lot of those are kinda boring. I prefer aliens to humans. If I had to make my list today, I'd go with: 8D8, Death Star Droid, Dengar, FX-7, Klaatu Skiff, Nein Nunb, Nikto, Weequay. DSD I'd repaint, since finding 20 near-mint chrome ones would be impossible. The others are all pretty easy. That'd leave only human characters for any future runs, and maybe 7 or 8 humans in a row isn't the best way to play it, but maybe I don't even go beyone these last eight...

Something else I've been considering... very preliminarily... is how to do figures that aren't financially viable. Those would include:

  • Blue Snaggletooth
  • Cloud Car Pilot
  • Darth Vader
  • Jawa
  • Leia Boushh
  • Prune Face
  • Sand People
  • Snowtrooper
  • Yoda

I wouldn't want to front $2,000+ for loose figures to make these runs. I'd need to charge a ridiculous amount for the finished figures. It'd all be just too stressful. But I figure there's another option... what if I had customers mail in their own figures that I'd custom card? You get back your exact same figure on a gorgeous Droids custom cardback. It'd take some organizing, and folks would need to mail their figures to me years in advance. But it could work. Maybe...

So what do you guys think? Do you like my choices for the figures beyond my planned three? Should I sprinkle in more humans, or go all in on the droids and aliens? Would you be interested in mailing in a Blue Snag or Boushh to get the custom Droids treatment? Would you pay me... say... $80 for the art and construction alone? Any feedback is appreciated!

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