In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke is paired with Dak Ralter just before the battle on Hoth. He serves as Luke’s gunner as they fly off in a snowspeeder to repel the Imperial attack.
Dak is made from a Biggs Darklighter figure. Since I have made a few other figures from this same figure, I wanted to differentiate Dak from them. I cut off Biggs’ gun and added a wrench from Chewbacca and a Star Trek tricorder.
Dak Ralter (image from Wookiepedia)
I really enjoyed Rogue One. One of my favorite characters is Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. He’s a character who, while very wise and very dangerous, doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Spoilers coming next for those who haven’t seen the movie yet (Really? It’s actually still in theaters. Go see it and then come back to this post. It’s okay, I’ll wait….
You saw it? Great. Now I’ll finish up).
In his final scene, Chirrut does something I haven’t seen in Star Wars, or for that matter, any other action movie of note. He knows what he has to do, is scared by it, and does it anyway while still being scared. He doesn’t put on a brave face, but he gets the job done.
There’s an old quote from John Wayne (who some would say is the epitome of a strong man): “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”. Chirrut knew what was at stake, so he saddled up, but without false bravado.
Chirrut was made from a Star Wars Series 4 Anakin head with a Saesee Tin (also from Series 4) body. The staff is made from lightsabers, and straps and equipment were made from electric tape. I followed Funko’s example and used light blue for his eyes (as they did with their Pop! figure). However, they didn’t show up in the photo so I added them digitally.
At the beginning of this year, I bought some clay and some sculpting tools. After many years of customizing, I decided to start some customs from scratch. And while I’ve done a few things (parts of figures, weapons, BB-8), I hadn’t done a full human figure until now.
Meet Snap Wexely, flying ace from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I have always been partial to the X-Wing pilots, and it was easier to sculpt a helmet than hair. Besides, my Poe Dameron custom missed his pilot buddies.
When I saw this year’s Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar featured a holiday-themed Wookie, I decided to make a Fighter Pod version.
This Cheery Chewbacca is made from a Series 4 hologram Chewie with a clay candy cane. And, despite his indignation, he looks pretty good with my Christmas decorations. Imagine seeing this guy coming out of your fireplace on Christmas Eve instead of Santa. Oh Disney, I’ve got a great idea for a Christmas movie….
The newest in my The Force Awakens Fighter Pod set is the mysterious Captain Phasma. I am hoping we get to see her in action in Episode VIII since she didn’t get to do to much in this movie.
This version is made from a Stormtrooper with electric tape for the cape. I also redid the accompanying Stormtroopers’ helmets. I wasn’t happy with the earlier version.
No set of The Force Awakens figures would be complete without the movie’s central character, Rey. I made two versions – one with a blaster and one with her staff. Both versions of started with the Series 1 Padme. For the staff version, I switched out the blaster arm with one from Asajj Ventress. The staff is built from Ventress’ lightsabers. The rest is electrical tape.
I’ll be honest. I expected Chewie to look a little different in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I figured he’d at least have some grey in his fur. Apparently, Wookies have found the Fountain of Youth, and Chewie didn’t age as dramatically as the rest of the cast. So I didn’t see the need to make a Force Awakens Chewie. But then I realized just how many Series 4 hologram Chewbaccas I had accumulated and changed my mind.
I cut off the wrench and sculpted his signature bowcaster to make him look different from the original sculpt. Then I added a little electrical tape for the bandage he wore in The Force Awakens.