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.
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….
I didn’t include this figure in my Star Trek Beyond series because he wasn’t in that movie. Lt. Cupcake, later named Lt. Hendorff, was originally not on good terms with Kirk (as seen in 2009’s Star Trek) but later became a trusted security officer (Star Trek: Into Darkness).
Lt. Cupcake was made from a Lt. Brian body, a Space Suit Sulu head, and a Grasia left arm.
He was also the narrator for an excellent issue of IDW’s Star Trek series (#13) based in the Kelvin universe. This story addresses the danger that comes from wearing a red shirt in Starfleet.
The final figure in my Star Trek Beyond series is Captain Kirk himself in his fancy new Starfleet survival suit. I love the retro Flash Gordon feel it has.
This figure is a landmark for me in that, with the exception of Kirk’s head, it’s a completely new sculpt. I usually kit-bash parts from existing figures, but that limits what’s possible. So I figured I’d start from scratch. This version of Kirk won’t end up in a museum somewhere, but I’m happy with it as a beginning figure.
Continuing this week’s Star Trek Beyond theme (out today on disc) is a character introduced in this movie, Jaylah. I think this version of Star Trek shines best when it creates new stories and Jaylah’s character adds an interesting dimension to the main cast.
Jaylah was made from a Star Wars Series 4 Padme with an extra gun from my parts bin.
Stay tuned for more Star Trek customs are coming this week!
In honor of Tuesday’s release of Star Trek Beyond on disc, I’ll be sharing some Beyond Fighter Pod customs. I’d like to say that it was more of a plan and less than “well, the disc is coming out on Tuesday and I haven’t posted these customs yet”, but I don’t like to lie.
First up is a simple custom of Scotty wearing a USS Franklin crew jacket. I added some electric tape for the color and painted on the crew patch (unfortunately not visible in this photo). He’s pictured here with a custom of I did of his ever present sidekick, Keenser.
Check back later this week for more Star Trek Beyond Fighter Pods!