October 2017

Ron Hembling goes Old School Batman one more time...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 31 2017
"Hi All,

The Batboat was a commission for the same friend that I did the Batmobile for.

The Batboat is from Polar Lights and was built straight out of the box and was painted with Vallejo and Army Painter paints.

The base is high density foam and I covered it and made the waves using spakfilla, once dry I then painted it with Vallejo Dark Green and once dry I dry brushed the waves white.

When the dry brushing was dry I then used Woodland Scenics Realistic Water and covered the water with it. Once the Realistic Water was dry I then used Woodland Scenics Water Effects and dapped it over the waves to added more depth to the waves.


Water Effects for the win!

Hasbro Announces Dates for 2019 HASCON Event
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 31 2017
"We’re thrilled to share that Hasbro will host its second-ever HASCON FANmily Event on September 6-8, 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island! You can download the official press release here and more details about the event will be posted on http://hascon.hasbro.com."

More reveals from Hasbro via MCM London Comic-Con!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, October 30 2017
"We have some exciting assets to share from the MCM London Comic Con this past weekend! During their panel, Hasbro revealed two new Star Wars and Marvel figures that will be available in Spring 2018.

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available: Spring 2018)

(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2018)"

That is great news!

Panther shows new work on his latest diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, October 30 2017
"I found a little time this afternoon to work on the floors again. Starting with creating the first floor by sticking balsa wood onto a sheet of foam board. Four beams at 7.1 inch tall, to which where glued to the each corner of the ground floor and then nailed down. Afterwards ground floor was then glued and nailed onto the three foundation beams. The first floor was then glued and nailed into position. Next I will start the roof before any painting and gluing all pieces into place."

Camo Deafie is back!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 29 2017
"Built this from the 1995 MPC rerelease of their TIE Interceptorr.. using a cut down pill bottle, some model kit pieces, a lot of Evergreen plastic product...

Hand Painted Model Master Gunship Gray on details and viewport frame, then added Tamita Flat Red acrylic for the Blood Stripes akin to the 181st Squadron with the First Order style flat black paint job.

What is this ship? A custom TIE Multirole fighter with hyperdrive, shield generator, torpedo launcher kit and a Special Forces paint job during the Imperial Remnant era before The First Order rose to power. As the Imperial Remnant no longer had the defense budget and shipyards producing TIEs by the million, they were forced to cannibalize pieces and bits, as well as make the TIE fighters more durable and powerful for defensive missions in the Unknown Region against pirates and other organizations."

Folks, wait till you see how detailed the build process this was for this custom TIE! I mean wow! It is always great to see new work from Camo Deafie.

Hasbro MCM London Comic Con Gallery...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
I loaded these yesterday, but some of the images loaded a bit funny so here they are again in their full high resolution glory.

Share away folks!

Darth Sinister gunning for Dad of the Year Title...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
"Update on the parts...

Added some foam armor to the store-bought jumpsuit. It's held on with Velcro and hand painted.

Foam gun belt. Double holsters with tie-downs and two custom painted dollar tree blasters. They flash a red light and make a sound that's sounds like a blaster shot.

3 dollar wal-mart laser sword was perfect for the DarkSaber after I tweeked it.

Foam strap-on Jetpack. Hand painted, sink drain and some plumbing fittings for the rocket booster. Outdoor clipping lashing straps from wal-mart secure the pack. This project cost me about 10 bucks.

Group pic 1 sword off. Group pic 2 sword on.

I've got a happy little girl! 1 weeks work. We'll do some dressed up pics too."

Folks hands down this is one of the coolest projects I have seen in a bit. Talk about turning some cheap dollar store stuff into some customized amazing items! Be sure to scroll around and see the smile on his daughter's face!

Jodo gives us a Halloween Special...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
Enjoy Era of Darkness Halloween Special - "Lurkers": Part 1!

Now that is a great way to get this Halloween Weekend started!

Ron Hembling makes it look real...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
"Hi All,

I have completed all the ground work for the Endor dio I'm doing for a friend I just wanted to get the swamp area looking right before I started on the scout and speeder.

The swamp area was done using Woodland Scenics Realistic water and the algea was done using the loose pieces of Woodland Scenics Fine Leaf Foliage Olive Green.

While the Realistic Water was still wet I dropped the Fine Leaf Foliage into the Water and it absorbs the Water and sinks a little giving that algea look to it.

Next up will be the Scout and Speeder.


His vegetation works looks right out of the forest!

Panther adds to his Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
"Last night, I got on with developing the ground the floor, using a balsa wood block strips for the beams with flat sheets laid on top, then made it look like floor boards. Over the weekend I will be nailing the together, use a wire brush to add wood lines and remove any splinters then add 4 beams on each corner to which I will be putting the next floor on. To tidy up the back so my nephew doesn't get underneath floor I have cut a strip of foam board."

Looking good!

Jodo is back with a new chapter...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 28 2017
Enjoy Era of Darkness VOL 3: Chapter 2!

And leave him a few comments. These stories are created out of great fandom and take a lot of work!

Hasbro MCM London Comic Con

Hasbro shares MCM London Comic Con reveals!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 27 2017
"Hasbro has a booth at this year’s MCM London Comic Con this weekend and we’d love for you to check out today’s reveals! The new figures include Marvel Legends Black Panther 6-inch w/ Oyoke Build-A-Figure, and Hulk and Chewbacca Mighty Muggs."

Now those are some great figures!

Ron Hembling shares a Batman Diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 27 2017
"Hi All,

Here are the usual pics and also recipe for the Batmobile.


Batmobile - is from Polar Lights and was built straight out of the box with no problems at all a very crisp kit with a little flash here and there on the kit. The decals were the worse part but thank to my mate I was able to get some Mr Mark Softner solution to fix them up.

Base - is high density foam and I used a small sandstone a tapped it over the base to simulate a tarred road. The ground was done with a mix of sand and spakfilla and once dry was painted and then the trees/shrubs/dead branches are from Woodland Scenics-Fine leaf foliage.

The sign and fence are done using balsa wood and the writing was done using a plastic stencil, the small grass tufts are from Army Builder.


I like it. Old school.

Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 26 2017
Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures from The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.

BANDAI JAPAN FIGURES & MODEL KITS (Mini-pla titanus is main item for pic***)
Grab your favorite anime, movie, video game, and TV show characters as articulated figures, model kits, and statues from Bandai Japan! Each collectible features series-accurate sculpt and character-specific accessories.

Grab your favorite video game characters and logos on shirts from Fifthsun! Each shirt is made with high quality, comfortable materials and feature stylish designs. $19.99 Each

Batman and Cyborg from the Justice League film join the MAFEX team from Medicom! They’re highly posable, painstakingly sculpted to capture every detail of their bodies, and include weapons, accessories, and a stand.

New dio work from Panther...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 26 2017
"Last night I completed marking out the internal brick work to match the external. Then I cut a single piece of foam board to be the foundation of the raised ground floor, which will be accomplished using balsa wood for the floor.

Because I’m an awesome uncle I even went out and purchased a Spider-Man Homecoming figure which will accompany this set."

Sure wish he was my uncle. Talk about one great Christmas Present!

A new update from Panther...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 25 2017
"Last night I cracked on with preparing the external brick work. Each one is half an inch in height and an inch in length, drawn onto surface before been scored. After all three external wall were marked, the window and doors were cut out.

Next I’ll be doing the same for the internal walls before adding in the floors and roof."

That is gonna be one happy kid for Christmas!

Ron Hembling works more on his Boulder Chase Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 25 2017
"Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been on the last few days as I have been crook but feeling heaps better now.

I have done another side of the boulder chase dio adding the balsa wood for the crate part of it and I just have 1 and half sides to go then the dio is completed.


Glad to hear Ron is feeling better and his update sure does look awesome!

Rezikai shares news on podcast...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 25 2017
"The trifecta of babble are:

Eric "Raylen" Berry @jediraylen

Follower of all things General Veers in the new Star Wars Canon, George Kostal found @Veerswatch

and yours truly, Matt "Rezikai" White @Rezikai

We're 3 guys sitting around talking Star Wars Action Figures for a Podcast.

Feel free to listen to us ramble and comment or just laugh at our idiocy."

It sounds right up our alley!

More Spooktakular savings from Sideshow...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 25 2017
"The codes expire 10/30/17 at 9AM (PT) and are only eligible on select items while supplies last."

Here is another Star Wars Code I found:

Gentle Giant shares great Halloween Deals...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 25 2017
"There is something for EVERYONE in our 2017 Halloween Monsterous Savings sale! We've curated a creepy sale this week across all of our licenses to make sure no one gets left out in the cold... dark... night.

No one gets tricked, you all get treats, whether you like Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, The Walking Dead, Warcraft, and even Honey Trap, there is something you'll like for sale for one wicked week!

Don't delay because these sale prices EXPIRE on Halloween Night!

Click HERE to be taken to the SALE page!"

Darth Sinister works some Halloween Magic...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 24 2017
"My oldest girl (I have three) decided for Halloween she wanted to be Sabine Wren from Rebels. Of coarse she decided this at the last minute, so my wifey ordered the costume from amazon. She just got it last week and was underwhelmed. Especially with the mask. It's just a one sided plastic mask with a band to hold it on.

I couldn't have that, so I worked on it for a day this weekend and she's happy with the results. It's not perfect, but for one day I think we couldn't get any better. I used some craft and EVA foam and a dollar tree knight helmet... glue, duck and 3m tape and a paint job. What do y'all think?"

Magic, thats what I think!

Panther starts a Christmas Project...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 24 2017
"After taking a couple of weeks off from Comic Con it’s time to start back up again and what a project to start off with. My sister contacted recently to tell me that my 7 year old nephew has started to get into Spider-Man and wondered if I could build him a play-set for him for Christmas (yes I said that horrible word!).

I decided to construct

a building for 6” figures
, which will be double sided, with roof for him to play with. By the time I am done with this, he is going to love it!"

I can already see this is gonna be a hit!

CHEWIE is back with a huge customs update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 24 2017
"This is my biggest update in probably a few years at least... been giving up video games for a while now, and spending more of my free time trying to relax when I can by making more customs. I have a lot more I can share soon from the past year or two. Anyways, here's an update:"

Now that is what I call and update and what a great way to relax! It is always great when CHEWIE stops by.

Join Sideshow for their Annual Spooktacular and save huge!
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 24 2017
"Sideshow’s annual online Halloween event Spooktacular runs from October 23 – 27th and will be featuring new product announcements, giveaways and a terrifying amount of deals & discounts! (At least, that’s according to our accountant…) Make sure to join us for all the fun as the craziness is launched at all hours of the day- Sleep is for the weak, after all…"

And outside of great sales you can get free global shipping on many items!

UPDATE: You can get the Hot Toys First Order Snowtrooper Two Pack for $120 off and free global shipping by using the code: COLDTROOPER now!

Art deWhill gives us new artwork...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, October 23 2017
"Hi all,
inbetween other projects I take a little break to paint a traditional oil painting I wanted to do a for a long time: Ol' Kenobi's home on Tatooine. Based on the Special Edition matte shot I also changed some things and of course it is painted in my modern type art style. Hope you like it!"

I know I sure do!

Rodger shares on Facebook!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, October 23 2017
The New Sandcrawler Workshop hits Facebook. It looks like Rodger has his wood working shop in good order to make his signature diorama shelves. I can't wait to see what he comes up with!

Ron is on an Endor Kick...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 22 2017
"Hi All,

Here is some work on a Endor dio I've been doing for a mate which will have a speeder and scout on once finished..

The base is a cheap picture frame and I built the ground up using high density foam. The foam was then covered with a mix of spakfilla and sand and will it was still drying I attached the trees.

The moss is a mix of spakfilla/sand/paint and applied to the trees, The ground work was covered with a mix of dirt/sand/small sticks/lichen moss,ground leaves.

Once the ground work was dry it was then given severall washes of Vallejo chocolate brown. I then used plants from JOEFIX Studio and ferns from the local craft shop and I also used static grass.

I wanted a swampy area for this base so I cut some clear plastic and attached it with tape and plasticine to stop any leakage.

I then poured Woodland Scenics Realistic Water in the area, this will take a few days to completely dry and will shrink a little so I will need to top is up once dry.


There are so many lessons customizers can learn from this one already!

Ron Hembling finishes new Star Wars Bandai Project...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 22 2017
"Hi All,

Just completed this one last night.


Trooper - is from Bandai and is 1:6 scale, I built it straight out of the box and was weathered using Vallejo and Army Painter paints and Pastel Chalks.

The rifle was given a sling made using a strip og leather and o-rings and a buckle and clip from some 1:6 parts I had in my bits box.

The pauldron and ammo pouch are from a Sideshow Toys Sandtrooper and the right hand holding the E-11 is also from the Sideshow Sandtooper and I removed the armour plating and swapped it out for Bandai one that came with the kit.


Wow, look great Ron!

Arkantos is finished with Krennic's Shuttle!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 22 2017
"Gonna need storage for this giant."

Wow, that looks awesome! Now that is one awesome storage problem!

JDeck builds the Bandai Grievous...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 22 2017
"Alright. Its been a while since I've posted anything. However I have been lurking on a daily basis, and have been enjoying everyone's awesome work.

So I finally got around to building the Bandai 1/12 General Grevious. Its a very intricate kit. It has a lot of small parts that break easily. Actually in the instructions it literally says do not break, well I saw that after I broke it. But i fixed it good as new. This kit was kind of a pain in the neck to build, but its pretty freggin awesome though. His gits are cast in brown plastic, so i painted that using a combination flesh and red paint mixtures. Of course you cant even see it hardly, so kind of a waste of time really. Some of the parts fall off, so I will just glue them down. However first I will break it down a little so I can weather it.

There are a few different options. Mainly the arms. You have the option of either the two arm or four arm configuration. Also he comes with an articulated plastic cape, I personally do not like articulated capes.

So I'm going to break it down a little, wash it, and weather him soon."

It was great to see JDeck back and that Grievous is fantastic!

Stan is back with a modern vintage custom...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 22 2017
"Damono Deomaley, aka , little Aunt Beru, joins the Mos Isley cantina today with all other scum."

Looks pretty spot on to me!

Echo Six is back!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 21 2017
"Finished a revised giant mouse droid that should be a bit more accurate. It's got six POAs; four concealed wheels under the base and a telescoping neck with ball-jointed head. I went easy on the greeblies and left off a few doodads -- Actually struggled with adding the back wire, as exposed cables hanging everywhere seems like a shoddy design to me. WIP shots to follow."

And work in progress shots he has shown! Very nice and man was it great to see all of the pieces of this that came together and see him back!

Izzy Mel 45 back with a new Speeder...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 21 2017
"I finished the 1st version of the Mobquet. (No cockpit)

Working on one now that has a cockpit seat and console. Here are a couple of pics of the seat.

Dan shares news on new BOSS Fight Studios AFs...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 21 2017
"Brand new Boss Fight Studio "Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Basics" coming soon!
Preorders start on Sunday!"

Thanks Dan for the word! Man that is a line that just keeps getting better.

Ron Hembling completes his Endor Assault Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 20 2017
"Hi All,

Here are the usual outdoor pics for the Endor Assault dio , please enjoy.


Uh, wow! He also updates us on his Boulder Chase Dio:

"Hi All,

I have started adding balsa wood to the outside of the dio as this will simulate a crate once completed.


Bronxstalker unhinges my jaw!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 20 2017
"Ok, I'm finally done with my other project, Lord Starkiller in his Sith stalker outfit.I took forever to complete him, because I started the sculpting on him, but kept putting him to the side as I completed other projects.

He's made from a Black Series Kylo Ren, and everything but the legs and hands were dremeled down to a skeletal frame, and re-sculpted over. The helmet was an Iron Man helmet, mostly dremeled down and re-sculpted. The light saber hilts were molded and casted so I can make more for other projects.

Oh, and the should pads are attached to straps, so his articulation isn't hinder too much.I hope you enjoy viewing as much as I enjoyed making."

Wow, that is one awesome custom action figure!

Hole in the Ground Production sends new email...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 20 2017
"I now have available curved and straight bar counters that work perfectly with the previous released cantina distillery kit. In addition, I have arranged with a third party to offer Battlestation Surface pieces that can be used as backdrops or detail stands for models. Head to www.holeinthegroundpro.com/dioramas.html to order those and any other diorama items. BTW, did you ever check out the rest of the website? If you collect props or are a cosplayer, check out everything else we make.

Over the last few years, the amount of diorama parts I offer has grown far larger than I ever expected. I’ve gotten many items off of my “to do” list and I’m always open and looking for more to put on it. If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see, please let me know. Meanwhile, help decide which of the following four items will be fast tracked.

- Echo Base scaffold/gantry
- Dentention Level wall with stairs and opening
- Tractor Beam Generator
- ROTJ Home One war table

Eric Berry
Hole in the Ground Productions

Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 19 2017
The Meisho Movie Realization series is back to complete your Star Wars collection with an exquisitely rendered Stormtrooper, designed to evoke an ancient Japanese foot soldier. $84.99

Bring the galaxy to life with Force Link! Wear Force Link gear to activate lights, sounds, and more in Force Link-activated figures, accessories, vehicles, and playsets. With Force Link, the power of the Force is in your hands!

Dustin and from the main quartet in Netflix's hit series Stranger Things are now 7-inch scale action figures! The 10-inch scale deluxe Demogorgon figure is in the "kill pose" with the opened flower-petal like mouth and terrifyingly detailed teeth! Each figure is designed with several points of articulation and sculpted from images of the actors with a spectacular likeness. Each include a stylized Stranger Things disc display base and are showcased in retro-themed packaging.

From the critically acclaimed movie Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the legendary sci-fi film come new NECA figures! Bring home the action with these highly articulated action figures depicting the characters as they appear on screen.

Ron Hembling has a new Endor Dio in the works...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 19 2017
"Hi All,

The Realistic Water arrived so I have poured it into the area of the Endor Assault dio and will take pics tomorrow once it dries. So until then here is another commission Endor dio I'm doing.

So far the trunks I got from the local bushland and then cut to size, the base ground work so far is done using high density foam.

The scout/speeder are from Hasbro and I had to totally take him apart so I could get a good pose with him as he's legs and arms were all bent.


Now this is gonna be a great one too!

Kualan teases new chapter!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 19 2017
I can't wait. I really enjoy Tales From The Clone Wars!

Grandl27 is back with a few new customs...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 19 2017
"Elite imperial Trooper"

And that is just one of three new custom postings.

Have you seen Science and Star Wars?
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 19 2017
"Lucasfilm and Disney have released the fourth episode of Science and Star Wars, the popular digital series that answers how close real-world science has come to our favorite Star Wars technology. Today’s episode explores Hover Vehicle Technology.

The team is joined by Diana Williams of Lucasfilm Story Group -- one of the four people responsible for determining all Star Wars canon -- to help construct (and test drive) an actual human-sized land speeder made out of plywood, cardboard and leaf blowers.

WATCH: Science and Star Wars Recreates a ‘Land Speeder’ Using Cardboard & Two Leaf Blowers

With modern science, there are two major ways engineers can replicate ‘speeders’ from the Star Wars films and pop culture: 1) through the use of compressed air to “hover” hardware; and 2) the use of repellent magnetic forces to levitate objects for a faster, smoother ride. Both are discussed by experts in their respective fields, including USC professor of aeronautical engineering David Barnhart and magnetoelectronics expert Kevin Roche.

Over the course of the next six episodes, Science and Star Wars will continue to explore science fantasy, science fact, and the gray area in between, Tuesdays on the official Star Wars Facebook page."

Ron Hembling finishes up his DC Comics Dioramas...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 18 2017
"Hi All,

Here are my usual pics for Batman and Superman please enjoy.


Now those turned out great and man some of the poses in action he is getting are fantastic!

Darth Sinister finishes his jetpacks...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 18 2017
"Final paint apps applied. Weathering and details have been added. The back peg has proven to be problematic and some have broken off. No big deal. I've added neodymium magnets to compensate those.

So here they are! They'll be hitting eBay later today."

Wow, bet those magnets hold way better than the peg anyhow. Great work!

I get my AT-AT in from Ron Hembling...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 17 2017
If you have followed Ron's epic AT-AT Head Dio you know how I was waiting on pins and needles for this to ship across the pond.

As per their usual flair, my posties horribly mangled the box, but Ron's expert packing got this and an awesome other dio (stay tuned) through brilliantly. I can't wait to get this into my collection and start a new collection refocus (long overdue).

Thank you Ron!

Ron Hembling goes DC on us...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 17 2017
"Hi All,

I while I'm waiting for glue and paint to dry on other pieces I am doing I decided to start making two small viginettes for a Batman and Superman I have had for a while.

This first one is of Batman and he is from the DC Icons series. When painting him I decided to give him a grey/black look as I love the gritty look to the colours.

I also removed the plastic cape and replaced it with a cloth one and added wiring to the sides of the cape.

Here is Superman and he also is from the DC icons series.

I removed the plastic cape and as like Batman replaced it with a cloth one and added wiring to the sides.

The base is still a WIP and so far it has a base from a Mezco Trek Sulu and I used high density foam for the debri and a mix of sand/spakfilla/paint for the dirt."

Mark Halloween to get your exclusive B.O.S.S. Fights Studio Skeleton...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 17 2017
"There is a SUPER LIMITED Boss Fight Studio "Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S." figure coming on Halloween!

The "Evil Skeleton" will be limited to just a few hundred and cost $19.99!"

Click here to shop already!

Ron Hembling getting there on his Endor Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 15 2017
"Hi All,

I have added the destroyed speeder and just need to weather it before the water effects is added. I used Vallejo and Army Paints to paint it.


Can't wait to see his water effects for this.

Stan is back with a modern vintage custom...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 15 2017
"Gailid...made with Greedo and whole lot of procreate! Thank you for everyone who encouraged me!"

He sure turned out great!

Arkantos is making Director Krennic's Shuttle!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 15 2017
"More pics once its done."

Wow, he has already added some lights to this two. This is already getting two thumbs way up from the Tamer!

Walgreens Exclusive Force Spirit Obi-Wan in stock!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 15 2017
You can now order this online via add to cart! You can even get free shipping for orders over $35 so why not get two!

Paint Progress for Darth Sinister!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 14 2017
"Paint Progress on the Jet Packs..."

These are really turning out nice!

Bronxstalker finishes up his latest Mando...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 14 2017
"Here goes Rohlan Dyre, in 6" scale. I've searched the web, and I think I may be the first person to have made him in 6" scale (not sure)."

Definitely first as far as I can figure out too. He turned out great!

Talk about one great FB Share...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 14 2017
I got up this morning and found this on our Facebook Page. Uh wow!

Ron Hembling does veg work on his Endor Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 13 2017
"Hi All,

The vegetation is all done I used plastic plants from Joefix Studio and Army painter for the small grass tufts. The ferns are from the local craft shop which have been cut down to size.


Wow, talk about looking realistic!

Hasbro sends us a NYCC Goody Bag!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 13 2017
We weren't able to make it out this year, but Hasbro still remembered us and sent us a very nice swag bag (see gallery above). It was very much appreciated and what a nice way to end the week!

Darth Sinister painting up his jetpacks...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 12 2017
We shared a story yesterday on his jetpack work. I saw on FB last night that he is also painting them up very nice too. Look for us to share the link when some of those go up for sale!

Bronxstalker shows us his Mando Work...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 12 2017
"I finally finished work last week on Rohlan Dyre in 6" scale. Lots of sculpting. Next up, painting."

Lots of work, but boy do the results pay off!

Ron Hembling updates us on his Endor Dio too...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 12 2017
"Hi All,

have also done some more work on the Endor dio.

The rocks were given their last wash of beige brown and once dry I used a mix of sand/spakfilla/paint to make the moss and then I used a brush to apply it to the trees and rocks.

The destroyed speeder is from Hasbro which I have had in the spare part bix for ages. I used a pair of snippers to cut it up and also to make the damaged sctions of the speeder.

Next up I will paint and weather the speeder and start adding vegetation.


He is sure doing great on both projects!

Ron Hembling shares more of his Indy Diorama Build...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 12 2017
"Hi All,

More work done to

the boulder chase dio

I added more moss to the moss that was already glued down to give it more thickness.

I also added spider webs and thanks to Roger Bowen over on my FB page for suggesting the Halloween spider webs but the ones I found were really thick so I used cotton wool intsead.


Great idea for spider webs!

Ron Hembling shares the final images of his WW2 Dios...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 11 2017
"Hi All,

Here are the usual pics for two of the WW2 German Figures.


Yepper those turned out great too. Looking forward to seeing how his Boulder Chase is coming along too.

Darth Sinister is getting Fired Up!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 11 2017
"Getting great results with some new molds. Two piece Mandalorian Jet Pack 6" scale in an array of colors! A few very small imperfections. I'll fix them up with putty, give em' a nice paint job and list them on Ebay."

I will get you a link when he gets em loaded.

Star Alien 70 is back with an update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 11 2017
"Glad you all like the Boelo update. Here’s the finished figure with the other henchmen: Bandolier also from the same Jawa as the hat. Body from VSC Han in Trench Coat with lower legs from TBS Luke Yavin. Arms from TLC Agen Kolar with hands from TVC Dr Evazan. Holster cut from belt of Rebel Ground Crew. Overcoat modified from Episode I Naboo accessory pack. Modified waistcoat from Dr Who (Matt Smith - Green Jacket)."

That is just the start of the great new three pack from SA70!

Jason Todd Kimball shares on our Facebook Page...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 11 2017
Looks like he created this from a reference using a Battle Pod. Hey thats one of the first useful things I have seen come from Battle Pods!

-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 11 2017
"Play Fair, a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages, brings new and beloved toy and pop culture brands together under one roof for an interactive and fun-filled live event open to families, fans and media. A joint venture between the Toy Association and LeftField Media and presented by Spin Master and Toys “R” Us, Play Fair is nearly double in size in 2017, providing greater ways for children, parents, teenagers and fans to play! Families and fans will be delighted with hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, awe-inspiring displays, talent appearances, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives. Attendees also receive a first look at the nominees for The Toy Association’s 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.

At Play Fair attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow from more than 40 exhibitors including ALEX Brands, Cartoon Network, Hasbro, Just Play, K’nex, LEGO, Midtown Comics, Moose Toys, Nickelodeon, Spin Master, The New York Doll Company, Toys “R” Us, VTech, Kvellix, Inc. (NUTSO) and WowWee. See firsthand which toys, games, and entertainment will be the biggest hits this season, just in time for Black Friday.

WHEN: Play Fair 2017
Saturday, November 4th – Sunday, November 5th
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Jacob K. Javits Center, Halls 1A and 1B
655 West 34th Street, NYC

Interactive Exhibits – Enter the worlds of your favorite toys and games with hands-on exhibits fostering team-work, discovery, and play.
Photo Ops – Take pictures with your favorite characters! You’ll be able to snap selfies with larger-than-life heroes and sinister villains.
Demo Areas – Test out toys and games and compete in competitions against your family, friends, and other attendees.
Museum Quality Displays – Glimpse vintage toys, rare variants, and mock-ups of upcoming toys to learn about the past, present, and future of some of America’s favorite toys and games.
Toy Unboxing – Be the first to see some of the biggest toys of the holidays.
Interview opportunities with representatives from more than 40 family entertainment & play companies, executives, and industry experts from The Toy Association.
Celebrity Guests – Meet Mommy Tubers, Toy Bloggers, Toy Designers, and more!
Show Exclusives – Score limited edition toys only available at Play Fair! You’ll want to set aside some space in your toy chest or shelf for exclusives you won’t find anywhere else.
And a Race Around NYC – Take your Play Fair badge to dozens of shops, museums, restaurants, and landmarks to get discounts, goodies, and freebies all weekend long.

Everything at play Fair begins with a ticket. Play fair offers four sessions across November 4th & 5th with tickets to each session available now. To purchase, visit www.PlayFairNY.com/tickets."

Ron Hembling finishing up his WW2 Dioramas...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 10 2017
"Hi All,

The two mini German WW2 dio's are almost done I just need to weather them and then take my usual pics.


They sure look pretty awesome to me!

Panther has a great Con Diorama Vendor Day....
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 10 2017
"Sunday was a fab day, my first experience at a Comic Con (I know, what has taken me so long!) but also as a trader as well! Arrived at 7 am to set up and many thanks to my wife for being there too because I couldn't have done it without her."

Make sure you scroll down when you hit the link so you can see all his great con pics. I am glad it turned out so well!

Izzy Mel 45 back with an improved Speeder Design...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 10 2017
"I did a complete redesign of the Ubrikkan Speeder to fix all the flaws I had with it. I hollowed out the port holes and added the surrounding details. Also added a cockpit so you can see something inside and not just an empty space. Once I have this printed, I will be sending out to freind to get the right size decals. Here are a few render pics of the Speeder. Hope to have something soon with this one."

Wow, that is gonna be fantastic when finally done!

The new Last Jedi Trailer!
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 10 2017
This is the one we heard about airing during halftime on Monday Night Football.

Tickets are available now!

Black Thorne shows us a new Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, October 9 2017
"I just finished a new fantasy diorama for my new BFS's Orcs, an underground hideout:"

This looks really great. It makes me want to go read There and Back Again!

Stan is back with an Imperial Dignitary...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 8 2017
"Wow, over three year of customizing!!! Been out of commission lately, here is Args Dongers, one of the six imperial dignitaries in Return of the Jedi. Softgoods is the way to go!"

Wow, three years, what an accomplishment! And a great looking custom to celebrate is definitely the way to go.

Panther finishes his Crypt Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 8 2017
"Final touches are now complete and ready for the Comic Con tomorrow .

Fake cobwebs have been added to walls and sarcophagus, even a few little spiders have found their way into the webbing.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.


It looks pretty good to me.

-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 8 2017
"Tickets to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Go on Sale Everywhere Following the Trailer Launch

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (October 8, 2017)—Lucasfilm announced today that the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Monday, October 9, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT.

Following the trailer launch, tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15.

In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

The film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers."

Cool deal!

Fiala Fernbrugg reviews the Bandai TIE Striker...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 7 2017
"TIE Striker

The TIE/sk x1 experimental air superiority fighter, also known as the TIE/sk atmospheric fighter or simply the TIE striker, was a streamlined variant of the TIE line starfighters used by the Galactic Empire, most notably during the Battle of Scarif. Specialized for in-atmosphere missions, the atmospheric fighter was identifiable by its horizontal high-speed wings and large central pod. Largely because of its specialization for such missions, it is one of the few TIE lines to be used by the Imperial Army as well as the Imperial Navy.
[wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE/sk_x1_experimental_air_superiority_fighter]

manufacturer: Bandai
scale: 1/72
release date: 2017
length: 240mm (9,45")
wing span: 165mm (6,5")
retail price: 30€

The kit is not available in europe. I bought the kit on amazon from an US retailer (free shipping!).

The kit comes in a shiny black box with a very nice artwork on it. The quality of the parts is phenomenal. A TIE pilot figure and standing silhouette figure (for size comparison) are included. The kit includes also a nice display stand. The wings are movable."

And that is just the start of his review. Look for it in our Imperial Review Section soon!

Ron Hembling works on his Endor Dio too...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 7 2017
"Hi All,

While the moss is drying on the boulder chase dio I started doing more work to the Endor Assualt dio.

I have added the edges by using balsa wood and then I used aluminium foil to make the rock area's by crumpling the foil then gluing in place.

Once I had completed adding the rocks I then used a mix of spakfilla/sand/PVA glue/sand and Vallejo Chocolate Brown for the first part of the ground work I then applied it to the base using a damp medium brush.

Once the mix was applied and was still wet I applied the top part of the ground work using a mix of sand/static grass/ diced dry leaves/diced lichen moss and small clumps of railway clump bushes. Once this mix was applied I then softly pressed the mix into the first applied mix.


I am wondering if Ron got any sleep last night after seeing all the wonderful work on his latest three dios!

Ron Hembling is back with two new updates...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 7 2017
"Hi All,

I have started adding the first layer of moss to the boulder chase dio.

I let the first layer dry for a few days and once dry I peeled them of the non stick baking paper and glued them on using PVA glue. I will leave these to dry for 12 hours before applying the last part of the moss.

Ron and

Hi All,

These mini diorama's will be of WW2 German's. Those that didn't know my first passion was building and making WW2 German dio's before I started into the SciFi world.

I have had these figures for about 5 yrs and thought it would be cool to get my WW2 military juices flowing again.

The figures are a combo of Ultimate Soldier figures and Forces of Valor figures. I mixed and matched them to how I wanted them to look and glued their joints and now I just need to fill the joints in paint them up and make mini dio's for them.


Izzy Mel 45 runs a new test print...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, October 7 2017
"I ran a test print of the Lars Speeder. Glad I did. I need to fix a few things on it. also need to adjust the size. Printed at 12 inches In order to get to the right 1:18 scale it will need to be 13.5 - 14 inches. Here are a few pics."

Wow, he says it needs fixed, but it looks pretty daggone nice to me! By the way take a look at his Facebook Feed to find out how you too can get some of these great items.

NYCC 2017 Hasbro Reveals

Hasbro sends new PR Shots from NYCC!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 6 2017
"Happy New York Comic Con! We’re thrilled to share images for all of the new products Hasbro revealed yesterday at NYCC."

I am just getting started so stay tuned as I get the gallery fully loaded.

Panther shows more work on his Crypt!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 6 2017
"Last night the brick work was given a coat of grey. While this was drying I went to work highlighting the stone work, sarcophagus and tablet/door. Using a black wash over the sarcophagus and tablet/door and then a light grey wash to pick out the details. A dark grey for the cracks in the floor. I will be doing the same with the stone walls tonight."

And folks that is just one of about three new updates on this. It is so cool to see how he is pulling this all together!

Star Alien 70 shows us his process...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, October 6 2017
"Hi. Thanks again for all the comments. I don't often put work in progress images on, usually because I get carried away making something I forget to take pictures, but here's a few WIP for my updated head for Boelo. It uses a Jawa head from TBS Jawa 2-pack. The face is a separate piece that pops off, then I drilled out the inside."

Folks it is pretty cool to see how he has done this!

Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 5 2017
A tribute to the history of Marvel Super Heroes, the Marvel Legends Retro 6-inch Collection features core Marvel characters with retro packaging and design! Each figure includes multiple points of articulation, classic-inspired details, and 2 character-specific accessories. Collectors and kids alike can expand their Marvel collection with Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Wolverine, and Punisher.

The Masters of the Universe Classics Club Grayskull Wave 2 Collection is a set of four deluxe, 7-inch tall, highly articulated, and fully posable action figures including a host of accessories and interchangeable parts. Each super detailed Classics Figure is sculpted by the Four Horsemen and comes packaged in a brand new blister package featuring artwork inspired by the iconic vintage Masters of the Universe toys. Wave 2 includes Man-E-Faces, Mer-Man, Sorceress, and Tung Lashor. $49.99 Each

Following the popular Manga Realization Iron Man comes this incredible retro portrayal of the War Machine, arranged by Takeyuki Takeya and sculpted by Junichi Taniguchi and Takashi Yamaguchi! Their masterful skills have re-envisioned the War Machine as he might have appeared in the era of samurai. $89.99

Kids and fans alike can imagine the biggest battles and missions in the Star Wars saga with figures and statues from The Black Series! With exquisite features and decoration, this series embodies the quality and realism that Star Wars devotees love.

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with these Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi 3.75-inch figures! Wear the Force Link (sold separately) to activate sounds for each figure!

Ron Hembling updates us on his Indy Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 5 2017
"Hi All,

More progress on the Boulder Chase dio.

I have added the dirt/debri to the floor by mixing potty mix and dirt then applying it with PVA glue.

I have also made a few moss pieces by getting a piece of baking paper and then applying PVA glue then using fine railway model clumps and sprinkling it over the glue. Once dry I will be able to just peel the pieces of and then apply them to the dio.


It is really running now! How did you like that pun?

Panther shares more work on his Crypt Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, October 5 2017
"Last night was spent weathering the wall and adding more detail to them before applying the first coat of paint, a combination of a light grey with a touch of blue. Applied evenly over the floor tiles, sarcophagus, lid and tablet. This has been left to dry before a light coat of a light grey sprayed over these areas before diving out the door this morning."

He is finishing this one up in record time too.

Panther adds to his Crypt Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 4 2017
"Last night I put together a sarcophagus to sit central in the tomb, adding another layer of slabs underneath it. The stone in the back wall, I etched a skull into it, with 6 Mayan symbols."

It sure looks awesome to me. I could see this being used for a ton of different action figure lines.

The Corporation lets us know he is still around...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 4 2017
"Time for my yearly post, an LBC using mostly marvel parts:"

Now that is one gorgeous figure. It looks like she has tons of arty too.

Ron Hembling starts new Star Wars Project...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, October 4 2017
"Hi All,

I have started on another project while waiting for spakfilla and paint to dry on the boulder dio.

This dio will depict three Stormtroopers fighting on the moon of Endor, the trunks are a branch I found at my daughter's schoold. I cut it to length and then treated it Methylated Spirits and left in in the sun to dry out.


He is already off to a great start.

Panther completes his Tiger Force Diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 3 2017
"You will be pleased to know

I have completed this project
, I hope you like the final pictures.


Now that sure is one great looking diorama. He is gonna have great fun at his local con with all of these this weekend!

Panther creates dio for any genre...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, October 3 2017
"With less than a week to go until I exhibit at my local Comic-Con, I'm going to push for one more diorama build to take with me.

Using the same specifications as the dojo and taking inspiration from SWTOR, Indiana Jones, G.I. JOE and even He-Man I am putting together a simple tomb/crypt dio which can be used for any 3.75" genre.

See what you think.


I think it is great.

Art deWhill back with new Probe Droid Artwork...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 1 2017
"So here it comes, my oil painting of the imperial Probot. Just landed on this little ice cube planet named Hoth :)
Hope you like it!"

Ominous looking. I like it a lot!

Panther with a new Tiger Force Dio Update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 1 2017
"The small hill at the very top, I took away the loose dirt and stuck more foliage down.

Once all the glue has dried, the next job will be using hot glue and applying it to around the sides of the river sheet and trimming off the excess and then painting the base. Almost ready for my Tiger Force Joes to take their positions to defend their outpost."

The realism in this one is just amazing folks.

Ron Hembling shares the results of his competition...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 1 2017
"Thanks heaps Shawn and I just got back from the comp about an hour ago, good news is my Star Trek Bridge dio won 1st place in the SciFi catargory the AT-AT head didn't get a place which I am disappointed about it but can't win them all.

I have attached pics in order of placing's.


AT-AT Head didn't place?!!!! Well I need to get in contact with those judges like right now!

Tonphanan back with a great dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 1 2017
"New mini Dio based on concept art for Rogue One."

Now that looks great. It is spot on with the concept artwork he used to create it.

Kualan gives us a taste of the Battle of Velkor...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, October 1 2017
Most (if not all) of the next issue will be all about the battle of Velkor so you'll definitely get your wish! Plus having a flashback gives me a chance to FINALLY use Phase One clonetroopers! I've been having a blast putting together some designs for the phase one variants of Corliss, Asher and their unit - the 284th. Seeing some of the custom clones folks are coming up with over in the other sub-forums really helped with the inspiration:"

Oh this is gonna be awesome!