February 2018


Darth Sinister shares another Mega Update!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
"Got some more

"Quick" customs here using POTF figures
. Love doing these!

First one is a Devaronian Bouncer. Push mold head, lots of Aves FixIt Sculpt. This was a POTF Darth Vader... sculpted right over that sucker."

Folks there is just a ton of custom figures he has posted up here. I mean look at that Ceremonial Ithorian!



Ron Hembling shares some Sandtrooper Dios...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
"Hi All,

I have started making vignette's to sell at my local Con in June and here are the first lot.

Recipe

Sandtroopers - are from Bandai and builyt straight out if the box and I also added stocking to the joints to keep them hidden. The troopers were panted and weathered using Vallejo Paints and Pastel Chalks.

Base - the plain sand base was done using Tamiya's Diorama texture paint Light Sand once applied and dried I then gave it a was of light brown paint and then dry brushed it with Vallejo's Iraqui Sand.

The other two rocky base's I use the Tamiya Light Sand textured paint and while drying I added kitty litter to them. Once dry I gave the base's a wash of light brown and then dry brushed them with Vallejo's Iraqui Sand and then used a mix of red brown and dark brown pastel chalks to weather the bases.

Ron"

I bet it doesn't take him long to part with these in June!



Talon Reap is back with a Rogue One Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
"Today I want to show off a little Lah-Mu scene I recreated with Krennic and two Death Troopers. I think this little vignette turned out well too and I hope y'all enjoy it!"

Wow, this might be the day of the dio here at ISY.



OC47150 shows off a Zombie dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
"Meanwhile, here's a dio I did last fall for a supernatural/unexplained contest. It's my take on Death Troopers, one of my favorite SW novels.

Black foamcore with Death Star panels attached. Added some of the Halloween gauze and orange LED lights. Made a couple of custom zombie stormtroopers. It looks pretty good with just the LEDs on."

It does at that!



Tony shares a Scheich Gallery...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
Tony The Mad Jawa got Dan a great Scheich Gallery! Of course you knew Dan was gonna have the skippy on all these new offerings. Tony just did a bang up job taking pics at Toy Fair!



Dan shares news on Robotech Line...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 21 2018
Now this is a line that I am looking forward to seeing. Man, I grew up watch this anime!



Star Alien 70 customizes up a full 27 points of arty K-2SO...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 20 2018
"I don’t normally do customs of newer figures that are still ongoing, just in case Hasbro actually produce what I’m working on, but I’d been looking at the basic single carded K-2SO and thought it looked like a figure that could potentially have decent articulation without too much work… and then I got carried away. It went from being a case of just adding elbow and knee joints to this…

Super articulated 1:18 scale K-2SO: Features articulated elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, feet, toes, torso, and completely new ball-hinged shoulder and hip joints. Plus the existing neck and head rotation of the original figure. I think it’s 27 POA."

Holy cow! 27 points! No kidding folks.



More work from Panther on his Aliens vs. Predator Outpost...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 20 2018
"This afternoon I put a couple of hours aside to go back and work on the floor. I carved in to floor 6 grill plates and then using the top of a bread knife ans pressed it into the foam board to make the slates in the grill plates. This took the complete couple of hours, hoping it has created the desired effect or I will have to create the grills from scatch."

I think it looks pretty realistic.



Dan shares Elite Force News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 20 2018
Looks like it is still going to be around!



Dan is back with word from BOSS Fight Studios...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 20 2018
Looks like they are gonna do a Horse Kickstarter this time out and give you options like Pegasus and Centaurs, etc.

It sounds like these will be totally modular with add on kits in all kinds of different colors.



I am Elemental Gallery Up!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
Tony stopped by to talk to our friends at I Am Elemental and it looks like they are still full steam ahead. Sounds like a cartoon is in the works!



Tony revisits Super7
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
I am telling you this MOTU Stuff looks awesome. Tony swing back by after a person requested more Super7!



Soup up your Waffle Making...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
Maybe I am gonna have to go into full force cooking here. Wow, some awesome cooking stuff.



Tony shares Diamond Select Toy Fair News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
Wow, that Pacific Rim stuff looks like my wallet is doomed. Some of that DC stuff (Expressions of Joker) is just flawless too. Go Tony!



Dan is still covering Toy Fair too.
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
Wow, he is sure gleaning the world wide web to keep us updates on a ton of other lines and news. I must say the Jurassic World Line is looking awesome.

The photos below come from Jurassic Outpost:




Tony is liking MEZCO this year...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
He says this might be the best new action figure showing for the Fair. That Old Man Logan is just jaw dropping. And that is saying something after he was blown away by the Sail Barge.

Stay tuned Tony is just getting warmed up!



Tony shares NECA next...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
I must say this is gonna be a great year to be a NECA Collector too. Lots of great new stuff. If you can look at that ALIEN Snake and not be eerily amazed you can't be human.



Tony is back at Toy Fair today!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
He has graciously given us yet another day to go and preview some of this year's new stuff. We are gonna focus on some things besides Star Wars today too so stay tuned! These fanwraps looks great!

I mean you can put a Porg on your car and perhaps a Jawa or two. I am gonna have to have one of those armband phone carriers too.



More on Darth Sinister's latest customs update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
"So here we are and I'm starting with not one, but two of my favorite MARVEL characters. The FIRST EU characters to be seen were some of my favorites... SPACE PIRATES!!!! Namely Captain Crimson Jack and his first mate Jolli. They were awesome! A bit under-dressed for space travel but awesome just the same. Crimson Jack got his nickname from the color of his mane. His pirate vessel was a Victory Class I Imperial Star Destroyer he and his crew found adrift. He raised his First Mate Jolli from a child and aside from his gruff demeanor saw the girl as a daughter. Captain Jack and his crew were known for raiding unsuspecting freighters via space jump, attaching themselves to the hulls and blasting thought to get what they wanted.

We also get that Han Solo and Jack are acquainted and have been for some time. I would have loved to have seen that or even a Jack cameo in the new Solo movie. These guys might fit into that film pretty nicely...

Also if anyone wants to see any older work, check out my page and give me a like! https://www.facebook.com/DarthSinisterCreations/#"

Gonna post a few of the other great customs below:






Ron Hembling gets back to SW Dios!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
"Hi All,

I know a SW dio finally LOL.

Finished this last night and is Ver 2 as I did a similar dio a while back and used a Matchbox Falcon but wanted to do this dio using the Bandai 1/350 Falcon.

Recipe

Falcon - as mentioned is from Bandai and was painted wanted weathered using Vallejo Paints and Pastel Chalks.

Base - is foam board cut to the desired shape then I used Alluminum Foil to build up the base and alos used it to make the shape of the asteriods.

I then used a 50/50 mix of spakfilla/sand and covered the foil with it and once dry I then sprayed them with Tamiya Brown and then Tamiya Medium Grey. I then gave them a wash with Matt black and then once dry I dry brushed them using Vallejo Light Grey.

Ron"

Ah good times Ron!



Talon Reap is back with a great Hoth Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
"I first decided to try my hand at a hallway in Echo Base featuring a snowtrooper and an E-Web cannon. This was my first snowtrooper and I must say I love him! Anyway, I followed Frank Diorio's workshop instructions and I think it worked out rather well!"

I would say it worked out great! I was just talking with Frank the other day too!



Panther starts work on an AvP Diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
"While exhibiting at Bradford Unleashed, I carried on working in my AvP diorama. I cut out the base of the outpost, marked out a walkway around the front and right side.

Next I given the idea of sliding doors, I cut out a piece of foam boards and carved markings into the door. Using 5 mm foam board to add details to the reverse of the door.

With the doors made, it’s time to work on the inside wall. After cutting out the doorway, I’ve etched wall markings into the wall, adding a wall bracing. With these done, I can start adding extra accessories to the front wall before working on the side wall."

Looks like he had a very fun day!



Clonesniper78 is back!
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
"6” Hasbro Captain Phasma with the Game of Thrones action figure head swap. Helmet head dremeled out for removable helmet. Armor was painted to make it more metallic but the glossy clear coat dulled it back down. Painted a bamboo 7” knitting needle for the staff. Final touch was a cloth cape purchased off eBay."

Still can't figure out why Hasbro hasn't offered one of these yet, but CS78 sure shows you how to pull one off that looks awesome!



Dan shares Jurassic World News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 19 2018
I almost forgot to post this image of the new Indoraptor that we are gonna see in the new Jurassic World. I am really looking forward to this movie and this new action figure line.

And on that note, stay tuned the Mad Jawa is loose in the Javits Center again!



Hasbro sends us the High Rez Images for Day 2
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
I am telling you I am now even more eager for the return of the vintage line after seeing some of these yesterday. I have to admit they are really doing some nice work on the 6" line too.

Stay tuned, I also have about 70 images I am working with for the Marvel folks too. And don't forget Tony got some great images of these when he went to the Hasbro presentation yesterday!




Panther shares his finished dio images...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
"With the Comic Con tomorrow I have finally managed to complete

the final pictures of my Apartment Room diorama
. Hope you like them."

I know I sure do!



A new WW2 Dio from Ron Hembling...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
"Hi All,

Finished this small 1:35 vignette of last night. The figure and dog are both from Dragon and they were painted with Vallejo Paints.

The base is blue foam and the sand is from Tamiya and is the light sand mix with crushed up kitty litter applied while it was drying .

Once dry it was then painted with Vallejo Iraqui sand and then given a wash of medium brown then dry brushed with Iraqui sand and the grass tufts are from Army Painter.

I also decided to give Tamiya's decals ago and used them on the epelets and sleeves and they worked great so I think I'll be using them alot more.

Ron"

I am really liking his latest WW2 Theme.



Foxtrot Delta is back with new vintage custom cardbacks...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
"Starting on my Rogue One kick, getting the Death Troopers and Shore Troopers done."

Now these are gonna be great. He isn't waiting for Hasbro to bring the vintage line back!




Hasbro shares their Marvel PR Images...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
And another huge gallery of high resolution images for you to peruse and share. There are gonna be a lot of happy Marvel Collectors this coming year thats for sure!



Darth Sinister is back!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
"I've had a little time lately and have been hard at work on the beginnings of my classic MARVEL STAR WARS stint. These figures are 1/12th scale and a passion project for me. Now it would be fun to translate the characters as they were, straight from the pages of the old comics, but I always like to put my own spin on things. Giving these characters a much needed re-boot is essential. I want to achieve a look for them that makes sense in relation to the films and breath new life into them."

His re-imaginings of some of our favorite characters are astonishing. Trust me there is a lot more than just Crimson Jack to see in his thread.



Darth More is back with a LAAT...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
"Republic Gunship

It's Saturday and what's happening this weekend? Right, New York Toy Fair! I knew the International Toy Fair was probably going to steal me the show, but honestly I didn't expect much news from Hasbro...Now, since the first pictures of the Imperial Combat Assault Tank leaked, the occasion of posting this couldn't be better!"

And yes, he did his full thorough review inside and out of this great vehicle.



Will the Barge get its 5,000 backers?
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 18 2018
Yesterday afternoon the cheering could be heard across Star Wars Fandom as fans were shown a way to get their own 3.75" Jabba's Sail Barge. We were later blown away as Tony got us the first images of this behemoth (see below). This is truly a time for the fan and collector to stand up and back this. Who knows what this could open the door for?! Lets hope our foreign friends will get a chance to own and order one of these too! As of right now there are 663 Backers.



Any LEGO Fans out there?
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
First off we would like to thank Tony for his awesome galleries and coverage today. Stay safe as you get home in the blizzard out there now!

And yepper you know Tony likes his LEGO. Its gonna be a great year to collect folks.



Bandai Gallery is up...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Tony is just about out of juice, but he is sure giving us some nice images of a ton of different Star Wars Figures and Ships.



Art FX Plus Gallery is up...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Now these are pretty daggone nice too. Tony is loading till his phone runs out of juice!



Tony gets the skippy on the new Wampa...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
I mean five poa, but wow. There are some other winners in that new gallery too. Stay tuned Tony is still loading.



Check out Manga Realization!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
You just have to love Star Wars meets Samurai



Tony finds all kinds of SW out there...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
From this table top gaming to these lapel pins he found some awesome stuff today:




Tony shares a gallery of the New Falcon...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Looks like it has a ton of fun play effects for the kids. I am still trying to get used to the new shape!



Tony adds more Hasbro Image Galleries...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Daggone that Woody Figure looks fantastic. I am not sure I have seen a more realistic likeness!

The Vintage Collection Images are pretty nice too:




Tony gets us images of the Barge...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
You knew he was gonna get into overdrive over that! I can't wait to hear his impression on this! Enjoy the gallery!



Hasbro to produce 4 foot long Sail Barge!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Well if they get 5,000 backers in 45 days at $500 a Barge. Still, you have to admit it is one awesome opportunity for folks who have wanted a Barge from Hasbro for years. Check out Hasbro Lab to see the full details.

A few other items of note it looks like we will be getting a few goodies in the vintage line in 6" Scale including:

Gammorean Guard (Target Exclusive)
A Commander Wolffe (Disneystore and Gamestop Exclusive)
Yakface (2019)
Mimban Stormtrooper (Walmart Exclusive)
Hoth Leia (2019)
Zuckuss (TRU Exclusive)




Tony the Mad Jawa is ready for Hasbro!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Stay tuned as he gives us the major news from the presentation!




Video Game in Style...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Looks like these controller holders are pretty awesome too. Oh, and take a look at Tony the Mad Jawa's dress attire. I give it two thumbs way up.




Tony the Mad Jawa raids the Funco Booth...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
I am gonna have to own that Chewie in AT-ST. Cool Funko stuff.

Stay tuned Tony The Mad Jawa and Stacey are just getting started!


Tweets by @The_Shipyards

We are sending The Mad Jawa to Toy Fair!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Are you ready for this weekend? I know I sure am. First off we would like to thank Tony aka The Mada Jawa and Stacey aka The Madder Jawa who kindly gave us some of their time this weekend to descend upon the Javits Center to see what news they can find for us.

Look for them to cover both the Hasbro Presentations today and the main Toy Fair in general and bring us all the great new information for all the licensees and toy lines and genres we like! Be sure to take a look at both our Facebook Page and our Twitter Feed as Tony and Stacey get the skippy!




Izzy Mel 45 finishes his Death Star Gunner Station Project...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Once again, this is 6" in scale and one of the neatest projects I have seen so far this year. Heck, I would love to see this 3.75" Scale too for that matter. Gotta wonder if he is game for a complete Death Star Playset in this scale?



CloneTroopr checks back in...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
"I'm back! ;D Realized I haven't posted in awhile. Haven't had much customizing inspiration on the Star Wars end of things.

With the understanding that there are limitations with factory painting with such a small scale, I was really disappointed with the paintjob of the porg that came with the Chewbacca figure. I decided to do my own painted versions. Enjoy!"

Pretty awesome paint work at such a small scale!



Fiala Fernbrugg creates a custom video...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
"Here is a new YouTube video for the Imperial Shock Trooper if you are interested:"

Oh yeah, we are interested!



Ron Hembling shares new WWII Diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
"Hi All,

New 1:35 German vignette and it is a German 120-mm Heavy Mortar Granatwerfer.

Figures and equipment are from Zvezda and are built straight out of the box and painted and weathered using Vallejo Paints, Army Painter paints and pastel chalks.

The base is foam board with a coat of PVA glue on top so it won't warp once the ground work mix from Tamiya is applied. The tufts of grass are from Army Painter.

Ron"

Looks great Ron!



Hasbro's Toy Fair Preview Night shows some awesome stuff...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Dan once again checks back in with new toy news. Look for us to feature more of this as we go to the Hasbro Tour today, especially that Tank!








Jetpack Blues checks back in...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
I found a message on Facebook and see Jetpack Blues has carved up a K2SO into something pretty awesome!



Jurassic World News!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Dan is back at it once again and it looks like the action figures this time are fully articulated!



TMNT News!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Looks like new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Stuff is coming!



Hasbro to take on Power Rangers...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
Looks like Saban and Hasbro have come to an agreement. More custom fodder for sure!



Get ready for some Toy News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 17 2018
As we begin to descend upon Javits Center today Dan has sure populated our Facebook Page with at ton of toy news of all different lines. My gal will love this I am Elemental Stuff.



OC47150 shows off a dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 16 2018
"I created this one for my club's dio contest two years ago. I based it on the Rogue One preview trailer.

Again Styrofoam covered with plaster. It took me three Saturdays to get this one together, between the cutting, plastering and painting."

This is just a perfect way to enjoy your action figures!



Gentle Giant announces new Toy Lines!
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 16 2018
"Gentle Giant Ltd./3D Systems is excited to announce our new mass market collectible toy division Gentle Giant Toys. Gentle Giant Ltd. have been known as an industry leader in the high-end collectibles market for almost 2 decades, and were pioneers in using digital scans and data to make collector consumer products. Gentle Giant Toys is proud to announce the first six new mass-market collectible toy lines and the return of a favorite line."



Hasbro reveals Star Wars, Marvel, and Mighty Muggs products!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 15 2018
"HASBRO is kicking off New York Toy Fair with some exciting reveals from the STAR WARS, MARVEL, and MIGHTY MUGGS brands!"

Stay tuned I am loading em up. I have to convert some TIFs!


Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 15 2018
DISPLATE METAL PRINTS
The Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics Displates are gallery-quality giclées printed onto thick metal plates. Each Displate includes a magnetic mounting system for easy hanging and swapping. Each Displate comes in three different sizes. $54.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?PageSize=100&Company=851

MARVEL LEGENDS 3.75” WAVE 5
Fans can continue to collect their favorite characters from Marvel's vast universe of comic-based characters. These impressive 3.75-inch scale figures feature detailed articulation, sculpting, and deco.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?HidePreorder=true&HideSoldOut=true&Brand=2085&SortOrder=New&Size=10194&Company=5

FOUR HORSEMEN FIGURES
These 6-inch scale figures are great for customizing. Each figure includes accessories and comes in collector friendly blister-card packaging for display.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?PageSize=50&Company=380




Dan "The Spectre" Kosa is back with a new Rampage Review...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 15 2018
"Rampage: The Movie" Mega-George Review:

The largest and most expensive piece in the Walmart exclusive "Rampage: The Movie" line by Lanard is the Mega-George set. This giant-sized version of the simian hero of the film retails for $19.82 and comes packed in an open front cardboard tray.

George sports 11 points of articulation consisting of a ball hinge head that allows George to have his head properly oriented when in upright or walking on his knuckles poses while also allowing for a decent range of movement, ball hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel wrists and hips and ball jointed feet to ensure stability while posing. The paint apps are very well done but beware that due to the open packaging the paint can be marred easily (especially the teeth, lips, nose and eyebrow ridges) from shelf ware or people playing with the toy in the store. Luckily I had a few to choose from and found one with a great paint job on both George and the included Dwayne Johnson figure. The figure is mostly hollow plastic, but still manages to feel pretty sturdy despite its surprisingly low weight."

Trust me that is just the start of the great review.



Dan gives me a good laugh to start the day...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 15 2018
It looks like the Empire is getting involved in the Winter Olympics!



Hasbro sends Solo High Rez Images:
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"The reveals include the following products:

·Star Wars: The Black Series Figures – Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando Calrissian, Range Trooper

·Star Wars Force Link 2.0 Starter Set w/ Han Solo Figure

·Star Wars Force Link 3.75-Inch Figures: Chewbacca, Qi’Ra, K-2SO, Luke Skywalker, Maz Kanata

·Solo: A Star Wars Story 3.75-Inch Kessel Run Millennium Falcon Vehicle w/ Han Solo Figure

New products inspired by new and beloved characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story will start rolling out at retail in April."

Click here to see the full product descriptions, dates of release, product price, etc.



Hasbro sends me an awesome box!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"Each collectible Mighty Muggs figure features 3 unique expressions that you can change using the new push-and-turn head feature.

With more than 50 new characters being released this year from Star Wars and Marvel, Hasbro is putting a new twist on collectibles for fans of all ages! Please use this link to download product information and images, and share the moodSPIN that best matches you on social using #MUGGLife."

I got home to find this on my doorstep today! What an awesome way to start Toy Fair 2018. Take a look at the PR Images in all their high resolution glory below:




EW and io9 get scoop on new Solo Toys!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"A new movie is racing toward us from a galaxy far, far away, which means fans will need to clear more shelf space. Here’s EW’s exclusive preview of Hasbro’s Solo: A Star Wars Story collection ahead of New York’s Toy Fair…"

Read the full article and see more images.

io9 has gotten the scoop on the 6" Figures.




A new Thunderbirds Dio for Ron Hembling!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"Hi All,

New little Thunderbirds dio with TB4.

Recipe

TB4 - is from IMAI and is an older kit and needed a lot of sanding and I had to fill in the left side as it was a hole where the turning mechanisiam was to wind the motor.

The cockpit was cut out and I scratch built a new one adding the door, computers at the back and also adding a steering wheel and chair using plastic card. TB4 was painted using Vallejo Paints and pastel chalks.

Gordon was made using 1:72 scale Preiser German figure which was sanded down, I used plastic card for the air tanks and face mask and thin wire for the hoses.

Base - is high density foam as are the columns, walls and floor and I used a sharp pencil to do the floor and walls. The sand is watered down spakfilla and and painted Vallejo's Iraqui Sand and the sea weed is vines which have been cut to different sizes and glued in place and they are from MiniNatur.

Ron"

You know its always gonna be good as soon as you see its Ron!



Rodger is back with a Sandcrawler Workshop Update!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"My first LEDs Hafta do more with these."

Well they sure do look great on that AT-ST Docking Station. This awesome!



CHEWIE is back with a new Enloe Trials!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
"Posting another Rykrof Enloe adventure. I hope you guys like it and I've love to read feedback as always."

I hope you enjoy Chapter 12! If you can leave comments please do so as Chewie put a lot of work into the story-line, customs, and dioramas for this just for the enjoyment of fans.



Hasbro announces Augmented Reality Role Play Series...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
Dan is at it again with news on the Marvel Toy front. I simply cannot wait to see what new things we will see this weekend. Stay tuned as we bring you all things Toy Fair!



Dan shares Toy News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 14 2018
Looks like Gamestop is getting an exclusive Fallout Line! Dan may not be attending Toy Fair this year, but he is still gonna share anything new he sees and hears, which is always a lot!



Coruscant Cantina Customs is back with an update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 13 2018
"A couple of years ago, my sister bought an Isabet Reau figure off of ebay. The figure came without the helmet or any other accessories. I finally got around to making her a custom helmet. I started with a helmet from Young Boba Fett (Kamino Escape). The helmet was too small for Reau's head, so I cut the back apart and added some green stuff to make it the right size. I then primed it with grey spray paint, and painted the details with acrylic enamel.

I'm not quite done with it yet; I hope to add another coat of the yellow and possibly clear coat it, but I like how it looks right now."

Looks like some awesome modding to me!



OC47150 shows us new customs...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 13 2018
"For my club's dio contest, I created the Jedha marketplace dio. Needed some of Saw Gerrera's partisans, so I created some.

Used the EVO stormie helmet on a repainted Bane Malar figure. I dyed a Naboo pilot's coat wine-colored. The third partisan is a combo of the ROTLA Cairo swordsman and thug.

The blue partisan is a Tatooine Luke with a TFA Unkar's thug's head. He's wearing a blue-dyed tusken raider robe."

I thought I remembered that Raiders Sword Thug. Ole Indy took care of him pretty quick after all that fancy sword swinging.



Hasbro reveals the Infinity Gauntlet...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 13 2018
Dan is still hard at work seeking out new toy news. This gauntlet is looking awesome!



OC47150 shows us two new customs...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 12 2018
"As promised, here's a few of my creations.

First up is Obi-Wan Kenobi. I found an old vintage Ben Kenobi figure in the loose bin at the local comic shop and repainted it in the POTF2 colors. The cape is brown felt. I had fun fixing him up.

Next up is a Mando. I was inspired either by a cosplayer at Celebration or just surfing on the net. Thought the brown and tan color combo was different. The rifle is from the POTF2 AT-ST driver, and the cape is from an older GI Joe. Don't remember where I picked up the head."

I really like that Mando!



OC47150 shows off some dios...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 12 2018
"I've been creating dios for quite some time, but just haven't taken too many pics of them. Here are two I created for my club's annual festival. Came in second with the Jedha marketplace dio.

I work with Styrofoam a lot of the time. Coat it with paint or a little plaster."

It is nice to see OC back!



Panther almost done with his latest dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 12 2018
"I’ve added skirting board to bottom of the walls, painting them red to match the door.

With all the paint dry, I have cut a piece of perspex and fixed it to the window. Tomorrow morning I am going to "borrow" the works printer and create a couple of posters to stick onto the walls.

I hope you have liked the HUGE updates from this weekend."

He sure didn't waste any time getting this one done. Nice!



Stan shares a modern vintage custom!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 11 2018
"Sim Aloo , redone from top to bottom, joins its place with a series of updated Imperials."

Nice Stan, very nice!



Ron Hembling shares a new WW2 Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 11 2018
"Hi All,

Here's another small 1:35 scale WW2 German vignette/dio that I completed last night.

The figures and raft are from Dragon Models and were built straight out of the box and painted and weathered using Vallejo Paints and Pastel chalks.

The base is a piece of foam cure and a removed some foam so that the raft would sit more naturally in the water. The embankment is foam board built up and and glued and then I used Tamiya's Soil Effects Brown to cover it.

Once dry I then gave the ground work a few washes of Vallejo Light Brown, the small tufts of grass are from Army Painter and the bushes are from Woodland Scenics and the clumps of darker foliage are from MiniNatur.

The water was done by using watered down spakfilla and covering the water area and then once dry painting it Vallejo's Dark Green and once that is dry a mix of Vallejo's Medium Green and Woodland Scenics Realistic Water mixed together and applied that to the base.

Ron"

Ron's water effects are magic I tell you!



Black Thorne shows us a new A-Wing...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 11 2018
"Any fans of the classic A-wing color scheme? I really hoped hasbro would deliver a ship like we saw on the movie and battlefront game, so I stopped waiting and made my own."

I like it!



Marauder showcases a great WWII Trooper...
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 11 2018
Look at all the stuff he comes with too. Just awesome!



Izzy Mel 45 shares a video of his Gunner Station progress...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 10 2018
"Quick vid. Still working it."

This is definitely one of the coolest projects I have seen so far this year.



Fiala Fernbrugg shows us souped up 5 POA Custom...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 10 2018
"Death Trooper

Death troopers were an elite variant of the Galactic Empire's stormtroopers who were part of Imperial Intelligence.
[wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_trooper]

Here is my modified 3 3/4" 5-points of articulation Death Trooper.

Death Trooper modification list:
Added articulation:
-swivel wrists
-bendable elbows
-swivel waist
-bendable knees

The pauldron and the ammunition pockets are now painted in matt black. The buttons on the ammunition pockets are now brass-coloured.
The sensor units on the helmet were painted in a darker green.

E-11D
The buttstock was upgraded with wire. The blaster was painted with matt black and weathered with silver pigments. The muzzle was painted with silver and red and blue oil colours to get the "heat" effect. Red markings were also added.

SE-14r
The blaster pistol is a modified variant from a TIE fighter pilot. I added a string to the belt so the pistol can be added to the figure.

Stormie
Stormie the stormtrooper doll is made out of parts from an old tire and wire.

I hope you like it."

I know I sure do!



Dan shares news on Toys R Us True Heroes...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 10 2018
I am telling you that Sentinel Line has some nice stuff.



The Official Site weights in on Solo...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 9 2018
I mean I am still trying to get over a clean Falcon! Does that mean everything in it works too?



Ron Hembling is back with a new Thunderbirds dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 9 2018
"Hi All,

New Thunderbirds dio 1:144 scale.

Recipe

Recovery Vehicles - are the old IMAI kits and this one had the wheels underneath with the magnets could be shot out of the barrels. I didn't add all the springs etc and covered up the holes with plastic card and also alot of sanding was done to them as the moulds don't like up correctly.

I also added the antenna's, doors on the side and the bar at the front using plastic card and the connecting bracket between the magnets barrels I used a thinker piece of plastic strip.

The kits didn't come with decals so I used decals I had in my spare decals box and the RECOVERY VEHICLE signs on the side I did by printing them on the printer and then applying them to the vehicles. The vehicles were painted and weathered using Vallejo Paints and pastel chalks.

Base - is a piece of high density foam cut to the desired shape and then a 50/50 mix of spakfilla/sand was applied to the base and once dry is was painted and weathered with Vallejo Paints and pastel chalks.

Ron"

From the crawler tracks in the sand everything is just so realistic when touched by Ron!



New dio work from Panther...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 9 2018
"Last night I cut out strips of bolsa wood and fitted them into the frame of the door and the window. The cutting out a rectangular piece which has now become the door, adding extra strips to build up the design of the door.

I cut notches into both side walls which will enable them to attach to the back wall more securely."

That door looks awesome!


Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 8 2018
MARVEL ONE:12 COLLECTIVE BLACK PANTHER
Direct from the eagerly anticipated and groundbreaking feature film, Mezco welcomes Black Panther into the One:12 Collective. Intricately designed with a cloth outfit, this figure recreates King T’Challa’s Vibranium suit, detailed accessories replicating those seen in the movie, and the likeness of actor Chadwick Boseman. $80.00 Each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Brand=2085&SortOrder=New&Series=7537

MARVEL & STAR WARS MOTORCYCLE HELMETS
These officially licensed helmets feature Premium Integrated Matrix technology to provide enhanced shock-resistant performance, superior aerodynamics, comfort, and an extremely lightweight shell.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?Company=850

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES IMPERIAL AT-ST WALKER & DRIVER
This 3.75-inch-scale Imperial AT-ST Driver figure and AT-ST Walker vehicle from Star Wars The Black Series are carefully detailed to look like the Imperial driver and vehicle from the Star Wars films. Figure features premium detail and multiple points of articulation, and vehicle features detailed, movie-accurate design. $24.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/65211




Panther starts a new diorama...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 8 2018
"Started a new diorama for up to 6 inch figures. I’ve started with the usual three standard wall with door and window. The idea is I build it up then start to break it down to look like it’s been destroyed."

Sounds like a great idea to me.



Izzy Mel 45 shares his Falcon so far...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 8 2018
"I was asked about the Millennium Falcon in one of the background shots. Here is a quick vid of the Cockpit. Still have a lot of work to do."

Yepper, thats ones a winner too!



Jrnyfan checks back in...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 8 2018
"*tap tap* - this thing on? I don't make it over here much anymore.

Thanks for the awesome comments. About a year after my father passed, my mother died! Aside from the mental taxation, carrying out her estate and selling her house really kept me tied up. So it really has been long stretches of time where I just couldn't find time to get back to plastic making.

I bought a new 3-D printer -a Robo R1+ - and it's soooo much better than the Printrbot I had. I finished up Hoth 3.0 (though I still know I'll take another crack at Hoth sometime down the road). I spent a few months trying to "catch up" and print for myself some pieces I had designed (Blockade Runner hall, Jabba droid torture rack)..."

Trust me folks that is just the start of one awesome update.



Rodger is back to his Ultimate Imperial Playset!
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 7 2018
"Gonna have another try at finishing it. Here we Go...Final coats of paint on the bottom of the landing platform of the Imperial playset (the top is in the background). Most of my lighting schemes are florescent. Here on the bottom shelf I'm having a go at LEDs. Ordered another toy to add to the lighting scheme today..Stay Tuned"

I cannot wait to see how it turns out and what new things he is going to add.



GAME OF THRONES CREATORS DAVID BENIOFF AND D.B. WEISS TO WRITE AND PRODUCE A NEW SERIES OF STAR WARS FILMS...
-- Posted by Tamer on Wednesday, February 7 2018
"David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going from Winterfell to a galaxy far, far away.

It was announced today that Benioff and Weiss, creators of the smash-hit, Emmy Award-winning television series Game of Thrones, will write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.

These new films will be separate from both the episodic Skywalker saga and the recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson, writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi."

Read the full story at the link above.



Whills Scholar shows you how to custom vintage style cardbacks!
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 6 2018
"I'm the one who created the 1:18 scale U-wing build-it-yourself kit last year. My latest project:

I created a vintage style cardback kit. It includes pre-made layer stacks that work on Paint-NET (a free image editor for Windows). Basically, all you need to do is add a photo or artwork, turn on or off layer categories for figure frame and nameplate sizes, bar frame effects, etc., and you can generate a vintage-style cardback design more easily and faster. The result will be a cardback in 6" x 9" size, 300 dpi. I even include instructions for how to glue your printed cardback design onto card stock."

Wow, you can bring the vintage line back whenever you want now! What a great resource and thank you Whills Scholar for sharing it!



Panther shows us the final images...
-- Posted by Tamer on Tuesday, February 6 2018
"Final pictures are complete, I hope you like them and how multi genre it is."

I so agree, you could use a dio like this with just about any action figure line.



New Trailer for Solo from Good Morning America...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 5 2018
"Watch the new teaser trailer for SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY that debuted this morning during “Good Morning America.”

Plus some new promo images:

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Ron Hembling completes a new WW2 Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 5 2018
"Hi All,

Completed another small WW2 German diorama.

The bike,pig and figure on the are from Zvezda and the other three figures are from ICM and have been painted and weathered using Vallejo Paints and Pastel chalks.

The base is an old 1:35 scale base and the cobblestone road and footpath are an old vac form kit I have for years. I appiled it to the base and once dry I cut the excess area's off, the street light is from Miniart and the broken bulb is a HO scale bulb that didn't work anymore.

The debri/dirt on the ground was a mix of spakfilla/dirt and small pieces of kitty litter and the base was painted and weathered using Vallejo Paints and pastel chalks.

Ron"

Oh yeah, this one is great too!



Panther works on some Star Trek Customs...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 5 2018
"Final photos of my custom Star Trek Romulan Commander and Vulcan citizen."

Nice to see the work on these too.



Looks like Panther is almost done...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 5 2018
"Woke up early yesterday morning put together a pallet and a couple of cardboard boxes. Added another coat of gloss paint to the oil drum. This finishes off my latest diorama, when the drum is dry I will do my usual final pictures but here are a few PCA pictures."

This is really turning out nice!



Solo debuts during Super Bowl...
-- Posted by Tamer on Monday, February 5 2018
"Solo: A Star Wars Story. Trailer Tomorrow. In theaters May 25.

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany."

That means we should be seeing a new one today on Good Morning America!



The Spectre gets his Orc a ride!
-- Posted by Tamer on Sunday, February 4 2018
"My Orc Chieftain needed a dark mount!

Toy Biz "Lord Of The Rings" Fell Beast. Eventually the reigns will be shortened to better fit the smaller rider (original Ringwraith figure was 6")."

Looks like perfect scale to me.



Fiala Fernbrugg shows you how to arty up those 5 POA Figs!
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 3 2018
"Articulation for 3 3/4" action figures

Here is a tutorial showing you how you can bring more articulation to your 3 3/4" 5-points of articulation action figures."

Trust me this is a full tutorial with images of everything you will need to do to arty em up. It is just one awesome resource!



Rodger shares a Cantina Update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 3 2018
"The second in my new shelf series...Stay tuned"

Uh, wow!



Darth More shares a reviews the Koto Bly...
-- Posted by Tamer on Saturday, February 3 2018
"As almost always pictures say more than words. Kotobukiya added some nice detail to this figurine. The details look nice, but when you look close enough you'll notice that you would be able to add the details even better than they did. Obviously the details are printed on there not painted. That wouldn't be possible for a collectible that is produced in such quantities."

Trust me this is just a small sampling of a full detailed review with images.



Panther adds more detail with his paint work...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 2 2018
"Burnt Umber was used to first weather door and door frame, then around all stone work, walls and floor. Dark grey was dry brushed over the door to pick out the features in the wood. Another coat of black was applied to the barrel. When this is dry I’ll start weathering it and building the surrounding rubbish to go in this scene.

A coat of black acrylic around the border and behind the back wall was added."

It was nice before, but his extra attention during the painting process is really pushing this into over the top territory.



SID is back with a dio update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 2 2018
"....Yikes... Time flew

I've been really close to finishing phase one of all the designs I want to put out as toy/models. But... Something felt missing. I developed some floor panel stuff (pics of that soon), and then it hit me... "HOUSES" and sure enough it was possible. I have 5x 96% finished so last night just caved and primed 2 of them.

I hope you enjoy. I tried to have fun making a little scene."

It sure looks fun to me!



Grandl27 is back with an update...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 2 2018
"Rodian Biker Scout
Ezra Bridger in Mando gear
"

I really like his Ezra. I just got caught up with Season 4!



Dan shares some I am Elemental News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Friday, February 2 2018
Looks like another interesting thing to stay attuned of for Toy Fair in a few weeks.


Big Bad Toy Store

Big Bad Toy Store lists great new pre-order and in stock Items we like!
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 1 2018
STAR WARS POWERED BY TRANSFORMERS MILLENNIUM FALCON
This mash-up of Transformers and Star Wars gives the Millennium Falcon the ability to split apart and transform into Han Solo and Chewbacca robots! Robot Han can be armed with his blaster pistol while Chewbacca has his bowcaster. Mini figures of Han and Chewbacca are also included. $134.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/68208

STAR WARS LUKE SKYWALKER (RETURN OF THE JEDI) DELUXE 1/6 SCALE FIGURE
Based on his Jabba’s Palace look, Luke Skywalker wears a hooded brown cloak over his iconic black Jedi outfit and a gray tunic and sash. Remove the gray tunic and attach Luke’s belt with a pouch and saber hook to recreate his Jedi Knight look from his final showdown with Darth Vader! In the Endor configuration, Luke Skywalker wears his belt and camouflage poncho along with articulated black boots. $234.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?HideSoldOut=true&SortOrder=New&Scale=67&Brand=2308

G.I. JOE SUBSCRIPTION FIGURES 6.0
Each single-carded action figure stands 3.75 inches and features highly articulated modern-era sculpts with weapons and accessories to accomplish any mission! $49.99 Each
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Search?HideSoldOut=true&SortOrder=New&Brand=2363




Panther updates us on his Alleyway Dio...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 1 2018
"With the constitution work done, it’s time to start painting this diorama. Mixing up a medium grey to cover all walls and floor. While it’s still wet, I added white to top of the side wall and the pelmet running the length of the back wall. I then dry brushed white over both sides of the small wall and the imperfections on walls and slabs. The door and doorframe I’ve given a base coat of white, when it’s dry I’ll weather the door to match the scene.

Leaving this to dry before working on the back wall and man hole cover."

Now that is really turning out great!



Ron Hembling back with some water effects...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 1 2018
"Hi All,

A mate from my model group built a F4 Phantom 1/48 scale kit and wanted a base done for it and gave me a reference photo as per the first pic as he is entering it in a model comp this weekend. He asked could I make a diorama base for him and I jumped at the chance as I love doing water.

The base is high density foam cut to size and then I used watered down spakfilla and covered the base. While the spakfilla is drying I then used a mdeium wide brush and lightly wet it and gave the spakfilla a flicking motion with the brush to make the waves.

Once the spakfilla is dry I then painted the water using Vallejo's light green and once that was dry I gave it several washes of Vallejo's Dark blue until I was happy with the way it looked.

Once the washes were dry I then dry brushed the waves using Vallejo's Flat white and once dry I added three layers of Woodland Scenics Realistic water.

The two rows of water were done by using a cut up coat hanger to get the angle and then I used cotton wool to make the streams of waves/water."

Sweet model and base!



Dan shares UK Toy News...
-- Posted by Tamer on Thursday, February 1 2018
Looks like some great new stuff is coming out in the Schleich line.