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New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Freakin awesome!!! your ding something I always wanted to do to the Koto figure.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Wow!!! When I first read the title I was wondering what a better Fett could be, since I've seen some pretty fantastic ones here. This is truly an awesome piece of work!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Rebabaluba said: View Post
    Amazing work!!! But the toys from Toy Story would hate this thread!
    I lol'd

    I could see it now... this would be some crazy serial killer story in the toy world. Madman hunts down Boba Fett toys!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    stormtrooperguy said: View Post
    I lol'd

    I could see it now... this would be some crazy serial killer story in the toy world. Madman hunts down Boba Fett toys!

    Good evening, Clarice... (said as Hannibal Lecter)

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    You have some fantastic talent my friend.
    Great job.
    I am blown away!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    HELMET DETAILING

    Sometimes the fine detail phase is fun. And sometimes it is NOT.

    Tonight, it was definitely NOT fun!

    I worked to finalize the final details of Boba Fett’s helmet and it was truly a tedious experience.

    Using strip styrene, I re-created the raised ridge details at the back of the helmet (which were lost during the cranial enlargement operation I performed three weeks ago).





    I carefully measured the required size of the raised ridge and began assembling it off of the helmet. I made 45 degree angled miter cuts at the corners to form the right angles on this raised detail.








    Let’s just say that when the strips are this small, performing this operation accurately requires more that a few attempts.

    When the square ridge detail had fully set, I painted it in the correct dull red.



    While I waited for the paint to dry, I painted the rear bottom half of the helmet in dark green.

    Using superglue, I carefully attached the assembled, painted ridge to the rear of the helmet.






    I next turned my attention to the helmet’s rangefinder.

    I really felt like I needed to correct the rubbery, overly thick rod of the rangefinder into something that was thinner and cleaner.











    I actually used a single staple from a grapple gun, straightened it, and attached the rangefinder tip. I was very pleased with its overall slender metallic look once it was attached to the helmet.










    Last edited by Darklord1967; Oct 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Alright, some PM'ed requests have come in for some up to date photos of the custom Boba Fett figure in it's current state. It's also been requested to make the photos a bit less "shadowy" so that all details of the figure are visible.

    Well here are some new photos more frontally lit.


    Since the last time a full body shot of the figure was taken, I added:

    1) The Working Shin Pockets with separate Shin tools (veneers) to get away from the standard production figure's molded look. The pockets have since been made even MORE flush again the figure's shins (they were a bit too bulky before / Now they are correct). NOTE: Looking at these new photos, I am SOOOOO glad that I went to the trouble of creating these pockets and tools veneers. To my eyes they make such a huge difference in the final look of the figure when compared to the molded pocket/shins look.

    2) The stalk for the helmet's rangefinder has been made much stronger, straighter, slimmer, and sturdier (with the use of a grapple gun staple)

    3) The rear of the helmet has had the ridge details finalized (not visible from these photos).











    DEATILS STILL PENDING:

    1) All pieces of armor (crotch, torso plates, backpack mount, collar armor) painted (if needed) and final glue.

    2) Fastening straps added to the the backs of armored knee pads, and to the underside of crotch armor.

    3) Final gloved hands painted and the raised white details added to the backs of both hands

    4) Bicep sleeve cuffs sculpted to both upper arms

    5) Power feed tube added to right arm wrist weapon gauntlet.

    6) Final decal graphics added to back rocketpack

    7) Tiny fastening studs added to collar armor shoulder seams. Aperature drilled into collar armor for side cape fastening.

    8) Correct color wookie braids (3 strands) added and bundled with correct red and black bands.

    9) Flack vest turtle neck created in fabric to match the rest of the garment.

    10) Touch ups on paint rubs on the utility belt and left hand wrist gauntlet weapon.

    11) Darkening right shoulder bell into (correct) deep orange (while left shoulder bell stays the current (correct) yellow.

    12) Performing silver paint touch ups on steel toe spikes and steel fastening studs on sides on armored knee pads.

    13) Lastly, Laser rifle updated into correct configuration to match prop as seen in film.
    Last edited by Darklord1967; Oct 21, 2010 at 8:40 PM.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Fantastic!

    The only thing that stands out (at least to me) is that the RF stalk seems just a tad too high. If you are happy though it's cool.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Nope. You are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, Muad'Dib. The RF stalk is a bit too tall (as someone else on another site pointed out) it will be corrected in the next update.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Wow, that is impressive! Fabulous job.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Oh. My. God. This is awesome!

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    very nice upgrade for boba

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    i've been following this thread since it started but i haven't posted until now because words cannot describe how completely in love i am with this figure mod/bash. i'm completely blown away and how awesome you've managed to make this.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Truly outstanding. Amazing work buddy, you have some serious skills.

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    Wow! Insane work!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Hey DarkLord...
    I gotta talk to you about doing an accurate Jodo Kast figure. Your work is amazing!!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    That is intense! I've never seen such devotion in an action figure customizer before. I anxiously await the final results.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Any progress? Can't wait to see the finishing touches.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    It's only a few more hours until the next update!

    Ol' custom Boba is nearly off my work bench now!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    I'm really lookin forward to seeing the finished product!

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    FINALIZING THE ARMOR

    Alright, when last we saw custom Boba Fett, there were a few items that were awaiting attention on my "Still Pending" list. The first item on that list was to make all of Fett's armor its final color.

    That task is what I concentrated on this evening. However, as usual, what I estimated to be a quick operation took me all night:

    The collar armor, back armor plate (backpack mount), and crotch armor all needed their final paint job to match the torso armor plates (factory-painted at Hasbro).



    The collar and back armor pieces needed prep by having the original factory paint carefully sanded off by hand.






    Next, I used the Hasbro painted torso armor pieces as color reference to mix the paint for the collar, back, and crotch armor.

    Using my Valejo hobby paint set, I was able to mix up a VERY, VERY close duplication of the flat green for Boba's armor.








    I loaded up my airbrush and went to work.





    Once the newly painted armor pieces were dry, I placed them back onto the figure and checked their final color accuracy under a white light against the Hasbro factory painted torso armor pieces.













    I drilled a tiny hole into the back of the collar armor to accommodate Boba's side cape, and cut the fastening lead of the cape into a very fine point. I applied some glue, and then inserted the cape into the hole in the armor.








    Another series of photos to check the color accuracy and quality of Boba's new armor paint-job:









    I love how this photo demonstrates the preservation of this figure's slender build despite the addition of the soft-goods flak vest and the torso armor pieces.




    Last edited by Darklord1967; Dec 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    I can never get over the time, patience and skill that people on forums like this have. That figure is incredible like so many other bashes i have seen, pity they are not made this well to start with, then a shmooh like me could have something that nice.

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    *** that is freking amazing the work you are doing is on a new level when i read the tital i thort oh wel here we go and each pic my jaw saged lower and lower until it hit the floor then i past out from shear disbaleif then wok up and thort it all a dream , only to look at the screen and there in all its glory was my dream come tru,
    Congrats on an amazing wip

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    Re: New Member Darklord Tries to Build a Better Boba Action Figure

    Any updates?

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    This is unbelievable! Fantastic work!!!

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