With special thanks to JTA reader Matthew C., we’re alerted to an Instagram user who’s taken his Jabba’s Sail Barge to the beach to shoot some incredibly beautiful images. Check them out on Instagram!
If you’re going to customize a $500 toy, you’d better do it right. Empire Toy Works posted photos of his sail barge, the Highfalutin. This custom hits it out of the park, in my opinion. Empire Toy Works is an inspiration to my own customizing, though, so I may be a bit biased. Rotgut Station is the dream world of collectors like me who love a really good diorama. Be sure to click the Instagram link to see more photos of this wonderful ship, and let us know in the comments if you think this is stunning, or sacrilege.
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Set sail on the grand Highfalutin and tour Rotgut Station spaceport in style! This glorious cruise ship is the personal party yacht to one of Rotgut’s most esteemed ganglords, Mistress Magluta. Come celebrate in decadence and debauchery. Book your Birthday Party, Wedding, Bar Mitzva or Quinceañera now! . #empiretoyworks #diorama #custom #toys #customtoys #actionfigures #starwars #starwarstoys #hasbro #returnofthejedi #jabbassailbarge #scifi #bladerunner #spaceship #toyphotography #toystagram #actionfigurephotography #toyphoto #toycollection #miniature
I am in the process of building a Mimban Lieutenant costume, and am therefore in a dedicated mudtrooper builders group on Facebook. One of the members recently finished their costume and was approved by the 501st. As a final touch for his build, he commissioned a custom cardback through Karbonite Kustoms using himself as the image. Not only would it be awesome to have a Kenner card of myself, it’s basically the coolest trooper around. When I saw this I was stunned. Hasbro, please. Give us this figure ASAP! Special thanks to Ricky R. and Karbonite Kustoms for sharing the images!
The kid from Customs for the Kid, Elias, has been nominated as action figure customizer of the year at Toy News International. We’ve collaborated in the past with Customs for the Kid and Peak-OB1, who focus on The Clone Wars figures that Hasbro has yet to give us (but should). If you wish to cast your vote in favor of Elias, click here and register to vote. Voting ends 2/3, though, so register and vote today! You may even win their giveaway…
Diorama parts maker Hole in the Ground Productions just released two new items today. I’m very impressed by the turnaround time on these as the prototype was just posted a few days ago on Facebook. The conference table is a whopping 10 inches in diameter!! According to the announcement, “the decals are not done yet for the conference table so if you order before they are, the decals will be mailed out later.” Hopefully with the ‘garbage masher’ door we’ll eventually see some trash compactor walls to go along with it! Click here to check out their shop!
StarWars.com has opened up audience choice voting in categories of long video, short video, photography, and visual art. One of our frequent readers/commenters Matthew C. has a photo in the final voting stages, which must be quite exciting! I’ve had that specific photo on my work desktop background for some time, so I appreciate that it is getting some official recognition. Be sure to check out some of the remarkable entries here, and cast your vote today! Click through for more action figure photo submissions in the finals. Full Story
Here is an opportunity to make them better, but you only have 4 days left to do it! Available from Hole in the Ground Productions are some amazing diorama pieces that are perfect for your Death Star or Rebel base. Even if this isn’t fully backed, don’t think that nothing will come from it. Eric (owner) has been very involved with the community in being open about this campaign and his products are well thought out and versatile. With buy-in options at only $8-50 and for 3.75″ and 6″ it’s an easy thing for anyone to jump in on! Click through for some more persuasion from a fellow backer, and the originator of these photos, Sam. Full Story
Dioramas are cool. Supporting hobbyists is even cooler. Hole in the Ground Productions has been making resin cast diorama parts for years, and are trying to take things to the next level, but your help is needed! So many people supported the barge around these parts, and a much smaller investment could go a long way in backing a supplier of amazing diorama pieces and getting those pieces into our dioramas.
If you want to contribute but it’s not as convenient at the moment, don’t worry. There is a minimum option for only a donation of $8 and it still gets you some new diorama parts. If you collect 6″ figures, there is an option for you. Click the image below to view their main perk – 24 injection molded functional diorama pieces for only $50!!
If you are into building dioramas to display your figures (I know I am), you’ll definitely want to check out this Indigogo campaign for Hole In the Ground Productions. Only a couple days in and already 14% funded! Keep in mind this is just the first wave, and if funded there will be more diorama pieces coming soon.
The nice thing is you don’t have to worry about crazy funding costs, but you can buy in to some higher-end campaign rewards, too. There are good options for everyone to show their support for this awesome project!
JTA reader Matthew alerted us to this video featuring some fantastic 6″ scale custom vehicles in scale with The Black Series line. These were on display recently at the Mexico City Unboxing Toy Convention. If Hasbro made something like these, especially the Snow Speeder, what would you pay for them? Sound off in the comments!
Hole In The Ground Productions is preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign to convert some of their existing resin diorama parts into injection molded parts with extra features. This will also pave the way for new items. But it can only be done with your assistance. Click below to learn more about the campaign. YOu can also contact them at email@example.com.
Star Wars Plastic Playsets has revealed pictures of an amazing 3D designed playset. Based on the Bespin scenes from The Empire Strikes Back (your favorite Star Wars), it features the carbon freezing chamber (obviously), a bespin hallway, an “I am your father” bridge, and several other features. Click through for more!
I’ve been a fan of holeintheground productions’ work for quite some time. Most recently they have put a gorgeous 3.75″ scale Emperor’s throne up for sale. Thanks to Scott M. for pointing us in their direction. And we agree… A new Emperor who can sit in this throne would be wonderful!! Do you have any pieces from them in your dioramas? Let us know in the comments!
JTA reader and friend Josh M. performs a little bit of his magic on The Vintage Collection Supreme Leader Snoke figure. The final results are stunning. It looks just like the character in The Last Jedi now.
I certainly have! Dark Side Toys announces Dark Side Creations: 3D printed custom heads for 3.75″ action figures. Click through for their announcement!
They’re beautiful! JTA reader Michael G. alerts us to a company selling absolutely astounding 3.75″ scaled porgs in different poses. Hasbro: please take note. Something like this should have been already released by you! Check out all of their cool products at AsisFilmModels.com!
Love Vintage? Love Boba Fett? Then you will love this! Check out the amazing custom The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett repainted with his Kenner Vintage counterpart’s paint scheme. Created by Instagram user vaz_sw.pics, you can commission one of these from him if it’s a must-have for you. Just connect with him through his Instagram account. You’ll just have to be patient though, he’s backlogged through the New Year. Photo Credit: Toy Galaxy
Yeah, that isn’t a still from A New Hope below. It is a diorama made from Star Wars action figures and some cool background scenery. Be sure to watch the FULL VIDEO of this amazing display by @imperial_sock, who has been contributing to our Visual Guide Action Photos. His Instagram link is HERE.
For those of you interested in Space Walls, Amazon has them listed for only $49.95 and Prime. This set is normally $65. Special thanks to JTA reader Alientek for the alert!
JTA reader and friend Sebastian E. was inspired to customize an Ugnaught action figure based on our description in the Collect All 92! post we did a few days ago. Look how awesome it looks. And to think Hasbro has this tooling available right now as we speak. This would make a fine real addition to The Vintage Collection! Again, this customized figure is made up of parts from 2009’s TLC Ugnaught (BD 43) and 2009’s LC Ugnaught (BD28) figures.
Good friend and JTA reader Josh Makison has gifted me another incredible item after I drooled over the one he made for himself (as we highlighted here recently). Knowing my love for the Disney Parks 4-LOM sculpt, Josh went above and beyond and also customized a vintage Kenner Zuckuss figure for me by repainting the BAD sculpt and placing it on mock vintage Kenner card back. Hasbro – please pay close attention. You need to get this sculpt into the Hasbro line and do the same EXACT thing. It’s the most screen accurate sculpt of this character to date. We still need a TVC 4-LOM (update) and Zuckuss (first time offering) and this is the only way to do 4-LOM (vintage Zuckuss) in my opinion. Thank you!
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