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post Oct 14 2007, 06:37 PM
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There's not really a thread for non-Star Wars figures that can be used as fodder for Star Wars customs, so I started one. If the mods want to just rename the topic.

I'll start of. I have a question of opinion. I was at suncoast today and I saw this figure from the Superman: Doomsday wave.



The one to the far right. It actually doesn't look as cartoony in person and I was thinking of using it for a head for a helmetless non-clone stormtrooper custom. Should I use it or something more conventional?

Also, does anyone know of any good 3 3/4" scale skulls? The only one I can think of is the bare skeleton from the Army of Darnkess Time and Space toys exclusive. Any others?
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post Oct 14 2007, 07:10 PM
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Also, does anyone know of any good 3 3/4" scale skulls? The only one I can think of is the bare skeleton from the Army of Darnkess Time and Space toys exclusive. Any others?

Chap Mei "knights" line has an undead skull guy. Also, take a look at a modern Amanaman staff for skulls. Finally, why not check out party stores or craft stores for Halloween stuff. There might be a grab bag toy or something with a good in-scale skull on it.

BTW, the picture isn't showing up.


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post Oct 15 2007, 06:52 AM
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BTW, the picture isn't showing up.


I don't know why. Just search "Superman Doomsday Luthor Figure"
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post Oct 15 2007, 07:58 PM
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I could see it working as a skull IF you take the time to make some eye orbits and nasal and oral cavities with a fine drill bit or even by twisting the tip of the blade of an exacto. You'll also want to put some really jagged lines that mimic the various bones that fuse together. Can fill those in with a fine tipped drafting pen after the grove is put in.

I don't think it would make a good clone head. If you want decent clone heads, use some the bbi Elite Force heads for non-jango "new" clone templates. These are especially easy to hollow out.


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post Oct 15 2007, 09:06 PM
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Some good non-SW 3 3/4 fodder lines:

Chap Mei- mostly just for heads as the rest of the figures tend to be alittle on the "chunky" side.

BBI- great heads and gear, bodies not so much though sad.gif

Wing Commander- decent fodder all around but slightly cartoonish faces.

Pirates Of The Caribbean- great fodder all around but tend to run a bit on the small side when compared to most SW figs, not much, but definately on the small side.

Xyber-9- figures are a bit cartoony but the vehicles and accessories are great.

Titan A.E.- great fodder all around, but can run a bit on the small side depending on the character.

XD- great heads and gear.

G.I. Joe- mostly just heads as the joint system does not match up aesthetically with SW very well (this has changed somewhat with the new 25th Anniversary stuff as the arms are now more SW-like).

Star Trek: The Next Generation (Galoob)- mostly just the heads, bodies are rather lackluster.

Army Of Darkness- decent sculpts but earlier releases can be extremely brittle.

I'll add more as I think of them (don't have my fodder box in front of me at the moment).


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post Oct 15 2007, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (The Spectre @ Oct 15 2007, 09:06 PM)
G.I. Joe- mostly just heads as the joint system does not match up aesthetically with SW very well (this has changed somewhat with the new 25th Anniversary stuff as the arms are now more SW-like).

I wouldn't use the 25th Aniversary heads. For ball jointed, these are like balls on the ends of the peg and have much less of a jaw than even Star Wars hears. Also, the 25th Anniversary line is 4" scale, and sometimes can be way larger than what's need on PotJ or newer figures.

If you go to older joe waves/lines, most work, and the casts actually are better to use because they're easy to hollow out for ball jointed heads as well as shape their pegs to fit bodies.


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post Oct 15 2007, 11:23 PM
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Chewie uses a LOTR figure here quite well, but i dont know how the rest of the LOTR line holds up to Star Wars scale/aesthetics


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post Oct 16 2007, 07:19 AM
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QUOTE (Soja Rinn @ Oct 15 2007, 10:23 PM)
Chewie uses a LOTR figure here quite well, but i dont know how the rest of the LOTR line holds up to Star Wars scale/aesthetics

The LOTR figures are WAYYYY too tall for use as SW fodder with the exception of 1 or 2 of the shorter figures like the one Chewie used. Aesthetically, they would mesh fine (if you are a bit more lax about not having everything look exactly like what was seen on-screen anyway) if it weren't for the scale issue sad.gif

It's too bad about the scale though as some of the orcs would look right at home in Jabba's palace...


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post Oct 17 2007, 06:55 PM
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if somethings too big in scale, there's alays the option of clay molding. a clay mold shrinks when it's cured, so the cast comes out smaller then the original. make cast of the casts( if they're good enough to do that) and they'll turn out even smaller then the original. great way to change the scale of something. i plan on doing that to change the size of a couple of naruto figures i picked up on clearence.


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post Nov 16 2007, 06:44 PM
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if somethings too big in scale, there's alays the option of clay molding. a clay mold shrinks when it's cured, so the cast comes out smaller then the original. make cast of the casts( if they're good enough to do that) and they'll turn out even smaller then the original. great way to change the scale of something. i plan on doing that to change the size of a couple of naruto figures i picked up on clearence.


How small will it shrink down to (like could a 6" head shrink to SW size?)

Also, if you're using an older body and you don't care if you have any head articulation or not would it be discouraged to find some SW scale PVCs and use their heads?
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post Nov 17 2007, 05:56 PM
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Actually on the Lord of the Rings, I would love the human and elf heads in 3 3/4, the heads for the orcs would be pretty sweet as well.


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post Dec 1 2007, 10:23 AM
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I wouldn't use LotR figures simply because (in my experience) they're far more rare than other lines. (Not to mention I couldn't tear apart a LotR figure if I tried. LotR is more special to me than Star Wars.)


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post Dec 2 2007, 10:41 AM
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They're far more rare than other lines.


Not true at all. They're the exact same as any other line, except for some rarer figures (which are in every toy line ever). A couple years ago I was getting LOTR figures online for $3-6.
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post Dec 2 2007, 01:57 PM
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Hm. Well, I never see 'em.


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post Dec 2 2007, 06:51 PM
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i just saw a couple of Golden Compass figures at Toys R Us. the head sculpts (and figures overall) look pretty high quality. anyone know how they match up? maybe i'll have to go back to TRU and do a side-by-side...


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post Dec 2 2007, 07:37 PM
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I just saw a couple of Golden Compass figures at Toys R Us. the head sculpts (and figures overall) look pretty high quality. anyone know how they match up? maybe i'll have to go back to TRU and do a side-by-side...

Fritzkrieg has used a few already. They seem to work.

Also, as a side note to this topic, Target has an advertised special on POTC figures for $2.99 ea. Time to price match and pick up fodder everyone! thumbup.gif


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This one snuck up on me, I'd heard nothing about Jakks going 3 3/4" until I found this link...

http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/006584456.cfm

...These could be good for the humans in Jabba's Palace or guys like Jix and Big Gizz...


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Wicked those heads are fairly well sculpted if nothing else.


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QUOTE (Yodaman @ Oct 14 2007, 07:37 PM)
Also, does anyone know of any good 3 3/4" scale skulls?

You can't beat this one.

I get a lot of my fodder from Good To Go Customs. They have all kinds of heads, even alien heads. They also have unique lightsabers, helmets, all kinds of great stuff.


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There's a 3 3/4" scale Speed Racer movie-tie-in toy line. Not many pictures but there could be customizing potential.
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