Some of you may have already seen this over at RS, but I have a 12" ANH Han in the works right now. I've been wanting to do one for a while and finally tracked down one of those ugly Quick Draw Hans to use as a springboard. The boots and blaster are excellent, the costume is alright (except for the gaping hole in the back of his shirt and vest), but (as we all well know) the head and body are atrocious!
I wanted to get a Han head from Frontline, but sadly they are no longer selling them (though a younger, ANH style, Han head may be in the works for next year they said). With no where else to turn, that left me with the ugly mug on quick draw Han or the semi-better one from the older 12" Han. I decided to see what I might be able to do with the quick-draw, ugly, head. First I stripped all the paint off (no easy task), except for some of the hair. Even with the horrible paint job gone he still had those huge chipmunk cheeks to deal with. Knowing I couldn't possibly make it any worse I took the Dremel to his noggin and gave him some jowl reduction surgery. His face looked like it was chisled out of rock after that so I broke out the sand paper and, after many hours of shaping and smoothing, here are the results...
Not perfect, but vastly improved! I am pretty happy with the results and should be painting it sometime this week.
Next, after seeing a couple really nice custom gunbelts, I took a crack at making one of my own. I hadn't sewed anything since sixth grade (mandatory) home economics, so it was quite a daunting task. I used a piece of "leather" that was the lining for an old hard hat I had in the garage. It worked quite nicely and was just the right amount of material, but it was a P.I.T.A. to sew through. After about a week's worth of numb finger tips, scrounging of parts, and digging up pictures of the props here is my best effort...
It's not 100% movie accurate, but I am pretty pleased with it, and it's still better than Hasbro's. I redid the buckle last night since I took these pics, as it was really too big.
Anyway, I will hopefully update with completed pics once I get the head painted and the whole figure assembled. Since this is only my second 12" custom ( here is my first
), any constructive criticism on my work so far would be greatly appreciated.