Archive for the ‘Toy Customs’ Category
A friend of mine told me about an awesome product known as Space Walls, which are unofficial Death Star corridor backdrop segments for use with your Star Wars action figures. The main line is designed for 6″ Star Wars Black scale, and the individual segments look great. Unfortunately, when my friend purchased some Space Walls, they did not come with any sort of connectors to attach the wall segments or help them stand up, which limited their usefulness. He asked me if I could fix this, so I now have four types of PRHI Space Walls Connectors available through my Shapeways Shop. The four types accommodate the two different styles of wall as shown below, plus pieces to help the walls stand, and corner connectors for more intricate displays. You can purchase the connectors now to improve your setups!
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type A for regular wall segments, sprue of 4x.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type B for wall segments with light inserts, sprue of 2x of two styles.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type C connectors with footer supports, sprue of 4x.
PRHI Space Walls Connector Type D corner connectors, compatible with both wall segment types, sprue of 4x.
Here’s a little for fun item available now in the PRHI Shapeways Shop. I had a request to make a version of my Gonk Droid toy in 25 mm scale for gaming. The mini Gonk is available in Shapeways’ high-detail plastics for use with your minis, but you can also order a teensy weensy baby Gonk in Stainless Steel! Shown above with a vintage Kenner 3 3/4″ Jawa. The detail came out far better than I was expecting, and it makes for a delightful little bit of hand-gokin. Pick up one today from the shop!
The nice thing about having a set of 3D model files drawn up for something is that the files can be scaled to any size you want, and printed out. Some adjustments were needed, but once I had my models ready for my PRHI Kenner Star Wars Accessories, I was able to print the same designs out, but at lifesize! Kenner’s Star Wars weapon sculpts are iconic amongst vintage toys, with a level of detail and charm informed by how those early toys came to be. They are immediately recognizable as representative of what we saw in the films, but they are an interpretation with their own merits. As such, it turns out that they make really satisfying lifesize toys, with chunky details and familiar shapes. So far I’ve completed two of the first weapons made, the smuggler pistol and imperial blaster rifle, as well as the later-made lightsaber, and my personal favorite, the Bespin blaster. I am working through more of the catalog and will post pics when they’re completed! Now I just need to figure out how to display them.
More pics after the fold!
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Restore is having another painting contest, in collaboration with Pop Soda. I had a great time in the previous contest with my third place entry Gikaku, False Oni. Entries for this contest could use any of Restore’s toys, and I went with Fog because it was pretty much the only way I was going to be able to get one these days. I love the detailed sculpt, so I looked at lots of real life pictures of chameleons for inspiration. Turns out, chameleons are totally rad, so I had a lot to work with. I took key colors from a couple that I liked and tweaked the layout to fit the humanoid shape, and fired up the airbrush. The name “Pardalizard” comes from the species name of some particularly hot looking breeds. The contest is open for a few more months, and then we’ll see how I do!
I took all the photos outside so I could show off my nature-inspired Fog in his home. The photoshoot was a ton of fun and I am really happy with how the photos came out. More after the break, and there are a lot of shots!
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Today I’ve got two new 3D printed Star Wars 6″ scale accessories available now in the PRHI Shapeways Shop. First is a backpack for the Star Wars Battlefront Shocktrooper, and the second is the RT-97C Heavy Blaster Rifle wielded by Sandtroopers in the original film. Both parts are available in Black Strong Flexible material and can be used as-is when you receive them. I added the lightest bit of drybrushing and blocked in a few details for these photos to show off how sharp the prints came out.
Lots more pics after the fold!
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I posted the PRHI ‘Box’ Mk I 3D printed toy a while back. It was designed as an exercise for me to try out some new joint designs. It’s a bootleg of ThreeA’s Square toy, with some additional detail and accessory bits by me. I had never really planned on using this model for anything more, but I have received a couple requests to share the files. Sort of an ‘open source’ Square bootleg. I’m hosting a .zip folder of the STL files needed to print your own ‘Box’ for personal purposes. The models are intended to be printed in ABS plastic, as I do not believe PLA has the elasticity for the ratchet joints in the legs to work properly. In addition to the Box Mk I, I am posting files for the Box Mk II, which I do not believe I have ever shown off before:
Here are download links for the two sets of files. Each is a .zip folder containing all the parts needed to print a PRHI Box. Parts that need to be printed more than once are labeled as such in the filename. These are provided as-is, with no support. If you print one and do something cool with it, send me an email!
PRHI Box MkI Download Link on GoogleDrive
PRHI Box MKII Download Link on GoogleDrive
I was working on a James Bond-themed 12″ GI Joe kitbash based on the first teaser of Daniel Craig from SPECTRE, wearing a simple garb reminiscent of the duds Roger Moore wore in Live and Let Die. The parts list was pretty easy overall, but there was one critical piece missing, Bond’s watch! Moore’s Bond actually wears a gadget-laden Rolex Submariner for most of the movie, but in his first scene of the film he has on something far cooler, a Pulsar P2 2900 LED watch! I have a bit of a fascination with LED watches, so I knew I needed to make one to complete my Joe Bond bash.
The trick with this model was keeping it small and in-scale looking while representing the metal link band and the shape of the face. This project really pushed the limit of fine detail capabilities from a home-grade FDM 3D printer, but with a little paint the results look the part.