Droids Custom Hammerhead - hard part's over

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-29, 08:02:28

With all the components ready for my Droids Hammerhead custom carded figures, and with almost everything done for the PSWCS Summer Social, I decided to spend my Sunday afternoon assembling cardbacks. That's basically using a glue stick to affix the printed front and back to comic book backer boards. ...

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Cable adds Palitoy Gold to the 3PO collection!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-29, 07:31:59

So last week I showed of a super-rare 3PO I picked up as the result of months of networking, years of brand-building, and a willingness to trade off a prime figure in my formerly complete MOC collection. It wasn't a herculean effort, but it was darn close to one.

Today ...

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Live long and prosper and may the force be with you

by Darth Danno
on 2015-07-24, 06:01:07

Back on the weekend of June 12-14th, I attended a Star Trek convention in Rosemont hosted by Creation Entertainment. Now the reason I was going was 5-fold. Ethan Phillips (who did a voice for the original "Knights of the Old Republic" game) was appearing on Friday. Terry Farrell (who is ...

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Droids custom cast coins look golden!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-22, 08:08:45

The march towards completion of my Droids Custom Hammerhead continues. This last week I finished the coins. I took the casts I made, cleaned them up with a file, then primered and painted them. They turned out just as nice as the first batch I painted for the Zuckuss. I cast enough for TWO Droids customs, so next time out all I gotta do is the art then I'll be ready to roll.

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Cable adds Clipper Gold to the 3PO collection!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-22, 07:48:33

I had the great fortune to add a spectacular new specimen to the Vintage 3PO collection this last week. It's a Clipper 'Premies' offer sticker ROTJ C-3PO. I've been collecting 3POs for over 15 years now, and this is the only Clipper sticker example I've ever seen.

I first saw this figure posted on Facebook by one Arwin Haalboom. He shared the photos and talked about a desire to trade it. But he wasn't real specific about what he wanted to trade it for. I sent him a few IMs expressing interest and trying to figure out what he wanted for it. I also share photos of my own collection. His real passion was to complete a set of early Star Wars characters - the first 12 or 21. It's a collection he'd been working towards slowly for years. I told him, pretty much flat out, I'll trade almost any of my first 12 straight-up for the 3PO. Only my small-head Han, 12-back Stomrtrooper, and 3POs were off-limits. He chose my very minty SW21 Luke. That's going to cost me a good chunk of change to replace, but in trade for something I simply have never seen before, I'll take it. We both walked away extremely satisfied.

If you'd like more information about these Clipper stickers, you can read about them here on the Star Wars Collectors Archive. They're typically affixed to either US Kenner or UK Palitoy figures.

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Star Wars permeates San Diego Comic-Con!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-17, 08:13:28

CreatureCantina.com roving reporter Ryan Beise submits this story from the greatest Con of them all - San Diego Comic-Con!

This year's San Diego Comic Con promised to be a huge one for Star Wars fans. There was no Marvel panel this year, but there were already buzz when it was announced ...

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Droids Customs update - Making a mint!

by Bill Cable
on 2015-07-15, 09:21:44

So, I ran into a small snag on the production of my Droids Hammerhead custom figures. I had everything all set, but the guy who normally makes my coins simply had no time to cast them. With his guidance, I ended up doing them myself! And they turned out great!

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What's it take to cast coins? Pretty much silicone molds of coins and a two-part plastic resin. Measure equal parts of each, mix them, pour the mix into the mold, and wait to harden. Even I couldn't screw it up. I ended up mixing 1mL of each part which filled the molds perfectly. Here's my manufacturing set-up. My daughter said it looked like a lab.

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I did a bunch of casting in my spare time and ended up making enough for about 4 customs. That'll last me through 2 years by my estimate. I'm hoping to start assembly of the Hammerheads either this weekend or next. Getting enticingly close!!

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Another one bites the dust (Part II)

by Darth Danno
on 2015-07-15, 07:10:22

I wanted to include this segment in last week’s article, but an interesting conundrum presented itself. I was going to talk about Echo Base Media and the stellar job David Delgado has been doing, helping fellow SW autograph collectors like myself obtain signatures from those in that galaxy far, far ...

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Another one bites the dust

by Darth Danno
on 2015-07-10, 06:58:14

Saw Official Pix didn't renew their Star Wars license, wonder why? And per their website: "Until another company acquires the license, if any, there won't be any new licensed photographs or autographs." What does that mean to SW autograph collectors at future SW Celebrations as to where we're going to get our photos that we want signed? Do we now have to provide our own? OPX states they still have other properties, but checking on their website, they're offering no photos for sale of any kind, only autographs, and clicking on that, they have 16 "Star Trek" signatures, 11 for "Battlestar Galactica", 10 for "Serenity", 10 for "LOTR", and 4 pages of signatures under "other", so yeah, they are correct, but the bulk of their inventory has always come from the Star Wars franchise. It'll be interesting to see how long they stay afloat with just their "also rans" to carry them.

I don't even include ____________ as a viable collecting entity anymore (I'm not going to mention their name, suffice it to say they named their site after one of the characters that was featured in both Episodes I & II). Checking today, they last updated their site on July 25, 2013. Sent them an e mail awhile back as to what was going on, never received a reply. Makes all of us who had been sending them $$$ for their various "Connoisseur series" they had been offering so secure in the fact that we'll ever receive what we paid for. To think, they used to have two signings a month, now look at them, pathetic.

With new SW films coming out every year now, the autograph possibilities are endless. We just need someone to pick up the torch from OPX and carry on. Any takers out there? Anyone???????



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