Two Cable Droids Customs return to the fold!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-07-20, 08:02:57

Last week I received an IM from a friend who's an administrator of a Facebook group.  "If you want this down LMK."  I looked at the screen grab and saw two of my older Droids customs! Image

Initially I read his question as "If you want this LMK" so I immediately replied "Yes."  He replied that he was asking because he didn't want me, the original artist, being offended that it was posted.  That made me re-read the initial message and then quickly reply, "Wait.  I want to buy it."  I immediately replied "Sold" to the post and sent an IM to the seller.  

Turns out it was a PSWCS member who bought them way back when I first created them.  His asking price was reasonable, so I sent the money right away and four days later a large, well-packed box arrived.  The figures looked every bit as beautiful as the day I made them! Image

Time for a little history.  I produced my Droids Customs in two waves.  The first wave consisted of 4 figures, and ran from 2003-2006.  It all started after I made a Droids-style proof card for the PSWCS Summer Social, and so many people were blown away by it that I was talked into doing a line of customs MOCs featuring that art.  I made 10 figures each of Bossk, Chewbacca, and Emperor's Royal Guard, then I got ambitious and tried a run of 15 Stormtroopers.  The Stormtroopers took a lot more effort to sell through, so I decided to end the line.  

Then in the summer of 2011 it was Pittsburgh's turn to host the PSWCS Summer Social, and I decided why not do something special for the proof card?  Another Droids proof!  So I drew Zuckuss. Image

That card was received with great enthusiasm, but it wouldn't be until 2014 that I would revisit the line.  You see, for many years I tried to get this site to take off for the comic strips I drew.  I always dreamed of earning a living drawing comics, and I gave that my best effort with The Cantina followed by C7-YB.  Neither became the sort of hit that'd make any money, so I made the tough decision of abandoning that goal.  Still, I needed some reason to keep doing this site.  So I figure why not give Droids Customs another go?  I already had art I could use.  Maybe people would be more receptive this time?  So I went in Photoshop and recolored Zuckuss and made a run with the extra bubbles I had sitting around. Image

It was a spectacular success, the run of 10 selling out extremely quickly.  And that's when I decided to do it right.  I tracked down a guy who could make custom bubbles, bought a color laser printer to produce my own cards, and reached out to Yehuda K. for casting original POTF coins.  It took almost a year to set everything up, but once I started rolling it's been a roaring success.  I'm sitting on 24 customs now with 3 more guaranteed and plans for another 7 or 8.

Whew - that was way more long-winded than I'd intended.  Anyway, these early ones almost never pop up for sale, and I knew I could find enthusiastic buyers, so I'm glad I was able to snag them. Image

In fact, I've already found an enthusiastic buyer for the Zuckuss.  I checked through my old emails and messages and didn't find anyone specifically asking for the IG-88, so I didn't try reaching out to anyone for that one.  I don't know... I'm thinking maybe DoND?  That is unless someone makes me an offer I can't refuse.

UPDATE: I got an offer on IG-88 I couldn't refuse. is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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