This Endor trooper is from the same lot as the POTJ Han. He’s wearing what looks like a vintage Kenner Yoda cloak. He was headless, so I painted a sculpt from Jokabofe (which has been in a baggie for a few years), and stuck it on there. Now it’s a fairly functional figure.
This clone is simple but awesome. There is a seller on eBay that pretty much only customizes orange clones from the 212th. This was $19, and worth the price, imo. He does a great job painting their helmets.
This guy came with a GI Joe head, dremeled down to fit. I replaced it with the infamous small bobble head Green Goblin from an old gumball machine, and then painted the guy’s arms the matching green. Now he’s a background alien.
Here is a wonderful Jann Tosh custom, in modern style, from my fave guy Crimson Dynamite. I’ve placed him next to a vintage Kenner Jann Tosh for a nice comparison. I think he was $24. He had an orange wristband for his other arm, but I lost it.
Edit: I found his orange wristband.
Although my photo skills (both as a pic-taker and uploader) are weak, maybe you can still see the awesome headband CD sculpted in around that Anakin’s head. It’s a great update of a classic EU character.
I’ve got to throw in this Mark Poon Boba Fett Original Mailaway design, which might be the most beautiful custom I’ve ever seen. It was $75, but I might tell my wife to bury me with it. It’s an exquisite tribute to the original Fett, which never actually appeared in plastic.
This is Booster Terrik (Wedge’s father-in-law) from the X-wing and other Rogue Squadron novels and comics. He looks a little like Space Santa, but I had to buy it ($13.99) to support a seller that actually knows who Booster Terrik is. He features a rougher paint job than I like, but is well-articulated enough to suffice in the cantina.
Anything will work for a padawan custom. I recently bought a weird lot of broken-up vintage figs (which included an old, probably quite valuable Colorforms Outer Space guy), removed and slightly re-painted their heads, and put them on some little Anakins.
This guy is cheap and poorly, but somehow retains an interesting appeal. He has unusual colors, but he’s really just an Episode I Saesee Tiin without his robe. The customizer actually magic-markered the head, chest, and hands black. The head is straight glued on. But oddly, I think he works, and I like him. He was $7.99.
NOTE: That’s actually a vintage Bossk. It’s so weird and yet cool how some amateurish customizers find parts and ideas. This guy may have been pure leftovers. But someone took the time to do it. That’s why I love the hobby.
Here is a guy that I paid (way overpaid) $20 for. He’s clearly a Lumiya Comic Pack Luke, re-painted black and given a beard and tatoos (and a vest). Now he’s a freighter captain or something. But, despite his cost, I’ve grown fond of him, because I’m the only one who has him.
Here is a Wookiee Jedi I got on eBay for about $40. He’s super-articulated, and features great paint and soft goods. Lowbacca and Dark Horse’s Tyvokka are the only Wookiee Jedi I know, and they look nothing like this; I guess this guy is just an anonymous Master.
I was really bummed today because a customizer on facebook made a sick Retro Custom Mandalorian, and I don't have facebook. I was hoping it would've been set up like Pro Custom Figures where I just needed a paypal account, and he posted a link to pay, but toyweaver just did a post for people to reply what they wanted, and worked out payment later....bummer.
If anyone knows how to contact @toyweaver, or he's a rebel scummer, please contact me so I can purchase one in the future. Thanks!
He doesn’t allow people to contact him directly, but rather wants them to reply to his specific Facebook posts. He’s an amazing talent, and sells high, so might do another run if this one sold out so fast.
Here’s a couple of Mandos looking quite Disney+, which I got from an artist named Steve Fuchs. He is an amazing illustrator who’s done Star Wars work for Topps cards, and who also makes figures. These two guys are fully-articulated, and were about $30 each. They are really nice.
Here’s a novel concept. Sometimes customizing (or something very much like it) is just having the taste to use a preexisting toy in the right context, without having to do literally anything to it. You don’t have to sculpt, paint, swap, or anything. Technically, that’s not even close to customizing, but you are using something to represent something else, and it can scratch just as creative an itch.
I have no idea what this figure is, or where it came from. It’s a slightly cartoonish character from some 2000s-era Ben Ten-type show. It was in a parts lot, and I was drawn to it for its 3.75” goodness. He doesn’t really fit with Star Wars, but gets close to working with the Resistance guys. He’s not a custom, but I found a use for him.
Here are some other examples. I’ve always loved the EU Ewoks, and their little Bordoks and Endor Ponies. Obviously, there was only one ever made, back in 1985 for a Kenner Playskool set. Why not use prehistoric Schleich creatures to update the look? You don’t have to do anything, just insert them into your diorama.