The Black Series 6" Customs

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I've seen people using a pencil trick to improve R2-D2 so consider this the 6" Black series customs thread, post your custom Black Series 6" figures here as well as any alterations that improves the figures.
 
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What pencil trick are peeps using for R2? Sorry I haven't been on the forums in a while so I have missed out on some things.
 
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I did up a boba fett themed R2 as I had a spare, ill try and get some pics up today
 
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What pencil trick are peeps using for R2? Sorry I haven't been on the forums in a while so I have missed out on some things.
Umm, no offense, but how many ways can you possibly use a pencil? The "trick" should be pretty obvious I would think.
 
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Use the same technique on your figures. Then use your fingertip to rub it in. I prefer paint myself, but pencil is easier.
 
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I successfully tried the pencil upgrade on artoo. Then, minor customization on my sandtroopers. One is the normal one out of the box, the other is the same as the first one but without the pouch/ammunition thing on his shoulder, and the other is without pauldron or equipment, as he appears in the ANH hangar scene. I decided not to paint any pauldrons black or white. Ill just wait for those variants to come out, hopefully with different accessories.
 
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Its somewhere in the artoo thread. Last ten pages surely. It's not rocket science, you take a sharp pencil and stick the point in the various grooves, dirtying them. Smudging is optional. Some members have also given him weathering to very good effect, but the pencil method is better i think because it is less permanent and it does make artoo look better.
 
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As an avid prototype model railroader I can confirm the pencil trick. However, chalks work just as well, as does a subtle dry brush technique. All methods can be applied liberally then wiped away with a dry or slightly damp rag until the desired effect is achieved. the key is to get the dark colors into the cracks, but not on everything else, thus highlighting the detail. I used multiple layers of various techniques to transform my subpar Ninja Turtle figures into high-quality-looking posable statues. Simply painting some of the fine details and accessories can often improve any figure by at least 50%. Hope this helps any of you new customizers.
 
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It would certainly have helped Hasbro sell more copies of R2D2 :/ why they didnt do it when it was in the prototype is completely beyond me.
 
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Well I snagged another R2 to give this here pencil trick a try. Has anyone tried any soft to hard leads with this? I have a slew of pencils that I could hit this lil guy up with.
 
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Id say the softer the better, as long as you get it in the grooves. Smudging is optional but be careful or itll end up like something that fell down the chimney on xmas eve.
 
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Id say the softer the better, as long as you get it in the grooves. Smudging is optional but be careful or itll end up like something that fell down the chimney on xmas eve.
Will do, thanks guys for the heads up on this. NEVER would have thought to use a pencil.
 
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I'd like to see some pics of this pencil process. I was thinking of painting a light wash to make those panels and lines in R2 pop.
 
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It would certainly have helped Hasbro sell more copies of R2D2 :/ why they didnt do it when it was in the prototype is completely beyond me.
I doubt the lack of No.2 Dixon markings on the BS6 R2 figures are drastically hurting sales.
 
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I successfully tried the pencil upgrade on artoo. Then, minor customization on my sandtroopers. One is the normal one out of the box, the other is the same as the first one but without the pouch/ammunition thing on his shoulder, and the other is without pauldron or equipment, as he appears in the ANH hangar scene. I decided not to paint any pauldrons black or white. Ill just wait for those variants to come out, hopefully with different accessories.
I did the same thing. Here is a quick shot of them

 
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I hit up R2 with the pencil detail and it really looks amazing thanks to my fellow Scumers for this info. No one ones Star Wars figures like the Scummers....
 
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I wish I wouldn't have seen that Jabba. No matter what Hasbro does, it's going to be a letdown after seeing that.
 
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That is some real talent right there! No wonder he has done work for just about everyone. A-MAZ-ING!
 
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Great googaly boogaly. That is freaking incredible! Leia is going to right at home pretty soon huh?
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GAHT DANG NO EDIT!!!!! That was supposed to be a reply to the Jabba pic dammit. Can we please grow up and get over the "My pics!" "No MY pics!!!" "No, MINE!" pi$$ing contest and get an edit function like the rest of civilized cyberspace, please!?
 
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Dang the non edit button!!! Sorry meant to but this.



Has any one thought of doing or has done any of these custom for the BS6 R2 yet? I'm really debating on going and buying up some of the R2's that's setting around town clogging up shelf space and trying to make a few of these guy's. Starting with R2-X2, R4-P17, and R2-B1 With that being said I have a few worries on loading up on 8 or 9 of these to customize. Do i need to take these a part to repaint them? And if so has any on tried it yet? What type of paint would be best on this type of plastic so they wont flake or chip? Also what type of a brush would be best on these? And one of the biggest issues would be getting the wright paint matched up. If any one could help I would appreciate it a lot
 
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I haven't gotten around to it yet, but I have picked up quite a few for repaints. I can tell you from experience making custom 3.75" astromechs that it's not easy. You'll need to practice quite a bit before you get something that's on par with Hasbro's quality.

As for paints, I always used the cheapo acrylic (DO NOT USE ENAMEL) paints from the craft section at Walmart. I don't think they carry the same brand anymore, but it used to be Folk Art at about $1 a bottle. I'd get the cheap brushes as well, from the same aisle. You'd definitely want to seal it afterwards. I used Testors dullcote that I had to order from their website. I never had a problem with chipping, except for paint rub from the ball joints, which isn't going to be a problem here.

No need to take them apart IMO, but if you feel the need, you can use the same technique that I used to use on the smaller guys. Go to the bathroom or some other smaller room. Take the figure and repeatedly throw it on the ground until the dome opens up. You'll want to be in a small room to make finding the small parts inside a lot easier as they tend to fly all over the place. Maybe not the best method, but it did work for me and never damaged the figure in the process. I don't know how that would work with these, so try at your own risk. I suppose you could try using an xacto knife to cut around the seam, but you'll probably end up either cutting your finger or making a new seam.
 
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