Customizing EwoksSeptember 21, 2012 at 8:38 am | Posted in Toys | Leave a comment
There are some dark paths so addictive, they become all consuming. Yet action figure customization is one of those dangerous journeys that has always tempted me. Who hasn’t looked at an action figure with an awful paint job and wondered if they could do better? With my artistic inclination, I always thought about it, but was afraid to do so and ruin one of my prized toys.
Staring at my small Star Wars Ewok collection, I wondered what Logray would look like with black stripes. I had the paint, a paint brush, and even an extra Logray I could afford to ruin. In about ten minutes his brown stripes turned black and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
Logray was now Wartuk.
At this point, the bug had bit me. I was on a roll and Wicket was next. After a quick under the brush procedure, little Warrick A. Wicket became Panda Ewok! I call him Patala.
Alas, I was out of Ewoks now, so it was time to call Ebay for reinforcements. Luckily Ewoks aren’t too expensive so I was able to order a few vintage Chief Chirpas and a Wicket. I decided to tackle Chief Chirpa first. The old vintage Kenner figure was a plain light gray. On a whim, I decided to try making him brown. Then playing around a little with different colors, I started adding highlights and ended up with something pretty cool. Unfortunately the hood I put on him was a little too snug and it wiped off some of the paint from his ears and chin.
Next I mixed together a batch of reddish orange and blue to try and get that classic brown color but ended up with something a bit more reddish. I decided to give it a go. Eying the red furred Ewok (perhaps of Irish descent), I mixed some white with dark brown to get a light tan color and proceeded to give Red Head some stripes and a mustache.
With my Chirpas drying, I went with something simple for the vintage Wicket. A quick coat of gray, and a new tan colored belly worked well enough. I did two more repainted hoods, and my work was done.
I haven’t named all of them yet, and with more Ewoks pouring into the mailbox, I’m going to end up with a whole village very soon. Regardless, I’m glad I finally took the first steps along the road of toy customizations. I think the Ewoks turned out pretty good. Now if only I had an extra Jabba to paint…