Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Taylor's Toy Tuesday's DIY Custom- Klaatu!

Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
This character is one of those many thugs from Jabba's palace in the film Return of the Jedi. I really liked the look of this guy from the vintage Kenner action figure days! I mixed a little of his look from the Vintage Kenner action figure and the new Hasbro Vintage Collection action figure. I love the dark brown tones of the Kenner toy, but when I was making this, I decided that maybe I should make some of his look closer to how he is in the movie and how Hasbro handles his look in the Vintage Collection. My biggest decision on how to make this character was whether to use paint as a way to show the spiked and ridged face or make actual spikes. I decided on the painting figuring that it would lead more to the custom vinyl toy look. 
Now vintage Kenner collectors will know this guy by the name of Klaatu, but his name is in fact Wooof, as stated by Leland Chee, the holocron officer for all things Star Wars. The mistake fell on the original naming of the action figures that Kenner made. I still think of this guy as Klaatu due to the fact that I grew up with this guy being named Klaatu. When I was a kid, I didn't have this guy's action figure. I always wanted one, but just couldn't find him. I did manage to pick one up at the Dallas Vintage Toy Store not long ago. I did go and do some research on who "Wooof" is in the Star Wars universe. There's not a lot to him. He was Jabba's personal pilot and was one of Jabba's slaves. That's about it. If you want to read more about him, go over to wookiepedia to see his bio. Now, I've got some important updates, so more pictures will be at the end of this posting. Enjoy the pics. I've got to get back to illustrating comic books! :)


My Star Trek Tees are ready to be voted for! You'll have to create an account for welovefine or sign in to your account to vote but never mind that; go vote! I'll leave links for the shirts below their respective picture.

Cortical Stimulator design by Taylor Lymbery

 I could almost make a drinking game on how many times the mighty cortical stimulator has saved someone's life! Go see this design on welovefine.com here!

Oh, Chakotay! design by Taylor Lymbery
No one can melt Captain Janeway's heart away like this Maquis hunk, leaving Katherine only saying, "Oh, Chakotay!" Go see this design on welovefine.com here!

Child's Play design by Taylor Lymbery
It seems silly, but every kid that liked star trek that I knew, wanted an Enterprise to ride around on. It would've been awesome. Go see this design on welovefine.com here!

Space Anomaly design by Taylor Lymbery
There was one episode in the Voyager series where Neelix asked why Voyager had to go and inspect every anomaly it came across. Shortly after, the ship was trapped in a sub-space hole in a nebula; and then after that, about to be devoured by a living ion cloud monster; and then after that... You get the picture. Go see this design on welovefine.com here!

Tricorder Theatre
I've read that the scene in Generations where Data is using his tricorder as a puppet, is thought to be one of the worst jokes in the Star Trek universe. When I saw this scene in the theater, I laughed so hard I had soda shoot through my nostrils! Needless to say, I still find it kind of funny. Don't judge... Go see this design on welovefine.com here!

Just a quick update: I did go ahead and purchase a table for the Fan Days Convention in October. I'll be there with a ton of new work to sell, a new issue of Xenex the Bug Man and new posters. So I'll see you there!

There's been an update to the store tabs on both Xenex the Bug Man, and this site. All of the print on demand issues, cafepress stores and commissions info will be under the new store tab on both this site and the Xenex the Bug Man site. Hopefully this page makes shopping a bit easier. Go and check it out! 

I just updated the Xenex the Bug Man website with rather grand news that the long awaited issue 4 is now up for order. It's a great looking comic book! Head on over to the Bug Man site and see what I'm talking about!

Now, you mighty be asking what this Marvin Dog media is. I've got answers. I had been working with a good friend of mine, Jeff McGee, before I got sick on designing logos and banners for a podcast that I am on and logos and banners of podcasts that other friends are on. I have listened to all of the shows so far and they are great! Jeff and I are on the show where we talk about toys! (Go figure, I mean Go action figure!) That show is called Talking toys with Taylor and Jeff. The other two shows are The pilot episode, where Jeff and Josh Taylor break down the Pilot Episode in TV series, and The Loosely Based Podcast where Brynna and Jeff compare the book to the movie adaptation! Again, the shows are great! If you are interested in what we got, go to Marvindogmedia.com  and give us a listen. You can subscribe to the shows on itunes and get up to date info on upcoming shows on facebook:
Talking Toys with Taylor and Jeff on facebook
The Loosely Based Podcast on facebook
The Pilot Episode on facebook

Give us a like! And, if you like what we have, be sure to tell your friends! We need your word of mouth to help us keep making shows!

In Scale of the Star Wars Customs by Taylor Lymbery

Beginning the Helmet
The painted face
Helmet and face meet!
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
Klaatu Custom by Taylor Lymbery
I also have this posted in my devianart gallery here.

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