I went for a more clunky Flash
Gordon look with this figure. I tried to incorporate elements of the
original design a (gold, wires, disc on stomach) and yet make it my own
at the same time. There are over 250 hand drilled holes just to
thread all the wires in the joints.
I wanted a clunky
looking robot with exposed machinery. My take was that he is a mechanic
droid & would be in the bowels of the ships working & would not need to
look smooth & shiny.
I tried to take the original
inspiration of the samurai and play up those aspects, I gave
his technology a more clunky (almost Steampunk) feel.
I also decided that my
sword hilts would look like regular swords to play up the medieval
idea was for an order of warrior monks. Like Teutonic knights
of Zen Buddhism. I have always like the idea that the legendary
Toshiro Mifune was considered for the role originally. So my
version was going to be Asian. All my
warriors have similar traits - beards, top knots, armor, & high collars for a
more priestly look.
In the films is an amalgam of cowboy and
pirate/smuggler aspects. I just tried to maximize those elements.
I wanted a has primal warrior
look. I was not going to change his height and hairiness. The actual
back story was that he was rescued from slavery. I thought
that the imperials might have enjoyed gladiator games, because the
Empire is basically a Sci-Fi Rome, so he is a gladiator.
I went for
a cross between a medieval peasant and desert dweller. The idea was to
really play up his lot in life. His sister gets to be a princess and he
is stuck pulling water out of the air.
In keeping with the more antiquated look of the line,
I went with the fairy princess look. I had to keep the hair buns.
The look I wanted with this design was a medieval
The Bounty Hunter
idea for the figure came when I was thinking about the outfit was that
seemed to be cobbled together from dozens of sources. So my
goal was to try and make the figure with just fodder that I had at the
time and try to piece it together with no sculpting at all.
There is no sculpting and he is
made from 28 different figures from 8 different toy companies and 4
I wanted that suave,
lean gunslinger / gambler look from the Wild West.
The Old Sage
I tried to
put him in my look of the redesigned Warrior Priests. This is not so
much the old master in the swamp, but a tough younger warrior, you know
700 years old. I wanted all my warriors to look similar with
The Imperial Sovereign
I just tried to play up the look of
the wicked, dark, medieval king.
The New Warrior Priest
This was my final piece in the line and brought
in elements from multiple figures, in a way this figure is my closing
thesis statement. I started with the head of my Chosen One and
combined the look from his mentor The Warrior Priest and I incorporated elements from
the Dark Lord as well. Of course his
bionic arm had to match the clunkier look of my droids.