JOHN'S DROIDS CUSTOMS
July, 10, 2013 - Droids fan John Gardner has created some of the absolute best Droids custom figures that I have ever seen and has been kind enough to share them with us. This is how modern Droids figures should be. Absolutely beautiful work John! Hasbro take note!
This figure was fun to put together, but took a lot of research. Like most of the characters released in the original Kenner Droids line, the figure and associated art varies greatly from the actual animation. Thall's body and face proportions also vary in the cartoon episodes themselves. I designed this figure based mostly on the series, and also on the released books based on the series. He has his signature single sleeved mechanics outfit, the strap-on orange "seat-guard", right forearm shield, left wrist accessory, left shoulder rope detail and shoulder protector, belt with pouches, and classic half-bald mohawk with tail. I tried to keep his look as close to the character, while maintaining a real style and look of a 17 year old racer. Figure has ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbows, torso, knees, and ankles, and swivel hips and wrists.
Sise Fromm is the elderly old-fashioned mobster leader of the Fromm Gang. I really thought this character needed to be brought into the the modern-era figure look. The original Kenner figure had disproportionate freaky big hands and head and was lacking all the garment detail. The figure has ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles and head, plus swivel wrists, hips, and waist. Once I get some other characters finished I plan on making his hoverchair.
Tig Fromm is the scrawny techno-geek son of mob-boss Sise Fromm. This custom figure includes a droid remote-control device, his side-arm weapon, and headset. I created the figure to include most standard joints.
This little alien is shown on the Kenner Kea Moll cardback. Two of the same type of alien are shown on an unused card proof. I'm not sure if it ever really appears in the Droids series, but the image has stuck with me all these years. There is something interesting about the diminutive, faceless head. The figure is designed to pose like the cardback drawing, with the legs crossed and hands in its pocket. It took a few extra ball-joints to make this happen. This was a fun critter to make, and the resulting figure can be posed in many comical ways.