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As some of you reading this might know, I'm a little bit fond of the film franchise Star Wars., and so is my fiancée.

We love the toys that were produced for the original films and have collected them i recent years (after my childhood collection went as dust to the wind in many house moves) i have been collecting the original figures, I'm not too bothered about the condition as long as they aren't broken in some way.

I have made an Instructable about a display case for the little fellas, and also my fiancée and I had the pleasure to meet David Prowse and Jeremy Bulloch last year, knowing i was going to meet them i wanted to get something unique for them to sign for my collection so i looked into Re-carding my vintage Darth Vader and Boba Fett figures. (see the second and third image) and doing so with the re-card kit i thought it would be fun to make some custom figures from the films using similar techniques. And even more I thought it would make a fun gift for my fiancée and I was right, she loved them.

In this instructable i will show how i went about making some custom figures.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools.

Computer with a photo editing software

Printer

Knife

Rulers

Lighter or a candle.

Materials.

High gloss printing paper

Thin card

Spray mount / Spray glue

Narrow strips of double sided sticky tape

Fantasy Skeleton figure

Bubble or blister packaging (this is made with a vacuformer)i purchased mine on the internet as i dont have a vacformer

Paint (acrylic paint is what i used)

I'm sure there is something i have missed out so i suggest you read the instructable all the way through before you start making it.

Step 2: Shaping the Skeleton.

The Skeletons come in an attack stance, the spear/axe that they are holding pulls out as they are made to be removed.

For the figures to (a) fit inside the bubble and (b) look more like the bodies of the Uncle and Aunt Lars, i need to shape them by bending them.

To do this you need to gently heat the figures at the joints that you want to change. I started with the shoulders to narrow down the stance of the figures.

Gently heat the figure at the shoulder with the candle or lighter to soften the plastic enough. keep the figure moving around as to not set the plastic on fire. It doesn't matter if the figure gets scorched or singed because we will be painting the figure later.

Just repeat this with all the joints you want to change to make it how you like. I made the two figures different and tried to match them with the screen shot of the bodies outside the Lars homestead.

Once you have the pose of the skeleton repeat with the next one, then allow the figures to cool completely before moving on.

Step 3: Painting the Skeletons.

Using Acrylic paint i painted the White/Cream (glow in the dark) skeleton to look like it has been burned up by some stormtroopers.

To do this i dry brushed a brown paint onto the figure and the layered black and charcoal. once the paint has dried i applied a layer of red in small amounts to emulate the scene in the movie.

Step 4: Making the Card Backs.

First off a little Googling of actual vintage card back gives you a wealth of images for the card back front and reverse sides. i just found the highest quality file i could find for each side that mach each other in age and style.

Once i had the two sides of the card back i put them in Photoshop and found some screen grabs from the film scene where Luke gets home to find his uncle and aunt.

I then took out the original character from the card back and put in one of the skeletons from the screen grabs into the space left behind. I also removed the name and replaced it with Uncle Owen or Aunt Beru.

on the reverse i removed the bottom half of the information on the back of the card and put a picture of Luke getting home and a little info about each Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru from their wookipedia pages.

Step 5: Making the Card Backs.

I printed the front and back of each card onto a nice quality semi gloss paper. i printed the card faces out with a large bleed of black around the image as to hide any miss alignment of the images when cutting out the card backs.

Once i had all four sides i stuck the front onto a piece of thin stiff card. once i had the front stuck down i trimmed the card to the outer edge of my bleed and turned it over to glue the reverse image onto the card, Getting the images to line up was tricky its just a case of taking your time and making sure you have measured the bleed and cuts correctly. So when you line the bleed of the back to the cutout of the front the images match up in the right place.

once you have a piece of card with the front image on the front and the back image on the back its time to trim the card down to the right size. i cut the card to the right size using the image as the guide.

Step 6: Sealing the Figure Into the Blister Pack.

Time to put all your work together in one awesome custom carded figure.

I got the blister packaging from the seller i got the Boba Fett and Darth Vader Re-card kits from on ebay. he sells lots of reproduction star wars things and i emailed him and asked him kindly if he would sell just the bubbles and he did.

i would have made them myself but i don't have space to build up a vacuformer to make my own bubbles and blisters so purchasing them is the way i went.

First off i printed out a sheet of Orange that matched the background of the figure zone on the card back. i then glued it to both sides of some of the same card used to make the backs. i cut out a rectangle, i made them just big enough to fit inside the bottom of the packaging bubble. (something for the figures to stand on)

I applied the narrow strips of double sided sticky tape to the edge of the bubble packaging, ready to stick it to the card back.

Now place the skeleton in the figure zone of the card back, peel the backing paper from the sticky tape, (the next bit is a little tricky) Put one of the orange rectangles in the bottom of the bubble and squeeze the sides slightly to grip the rectangle when turned upside down so it doesnt drop out and stays in the bubble. align the bubble over the figure and slowly lower it down over the top of the figure and place the bubble around the figure and make sure to position it so the top corner of the bubble doesnt stray into the main picture of the card back, and make sure the bottom of the bubble is aligned with the bottom of the card back. once it is placed its pretty hard to realign it as the sticky tape sticks as soon as it touches the card.

once you have it placed press down on the edges of the bubble where the tape is to make sure its stuck to the card back.

Repeat this with the second set of figure, card and bubble to make the other one.

Step 7: The Finished Custom Carded Figures.

Now you have a set of custom carded figures.ready for display. These carded figures look great next to my carded vintage figures and will be displayed with them.

There are things that could be done to make these items better or more authentic like adding a punched hanger hole at the top to make it look more like something that would have been sold in stores.

<p>Completely awesome. In spite of some of the semi-negative comments, this is actually a pretty important part of the film. Great job!</p>
Indeed it is. I think some of the comments are said in jest to be honest. :). But thank you for your comment.
these are great! Now you need to make a burning funeral pyre of Jawas. voted
<p>That is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!! Awesome job!</p>
Awesome idea!!! And easy to make :-). Thank you very much
Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it they look good :)
Why, out off all things you could make from Star Wars, why ruined our childhoos
<p>He didn't ruin your childhood. The prequel trilogy did that.</p>
<p>dont be a baby, you'll be fine he did a great job so don't be a HATER</p>
Oh and I've made many of the other things from the film :)
​I wasn't trying to ruin any childhoods. Just replicating what was in the film ;)
<p>These are the best action figures ever! I was laughing so hard I was crying. Brilliant! Thank you for taking this horrific, yet telling scene, and turning into something that absolutely suits my (and your) sense of humor. I'd buy them for sure! </p>
<p>thank you, im glad you understand the fun of these. :) </p>
<p>Ive looked all over the internet and cant find any bubble(blisters) that dont have a recycle symbol on the front. where did you purchase yours?</p>
<p>well i found some on ebay. i found a guy that did Re-card kits. Kits that are made so people can put original star wars toys on reproduction cards. </p><p>i found a kit they were selling and contacted them and asked if he would sell me just the plastic blister parts and not the backing cards. </p>
Hi, I love the tutorial and the results, unfortunately I dont have all the tools needed or the patience to do this. I would love to have one of Uncle Owen for a fellow star wars fan and collector. Would you consider commissioning this piece? If so, how much? i hope to hear back from you. Cheers!
<p>sorry i dont think i would be able to do that for you . </p>
Do you have any that are for sale?
<p>no, these were made as a gift for my wife. </p>
<p>Amazing. What's your source for the skeletons?</p>
<p>I googled Fantasy Skeleton toy. This was one of the results and it just so happened that the toy shop around the corner from my office had them in stock . they are Papo skeletons</p>
<p>Wicked cool idea.</p>
Pretty cool!
<p>I am a huge Star Wars fan but having this in a Halloween decor contest is not right. Perhaps you should move it to the prop contest.</p>
<p>Well that's where you and the website runners and the contest moderators differ in opinion. this was accepted for this contest (which surly should mean that it does belong in the contest) and it was rejected from the prop contest. </p><p>The entries into the contests are moderated by humans and if they dont think they fit in they don't let it in. so if they are in the contest they belong there. even if you dont think they do. </p><p>I hope this helps to show it is suited for this contest (along with any other entry into other contests.) </p><p>In my personal opinion this is a item of decoration as one would use it to decorate a themed room. it is not a prop that is interacted with, someone wouldn't go trick or treating with these or carry these around a fancy dress party, so that makes them pretty much decor. The decoration of something. </p>
I love this! So good. I ordered the skeletons off eBay so I could copy. I won't be doing the blister packs but more just a diorama of the original scene. Here's a start. Thanks for the inspiration ?
<p>Great! im glad you liked it and it inspired you to build something. </p><p>I would love to see the final thing. :) </p>
<p>Great job. I we be making these myself. Big Star Wars fan myself. There a a few great vacufomers on this site, but you can just look one up on the internet.</p>
You must be kidding ._. Star Walloween in progress!
Probably one of the greatest things I've ever seen. I hope you win!
<p>This is hilariously awesome!</p>
<p>So very twisted and so very clever. I can see how some wouldn't appreciate this ible but I am amused to my toes.</p>
<p>This really funny and I will be doing this my self.</p>
You did a terrific job. very well done and professional looking.
RIGHT IN THE FEELS YOU MADE ME CRY JERK<br><br>awesome job too!
<p>Sick and twisted! I like it ;) That moment in the film gave me nightmares as a kid. Great tutorial!</p>
This teaches us all of the dangers of letting your teenager run around grabbing power converters n whatsuch. Nice. Where do you put the intense stick for that classic smoke wasp?
<p>omg I love this.</p>
<p>I like it. Anyone that doesn't appreciate it needs to get a life.</p>
Way to wrap up a great movie moment. Dark.
just awesome love it
This is fantastic - great job on the packaging
Really cool!
Dude that is so awesome
Dude that is just wrong<br>(and disgusting) D: <br>But sort of cool.
One more thing I didn't realize u where the author to a lot of my fav ibls followed as well keep up the good work:)
Dude that is too cool.. This is awesome my brother is a starwars &quot;fanatic&quot; he would love this. <br>Faved and voted :)

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