Cartoon Battle

While on break at work, I was doodling in my sketchbook and one of my coworkers asked if I could draw Mojo Jojo from the Powerpuff Girls . After seeing that I could, they asked for others including Ripster from Street Sharks, Throttle from Biker Mice From Mars, and Monty from the Rescue Rangers. So here's the finished piece of all four characters battling it out. Enjoy!


Finished piece colored in Photoshop.

Original pencil drawing.

FOC Grimlock

Dino mode...
Right side view. Original figure on the top, custom figure on the bottom.

This one is a COMPLETE repaint. I painted all the grey sections silver and all yellow sections gold. I then added a wash of darkened silver to the silver areas and a wash of dark brown to the gold areas to bring out the panel line details. I also added more red detail areas (as well as many other details) based on screenshots from the Fall of Cybertron game. Finally, I dry-brushed brown around the bottoms of both dino and robot mode feet to simulate dirt and general weathering.

Back view. Original figure on the top, custom figure on the bottom.

You will notice that my custom figure has some extra silver and red rings on the underside of the tail. These are plastic cap pieces that I cut, glued on, and painted. I show these in better detail later on.

Left side view. Original figure on the top, custom figure on the bottom.

Front view. Original figure on the top, custom figure on the bottom.

Top view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Bottom view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Now, Grimlock's underbelly is empty in dino mode due to his transformation. Eventually, I will be getting the 3rd party "Zenith Forge ZF-001: Cretaceous Advancement set" which provides an underbelly piece to be plugged in.

Robot mode...
Front view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right. I also switched his lower body to a dark red, instead of the half yellow, half grey, it was before.

Right side view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Back view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Left side view. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Close up of the side leg detail. Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right.

Close up on the back leg detail. Here, I added cut pieces of plastic cap to make the rings on the back of Grimlock's legs (bottom of t-rex tail). Original figure on the top, custom figure on the bottom.

Comic-styled Raphael

Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right. I basically just added all the black outlining. Although I also cut the middle toe off for the classic two-toed look. A coat of matte finish made it so that the figure wouldn't be so shiny and plastic-looking. 

Original figure on the left, custom figure on the right. Aside from the outlines, I also sculpted in the backs of the knee pads. Playmates Toys didn't sculpt any in for some reason.

Front view.

Right side view.

Back view.

Left side view.

I also painted his weapons. The handles of the sais were wrapped in thin red ribbon and then the black outlines were painted on. I would have simply painted the handles, but the weapons are cast in a slightly waxy plastic and the paint can rub off fairly easily. The ribbon is a much more durable option.

Action pose!

Modded Lego Star Destroyer

OK, so Lego's Star Destroyer (set 66211) is pretty dang good... however, I had to be picky with it. So here's my modded model. I rearranged and added a bunch of pieces to make this as movie-accurate as possible. Not only did I add to the surface of what was already there, but I actually built a complete custom underside. You see, this set, being made for playability, had no bottom detail. The underside was completely flat so that the model could be set on the floor or on a table for play. Well, I went in and finished off the bottom details and even gave it display stand legs for that truly professional look.

Reference pic from Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels.

LOTS of added detail here. Though the over-all appearance hasn't changed much.

Close up on the command bridge. Added a ton of detail to the front. I also made the command bridge window smaller, as it used to span across the entire front.

Close up on the ion cannons. The original set only had two on each side, so I added two more for the full four on each side.

The original didn't have much detail on it's sides so I went in and added various bits of detail... including a small turret on each side (center of pic).

The back originally had very sparse detail. For some reason, Lego also added a bunch of bright red and blue pieces here, so those were replaced with grey ones. Along the back spine, I added all the horizontal "ribs" as well as a smooth black tile near the bottom, which is where the trash ejection port is supposed to be.

Back view. The original model had a fairly sparse and open back... you could actually look into the ship from the outside. Needless to say, I filled that completely in. I didn't have enough grey pieces to fill the entire back so I just continued with the black that was originally used. Might go in sometime and replace the black with grey... but not any time soon.

I also created a micro scale Millenium Falcon that can attach right to the back, just like in the movie!

Reference pic.

Here's the now complete underside. LOTS of detail here. I managed to design the panels so that it would have not just the main hangar, but also the small front hangar. I also incorporated the shield generator towards the back. The front display stand attaches into the front hangar while the back two attach into openings at the back.

Close up on the main hangar. The original hangar was completely empty and just opened into the inside of the ship. Since I was going for screen accuracy, I decided to custom build a hangar interior.

Modded Lego A-wing

Since I am extremely picky about my models, I went to work making the Lego A-wing more movie accurate.

Here's some reference pics from the Cross-sections book.

Hard to see any differences from the original model here, but I did completely change the side guns. Lego had those silly flick-fire missiles on there.


Front view.

Left side view.

Back view.

Right side view.

Top view.

Bottom view. Here's where all the major changes are. I redesigned the entire underside to give the ship the correct red line. Technically, there's supposed to be a grated vent where the red line widens, but that doesn't work on such a small model.

Another angle. I also added all the inverted white slopes. I believe they were originally grey.


The front red inverted slopes were previously dark grey. I don't know why Lego did that, but I replaced them with red ones. 

Another view of the bottom.

Action scene! And yes, that is a modded Star Destroyer in the background.

Lego Bespin Battle

Check out this model I submitted to the Lego Cuusoo website. It's the battle on Bespin! Much more movie accurate than what Lego made back in 2003 (no offense to Lego). Vote now to help this become a reality. Actually, tell all your friends to vote as well. 10,000 votes and this could be made into an actual set. Fingers crossed.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/58549














The body print for Luke Skywalker was drawn on in Photoshop. So unfortunately, you can't find this exact figure... yet.