Thursday, February 10, 2011

New (and Flashback) Customs - Obscure Patrons of Mos Eisley Cantina

I know have been a little slow on the posts lately but more frequent updates to the Blog will return shortly. That said, I wanted to make up for that with this ginormous post that includes nine customs that all hail from our favorite galactic Muppet drinking hole on Tattooine, the Mos Eisley Cantina! Over the past year and a half I have really focused on some of the very obscure drunks that inhabit the bar. Hasbro is doing a great job of making (and remaking) many of the memorable Muppets that hung out at the Regal Beagle of the Star Wars universe but they still have a long way to go! As usual I do not have the patience to wait years for them to complete the Cantina scene so I like to take matters in my own hands by making them myself. So without further ado lets take a look at some of the back ground bums that we all hope will see official release one day:

Bannis Keeg (1/11)
The other Duro meat! Since 2001 the POTJ Ellors Madak figure has been on his own, his partner Bannis Keeg has been stuck in the Hasbro "To Do" parking lot limbo of unmade figures. When Hasbro gets to him one day many feel they should also redo Ellors as well so both are up to par with today's standards. (I think this is a contributing factor of why we have not received an official figure yet.) Anyway, I think it's worth noting that there is some confusion (and rewriting) of this characters name and even it's gender. Supposedly Bannis Keeg is now named Chachi De Maal and Chachi De Maal is a female Duro! I do not know about you but that's a man baby! And that man is named Bannis! I made my custom a man called Bannis, Chachi loves Joani and belongs in the Happy Days Universe not Star Wars!

Yerka Mig (10/10)
Yerka Mig, was a very plain human male that was standing in the front section of the bar. Unlike some of these other scrubs he actually got some actual screen time. He is somewhat recognizable to fans because of this, he also has a nice close up shot after Han shot Greedo - FIRST! He did not look to phased by the shooting because he was very preoccupied in his thoughts about the Tonnika Sisters. (He was busy building up enough confidence to ask a Tonnika Sister over to his place to listen to some records and share a soda float.) Out of all of the plain humans in the Cantina I think Merka stands the best chance of being made, even Hasbro has stated this. Until then, here is my rendition of the most recognizable human patron.(Kids would go gaga for him!)

Garouf LaFoe (1/11)
What would a bar be without the typical creepy looking guy with a mustache? Garouf does a great job of filling the role out as the resident stache but he also lives up to his creepy status. He is seen ratting out Luke, Ben and the Droids to the local Sandtrooper Squad that are hunting our heroes. He is the second most recognizable human of the Cantina...because of his mustache of course! I think the chances of seeing this guy made are slim to none but you never know. After all Hasbro made a figure of Wedge Antilles in steakhouse waiter attire so there is hope!

Danz Borin (1/11)
Nothing makes more Sci-Fi sense than a guy dressed in a full spacesuit who is hanging out in a bar drinking (with his helmet on mind you) that just happens to be located on the hottest desert planet in the galaxy! As far as I know there is no clear shot of Danz and the below picture is best reference that I could find, it barley shows him! Despite the lack of reference fans still know who this cat is. I do think he is interesting enough as a character that his chances are probably not bad of eventually getting made. Not as cool as Rum Slegg but maybe they can use some of his parts to make this figure more feasible and cost effective.

Arleil Schous the Deffel - V2 (10/10)
I made him before and said what I needed to say on him but I went back to improve the formula/sculpt. You can find my first Deffel by clicking here and compare it with this much improved version! I think it's only a matter of time before we see an official Deffel from Hasbro. This guy is too cool not to be made and he has been ranking high in the fan polls! Let's hope!

Spacer "1" (11/09)
Like Danz Borin this dude is dressed in a full spacesuit drinking on a bar on the hottest planet in the galaxy. This guy is so obscure most fans do not even know of his existence! If you look close you will see he is wearing Bossk's spacesuit. Actually Bossk is wearing his spacesuit! Since IG-88's head was part of the bar distillery the Lucasfilm people obviously scrounged through the props/costumes from A New Hope and reused them for the Empire Strikes Back to save a couple of bucks. This would be one easy figure for Hasbro to make since the bulk of the figure is already made, all it would need it new ankles/feet, forearms/hands and a head!

The Tonnika Sisters - V2 (12/10)
Like the Deffel I have made them before and said what I needed to say on them. Like many of my customs I like to go back and improve them. You can see my first set by clicking here and compare them with this improved set.

Merc Sunlet (1/11)
Yeah, I know what you are thinking but I saved the most obscure for last! Enter Merc Sunlet, Mighty Moisture Farmer of Tattooine! In the words of C-3P0 the chances of this figure being made is approximately 3,720 to 1. If you are enamored with the awesomeness of this character you are on your own to make him!

So, how many of these Cantina patrons would you actually want to see made and actually own in your collection? Who would not want a Merc Sunlet figure?

As always, comments, suggestions and hate mail are welcome here!


  1. Great customs, and i am happy to be a proud owner of most of these Cantina patrons. I could use that Merc Sunlit figure.

  2. This is amazing! I would love to have all of these.

  3. Hey mate, what head did you use for Merc Sunlit?