Tuesday, January 5, 2016

WIP: 1/12 BB-8, Part 1

"Come on, BB-8!"
In the build up the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Bandai released a series of models to tie in to the movie, including a 1/144 scale Millennium Falcon as she appears in the new movie, a 1/72 scale Resistance T-70 X-wing, and two 1/12 scale figure kits: a First Order Stormtrooper and an R2-D2/BB-8 combo kit. The Artoo is just a repackaging of the one released in the spring of last year. However, the main draw of this kit is the everybody's favorite adorable new droid, BB-8! I'm not going to do an out-of-box review of this kit but if you're so interested, one from Stevethefishdotnet can be found here on YouTube.
"He's one of a kind!"
I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to paint this kit. I was leaning towards "not" because I wanted this build to be the thing to break the modeling funk that I've been in the entire month of December. After thinking about for the better part of a day, I decided that I would paint the entire kit. Color matching his orange will probably be tricky as I don't have the widest selection of orange paints on hand and I don't really feel like ordering the paints to match. Other than that, it will be an easy build because everything else is either white or silver.
"Droid, please!"
He comes with all of the gadgets you see in the film: the 'disk drive,' the arc welder, and the blowtorch. I have decided if I will use any of these extras, but I'm leaning towards painting the blowtorch just because that scene in the movie is hilarious!


  1. I am so looking forward to seeing you tackle the paint job for BB-8. I understand how you feel. Sometimes we want to just let the model be, especially if you feel you can get away with it as is the case for BB-8. But I agree 100% with your choice as in the end, painting it will take realism to another level. Get started already. :)

    With Bandai's Millennium Falcon LED-friendly I was half expecting BB-8 to be lighter-friendly (as in cigarette lighter) ... heh heh. Now wouldn't that be something ... a BB-8 unit that lights up with real fire. ;)

  2. ah MAN! I wish I'd seen this kit the last time I was in tokyo! I bought the R2/R5 kit instead, and have no intention of building R5. :(