Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Painting the next Star Wars Room

So, I thought we were all done with painting in the Star Wars room. Techincally, I guess we were. That was the old room, this is the new one. A few weeks ago, Heather let me know that I could take over yet another room in our house with Star Wars stuff (which also meant that we would need to paint yet again).

So, here are the pics taken as we prepare to transform our movie room into our second Star Wars room. Crazy? Indeed. Cool? Indeed as well.

First, Heather wanted to make the room totally white so we could use some design software to see what different colors might look like on the walls.

Next, she picked a color (no black this time). We began painting the room a nice light green.

Here's a panel of the finished product (Heather created a "faux finish"). I had nothing to do with that, I just used the roller.

Next, it was time to move the cases in. That was done easily with some cheap furniture moving disks. We pushed each one into the TV room, followed by the next...until all 6 were lined up against the East and South walls.

Next, I had to take out all the cabinet lights. They had these old, hard wired flourescent bulbs in them. I plan to replace those with little Halogen bulbs from Home Depot. Here those are:

I got about 10 of the Halogens installed (it's actually pretty tough work) before calling it a night. We'll work on that a lot more next month. One last shot of me inside the cabinet, with my two screwdrivers. 10 down, only about 30 more to go.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Goodies at C4!

This is my favorite thing I've seen at the convention so far. Sideshow Collectibles Biker Scout 1/4 scale Statue.

800 bucks.

It will be mine. Oh yes, it WILL be mine.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Moving the Cases in

Today was the last day of business for COMP USA.

I called them up to see if I could come pick up the cases and they said yes. We needed a professional electrician to unhook them, so we hired Greg who was out in Bellevue for a job anyway. He said it was pretty easy for him to do, and we were happy to hire him instead of a stranger. He had them unhooked in the hour it took me to drive from the store to pick up a Uhaul.

John almost couldn't make it, but decided to come out at the last minute since I had already rented the truck. While we were waiting for him, Heather and I loaded all the glass and hardware from the shelves into her car. We tried to move one by ourselves, but it was a little heavy for just she and I.

When John got there, we had a better time of it and loaded all 6 cases into the truck in less than 30 minutes. When we got to the house, we started the unloading process. Here's the truck after we did the first two or three. It was TOTALLY packed beforehand.

Us taking one out of the truck:

Down the hill:

And into the house:

Including the drive, the whole process took us a little less than 2 hours. Not bad for 6 cases moved down a big dirt hill with only two people. Next stop, painting the living room and moving the cases in there!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Painting the Scout Helmet

Not sure if this should be posted in my regular blog, since my new helmet isn't really a "collectible", but I'm going to go ahead and post it here anyway.

With less than a week to go until my costumes need to leave for Celebration 4, I need to finish my damn Biker Scout Helmet that's been sitting in my house since February.

First job: Paint it white.

I built a make shift stand out of an old Sideshow Collectibles figure box and laid cardboard down in the garage.

A can of Krylon Fusion (Glossy White) later, I was in business. My garage also got a little bit painted, but I don't think I have to worry about that much.

I let it dry for a few hours and then went back to inspect it. I saw some problem areas with drips and stuff (I held the can way too close to the stupid helmet) so I had to go back to Fred Meyer for more paint and some special sand paper that John Palmeri recommended I buy. I got 800-1000 grain sandpaper and went to work sanding out all the rough spots. I kinda like how it looks sanded and this made me want to weather it a little more.

Threw another coat or two of white on and let it sit over night.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Some new GG things

Bought several Gentle Giant busts over the last week or so. Yesterday they all arrived at the same time.

Jedi Luke
Plo Koon
Royal Guard Statue

and these two guys:

Combined, all these busts were 331 bucks. That's well below retail and they're all busts I really wanted to add to the collection. Opened all 5 of them up today.