Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Brakiss (Human Dark Jedi)

Brakiss was one of the first twelve Jedi trainees that Luke Skywalker brought to his Jedi Academy. Luke knew that Brakiss was an Imperial agent, but allowed him to stay at the Academy in hopes that he would come to embrace the Light side of the Force. Brakiss eventually left the Jedi Academy established Shadow Academy, a school for Dark Jedi, funded by the Empire. Brakiss kidnapped the Solo twins and Lowbacca in an attempt to convert them to the Dark Side. They were rescued by Luke Skywalker and Tenel Ka. Brakiss was not finished, though. He converted Zekk, a friend of the Solo twins, to the Dark Side and appointed him the leader of his forces. Brakiss, Zekk and the Dathomiri Nightsister Tamith Kai launched an all-out attack on the Jedi Academy which ultimately led to Tamith Kai's death and Zekk's capture. Brakiss was killed in the explosion of the Shadow Academy, shortly after the battle was decided.

Parts: Head (Jedi Duel Obi-Wan Kenobi), Torso (EU Luke Skywalker), Arms (Godzilla guy), Legs (EU Luke Skywalker), Cape (Labria), Lightsaber (Darth Vader).

Supplies: X-acto knife, file or emery board, super glue, brushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: At the time, I was not able to find any picture references of this character, so I relied upon descriptions found in the Jedi Academy trilogy, as well as the Young Jedi Knights series.

Step One: I assembled the parts using the boiling water method and then allowed the figure to cool completely.

Step Two: Next, I cut off the ponytail and the braid. I sandede down the hair to give the appearance of a very close cropped crew-cut.

Step Three: Using the X-acto knife, I carefully cut off the arms below the shoulder. I cut the Cantina Han arms to match and then glued them in place.

Step Four: I painted the figure, as desired.

Step Five: I applied a coat of Testors Dull-Cote to protect the paint and reduce the shine.

Step Seven: Finally, I added the cape and lightsaber.

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