In my final year of high school, we all had to dress up as super heroes. It’s no surprise then that I kept to a loose interpretation of the theme and decided that a Jedi was close enough. So I hired a costume. The only one they had was Episode III Anakin though, but still that’s better than no Star Wars at all! I had a nice day in the end, and if it weren’t for that costume, I would have never appreciated Erik Petnehazi‘s custom Episode III Anakin as much, and that would have been a shame.
Of course there’s the detailing that’s spot on, but there are way less obvious aspects as well. Like how faithful the depiction of the different materials used in the costume is. That’s something you really notice if you’ve worn the physical costume. On the figure, it’s just the same shiny ABS everywhere, but a clever use of color and lines can go a long way to differentiate materials. The part of the costume that’s made of fabric has less colors in it and doesn’t have folds that are too dramatic. The leather part, on the other hand, has both reflections and shadows without being too crowded with lines, and some of the folds are in unusual directions just like the real stuff. And then there’s the really subtle stuff that adds depth to the figure. The belt sits slightly off center and at an angle, to showcase it’s really used. And look how Erik used that minuscule overhang of the torso part over the hip part to make it look like the belt really sits on top of the clothes. And then that face… There’s no method to this and a small change can have huge consequence, but Erik nailed it. I love the tortured expression that still works within the Lego aesthetic, totally conveying emotion. Even though his face never moves, you can’t accuse this minifig of stiff acting! The same goes for all of the other wonderfully designed, carefully rendered and fantastic custom parts sporting Chosen Ones you can find in Erik Petnehazi’s photostream!