· Kitbash MacGyver
Christopher Lee. The name inspires fear in the hearts of us 40-somethings and older who watched Mr. Lee portray Dracula in the irrepressable Hammer Studios Dracula films. His baleful gaze was enough to make a kid in the early 1970's fear the coming on of night time as Dracula was sure to take your life sometime in the dark. Of all the villains introduced in the prequel Star Wars films Count Dooku represented the best that evil could muster, masterfully portrayed by Mr. Lee, and my absolute favorite. A onetime Jedi master, now grown disgruntled with the Senate and the crumbling of the government which at one time he'd sworn to uphold. Elegant and deadly, he has now thrown himself under the mantle of his new name, Darth Tyrannus, Lord of the Sith. The Hasbro Star Wars offerings are most times frustrating...they nailed IMO the creatures and droids, and usually fell short with their humanoid offerings. Their Dooku is no exception in the frustration department; but, when stripped of paint, the excellent HS finally reveals itself. At this point I've repainted the HS, and performed surgery to mount the head onto a Sideshow body for height (Mr. Lee comes in at almost 6'4"...the combat Joe body just wasn't going to work). The clothing, belt, and boots (surprisingly...the boots!) really don't need much work, just some slight weathering which I'll do next. Hasbro's Super Battle Droid is actually very well done, and with some surgery to improve the poseability will make a very nice Star Wars piece. At this time I've misted the droid with Tamiya aluminum in the spray can, with more repainting and weathering to follow. I sawed off the right arm and reposed it with brass to allow the signature droid stance with the gun-arm readying itself to attack. This has been a really fun project so far...will post finished pics soon.