The Empire Muggs Back

“Artists, comic book creators, toy designers, and celebrity fans are getting out their markers, paint brushes and glue guns to transform blank Mighty Muggs into one-of-a-kind Star Wars art to be auctioned by The Make-A-Wish Foundation.”  This is from the Star Wars website.  I along with several other artists got a blank Mighty Mugg to paint.  I’d never worked on one of these before so I wanted to do something a little bit different and add some elements to it.  I think it turned out pretty good!

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I tried to do a complete turn around of the character before I sent it off.  I put the images together in the video below.

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2 Responses

  1. Dreygus says:

    I really like the mighty muggs, and this has me thinking about trying one of my own. My little boy really likes Ahsoka, and may try making one of her. What material did you use to build up some of this one’s features – my first guess would be sculpey, but not sure about it sticking to the plastic?

  2. Spencer says:

    Thanks! This is the first vinyl toy that I’ve painted, so I did a bit of research on it. The recommended method states that the toy should be completely cleaned before painting. If it’s not a blank Mugg you’ll also need to prime it. I went down to the craft store and bought the little bottles of acrylic paint, some glue, rubber gloves, and a bag of scrap leather. I sculpted the feet, chest, and little ear horns with super sculpy (you can fire it in the oven and then paint it).

    So I painted the character and then started cutting and gluing leather. I put some of the body color paint into two fingers of the rubber glove and squished it around until it was coated and the stuffed it with cotton to make the head tail.

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