Star Wars has always been a mix of ideas, with Lucas especially drawing upon Japanese samurai films (such as Akira Kurosawa’s) and westerns, turning them into a science-fiction epic. This eclectic band of custom figures by Sillof translates the character designs and ideas of some of the most popular characters into counterparts that are much more distinctly Western.
Obi-Wan Kenobi was a secretive recluse in the movies, and his western-styled figure carries that over to some extent. The duster emulates his robes and, of course, he carries a sword (a sabre, to be precise). Overall, he looks much more gruff and grizzled than the kindly “Old Ben” in the movies, but the look still works for him.
Vader, as you’d expect, looks pretty badass. The designer says he chose the black hat not only to match the color scheme and bring to mind Vader’s helmet, but also to go along with the western trope of bad guys sporting black hats. He also wears a mask with the same design as Vader’s, only drawn on with chalk or something similar. He also wears a duster, along with something that looks a bit like a poncho to replace his cape. And, like Obi-Wan, he also carries a sword.
Han Solo’s is probably my least favorite of the bunch, probably because Han was the character in the films who was most clearly influenced by western movies. The brash gunslinger we know and love is replaced by, well, a brash gunslinger. He doesn’t look too much different, still wearing a vest and similar shirt and a gun holstered at his hip. The designer also opts for the black hat again to represent how Han Solo isn’t quite a good guy. As I mentioned before, though, I think that ‘westernizing’ Han Solo actually makes him lose much of his personality and look more generic. While he stands out in a sci-fi setting, he’s just another guy with a gun in the Wild West.
Boba Fett‘s is my favorite, with some similar design elements to the artist’s Vader, but changed to match Boba’s theme. We get a green hat and a green mask, the mask detailed with a design to mimic his Mandalorian helmet. The other important feature is also there: lots and lots of weapons. He carries what appears to be a rifle, has two hip-holstered guns, knives and something else in his boots, pouches and ammo on his belt, and some awesome wrist gauntlets that look to be holding even more knives, but it’s hard to tell from the angle.
Last up is the personified version of R2-D2. He’s short like R2, he’s bald to look like the robot’s dome-shaped ‘head’, and he wears a blacksmith’s apron stocked with a variety of helpful tools. Overall, it’s about the perfect way to turn our favorite beeping and chirring astromech droid into a human being.