Here is my entry this year:The bounty hunter:Phoenix Darkdirk
With his vintage blaster and signature drumsticks.IMG_3986
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Born Dirk Steele 35 years BBY. Young Dirk mastered the drums and went on to become one of the founding members of the Correlian punk band "Bantha Poodoo" earning the moniker "Stix." The band eventually fell on hard times and all the members received bounties on their heads for the debt they had incurred. Dirk escaped punishment by faking his own death and taking on the name of Phoenix Darkdirk. Through years of notorious bounty hunting, he has become known simply as "The Phoenix"The ship:The Retribution
A modified Correlian LX-2000-LPT (luxury passenger transport)IMG_3233
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This was once the tour bus for the Correlian punk band "Bantha Poodoo" After a hit and miss career of seven years the band finally struck gold with their album "Into the Eye of the Wormhole" which featured the hit single "The Huttz will go Nuttz on yo Buttz" With this sudden success came all the trappings of fame and fortune. With their booking schedule stacking up, they quickly realized that it would soon become necessary to have their own transportation. They pooled all of their advanced gig payments together and purchased a new Correlian model LX-2000 Luxury Passenger Transport and quickly gave it the nickname "Groupie Wagon". Everything seemed to be going well for this up-and-coming band. However, just days before the tour, the drummer "Stix" was fired. The band cited "creative differences" and hastily hired a new drummer to replace him and began their much anticipated four month tour.
Unfortunately, while living in the prime of the Empire, (ten years BBY) popularity also comes with added scrutiny. After being on their new tour for only three weeks, the group was forcibly disbanded by the Empire. Their music was deemed "subversive" and all known copies of their work were confiscated and destroyed and their tour bus impounded. With no revenue stream and no future gigs to make the bills, and with prepaid venue owners demanding their money back, the group disappeared into the unending annuls of the one-hit-wonders of the galaxy.
Nearly a year later, the original drummer, under a new identity, purchased the tour bus at an Imperial auction. He had accumulated the moneys necessary for the purchase by faking his own death and cashing in on the bounties that had been placed on his former band mates whom he hunted down and turned in. He now travels the galaxy as the bounty hunter known as "The Phoenix." With the help of his pet droid "Hihat" he gutted the luxurious interior of the ship and built holding cells for his quarry. He also boosted the engine power and added turbo lasers and defensive shields. And just for fun, he blares one of the few remaining copies of "Into the Eye of the Wormhole" over the loudspeakers in the cells at all hours of the night to drill his captives into submission.
The moral of this story:
Don't. Upset. Your drummer.The prisoner cell(s)IMG_3197
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Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21271131@N04/sets/72157627759440588/
Please visit my Flickr page to see all the detail that these photos don't show. The Retribution is built both inside and out. The interior connects from the forward bridge all the way back to the loading ramps. It is 68 studs long.
Also, 50 extra points for anyone who knows the origins of my bounty hunter's name.