We’ve seen some crazy custom figures at MTV Geek — but few are crazier or cooler than these Russ Meyer meets “Star Wars” toys designed by master customizer Sillof for comedian Patton Oswalt.
Called “Faster, Empire! Strike Strike!” the figures retell the story of George Lucas’ films in the style of the classic exploitation film “Faster, Pussycat! Kill Kill!” by legendary breast-obsessed director Russ Meyer, re-envisioning that film’s bad-ass go-go dancers/psychotic killers as such characters as “Darla Vade”…
…Hanna “Guitar” Solo…
And of course there’s some booze for when our ladies need to chill..
…and a sweet ride for cruisin’.
If you have no idea what the hell is being satirized here, you need to check out Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, one of the most insane flicks ever committed to celluloid. It’s one of those films to which Quentin Tarantino owes pretty much his whole career. Here’s the original trailer!
But how did all this come about?
As he talks about on his website, comedian/actor/writer/Renaissance Man Patton Oswalt is a great fan of Sillof, the great figure customizer/fellow Renaissance Man who’s earned a cult following for creating entire lines ranging from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” to multiple, massive recreations of “Star Wars” ranging from the steampunk “Steam Wars” to the Kurosawa-influenced “West Wars” to everything in-between. These mad customs have more detail and imagination than most from-scratch lines of figures!
Oswalt is such a fan of Sillof that he even suggested incorporating figure-customizing as a hobby for his character in the film “Young Adult.” He commissioned this line from Sillof, giving a few names and suggestions — and Sillof responded with a full line, complete with an elaborate storyline!
As Oswalt notes, there’s a sad note to these figures — he wanted to show them to the late great Roger Ebert, who passed away just recently. Ebert had a professional relationship with Russ Meyer, even scripting his cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, which features this line later appropriated by Austin Powers:
Man, Roger Ebert was PIMP, before the whole straightening out and winning a Pulitzer and getting a hit TV show and becoming a beloved American icon and stirring symbol of how one can lead a life of dignity and meaning while battling a terrible disease and everything.
Still, this line of customs is a great tribute to the kind of love of cinema Ebert inspired, along with Russ Meyer, George Lucas, and the enduring power of go-go-themed exploitation films.
Special thanks to Sillof for letting us use the images from his site — and we might be talking to him about some very cool new announcements in the near future!