Wednesday, October 8, 2014


By: Darth Daddy

So far this year, I have shown you all a lot of modern Star Wars custom action figures.  This week I thought it would be fun if I introduced you all to an artist that specializes in Vintage Star Wars custom action figures.

Matt ‘Iron-Cow’ Cauley’s background lies in the visual arts. Born in Dallas in the fall of 1973, he eventually relocated to New York to attend Parsons School of Design. Shortly after obtaining his degree in Illustration, he began working for Bloomberg LP as a Broadcast Designer while further developing his illustration and toy design work.

In 1999, Matt formed Iron-Cow Productions, LLC to better serve his illustration, animation, design, and toy production clients. Matt's work is regularly published and exhibited worldwide. He gained further exposure in the toy design world as a featured contributer to ToyFare Magazine. There are over 50 ICP-designed action figures that have hit the shelves since that time.

Matt eventually relocated the Iron-Cow Studios from New Jersey to New York in February 2013. During this upheaval, Matt decided to take on some small action figure customizing projects here and there until his studio was fully up and running. To keep things simple, he began experimenting with some Vintage Star Wars projects. These were never meant to be anything too complicated: simple headswaps and repaints were all he wanted to do. As luck would have it, nostalgia, combined with fun quickly blossomed into a massive 28 figure endeavor. 

This was just the beginning. Matt had such a fun experience with the retro figures that he quickly began work on his next wave of Vintage Star Wars figures. There are currently over 60 new figure projects in the works that will be unveiled early next year.

You can see the first wave of Vintage Star Wars custom action figures here:

Matt’s illustration, broadcast, fine art, and toy design portfolios can be seen at the official Iron-Cow Prod. website at:

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