This Chewbacca Edible Figure was sculpted from candy modeling clay. For my son's 9th birthday, my daughter and I built a LEGO Star Wars Death Star Cake. My sons all-time favorite LEGO set is the LEGO Star Wars Death Star. When we designed the cake, we realized that just having a Death Star with furniture and ships would be too plain, so we added figures.
My Chewbacca Edible Figure is based on the Chewbacca mini-fig from the LEGO Star Wars Death Star. I used the actual LEGO figure to size my figure so that mine would be approximately the same size as the LEGO mini-fig, i.e. somewhere between an inch and one-half to two inches tall. The figure looked better than the picture because the picture was taken on macro and is much larger than the actual figure.
I used Brown Powdered Food Coloring to color a small amount of the candy modeling clay to be used for the body of Chewbacca. Place a small amount of coloring onto white candy modeling clay that has been flattened somewhat and fold it over. Kneed the candy modeling clay until the all of the clay is the same color throughout.
I like to use powdered food coloring better than paste food coloring because if the paste bottles lay on their side, they tend to seep out and color their storage container. In addition, the powdered food coloring is more versatile because you can use powdered food coloring with candy as well; Paste colors do not work to color chocolate candy.
I made a basic body shape and used a knife to make slits in the bottom for legs. I made a basic shape for a head and placed the head on top of the body.
I used a toothpick to make indentions for his eyes, nose and mouth. I used Black Powdered Food Coloring mixed with a small amount of vodka to make a thick paint consistency so that I could paint the eyes, nose, and mouth black. I used a small paint brush that I only use for food. I used a Coke bottle cap to mix the vodka and the food coloring. The bottle cap works well because it is really small. You can use the paint brush to mix up the vodka and the food coloring.
I used a toothpick to make little marks in Chewbacca for his fur. I rolled out arms, used a toothpick to make a slit for his thumb. I did not do fingers separately since LEGO figures don't have fingers. I used a toothpick to make little marks in his arms for fur as well.
I shaped a small snake-like shape for Chewbacca's ammo belt. I used a toothpick to make the small indentions in the belt. I used a small paint brush (again reserved only for food) to paint the silver marks on his belt using vodka and Silver Luster Dust Food Coloring. I used vodka with the Luster Dust so that the luster dust will keep it shine. If you use water, the Luster Dust will lose its luster and will not look very good. I placed the figure on its back to dry so that it does not get shorter and dumpier while drying.
Here is a picture of Chewbacca standing beside the Millennium Falcon.
Here is a picture of Chewbacca on my son's LEGO Star Wars Death Star Cake