I’ve been browsing looking for online deals today – pretty lazily, because with online shopping it’s not too hard to fill the gaps in the toy collection. But I did see some big price drops for wave 1 of the 6-inch Star Wars Black Series at Amazon. Now, I’ve already got the figures, but for those of you who have been holding off, now might be the time to get in. The figures are really great, and for $9.99 each, you can pretend you’re buying them a long time ago and far, far away – while the sting of George Lucas trashing your childhood with the prequels was still fresh!
The only exception, naturally, is the Sandtrooper – still a couple bucks off at $17.99, but people have been army building.
Several weeks ago, I snapped a picture on my desk at home for a quick Instagram shot – it featured some Sandtroopers searching for droids. I liked the idea so much that I resolved to recreate it “on location,” so to speak. But my neighborhood has got a lot of hills and trees. Just finding an unobstructed horizon with sky in the background is almost impossible without taking a drive. So I had scouted out where I might find some patches of dirt using Google Maps (thank you satellite view) and headed out there the next day. I had a dentist appointment first thing that morning, and I was a little rushed, so I grabbed my camera and my figures in a ziploc and headed out the door.
After my appointment, I drove to the location, which was a park / trail / dog park by the bay. The best spot I found was on top of a hill with the bay in the background, but it was so windy the Sandtroopers kept falling over. After much fiddling, I finally got a stable set up, and pulled out my camera – NO MEMORY CARD. Doh!
I snapped some pictures with my phone, but not really being able to see them that well on site, I discovered later that the bay was in most of them. So much for the illusion of a desert planet! The Darth Maul shot was a quick Photoshop job to make the bay look more like desert sand in the background. The Sandtrooper / R2 shot looks a little grainy, but somehow I think it makes it look more like a vintage shot.