Just thought I'd show you guys a little something I threw together last week...
This is Hoth on a budget. I really liked the MR Signature Edition of the AT-AT, but like many licensed props, I just can't justify the prices these things are sold for. So I looked around and decided to make my own diorama using existing models and toys, and here's what I managed to put together...
1 Star Wars "miniatures" game Colossal size AT-AT...$50.00
There's already a thread about these here on the RPF, so I won't bother going into too much detail on them... but they came out this past November and they look great. Very large...very detailed. And far more accurate and properly scaled than the Kenner toy.
1 Micro Machines Action Fleet Luke Skywalker snowspeeder...$10.00
I had to hunt around for one of these. Especially since I was really looking for the "Luke" version with the grey striping. But eventually I tracked one down for a low price. It's a nice little toy with pretty accurate detailing. I then took some black acrylic paint to it and weathered it up a bit to look like it had just been shot down.
One quick trip to the hobby store later...I picked up a $3.00 sheet of styrofoam to use as a base (cuz' it has that white, sparkling "snow" quality to it...) and a $5.00 can of powdered Railroad modeling snow.
And that's about it. Check it out... (click the images for supersized closeups)
This isn't the model's final resting place in my collection yet. I'll have to figure out where to best display it. I'll probably still put a black inset base around the entire thing, and I've even printed up a Hoth backdrop for it. I just haven't had time to mount it yet. I've even considered adding the plaque to it, but I'm still on the fence about that.
So...is this MR-level detail and accuracy? Hell, no. But at an overall savings of around $1,130.00...well...I think it's a pretty nice-looking alternative.
Just thought I'd share.