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  1. Formerly Kylash327 Dr Talyn's Avatar
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:07 PM - Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #1

    Well, unlike my old Jack Sparrow compass toy conversion project, this one is almost complete, and i just started a few hours ago! And i dont have $200 to spend on the NC replica, so the toy it is!

    This is based on the Corgi Alethiometer toy with pouch, got it for $20 at ToyRUs. The toy itself is already 95% accurate, they even managed to get the whole thing together with barely noticable trademarks and NO SCREW HOLES, this thing looks like its made solid. Oh, and the 3 red needles DO move indepentantly, controlled by the 3 independant dials, the blue needs spins randomly when pressed, and the white ring that the symbols are on is a glow in the dark sticker! The only main gripe i have is the geqar area in the middle is a little flat, lacking depth, and is turned to the left for some odd reason, it should be sentered with the top. Without cutting it out and turning it, theres no way to fix it.



    The first thing that needs fixing is the needs, the blue one mostly, as its too high and is made to be a push button through the plastic window. The window covering the needles also needs to be replaced by an entirely flat pane with no hole for the center button, thus removing that bit of funcionality, mbut the 3 red ones will still function. The plastic window pops off easily with a small screwdriver.

    Currently, im at the gold leafing stage. there are MANY SMALL DETAILS on the surface of this thing, so the gold leaf adhesive layer needs to be SUPER THIN, and you need to be sure to use a brush and push it into all those little cracks. Then give it a good bit of weathering with a wet wash of very dark golden rust color.

    I will then seal this with gloss acrylic spray. More progress as it comes!







    Last edited by Dr Talyn; Dec 12, 2007 at 9:14 PM.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:28 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #2

    Can't believe how well this is turning out for a toy!
    PLEASE keep us posted as I plan to steal this idea from you! Muhuhahahahahahahahahahah!
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    Dec 12, 2007, 9:46 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #3

    That really does look incredible! I think i'll try my hand at converting one
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    Dec 12, 2007, 10:07 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #4

    Wow, that thing looks pretty accurate already. I might have to buy one myself.
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    Dec 12, 2007, 10:35 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #5

    Wow, I didn't think there was any hope of converting this. It looked pretty crappy in the store. I think I was most disappointed in the flatness of the area behind the dials.

    If this CAN be converted, I'll have to pick one up!

    Good luck!
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    Dec 13, 2007, 4:52 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #6

    Damn, that is nice!
    I have to get out and see this film so i can follow along...
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    Dec 13, 2007, 8:26 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #7

    You can convert anything, right Kylash?
    Great start!
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    Dec 13, 2007, 10:45 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #8

    Just to be clear, is this the larger toy that comes with carrying case? Because it seems like there are two toy Alethiometers. The smaller closed one might be the "Digi Demon" Pokemon-computer style 'meter tho.



    Does the size on the toy seem about right to you? Or is it oversized?

    [removed irrelevant art]



    - k
    Last edited by phase pistol; Dec 13, 2007 at 11:30 AM.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 11:22 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #9

    those photos you posted are concept art, not the final prop., comparing them to reference phgotos from the film and other concepts that those were found with on ign, they are definetly concept art. Youll notice that back picture has no dials on the sides and has a push button thats rounded to open it, compare to any picture of the noble collection compass, the button is actually a tab that sticks out.

    That first concept art you posted also has the ring on the side of the compass, when there are photos out there of Lyra holding it and you can see the ring in the back, where it is on the toy.

    Yes it is the 1/1 toy not the digi toy, otherwise there would be no compass inside, there would ne an lcd screen. Ill have to measure it when i get home, but it looks accurate in size.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 11:31 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #10

    OK gotcha. That makes sense!

    - k
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    Dec 13, 2007, 11:31 AM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #11

    Very nice conversion.

    The real compass looks to be about 3.5". The knobs on the toy are also off. I've yet to pick one up though, so I can't REALLY comment to terribly much.

    The Noble Collection does have dials that move, but I don't know for certain if the random hand moves.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 12:48 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #12

    yeah the dials arent as detailed as they should be, but they are generally close. Cool note, the copyright is actually printed on the bottom, so after gold leafing there is NO copyright and no screw holes!

    When i get home ill post some more pics and comparisons to some reference i have for size detail etc.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 2:08 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #13

    I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for this one, your conversion is working out great! Have you (or anyone) done this with the Pirates compass toy yet?
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    Dec 13, 2007, 2:45 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #14

    a quick search will show you a large old thread on that subject
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    Dec 13, 2007, 2:57 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #15

    Kylash327 said: View Post
    a quick search will show you a large old thread on that subject
    Duh, I guess I could have thought of that myself.. Thanks.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 3:10 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #16

    Heads up!

    I was just at Toys R Us and they have a "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" sale on ALL Golden Compass toys....action figures, vehicles and "play-along" items (Alethiometer!!!)
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    Dec 13, 2007, 3:24 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #17

    Awe crap, there goes 40 of my dollars.
  18. Formerly Kylash327 Dr Talyn's Avatar
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    Dec 13, 2007, 3:40 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #18

    they didnt have that sale yesterday! ><;
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    Dec 13, 2007, 4:29 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #19

    Is the sale nation wide?
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    Dec 13, 2007, 4:42 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #20

    I saw it at the Phoenix Metro location. I only assume it's chain wide...
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    Dec 13, 2007, 6:27 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #21

    bunch more pictures below! I havent finished the dials or the new window plate, and i still need to seal the gold leaf in, but this is basically it. For some reason the flash makes the gold leaf look cracked, when its actually quite smooth.

    Does anyone have experience with gold leaf paint looking as good as normal gold leaf?



















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    Dec 13, 2007, 6:41 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #22

    It's coming along! Please tell me you are going to look into replacing-or at least retuning the hands?
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    Dec 13, 2007, 6:51 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #23

    the hands can turn by control of the knobs on the side. I would like to replace them with thinner accurate ones, but im not sure how to remove them without damaging the functionality, this this is glued together, which is why theres no screw holes.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 6:59 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #24

    In some pictures, it looks like the inside top has a white wash and under the glass there is a black wash to the gilded parts.

    I very much like what you've done so far. I think I might have to try this.
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    Dec 13, 2007, 6:59 PM - Re: Golden Compass Alethiometer Toy Conversion #25

    Ah, that's a shame. I took a clock apart once that was glued together. The parts broke when I attempted to scrape away the glue. You could try cutting away the length of the hand, leaving just a fraction remaining, and attach a hand over that. With that idea, however, you might just have to reconstruct the hands yourself, which could be done.

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