life-sized 70's Kenner stormtrooper blaster

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by motman241, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. motman241

    motman241 Well-Known Member

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    It's been a while in the making, but I saved its debut for the Michingan prop party. Enjoy. :)
    [image]http://propaholics.wolfchasers.com/uploader/users/motman241/MotmanKenner.jpg[/image]
     
  2. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Too cool Tom.
     
  3. Bradleyfett

    Bradleyfett Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Fantastic.

    Now how about a telescoping lightsaber- should be easy to do with 3 sizes of PVC.

    Mark
     
  4. Studio Stasis

    Studio Stasis Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Amazing how inaccurate this sculpt was for the figures. Great job replicating it. Now you need a lifesize Kenner Stormtrooper.
     
  5. mez7

    mez7 Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(animetronic @ Apr 30 2006, 10:26 PM) [snapback]1236077[/snapback]</div>
    not really considering the small size and production methods of the time, wernt anywhere near what they can do today,
     
  6. FETTCLONE

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    :lol That's exactly what I pictured when thinking of making mine. You can even do variations- black, blue, grey... all the classics. Nice work Motman 241. Looks like we were both on the same page.

    Anything special in mind for your next?
     
  7. Boba Frett

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    Neat....
     
  8. blufive

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    That's one of the coolest things I've seen on the board in a LONG time.

    :)
     
  9. fettpride

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(motman241 @ Apr 30 2006, 02:55 PM) [snapback]1236066[/snapback]</div>


    Lifsize? :eek I'd say that's an understatement ? It's as big as a freaking car .... :confused






































    :lol


    No, seriously man .. that is pretty sweet :cheers







    FP
     
  10. Darth Kahnt

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  11. PHArchivist

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    How funny.
     
  12. Jumpin Jax

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bradleyfett @ Apr 30 2006, 03:17 PM) [snapback]1236072[/snapback]</div>
    2, let's not customize :)

    Very cool piece, problem is, your lifesize stormtrooper would have his helmet fused to his shoulders :)
    JJ
     
  13. Predatormv

    Predatormv Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    When I saw this thread I didn't know what to think, I am glad I looked in that is awesome. I don't know why you would make that but it's cool none the less. Now I want one.
     
  14. wolverine solo

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    a very nice addition to the collection.
     
  15. DrMaul

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    :lol Cool idea; it looks great.
     
  16. 7-11 Jedi

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jumpin Jax @ May 1 2006, 03:36 AM) [snapback]1236206[/snapback]</div>
    2, let's not customize :)

    Very cool piece, problem is, your lifesize stormtrooper would have his helmet fused to his shoulders :)
    JJ
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    Actually, you would need three, because the "inner saber" has a step in it to keep it from pulling all the way through the "outer saber." :)




    Sweet blaster. Do you have a picture of you holding it? I'm trying to picture it in your hand.

    cheers.

    Mike
     
  17. moffeaton

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    This should show scale - such an excellent idea, and wonderful execution.

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  18. Jack Bauer

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    That's SWEET. Rminds me of when some guy (maybe here) did the life size Lego Lightsabers. That is old school and great. Kudos to the maker.

    Hey Moff, did someone have to bite your hand open to get the gun to fit and stay in your grip? (jk, I'm sure someone other then myself here used to do that.)
     
  19. Watson

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jack Bauer @ May 1 2006, 12:28 PM) [snapback]1236412[/snapback]</div>
    That was our own Luuke I believe :)
     
  20. moffeaton

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jack Bauer @ May 1 2006, 01:28 PM) [snapback]1236412[/snapback]</div>
    That's not the half of it. Those peg holes in my feet hurt like the dickens, and those huge copyright letters on the back of my thigh itch like you would not believe.

    Partially articulated, Jason
     
  21. motman241

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    Kind of odd that after 30 years, nobody has made these guns yet. This could be a new trend in trooping weaponry. :lol
     
  22. KevVader

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    I love it. One of the coolest ideas in a long time.
     
  23. Gigatron

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    Could you see parades of life-size action figure troopers? Nobody could bend their knees - they'd all be goose stepping at all the fuctions. They'd all have to shoot straight armed and no one could turn their head to see what they were shooting at :lol

    Now that would be funny

    -Fred
     
  24. KevVader

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Gigatron @ May 3 2006, 03:04 PM) [snapback]1237743[/snapback]</div>

    Hmmmmm....that explains the Trooper's aim...or lack thereof.... :p
     
  25. fried mon calamari

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    That is flat out, the coolest idea I've seen in ages. :thumbsup Talk about stirring up a bunch of memories.


    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Jack Bauer @ May 1 2006, 05:28 PM) [snapback]1236412[/snapback]</div>
    :lol ROTFL.
     
  26. Soundwave

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    Hahah sheer brilliance. That really is cool. :lol
     
  27. Treadwell

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    That is GREAT.

    At Celebration I, a guy dressed as a Kenner Vader, complete with telescoping lightsaber. Very funny. :)
     
  28. Stormy320

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    What a fun project...very cool...brings back memories.
     
  29. FETTCLONE

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    Like I said, Motman241: you may have beaten me out of the gates, but I'll be first to have a rack full of 'em. :lol P.S. Mine's based off of the super-rare HTF Glasslite Droids Boba Fett version. :lol
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    Just to bring the rest of you up to speed, I've already spoken with Motman241 and he has no objections to me making a run of these blasters. We both hit on the idea at the same time and he started with the stormtrooper blaster while I started with the snowtrooper rifle, completely independent of each other. Life's funny that way.

    Expect an interest thread in the junkyard soon, and stay tuned for more classic weapons, such as the jawa blaster and Chewbacca's bowcaster. That's right. We're not stopping until the original twelve are complete. :D
     
  30. motman241

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    Those look great. Do you have any reference pictures of the super-rare HTF Glasslite Droids Boba Fett version? Not sure I recall that one.

    Even in the first 21 original figures there's not that many weapons. We can pound these out in no time. There was the Han-type gun, the Stormtrooper gun, the bowcaster, Leiah's gun, and the jawa gun. Not included are the lightsabers, and gaffi stick.
     
  31. FETTCLONE

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    I was teasing about the Glasslite. :$ Pretty sure they're all the same gun anyhow, just a question of what colour they were cast in. Or painted, in this case.

    I'll probably tackle the jawa blaster tomorrow. The great part about this is that I have them all in my vintage collection already. :lol I think I'll paint a few of them at one time once I get a couple more models done. Then it'll be picture time. I expect the bowcaster to be the most difficult build due to thin frame and more detail. Might go with a bit of steel on that one.

    Lightsabers wouldn't seem to be much of a challenge, and the gaffi stick couldn't be more simplified than most people make them now. But if people want them... :)
     
  32. motman241

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    Any suggestions for a holster that might go with this gun's theme? Unlike the stormtrooper action figure, I would not like to constantly hold it. ;)
     
  33. Krel

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(mez7 @ Apr 30 2006, 06:32 PM) [snapback]1236094[/snapback]</div>
    not really considering the small size and production methods of the time, wernt anywhere near what they can do today,
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    mez7, I have to disagree with you on that. If you look at the accessories to the Marx, and MPC playsets back in the 60's, the detail they could do in a small size was very good. Look at the laser pistols from the Mattell "Space 1999" toy Eagle, the detail is near perfect, all predate the SW toys.

    Kenner was just cheap. :lol

    David.
     
  34. FETTCLONE

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    Motman, perhaps a string on the belt is in order just like the blaster for the vintage 12" stormtrooper from the "General Mills Fun Group". :lol

    A holster like the regular version would probably work with a bit of modification for size.
     
  35. motman241

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(FETTCLONE @ May 9 2006, 05:03 AM) [snapback]1241019[/snapback]</div>
    :lol Yeah, a loop of elastic like the 12" trooper. That's funny.

    I figured that I could make something like the regular holster, but wondered if there was something more "toy"ish-looking. I'll probably holster my PVC E-11 while I carry the toy one, but would need to holster the toy one in case of a switch.
     
  36. ortiz34

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    If anyone decided to do a run of these, stormie, snowie, or han, id be in so fast...
     
  37. motman241

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(ortiz34 @ May 9 2006, 03:41 PM) [snapback]1241294[/snapback]</div>
    Anyone with a wood cutting tool like a Dremel, Rotozip, band saw, jigsaw, etc and some wood can do these. They really are not complex at all. :)
     
  38. spcglider@aol.com

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(motman241 @ Apr 30 2006, 09:55 PM) [snapback]1236066[/snapback]</div>
    Dude, that is SO sweet (and twisted). I bow to the superior intellect. :)

    -Gordon
     
  39. mez7

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Krel @ May 9 2006, 04:42 AM) [snapback]1241011[/snapback]</div>
    not really considering the small size and production methods of the time, wernt anywhere near what they can do today,
    [/b][/quote]

    mez7, I have to disagree with you on that. If you look at the accessories to the Marx, and MPC playsets back in the 60's, the detail they could do in a small size was very good. Look at the laser pistols from the Mattell "Space 1999" toy Eagle, the detail is near perfect, all predate the SW toys.

    Kenner was just cheap. :lol

    David.
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    but then production methods were different in the 60s wernt they?

    not super mass produced, made overseas for as cheaply (meaning far less superior materials) and quickly as they could possibly have it made, thats the way many toys of the age of the starwars toys were produced,


    it wasnt just kenner, but the majority of toy makers of the day
     
  40. FETTCLONE

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    Got a couple more test-subjects cut out today; jawa ion gun and leia's pistol.

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    They'll be more fun with paint on 'em, like this one. :lol

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    Also started an interest thread in the Junkyard, so the stormy rifles are a go. Any suggestions on shape, details, etc. are welcome.
     
  41. motman241

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    For me, the problem isn't/wasn't HOW they were made. It's just funny comparing them to a real Sterling (or other known blaster). It looks like the Stromtrooper blaster has 2 magazines on it. :lol Same thing for the Leia blaster. Did the original sculpters even have reference material?.? Who gave the final OK before production?.? :lol
     
  42. Jumpin Jax

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    As it is with most, if not all, of the vintage line, the references were pictures, and rarely good ones. Snaggletooth was cast in the wrong color and made human-sized because of a half-shot in black and white. Luke's Jedi lightsaber was initially blue, and reversed when that original ROTJ trailer was altered to make the blade green. It's possible that only the picture used on the cardbacks were the references, and not all color. Kind of a crapshoot :)
    JJ
     
  43. FETTCLONE

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    :lol I laugh every time I look at these. I took this picture for the interest thread but had to share it with the rest of you. I've got to get cracking on that bowcaster now... :)
     
  44. Jedi Lawja

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    Mot- How did you paint yours? What paint? Is it that funky Krylon that changes colour as the light hits it?

    Jay
     
  45. John Cooley

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    Ok, cool. But when are we going to see these? :D
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    John
     
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  46. motman241

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Jedi Lawja @ May 17 2006, 07:27 AM) [snapback]1245506[/snapback]</div>
    Well, I used a mishmosh of different paints. Different brands, too. I was after that "black but with a blue-ish tint" look that the toys had. It may look like it changes color in the light, but it's just a very deep, odd color. It's exactly what I set out to get. Plus, I wanted mine to be very "plastic" looking, even though it's all wooden.

    Yes, I had planned on doing the lightsaber, too. :)
     
  47. motman241

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    Any update on the bowcaster?
     
  48. TK-3238

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    Re: life-sized 70's Kenner stormtrooper blaster

    Coming majorly late to the party, but are any of these still available in any form? I'm looking for an E-11 to troop with, and any of them as a presentation piece for a vintage collector. Any help would be grand, thank you!
     

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