My New Project : Biff's Matchbooks from Back To The Future II

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  1. Soxbrother

    Soxbrother Well-Known Member

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    Update :

    Thanks to RPF user "Pobbrett", I was able to get almost the same matches for the matchbooks.

    Looking at the screenused one,
    I came to the conclusion that my matchbooks where too big.

    So I had to adjusted the size of the matchbook.
    Now it's the same size as the screenused one.

    Updated pictures :

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    Hello everyone.

    I wanted to share with you my latest project.

    I decided to make a Back To The Future prop :

    BIFF's Matchbooks from Back To The Future Part II

    Since I didn't find anyone making them on the forum,
    I decided to make them myself using these reference pictures I found on the internet :

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    I worked with Adobe Photoshop to recreate the font for the text.

    The brown strip is from a real matchbook and inside are real matches.

    I didn't find the exact matches to use.
    In the Pleasure Paradise screenshot if you look at the side of the matchbook,
    you can see that they have white match heads.
    The ones I used have black sticks and golden match heads.

    Once I find the right matches I will update my prop.
    I'll post a picture of the matches I used later today.


    Here are the pictures, please let me know what you think :

    Greetings,
    Soxbrother

    A link to the set on Flickr : Biff's Matchbooks - Back To The Future II - a set on Flickr

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  2. Soxbrother

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    As promised here pictures of the matches I used :

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  3. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks good. The best I've seen so far. :thumbsup
     
  4. RJA

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    VERY COOL PIECE! That wasn't something I thought about trying to add to my collection. Thanks for sharing!
     
  5. great1

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    Those look really great! I once bought a set of Biff matches from ebay and they were awful, i never did put them with the rest of my collection.

    I hope you offer these in the junkyard.
     
  6. Roland

    Roland Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Matchbooks look great. For the inside you should use brighter matches. Here's a picture from screenused.com, where you can see one of the original props:

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  7. Soxbrother

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    I know , but those are the only matches I found so far, at least in matchbook form.

    I probably have to buy some online, until then it will be this version.

    Thanks for the picture, I hadn't seen that yet.

    Now I see another text-detail I don't have.
     
  8. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I wanted to do a run of the matchbooks, but to get them made accurately would have cost too much.


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  9. Soxbrother

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  10. DB537

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    Those are probably the most accurate matches available now. :thumbsup
    I've searched for the matches and I don't think the exact same ones are made anymore.

    I think these look great for the Biff Matchbooks. Most people wouldn't notice the difference anyway. :lol

    The staples appears to be full size, not mini staples.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2012
  11. Soxbrother

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    Now that I've seen the screenused ones, I see that my matchbooks are too big.
    I have 18 x 2 matches and the screenused 15 ( x2 ? )
     
  12. DB537

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    The matchbook covers are the right size, but the matches are too wide.
    When you get the white matches they will be perfect. :cool:thumbsup
     
  13. Onkelpsycho

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    Still waiting for this project from someone of you... :thumbsup

    @great1:

    Could you let me (or us) know, where you purchased your matchbooks? I know theres a seller on the bay from the UK who offer the matchbooks... I thought about 2/3 times to buy them, but if he's the seller with these poor quality matchbooks, I will wait and see what happens here...
     
  14. DB537

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    I would have to make them myself, but I'm still considering making a run of these matchbooks if there's enough interest. They would still look about the same either way, it would just take longer to make them.
     
  15. Soxbrother

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    I tried to order the matchbooks from Amazon.co.uk,
    but they can't send them to Belgium. :cry:angry
     
  16. Roland

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    Here's another picture from screenused.com - there you can see a ruler next to the matchbook. So the dimensions of the closed matchbook should be 2 1/8 x 1 15/16 inch.

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    If you guys can wait and if you are interested, I would make a lenticular version of the matchbook sometime this year. Of course, such matchbooks will not be 100% prop accurate due to the glued lenticular film, but maybe it's a cool effect with the changing text. What do you think?
     
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  17. Soxbrother

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    Thanks.

    I saw that picture already earlier today on screenused.com
    There are many pictures there of the matchbook.


    That sounds cool.


    Did you read my PM yet ?
     
  18. Roland

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    Are you sure? Products from the category "Toys & Games" can be delivered to Belgium: Amazon.co.uk Help: Delivery Restrictions
     
  19. Soxbrother

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    Yep.

    When I try to order them, the following text is displayed :

    We're sorry. This item can't be shipped to your selected destination. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order by changing its quantity to 0 and clicking the update button below.

    Here Amazon.co.uk Help: Delivery Restrictions it says :

    Any product that contains flammable, pressurised, corrosive, environmentally hazardous or otherwise harmful substances are classified as dangerous goods.
    Note: These products are not eligible for Express, Evening Delivery, or One-Day Delivery.

    Si I guess it's because the matches are flammable :confused
    So now I have to search somewhere else for my matches :(
     
  20. DocBlizzy

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    These look great. I've seen some replicas on eBay but these seem much better quality. I may try making a set of these as my first "prop" build - prob best to stick to something small for a first attempt.
     
  21. Roland

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    We have a lot of users from UK here. Maybe anyone can help you.
     
  22. Pobbrett

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    what ones do you want and how many do you need ??
     
  23. Soxbrother

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    Thanks to RPF user "Pobbrett",
    I will be able to update my matchbooks
    to a more screen-accurate version.

    Thanks !!!!!!!!

    So stay tuned for updated pictures of my matchbooks.

    When they're finished, they will be screen accurate. ( I'll do my best )


    Greetz,
    Soxbrother
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  25. great1

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    To be honest I don't remember the sellers name, it was a few years ago. If I saw the name then I would instantly recognize it, I believe there was a * in it somewhere.
     
  26. Soxbrother

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  28. Onkelpsycho

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    BTTF123*? Yes, thats Tim. I owned his hoverboard for some years... He made some good stuff, so can't believe the matchbooks were so bad...

    Of course he was one of the first guys who made and offered BTTF props, so maybe some props were not the best at this time...
     
  29. great1

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    I read that his stuff was good but I had issues with all 3 items I purchased the matches, sports almanac and the distressed letters from Doc to Marty.

    The matchbooks have a very jagged logo, the curves weren't smooth and there were a lot of points that there shouldn't have been. Something was off about the colour as well. I tried finding them last night but I couldn't, maybe I threw them out.

    The Sports Almanac wasn't cut right, the width of the back of the book was shorter then the width of the front of the book.

    The distressed Doc to Marty letters themselves were good but the envelope had really unnatural looking staining and it was missing the Marty text in the middle.


    Those items were bought in 2009, maybe he improved his quality since then or maybe he was just having an off day and rushed through the stuff but I wasn't impressed.
     
  30. Soxbrother

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    The matchbooks have arrived.

    Now I can make them look "as close as possible" like the screenused ones.

    I'll post pictures soon.
     
  31. Soxbrother

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    I updated my first post with pictures of my "improved" matchbooks.

    Feel free to give any comments.
     
  32. Roland

    Roland Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow, with the new matches it looks very good. I think, now it's time to make a run. :D
     
  33. Pobbrett

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    looks great shame the matches were such a pain for you to get but maybe worth checking for wedding fairs in your area
     
  34. Soxbrother

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    15 - 20 years ago, you could find matchbooks everywhere.
    Now you have to search harder to find them.
    The white matches are not very common, mostly you find red ones.

    I'll post pictures of the other matchbooks this week.
     

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