Tusken Raider weapons and gear...

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Ghost Host, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. Ghost Host

    Ghost Host Sr Member

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    Hi, I am wondering if anyone has any larger, clearer pics of the "other" Gaffi sticks (pictured here); or the nifty rifle held by the Tusken on the hilltop aimed down at the passing speeder in ANH?

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  2. Dave the Bookie

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  3. godzilla

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    There's a larger, color version of the above photo in the old children's Star Wars Storybook. Here's a pic of the alternate gaffis laid out on a piece of cardboard:

    <img src=http://pweb.netcom.com/~godzilla/btmgaffis.jpg

    The long, wedge shaped handle is another Pacific Island warclub of some type. I forget the name.

    I have a thumbnail image of five ANH long rifles laid out on the same piece of carboard. The image is really small and I can't tell which one is the Tuskens' rifle.

    Adam
     
  4. Ghost Host

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    Thanks guys, and Godzilla for the pic. I sure wish Parts of Star Wars would post some pics of the Tusken rifle!
     
  5. Lupus Yonderboy

    Lupus Yonderboy Well-Known Member

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    I don't have any screencaps but while looking for references on a possible Sand People rifle I stumbled upon this:

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    (Cheers Wackychimp)

    I thought rifle #1059 looked like a good place to start but I haven't got the foggiest what greeblies (if any) were used to make the prop[​IMG]. Necrobones calls it a 'Jambai' rifle but I've also seen it referred to as a 'Jezail'.

    I'd really like to see some pics of the prop used in the original triology.





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  6. godzilla

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    POSW has a clearer version of the pic I just posted with the background cut out. I'm not sure if anyone actually has a large version of the pic with rifles laid out on the cardboard or not. POSW probably doesn't have a good ref to post of they would have done it.

    You could always try to make a prequel Tusken rifle. The prop makers definately put more thought into the design than the ANH version.

    Adam
     
  7. Ghost Host

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    Hmmm, I couldn't find much at POSW. I'll look again. As far as prequel Tuskens, I don't care for them as much. Somehow not as fierce to me, and no respirator cans...?

    [edit] oh yea, I found the pic. Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  8. godzilla

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    The Denix #1059 rifle is like the one that Luke had mounted to his landspeeder:

    <img src=http://pweb.netcom.com/~godzilla/longun.jpg>

    The Tusken rifle is different. This is the only picture I have of it:

    <img src=http://pweb.netcom.com/~godzilla/longuns.jpg>

    I just dug out my old CAV format laserdisc and I'm positive the Tusken rifle is the second one from the bottom. This picture sucks and you can't see the whole buttstock, but it's a start. It's a better straight profile than you get in the movie.

    The most notable thing about this gun is that the wood base only continues about 20% of the way down the barrel. Almost the entire barrel is a plain unsupported tube. There is a little flare or ring at the tip.

    Adam
     
  9. Lupus Yonderboy

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    Thanks a million for posting those rifle pics Adam, never seen them before.

    Right you are, the Denix undeniably looks like Luke's rifle rather than the Tusken one.
    I've never seen anything quite like the 2nd from the bottom but I agree it's probably the one. Any idea what it is?





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  10. Ghost Host

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    Thanks again, Godzilla. Those are great shots... well, better than what I had, which was nothing... [​IMG]
     
  11. forttusken

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    If you guys are interested I might be able to do a group order of those Denix Rifles. I have been thinking about getting one myself. I have also been working on a gunstock style gaffi. I finished metal mace end a long time ago just need to do the wood part, then I will have 3 gaffis!
     
  12. kurtyboy

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  13. godzilla

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    The pic of the rifle sitting on the floor is actually the screen-used original. The yellow tag is probably from the old rental house.

    The denix is pretty similar. There is a little less scoop on the top contour of the shoulder stock.

    <img src=http://pweb.netcom.com/~godzilla/denixrifle.jpg>

    Adam
     
  14. Ghost Host

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    Fottusken, I'd love to see your work in progress on the mace gaffi, that's the one I'm thinking of doing... [​IMG]
     
  15. Sporak

    Sporak Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Mace Gaffi...What is that? Som-a kinda Jedi?

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    Fottusken, I'd love to see your work in progress on the mace gaffi, that's the one I'm thinking of doing... [​IMG]
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  16. Ghost Host

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    No, but I hear that Gaderffi Windu's dad was quite a bada$$ jedi!

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  18. Lupus Yonderboy

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    Thanks for posting those pics Wampa!

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    I just dug out my old CAV format laserdisc and I'm positive the Tusken rifle is the second one from the bottom.
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    Does anyone know anything about the rifle on Adam's pic?




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  19. godzilla

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    Thanks for posting your research, Wampa. I got my totokia from you back in the day when you got a batch from Fiji.

    From my own research, I'm 95% certain that Gaffis E and F in your collage are the same prop. The photo of F looks like it was taken with a wide lens with the camera closer to the pineapple end. This causes some foreshortening of the fin end in the image. The foreshortening makes the fins look smaller than they really are. This makes gaffi E look like a different prop than F even though it isn't.

    Both Gaffi E/F and Gaffi D were used in the Tunisia scene when the main Tusken attacks Luke. They used both sticks in this sequence and it actually switches back and forth from shot to shot. There isn't actually anything purposely interchnageable on the Gaffis.

    On the CAV laserdisc, you can see Gaffi D (the one with the longer pipe end) actually break in the shot. This happens when Luke dodges a swing and the spike hits the next to his head on the boulder. The shaft of the Totokia cracks and the pipe goes off at an angle. When the Tusken raises the Gaffi over his head in triumph, the pipe end wags around because it's loose in the broken Totokia. I think the actor is actually having to hold it together with his hand.

    What used to be Gaffi D (the one with the longer pipe/spike) was later turned into the Rancor Keeper club for ROTJ. Here it is pictured side by side with the surviving ANH Gaffi:

    <img src=http://pweb.netcom.com/~godzilla/GaffiSticks.jpg>

    This picure is from the San Francisco exhibit in 1995. The Rancor Keeper club never made it on screen, but I suppose Kenner is responsible for canonizing it.

    Adam
     
  20. Ghost Host

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    Man, this thread really is taking off! Usually my inquiry threads just fade away after a day or two... Thanks you guys for contributing so much. It will be a big help. [​IMG]
     

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