Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Slave 1

Here are some images MPC's 1/84 scale Slave 1 from Star Wars. From Wikipedia "

Slave I is a spacecraft in the Star Wars universe. It first appears in the film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back under the command of bounty hunter Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch), and then in the prequel film Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones commanded by Jango FettTemuera Morrison). Slave I also appears in numerous Star Wars Expanded Universe books, comics, and video games; toys and models of the craft have been made by a variety of merchandising licensees.

The ship's design is said to resemble the shape of a street lamp. However, the actual inspiration for the shape of the ship was a radar dish according to Nilo Rodis-Jamero, the assistant art director and visual effects creator on The Empire Strikes Back. Rodis-Jamero created the initial design after seeing Joe Johnston's ideas for Boba Fett and states that "the original design I had was round, but when you looked at it from the side, it became elliptical...George [Lucas] thought it was elliptical, so that's what it became." He goes on to say that "[w]hen building the ship at ILM, someone looked at the street lamps and pointed out that they looked like Boba's ship. So everyone began to think that was where I got the idea for the design." Its appearance in the original release of The Empire Strikes Back was realized by a combination of matte paintings and a 69-centimeter model.


Pat Tillett said...

Very creative. The imagination of the people who come up with things like this is fantastic.

Warren Zoell said...

They are very creative though not very logical.

Anonymous said...

Looks kind of like a horse shoe crab to me. Like all the Star Wars ships, it's real neat.


Warren Zoell said...

I think it looks like some kind of ancient cephalopod.