Shadows of the Custom Empire

Longtime supporter GH Customs brings us an exclusive look at his latest custom work – Shadows of the Empire!  Included in his “Cinema Scene” are Zuckuss as Fett decoy, Luke, Leia in Xizor dress, Guri, and Lando in Stormtrooper disguise.  Enjoy!

Photo Guide: Slave I

I think it’s safe to say that the set I’ve been most excited to get my hands on is Boba Fett’s Slave I, so with it finally in hand, it will make a great start for my Photo Guide.

The Slave I Cinema Scene was released in late 2009 and includes 3 pieces:  Boba Fett,  Han in Carbonite, and of course the Slave I itself.  Boba Fett is the ESB version, meaning he has green gauntlets, but he is a resculpt from the previously released version.  Han is also a new version — the carbonite block is only 1/4″ thick compared to the older 1/2″ thick one.  Fett sits nicely in the cockpit and can be held in place with the footpeg. When the wings are rotated, the seat rotates as well, and as long as Fett’s blaster is tucked in, there’s no problem performing the rotation.  Han in Carbonite actually slips in through the bottom of the ship and it’s a pretty tight fit.  I found that sliding him in head first prevented him from getting jammed in there and he was still reasonably removable.  The other bit of articulation on the Slave I is the guns — they’ll also rotate depending on which way you want the ship facing.

If you open the packaging carefully, you’ll get a background of Cloud City for display.  It should even last a little while for kids to enjoy it for play purposes, though of course the cardboard will have a fairly limited life.

Overall, I have to say it’s a fantastic set.

Quick summary of included pieces:

  • Boba Fett – ESB (green gauntlets), bent arm – new sculpt
  • Han in Carbonite – 1/4″ thick – new sculpt
  • Slave I

A Look at Japanese Packaging

This post is geared toward collectors that are as interested in the packaging of the Galactic Heroes line as the figures themselves.  Thanks to Darth Jaxx at POTF2.com, I was able to get my hands on a Japanese packaging variant of the Dengar and Boba Fett 2-pack.  It uses the first style of US packaging from 2004 – the black and white STAR WARS logo with light blue shading in the background, as well as the green STAR WARS logo on the insert.  However, it’s fairly obvious that this is more than US packaging with the presence of the Japanese sticker that covers the “Ages 3 – 8″ writing.

The back of the card gives absolutely no hints about the true origin of this packaging, just the standard images of the other sets in the wave and English text only.  However, when you look at the bottom, that’s when you discover the “jackpot” of Japanese lettering.  It is a large sticker covering the English labelling.  Of course, the meaning of the text isn’t that sexy since it’s just the typical warnings and contact info, but the presence of foreign text is just something different to enjoy.

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