In addition to the model kits I’ve been playing around with for Star Wars Legion I’ve also been looking at toys!
I’ve talked a lot about getting the scale right (or at least as close enough to meet the ‘rule of cool’) with the model kits. Even more so scale is a key factor when looking at using toys; or more specifically relying on the scale disparity between action figures and their vehicles.
This won’t work for everything. Star fighters are far too big, but there one or two key vehicles that lend themselves brilliantly to 32mm scale gaming.
Perusing the popular auction site I have managed to pick up an Attack of the Clones Slave 1 which looks great. Really nicely weathered and an ideal size (plus only a few quid!)
As a kid in the early eighties I never actually had that many Star Wars toys (Action Force was more my thing – more on that another time). I always of course coveted a Falcon. My cousin had one (and an AT-AT, the jammy git) and I used to love playing with it. I was particularly fascinated by the little pegs that you could fit into the holes on the feet of the figures, being able to sit Luke upside down in the gunners chair and of course that little ‘chess board’. The fact that if the Falcon was really in scale with the figures it would have taken up the whole house doesn’t really twig when you are a kid.
But 35+ years later when you are starting out with a new war game the penny suddenly drops.
So off to eBay I went, and boy were these battered old toys expensive. Eventually I narrowed my search down to the mid-90s ‘Power of the Force’ version and the Hasbro Hero Series released in 2004 (in the US this was exclusive to Walmart).
The latter is huge! It is around 2 foot across. Not actually a toy for the action figures, but part of a series of releases of big toys a few years ago. Very much a scenery piece (no interiors); this looked like the thing to go for.
After a few days of searching I managed to track one down mint in box going for not a lot of pennies, but collection only on eBay (as I said it is huge!). Chanced my arm and it paid off. Spent a couple of hours in the car one Sunday, and here is the result….
There’s some nice detail here. Stickers were supplied and have been applied. Next step will probably be a top coat followed by a bit of airbrush weathering. That said, at present I’m more than happy to use this ‘as is’ on games (although simply due to the size of the thing this will probably have to wait for a bigger table at the next club meeting).
(Just an honorable mention to the Legacy Series toy released a few years ago – similar size to the Hero Series, but made for the action figure range. If you can get one for less than a few hundred quid good luck!)
The obvious final toy vehicle!
But as it is I seem to be spending more and more time looking at models and toys and not actually painting any miniatures this one might have to wait…