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Mostly I collect knights and medieval miniatures, sure, but I'm a science fiction fan and writer too, and every so often I see a space toy I can't resist.

If any of you are fans of the old 1953 George Pal version of WAR OF THE WORLDS, Pegasus has just released a marvelous model of the Martian war machines, available in both kit and finished form. I picked up two of the finished models from Michigan Toy Soldier, and they're really seriously stunning, boys and girls.

I know, Pal's floating manta rays are not as accurate to H.G. Wells as Stephen Spielberg's tripods. And damn, they just look so cool and menacing... and of course, they're an icon of my childhood ...

Besides, the Pal movie was better than the Spielberg version anyway.


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Apr. 4th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Wow, those are great. I'm envious.
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
That's awesome :)
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
The 1953 movie is an all-time classic.

The TV show they spun off from it in 1988...not quite so much.

That said, I liked the Spielberg movie. It gets grief, but it isn't heinously bad. The biggest issues I had with it was the slightly cheery ending and the camera diving in and out of the car, which was a standard Spielberg, "Look what I can do!" shot that takes the viewer out of the picture (like the overhead apartment scene in Minority Report, only much worse).

I would like to see an adaption of the book that replicates the scene with the Martian war machine fighting the British battleship in the Thames. That was pretty cool.
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
Also, they seem to be incapable of having the hero be completely alone. He may encounter others on his travel, but for the most part its about someone living though it alone.

It is hillarious when people complain about the Dues Ex Machina ending to the Spielberg film. They need to read more.

I gotta get me one of those.
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Shiny! For War of the Worlds, I just like to wrap Jeff Wayne's musical around my ears and obliterate the world for a few hours :)

Farewell Thunderchiiiiiiild
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
The voice of reason - mrstork - Apr. 5th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
The look great! So you can purchase them finished, without having to get high from airplane glue?
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
war machine
Yes. Costs a bit more, but they are available in finished form.
(no subject) - jdrhoades - Apr. 5th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, at the end of the book one of the characters talks about the Martians experimenting with a flying machine. I guess the movie took the idea and ran with it.
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
In the Pal movie, technical limitations prevented them from building walkers, and, eventually, also put the kibosh on their proposed solution of having them "walk" on three beams of light. The spotlight-legs do survive in one shot in the movie, before they figured out they were impossible to coordinate with the models.
Apr. 4th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Did you know there's a musical of War of the Worlds, by some guys from the Moody Blues?
Apr. 4th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I did not need to see this. I really didn't.
Apr. 4th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
aw, my dad would go bonkers for one of these, but it appears you can't order them from the website, huh?
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how big it is, buy size that thing up a few notches and add a light bulb in the green part and you'd have a really cool (but probably not so functional) desk lamp.
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Last Will
have i any chance to be mentioned in your Testament?
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
You want to know what would make a great diorama? Put that on your desk fightin some of those green plastic army men from the 1970's. For added effect, melt a couple of the army men with a lighter or in the microwave first.
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I was actually shocked when reading Wells' WotW because I had seen Pal's version many years before and so the martian machines WERE the manta ray style to me. At first I thought the novel adaption had messed it up until my father informed me that it was actually the other way around. ;)

Spielberg might have been true to the novel but Pal's will always be the better movie to me also. :)
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
The sound of the heat ray in the movie?
My all-time favorite sound.

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