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Cool New Toy

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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hyphen_power
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.
jere7my
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.

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