X-Wing Fighter Photo Reviews

Our photo reviews page is really just an excuse to take cool photos of Star Wars toys we love. Here’s an in-depth, close-up look at three Star Wars X-Wing Fighters (our favourite Star Wars vehicle).

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THE VINTAGE COLLECTION – POE DAMERON’S X-WING FIGHTER FROM THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE POWER OF THE FORCE – ELECTRONIC POWER FX LUKE SKYWALKER’S RED 5 X-WING FIGHTER
THE VINTAGE COLLECTION ROGUE ONE ANTOC MERRICK’S X-WING FIGHTER

Rebel Base: Adding Runway Lights & More

May 2020

This part of my Rebel base sits on the floor of the Star Wars Room, and I had originally built it for the Millennium Falcon. It’s a smaller space than some of the other sections so it was a good candidate for parking the smaller-scaled Power of the Force X-wing Fighter. 

I had some runway lights, like the one’s seen in the entrance to Echo Base in The Empire Strikes Back, 3D printed so I could add more than just strings of lights around the diorama space.  They look really nice, although a brighter bulb would enhance things even more. 

This part of my Rebel base sits on the floor of the Star Wars Room, and I had originally built it for the Millennium Falcon. It’s a smaller space than some of the other sections so it was a good candidate for parking the smaller-scaled Power of the Force X-wing Fighter. 

I was also able to find a more permanent home for The Outrider, Dash Rendar’s ship from Shadows of the Empire as he visits the rebels, looking for an easy payout.  It’s a cool design and I’m glad to finally be able to display it where I want it.  The U-wing from Rogue One is a monster of a vehicle when trying to display it and like The Outrider, I think I’ve found a good home for it.  Still wish Hasbro would give us a better scaled one.  

The diorama isn’t 100% finished yet though. There’s an empty space in the back/middle that I want to turn into a small control room.  

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BIRD’S EYE VIEW MINUS RUNWAY LIGHTS

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Facebook Live Star Wars room Tour – April 2020

Forgive the hyperbole in the YouTube title but ya gotta get those hits! This was fun to do and I hope to do another in the future as the room continues to grow and change.

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Improving On The Jabba’s Palace 3D Display Diorama

April 2019

For years I have had a Jabba’s palace diorama on one of my shelves.  Using the always fun, and let’s face it, awesome Power of the Force-era Hasbro Jabba’s Palace 3-D Display Diorama I’ve done what so many Star Wars collectors have done and crammed as many “Jabba-related” figures as possible into the diorama: whether they belong in his throne room, his barge, his droid torture room….

Now, granted the Haslab Sail Barge project solves a big part of this problem but I didn’t back the barge so I have to make do with what I have.  

Although it’s a great way to display figures, there are a few short comings with Hasbro’s pop-up cardboard display. It’s much smaller than the dimensions of a standard bookcase shelf.  The right side of the diorama doesn’t have a wall so the final display always looks unfinished. Also, the detailed graphic of the Rancor staring up from his pit through the floor grating is in technically in the wrong spot and is too close to Jabba’s dias.  With these minor issues in mind, I decided to expand the display to make it fit better on my bookshelf. The “floor” of the Power of the Force diorama is also inaccurate to the movie so I covered it with heavy brown paper which also let me cover the existing Rancor bars (I scanned, then printed it out so I could ‘move’ it). I also decided to add two new displays to go along with the throne room: A Rancor pit which up until now I had never found space to do and a droid torture room.  This room was actually my first idea before starting since I had always had a small cluster of droids from that scene stuck in a corner of Jabba’s palace and a dedicated room would help free up some real estate in the throne room.

I basically built boxes for these displays that I could easily slide in and out of the bookcases they would be housed in.  I used strings of LED lights and different types of building material so I thought it would make more sense to house all of this in an enclosed, removable box.  I built the boxes out of foam core board.  (SIDENOTE: the gap that runs left to right in the middle of the floor isn’t noticeable once it has action figures standing over it.)

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I MOVED HAN IN CARBONITE TO THE BACK WALL (NOT CANON, I KNOW) SO THAT THE MAX REBO BAND COULD SET UP AND PERFORM ON THE RAISED STEPS.

LED string lights all around the throne room for some moody lighting.

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New Shelves, New Colours in the Star Wars Room

September 2018

 I took advantage of the Labour Day Weekend to replace my mismatched book cases with the help of my friend Ryan. Instead of varying shades of boring brown I went with three bright, shiny, white IKEA Billy bookcases.  I kept a larger shelf and painted it white to match the rest. 

Before: used, beat up brown book cases
After: bright white IKEA Billy bookcases.
Vintage Kenner displayed on clear, acrylic shelving

The other big change that happened was expanding my Rebel base. Instead of a sheet of plywood resting on my wife’s hope chest, I mounted shelving to the wall which will give me all the space I will (hopefully) ever need as I expand my favourite part of my collection.

Click here for a thread of tweets thatI did one night as I was putting my figures back on display.

Thanks Ryan!

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