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Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

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Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Caswellbot » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:35 pm

Hi guys, been a loooong time since I posted anything on here but came across the link for this display again and thought it was too cool not to share. Some will remember this but I'm sure it will be "fresh" to many. Happy new year!

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xk96ri


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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Stuart Skinner » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:19 pm

Great to see Chris and even better to see you posting mate. Be good to see you back on these pages properly
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Postby Ruby2511 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:34 pm

That is a cool display, thanks for sharing Chris 8)
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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Caswellbot » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:46 pm

Stuart Skinner wrote:Great to see Chris and even better to see you posting mate. Be good to see you back on these pages properly


Thanks Stu, I do lurk from time to time but I'm very lazy and rarely post. Im far from active these days in the collecting world.
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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Bonsai_Tree_Ent » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:47 pm

I'd not seen that display before, very cool - it doesn't look like archival footage, I wonder is it recently taken? (ie: the display is in a current collection?)

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Postby Scarifpacific » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:55 pm

Great video. Especially the Vader/ Luke dance off taking place.
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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Caswellbot » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:03 pm

The video was taken by the guy selling it at the time.
It is/ was an animatronic diorama display made for promoting the jedi toy line. Most likely for a shop window.
Probably the neatest shop display diorama that I have seen I think. There are others out there but I haven't seen any with this array of figures and level of complexity of construction.

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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby spoons » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:09 pm

Two blasts from the past, welcome back Chris

Wierd how the display is ROTJ but predominantly empire with a few Jedi dogs. Presumably hand an empire sticker until a few days before the rotj one
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Postby roundster » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:15 pm

Thats beyond amazing!!

Love the old uk display items, imagine how much fun they must've had making this :lol:
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Postby StarWarsFan » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:42 pm

Wow :)

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Postby Caswellbot » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:51 pm

spoons wrote:Two blasts from the past, welcome back Chris

Wierd how the display is ROTJ but predominantly empire with a few Jedi dogs. Presumably hand an empire sticker until a few days before the rotj one


You may well be right Andy. The scenes them selves in the diorama are empire scenes so that would probably make sense... Hey you wouldn't want to make a brand new one for jedi, this thing must have taken ages to put together.! :wink:

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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby Mini99 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:56 pm

Amazing, many thanks for that link.
They did really well in getting all the ships in, including the mini rigs.

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Postby Snaketibe » Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:26 pm

Great stuff! Many thanks for sharing the link :-)

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Postby Frunkstar » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:54 pm

Lovely to see you on posting Chris :) & what a post, don't think I have ever seen it before, very cool indeed
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Re: Blast from the past! Animatronic diorama display

Postby chipsteak » Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:12 pm

That's quite a thing. Far too good not to post, indeed.

It reminds me that the big Menzies in Glasgow had a walk-in small room with dioramas in it behind glass. I'm guessing it was 1984. Was this the sort of thing Palitoy issued or just imaginative store staff?


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