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Mental Floss brings this link to a video of Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin) painting figurines and preparing them for battle. What a nerd. From the post:
Peter Cushing is famous for his roles in the Hammer films, his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, his roles in Doctor Who films, and later as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (among many other roles). The man had some nerd cred. And he totally painted miniature soldiers and played with them, just like us. (For the record, I was six years old when I got into pewter minis, and about twelve when I gave ‘em up. Ahem.)
In this short British Pathé news reel, we catch up with Cushing at home, painting his miniatures and then playing H.G. Wells’s bizarrely over-titled (and sexist) Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys’ games and books. Um. Enjoy!
Follow the link for a second video, this one explaining how H.G. Wells's miniature game works.
I am not a Star Wars toy collector--unless you count the 100+ Kenner action figures and five boxes of Kenner vehicles and playsets taking up space in my basement. What I mean is that I don't collect Star Wars toys actively today, and I haven't done so since I was about 12. But when I first saw Hasbro's Vintage Collection of Star Wars action figures, packaged in 1970s-style Kenner cardbacks, I was sorely tempted. You can read about that here.
Now comes news that Hasbro's next wave of vintage figures will include one I always wanted as a child, but which Kenner for some reason did not produce: Grand Moff Tarkin. Hasbro has made a Tarkin figure once before (see here) but it was pretty crummy. This new version, like all in Hasbro's vintage line, is a much more faithful rendering of the character, judging by the one photo I have seen.
I'm still not a Star Wars toy collector. But how do I resist this?