Post by Prime Good on Sept 28, 2010 4:25:08 GMT -5
I absolutely loved the Tom Cruise rendition of the Tripod. However, I liked the movie in its enterity, I think Spielberg truly made a nice work, given the "simplicistic" nature of the screenplay and the subject.
Is that model yours, Nixy?
"Yes, sir. We're the real deal. And no, sir. I don't listen Ray Parker" - Eddie Spenser Jr.
Well, it's not really what you'd call a "model," per se.
It is, in fact, a McDonald's Happy Meal toy that I repainted...and repainted well, I might add. It's the "Black Manta Sub-Launcher" from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and I got it specifically because of its resemblance to Wells' Fighting-Machine.
This model has more in common with the Al Nozaki-designed machines from the 1953 movie--it's sort of a "what would it look like if George Pal had actually gone ahead and made mechanical Tripods?" The eyes are painted in glow-in-the-dark green to represent the Skeleton Beams; the spring-loaded missile (which no longer fires because of the paint) is the Heat-Ray. I'll add the ray itself in Photoshop one of these days.
That toy really does lend itself to stop-motion animation, BTW--you stick a rod in the hole underneath the body, which allows you to animate the legs! I only wish I had a ball-and-socket joint for the neck section; this would allow for even more expression!