Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kenner toys

As I said, we had the smaller toys graded and sold them a couple of years back. These are photos I found on the hard drive -- all of toys you've had, seen or wanted to have.

Kenner sent these to me to my home in Silverlake -- the East Hollywood section of the LAPD Ramparts Division.

Star Wars theater display

This is a large theater display which is kinda a PIA because it's so large. You can't easily put away things this large. It's a photo print, so the stock isn't too happy being rolled up and put into a tube. The small lobby photos are easier to collect and handle.

UK books

Folks from the UK will recognize these. They were sold cheaply at grocery stores. didn't get to the US, just UK...

Factor's T-shirts

Somewhere I had a box of Factor's T-shirts. Most of them were small -- well, let's put it this way. A LG back then is probably a MED today. Besides all of us being thinner, clothing sizes was less generous. And the other thing was there was a lot of polyester. A lot of poly-cotton blends. I didn't like wearing polyester because after a long day, boy, you could really smell ripe! Someone told me there were the Factor's iron on decals still floating around, which, while not 100% vintage, could at least give you a shirt which fit.

Topps sheet

I was surprised to hear the artist who do the Topps cards also get paid pittances.... Really, really pittances...Some have ended becoming quite valuable, though it seems to me the creators don't benefit from their rising value.


TEAC ad poster proof

I shared this when I first started posting. It's a proof for a Teac Star Wars ad. The posters were done up in black and silver. There are so many news friends who are following my page I decided to repost some of the photos on my hard drive.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Alex Tavoularis artwork

I've been debating about what to do with the scan. By this, should I put a huge watermark across it for the blog, or just let it go, as is? If I put a huge watermark across it, number one, I personally don't like looking at things with huge watermarks across it. It's ugly. Two, what's the point? Anyone who is halfway decent at photoshop can remove the watermark. Think there's even special software which allows you to remove watermarks. So what would be the point of watermarking? A dedicated pirate undoubtedly has more skills than me and can undo the watermark which took me a couple of seconds to put on in about the same time.

People put watermarks because they don't want to see their work published all over the internet. That's true of the ALIEN contact sheets. I don't want to see the individual frames of the contact sheet blown up and all over the net. Why? Because they haven't been published. If 20th Century Fox had published them, it would be a different story. You are looking at something which has already been published, so the quality of my upload is irrelevant. The material is out there. But... what I've finally realized... the best way to stop folks form publishing it is to upload it in low resolution.

I don't know if there is a point in uploading the Tavoularis in lo res. Rinzler published the boards in his book. They weren't the greatest quality because the work Rinzler had was originally skewed photographs. I know, because that's the only time I copied them...

Alex Tavoularis original Wookie concept, 1975, pencil on vellum

Alex Tavoularis original boards, 1975, pencil on vellum

Alex Tavoularis original board, 1975, pencil on vellum -- read what it says under Luke

Alex Tavoularis original board, 1975, pencil on vellum. These last four make up a scene.