Hello There, hi everybody. That intro should hint that I am returning to the Star Wars universe and the the new Disney+ series “Obi-Wan Kenobi” for this week’s offering. I have been struggling for new inspiration in relation to lightsabers I’d like to model so I thought I would scour the universe for something just a little different to make. And there was an object which a lot of people made a fuss about because they saw it in the trailer for the new show. That object was a pair of “Macros” or as we would call them a pair of electronic binoculars! Kenobi is seen using a pair to watch a certain character in the show, but he wasn’t the first person to use a set in Star Wars history. You may recall that Luke Skywalker also had a pair of binoculars that he used twice in his search for Artoo Detoo who had escaped into the desert of Tatooine on his “mission” . Using the binoculars led to a famous scene in the movie when a Tusken Raider attacked Luke while he was looking through the Macros….famous clip where the creature screeches and raises his rifle above his head.
These Macrobinoculars seem a little bit large and cumbersome but Obi-Wan had a pair of Jedi issue binoculars which were much more sleek and compact…and it was the Jedi model that I used for inspiration. I made mine similar but not exact…I’ll let you “scope them out” and see what you think….Gallery One….
These are my “For Tyeth Field View Macrobinoculars” which are based on the Jedi model of binoculars. They are small, compact and curve to the shape of your face so the optics are perfectly placed. The control knobs on the upper surface are conveniently positioned to be operated by your fingertips as you hold the binoculars, you just have to stretch a finger and the control rests beneath it. One control increases/decreases the range and the second knob controls the focus. Pressing down on the knobs can also activate low light/night-vision modes along with a function to detect sensor arrays. I mention I made my binoculars similar well, they were actually more similar than I thought…lets play spot the difference….
Not bad huh? You will notice that I added the shield to cover the Objective Lenses which I didn’t have in the first batch of pictures. The shield looks a bit like this…
You can see the curved plate on the front of the binoculars and the hex screws holding it in place. I was in the process of putting it in position so a few screws are missing (it is hard work trying to tighten and loosen them so I can adjust the shield!). Anyhoo joking aside, I didn’t want this to be just a loose copy of the binoculars – I wanted a little extra detail in my model and the “double vision” of the two Kenobi images above gave me the idea to make these look like they were functional. So I tinkered with the model and added a few things inside….wanna take a look?
I added two images onto a pair of panels which I placed inside the model so when you move the 3D model around and peek through the eyepieces you can actually see the “real world” that the binoculars are focused on! To achieve this I edited the environment image texture that I use for the background and made two copies of the area I wanted to “zoom in on” and used these two images as the textures for the picture you see inside.
To finish this post off I have a few little bits of trivia… I said that Luke used his binoculars twice, well he actually used them three times but one scene was cut from the movie. The scene showed a conversation between Luke and his friend Biggs Darklighter at Tosche Station, where they talked about getting off Tatooine and Luke uses the Macros to look to the stars where he see’s Princess Leia’s ship being pursued by Darth Vader in the Imperial Star Destroyer from the opening shot of the movie. The second bit of trivia regards a Sound Bite. When the Tusken Raider attacks Luke in the wastelands the Raider shrieks as he raises and lowers it’s rifle above it’s head….well that shriek could be the sound of a donkey! In fact the donkey that can be seen in Laurel and Hardy’s movie “Way Out West”. The donkey is used by the comedy duo to haul themselves up onto a balcony of their hotel but of course they fail and fall to the ground and the donkey brays as if laughing. I think that sound clip was used to create the Tusken screech.
And that I’m afraid brings me to the end of this post. I hope you enjoyed expanding your horizons with something different! I enjoyed making an object other than a lightsaber. I have another set of Macrobinoculars seen in Empire Strikes Back to show you in a future post along with more sabers including some inspired by an 80’s classic movie from Australia! I hope you will call back to check those out but for now I’d like to thank you for supporting me and my site today. Whether you are a regular viewer or a newcomer you’re very much appreciated. Till next time….keep your eyes open!
“Horizons – Macrobinoculars” are a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the movie props seen in Star Wars and the Disney+ TV show “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. The design was created by For Tyeth and the 3D model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. Star Wars and “Obi-Wan Kenobi”along with all names, images and related material, are Trademarks/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm ltd.
13 thoughts on ““Horizons” an Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired prop model”
Man, you’re on fire!
Hello Spira and thank you so much. I think I should take more regular breaks from designing lightsabers and attempt more general props and objects from the movies. Way back in 2020 I modelled a droid which featured in the computer game “Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order” and my droid turned out quite popular with folks who saw him. He looked like this:
You can follow this next link to view a few more pictures if you’re interested:
Thanks as always!
This is fab, Tyeth!
Amazing Macrobinoculars & cool trivia bring this post together!
Hello Resa, I just felt a little jaded and needed a break from doing lightsaber designs and I felt a change would do me good. The binoculars are a popular item in Star Wars as they are available in a pack of toy props at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge park. And as you will have seen they were very prominent in Kenobi.
The trivia I thought was funny as there is this culture nowadays about “Easter Eggs” and hidden references in movies but the braying donkey sound effect is one no-one else seems to have picked out. So glad you liked the post and thanks as ever!
Welcome! Fab post, Tyeth!
Hi FT. Excellent choice of a movie prop. My Black Series Luke Farmboy figurine comes with binocular accessories, which I always thought was a nice addition.
Hasbro’s Star Wars Micro Machines made a really cool set of binoculars which opened up into a Yavin Base playset!
The toy is the last image in the gallery ‘Star Wars as seen in the US’ that I linked.
I love how they classed this line as: ‘Galactic Gear that transforms into a Star Wars action scene!’
Hi again, yes I just checked them out…and as I mentioned in my other reply, I can’t believe I’d never seem these! I have the C-3PO head that opens out into the Mos Eisley Cantina but it is in rough shape (I got it second hand).
They made some really cool sets, and it was a neat idea to have a display piece that opened up into an action scene for the mini figures!
Hi TVTA, I just needed a break from sabers and I felt that these binoculars would be popular as they were sorta front and center in the Kenobi trailer.
And you know, I’ve never seen half of the toys and merch you have pictures of on your site. I came from a sheltered corner of the UK and the toy store we had only carried the Kenner/Palitoy action figures and sets (if we were lucky!). Most of these other items were exotic myths in my childhood!
Thanks for the link, I’m just scrolling through some of the other pics (p.s. I did have that Imperial Troop Transporter next to the radio control Artoo!)
Always good to take a break and work on other ideas! Keep it fresh.
We were lucky that we had loads of toy shops and newsagents that carried all the Star Wars toys when I was a kid… but unlucky that we couldn’t afford them lol. Like you I had the action figures and just two vehicles – the Landspeeder and the Battle-damaged X-Wing Fighter.
Hi again, yeah that was my rationale…a change is as good as a rest etc!
And I’ve mentioned my Star Wars toy story before but I had about 90% of the figures and most of the small ships. It was the exotic sets like Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer playset and the Jabba the Hutt items I was missing. Then my little brother carried out “Order 66” on our collection by selling it…but he sold my things too.