Hello Everybody, today I have good and bad news (of a sort). Firstly my very good friend and “Challenger in Chief” – The Vintage Toy Advertiser (https://thevintagetoyadvertiser.org/2021/04/05/tvta-is-retiring/– )announced that after 10 stellar years of blogging about vintage toy advertisements and catalogues (as well as a lot of “pop culture” stuff for good measure too) he is closing down his office, so ending an era. But the good news is that TVTA has plans to start up a smaller, less time consuming blog in the future so he isn’t disappearing into the “Living Force” just yet! I mentioned that TVTA was my “Challenger in Chief”….well before he closes his current site he informed me that on April 14th is “Gerry Anderson Appreciation Day” – a day dedicated to the television genius that brought us shows like UFO, Stingray, Joe 90 and of course most famously….THUNDERBIRDS! To mark this day TVTA plans to post a tribute (either on his current site or as his first offering on his new site) and asked me if I could also come up with something for the day. I couldn’t turn down this request and I have been busy this past 3 days hammering out a design for a Gerry Anderson inspired saber, but this means that today I don’t have a regular post as I will be posting the Anderson saber on Wednesday 14th to co-ordinate with TVTA.
“BUT TYETH WHAT ABOUT US? We don’t have any eye candy today!”….Yes I am sorry but I hear you, which is why I have a few pictures of some up and coming designs I have in the FTSabersite pipeline. You didn’t really think I was going to neglect you all did you? Course not, so here is a sneak glimpse at my FTSaberCore Saber collection….
These are a set of sabers that if ever built would feature interchangeable electronics, so you could get a black and gold hilt along with a silver version and switch the internals between the two – meaning you would only need buy one electronics kit. I think these are pretty nice looking but there is more coming in future posts including more “High Republic” themed hilts (and a special Super Hero model with matching plinth!), a Frontier saber….and more Blaster inspired stuff! So plenty to look forward to (and maybe a costume!).
That brings me to the end of this slightly shorter/different post. I have to say a MASSIVE thank you to TVTA, you have become one of my best friends (not just online but in general life) and you have made me a better designer with all your “Toy Challenges”….I mean who would have thought I could create sabers based on Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch…..AND the Ghostbusters’ ECTO-1? I had to think well outside the box on those recommendations and I learnt so much. I also learnt about Chirashi pamphlets (Japanese/Asian cinema posters) the comic world of “Weird War Tales” and discovered a wealth of vintage furniture and homeware images from your catalogue collection (these helped me look at the art of design differently). As such I look forward to the launch of your new site and what that brings!
And I want to thank you viewers, for all the support you have shown me and TVTA, it is appreciated by both of us and I hope you will continue to call back to FTSabersite to see all the new stuff I have coming up AND keep supporting TVTA and his new site (I’ll post links when he sets everything up!). So remember Wednesday 14th I’ll have the Gerry Anderson Tribute and then I ‘ll return to my normal scheduled postings. Till next time….
It is with great sadness that I find that Dave Prowse, the body and actor beneath the Darth Vader suit has passed away, aged 85. He was a giant of the acting galaxy but probably never got as much recognition as he should have earlier in Star Wars history (as he was kept in secrecy behind the mask to preserve his mystique). Dave was however seen in film and on screen if you knew how to recognise him, he appeared in several Hammer Horror movies with Peter Cushing (usually playing Frankenstein’s monster or the Mummy) and for kids of the UK back in the 1980’s will remember him as the face of a government road safety campaign. He was the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero that taught kids how to safely cross roads as well as the Dark Lord that tried to rule the galaxy far far away!
David was a proud Bristol born gentleman who had a career in bodybuilding which led to him getting the roles in the Hammer movies due to his physique. He also appeared in A Clockwork Orange with Malcolm McDowell . Dave was then cast as the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, though we didn’t hear him as his dialogue was famously dubbed over by James Earl Jones due to his West Country accent.
I obviously haven’t had chance to build or design a hilt in his honour but I did model Darth Vader’s hilt a while ago so I will repost the pictures here…
My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr Prowse’s family, friends and the Star Wars community at large. You were the ultimate on screen villain but a gentle green giant off it.
May the Force keep and protect you forever more My Lord….
Hello Everyone, just a quick post to let you know that things are moving very fast for For Tyeth this week. Not only did my Jedi robe arrive yesterday (20th Nov) BUT my new Ultimate Works Flyte saber has been delivered!!! YAY!!!
I received a notification quoting a Monday 23rd delvery but this morning a TXT message pinged my phone saying DHL were dropping the saber off today. And WOW oh WOW! The hilt is sleek, smooth, is nicely constructed and has a semi gloss piano black finish….plus it feels just right to hold for duelling. I found out it has some really nice sound fonts too (each set of character sounds is called a “font”) and this hilt has 6 fonts built in! But as a tease you will have to wait till my review to find out what sounds it has and see pictures of it but in the meantime here is the product picture again…
I won’t say too much more except that I am EXTREMELY happy with my purchase on first impressions…I’ll see how it holds up over the next few months etc.
Oh and the Jedi robe? That is something equally as spectacular – I’m gonna be the best robed Jedi in the galaxy – but again I’ll review it and have pictures in upcoming posts.
Thanks for checking out this post so I could share some positive news with you all, I hope you stay safe and you all have as good a day as I am having. Till next time…..
Legal stuff: For Tyeth and FTSabersite are NOT affiliated or connected to Ultimate Works or their distributor The Pach Store. I am just a paying customer and have received no payments or incentives. The “FLYTE” is a Trademark/Copyright of Ultimate Works 2020.
Hello Everybody, bet you didn’t think I’d be posting today and so soon after my regular weekend slot. WELL….I have some exciting news…I have managed to acquire through a game of chance a new lightsaber! Sort of! I discovered that a well known saber supply company based in Hong Kong was releasing a new saber for the Black Friday Sales and as I had some spare credits I managed to snag one of the first batch of 100 they were selling!
NOW BEFORE I GO ANY FURTHER I WILL POINT OUT FOR LEGAL REASONS, THAT I AM JUST A CUSTOMER AND HAVE PURCHASED ONE OF THESE HILTS. I AM IN NO WAY CONNECTED TO OR ASSOCIATED WITH THIS COMPANY. OK?
As you can see the hilt is named the “Flyte” and is quite a reasonable price. A very good price in fact considering the features this hilt packs (though after the first 100 are sold the price will go up to $139 and at the time of writing this there were only 8 left!) Not only is the saber machined from aircraft grade Aluminium but it features a chassis system to hold all the internal components securely so they don’t rattle around inside and get damaged. The hilt has lights AND sounds – multiple colours of light and multiple sets of sound effects so I can mix and match. One day I may feel a bit moody and switch the blade to Red, or another day I might set the saber to sound like Luke Skywalkers’. The on site video says that the sounds are configurable via the USB connector so I think I may be able to load new sets of sounds onto the saber when I get bored of the default effects. So this hilt has multiple colours, sounds and the sounds are “Blended” so they don’t have gaps or clicking noises when each recording starts/stops as you swing the hilt. It has the chassis to make the hilt “duel worthy” meaning when I’m at a Comic Con in future and any little Sith or Jedi have a swing at me the saber will withstand any potential damage 😀
The saber is available in plain silver, black or a vivid red finish though I chose a black version (I already have a regular silver coloured hilt and thought black would contrast nicely for a change).
The reason I got this hilt is so when I am at Comic Cons (hopefully) I will have my costume and two hilts so folk can pose with me and have a saber too if they don’t happen to have one. But for now I am eagerly awaiting for it to be delivered. I’ll let you know about it as soon as I get it and do an unboxing review.
That’s my news for today, thanks for checking it out. Now as long as I’m not breaking any rules I’ll leave the link to the PachStore’s saber pages below so you can take a look (they also sell movie collectibles).
“The Flyte” lightsaber is a product of the PachStore based in Hong Kong. For Tyeth/FTSabersite are not associated or connected to the company in any way, I have just purchased one of these sabers on offer. Any trademarks/copyrights, images or IPs belong to their respective owners.