In the past three years I have been asked to give everyone a view of 1:18th town, how it all fits together, what exactly is positioned where and why and I have batted around ideas for how exactly to present the information. So finally I decided as part of the 3rd anniversary celebration to do it building by building, almost in the order in which they were introduced and how they were introduced.
What you see above is the original town as it was when I first got it together. These sets were build by my friend Cap of Diorama Rabbit nearly five or six years ago and were used a few times including the Joecustoms Awards Shows as well as the GI Joe One-Shot Sand Blasting which was made in 2006 but wasn't posted by me until around 2008. Long wait on that one I guess.
For this section of town, I am going to look at the building that houses two shops, the Photo and DVD Rental Place.
Believe it or not the idea for there to be a photo shop beside the Comic Shop came from the real life location of a photo shop beside the real comic shop. It was a totally separate building but still was beside the comic shop. I would imagine Cap had the hardest time with this building because I never really got very descriptive. The door doesn't open, but I never really felt the need for it to anyway. Honestly its one of those features that didn't seem to be a big deal here. Ironically this is the part of the set that gets the least attention but also the store front is probably the most used one by me since it is the center of the town technically.
Personally one of my favorite details of the front is the passport in the window. Also I love the cameras that become part of the logo, a great, great thing indeed.
I gave the running of the shop to Marion Ravenwood, honestly just to give her something to do besides wait for Indy to rescue here. The thing was at one point I just decided to make it this weird center for Paranormal Activity and well, now it's the most haunted location in the town. No reason why other than I wanted to get inside the place and wanted an actual reason to do so. Jedi Spirits, Zombies and loads of other nastys are around in this tiny space. Plus doing so makes this location a bit more important as sometimes people overlook it.
The detail of the place is missed by many people the first time they see it. I suppose because the Comic Shop and Movie place are kind of overwhelming at first and the Photo Shop is in the middle.
A great detail is the fact there are cameras in the case. Also if you were paying attention to the above picture you would notice the floor has some lifted areas and is not totally flat.
Another great detail is the newspaper on top of the case. It is glued down but it also adds some life to the place.
Then of course is the chair (which is glued down) and the foot prints to mark where to stand. Fun little details like that make a set like this that much better.
The Move Rental shop gets a ton of notice, I suppose because we all have been in one at one point or another. I totally love the sign out front. It is (in my opinion) the best sign of the town. Also more than once I have seen the "Join Today" and started thinking "Join us" from Evil Dead. Probably because once I was filming while playing Evil Dead in the background LOL. This is part of the reason (for a time) the Pit Witch was working here, but I have decided the Pit Witch was an employee and not the owner (since Pit Witch is hanging around Antron now). Who owns it, LOL, I actually took forever to decide and you all will realize that one soon enough ON THE UPCOMING PAGES OF SCALE WARS, JUST HIT HOME TO SEE THE LATEST COMIC!!! Sorry I couldn't resist that.
This shop is the only location in the town that has served a different function than it's intention when in the Original Scale Wars it was changed into a make-shift infirmary.
Cap's detail was amazing again and it was a great deal of fun to look through the movies and try to see if there wasn't a movie I hadn't seen already. Give it a shot.
Of course accidents happen and this building has no exceptions either.
Once again it fell off the shelf and too the floor far below.
Last time, an aspect I forgot to mention with the Comic Shop was the extra comics and toys that go with it and let's not forget some movies with the Movie Rental Place
And yes these are pretty close to scale for the figures themselves
And the very last thing is a secret about storage, I tend to stack these two sets on top of each other on the shelf, honestly the shape of the Movie Rental Place seems to make it just perfect to support the comic shop.
So I hope you enjoyed this segment of the tour. Up next is the center of all the reviews, the Theater.