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PURPLE TIE FIGHTERS?!? PURPLE?

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This is almost to insane to believe.

I had to read this story a few times for the insanity to sink in.

According to Gizmodo, George Lucas wanted to make TIE fighters “a shade of maroon,” which as you can see in the picture above, just looks ridiculous.

But then, why did Lucas change his mind? As it ends up, like all concessions in Star Wars, it was due to technical reasons.

According to Gene [A model-maker], the team abandoned Lucas’ original idea after doing some composition tests. Apparently, the purple-maroon hue made the TIE Fighters to blend quickly into the black space background, as they went away from the camera. Gene started to investigate and ultimately found proof of the color test in some old wedges—”short pieces of film that test various exposures or lighting configurations and aren’t meant for projection.”

He also found other interesting unknown pieces of trivia, like the fact that the special effects team used LEDs to create the ion engines of the fighters, instead of using traditional incandescent bulbs. That was a risky move at the time:

The Original TIE Fighters Were Purple

Awesome Life Size Tie Interceptor

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The Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando Florida, that is where I’m heading this week! Do you know why? To steal a life sized Tie Fighter Interceptor! Now it makes one wonder, I how the hell to you transport that replica from site to site? Does it breakdown into 3 big pieces? Like, 2 wings and the cockpit? Does it need an 18 wheeler to transport? Anyhow..The most important question is; what would you do if you had one? I would climb into it, and pretend I was had just commandeered the vessel from a pilot I just slashed with my lightsabre and now I’m using the speed and agility of the interceptor to make my escape from a star destroyer!

via geektyrant