Who's up for a game of Dejarik?
What follows is a reprint of part of a post made to the old forums as one of my "Wish Lists". The post speaks for itself. Since it was part of a larger list, I feel the idea as a whole got lost in the shuffle. Please feel free to comment on this particular take on some unusual creatures of the Star Wars Universe.
The Dejarik Chess Playset/Assortment - Part of the idea of the floor panel mentioned above was the result of an earlier idea and a long-time part of my wish list. Since Hasbro appears to be listening (and casting about for ideas if the "Super Deformed" figures are any indication), here is something that many a collector has dreampt of for years. Essentially the same idea as the Jedi Council sets, an assortment of figures packaged with part of the base. I know the temptation here is to cast the creature figures in translucent plastic with light paint highlights to give the colors, but in reality I think that the richness of the chess piece characters would be lost to that effect. It would be better to approach them like any other figures, with a paint job that shows the colors of each as they appeared in reality, and let the "holographic" nature of the characters be a given, not something that has to be beaten into the ground. Release an assortment of groupings of the creatures from the Dejarik table with individual plates that make up the game board. Make the figures about the same size as the existing 3.75" line so that in addition to being playable/displayable as the "chess set", these unique characters can also be used with the figures. I don't know how many of you were kids in the 70's and 80's, but I started collecting in 1977 with the Early Bird Set at the age of 12 and only stopped when Kenner stopped making the toys. My point? When I was a kid, my friends and I would play Star Wars sometimes but more often than not we would create our own adventures, often having nothing to do with Star Wars at all. The more things that are scaled to interact with the regular figure line, the better! And like the Jedi Council Chamber sets, the finished board could be hung on the wall or displayed flat.