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    Question Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?



    I need to have this cleared up, just because it's been irking me for a long time...

    I've personally always seen the TIE Fighters (and Bombers, and Vaders TIE) as being grey, and quite a light grey at that. Whenever I watch ANH they always seem grey to me. I haven't actually seen TESB or ROTJ for a while as I don't have the videos (patiently waiting for the DVDs) so I can't recall offhand what colour they are in those films - heck, I can't even remember if there are any TIEs in TESB...

    But every TIE I've seen in the shops is BLUE!!! And not even a nice blue. It's a horrid kind of "vomit blue" (if vomit could be blue that is).

    As it stands, the only thing really stopping me from buying one is the colour. The underscaled wings don't bother me, nothing's really to perfect scale anyway.

    So... are they meant to be grey? Or am I just living in my own deluded world and they really are blue and I need to get my vision tested?

    I mean, Coke does come in an orange can doesn't it?

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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stemp Fester
    So... are they meant to be grey? Or am I just living in my own deluded world and they really are blue and I need to get my vision tested?

    I mean, Coke does come in an orange can doesn't it?
    yes, you are living in your own deluded world, but i must visit from time to time because this has puzzled me too . being old enough to have seen the films first time round the die cast tie fighter that was released at the time was definately grey, as they seem to appear in the films but the imperial ships that hasbro have made do seem to be that nice blue colour (which doesn't bother me particularly). perhaps someone at hasbro is just colourblind or perhaps we are all just living in a bluey-greyish nightmare world !

    but knowing those wonderful people at hasbro i am sure they have a perfectly logical explanation .
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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Metallic blue maybe?
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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    The vintage TIE was originally cast in white plastic as they appear as a VERY light grey in the film and I think Kenner didn't know any better. Kenner managed to make Darth Vader's TIE grey in colour. Unfortunately, they used the standard TIE body mounted to the proper solar panels. The TIE colour correction was made when the vehicle was rerelased in the ESB line. A final version came out in the same colour but included "battle damage" stickers.

    Personally, I like the blue-grey colour. I think it makes the ship look a bit more ominous. I suppose the colour is LFL approved they've made no fuss over it for a number of years...
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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Yeah... I seem to remeber that in ANH, the ties were a very light grey. Then they seemed to be a bit darker in ESB & ROTJ. I could be delusional too though .

    They only thing that has bothered me about the toy Tie colors has been the fact that the Tie, Tie Interceptor, Vaders Tie, and the Bomber are all slightly different in color. Makes it look a little funny when you have 'em next to each other on display.

    If they would have made them all the exact same color, we could fix our interceptors with the improved pod from the KB Tie fighter.

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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    ...thing that has bothered me about the toy Tie colors has been the fact that the Tie, Tie Interceptor, Vaders Tie, and the Bomber are all slightly different in color.
    I couldn't agree more!
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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    If there wasn't a ten-character minimum, I would've replied with merely the word "Stripedy."
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Light grey in ANH, and the TIEs in ESB look to be a shade darker grey (but of course, its very dark in space). Hmmm... maybe I should review the space battle scenes in ROTJ again...

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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Hum, I think they are definitely darker grey in the ESB than in ANH. My question is this, "how the hell can you have a battle damaged tie fighter?" Can anyone answer this question? Or how 'bout when they were telling Jek Porkins to eject? Where's he ejecting to?
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    Re: Are TIE Fighters blue or grey?

    Quote Originally Posted by IMFETTUP
    Or how 'bout when they were telling Jek Porkins to eject? Where's he ejecting to?
    Ha Ha!! He would eject into the Death Star trench....... which they were trying to blow up.

    Those crazy rebels!

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