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The Rebels' Secret Weapon:
Coming September 9th!
At the climax of the Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the Imperial forces appeared unstoppable. The battle appeared to be one-sided as the AT-AT Imperial walkers lumbered towards their intended targets unhindered by cannon fire or Rebel heavy blasters. However, the Rebels had another weapon in their arsenal: the modified T-47 airspeeder, known more commonly as the Snowspeeder.
These swift, two-man vehicles utilized repulsor-lift technology to hover above the ground. Two primary engines in the rear provided forward momentum, while a pilot and a rear gunner occupied the tiny cockpit in the center. In addition to two blaster cannons mounted atop the wings, this light-weight craft also carried a cannon/harpoon launcher in the rear. Using this harpoon and an attached tow-cable, one of these small snowspeeders was able to topple over a mighty AT-AT.
Expertly Recreated at 3/4 Scale
In the real world, these fascinating vehicles were created by the ILM model crew in resin, metal, and plastic. There were several different sizes of miniature models created for filming. These ranged from tiny models only a few inches long, to a four-foot long model used for close-up shots like the scene when the foot of an AT-AT crushes Luke's Snowspeeder. Several full-sized speeder mockups were also created for action shots of the actors.
Master Replicas focused on the 21-inch studio scale models that were used for most of the primary shots in the film. The models varied substantially in detailing and markings, so our designers sought out the model with the gray stripes that was used by Luke Skywalker. By comparing the archived models to screen grabs we were able to locate the exact model and used it as our master reference pattern. Our design team took hundreds of photographs of the prop and obtained color chips of the paint in order to create an exact match of the prop's coloring.
Because the cockpit of the 21-inch studio model was not designed for close up shots, Master Replicas' designers worked with Lucasfilm to create a composite of both the studio model and full-size sets. The result is a replica that looks realistic and maintains the attention to detail expected by our collectors. The Master Replicas 3/4 studio-scale snowspeeder replica is a perfect balance of size, value and collectability.
Almost a year of research and development has gone into the creation of this second model in Master Replicas' collection of Star Wars vehicles. It has been designed and engineered to last for many years and we hope that it will become a centerpiece of your collection.
Limited Availability and A Special Pricing Bonus!
With only 1,500 available, and priced at only $599.00, you'll need to order quickly and place a 50% deposit to guarantee your order. As an added incentive, check your email on September 9th to find out how you can get extra savings. Plus, we'll give you double MR Reward points for your order. That's 1,198 points for one order!
The snowspeeder will ship in December 2004 / January 2005 and will be available for pre-ordering on September 9, 2004. And, since these replicas are numbered, they will be assigned on a first-come basis.
If you're a collector of Star Wars vehicles, this is the first licensed replica of the snowspeeder ever available - so you won't want to let this opportunity pass you by!
* Only 2 payments of $299.50 (plus S&H)
* Double MR Rewards points!