Yesterday I went to a Star Wars exhibition here in Italy. It was made with the contribution of LucasFilm itself and contained drawings, story board pictures, costumes and models used in the making of the real movies.
Beneath the other things there were a couple of models used in the Mos Espa Grand Arena in TPM.
The first was a big chunk of the arena seating, which is also cited in the official Star Wars site (http://www.starwars.com/databank/loc...darena/?id=bts Behind the Scenes section): “Industrial Light & Magic used multiple methods in creating the Mos Espa Grand Arena for the screen. Sections of arena seating were shot on location in Tunisia with costumed extras. These elements, shot on high-def video and not on film, were then cloned and repositioned in ILM's computers to make the crowd even larger. The arena itself was a huge miniature built and filmed at ILM. Extending the miniature were a number of digital matte paintings. To fill in the crowds in the miniature, ILM ingeniously used multi-colored cotton swabs blown by a fan to form a bustling audience.” (I am referring to the miniature with the crowd made of cotton swabs, see first picture).
The other was the race gate (see second and third picture).
Well, I noted that people on the stairs of the arena and especially all people standing on the race gate were actually Action Fleet figures! In particular ILM technicians used a lot of Lukes from the AF Rancor, among a lot of others (probably obtained directly from Galoob, I do not think they bought so many AF Rancors just for army building purposes ).
So Action Fleet figures were used in the actual movies, and part of the crowd you see in TPM during the Mos Espa Podrace are the same AF figures we all have at home.
Action Fleet line was so good even ILM appreciated it!
Cool, isn't it?