Wow. I made some serious progress on Dr. Fate's Tower last
night and this afternoon. The Tower itself is a pretty inexpensive, straight
forward build. But it'll definitely take me a while to furnish it properly, as I'll
be scratch-building most of the fixtures.
A few months ago I found these three plastic sleighs among
the Christmas decorations at the local thrift shop. They were the perfect size
for Megos so I bought them all. I finally decided what one of them will
become. The Son of Satan Mego will get his very own chariot drawn by demonic
horses. This is such a cool idea that I can't believe it took me so long to
come up with it!
I have two all-time favorite Sci-Fi design schemes: the Klingon
design work in ST: TMP (probably my favorite 7 minutes of Sci-Fi cinema) and
the Draconian designs for "Buck Rogers". Mego did great Klingon
figures for their 3 3/4" and 12" ST: TMP lines. The 12" Klingon
is my favorite Mego figure, but, though their 3 3/4" Draconian Guard is
nicely done, their 12" version is seriously incomplete. He has an accurate
laser rifle, but no armor, helmet, or goggles.
I decided that a 12" inch Draconian Soldier was needed
and set out to make one. I spent a year or so tracking down photos, hunting for
parts, and watching the Draconian episodes of "Buck Rogers" over and
over again on DVD. It took a while but I'm happy with the results. And making a
custom figure causes you to look at the design in a different, more focused
way. I feel I understand the design much better now, and appreciate it that much
A couple of years after I made my Draconian Soldier, Zica
toys released a line of 8" retro-Mego "Buck Rogers" figures. Their DraconianGuard is absolutely perfect.
NOTE: For the background in the first photo, I used blueprints by Jackill Designs. Check them out. They have some cool blueprints.