Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Star Wars: Mos Eisley Arcade

This is a toy photoshoot featuring photographs of a large Jawa action figure playing Tomy's Cosmic Clash arcade game. Originally I planned to do a video of the Tomy toy but like so many of my old electronics, it is not fully functional though it does sometimes light up the ships and scroll for a second. Being from the '80s (cannot locate a copyright on the toy itself), it is not a fancy handheld video game. Instead it is a toy where images of spaceships scroll along the bottom of the "screen" and the user hits a fire button to try and hit them. A successful hit results in a purple explosion to appear on the the large space above the ships.

After giving up on a video for it I noticed the size (it's 8.5" tall) might make it suitable to pair with another toy for a photo shoot and the Jawa is perfect for that. If arcade games existed in the Star Wars universe it wouldn't be hard to imagine a Jawa playing a dingy arcade game (while standing on a stool) in a dark corner of the Mos Eisley Cantina. The toy itself doesn't give off much light at all and as I mentioned it's not currently functioning properly so that light emanating from that space onto the Jawa is something I added to mimic a real arcade cabinet.

I also tried many artistic filters in Photoshop on one image and here are my favorites:

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