I had never heard of Jazzinc prior to the announcement of this product. When looking at their website, it appears they usually do 1:6 goods. That would explain why they haven’t popped up on my radar before this item. @shootingthegalaxy posted a link to the Tantive IV Rebel Blockade Runner and I was smashing the “buy” button without consciously realizing it.
The box arrived and as I started to take the contents out, I was immediately impressed with how sturdy this piece is in hand. Unlike the Suit up Gantry, the Tantive IV Rebel Blockade Runner feels like you could take the side walls and assault someone with it. Please don’t.
Most of my week day photography takes place in a window of time between when I get the kids home, and when my girlfriend gets home and we start discussing dinner. All told, maybe 90 minutes, tops. I was planning on building this and photographing it the same day. Don’t do that. At least, not if your window of opportunity is as limited as mine. It took me about an hour to build it. That does include watching the video Jazzinc put out with instructions. I could probably do it in about 45 minutes now.
WARNING: get the decals right the first time. I had to redo mine a couple times because I guess I am a spaz. Consequently, I keep flattening it out so it doesn’t peel off. The adhesive they use is no joke. Get it right the first time. Also, when you’re putting on the tracks on the back of the door (for the 3 different background options) as you watch the video, the gentleman doesn’t mention until the SECOND track that it has to be even with the edge of the door frame. When you’re sticking those tracks on, get them as close to the edge as you can.
Did I say three different backgrounds? Yes, the Tantive IV Rebel Blockade Runner comes with a white Rebel Alliance hallway, a black Imperial hallway, and a closed door that slide in and out. Very cool design.
The panels on the inside walls are applied with their magic adhesive strips, using a laser printed guide you tape onto the inside wall as you are applying them. There is no right or wrong way, but I went with how the panels appeared in A New Hope. The floor is one piece, the left and right walls are each a different piece, and the back area where the door sits is another piece. If you don’t glue them all together, you can mix and match pieces for your display or photography needs. Let’s take a look at the inside.
As you can see, on a few of those pictures I took out the floor that shipped with the diorama and tossed in a painted piece of Plexiglas. Worked fine for my needs.
You don’t need this piece. If you don’t do photography or have static display shelves, this is too much money for too little in return.
However, if you love Star Wars and do action figure photography, or you like to rotate out your displays to keep them interesting, you should pick this Tantive IV Rebel Blockade Runner up. There is a short and long version, I got the long version.
I will be keeping an eye out for future 1:12 pieces from Jazzinc because this is an incredible piece of Star Wars history to breathe life into your scenes. Go pick it up here!
One of the nice things about this piece is it fits in with any era of Star Wars. I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I enjoyed taking them.