Thursday, June 09, 2005

SFX's Toy Shop - Jar Jar Binks Concept Figure

Sean, from the Attacktix Forum, is a madman. He has created some great concept toys, so I decided to post them here for everyone to see. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hey gang, welcome to the Toy Shop!

As you can tell by the great threads about game play variations and future figures, Attacktix lends itself to creativity. I've had a few ideas rattling around for awhile and I thought I'd share them with you. Think of them as figure mods, but instead of paint & clay I'll use ones & zeros.

First up I thought I'd tackle the dilemma that is... JAR JAR BINKS! That's right... I said it! I was inspired by the Jar Jar poll and thought that there had to be a way to get people to play a J.J.B figure. Unlike most I don't hate the fella. He's not one of my favorites, but I don't want to see him die in some horribly gruesome way. He was a character that had a lot of potential, but was handled poorly.

When thinking of a Jar Jar Attacktix figure the worlds 'striker' and 'launcher' don't jump immediately to mind. So, what could the Jar man do? Here's my take on it. I give you...


JAR JAR BINKS
(original photos via Rebelscum.com)


Jar Jar has 2 major features...

1. ARM/LEVER
2. COLOR WINDOW

How does he work?

A. by pulling down on the ARM/LEVER you cause the...
B. COLOR WHEEL (red/green) to spin
C. the COLOR WHEEL can be seen through the COLOR WINDOW
D. when the COLOR WHEEL stops your color is revelaled


What does this all mean?

In the Phantom Menace I found Jar Jar to be very distracting (and since you can't add an 'annoyance' or 'murderous rage' variation into the game) I figured I'd work this angle on his figure.

You field Jar Jar on your team just like any other figure. He moves when your team moves, but never takes any other action during your turn. Instead, after your opponent moves his figures, but before he fires a shot you get to 'spin the wheel' and turn Jar Jar's arm. If the color in the window is green your opponent can fire at will. On the other hand, if red appears in the window you opponent must direct his/her entire allotment of shots for that turn at Jar Jar!

Think of him as the anti-R2 D2 (the R2 attacktix figure is rumored to have a numbered spinner that can give your team extra shots). This way Jar Jar fills out 2 very important functions. One he is actually a useful (and hopefully fun) figure. And two, everyone will have the chance to unload a barrage of missiles at his squishy head!

This way you can actually build strategy around him. From the simple and obvious: Send Jar Jar as far away from your main force as possible and let him take some heat. To the more useful: Surround him with a wall of battle droids. The more your opponent knocks over, the more you may be able to pull in from your backups. To the ones that will piss people off: Place him behind a Mega and let them absorb all of your opponents missiles (and frustration)!

Plus, I don't want there ever to be an Attacktix figure that makes people respond in any of the following ways:

Cry
or
Immediately tape the booster back up and return it
or
Feed him to the family pet
or
Death by bunsen burner
or
Crush him like an ant under your boot! ;)

Well, that's it for today's Toy Shop! Join us next time for...

JABBA THE HUTT: MEGA

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I personally Liked Jar Jar ,but it is pretty damn funny what you've come up with.

penguinboy said...

I like how can you build straegy around it. Do you know if hasbro has any plans for gungan attacktix.

penguinboy said...

A cool idea for a figure of a gungan would be one on one of those horse reptile thingys they ride in the movie. Like a striker that could move 12 medium base and have an attackback special with a 40 percent chance.

gag said...

that effect is good because if all your other figures are good and you do not want them defeated he just gets defeated for you.

Anonymous said...

I likey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

KILL JAR JAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

the atack is cool but does it work

Anonymous said...

you could also make him have a prodder staff out of his tongue. by the way, he should be a captain. general jarjar, remember? and instead of a republic character, they should make a gungan class. remember boss nass, captain tarpals, captain marsoon, and regular gungan troopers and warriors

Anonymous said...

same anonymous as the last one
there should be a fammba mega with a shield generator on a tether and the other side cant attack characters that the tether can reach until they have a figure in range. thats how the droidekas took them down in the movies

Anonymous said...

his bonus should be able to bring him back somehow