Once we hit the year 2000 I felt like we could officially consider ourselves as living in “the future.” And boy, has it proved disappointing! No flying cars, no fusion power, no mass production jetpacks, no Ricardo Montalban becoming a superhuman tyrant. Sure, we got the Internet, but at this point I think we can admit that’s maybe 70% boon and 30% curse.
Speaking of flying cars, science fiction has had us convinced for nearly a century that the key to those flying cars is antigravity technology. We’ll guess what, science fiction! You neglected to count on our scientists’ baffling inability to find graviton particles! They’re not even sure they exist!
Fortunately, in places like the fictional sort-of fantasy, sort-of sci-fi world of Eternia and galaxies long ago and far away, scientists evidently solved the antigravity puzzle. Or maybe gravity just works different there – who knows or cares other than Wikia editors. The important thing is, devices like Joe Amaro’s custom Hover Disc Re perfectly plausible on Eternia or Tatooine.
The Hover Disc is not a complex toy. It’s a small hunk of solid plastic, exquisitely designed and sculpted by Mr. Amaro. It was issued in two flavored, gray and black; I specifically requested the gray because I thought it would show off the details better.
There are three little half-spheres at the bottom of the disc, which both suggest the disc’s esoteric antigravity technology and serve to balance the disc when it’s on the ground. There top is sculpted with more suggestively sci-fi details, and it even has some paint applications – the bottom is painted a dark gray, while the top (except for the foot panels) is painted in a grayish-white, the buttons are painted blue and green, and there’s a silver circuit.
Of course, you could always along more details yourself – the plastic has a nice matte finish that I suspect would take paint very well.
There are two pegs on the disc. They seem ideally designed for MOTUC figures, and I think that’s who Joe had in kind (particularly Horde Troopers). Fortunately the legs always work for the Horde Troolers’ spiritual predecessor, the Stormtroopers (specifically the 6″ Star Wars Black kind).
I like the hover disc with the Stormtroopers – it fits in that kind of Expanded Universe, Marvel Comics kind of way.
Of course, the discs will also fit any manner of figures. The pegs work best on 6″ figures but theoretically you could pose any figure on them – it is a mighty vehicle indeed for a 3.75″ figure.
Joe has sold out of the Hover Discs, but he might do another run if there’s enough interest. So hit up his blog and let him know! In the meantime, Joe will be selling two other items this Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7pm: the Dark Soldier helmet and the Spaceballs-inspired Helmet General. Keep an eye on this page to order them on Wednesday. For more on these helmets, visit Joe’s Facebook page.