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John Takis

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  1. It occurs to me that the new Florean Fortescue figure wouldn't make a half bad 1960s-era Williams!
  2. Yeah, the beard is just a question of personal taste. And definitely free to steal the Guybrush design! The body is Norrington from POTC, the head is Aquaman, and the hair is Lloyd's from Ninjago. (I did try various ponytails with Guybrush, but then you don't get his trademarked wavy and unkempt look. So since he's mostly going to be viewed from the front, I resigned myself to Guybrush sans ponytail.) I think the map is from the CMF Scallywag pirate -- though any number of LEGO treasure maps would do. And I think Murray is from the Aquasharks line? I may replace him with one of the newly molded evil skulls from this year.
  3. I have that piece, but LeChuck just doesn't seem like LeChuck to me with his skeletal mouth obscured and most of his torso covered up. I actually tried out a number of beards, and here's the result... The one on the far right is just a Sharpie job, as an experiment. But the ink leaves a sheen that doesn't look natural on LEGO. And my experiments with dying the part were a thorough failure. So I expect I'd need to invest in a decent primer and matte black paint to truly do the job properly. Ideally, of course, I'm trying to get as close to the box art as possible given the available parts: Yeah, that's probably about as close as can be achieved right now. But the hair is fuller than the Kanan mold, and doesn't really capture that tight, slicked-back look Jerry sported. Coupled with the lack of an ideal face, I'm probably not going to be building a JG to join my JW anytime soon.
  4. Indeed! I customize virtually every LEGO set I buy. Usually, it's because I want a more compact display model rather than a play model, so I rebuild the set (keeping as many aspects of the official design as I can) or, alternatively, create a vignette for the purpose of highlighting the minifigures. Eventually, I started tweaking the minifigures themselves -- replacing accessories, swapping out legs or arms or hair for greater film-accuracy. But in a handful of cases, I set out to create recognizable characters that LEGO had NOT produced using (mostly) official LEGO parts. It can be extremely challenging, and you often have to make compromises ... but it's just incredibly satisfying when you find the right parts that make everything click! For example... LEGO Sherlock Holmes The pipe is a custom LEGO-compatible part, but everything else is "purist." LEGO X-Files 100% purist. LEGO Monkey Island This one is maybe 95% purist. The voodoo doll is a fan mold; it can be swapped out for a trophy (I have a tan one that I erased the printing from), but the way it's held doesn't look quite right. I rubbed the printing off of the LEGO CMF Highwayman's legs to get boots for Elaine. LeChuck's head is genuine LEGO, it's just a rare misprint (officially, it only comes in gray). A few colors remain off ... I really wanted Elaine to have her signature bandana, so I had to compromise with black hair. LeChuck's short beard doesn't currently come in black, but it's the only beard shape that looked right to me. (I may repaint it eventually.) So I may continue to upgrade this one if new parts become available. In addition to LEGO John Williams, I'd love to make a LEGO Jerry Goldsmith ... but I haven't yet found a face that really looks like him to me. Also, while you could go with the mop-of-white-hair look, I'd ideally want him to have his signature white ponytail. LEGO makes a ponytail that might work (the one that comes with Kanan Jarrus, for example), but only in black and brown, so I'd have to take the trouble to repaint it. Perhaps someday!
  5. The BrickLink webstore, mostly! It's mostly reassembled from LEGO's Harry Potter collection: the body is from Cedric Diggory; the head is from a recent Dumbledore; and the bald hairpiece is from Ernie Prang. Even the "baton" is Voldemort's wand! The metallic gold statuette appears in a number of sets. I considered adding the cloth tuxedo tails from the CMF Professor Flitwick minifig (which I do have), but they weren't all that visible, and the texture difference between the cloth and plastic didn't look great. Still, it's an option! Seconded! Marian's BrickHeadz are fantastic! I'm not a huge fan of the theme, but if I were I'd definitely have parted one or both out by now.
  6. Lo, almost 15 years later...
  7. Hi, folks! A special appeal to consider the Paramount Westerns collection ... and not just because I'm a producer on it! There's some truly magnificent music on this set from Golden and Silver Age greats, both celebrated and obscure ... scores from the Hollywood in which John Williams came of age. Check out the sound clips when they go up and see what you think! And I'm happy to answer questions, if anyone has any!
  8. Anyone break down what tracks belong to what episodes (and a chronological order within those episodes) yet?
  9. Interesting incorporation of the ESB finale version of the theme from 3:23-4:23.
  10. This is the real deal, folks! If I hadn't worked on it, I'd have ordered it instantly. The definitive presentation of a Goldsmith masterpiece. Don't miss it!
  11. Yes, it's important to note that the Label X CD (which was not licensed by Capitol/EMI) was not a fully thought-out album presentation of the score. They simply released the score audio as it had been prepared for the narrated LP -- including passages that had been looped to accommodate the length of the dialogue. The Quartet CD factored the absence of narration into account, undoing edits that were now unnecessary, and sequencing the tracks purely with score listening in mind. The complete original narrated LP program was then provided as a bonus. The Label X CD is in no sense superior.
  12. Not too far a drive from Lansing -- and I'll take any excuse to go to Bilbo's Pizza!
  13. To your first question: Titles that seem new to you but don't have the asterisk were, I believe, previously released as part of longer album tracks. They've been restored to their original sequence and retitled. To your second: I imagine this is simply to distinguish them from the album tracks of the same name. I doubt there's anything from the old albums (other than the way the tracks were edited and assembled) that's not on here!
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