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CT Whose decision was it to change color of TIE Fighters?

Discussion in 'Classic Trilogy' started by Bobatron, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Bobatron

    Bobatron Jedi Master star 4

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    The TIE Fighters in ANH (or whatever you want to call it) are white, and then became blue in The Empire Strikes Back and remained that way in Return of the Jedi. Do you know or think the color change was a decision of Lucas' or Irvin Kershner's?
    Or perhaps, is it written anywhere that the white coloring was simply for the squadrons stationed at the Death Star?
     
  2. Ichor_Razor

    Ichor_Razor Jedi Master star 3

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    They were grey, not white, and they were going to be blue originally in ANH but changed to grey in order to better film against a bluescreen according to what I just found out on wikipedia.
     
  3. Chewbacca89

    Chewbacca89 Jedi Master star 5

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  4. Mirax Terrik

    Mirax Terrik Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    What version of the film did you watch where TIE fighters were white? I've never heard of this before
     
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  5. Bobatron

    Bobatron Jedi Master star 4

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    The ones in ANH always looked white to me, as well as the toy.
    Either way, the question was regarding how they were one color and then they were another and that first color was never seen again. Asked and sort of answered in November.
     
  6. Juke Skywalker

    Juke Skywalker Force Ghost star 5

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    The original Kenner Tie-Fighter toys were white, which kind of re-enforced the incorrect perception that they were white in the film. Of course Kenner wasn't exactly gospel when it came to color. They gave the original Luke figure a yellow lightsaber--understandable, since it looks a bit whiteish in the first film--but then by the time TESB came out, and it was clear that Luke's saber was blue, they not only gave his figure a yellow lightsaber again, they made the role play "The Force" lightsaber yellow too.
     
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  7. Unchosen One

    Unchosen One Jedi Youngling

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    They did give TIE Fighters that cool ejection-wing thing where the solar panels pop off. That was in the movies, right? [face_batting]
     
  8. Juke Skywalker

    Juke Skywalker Force Ghost star 5

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    I believe it was in the SE's ;)
     
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  9. Darth_Zandalor

    Darth_Zandalor Jedi Master star 4

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    Probably to differentiate them. Blue Tie Fighters versus Red X-Wings.
     
  10. Jarren_Lee-Saber

    Jarren_Lee-Saber Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Aren't TIE fighter's all black??
     
  11. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Uh, no. :p

    Also, you can see a TIE pilot eject in the asteroid field in TESB.
     
  12. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 6

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    Wait, what?! Screencap! Me wantie see!
     
  13. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'll post one tomorrow. Most of them are grainy VHS screencaps on Google. :p
     
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  14. Lars_Muul

    Lars_Muul Jedi Grand Master star 6

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  15. Deputy Rick Grimes

    Deputy Rick Grimes Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    TIE Fighters were never white

    Plus white or black are not colors FYI :p
     
  16. Darth_Nub

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  17. darth-sinister

    darth-sinister Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Lucas never changed the models on the TIE Fighters between 77 and 97. They've always been the same color, once the final model design was completed.
     
  18. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Force Ghost star 9

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    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE/LN_starfighter

    Originally meant to have a blue color on the hull, this was abandoned when blue-screen filming made the fighters transparent. The original TIE/ln fighters seen in A New Hope were relatively white in color; the TIEs of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were more gray with a gradual bluish hue added during post-production.

    It would be interesting to compare photos of ANH TIEs with ESB TIEs.
     
  19. Seagoat

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  20. WhiskeyGold

    WhiskeyGold Jedi Master star 4

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    i have read about this but the body (if thats in on the left size of the pic) seems to big to be a pilot. Has anything official every been said on this?
     
  21. Sith-Mullet

    Sith-Mullet Jedi Master star 3

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    That's not just the body but the ejection seat as well.
     
  22. Barbecue17

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  23. Beezer

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  24. sharkymcshark

    sharkymcshark Jedi Knight star 3

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    I rewatched this on bluray the other night - he basically disintegrates.
     
  25. Barbecue17

    Barbecue17 Jedi Knight star 2

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    Haha

    I'm wondering about the in universe explanation. It's something I always wondered about with the X-wings, too. The Tie Fighter Pilots have armor so they could theoretically survive in space. The X-wing pilots do not but one pilot tells Porkins to eject. Why?