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

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

Moderators: Darth_Nub, MOC Yak Face
  1. Bobatron Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 3, 2012
    star 3
    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 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 6, 2004
    star 2
    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.
    Last edited by SithLord_Darth_Vader, Nov 11, 2012
  3. Chewbacca89 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Oct 25, 2012
    star 5
  4. Mirax Terrik Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Mar 11, 2000
    star 5
    What version of the film did you watch where TIE fighters were white? I've never heard of this before
    Jarren_Lee-Saber likes this.
  5. Bobatron Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 3, 2012
    star 3
    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.
    Last edited by Bobatron, Feb 21, 2013
  6. Juke Skywalker Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2004
    star 5
    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.
    Jarren_Lee-Saber likes this.
  7. Unchosen One Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Dec 27, 2012
    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 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2004
    star 5
    I believe it was in the SE's ;)
    Joe Antonetti and Unchosen One like this.
  9. Darth_Zandalor Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Aug 2, 2009
    star 4
    Probably to differentiate them. Blue Tie Fighters versus Red X-Wings.
  10. Jarren_Lee-Saber Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 16, 2008
    star 4
    Aren't TIE fighter's all black??
  11. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    Uh, no. :p

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

    Member Since:
    Nov 12, 2012
    star 5
    Wait, what?! Screencap! Me wantie see!
    Last edited by BigAl6ft6, Feb 25, 2013
  13. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 29, 2000
    star 9
    I'll post one tomorrow. Most of them are grainy VHS screencaps on Google. :p
    BigAl6ft6 likes this.
  14. Lars_Muul Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Oct 2, 2000
    star 6
    @DarthBoba: You a fan of Lizzy Borden? No? Well, they have a song that I think you might like. It's called "Tomorrow never comes"!





    Oh, snap!
    /LM
  15. Legolas Skywalker Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 3, 2012
    star 6
    TIE Fighters were never white

    Plus white or black are not colors FYI :p
    Last edited by Legolas Skywalker, Jan 8, 2014
  16. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Apr 26, 2009
    star 4
  17. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jun 28, 2001
    star 9
    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 Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Sep 2, 2012
    star 6
    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 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jan 25, 2013
    star 4
  20. WhiskeyGold Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Nov 13, 2001
    star 4
  21. Sith-Mullet Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Aug 2, 2003
    star 3
    That's not just the body but the ejection seat as well.
  22. Barbecue17 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Nov 11, 2013
    star 2
  23. Beezer Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Jul 5, 2013
    star 4
  24. sharkymcshark Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Dec 12, 2013
    star 2
  25. Barbecue17 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Nov 11, 2013
    star 2
    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?
Moderators: Darth_Nub, MOC Yak Face