It’s been over a year now since my last visit to this page; at one point, I’d planned to delete it as it wasn’t serving the function I’d hope it’d serve.
But I’m glad that I’ve opted to give the page a second shot. In the last year or so, I’ve gotten more involved in my various hobbies, and this gives me a way to both show off what I’ve got/done, while getting feedback, advice, and the like.
A new title, a new start, and a new set of hobby goals . . .
So what have I been up to?
I’ve toned down the Star Wars interests – both RPG and prop making – because it didn’t see it going anywhere. I reluctantly sat and watched The Force Awakens, and have yet to make the effort to see Rogue One. Can’t say that I was burned out, but it was clear to me that my Star Warsish enthusiasm had diminished. I listened to debates about how the series had gone off the rails, I listened to people whine about how it was now too child friendly, and I read about people who’d abandoned the franchise for something else. As for me, I made a handful of props – some good, some not – but nothing else came of them. On to the backburner they went. Until today, that is.
Despite my numerous complaints about Anovos and their ability to deliver their products, I’m still a fan of theirs. I’d wanted to take advantage of their recent Star Wars 40th Anniversary Sale, but the window was so tight (one day) and the selection so limited (virtually every I want is a pre-order, if it’s still offered at all), that I missed out. I was surprised to see, for example, that they no longer offer the olive Imperial Officer Uniform or the cap, as I’d been waiting for those to come in stock. Honestly, I’d wanted the cap more than the uniform itself, but still – if you’re going to offer a product, then offer it; don’t tease potential customers for years that “it’s coming.” I’m not a fan of the Empire, but you have to admit that they do have some nice looking threads.
What surprised me most about the sale, however, was the fact that they’re now offering the Imperial belt and belt buckle. The buckle is available now for a whopping $35 (!), while the full belt and buckle (due this winter), is a reasonable $50.
So let me get this straight: The buckle is $35, while the whole belt is $50. The buckle (I can’t emphasize this enough) is 70% of what it costs for the full belt. I don’t have a problem with the cost of the belt; I have their Star Trek II belt, and honestly, it’s better than anything I could have dreamt of making. I spent three years trying to make a decent copy of that belt, and it was an expensive disaster. The Anovos version – boom, baby! It’s perfect. Now if I just had $2,000 to drop on the rest of the uniform, I’d be on Cloud Nine.
My problem is with the cost of the solitary buckle. You’d think that the leather and workmanship of the belt would cost more than the metal plate acting as a buckle, right?
Oh, I get it. But then again, I don’t. Still, it’s their bat and ball, and my guess is that licensing fees to the House of Mouse are figured in there somewhere, so they can pretty much do what they want.
So . . . rather than rant all day, I decided to do something about it. I’ve ordered the data discs from an online source and will – hopefully – simply make my own buckle. If I play my cards right, I might even be able to craft the whole belt (albeit, not as fantastic looking as the one above) for less than what Anovos is asking.
That’s the easy part. Anovos’ other new product that I do want are their Data Cylinders. I mean, take a look at these babies:
Aren’t they sweet? And a set of three for $45, that’s not bad at all. I made a set of cylinders on the cheap about two years ago. They were decent in a sort of “used by the guy in the far background” way. But these look stunning, and they’re almost enough to tempt me into putting together a full pilot’s uniform.
So, that’s one of the many projects I’m looking at this summer. Making an Imperial belt. I might revisit my cylinders, now that I have an idea as to what I’m doing, but anything I put together is going to be trash compared to what Anovos has done.