Desert Of Zin

The occasional blog of Alistair Bain – Writer, Husband, Father and Chief Techno-Arcanologist at the Institute of Giant Robots, Spaceships and Wizards. None of these positions pay well.

Star Wars – The Infographic

This is an example of why I love the Internet.

Make yourself a cup of tea and settle down for a unique retelling of the first Star Wars film.

June 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Reading | Tags: , | No comment

So, there’s this film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I went to see this film this afternoon. I’ve managed to avoid spoilers over the weekend and although I’m taking Aurora on her birthday to see it at the IMAX at the science centre on Sunday it was an idea to get a sneaky viewing before I have to sit and answer two hours of “who is he/she?”, “what’s that?” and others of a similar flavour.

In other words I wanted to enjoy the film before daughter and her friend get in the way.

First things first.  This is no Phantom Menace. It’s actually a good, fun, exciting movie. And it has a Star Wars feel to it, something I feel the prequel trilogy lacked. (And I’m not a complete frothing fanboy. I quite liked Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Phamton Menace though. Damn.  That was unforgivable.)

And it didn’t look like the whole film was done on a blue screen.  It looked tangible. Does that make sense?

The new cast are really good. And it was good to see a film that had a strong female lead.

This is all really vague, isn’t it? Well, I’m sure that of the three people who read this intermittent blog at lease two of you haven’t seen this film yet.

My advice is to give it a go.  It’s just over two hours long and I very enjoyed almost every second. And if people tell you that it’s the same story as the first Star Wars? Yeah. It kinda is. And who cares? Not me. They were both great fun.

December 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm | Watching | Tags: , | 1 comment

Just when I thought I couldn’t get more excited…

Not so much a new trailer for Star Wars but a behind the scenes feature giving you a wee flash of Episode 7. Excited for the full thing? Of course I am.

July 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm | Watching | Tags: , | No comment

I do love a good partwork

Especially when that partwork is going to be 100 issues in total, running to just under 900 quid and will leave me with a large but beautifully detailed model of the Millennium Falcon. Yeah, internet. That’s right. And only for £900. Money well spent there.

I’ve dabbled in partworks in the past. A few editions of the Marvel Graphic Novels Collection. Bits and pieces of the Star Wars and Star Trek Fact Files. Comic books. My Doctor Who dvds.

I’ve bought the first issue, for the bargain price of £2.99, and not because I intend to go any further with it. I’m a sucker for a big poster of a spaceship.

But £900 is a step too far. I could get a Forge World Imperial Reaver & Warhound Titan for that.

Hmmm… Titans…

January 9, 2015 at 11:53 am | Gaming, Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No comment

Never too early to get your advent calendar…

24th of October. Not too early at all.

I couldn’t help myself. It’s a classic Star Wars “Milk Chocolate Calendar” with “24 Festive Milk Chocolate Shapes”. And with a Death Star game on the back!

October 24, 2014 at 11:42 am | General | Tags: , , | No comment