History Origin of the Shin Tools in the Star Wars Visual Dictionary


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Hi everyone,

After speaking with Dr. David West Reynolds last week, I learned the origin of the additional shin tools that were included in the 1995 Star Wars Visual Dictionary on the Boba Fett page. DWR authored the book and provided the backstory.

Don Post Studios had purchased a licensing agreement from LFL which allowed them to produce the life-sized Boba Fett statue they sold. When Don Post Studios was making their Boba Fett, they took creative liberties to make changes from original components - especially those which were not fully seen. This included the shin tools and the ammo belt pockets/contents, etc. DPS even created their own shin tools. To throw DPS a bone for having charged them so much for the licensing, LFL decided to include the DPS shin tools in the book as "canon."




Dr. David West Reynolds opposed this because it was not accurate. He did what he could, but ultimately it wasn't the hill he wanted to die on. So, we ended up with the DPS shin tools in the visual dictionary.

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They can also be seen in the pockets of the Boba Fett costume that was shot for the book, worn by Dr. DWR.

However, they were not ever used on screen and were not part of the original costume. Hopefully the 501st will remove them from their CRLs.

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These shin tools even went on to impact the 1/6th scale figures and more.

So, make sure you don't have DPS shin tools in your costumes lol!

I’m just glad they went with ROTJ SE for that statue because I think my brain would ESB my brain would malfunction lol it’s just crazy to me that none of these big name companies can’t even come close to recreating these suits even the EFX lifesize statue is extremely in accurate but definitely better than the DPS.
Good read!!! I always thought that multi detonator looked like a quick assembly of a bunch of parts from the hardware dept at Menards!!! LoL
I thought the SE photoshoot for that did include the sonic beam weapon from the Visual Dictionary aka DPS version? I never knew it was from Don Post Studios.
I thought the SE photoshoot for that did include the sonic beam weapon from the Visual Dictionary aka DPS version? I never knew it was from Don Post Studios.
What we’ve called the SE photo shoot isn’t a set of photos taken of the costumes the days they filmed the SE scenes.

RotJ SE filming costume:




What’s been called the SE photos are photos from the Frito Lay advertising photo shoot and the Visual Dictionary photo shoot. The Frito Lay photo shoot has no tools in the pockets, like the SE filming costume.

Frito Lay/Advertising Photo Shoot:


It was during the Visual Dictionary photo shoot that the Don Post Studios tools were photographed and included.




Hope that helps.