Babylon Podcast #277: Babylon 5 Collectibles

Welcome to Show #277!

Joining Tim, Summer and Jeremy this week are collector hounds Neil from Bowie and Alexander from Slovakia. Sadly, we open this week’s show in remembrance of Michael O’Hare, who passed away after several days in a coma following a heart attack.

Condolences for his family and fond memories of his time on Babylon 5 were prevalent across Facebook and Twitter.

Discussion: Oh, the humanity! This may be the longest non-interview episode we’ve ever done.

Even with Warner Bros being inconsistent with licensing terms, pulling licenses before items were completed or in some cases, had even gotten off the drawing boards, there’s still a LOT of stuff out there for a dedicated Babylon 5 fan to search for and immerse themselves in.

We try to cover the major and some of the minor items that might still be available in various corners of the web and collector shops, and marvel at how many small items slipped passed our notice over the years:

  • Dolls and Action Figures
  • Ships: models, toys and miniatures
  • posters and prints
  • trading cards & collectible card games & other RPG and video games
  • stamps, calendars, specialty books, international versions of the books
  • screensaver and soundtrack and episodic soundtrack CDs

Anyone want to test out creating 3D prints of B5 ships?

There’s probably more out there, so call or email us and let us know if we did miss anything cool!

Submitting your own Feedback: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know! Call 206-338-2259, or just email us a comment you’ve recorded yourself!

Lurker’s Guide 2.0: Summer is expanding the documentation to be covered at Lurker’s Guide 2.0, the major change being converting the episode guide into a full Wiki with cross-referenced topics, tidbits and everything you’d want in a Wiki. She’s also still searching for pictures of rare collectibles, photos of magazine covers and toys, and all sorts of other B5 goodies that didn’t get included in the original guide during the years after Crusade. Let her know if you want to lend a hand.

More Parody/Filk Songs Wanted: If you know of any more B5-related fan songs out there, definitely let us know, so we can let other B5 fans know where to buy them! And if those CDs are out of print, let’s brainstorm on ways to get those songs back out there for fans!

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  1. Jim Stiles says:

    This podcast episode did not come through iTunes.

  2. Hi Summer.

    Remember the 6 inch figures (I’m lucky enough to have a complete set) each have a vehicle included. That’s where you’ll find what you think is a larger Micro machine of the Minbari Cruiser and station. For my money, the figures (and ships within) had mediocre sculpting. Unappealing and not very good likenesses. (the Lyta doll was especially homely. I bet Pat hates it) They couldn’t even get the color scheme correct on the 6-inch Kosh. Most of the small figures had paint variations to get two ‘different’ figures out of one sculpt. Some, I presume are rarer than others. They never did a 12-inch Kosh, which would have probably been relatively easy to manufacture and look decent. Ah well. Or a big Shadow critter.

    There is a series of lead gaming miniatures of many of the vehicles that is pretty good….but you have to build and paint the little things. The Micro-Machines are excellent, given the scale and I wish they did more like the Earth Force Destroyers, atmospheric Starfurys, B4 and Shadow ships (and ships from the spinoffs and movies). But we were probably lucky to get as many as we did. These MM sculpts and paint jobs were superior to the larger ones that came with the figures.

  3. Another PS. I actually made pretty decent iTunes art for all (or almost all) of the B5 Episode soundtracks using the images on the discs. I’ll gladly send them to you to share with your listeners.

    So, Bab Podcasters, Please private E-Mail me an address where I can upload them. You can make them available to your listeners however you want.

    Cheers,

    Lance

  4. I was listening to this episode, all ready to e-mail in about 3D printers when the subject was brought up… I think I audibly shouted “YES” on the train at this point.

    Here in the UK there are services that’ll 3D print stuff for you, although I don’t know how expensive they are. We have at least two 3D printers in my University, although the ones I know about have some limitations and are only so precise. The robotics lab nearby has some snazzier 3D printers.

    If only I could get hold of some compatible station/ship model files and then convince somebody to let me use precious equipment for my whimsical B5 fan purposes…

    Still, worth checking out the 3rd part services; there’ll be some in the US too – might be cost effective if done in the right way, with the right group of people pulling together.

  5. when I had time and space to build model rockets, I caught wind that our engineering department was considering a demo of a 3D printer. I was lobbying hard to get some rocket parts made (specifically a nose for a scale Vostok model). Alas, the demo fell through and my dream of custom parts dashed upon the shoals of reality.

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