Many of you will know GTP Toys, the maker of Space Walls, which is one of the most popular modular diorama sets used by toy photographers. When GTP Toys acquired the official Star Wars license many thought that GTP Toys had finally hit it big. With an official license GTP Toys could finally make official Star Wars diorama sets. And GTP toys did reveal the Tantive IV hallway with LEDs lighting up the wall panels. But then Covid caused several factory closures resulting in serious delays and on top of that extremely disappointing sales for the Tantive IV set put an end to all of it. GTP Toys no longer has the Star Wars license (the contract with Disney ended on September 30th). The owner has posted a long newsletter that explains the situation. And it reveals a few interesting facts about how it is to work for Disney as a Star Wars licensor. One might call it a cautionary tale. Click through for the full story!
This was annouced at SDCC as well today: popular maker of Death Star like walls GTP Toys & Collectibles now has an official Star Wars license, which means the “space walls” are now an official product!
The new space walls will, as it seems, no longer be modular though, you will be able to get complete sets that recreate entire sections of the Death Star. These new Death Star walls are in 1/12 scale, so for The Black Series only [edit: while no 1/18 scale sets were shown GTP will announce 1/18 scale sets at a later time!]. The walls now also include flooring and LED lights, so it’s a huge upgrade from the previous option. But this also means you can no longer arrange the walls any way you like, it remains to be seen if you can combine several sets into a larger set.
The new license could also mean that the walls see wider distribution, especially outside the USA! It’s great that the popular space walls are now officially licensed, which means GTP can also do much more now, without infringing upon Disney’s IP even more or in fear of getting sued eventually. Thanks to JTA regular Matthew C. for the alert!
Update: it now seems that there will be 1/18 scale space walls sets after all! According to our colleagues from Bantha Skull the clip system used until recently apparently ingringes on a LEGO copyright, so all the sets are non-modular and that also means any 3.75 in sets that use these clips had to be discontinued when GTP got a proper license from Disney. But GTP will soon make an announcement about a 3.75 inch scale set! So stay tuned!
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