The vast majority do come with Mars graphic, but the Emerald Mars didn’t. I’m trying to remember whether the first runs of the X-metal-coloured Mars from Spring 1998 had the Mars graphic as well. My mind says “no”, but I can’t be 100% positive since I’m going off memory.
“The world of wearable technology is spotty, to say the least. Everyone wants accessibility without looking like a goddamn cyborg”. For most of the world this is true, but I guess the writer hadn’t talked to Oakley collectors.
Anyway, apparently Bose too has their own wireless, headphone-less sunglasses:
Another interesting development for E3 is Arcade1Up’s release of 3/4 sized replicas of arcade games like the late ‘80s and ‘90s TMNT and Capcom’s X-men games. Arcade1Up has been around for a bit but the TMNT and X-men stuff has got me interested.
At 45”, it’s on the very short size, but you can get a riser for $50-60 to bring it to about 57” (traditionally arcade games are around 6 feet in height). Not sure if the value is there vs. Buying a vintage machine and cleaning it up yourself due to size difference, but it is a cool concept and has multiple games in 1 cabinet.
No, it’s just part of the championship celebration. They wear goggles because of the champagne flying around. It’s become a tradition in recent years for the North American sports teams to celebrate like that with goggles on.
Plus movie memorabilia has its own market, so it would make sense that anything screen wore would end up in an auction. - Dann
That’s exactly the case for this movie. The X-men prop auction occurred in late July or early August 2000 on eBay. Back then, it was normal for studios to team up with eBay to auction off screen-worn prop items for charity. I remember The Perfect Storm was the movie with the eBay auction prior to the X-men one.
Yes, the screen-worn Juliets were part of that 2000 auction and did come with an official 20th Century Fox COA stating it was screen worn. And also yes, the glasses looked exactly like it did in the movie, Ruby Quartz lenses and all.
I remember sitting in my apartment in Vancouver comparing the Ruby Juliets I bought in early July 2000 with the screen-worn Juliets pictured in the auctions, especially the lenses (since the consumer-released version was disappointing compared to the lenses on screen). Of course they looked nothing alike, but I was enamoured with the Ruby Juliet back then, being such a huge X-men fan.
Then of course there is the Prop Store sale from 14 or 15 years ago with the screen-worn Juliet that most of us on the OR missed out on and were kicking ourselves for. That Juliet, too, looked exactly like it did in the movie and had a reputable COA as well.
So when a pair comes out 18+ years after the Fox auctions and claim to be the only screen-worn Juliet, yet doesn’t look anything like what is shown in the movie, it does invite some analysis and scrutiny.
I think the reality is Oakley was a vendor for the movie but didn’t have ultimate say on what is shown onscreen. Those within the walls of HQ thought the movie’s production was going in one direction, but the studio, producers and director took a slightly different direction. It’s just one party not having a full view of the end occurrences. It is an honest mistake and no deception was intended by anyone, but the claims don’t reflect reality.
Yes, it’s $525 retail, but you can probably get it for sub-$400 on eBay.
In terms of frame details and aesthetics, it’s one of Dita’s more tame glasses but it wears super comfy. Like all of Dita’s stuff, the Ti used is very supple and the weight is well-balanced. There is absolutely no curve to it; the lens is either zero base or 2 base, The big attraction, of course, is the Tony Stark and MCU connection.
Inspired by the Avengers: Infinity War movie and this week’s newest footage from the new Spider-man movie, plus the opportunity of getting a pair from my regular dealer, I pulled the trigger on the Dita Flight 006:
Other things I learned about Dita glasses today:
-The Rikton - Type 402 is insane in person. Some crazy detailing on that pair. It will be my next Dita sunglass.
-The Lindstrum is awesome. Very cool subtle industrial cues to it yet retains the ability to be business casual. It will be my next ophthalmic frame.
So I have heard rumblings that the Juliet lenses in the first X-men movie were CGI’ed red rather than physically red. This is probably not the case since they had actually made physical red lenses, and it also would’ve cost a fortune to do it all CGI back 20 years ago.
Anyway, some of the pics of the real, physical Ruby Quartz lenses:
James Marsden wearing the Juliet’s for the first time during costume testing in 1999:
One of the screen-used props sold back in the day
The Juliet with the Ruby Quartz lenses displayed at Fox’s Baja Studios from many years back
A pic of the Juliets with Ruby Quartz lenses from the original X-men DVD. I couldn’t get a screen capture so I have to take a pic of the screen with my phone, which is the reason for the blurriness but rest assured the pic shows the physical red lenses:
So it is highly doubtful that any CGI went into the lenses of the Juliet specifically.
Any Dark Phoenix movie will fail if you don’t:
1. Develop the Cyclops/Jean Grey relationship so that people actually care about them;
2. Have a strong and charismatic lead actress playing Jean so viewers will enjoy watching her(and Cyclops as well, though Marsden was ok in the 1st X-men film).
None of the X-men movies came close to the above, so the key attraction to the story didn’t resonate. It’s like they couldn’t be bothered to lay the foundation before telling the story.
It’s been quite a journey for the X-men films. I’ve been following the saga of it for over 20 years, from when 20th C. Fox officially announced they would make the X-men movie till now. I’m glad Marvel Studios will be rebooting the entire series. It may take 5+ years until that happens, but I’m glad the Fox version of it gets its rest.