Han Solo’s lucky dice from EFX

At this years SDCC, EFX announced a few collectibles that they were working on. Han Solo’s lucky dice as seen in Solo: A Star Wars story is one of those items that interested me, (along with a full size Dejarik table).

They have gone up for pre-order on the EFX website for $159.

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Of course, I have preordered but I think that they’re pretty expensive, for what they are. Still, no official Star Wars Merchandise is ever cheap, is it?

Ordinarily, I would never have bought them, but the come in a nice wooden display case.

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The lid of the box is the Millennium Falcon cockpit which is pretty sweet in my opinion.

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I wonder why they have branded these as TLJ merchandice and not Solo? (Did you see what I did there? 🙂 )

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Han Solo 51-30 SW Watch by Nixon

This Han Solo watch from Nixon attracted my attention due to it’s box, which is based on the floor tiles in the Millennium Falcon.

 

It’s a pretty good looking watch, but a closer inspection shows up many really great features that make this watch a must for my collection.

The red part on the outer bezel represents Han’s boast of doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

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The attention to detail is great and the second hand is a tiny Millennium Falcon.

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My favourite part of this watch, though is the Millennium Falcon etched on the rear of the watch face.

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I will definitely pick one of these up soon. Perhaps after Christmas.

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“Get Us Out Of Here” from the Bradford Exchange.

The Bradford Exchange has a series of “Epic Moments” dioramas based on various scenes in the Star Wars Trilogy. (Well, when I say “series”, there is only one at the moment which is a pretty nice Snow Speeder and AT-AT diorama called “Go For The Legs“.)

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The dioramas are pretty sweet in my opinion and with a height of around 12 centimetres, really displayable too. At £39.99, they’re pretty well priced. Personally, I like them and it’s a real shame that there aren’t more of them.

The second in the line of mini scenes was “Get Us Out Of Here” and it’s a small scene of the Millennium Falcon blasting out of Docking Bay 94 from Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Sorry about the poor quality photo, but this is all I can really find and I can’t find anything to date it. (Although the Go For The Legs diorama is available, so it can’t be that old. Can it?

I have asked the Bradford Exchange about this but all I got back was a nice email to say that this wasn’t available. A shame as I think this would’ve been a nice line.

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EFX Signature Edition Millennium Falcon

Whilst I was on holiday in France this year (Aux Volets Bleus, a wonderful gite in the Dordogne region that I would totally recommend), EFX announced the release of a signature edition of their Precision Cast Millennium Falcon replica. This edition is limited to a really small run of only 25 pieces and was priced at $3, 000.

I pre-ordered the regular edition some time ago and  after what can only be described as a heroic wait, it arrived earlier this year. Whilst it is not without its faults, (specifically the sidewalls and prominent join  gap on the mandibles), I think it’s a really great model and enjoy it very much. I have it on display in my living room next to my Code 3 version. 

It will feature the signatures of Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee William (Lando Calrissian) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), which will be showcased on a special brushed aluminium base.

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As you would expect, the guys on the Rebelscum forums gave it a little bit of hell, but as a Millennium Falcon collector I had to get one. It actually sold out in 10 hours, so naysayers be damned.

It’s due to ship in December 2018, but I suspect that some sort of wait may be in order. 🙂

Standby for photos on arrival.

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Millennium Falcon by Jason Hurst

One of my first purchases as a Millennium Falcon collector was my scrap metal Falcon made from car parts. “It’s a piece of my world made into something of your world”, said my girlfriend, and she wasn’t wrong. Eight years later, I still rate it highly in my collection and it’s my girlfriend’s favourite piece. Jason Hurst has created this scratch build of the Millennium Falcon as she’s seen in The Empire Strikes Back and it’s made entirely from steel. At 24″ long and 18″ wide, it weighs 46lbs, so it’s quite a beast. It has a lot features built in to it, including a full paint application, a rotatable ball and socket display mechanism, landing, exhaust and engine lighting and five sound effects coming from two, 2 amp speakers built into the vents on the rear of the sculpture. Isn’t it just beautiful and inventive in it’s creation?

The build took a whopping 130 hours over five weeks. I asked Jason how much it would cost to commission one and we’re probably talking between $3, 000 to $5, 000. Then there is shipping to consider. I think you get a quite a lot for your money.

Here are the photos from his build thread over at the RPF. Here he chronicles its design and execution so you can see just how much work went into building this.

Of course, I want one, but I think I’d want something different. Perhaps keep the steel finish, or add removable landing gear or the entrance ramp so that I can display it in a landed configuration.

I’ve sent some questions asking about the build, but the RPF is down at the moment.

Check out Jason’s website, YouTube feed and Instagram. He’s is currently in the process on sculpting Boba Fett’s Slave One in studio scale, so I’m really looking forward to seeing that.

 

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“She’s Got It Where It Counts” by Mark Englert

Up on the Bottleneck Gallery today is this wonderful print by Mark Englert of the Millennium Falcon. I love the way that he’s kept the focus on the Falcon but used backgrounds from all three or the original trilogy movies. Just beautiful.

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$65 for a 24″ by 36″ screen print with metallic ink layer. Each print will be hand numbered. This is on a timed release from Thursday 04th October at 12:00 ET (17:00 UK time) through to Sunday 07th October at 11:59pm ET.

There is also a variant which is $75 and limited to an edition size of 250 pieces.
Mark Englert - Shes Got It Where It Counts - VariantI looked it up immediately and the variant had sold out, so I was only able to order a regular version. 😦 I had to get one off eBay. $170 was the cheapest one I could find.

I have some close up, detail shots.

 

The final figure sold was 1750. Congratulations, Mark.

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Ranger Chrono SW watch from Nixon

The third watch I bought was this superb Ranger Chrono watch and it is easily my favourite of the three.
A549SW-2385-view1As you can see, they have continued with the Gun metal grey colouring and the second hand has been represented with a light sabre. The Millennium Falcon accents on this one include two dials. One represents the cockpit and the other represents the Millennium Falcon’s gun well, complete with a quad gun.

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As with the other watch, the back of this also has the Millennium Falcon cockpit layout in high relief.

Although the watch seal is in place, the seller must have removed it from the box to inspect it and I am afraid to report that it came in a Kylo Ren tin rather than the cockpit motif of the other. Still, a small niggle, for a great watch. I took delivery of this at work and my colleagues were actually quite impressed with it.

These have sold out, but you can still find them on line. Expect to pay about £350 for one.

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