Pewter Millennium Falcon by Royal Selangor

Last year, Royal Selengor announced a limited edition, gold plated pewter Millennium Falcon figurine. It was a really nice surprise for me as it came completely out of the blue, but at £800, it was a little pricey. In the end i couldn’t resist ordering one. When it arrived i was delighted to find that it was a really nicely crafted collectible, but at a limited edition of only 200 pieces worldwide, i know that i’m never going to display it, so  I ordered the regular version. At £499, it’s not cheap but i really rate it.

First of all, they are really responsive. I received mine 5 days after ordering it. As you’d expect, it comes in an outer shipper, but the internal box is the usual Star Wars black with an outer sleeve. The Falcon and stand are protected by a foam layer for each, so damage shouldn’t be an issue.

The Falcon herself is about 7 inches by 5 inches and is richly detailed. It is by far the best of the pewter versions that i have. What i particularly like is the fact that it has retractable landing gear.

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The landing gear is retracted by pushing the display stand into the slot in the engine bay. A very nice touch, in my opinion. I wonder how it’s done?

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You can see the rich level of detail in the photos below. £500 may seem a little expensive, but the Franklin Mint Falcon (which was released in the late nineties) was £195 at the time. I think it’s pretty reasonable.

9/10 from me. It really is a lovely addition to my collection.

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Cufflinks from Clinton Cards

I picked up these rather nice (if a little gaudy) pair of metal rainbow effect cufflinks from Clinton’s Cards yesterday.

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They’re about 1.5 cms long and only cost £10.

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Dejarik Monster collection from X Plus. Kintan Strider

The second of X Plus’s Dejarik Monster Collection is the Kintan Strider.

At only 12 cms tall, it’s significantly shorter then the Mantellian Savrip. The retail price for this is $77 and you can preorder from HobbyLink Japan.

I hope that’s X Plus release a suitably sized Dejarik table to showcase these figures on. That might sway me a little into getting the set.

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Dejarik Monster collection from X Plus. Mantellian Savrip

Some time ago X Plus announced that they will be releasing figurines from the Dejarik holochess set as seen in Star Wars. They’re in the same scale as the original models used in filming the scene and are made from vinyl plastic. X Plus plan to release two models each month, with the first two being released in April. There are eight figurines in total.

The First of the initial pair is the Mantellian Savrip. A good choice really, as this is the one we really saw in the movie.

Its 21 cms tall and retails for approximately $120 Plus shipping. I have to say that I think that they’re pretty good figurines. I think that they’re nice looking figurines. The detail and colour seems great, but I’m not sure that I’m going to collect them.

Due to ship on May 31st, you can order it here from HobbyLink Japan.

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EFX Millennium Falcon

After what can only be described as “a really long wait”, my precision cast Millennium Falcon from EFX arrived last month. It’s been sat in my front room since and I’ve just taken the opportunity to open it this morning. Firstly, the model came double boxed and weathered the battering that postal service can sometimes give these parcels.

Opening the box, I was nicely surprised with a large black cardboard sheet with a photo of the model. A pleasant reminder of the old days of Master Replicas.

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Beneath a polystyrene sheet was the base, inscribed with the Star Wars logo. Unfortunately, mine had a black residue between the aluminium and the acrylic. I’m assuming that I can simply unscrew the four EFX screws, remove the acrylic cover and just clean the mark away. I emailed the EFX customer helpline and am awaiting a response.

I ws delighted to see that EFX chose to make the lighting option battery powered, rather than using a mains socket. A simple choice that removes a lot of hassle for international customers.

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Underneath the base is the certificate of authenticity. Lift out that section of the packaging to expose the model itself.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d read a lot of negativity online. I am pleased to say that I’m delighted with it. There is criticism that the bit between the mandibles don’t fit properly, which my model also had but It’s easily ignored. The detail was pretty good, too. Much better than the Code 3 model that it set out to replace and I noticed that it was a little bigger as well. Another surprise.

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The dish is separate and is magnetised. I was disappointed that It’s just made of plastic, but I suppose that’s to stop scratching. I also think the dish looks a bit too small, for some reason. Unlike the Code 3 version, there are no moving parts and even the quad guns are fixed.

I was under the impression that these Precision Cast models were not going to be limited, but the EFX website says that they have sold out. I wonder what the final edition size was? Overall, I paid quite a lot for this. $600 to EFX, $200 for shipping and an additional £102 for Tax back in the UK. Still, I would get it again and I think that this is a great version of the Millennium Falcon.

Cons;

  • The mandible issue can’t be ignored, but it’s not a major deal IMO.
  • Can be a little expensive, especially for international customers.

Pros;

  • Battery powered lighting.
  • Great size, ideal for display.
  • Nicely detailed model, with a pretty decent (if a little dark), paint application.

I also bought this rather nice display case from Widdowson in the UK.

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It’s just a little bigger than a detolf, but it can easily go on the top with minimal overhang.

There’s a nice level of attention to detail on this. The base is cut to receive the round EFX base and there is a gap at the back for the lighting switch.

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The base comes in either black or white and was £110 plus shipping. Service was excellent and I received mine the following day.)

 

 

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Bandai Millennium Falcon Gashapon

This tiny Bandai model of the Millennium Falcon was released in 2017 and is part of a Star Wars “Gashapon” series. Essentially, these are blind bagged models of either the X-Wing, Y-Wing, Tie Fighter, Snowspeeder, AT-AT or the Millennium Falcon. The models are composed of five sections of a Death Star, which also forms a display base when completed.

Bandai GaspahonI think that they’re pretty ingenious and i’ll be looking for one or two for my collection. Ebay currently has them at around $20 plus shipping for a set, but i think i’ll look for an some individual Falcon models to buy.

The models are about 7cms when built. Gaspahon

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Picnic Rug from The Monster Factory

This picnic rug from the Monster Factory looks very nice. Picnic Rug 5

Picnic Rug 1

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At 200cms in length, by 175cms width, it’s huge and even comes with a nice little bag. It’s very reasonably priced at £50, but it appears to be unavailable.

Picnic rug 4

 

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