Star Wars Ships and Vehicles Partwork from Altaya

French company Altaya have started to release a Vessels and Vehicles partwork magazine. At the moment, it’s only available in France, but i’m hoping that a DeAgostini release will follow in the UK soon.

The Sequel Trilogy Millennium Falcon was released last year as a tester with the Original Trilogy Falcon due to be one of the first models released in the series.

The ships are made from metal and are around 15 centimetres in length, so just over twice as large as the previous partwork released by DeAgostini a few years ago. I’ve ordered the ST version from ebay.fr and a friend on Rebelscum is going to get the OT version for me.

The ships are also displayed on a named stand similar to the Hasbro’s Action Fleet rather than a small, boxed diorama. They should display quite nicely together.

OT Millennium Falcon

I suspect we will get the Solo version of the Falcon as the series progresses and i’m hoping for a Stellar Envoy too, but i suspect that Disney have retconned that version of the ship.

With so much happened in the years between the two magazines, i’m hoping that there will be a lot of new ships released. (I may be a Millennium Falcon focus collector, but i still like to collect vicariously through others. 🙂 Besides, i might be tempted to get other ships, such as the Ebon Hawk, or the Stinger Mantis.)

Out of curiosity, I bought the book that comes with the figurine and was very pleasantly surprised. It’s a lovely A4 hardback book of 72 pages.

Vehicles and Vessels Partwork

Where as other partworks tend to be quite broad in their subject matter, this one focuses purely on vehicles and vessels and actually promises to build into a nice set on a specific subject. This section focuses solely on the Falcon and has many images borrowed from other sources such as the Haynes Owners Manual and the “Build the Millennium Falcon” Partwork. However, I suspect that other volumes will feature multiple ships. It’s all in alphabetical order with this particular book being Volume 74 in an 80 book encyclopaedia.

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“Scoundrels” by Al Abbazia

Dark Ink also released Al Abbazia’s “Scoundrels” print for their May the Fourth celebrations this year.

Scoundrels by Al Abbazia

Also limited to an edition size of 250, the print is $50 and 24″ by 16″.

Unfortunately, they’re not shipping to the UK for these, which is hugely disappointing.

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“Yahooo!” by Rob Surette

May the Fourth is always and expensive time of the year for us Star Wars collectors. Amongst the offerings from Dark Ink this year is Rob Surette’s wonderful “Yahooo!“, which shows Han and Chewie’s timely intervention in Luke’s attack run on the Death Star.

“Yahooo!” by Rob Surette

I really think this is a great print and will pair very nicely with Jerry Vanderstelt’s “She’s Got It Where It Counts, Kid“.

The print is 12″ by “24” and limited to an edition size of 250 pieces.

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Rebel Alliance watch from the Bradford Exchange

I check in to the Bradford Exchange website from time to time just to see if their “Get Me Out of Here” diorama is released in the UK. They can be pretty random in what they release and I often have conflicting thoughts on their stuff. On the one hand, I find them quite tacky and on the other, I just can’t resist them and find them surprisingly enjoyable. Last time they surprised my with their 3d wall sculpture, this time they’ve surprised me with their Rebel Alliance watch.

I have a few watches in my collection now, but i’m finding this one to be quite handsome. I like the dark blue casing and the exposed mechanics, although i’d never wear it.

The watch is £150 plus postage and comes with a 120 day guarantee. I have no idea whether these are limited to a specific edition size, although previous edition sizes are high and often around the 10k mark.

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Dejarik “Holochess” figures from Regal Robot

Regal Robot have been producing high quality Star Wars items for some time now. Mostly niche items, such as home decor and prop replicas of concept designs. I’ve been quietly watching them for a while now, but as yet, they’ve not produced anything that fits into my collection. This week they gave a sneak peek into their Dejarik figures which will be made available on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) and will run until 18th June, after which pre-orders will close and the edition size capped.

Eight figurines will be available in 4 twin packs. There is also a deluxe “Signature Edition” which comes with 10 figurine and plaques with the signatures of the animators for this sequence, Phil Tippett and Jon Berg as well as the Cinematographer, Dennis Muran. The exclusive will be limited to an edition size of only 77 and I expect them to go very quickly.

There is no information as yet on how much these will be sold for, but i expect a hefty sum, perhaps as high as $5, 000 or more for the signature edition. Unfortunately, Regal Robot doesn’t ship outside of the US, so getting these to the UK is going to be difficult, if not impossible.

It kind of explains why the X-Plus series of Dejarik figures disappeared so quickly. More images will be made available on April 27th. Sign up to the Regal Robot newsletter for more information, or follow them on Instagram. I’ll post more then.

A bit late, so please accept my apologies. Regal Robot released details on pricing along with some more photos of the painted sculpts and it is very promising. There are four, two pack sets for purchase between $800. The larger sized Mentellian Savrip and Kintan Strider pack is $1200.

The Signature Edition is a very reasonable $4800 and a flex pay option is available ($700 down payment and 7 further instalments of $602.76 each month) and comes with two exclusive concept figurines and figures that were not seen in the movie.

The signature plates have also been signed already, so once you’ve paid, they should ship very quickly.

I tried to get the exclusive, but they sold out within 45 minutes. Bugger! Still the four twin packs are still available until 08/0621.

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Never Tell Me The Odds enamel pin by NetherwayWorkshop

It’s been a week of pin collecting. I bought this enamel pin from the NetherwayWorkshop on Etsy. It’s a nice enough pin on first glance, but there is more.

Never Tell Me the Odds

The Millennium Falcon is removable and I love the way that the designer has also inlaid the asteroid field part of the pin with the Falcon deck layout and the legend “Never Tell Me The Odds”. A very nice touch in my opinion. I also like the inclusion of a tiny background Star Destroyer on the badge too.

The pin was about $25 (£18.22 plus shipping, plus tax to the UK) and well worth it, in my opinion. It’s a lovely design. I bought two so that i could display both parts together.

The Falcon on this pin is 0.75″ by 1.15″ and the background pin is 1.4″ by 2.25″.

These arrived yesterday and i would totally recommend as they are lovely and surprisingly large.

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Millennium Falcon and Death Star Pin

ZaKatzDesign has this jumbo Millennium Falcon pin on their Etsy store which the Death Star is removable. A great pin in my opinion.

The pin is 2.56″ wide and is about $75. You can buy the Falcon and pursuing Tie Fighter on its own, if you want, but it’s not quite as impressive.

I was tempted to get one of each version, but decided not to as it would’ve cost too much with shipping and tax to the UK.

Each purchase comes with a free sticker.

Check out his shop as there are a lot of really nice Star Wars designs.

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Thin Line Challenge Coins

I’m not quite sure if this set of coins celebrating US front line service personnel has a name, but I think that are pretty cool. Each one is a metal sculpt of the Millennium Falcon laced with a coloured stripe. There’s a Han and Chewie image on the flip side. There are several versions and each one denotes a different emergency service.

Thin Blue Line (Police)
Thin Red Line (Fire)
Thin Grey Line (Prison)
Thin Green Line (Ambulance)

There is also a Thin Pink Line for Breast Cancer, too.

Thin Pink Line (Breast Cancer)

I bought mine on Etsy and there was also a “Thin Gold Line” coin that I hadn’t seen before which represents the 911 Dispatchers.

I think that the Falcon looks quite nicely sculpted and will trying and get a complete set.

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Utah Challenge “Staff of Ra” Millennium Falcon Coin

Another interesting find in my search for challenge and geocache coins was this “Staff of RA” Millennium Falcon coin by Utah Challenge Coins. Created in both a Matte Gold and Antique Gold looks, the coin mashes together the staff of Ra from Raiders of the Lost Ark into the body of the Millennium Falcon. An interesting choice, which I actually think works really well.

Matte Gold Finish
Antique Gold Finish

I think that the details really pop on the Antique version and I’ll get two so I can display both the front and the back of the coin.

Alas, the matte Gold version has sold out, but the antique gold coin is still available and is only $17. Each coin is 2.5″ and has a 6mm red jewel embedded in the eye.

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Millennium Falcon Mega Mag from ATA Boy

I’d seen the Millennium Falcon Mega Mag in Mike Demaine‘s collection but never really saw them for sale anywhere. Fortunately, I was able to nab one from ebay. With shipping and import taxes, it cost me twice the asking price, but I think it’s worth it to add another vintage item to my collection.

Released by ATA Boy for the Special Editions in 1996, the magnet is made from a soft PVC or plastic material that’s magnetised on the back. It’s roughly 10″ by 8″. It’s a great item and I’m really glad I bought it.

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