Brick Lane Mural

My Instagram feed posted this beautiful Mural of the Millennium Falcon that looks like its crashing through the wall in the Brick Lane area. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the artist is, so I’m not in a position to credit them.

It never ceases to amaze me as to how much time and effort goes into the creation of something such as this. I really like the fact that this type of art is gaining traction in the city and many hoardings to building sites will often have a commissioned mural on it.

The area is quite well known for it’s graffiti murals and this one is located in the beautifully named Nomadic Gardens. I must take a day out to go and see them.

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Galaxy’s Edge Souvenir from Disney Parks

One of the things I really enjoy about focus collecting is the discovery of new, exclusive, or unusual items that I would never ordinarily know about. Heritage Auctions has this lot of three press kits containing various Star Wars ephemera from Disney Parks and comes with a couple of interesting bits. Most notable is this key from the grand opening of the Galaxy’s Edge theme park in 2019. I’ve never seen this before and think it’s a very unusual item.

Measuring 6″ by 4″, its mounted on a wooden plaque and is still in its original box. This one is numbered 308 of 850 and while it does show some wear and tear, its still very desirable and I don’t expect I’ll come across this often.

In the same lot is this brochure from Tokyo Disneyland with the Millennium Falcon on the front. Again, another unusual item that I don’t expect to see often. It looks like the Falcon is a card cover that opens out with the actual brochure behind it.

The final part of this lot is a collection is another press kit from the 1987 opening of Star Tours with some glow in the dark buttons and also includes a memo sent to cast members. Quite a nice piece of Star Wars history in my opinion.

You can bid on these press kits at the Heritage Auctions website here.

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Date Nite At The Black Spire Outpost by Brian Miller

Yes, i know i’m fickle, but had this been the original trilogy Millennium Falcon, it probably would’ve been my favourite, as i love the colour and the old movie poster styling. Date Nite At The Black Spire Outpost by Brian Miller refers to the Star Wars theme park at Disney.

“I was inspired to create a vintage-style illustration celebrating the thrill and romance of Black Spire Outpost under starlight. Imagine walking arm-in-arm with your date from a galaxy far, far away. The soft warm glow of lights and melodic sounds spill out of the cantina as exotic scents fill the nite air. You stroll past the Millennium Falcon and wonder what life as a smuggler would be like. Enjoy the perfect date nite on Batuu — just watch out for First Order stormtroopers!” – Brian Miller.

At 18″ by 24″ this will be easy to frame and hang straight away. $65 each and is limited to 250 pieces to be collected at the event. As with the others, i’ll keep an eye out for artists proofs.

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The Princess’s Gambit by Chris Trevas

The Princess’s Gambit is another “off camera” scene from Chris Trevas and shows our intrepid heroes aboard the Millennium Falcon planning their bold rescue of Han Solo before the events of Return of the Jedi.

Chris Trevas says “I love the beginning of Return of the Jedi, as each of our heroes makes it to Jabba’s palace leading up to Han’s rescue. I wanted to show how each seemingly sacrificial move was accounted for, so that everyone was in place to win the day. This is the coordination of one half of the team. Lando has snuck away from the palace with important recon from inside. Chewie has been on the Falcon as their Tatooine base of operations. Leia is in place as leader, wearing her general’s uniform, making final preparations.

“With the scene in mind, I figured out poses and found character reference with perfect expressions to convey the emotions I wanted. I painted the piece digitally, keeping in mind the lighting and visual style of the movies to make it feel like a piece of film we just missed. While I’m working I can almost hear what the movie would sound like at this moment, and my goal is to make that happen for the viewer as well.”

Chris Trevas has to be one of my favourite Star Wars artists and that this print takes place on the Falcon makes this an easy one to want. Limited to an edition size of 250, these are generally bought on the Dark Ink site and collected at the event. I’ll check Chris’s website after the event to see if any unsold prints, or artists proofs become available.

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I’m Not In It For You, Princess by Karen Hallion

Another image that takes place in the cockpit is I’m Not In It For You, Princess is a sweet montage by Karen Hallion showing Han and Leia’s journey from A New Hope through to The Force Awakens.

“This piece showcases some of the different facets of Han and Leia’s relationship; using this shot seemed to frame that perfectly. All of the windows of the Falcon are a great mosaic to place scenes. This key scene of Han saying ‘I’m not in it for you,’ which I feel like ended up being false, was important to show. To me, Leia helped Han become a better man; he stayed with the rebels because of his love for her and because she changed him.” says Karen.

18″ by 24″ and $75, it too is limited to an edition of 250 pieces.

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Punch It Chewie by Joe Corroney

Of the prints shown for this years celebrations event, i think that Punch It, Chewie by Joe Corroney is really awesome. The Falcon’s cockpit has always been such an iconic part of the Millennium Falcon’s design, so it’s always good to see a print that takes place in the cockpit. This image is from Solo and with a Young Han Solo and Chewbacca at the helm, i think this is as the make their way through the Kessel Run.

Joe says “I loved everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story when it came out a few years ago — the adventure, the action, the new planets, and the new characters. But most especially the origin story of the saga’s most infamous Corellian smuggler, his faithful Wookiee co-pilot, and the iconic Millennium Falcon. I wanted to capture the excitement and the love for these earlier versions of the characters along with the sleeker, original design of the Falcon’s cockpit from the movie in my new artwork. ‘Punch It, Chewie!’ is my love letter to Solo.”

Limited to an edition size of 18″ by 24″ it’s $75 and can only be collected by attending Celebrations Anaheim.

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A New Hope Death Star by Jason Christman

Celebrations Anaheim is around the corner and Dark Ink have just released the 21 prints that they’ll be releasing for the convention. I think this is my favourite print of this years selection and features just enough Millennium Falcon to warrant me trying to add it to my collection. A New Hope Death Star is a fabulous image showing all the places in the Death Star that we saw as we watched the movie. I love the minimalist style and the monochrome effect really makes the colours pop.

“In the minimalist style I love so much, I capturing as many iconic moments in the Death Star into a single print is I could.  I spent 3 years conceptualizing it and a full year developing it.  From the boardroom to the trash compactor there is something in this print for every Star Wars fan to love.” – Jason W. Christman.

12″ by 36″ this print is $100 and limited to an edition size of 250. As with the others, you have to buy them on the website and collect them at the event.

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Park my Spaceship

I thought I’d post this here. Using google maps, Parkmyspaceship.com allows you to park the Millennium Falcon anywhere you want.

Parkmyspaceship.com

Here it is outside of my house. By clicking on the X-Wing icon, you can change ships too. All sorts of ships are represented, from Discovery One to Star Trek ships to Thunderbirds. All the ships are represented in it’s canonical size and Its surprising how big these are. Some ships (such as the Normandy from Mass Effect) are missing, so I suspect that the ships will be added to over time.

I thought the bowl of Petunias and the Whale from HHGTTG were especially amusing. 🙂 Try it. Its a nice bit of fun to whittle away at the day. 🙂

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Funko Pop Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon

Fanthatracks recently posted a sneak peek at the Funko Pop exclusive for this years Galactic Convention. Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon.

I’ll keep an eye out on the Funko website, but I suspect that Ebay will once again be my friend here and expect to pay ridiculous prices. I can’t quite make out the base, but it looks to be another Death Star base. The Han Solo figurine was $65, but i doubt this will be a similar price.

I have their Amazon exclusive Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon figurine and it’s a very nice toy. The two will look great together.

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4d Cityscape Millennium Falcon

These licenced Star Wars Cityscape models from 4dPuzz are new to me and seem to be a papercraft style model. I really like them and I’m really hoping to be able to add the Millennium Falcon to my collection soon.

Made from 1.85mm thick “Precision Core-Gate” technology, the Falcon model comes in 216 pieces and is scaled at 1:72 (18.82″ by 13.7″ by 9.76″).

Each kit comes with a full instruction booklet, a tube of glue (needed for the final steps of the assembly) and a display stand and is supposed to take 4 hours to build/

The model retails for $54.99 and looks like a lot of fun.

There are a few other Star Wars models in the range, including a Star Destroyer, Tie Fighter, Tie X-1, Tie Interceptor, X-Wing and AT-AT. The site says that they’re sold out, but I’m hoping that’s because the licences isn’t valid yet.

05/05/2022: I picked one up from Amazon and it arrived today. I’m quite impressed by the weight and the box is very nice. I will pick up a second one for me to build, but for now this is purely for the collection.

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