Swarovski have had their Star Wars licence for a few years now and they released two lines. A series of lovely collectible figurines which were in the mid range price bracket. These were about the size of the Kenner/Hasbro action figures at about 4″ tall. They also released three crystal covered helmets, which were much more expensive at around $8, 000 each. A few weeks ago a crystal covered Millennium Falcon was released.
Limited to an edition size of 100 it’s 9 3/8 by 6 1/4 by 6 5/8 and covered in 25, 611 crystals. Priced at a equally huge $14, 000, it is way out of my price range. Would i buy one? Yeah, if i won the lottery, I think I would, but i’m still holding out for one of their Figurines.
Star Wars Helmets were full size, hence the large price.
The figurines are each about 4″ tall.
The inclusion of a few vehicles in this line does give me some hope.
Collecting has been really slow over the last few months, so i was delighted to see that the NZ Mint released a beautiful Silver shaped Coin of the Millennium Falcon. The high relief really brings out the detail and I have to confess that I think it’s rather pretty.
Limited to an edition size of 5,000 its priced at a pretty reasonable $119. As with the other coins in the collection, it comes in an attractive case that is set up nicely for display.
Naturally i tried to order one immediately, but unfortunately, they don’t ship to the UK, which is disappointing to say the least and a little odd considering that it’s the Queen’s head on the back of the coin. 🙂
It’s not too often that I see pop up stuff relating to the Falcon. Perhaps the occasional birthday card, or some such. This book of Star Wars Cockpits by Marc Hagan-Guirey (aka Paperdandy) is pretty innovative and creative and features five cockpits from various Star Wars ships.
At 40 Earth monies it wasn’t cheap, but i appreciate that the printing costs for this book must have been huge as it’s pretty complex. Of course, The Millennium Falcon cockpit is the reason why I bought the book.
I think my favourite one is the Snowspeeder. There’s a great video on the Fantha Tracks Facebook page of this being opened up.
Another great book to add to my Millennium Falcon library.
The book is well worth getting and it will be interesting to see how Marc follows this up.
I have a couple of Millennium Falcon stadium figurines that were available at various US sporting events on Star Wars day and I really like them. They’re pretty unique for a UK collection, so I thought that I’d look for more of the same.
I thought this Mister Mets figurine with Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon cockpit was really cool. Given away on the New York Mets Star Wars Night on May 19th 2018 and presented by Citi, 25,000 of these were given away to fans who attended the game.
I tend to sub-categorize my collection and the cockpit is one of the main ones. If or when i finally get around to displaying my collection properly, the cockpit will feature prominently and this will display very nicely indeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.