When this was first put out for preview on the Sideshow website, I was incensed to say the least, $800 for a model kit that you can buy unmade and unpainted for $200 online????!!! After discussing this with some members of the Rebelscum forums I came to the conclusion that this isn’t in fact too bad for an intermediate product. (In reality, Sideshow announced that they had almost sold out. I pants’d it and ordered one.)
The next model down is the 2003 Code 3 Falcon ($300 plus $60 for the acrylic cover, plus postage and packaging) eFX are going to produce one for about the same price in their Precision Casts line. I’ll post about that in another blog.
The next one up was the superb 2006 Master Replicas Falcon ($2199 for the LE and $2799 for the SE plus P&P). At 32 inches long, this is the daddy of all Falcon models so far released. I’m not too sure how this will be topped.
For those who missed out on the Iconic, but rather more expensive MR version, this is pretty decent. Half the size, but at just over a quarter the cost. Flex pay was also a very attractive option at $266 each month for three months. I finally bit the bullet and bought one. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for the Falcon.) After a four month wait, it finally came. Mine was number 110.
Like my Master replicas Falcon models, i haven’t yet opened this up as i’ve been in the process of redecorating my house. To say that i’ve been dragging my heels on this is an understatement. So here are some of the official photos.
I have to say that i really do not like that stand. It looks really cheap and doesn’t fit in with the rest of the model. Full marks to Code 3 for both their stand and base. There was also a lighting kit released for the model, it’s a shame that lighting wasn’t added to this model as well as i think this would’ve added a lot to the appeal of this version.
It’s also nice to see some tiny figures of Han, Chewie, Luke and Ben in the Cabin too. I hoped at one point that they’d also release a few “Special” ones in the Steller Envoy Paint job as seen in Revenge of the Sith, possibly even a bronzed one.
Sideshow have been producing some incredible collectables over the last two or three years and i really hope that they release some more Millennium Falcon related items in the future. My personal want is the Cockpit in their 1:9 vs scale. With lighting, this would be an amazing dio IMO. (ANH, ESB or ROTJ figures, i wouldn’t care. In fact i think that this would look so good that i’d buy them all.)
Update 14/09/10: For those that are interested, Finemolds are selling the premade and prepainted kit without the Base or the cover for approximately $300 on their side here http://www.hlj.com/product/FNMSWP-06-01?utm_source=HobbyLink+Japan+Newsletter&utm_campaign=abf1beb024-HLJ_New_Product_News_Falcon_2010_09_14&utm_medium=email# That’s a bargain in anyone’s books. They also have the unmade model for $160 http://www.hlj.com/product/FNMSW-06 (I shall have to check my credit card balance, but that’s too good a price to pass up.)
08/02/11: Mike bought one of these direct from Finemolds and ordered an acrylic case with a mirror finish bottom. I have to say that it looks very nice and is a definate improvement over the Sideshow one. The stand’s still there, but Mike has an alternative in mind. http://www.flightpose.com/ Very nice and i might invest in a couple of these myself. (Links to Mike’s Flickr page. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikedemaine/5422065368/in/set-72157625989344998)