The time around the prequel trilogy was a great time for me as far as collecting goes. Star Wars was once again in vogue and there were collectible everywhere. In 2005, DeAgostini released the Star Wars Figurines part-work that consisted of 60 figurines and an accompanying magazine. Made from die cast metal the figurines had a nice weight to them and I really enjoyed collecting them, even though I never really appreciated them fully.
(Credit to partworks collectibles for the photo.) The Millennium Falcon was issue 40 and one of the few ships in this collection. Perhaps 4″ long, it is surprisingly heavy, so it didn’t go on it’s stand well and I just left it in it’s plastic tray. The paint could be seen by some as a little dark, but I think its well done for something so small. It displays really nicely with other versions of a similar size, such as the titanium series.
I liked that the underside has sculpted as well.
The 18 page magazine had a gatefold on the figurine in the centre and built up into a small encyclopedia separated into subjects.
Dexter Jettster in “Heroes and Villains”;
The Mos Espa Grand Arena for “A Galaxy Far, Far Away”;
Combat Styles (Lightsabre Techniques) in “Concepts”;
the Millennium Falcon gatefold in “Spaceships and Vehicles”;
This is really nicely done over the gatefold and draws from sources available at the time.
The Droid Tri-Fighter in “Droids”;
Rodians in “Species and Beings”;
Creating Creatures and Make Up Effects in “The Phenomenon”, with a section on Stuart Freeborn;
The back cover featured details on the model itself.
It was a great magazine and I loved getting them each week.