Haynes YT-1300 Millennium Falcon Owners Workshop Manual

Back in 2011, Haynes released spoof book of the Millennium Falcon “Owners Workshop Manual“. Written and illustrated by Ryder Windham, Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas, It was a tongue in cheek book based on their extensive and well known range of vehicle owners guides. It is an excellent read and if you don’t have one in your Star Wars Library, I thoroughly recommend you get one. This year, Haynes release an update which encompasses a multitude of additions to the Millennium Falcon canon as we saw in “Solo: A Star  Wars Story”.

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It’s 128 pages of densely packed information and It’s a good looking tome. At the moment, I have only glanced through, but there is quite a lot of new artwork on the inner workings on the Falcon. Some is from Solo as seen by these page featuring the damages sustained by the Falcon on her historic journey through the maelstrom and the “YT Dart” and the changed internal layout on the cover. YT-1300-owner-1

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The attention to detail is stunning. As well as imaging elements that we saw in Solo, they’ve also added elements of the Falcon from the Expanded Universe and the toys, such as the unreleased Kenner “Cargo Handler” and Hasbros’ BMF’s escape pod as well.

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Some is based on the new artwork created by for DeAgostini’s Build The Millennium Falcon and some is brand new. The attention to detail here is excellent and the co authors have really thought out every detail of the Falcon and her inner workings.

Haynes-37YT-1300-owner-3Haynespage-33I bought my copy from Amazon, but you can buy both the original and the update direct from Haynes.

I must confess to being a little surprised that we haven’t seen a DK Cutaway book release for Solo. I also see that the excellent Millennium Falcon 3D Owners Guide is being rereleased for the Sequel Trilogy. I wonder if we’ll see an Owners Guide for Solo as there are a lot of differences.

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Disney Toybox Millennium Falcon

I picked up this “Toybox” Millennium Falcon from a local Disney store as it was on sale for £37.50.
10818MFset1It comes with Han and Chewie figures and it’s features include lights, sound effects, a firing cannon and two removable panels.

The figures themselves remind me a lot of the Disney Infinity line and I like them.

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Han Solo’s lucky dice from EFX

At this years SDCC, EFX announced a few collectibles that they were working on. Han Solo’s lucky dice as seen in Solo: A Star Wars story is one of those items that interested me, (along with a full size Dejarik table).

They have gone up for pre-order on the EFX website for $159.

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Of course, I have preordered but I think that they’re pretty expensive, for what they are. Still, no official Star Wars Merchandise is ever cheap, is it?

Ordinarily, I would never have bought them, but the come in a nice wooden display case.

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The lid of the box is the Millennium Falcon cockpit which is pretty sweet in my opinion.

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I wonder why they have branded these as TLJ merchandice and not Solo? (Did you see what I did there? 🙂 )

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Han Solo 51-30 SW Watch by Nixon

This Han Solo watch from Nixon attracted my attention due to it’s box, which is based on the floor tiles in the Millennium Falcon.

 

It’s a pretty good looking watch, but a closer inspection shows up many really great features that make this watch a must for my collection.

The red part on the outer bezel represents Han’s boast of doing the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

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The attention to detail is great and the second hand is a tiny Millennium Falcon.

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My favourite part of this watch, though is the Millennium Falcon etched on the rear of the watch face.

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I will definitely pick one of these up soon. Perhaps after Christmas.

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“Get Us Out Of Here” from the Bradford Exchange.

The Bradford Exchange has a series of “Epic Moments” dioramas based on various scenes in the Star Wars Trilogy. (Well, when I say “series”, there is only one at the moment which is a pretty nice Snow Speeder and AT-AT diorama called “Go For The Legs“.)

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The dioramas are pretty sweet in my opinion and with a height of around 12 centimetres, really displayable too. At £39.99, they’re pretty well priced. Personally, I like them and it’s a real shame that there aren’t more of them.

The second in the line of mini scenes was “Get Us Out Of Here” and it’s a small scene of the Millennium Falcon blasting out of Docking Bay 94 from Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Sorry about the poor quality photo, but this is all I can really find and I can’t find anything to date it. (Although the Go For The Legs diorama is available, so it can’t be that old. Can it?

I have asked the Bradford Exchange about this but all I got back was a nice email to say that this wasn’t available. A shame as I think this would’ve been a nice line.

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EFX Signature Edition Millennium Falcon

Whilst I was on holiday in France this year (Aux Volets Bleus, a wonderful gite in the Dordogne region that I would totally recommend), EFX announced the release of a signature edition of their Precision Cast Millennium Falcon replica. This edition is limited to a really small run of only 25 pieces and was priced at $3, 000.

I pre-ordered the regular edition some time ago and  after what can only be described as a heroic wait, it arrived earlier this year. Whilst it is not without its faults, (specifically the sidewalls and prominent join  gap on the mandibles), I think it’s a really great model and enjoy it very much. I have it on display in my living room next to my Code 3 version. 

It will feature the signatures of Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Billy Dee William (Lando Calrissian) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), which will be showcased on a special brushed aluminium base.

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As you would expect, the guys on the Rebelscum forums gave it a little bit of hell, but as a Millennium Falcon collector I had to get one. It actually sold out in 10 hours, so naysayers be damned.

It’s due to ship in December 2018, but I suspect that some sort of wait may be in order. 🙂

Standby for photos on arrival.

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Millennium Falcon by Jason Hurst

One of my first purchases as a Millennium Falcon collector was my scrap metal Falcon made from car parts. “It’s a piece of my world made into something of your world”, said my girlfriend, and she wasn’t wrong. Eight years later, I still rate it highly in my collection and it’s my girlfriend’s favourite piece. Jason Hurst has created this scratch build of the Millennium Falcon as she’s seen in The Empire Strikes Back and it’s made entirely from steel. At 24″ long and 18″ wide, it weighs 46lbs, so it’s quite a beast. It has a lot features built in to it, including a full paint application, a rotatable ball and socket display mechanism, landing, exhaust and engine lighting and five sound effects coming from two, 2 amp speakers built into the vents on the rear of the sculpture. Isn’t it just beautiful and inventive in it’s creation?

The build took a whopping 130 hours over five weeks. I asked Jason how much it would cost to commission one and we’re probably talking between $3, 000 to $5, 000. Then there is shipping to consider. I think you get a quite a lot for your money.

Here are the photos from his build thread over at the RPF. Here he chronicles its design and execution so you can see just how much work went into building this.

Of course, I want one, but I think I’d want something different. Perhaps keep the steel finish, or add removable landing gear or the entrance ramp so that I can display it in a landed configuration.

I’ve sent some questions asking about the build, but the RPF is down at the moment.

!Hi Jason, tell me about yourself and how you got into metalwork sculpture?

I am a self taught welder. I’ve been welding for 9 years and sculpting for 4. I have always loved making things and now I push myself to make things out of metal.

You put in 130 hours into making the Falcon. That is a heck of a lot of work. Did your client stipulate lights and sounds, or did you add to the specification to make it the best it could be?

My customer gave me free range to make what I wanted with only 1 stipulation, that it be painted. So I added lights and sound to learn new skills and make the sculpture interactive.

How much research did you need to do before you felt confident enough to start the project?

I studied the studio models and researched for a month before I began work.

What was the most challenging aspect of the build for you?

Getting the proportions correct. This is key in making any sculpture work for me is getting the basic shape and scale correct. Your eye will notice if something is disproportionate far easier than noticing if a small detail is missing.

You said that the Radar dish was your favourite part of the build. Why is that?

The dish was one of my favourite parts because I got to incorporate a new technology in the mount. I had never used magnets in my sculptures up to that point but mounting the dish with a magnet opened many doors for me and future builds.

I’m looking forward to see what you come up with. If you built another one, would you do anything differently?

I would make it Studio scale from Empire Strikes back.

How difficult was the Falcon compare to some of your other Star Wars builds?

The Falcon was my most complicated and detailed work up to that point. It marked a huge leap for me as it was my first use of Lights and a soundboard in a sculpture. There were no restrictions on time or budget for this build and that gave me the opportunity to really push myself and see just how detailed I could get.

You’re working on a couple of Slave 1 sculptures at the moment. I expect the unusual shape would be challenging, to say the least. How is that going?

Choosing Slave 1 was a deliberate attempt to challenge myself to learn a new skill, Sheet metal fabrication. Progress is slow on them but I am trudging along and things are going well.

I see quite a few Star Trek and Star Wars works on your sites. You’re clearly something of a sci fi fan. What would be your dream project?

I want to replicate the Hammer head corvette pushing the star destroyer scene from rogue one, in a 4 foot scale!

Check out Jason’s website, YouTube feed and Instagram. He’s is currently in the process on sculpting Boba Fett’s Slave One in studio scale, so I’m really looking forward to seeing that.

 

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