Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

2016 wasn’t a great year for me, collecting wise. Work has been super busy, which is awesome, but it’s meant that I’ve been spending a lot more time there. There weren’t many new collectibles released last year, either. With the exception of a couple of really nice prints courtesy of Vincenzo Giordano and the Retro Draughtsman, there haven’t really been many notable additions to my collection. The only exciting releases were Raymond Swanland’s awesome “Gamblers Rush” and Jerry Vanderstelt’s “She’s Still Got It“. Both of which I still need to,order.

My blog hasn’t performed too well, either. (Although I totally understand why. I’m no writer and it’s a niche blog at the best of times.) To cap it all, we lost Carrie Fisher. So, good bye and good riddance to 2016.

2017 though, promises to be an absolute scorcher for me, collecting wise.

For starters, I’m on issue 96 of DeAgostini’s brilliant Build The Millennium Falcon partwork. (I’ve been collecting two copies as Chris Lee of Fullscale Falcon.com asked me to get a copy for him too. When it was released in the US, there was no need, but I continued anyway and didn’t cancel the subscription.) I’m no modeller, but I’m really thinking of giving this a go. It looks like a really good project and I thought I’d blog my progress as an absolute beginner model maker. My biggest worry, though is the painting of the metallic quad gun parts. For those that are not yet on board with this yet, I urge you to take out a subscription. I also need to get a few more of the folders to store the magazines in.

I’ve had the floating Millennium Falcon toy from Beast Kingdom on preorder from Forbidden Planet for quite a while now, so I expect that to ship this year. Okay, it’s not quite high end, but it’s pretty expensive and it’ll be an unusual addition to my collection. I dare say it’ll prove to be something of a talking point as well. I need to try and pick up one of the chrome ones too.

Propel delayed their release of the Millennium Falcon drone to later this year and I’ll definitely be picking one of those up. I saw the others at a Maplin’s near were I live and they are quite impressive. For me, I just love the attention to display and packaging that Propel have put into them. The boxes are designed especially to showcase your drone and have lighting to illuminate your model. I believe that there is also a small speaker that plays the Imperial March when you open it. The boxes are rechargeable so there’s no fear of losing either of those features. Other manufacturers will take note. I doubt I’ll fly her though, but if I find a club near where I live, I would be tempted to get a second and start dogfighting.

After nearly seven years of waiting, EFX finally put their mixed media Millennium Falcon up for preorder. It’s due to be released in the first quarter of 2017, so I’m really excited for this as I’ve wanted something from them in my collection since I saw their beautiful X-Wing prop replica. The guys on the Rebelscum Forums are all a bit dubious as to the actual release date, as EFX do have a reputation for delay upon delay. I prefer to remain mindlessly optimistic. You can put a deposit of $200 down, but I preferred to pay for the whole thing in one go.

Finally, QMX (another incredible prop licensee) announced their stunning Millennium Falcon cutaway model last year. This is due for release around August of this year and I will beg, borrow or steal to get one of these beautiful models. Apparently, QMX are aiming for a relatively low price point on these, but knowing their commitment to quality, I can see these retailing for nearer $1, 000 when they do go for preorder. Still, this has instabuy all over it, in my opinion.

2018 sees the release of the Han Solo stand alone movie and that could be expensive for someone like me. 😀 I am predicting (hoping) that QMX will release an “Artisan” prop replica of the Millennium Falcon to coincide with the release of the movie. It’ll be of the Episode IV Falcon, so there would be some distinct differences from my Master Replica Falcon. They have plenty of lead time, so why not? Besides, i want another grail item to lust after. I’ll need to start saving now though, because If they do release something, those bad boys are expensive.

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The Art of The Force Awakens for the Sense charity

So my last post for 2016 is quite special, in my opinion.

Neil Ellis is in the throes of collecting the last two of 150 autographs of the people who made The Force Awakens. He’s doing this to raise money for SENSE, a deaf blind charity and the autographs will all be on, or in a hardcover copy of The Art Of The Force Awakens. At the moment he has 148 signatures which is very impressive.

However for me this cold cast bronze presentation case that he’s made for this book.

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There’s a rather fancy velvet lining too. Nice touch.

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Neil will be picking a winner for this book on May the Fourth 2017. To be in with a chance to win this magnificent prize, donate to Neil’s cause here.

Neil is a professional film modeller and prop maker with credits on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One; A Star Wars Story Jupiter Ascending, The Edge Of Tomerrow among his credits.

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Multi tool tool from Think Geek

I have posted before about a multi tool based on the Millennium Falcon. I really liked it’s randomness and it’s these kinds of items that makes focus collecting so interesting to me. However, Think Geek have just released their own version and it looks stunning.

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It comes with two screw that are hidden in the side, four HEX screws discreetly placed in the engine compartment and the mandibles make an adjustable wrench.

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Pretty handy, huh. It’s 4″ by 3″ and is $29.99. I just have to get one. Unfortunately, they won’t ship this to the UK but my freind, MightyJabba scored me one and i have to say that it is really, really nice.

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Millennium Falcon “Incredibuilds”

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but haven’t found the time. My friend, Brian Heath, pointed me in the direction of this rather interesting little item. “Incredi-builds” is a series of books and small wooden models based on animals, buildings, cartoons etc. This year, they got a Star Wars license and of course, the Millennium Falcon is one of their kits.

ioncredibuildsI ordered a couple from Amazon, but you should be able to get them from any good bookshop for around $20.

I haven’t made the model yet, but my first impressions are good. The book is nicely bound and is a really nice addition to my small, but growing Millennium Falcon Library. The booklet is 32 pages and is packed with photos and information about our favourite smuggling ship.

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Star Wars 1978 Millennium Falcon by TheRetroDraughtsman

Now this Is nostalgia to the nth degree. I absolutely adore this print of Palitoy’s (Kenner to our friends in the United States), Millennium Falcon toy from 1978. I ordered immediately and look forward to framing it to display with my own Palitoy toys.

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Some detail photos.

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By TheRetroDraughtsman and you can buy them at his Etsy site for £40 plus postage. There are a few other Star Wars prints there too, including a Speeder Bike, Slave One and several others in this style as well as several blueprint images of toys including the Millennium Falcon, which I will get later.

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Printed to 914mm by 610 mm, it’huge and is a must for any Star Wars collector in my opinion.

Check out his website and Facebnook page for more of his wonderful art.

06/12/16; my copy arrived this morning and i love it. The print itseld is quite large and will look  really nice next to my actual toys. The images are clear and crisp and each print is signed by the artist. A worthwhile purchase.

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Star Wars Builds: Millennium Falcon by Benjamin Harper

Benjamin Harper has created “Star Wars Builders”, a series of books with foam cutout pieces that make up a models from The Force Awakens. So Far in the series, there is the X-Wing, New Order Tie Fighter, Threepio and Artoo and, of course, the Millennium Falcon.

star-wars-builders-millennium-falconThere have been a few of these sorts of models, each one slightly different from the other. I totally recommend them as they’re good fun to put together.

©Paul Andrews PhotographyI ordered mine from Amazon.com some time ago and it should be arriving in a day or two.

 

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“Jump Into Hyperspace”by Matt Taylor

The Bottleneck Gallary have this screen print by Matt Taylor in their shop for $50 plus shipping.

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Called Jump Into Hyperspace, it’s limited to an edition size of 225 and is 24″ by 36″. There’s also a variant that’s limited to 50 pieces.

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I wasn’t able to get this version.

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