Rebel Transport, that was what the eBay advert read. Oh, that looks interesting, let’s have a look at that then. Not only did I not own one of these when I was younger but also didn’t know anyone else who had either. So, tea in hand, I clicked…
The rebel Transport ship is not the most eye catching ship in the Star Wars universe, it’s not the most iconic by any shot and it was the first ship I bid on while rebuilding my Star Wars collection.
If you have not seen it, it’s kind of a long hot dog bun shaped thing with a gun on the top. It’s fairly smooth, no interesting sticky out bits or even windows particularly. In fact, I had to watch the movies again to see when it even appears in them. For the record its Empire Strikes Back, Hoth escape. (See the research I have to do!)
Undeterred by its bland appearance I clicked on it and started to have a look at the pictures. Scanning through them I next saw an X-Wing. Now, Millennium falcon aside, the X-Wing Fighter is just about as Star Wars icon as you can get. Surely this wasn’t part of the sale. I thought they would be quite expensive. I certainly had an X-Wing as a child, a die-cast one as well. My X-Wing fell apart after years of pressing R2-D2 down and opening and closing the wings, ready for attack formation. I had already decided that I needed and X-Wing, not wanted, needed. No self-respecting Star Wars collection could be without one. Things were looking good.
I clicked on the little arrow to keep looking at the pictures. After a few images of the X-Wing came an AST-5, boxed. What on earth is that? Well you mean what on Tatooine is that. It’s one of the so called mini rigs that came out. Basically the mini rigs are one figure ships, but don’t bother trying to find them on screen, they are not there. The AST-5 was used by Jabbas guards to patrol around the perimeters of his fortress. No screen time, but still a fun little vehicle. And it was boxed, which is a little rarer.
Another click right and there was a Tripod Laser Cannon, with a Snowtrooper, also boxed. This looked great. It is exactly what you think it is, a tripod, with a great big cannon on the top. Now we are talking. This looked awesome, especially when manned by the Snowtrooper.
Then, with another click I saw the last vehicle. Slave 1. The ship that brings Han to Jabba. The ship flown by Boba Fett himself. Another icon, in fact in the top 3 iconic ships I would say. I hadn’t had one of these, although I so wanted one. I liked the Boba Fett figure so much that he often switched sides to be a good guy during my hours of play. So owning his ship would be amazing. It even had Han Solo in Carbonite with it. It looked so cool.
Now, I am not sure if nobody else clicked on the other pictures or if people just thought this collection would go for silly money. The price was really low and nobody had bid on it. So I thought I would be the first to have a bid. There was a couple of days left so I really didn’t think I would win it, I just wanted to feel included.
Two days later when I had the confirmation I had won I was shocked. I mean, happy, but shocked. There was I after all these years finally getting a Slave 1 and all the other ships as well. And a right bargain as well. I waited patiently for them to arrive. Once again I slowly unwrapped them, being careful not to spill my tea in the process. OK, so none of them were like new. In fact, they looked a little tired. But they still looked great to me. It made me think. Is there a way of restoring these classic ships to their former glory? Being new to the collecting thing I had no idea. Did people keep them looking a little battered or did they repair them? Could they repair them?
There was only one thing left to do, drink tea whilst doing some research. It seems I have entered a world of experienced and knowledgeable collectors. I Googled restoration of Star Wars figures and found a plethora of information. A mind blowing amount of ways to clean, repair and restore figures and ships. Seems I was going to be a busy man….
Thanks for reading,