Star Wars! And the cool props it has

Hi there,
So recently I was introduced to a company that was interested in involving me a special project. . . Involving Star Wars. . . Who’d have guessed? Anyway, the company is Invaluable.com and they, over the years, have been fortunate enough to be able to auction off a variety of items from the Star Wars series. They want Star Wars Day (May 4th) to become Star Wars month instead. So, as part of Star Wars month they have asked me to share my favourite Star Wars pieces. . . And of course I said yes. But, they also want all of your input too. They want all of you to comment below your own favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that, if you had all the money in the world, you would buy. So lets just jump right in and take a trip down Star Wars lane, detouring straight to my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia!

1) Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster – The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
Han Solo is my favourite character in the Star Wars series and I could not imagine owning a better prop than his very own DL-44 Blaster. The piece was custom made for the film and is in the same condition from then, so it bears some marks of wear and tear. The prop was sold in 2013 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

2) Section of the Death Star – Return of the Jedi
This piece is a portion from the Death Star miniature and was used to create the illusion of mass. Seriously though, how cool to say you own a piece of the Death Star?! I think it would be amazing. It sold for $25,000 to $35,000 in 2015

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You can find it here

3) Richard Edlund Camera Dolly – A New Hope
This is one of the stranger pieces that they sold at Invaluable. It’s a camera dolly used on the set of Episode IV: A New Hope. This camera dolly was also used in most of his other films including Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not only is it a super cool piece of camera equipment but its actually now an antique. It sold in 2015 for $6000 to $8000

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You can find it here

4) Luke Skywalker artist proof Lightsaber – A New Hope
This is not the actual Lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used. But its still pretty cool. Not only that, it was used and signed by George Lucas. This prop is seriously amazing and it sold in 2015 but for an undisclosed price . . . so I’m guessing it was a lot!

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You can find it here

5) Blockade Runner filming miniature – A New Hope
This prop is a miniature of the runner that carried Princess Leia in Episode IV: A New Hope. It was created to imply that it was getting further away at a fast speed. This is the Blockade Runner that was seen in the first scene of the film. It sold in 2015 for between $200,000 and $300,000

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You can find it here

Okay, so they are my favourite pieces of Star Wars memorabilia. Please comment down below your favourite pieces and don’t forget to look at the Invaluable blog for more information. May the Force be with you.

Signing off, Verity

TFF: Favourite Disney Songs

Hi there,
Happy Friday! And I’m sorry. Its been a whole 2 months since I last made a post. I have been the busiest and the most stressed I have ever been. Things don’t seem to be slowing down either so I apologize if there is another 2 month gap after this. As we all know Friday is the best day of the week because we get a top 5 from me. Today I am doing my Top Five Favourite Disney Songs. Now, because this is the hardest thing ever, it is only for animated Disney films. To be honest a top 100 would be more appropriate right now, but anyway I’ll try my best. So lets just jump right in.

1) Let it Go – Frozen
Yes I know, you probably all hate me because everyone hates Frozen now because it was overexposed. But no, this song is amazing. Its powerful and unique and super catchy and I love it. I think it is one of the most brilliantly composed Disney songs and the message it gives to the audience is incredibly powerful. So I’m just going to Let it Go and love this song on my own.

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2) Zero to Hero – Hercules
I don’t think there is a person alive who isn’t completely in love with this song. It’s sung by an amazing chorus of women and has the best melody and tonal changes of any Disney song. It also ties in with the development of Hercules and conveys a sequence of events to the audience in a unique, fun and musical way.

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3) On My Way – Brother Bear
First of all, this song is a perfect representation of the overall storyline of the film. Secondly, it is a sung by Phil Collins who is a completely underrated genius. Third, the tune and the lyrics are just so catchy! This is the song you want to keep you entertained during a long car ride, it a perfect reflection of the film and is brilliantly catchy.

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4) Colours of the Wind – Pocahontas
This song not only educates people about what happened in America’s history, but is an incredible blend of lyrics and symphony. The song reflects the theme of the film perfectly and the way in which is develops the idea of nature > man is brilliant. Not only does the song encapsulate the theme but its super catchy.

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5) Make a Man Out of You – Mulan
Lets get down to business. This song is probably the Disney song that I know the lyrics and tonal changes to the best. The song is absolutely brilliant and when listened to while viewing the film is kinda hilarious. It conveys a powerful message of perseverance and endurance and the song is just plain amazing.

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Okay, so that is all for this weeks top five Fridays. I hope I see you again soon but I seriously cannot promise anything. I miss you all and I hope you’re all having a great time whatever you’re doing.

Signing off, Verity