The world’s largest pewter maker, Royal Selangor, is about to get even bigger in a couple of days with the official launch of their “Star Wars” collection!
The unveiling of the highly anticipated collaboration will also undoubtedly up Royal Selangor’s cool factor about a thousand notches as “Star Wars” is one of the most iconic sci-fi franchise of all time ;)
Recently, we were invited to Royal Selangor’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to get a sneak peek of the collection, which we found out that it’s actually made up of 16 designs.
Sixteen! Count ’em.
Amongst the merchandise are cufflinks, USB flashdrives, 8-inch figurines (Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Darth Vader), a Death Star trinket box, tumblers (Darth Vader, C3PO, Boba Fett, and Stormtrooper) and 4-inch figurines (Yoda, Stormtrooper, and Boba Fett).
But the star of the show is perhaps the diorama of a classic “Return of the Jedi” scene, where Luke Skywalker fights Jabba the Hutt’s rancor:
We also had a chat with Royal Selangor marketing executive director Chen Tien Yue, who gave us a quick behind-the-scenes look at Royal Selangor’s latest prized possession.
Chen revealed that the “Star Wars” collection is about 2 years in the making, 18 months committed to just the production process and ensuring that they’ve got everything down pat. After all, by nature of “Star Wars” having a 38-year-old history, a lot of research was needed and there were a lot of reference materials to sieve through as well. This also means a lot of going back and forth between Royal Selangor, Disney, and Lucasfilm to finalise even the tiniest of details.
As for the people behind the crazy labour, according to Chen, the #STARWARSxRoyalSelangor team consists of 2 main sculptors and another 2 or 3 designers who were working on PCs. But because the collection is huge (a standard Royal Selangor collection would usually only have 8 or 10 designs whereas the #STARWARSxRoyalSelangor has 16), Royal Selangor had to mobilise their entire team of designers.
When asked which item was his personal favourite, Chen said it was probably Boba Fett. He added that Boba Fett also required a lot of work behind-the-scenes as the figurine is actually 8 individual pieces put together – jetpack, cloak, upper torso, lower body, gun, antenna, base, and Royal Selangor plaque.
On top of that, he also revealed that more items are slated to be released later this year. How many? Well, let’s just say that Jedis around the world can expect up to 9 more additional pieces* in December. Perhaps a Chewbacca or a R2D2 piece?
You’ll just have to wait and see ;)
Timed for release just a few months ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“, Chen is confident that the collection will do exceedingly well, and we can’t disagree even if we tried.
For more pictures from our visit to Royal Selangor, check out the gallery below:
Don’t forget! The #STARWARSxRoyalSelangor collection will launch a little later this week (20th August, Thursday) at Sunway Pyramid. You need to be there ;)
The #STARWARSxRoyalSelangor pieces will also be allocated for other markets e.g. Singapore, Indonesia, China, Australia, UK, and Hong Kong so keep your eyes peeled, international Jedis!
*Additional pieces’ designs still pending approval from Disney and Lucasfilm.
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