The end of the year welcomes the beginning of a new Star Wars trilogy since Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Hearts are beating and fans are figuritively foaming at their mouths in anticipation. They aren’t alone. Royal Selangor has caught up to the chase and has launched a collection of figurines, mugs and more this month. Chen Tien Yue, executive director at Royal Selangor, gives us the details.
How did the collaboration come about?
Talks began with Disney two years ago. It had just acquired Lucasfilm at the time and we thought it’d be fun to do something with Star Wars. There are billions of Star Wars merchandise since A New Hope, so our challenge was to do something different. Lucasfilm is part of Disney, which means we cannot do anything related to alcohol.
No hip flasks then. What have your designers been working on? What can fans look forward to?
Initial ideas like R2-D2 and C-3PO bookends didn’t make the cut, but stuff that did include a Death Star trinket box, mugs and flash drives. There are 16 items in the collection, three in limited editions, including eight-inch figurines of Darth Vader, Han Solo and Princess Leia.
So C-3PO only appears on a mug…
Sadly, yes. It was easy to run away with our imagination, but we had to draw the line somewhere in order to make sure production will be in time for the launch. It was hard but we had to go with items that would be popular. We might do more products later.
Is there a reason why they aren’t coloured?
We did want to do a black Darth Vader, but decided to go with the classic pewter look. Perhaps we’ll have some fun with colour in the next edition.
I love Star Wars. Can I get you to create something a little different?
We can customise, but if it’s something out of any movie, we’d have to get the rights to it.
Browse through the complete collection at Royal Selangor stores, authorised dealers and online at starwars.royalselangor.com