back to article Long-lost 1977 Star Wars X-Wing prop discovered – lock s-foils in bid position

A long-lost model of an X-Wing Fighter used in the climactic Death Star battle sequence of 1977's Star Wars has been discovered – and it's for sale if you have a spare $400,000 (£320K) to meet the opening bid. The model believed to be the formerly missing X-Wing is hitting the auction block as part of the collection of late …

  1. Omnipresent Bronze badge

    I mostly want

    The flash gordan rocket.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I mostly want

      AaaAaah.

    2. DwarfPants
      Angel

      Re: I mostly want

      The sign of a misspent youth and being of a certain age. Me, I have never seen this particular cinematic master piece, honest. You could put it on display and see how many people recognize it.

    3. Neil Barnes Silver badge

      Re: I mostly want

      "A monster's work is never done..."

    4. ITMA Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: I mostly want

      You can have the Flash Gordon one.

      I'll have the Flesh Gordon LOL

      1. Jedit Silver badge
        Alien

        "I'll have the Flesh Gordon LOL"

        It's a distinction that needs to be made. Flesh Gordon started out as a hardcore porn parody and some of the softer footage remains in the final cut. But somewhere along the line they decided they could raise a bit of money for real SFX, a better script and people who could act with their clothes on, and a cult classic was born. The Monster was a particularly good piece of stop motion animation, and it was voiced by Craig T Nelson of all people - Mr Incredible himself.

        The thing that blows most people's minds in this modern era, though, is that Flesh Gordon wasn't made in response to the 1981 Flash Gordon movie. It was made in 1974 and it was all their own idea.

    5. ITMA Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: I mostly want

      I want to know - who has the model of the PENISAURUS from Flesh Gordon? LOL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCe5TlVduvY

      1. Tom 7

        Re: I mostly want

        I'd forgotten how shit that film really was. Fortunately at the time we had access to things that made walls funny!

    6. Dizzy Dwarf Bronze badge

      Re: I mostly want

      A rather suspiciously-shaped rocket crafted by Jein for Flesh Gordon – Click to … enlarge^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hengorge

      1. The Oncoming Scorn Silver badge
        Pint

        Re: I mostly want

        Dr FJ "Fortunately I was able to complete the design before the sex-ray took effect (*As you can see it had absolutely no bearing on the design)"

        Classic movie so many great lines, most of which I can't post as I'd have that Google search going through works firewall.

        *I think thats one of the next lines.

      2. Meph
        Trollface

        Re: I mostly want

        Click _furiously_ to enlarge!!

        Yeah, I'll see myself out.

    7. Kane
      Trollface

      Re: I mostly want

      "The flash gordan rocket."

      Don't we all?

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Greg Jein

    I'm glad it's been found, and glad it's being highly valued, but I'm really sad to hear about the passing of Greg Jein.

  3. b0llchit Silver badge
    Coat

    Pixelating that image was a dick move.

    1. cookieMonster Silver badge
      Joke

      Yeah, would they do it to Jeff’s rocket?

      1. b0llchit Silver badge

        You mean, ehm, the one that fell over?

        1. Tom 7

          It was just resting.

          1. b0llchit Silver badge

            You mean deflating? Into one pixel?

      2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        "Yeah, would they do it to Jeff’s rocket?"

        I came here expecting to find a comparison of the Flesh Gordon ship and Bezos Blue Origin and all I got was this limp reference!

  4. Grunchy Silver badge

    X-wing is cool

    Mostly because of the orange racing stripes that matched Luke’s “blu-blocker” tinted visor. But there’s a reason they don’t make biplanes any more: too much drag. Plus, I mean come on, where’s the control surfaces? Not even a propeller?

    The only “model” I remember seeing in Close Encounters was made out of a big tub of mashed potatoes by a slightly manic Dreyfuss. No way anybody hung onto that.

    1. Zolko Silver badge
      Gimp

      Re: X-wing is cool

      Not even a propeller ?

      it has 4 turbo-reactors at the root of each wing. Though they'd be as useful as propellers for a space-craft. What's more concerning is the center of gravity, which is very obviously way too far front, that thing wouldn't fly. Unless you put a – transparent – canard at the nose, then may-be.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: X-wing is cool

        Gravity in space? I’ll grant you on a planet it might be an issue but surely like the eurofighter jet it’s unstable all the time but the computer or R2D2 assists with the stability and makes it flyable by the pilot.

        1. Zolko Silver badge

          Re: X-wing is cool

          well, yes, there is gravity in space. What there isn't is aerodynamic forces on the wings. But X-fighters also fly in the atmosphere, and there the aerodynamic balance is important. In this case, the CG would be too much forward, therefore too stable, and not unstable as modern fighter jets : R2D2 wouldn't be of any help

          1. iron Silver badge

            Re: X-wing is cool

            In atmosphere X-wings use repulsorlift technology (anti-gravity) so aerodynamics is as unimportant as it is to flying saucers.

            1. Zolko Silver badge

              Re: X-wing is cool

              Thank-you, I wasn't aware of this repulsorlift development. Explains a lot, of course. Did they develop it in-house, or did they steal it from the Empire ? Though I still maintain that the huge surfaces of the 4 wings would produce some aerodynamic forces that need to be balanced. And since these wings don't have any purpose in space, it's not quite clear why have them in the first place. Apart from the scientific fact that they look über-cool.

  5. Goat_war

    Was well up for the x-wing at 400k till I saw the small print about the buyer's premium which adds another 100k on. Bit of a shame that!

    1. Goat Boy

      Judging by the condition of the 'glass' it looks like model-Luke my have left a celebratory model-ciggy lit in the cockpit after bursting the Death Star.

      Could bring the price down a bit for you.

  6. chivo243 Silver badge
    Holmes

    "I knew something was probably in the box..." Would have been funny if it was a box of 'only' packing peanuts. But if there's a big box in a collectors possession would this stand to reason?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They were collectors-edition packing peanuts!

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