Living in Hawaii has its obvious perks, but one of the downsides is paying confiscatory rates for shipping when ordering online. It is often cheaper to add more stuff to the shopping cart and qualify for free shipping than to buy just what you need and pay for shipping. After creating an order for some pencils at CultPens.com, I was poking around to find a few more things for the cart when I noticed this Millennium Falcon Stationery Gift Set. A bit of online research showed that the manufacturer was the UK-based Pyramid International, and the set was not available in the US. Well, I popped that checkout button and in less than 12 parsecs the set was in my hands.
The shipping box looked like it had gone through the Clone Wars, but thanks to the copious bubble wrap supplied by CultPens, the set arrived undamaged. The stationery items are packed in a shrink wrapped aluminum tin that is about 15" inches across the longest part and is debossed and printed with the an impressively detailed drawing of the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy."
|What it looks like in shrink, like a large candy box|
|The bottom of the tin has a sticker showing the contents|
|The view when you open the box. Note the metal ornament on the elastic of the notebook.|
|The black is only printed (silk screened?) on the metal, not etched|
|The printing on the pen is actually better than seen in these pictures.|
The notebook is the major draw for this set. Its covers are handsomely decorated with various views of the Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens movie (the rectangular rather than circular dish on the top of the Falcon is a dead giveaway). Anyway, the boards of the cover feel a bit softer and have more give than the firm, solid covers of a Moleskine. Perhaps that was to make it easier to emboss the resistance logo and Millennium Falcon title into the front cover as can be seen along the top in the picture below. In any case, it means the covers do feel rigid but a bit spongy at the same time, like walking in Dagobah, which gives the covers a more tactile feel.
|Love the different views of the Falcon|
|A larger version of the same drawing found on front|
|Pretty typical page marker and a Millennium Falcon logo I've never seen before|
Like most notebooks of this type, the inside back cover has a pocket. The inside front cover is adorned with a fantastic illustration of the Falcon doing what it does best: fleeing from something.
|Inside front cover|
|Comparison of A5 notebook and a standard Moleskine|
|The pin that is the same as the ornament on the notebook elastic.|
|Added bonus on bottom of tin!|