Trivia: Han Solo Appears in ‘Firefly’

Have you ever noticed that Han Solo (Harrison Ford‘s iconic character from the original Star Wars trilogy) is hidden in the background in some sceenes of Joss Whedon‘s short lived sci-fi television series Firefly? Details and photos after the jump.

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If you’ve been reading /Film for a while, then you know that I love good movie-inspired art. And the superbowl of movie art is Crazy4Cult, an art show put on every year by Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This year’s show will open on July 9th, and we have seen the first batch of artwork premiere online. For years I’ve been writing about the show, and posting and buying the art online. I’m super excited because this year I’ll be able to attend the event since I now live in Los Angeles.  After the jump you will see a compilation of the artwork I have found thus far. New pieces from Eric Tan, Dave Perillo, Tom Whalen and more. We should have another preview closer to the show. Believe me, if you like movie art, hit the jump!

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Cool Stuff: Serenity Scaled Ship Prop Replica

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Sideshow Collectibles have teamed with Quantum Mechanix to produce a Serenity – ‘The Big Damn Replica’ Scaled Prop Replica. The titular ship of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western television series/movie has existed only in digital form only – until now.

More than three years in the making, Serenity – The Big Damn Replica, has been painstakingly crafted to be absolutely screen-accurate in every aspect. Unlike most ships from science fiction, Serenity was designed from the ground up to be as realistic as possible, from her floor plan to her construction, using real-world components and manufacturing processes. As one of her creators observed, the idea was to make Serenity so real, fans could see themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport.

Now for the bad news: This highly detailed scaled prop replica is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide, and made to order for $2699.99. Yeah… it ain’t cheap. More information and photos after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Firefly/Serenity Maps

Quantum Mechanix has released the Complete and Official Map of the Verse, the first comprehensive guide to the worlds of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity. Spread over both sides of the 65 lbs heavy cover stock paper, the map, measures 25 x 38 inches and “documents the location, relative sizes and names of the 215 terraformed worlds and moons, seven gas giants, seven protostars and five distinct star systems that comprise the star cluster known as The Verse.”

Created by Serenity graphic designer Geofferey Mandel, the map was compiled over months using dozens of experts of every stripe (science, design, production) and then tested against storylines and other sources of continuity including the Dark Horse Serenity comics, the Serenity Role-Playing Game and even some fan-generated fiction. Available Z-folded (down to 9.5 by 12.5 inches) and inserted into a glassine envelope for $26.95 or hand-rolled and shipped in an archival tube for $34.95.

Also available on Quantum Mechanix is Worlds of the Alliance lithograph, which was created by designer Geoffrey Mandel for the classroom scene in the movie Serenity, but was never used because the final set had no walls. Only 1,000 30″x24″ lithographs of the Worlds of the Alliance were printed. Hand-signed and numbered by Mr. Mandel himself, available for just $39.95.

The site also has available a map of Serenity Valley. Created by ‘Verse historian and QMx artisan Ben Mund, this 30” x 26.5” lithograph is printed on 100-pound, satin-finish paper and contains a complete topographical rendering of the infamous valley, including many landmarks and other details of historic importance dating back to 2506, just prior to the outbreak of hostilities that would become known as the Unification War. The 1,500 limited edition print is hand-signed and numbered by Mr. Mund himself. Available for 39.95 from Quantum Mechanix.

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