Saturday 29 August 2009

"Thats no moon! Thats a space station!"...Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi

After a very busy week or so (what with interviews, college applications and the small matter of a family wedding) it was something of a relief to get back to the serious business of bargain hunting at our local Saturday boot sale. First up was a completed kit of the Death Star from Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope. This football sized plastic model has been assembled and painted but is sadly missing the base - a glass tumbler was used for the photo. I was particularly pleased to get hold of this as my gaming friend and disciple of the Dark Side - Darth Fox has a collection of Star Wars spaceship models from the collectible miniatures game produced by Wizards of the Coast. The model would be quite a small Death Star compared to the size of the other models but large enough to use as the centre piece of a rebel assault - the scale issue is largely representational after all.....................;-)

This cost me £1 which when you consider its galaxy smashing ability is not too bad!

Next up was a couple of paperbacks - one of which was a replacement and the other a new and welcome find. Starship Troopers is one of my favourite Sci Fi novels and I had been after a replacement for ages. The Master of the World I have not read and it was on my hit list for some time given my interest in Victorian Sci Fi. These two came to 30p in total!

Finally, a hardback copy of the Sharpe Companion by Mark Adkin. This is basically a guide to the Napoleonic Wars as depicted in the Sharpe novels and is full of interesting facts, maps and anecdotes - primarily covering the war in the Spanish Peninsula although the affair in Belgium in 1815 does get a passing nod! This was the princely sum of 50p.

All in all then, it was a great day out and a very cheap one as well!


Paul O'G said...

Another great haul mate - what a keen and practiced eye you have!

David Crook said...

I must confess that I enjoy enormously the 'rummaging' aspect of boot sales - there are treasures to be found alright! This year has been a pretty good one although not when compared to 2007................;-)

Paul O'G said...

Well I know you'll keep your eye out for naval references :-)

David Crook said...

Absolutely! I have scored some really cracking naval titles whilst trolling around the muddy/dusty (delete as applicable!)fields of Essex. The boot sale season tends to finish around the end of October so there is still time to grab plenty of bargains!