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Friday 04 December 2015 | Category : Events

Helix Uncovers Collection of Original Star Wars Stationery!



In a time far far away, 1977 to be exact, George Lucas launched what would become the biggest franchise in the history of cinema.


Star Wars has taken over $4.5bn in box office receipts since Luke Skywalker and his X-wing flew onto the scene and with the seventh installment gracing screens worldwide in December, Maped Helix have uncovered some historic products hiding in the depth of the Dagobah swamp.


Helix, now Maped Helix based in Kingswinford, were one of the first UK brands to swoop onto the market with Star Wars based products. Pencil cases, felt tip pens and rulers became intergalactic items. Even Darth Vader's Death Star turned from a spherical star destroyer to a funky disco sharpener!


The products discovered by Helix were in a galaxy-busting collection housed no further than a light-year away. Craig Spivey, who is based in Leamington Spa, has built the collection over 38 years and is proud to be part of the history of Helix and the largest sci-fi franchise ever.


'I've always been a massive fan. I'ts great to house such rare products. I wanted to share them for people to view though; there is history in these products.'


The Helix range included; pencils, coloured pencils, felt tip pens, rulers, two types of erasers, pencil sharpeners and geometry sets - branded with the Star Wars logo and 'May The Force Be With you.'


Craig has grown up with these products and remembers collecting them as a child.


'These products were appealing to kids because they were bright and incorporated their favourite characters. There was even a chance to win a Star Wars school set by collecting tokens from tins of Heinz Beans and sausages.'


Despite the influx of interest in the late 70's, many of the products would have Boba Fett searching high-and low.


'When stationery is used so regularly, it tends to get binned, hidden away or sold at a car boot. As such, the products have become incredibly sort after.'


Previous pocket money items favourable with the young Padawans and old Jedi Masters alike are now fetching hundreds of pounds on online auction sites. A recent auction saw one felt tip with pack and branded insert accumulate bids up to £280 while the full set sold for £487.


Mike Bird, Education Sales Manager and Yoda-in-chief at Maped Helix said 'It mayy seem many moons ago but I was working at Helix when this happened! We went to the Harrogate Trade Fair to launch it and we were brought back to Birmingham to see a sneak-peek of 'A New Hope.' The cinema we saw the film in is now Birmingham Children's Hospital!'


Along side Helix's sationery Craig has a planet-sized collection. Collector Craig has original advertising and has managed to keep his treasured items in bright condition with vivid colours and away from the hands of Sith Lords.


Craig added  'This is part of our culture. Sci-fi really took off in the seventies and it hasn't looked back since. I've just accrued this collection over generations and am really excited for the new film.'


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is realeased on the 18th December and stars original cast members alongside new Jedi hero, John Boyega. Luckily, Jar Jar Binks is currently unannounced to star in the latest interstellar adventure!