I was watching TV the other night and an advert appeared for one of those magazines that are published weekly and allow you to build a scale model of some warship, plane or whatever. In this case it was the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars.
At the exact split-second the small-print appeared (the visual equivalent of the end of radio adverts. You know, the bit that appears to be read by a horse-racing commentator on acid!) I happened to glance up and notice that each issue of the magazine was £8.99 and there were 100 issues.
So for the cost of a week in Cyprus for two and over the next two years you could build you very own fictional space-craft. With working hatch no less!!
Does anybody really have the staying power required to see these things through? And I'm not just talking Joe Public, I include the magazine publishers in that question. I'm very tempted to start buying this magazine just to test out their stamina.
I expect that by about 25 issues in they will have stopped including interesting, fun facts about the Millennium Falcon. It's a space-ship! From a film! It's not real! How much do you need to know about it? I strongly suspect it won't be much longer before, instead of including bits of plastic tat err... I mean finely crafted miniature space-craft components, they are just throwing in a few paper-clips, some buttons and the odd chewing gum wrapper they found down the back of their coffee-room sofa!
So no doubt I'll end up with a half-finished Millennium Falcon to go with the incomplete Eiffel Tower, the one-winged World War II Spitfire and the three-legged model of Lord Lucan (1 leg) riding Shergar (2 legs).