One of Warhammer 40,000’s rarest minis just sold for a record-breaking $35,000

In Warhammer 40,000 lore, the Thunderhawk gunship is one of the Adeptus Astartes’ best means of providing Space Marine transport and firing support. In the tabletop world, the 1997 all-metal models (big enough to actually fit a kill team) are one of the rarest miniatures, normally worth anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. Warhammer YouTuber Emil “Squidmar” Nyström just set a new record, selling one he assembled and painted for a whopping $35,000 USD/£25,600 GBP on eBay.

One of only 500 made, Nystrom began charting the history of the Thunderhawk mini back in February, when he acquired one from a man in Sweden who never took it out of the box to assemble. Nystrom even got in touch with the original creator of the model, who says he was assigned the task as a sort of test for future work with Games Workshop.

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“I had never made a miniature in my life before. That was my first stab at making a metal model ever,” the creator, referenced only as “Tim” said. Tim had only six months to design and cast the model for GW’s annual convention, finding time in the evenings after his day job to make progress.

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