Replicas: Time Bandits map, Battlestar Galactica cubits

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Several years ago, I posted about graphic designer Jon Heilman's perfect replica of the time portal map from Terry Gilliam's 1981 movie Time Bandits. Since then, I've received a steady stream of inquiries from readers who vaguely remembered my post and wanted to buy one of the maps. I'm delighted to announce that Jon/Metropolis Graphics has now set up shop in the Boing Boing Bazaar in the Makers Market. The maps are printed on canvas, measure 40" x 24.5" and cost $100. I have one and can vouch for their exquisite quality.

Jon is also selling several other fantastic paper prop replicas, including Professor Marvel's banner from Wizard of Oz, and a pack of three Battlestar Galactica counterfeit cubits (above) for $10.

Time Bandits map, Battlestar Galactica cubits, etc.



  1. You’ll be pleased with it, Phikus. When I first saw one on a colleague’s desk, I thought it was some weird antique from a parallel universe or something. Heilman did a great job with them.

    1. It does look like they did a great job on it. I would fold mine up to make it more authentic.

      *Goes back in time to trip Felton on his way out the door*


  2. I also own one of these maps – the print quality is excellent, and I can’t recommend it highly enough… I got Terry Gilliam to autograph mine at DragonCon last year and he was blown away by it…

  3. The cubits look like modern Euros, but if they were from the reboot, they’d have the corners cut off, wouldn’t they?

  4. I bought one of these when they were first posted here a few years ago. It’s been in the tube since I got it – I have never had the chance to put it up in my apartment (no room).

    If anyone wants it for like $60 I’d be willing to send it out.

  5. I bought two of the Time Bandit maps a few years ago (One for me, one for a friends) It’s hanging on my wall now in a nice display case. The hobbit map is good, but I’m pretty sure he’s got the dimensions wrong. It looked a LOT larger than that ever time I’ve seen it depicted.

    1. Yes! I went back and bought them ALL! Better get back to Aldob before I get to him first. Then I am coming for all of you who own a copy… Muhuhahaha… *cough cough* ahahuha…

      The only thing that could stop my mad plan is if someone uses the graphic at the top to spot the time holes themselves or snapped a Polaroid of one. But no one will think of that. That would be ridiculous!!1! Might as well try using a Flux Capacitor or something…


      Oh wait… Um… Who was I avenging again?

  6. Any why shouldn’t this be released for free. A cultural treasure, captured by and artist for his own profit.

    I can print large prints. I can’t afford $100 for ripped off IP. Release the info to the wild. Information needs to be free.

  7. I got one last year. Very nice work…very nice.

    One word of advice. I tea-stained mine to make the edges aged. I contacted the author for advice and he confirmed my ‘test patch’..the ink, canvas will take the stain..but Dab it on..don’t drag the sponge. The sponge will pick up some ink if dragged..but the canvas will absorb the stain for an aged look.

  8. got my time map framed on my wall. i’d rip it out in a heart beat if gilliam could sign it.

  9. I too have one of these. Spent a pretty penny having it framed (made the print cost look like lunch money). It is a prized possession. If you wondering “Will it look good in the den?”, yes, oh yes it will!

  10. When I have the map, I will be free, and the world will be different, because I have understanding.… (of) Digital watches. And soon I shall have understanding of video cassette recorders and car telephones. And when I have understanding of them, I shall have understanding of computers. And when I have understanding of computers, I shall be the Supreme Being!

  11. If you missed buying one, or don’t have $100 sitting around, there’s one you can look at and touch at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library in Eugene.

  12. John Hudgens – Gilliam signed it, that’s awesome! I’m glad to have a pic of that. What were his comments, if any?

    Thanks to everyone who has made a purchase over the years. I’m continually amazed how many fans of this film are out there. I made this map primarily for myself. I posted to a couple movie prop forums thinking I’d sell maybe 5 or so. Little did I know how many like-minded fans have been wanting to possess this map. Thanks again.

    And everyone be sure to visit for the most unique collection of goods you’ll find anywhere. I’m honored to be part of it.

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