Yo, wanna win some Valerian swag?

Luc Besson’s (other) psychedelic sci-fi space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in cinemas around the universe today, and we’ve got some rad stuff including a comic and some totally adorable Funko Pop toys to give away. Dial up your hyperdrives and hit the jump for more.

Based on Pierre Christin’s French graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline, this $200 million (!) film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special operatives for the Terran Galactic Empire.

“Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other,” reads the film’s blurb. “There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.”


Okay, but did you actually read that? Because it’s important. Especially the part about “an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged”. Now, this is how it’s going to work.


  • A copy of the Ambassador of Shadows comic written by Pierre Christin, with art by Jean-Claude Mézières
  • A Funko Pop Valerian toy
  • A Funko Pop Laureline toy


  • A Funko Pop Laureline toy

To enter, tell us in the comments below which super exotic alien species you’re from, and what exactly you’re doing in Alpha. Bonus points for creativity, authenticity, and outrageous eccentricity. Extra bonus points for shitty MS Paint art. 

The competition closes on Friday 28 July at 14:00, and is open only to South African residents.

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