Friday, February 26, 2010

Serenity "flies again" - Video of Firefly ship's "Big Damn Replica" & Now Shipping

Remember the  Serenity Keychain from a while back? Well the same company has been making a larger scale, VERY detailed replica of Serenity. We've got the video of the $2,495 replica below, with flashing lights and all! They're now shipping the replica, in case anyone seriously is ordering one. Store Link
"From the Press Release: The First and Only Studio Scale, Film-Quality Replica of the Firefly-Class Transport, Serenity Celebrated by millions of fans around the world, the titular ship of Joss Whedon's visionary movie masterpiece, Serenity, has existed in all its glory in digital form only - until now.
More than three years in the making, Serenity - The Big Damn Replica, has been painstakingly crafted to be absolutely screen-accurate in every aspect. Unlike most ships from science fiction, Serenity was designed from the ground up to be as realistic as possible, from her floor plan to her construction, using real-world components and manufacturing processes. As one of her creators observed, the idea was to make Serenity so real, fans could see themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport.
Some of the features of Serenity - The Big Damn Replica:
* One big boat. Our Serenity measures 19"x12"x7", or 1:180 scale. (display stand adds 4.5")
* Incredible complexity.The kit used to build Serenity consists of more than 250 parts, including resin, brass, aluminum and laser-cut acrylic. Many of the parts are custom-cut by hand, just for your replica.
* Film-quality build. Some 30 different colors, including flat and metallic paint, are used in the ship's multilayer paint job.
* Spitting image.Weathering, wear and other painting effects are used to exactly mirror the movie version of ship.
* Superior components. Surfaces are crafted to simulate real-world materials - metal, ceramic, even the mirrored surfaces of the solar panels.
* No decals. All graphics on Serenity are painted on by hand, even Serenity's logo.
* SFX Edition.Serenity - The Big Damn Replica incorporates some 32 lighting effects, including static, flashing, strobe and chase lights.
* Signature Edition. Nathan Fillion, Captain Mal himself, will be signing the builder's plaque that comes with each Big Damn Replica.
* Wireless remote. The SFX Edition replica includes a wireless remote control to operate lights with a special button for activating "hard burn." Lighting system automatically shuts down after 15 minutes to help protect the both the lights and model.

* Cool display. Serenity's display base/diorama looks like a landing pad straight out of The Verse. It comes with an acrylic cradle that shows Serenity in flight. Standard configuration features Inara's shuttle taking off while the other shuttle is docked in its bay. (If you prefer a different configuration, please make note of it in the "Special Requests" field above*).
* Big Damn Heroes.Crew members can be seen on the bridge.
* Pro Prop Crate. Each Serenity is shipped in custom-cut foam and stored in a hand-built wooden apple crate, just like what the pros use to safeguard their props.
* Jason Palmer Exclusive Art Print. Jason Palmer, one of the premier portrait artists working in entertainment today, was so taken with our girl that he's creating an special art print of Serenity only available with the Big Damn Replica.

Options available for customization* include:
* Engines pose (Crazy Ivan, anyone?)
* Shuttles in-flight or docked.
* Reactor shutters open or closed.
* Other special requests
Although every Artisan replica we make is, in a real sense, an edition of one, we understand having an edition number is very important to collectors. That's why we've set the edition size for Serenity - The Big Damn Replica at just 1,000 ships total."

I thought that was a particularly odd music choice. I personally would rather have used the Firefly theme.

Is anyone reading this going to buy one? Does anyone have that kinda of extra cash laying around? Unfortunately, I don't. I would love this on my desk at home, work, anywhere.

For more details: Full Press Release

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