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From QMx Artisan’s press:
$2,495 | EDITION OF 1,000
SIGNED BY NATHAN FILLION (Capt. Malcolm Reynolds)
INCLUDES JASON PALMER EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT
Preordering opens 10.30.09 at 12 p.m. PST
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 other iconic 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 easily imagine themselves walking her decks. With such a sense of place and familiarity, viewers would never feel lost in this Firefly-Class Transport.
When it came time to develop this replica, we could do no less. Every bolt, every seam and every asymmetrical plate has been recreated with exacting detail in this first and only screen- accurate replica. Years of intense effort have gone into all aspects of this model, from the sculpture taken directly from the movie CG master files to the paint job created to match not just the colors of the ship, but the materials as well.
Some of the features of Serenity – The Big Damn Replica:
One big boat. Our Serenity measures 19″x12″x7″, or 1:180 scale. (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.
Film-quality build. Some 30 different colors, including flat and metallic paint, are used in the ship’s multilayer paint master.
Spitting image. Weathering, wear and other painting effects are designed 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.
SFX Edition. Serenity – The Big Damn Replica, SFX Edition (the only edition we are currently offering) incorporates some 32 lighting effects, including static, flashing, strobe and chase lights.
Signature Edition. Each Serenity replica will come signed by Nathan Fillion – Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself!
Wireless remote. The Serenity Replica includes a wireless remote control to operate lights with a separate 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.
Big Damn Heroes. Eight 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. Premier Serenity portrait artist, Jason Palmer, is creating an original art print of the Serenity replica that will be included exclusively with this edition of The Big Damn Replica.
As with all QMx Artisan replicas, Serenity – The Big Damn Replica is made to order in the U.S. by special-effects artists (who build models for movies when they’re not working on our replicas). Not only does this allow us to offer you a replica of great intricacy and beauty, it also allows you to make your Serenity uniquely your own.
Options available for customization include:
Engines pose (Crazy Ivan, anyone?)
Shuttles in-flight or docked.
Reactor shutters open or closed.
Customers purchasing Serenity – The Big Damn Replica will be eligible for all the benefits of QMx Concierge Service, including a personal concierge to help you with your order and any customization 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 in determining overall value of a replica. That’s why we’ve set the edition size for Serenity – The Big Damn Replica at 1,000 ships total.
We will begin taking preorders on October 30, 2009 at 12 p.m. PST. Because this is a hand-built, made-to-order replica, please allow 30-90 days for delivery of your Big Damn Replica.