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KidHuevos
08-10-2014, 11:50 PM
For all its popularity, Blade Runner hasn't seen a whole lot of official merchandise. The bulk of items out there are unlicensed and rare- extremely difficult to find. We're going to take a look at a few separate Blade Runner souvenirs, namely: Deckard's handgun, holster, and a few articles of clothing available.

The Plager Katsumate Series-D blaster

This weapon has a fancy name; astute readers will also note that the initials also stand for Phillip K Dick, the author of the book on which Blade Runner was based. I have three versions of this gun, the first being a replica from a company named Marco Enterprises. This company fashioned numerous pieces of sci-fi weaponry from Star Wars & Star Trek all the way to Logan's Run. Marco Enterprises was unsanctioned by the studios and presumably received a cease and desist order sometime in the early 1990's. (Or they just went out of business; I can't find any information on them- the last catalog I received was from 1992.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRgun1_zpsed26b23f.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRgun2_zps5bcd7839.jpg

The gun itself is a decent likeness, although purists will see it as not very screen accurate in the details. The grip is a solid brown color, and the size is a shade larger than its screen accurate counterpart. This replica featured no moving parts, although the four red LEDs did light up and a red bulb was inserted in the barrel, along with a pre-recorded sound effect of the gun being fired whenever the tiny button on the back of the pistol was depressed.

Gun number 2 was purchased second-hand from Ebay and so I have little information on where this gun originated, but from research I think this model is a C & S Coyle. This version I have is far more revealing in terms of how the gun really operates; for starters, it shows that the gun is actually a revolver- a panel can be removed to expose the 5 shot cylinder. (Five "dum-dum" bullets were included with the gun, but I don't know if the movie gun fires these kinds.) An Allen wrench is necessary to access the cylinder (basically, you'd be screwed if this were a real gun, as reloading would take minutes!)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRnewgun1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRnewguncomp.jpg

This weapon's LEDs also work. Additionally, it features another non-functional green LED on the left side of the gun. Looking at the pics, you can see how more accurate this replica compared to its Marco Enterprises predecessor.

(Further updates as I get time.)

SD Jones
08-11-2014, 12:57 AM
They look great, especially love gun number 2.

I am late to the whole Blade Runner game as I watched it for the first time ever last year. However, I have known about the gun for years before that and have always thought it was a great looking weapon/prop.

JeffDJ
08-11-2014, 02:04 AM
Nice! I'm curious: In the middle pair of pix of Gun 2, the right photo shows the bullet cartridge above the triggers to be a silver colour, while the left photo shows it as being black. What's up with that? Trick of the light? Or is there a black cover that snaps over top of it?

I've always loved Blade Runner. I actually haven't watched it in a while, so I'm due for a rewatch soon. The only BR thing I own is the great score by Vangelis.

KidHuevos
08-11-2014, 02:15 AM
Nice! I'm curious: In the middle pair of pix of Gun 2, the right photo shows the bullet cartridge above the triggers to be a silver colour, while the left photo shows it as being black. What's up with that? Trick of the light?

Two different colors- look at the bottom right pic, you'll see the panel has been removed and is lying just under the handle of the gun. (The panel is black, when it is removed you see the silver underneath.) :)

I had a spare moment for gun #3!

The third replica was purchased from Off-World Manufacturing, Inc. and is an excellent quality replica. Compared to the previous revolver, it also features working LED lights- although on this gun, there is an additional red LED found on the underside of the gun, in front of the trigger guard. This gun also has an extra nonfunctioning green LED. The LEDs are activated by a simple slider switch on one side on the gun, a nice improvement over the second gun, which had a recessed button that could only be turned on by sticking a toothpick into a tiny hole.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/OffWorldGunFull_zps16ebedc8.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/OffWorldComposite_zpsdabbc1ca.jpg

The cylinder opens, and the lever lifts up, but the breech does not slide back like the other gun. Also, the front trigger does not move. The coloring is different as well- this gun's metal coloring is two tone (the second gun is all black with a silver guard, not counting the transparent orange grips, of course.)

This gun doesn't seem to be readily available anymore, but anyone interested should periodically check Ebay.

I'll cover the holster next chance I get! :)

HENRY JONES JR.
08-11-2014, 02:31 AM
Fantastic looking pistol! I can see why you as a fan would want one, and to get the best possible copy available. I really must see the movie. I had the score CD. As a Harrison Ford fan, it's still funny as there are still films of his I haven't seen yet. I just watched REGARDING HENRY a few weeks ago for the first time.

There's a used music and DVD store nearby, so whenever I get back in the area, I'll pick up a used copy to check out.

Cool thread!

crismans
08-11-2014, 02:56 PM
Very nice collection! I've tossed about the idea of getting one of these for several years now. I've always been a fan of the movie and thought the pistol was about the coolest weapon ever to come out of sci-fi. Normally, I talk myself out of it for something else on my want list, but I'd say I'll break down one of these days.

Have you seen any of Adam Savage's (of Mythbusters fame) youtube videos on this gun? He's a big fan of the pistol and has purchased/built several replicas.

JeffDJ
08-11-2014, 05:03 PM
Fantastic looking pistol! I can see why you as a fan would want one, and to get the best possible copy available. I really must see the movie. I had the score CD. As a Harrison Ford fan, it's still funny as there are still films of his I haven't seen yet. I just watched REGARDING HENRY a few weeks ago for the first time.

There's a used music and DVD store nearby, so whenever I get back in the area, I'll pick up a used copy to check out.

Cool thread!
Be sure to get the "Final Cut" version, which is Ridley Scott's definitive version of the film. While there are some bits I miss from the earlier version of the film, this is probably the best version to get, though others may have differing opinions.

HENRY JONES JR.
08-11-2014, 06:12 PM
Be sure to get the "Final Cut" version, which is Ridley Scott's definitive version of the film. While there are some bits I miss from the earlier version of the film, this is probably the best version to get, though others may have differing opinions.

If you think the FINAL CUT is the best rendition of this film, I'll get that one when I'm able to afford it. Thanks for the suggestion.

KidHuevos
08-11-2014, 10:41 PM
If you think the FINAL CUT is the best rendition of this film, I'll get that one when I'm able to afford it. Thanks for the suggestion.

I strongly second the vote for the Final Cut- actually, if you end up loving the movie then I recommend getting the box set and watching all FIVE versions out there. Another argument in favor of the Final Cut is that the regular Director's Cut DVD was once of the first discs to be released when DVD technology was in its infancy; as a result, the picture quality is extremely poor because of primitive compression techniques. The newer versions have been remastered.

That said, on with the show!

Here we have the holster for the gun, which fits the second and third versions that I have- the Marco Enterprises version is too big to properly fit this holster. The leather is stiff and the gun held in place by a clip.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/HolsterFront_zps6d948f4c.jpghttp://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/HolsterRear_zpsd3e7f805.jpg

A link to purchasing this holster can be found here:
http://props.steinschneider.com/brblaster/csholster.htm
(There are also additional pics of the holster on that site)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/DSCN1254_zps051fd72e.jpg

This rig is bulky; there's no concealing this, not even under an overcoat!

HENRY JONES JR.
08-11-2014, 11:55 PM
One of these resin replicas is on ebay for a start bid of $1,000, and a buy now for $1,400.00! ......seriously?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blade-Runner-Blaster-/301275303899?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4625684fdb

HENRY JONES JR.
08-12-2014, 12:12 AM
I have a replica Blade Runner Neon Umbrella.

Not this expensive real prop that this guy owns.

http://s234.photobucket.com/user/ridleyville/media/NeonUmbrella.jpg.html

I've always seen the pictures of the people carrying it, and I like LED things that are different (anyone remember my LED Cylon watch that I posted on this site?), so I bought a replica of the Blade Runner Umbrella. It looks the same, however, the handle is different. Only a real fan of the movie who looks for details would know the difference.

Mine can also double for a lightsaber umbrella, as mine has about 8 different color choices. Just push the button again and again for a different color (purple, blue, green, red, white etc.), or push the button again and the colors will change and morph into the next color continuously.

The very bottom of the handle even has a flashlight built into it!

The umbrella is a real eye catcher at night in the rain!

KidHuevos
08-12-2014, 12:38 AM
One of these resin replicas is on ebay for a start bid of $1,000, and a buy now for $1,400.00! ......seriously?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blade-Runner-Blaster-/301275303899?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4625684fdb

From the description, it's part pewter and was made from a kit, so it's a custom job- lots of work went into it! (I wouldn't pay that much myself, though, unless it was one of those all-metal versions I mentioned earlier.)

HENRY JONES JR.
08-12-2014, 01:58 AM
From the description, it's part pewter and was made from a kit, so it's a custom job- lots of work went into it! (I wouldn't pay that much myself, though, unless it was one of those all-metal versions I mentioned earlier.)

I'm certain I could buy a real pistol for that kind of money.

JeffDJ
08-12-2014, 03:02 PM
^ Ah, but a real pistol wouldn't be a Blade Runner gun. :D

KidHuevos
08-16-2014, 12:37 AM
I have a replica Blade Runner Neon Umbrella.

Not this expensive real prop that this guy owns.

http://s234.photobucket.com/user/ridleyville/media/NeonUmbrella.jpg.html

I posted this in another thread (This One) (http://www.fortuneandglory.org/threads/810-More-Blade-Runner/page2?highlight=Search...), but I'll re-post because it's relevant- I have a cheapo lit-handle umbrella which is not an official Blade Runner piece of merchandise, but similar enough to include in this thread:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRumbrella.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRumbrellaCU.jpg

The handle is plastic and not metal. I imagine this is not as practical as a sturdier model designed to withstand high winds and actual rain.

KidHuevos
08-19-2014, 02:37 AM
Another item from Blade Runner: the square whiskey glass Deckard drinks from:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/BRglass_zps6dcd89d1.jpg

Anyone interested in getting one of these should go here:
http://props.steinschneider.com/blade_runner/square_glass/sq_glass.htm
The site also has more pictures of the glass.

On a side note, it's worth mentioning that I have had two separate dealings with Mr. Phil Steinschneider and the man is a pleasure to do business with. :) Buy his stuff!

KidHuevos
09-01-2014, 04:25 AM
Continuing this thread, here is Deckard's tie:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/Deckard_tie_2_zps4ef1aa3a.jpg

Detail on the tie in close up:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/Deckard_tie_1_zpsd9684d6d.jpg

This tie was purchased from www.magnoliclothiers.com

JeffDJ
09-01-2014, 04:55 AM
Now all you need to complete the look is that awesome coat he wore! And lots and lots of rain. :D

KidHuevos
09-02-2014, 12:41 AM
Now all you need to complete the look is that awesome coat he wore! And lots and lots of rain. :D

One out of two ain't bad (I saved the best for last!) ;)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/Deckard_Coat_composite_zpsdd97e554.jpg

On a side note, there's no way to wear the sidearm and not have it print through the coat in a painfully obvious manner. At least not my coat; it's not as roomy as a true overcoat. (When I ordered it, I did not take into account how much room I would actually need, so this is used for a light fall or spring season coat for fancier occasions.)

JeffDJ
09-02-2014, 03:23 PM
Cool. But is that the wrong colour? In the movie it looked more chocolatey-brown:

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c396/Worf2DS9/deckard_zps3b8ab6c6.jpg

KidHuevos
09-02-2014, 11:09 PM
Cool. But is that the wrong colour? In the movie it looked more chocolatey-brown:

Definitely the wrong color! :)

I managed to see (in person) another coat by the same vendor, and it was much browner in comparison. On the vendor's website, the coat looks more orange. In any case, it seems like getting something accurate was a gamble.

JeffDJ
09-02-2014, 11:43 PM
That's too bad. Is it worth attempting to give it a dye job to make it brown, or do you think the risk of wrecking it would be too high?

KidHuevos
09-03-2014, 12:07 AM
That's too bad. Is it worth attempting to give it a dye job to make it brown, or do you think the risk of wrecking it would be too high?

Nah, I'm happy enough the way it is. Here's a pic from Halloween about 2 years ago:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v208/Glurrk/Part%20III/BladeRunnerTheBride.jpg

As far as I'm concerned, it's awesome enough for me! :)

KidHuevos
01-10-2015, 09:07 PM
A website is selling a replica of the PKD blaster:
http://www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/sci-fi-as-in-science-fiction-blade-runner-c-9_470/blade-runner-1-1-pkd-blaster-by-daiki-kogyo-p-18841

As far as I can tell, there are no working lights/moving parts on this particular model.

JeffDJ
01-10-2015, 11:44 PM
That is a nice looking replica, I have to say, and the price isn't too bad either. Some of the replicas I've seen of Deckard's blaster, especially ones coming from China are pretty expensive. Nice that the store is in the States too, so shipping fees wouldn't be as steep. Alas, too expensive for me right now...

On a side note, I was able to admire the gun in high def last weekend as I watched my new blu-ray of the movie. :)

KidHuevos
01-11-2015, 04:32 AM
Yes, I posted that link because I've bought a few items from that site and always had positive experiences, and I thought the price was reasonable enough. For my money, I would at least want some working lights; it's one of the most eye-catching features for me.

I haven't upgraded to the Blu-Ray yet; I already have the 5-pack standard-def version (and the Criterion laserdisc) and don't want to spend money buying the same movie over and over again. :) (But maybe one day I will do it again anyway- it's Blade Runner, fer crissakes!)

JeffDJ
01-12-2015, 05:52 PM
I hear ya. I already had the DVD of the Final Cut, of course, but when I saw it on sale for $6.95, I couldn't pass it up. It's interesting to note, though, that the one I bought is only a 1-disc'er and doesn't include the feature-length documentary.