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    The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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.)




    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!)




    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.)

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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.

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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.
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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDJ View Post
    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.




    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!

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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!

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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.
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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by HENRY JONES JR. View Post
    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.

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDJ View Post
    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.

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by HENRY JONES JR. View Post
    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.



    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)



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

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    Re: The Blade Runner Replicas Thread.

    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...item4625684fdb

 

 
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