QMx got serious about making an insanely detailed and beautiful replica of Serenity, and they’ve delivered with a screen accurate model. We saw the debut of the giant Serenity at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, and now it’s available for pre-order.
They spared no expense in making this limited edition, artisan 1:124 scale model. Their Cinema Arts model shop made the 3D files and 3D printed the replica. It has over 250 parts, 100 LEDs, multiple layers and shades of paint, and more:
Incredible complexity. More than 250 parts — cast and laser cut.
Extra strength. Steel skeletal structure and internal brass structure for main engine rotation.
Interior bling. More than 100 LEDs controlled by a 12-volt system.
Multi-layered colors. A total of 25 different colors of high-quality studio paints.
No decals. All graphics on Serenity are painted on by hand, even Serenity’s logo.
Exquisite details. Miniature bridge with crew members, galley with furniture and cargo bay with cargo.
Movable parts. Manually operable cargo bay door and hinged reactor vent covers.
Wireless remote. Custom electronics created by QMx FX Cinema Arts with a four-channel remote control. Effects include:
Interior lighting for the bridge, galley and cargo bay, and illuminates docked shuttles.
Active formation lights
Rotating gravity rotor lights
Reactor housing illumination with a hard burn and twinkling firefly effect.
Cool display. Serenity’s lighted display base is a box stand with a Translight inset of a nebula. It features a 12-inch steel stand that adjusts at a variety of angles for optimal display.
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
The edition is capped at 500 pieces. Honestly, I’ve never seen a replica taken to this level before.
See all the beautiful details in photos after the break.
You may have noticed we’re fans of all things Firefly around here and we’ve definitely been keeping tabs on Firefly Online. Plus, I used to work for QMx, so I’m loving watching the game come to life personally.
This weekend at NYCC, FFO had a panel and, not only did they give updates on the game, but they debuted video of the 3D Environment Engine.
The FFO development blog had this to say:
At last night’s Firefly Online Panel at New York Comic Con, we revealed for the first time a sample of what the FFO procedural engine’s real power will be. What you’re seeing in the video below is *not* a cinematic. It is a live recording of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine at work, which creates the encounter maps for the game.
This brief “walkthrough” of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.
The game will have many kinds of encounters for players to enjoy, from desert wildernesses to floating cities to giant automated ships you can freely explore. When it comes to derelicts, you never know what might have gotten to that tasty bit of salvage before you, and what might still be there, waiting for you to drop by.
It would be a mistake to assume Firefly Online is only horses, spaceships and sidearms. There are things out there in the Black that you should sincerely hope you never run into.
Personally, I’m liking what I’m seeing so far. I’m curious to know what other fans think.
You can view the footage after the break.
QMx started making Firefly merchandise because the owner, Andy Gore, is a bonafide Browncoat. They keep making it because they love the show and because we need our Firefly goodies.
I know I needed this Serenity Plush, so I’m just pleased as punch that they went and made it. I’ve seen her up close and this 18-inch Firefly Serenity Plush is quite shiny, with awesome detail (it even has little plush shuttles!).
You can sign up for the mailing list now to be notified when it’s available to order.
Check out more pictures of her after the break.
If Peter Quill, Han Solo, and Malcolm Reynolds sat down at the cantina and had a chat, it seems reasonable that they would discuss when it’s okay to shoot first. This LEGO video from Brotherhood Workshop takes the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, and Firefly and imagines how the conversation would go. Spoiler: it’s kinda fantastic.
Watch the mash-up LEGO video after the break.
This duct tape version of Serenity from Firefly is shiny because there’s nothing but silver duct tape as far as the eye can see. It’s the creation of Jacob LaRocca who is a member of Artisan’s Asylum, a Massachusetts-based maker community. The ship was on display at World Maker Faire and if you want your own shiny Serenity, check out LaRocca’s imgur page to see just how it was built.
See another picture after the break.
For some reason, they made me think of the Solo twins…
(via Jewel Staite’s Instagram)
Browncoats will never give up hope that Firefly will make a triumphant return, but there’s nothing at all on the horizon officially. Instead, we have this fantastic fan film, The Verse, created by the folks at Loot Crate. It’s technically not Firefly, but it’s about as close as we’re gonna get.
You may be familiar with Loot Crate as the monthly subscription service that delivers a box of geeky goodness to doorsteps every month. This month it’s a Galactic box full of Firefly-themed products, making this the shiniest month ever. That’s why they’ve given us this 16-minute film that was written by fans, for fans, and even has props produced by Quantum Mechanix. Clearly, this was a labor of love that took the combined effort of Browncoats from all corners.
The stars of the short talk and look like the cast of the show. Makes you wonder if they’re a bunch of Browncoats, too. That cast includes Ryan Caldwell, Jennifer Wenger, Zack Finfrock, Peter Weidman, Tybee Diskin, Alex Marshall-Brown, Ewan Chung, and Vic Mignogna. They’ll make you want to kick back and watch the show all over again.
See the film after the break.
Aside from their awesome Firefly collectibles, QMx has a history of creating fan friendly goodies that can make their way into packages. They’re up to those awesome shenanigans again with these adorable Firefly papercraft figures of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Serenity.
The figures were created by Argentine artist Gus Santome and are printed on 100-lb satin-finish paper. I saw them at SDCC and they were really cute!
Just spend $25 or more on Firefly products at qmxonline.com through September 30, 2014 while supplies last. Some limitations apply, so read up if you have questions.
Get ready to roll dice Browncoats, because a Firefly Collector’s Edition of Yahtzee is coming your way. It’s a bizarre combination that I didn’t see coming, but it is pretty shiny. The set comes with a cool Serenity ship cup (I want to buy the game just for that) and custom dice. Pre-order now to play Yahtzee with Serenity in September.