Ok, so this isn't te kind of press release we'd typically post (it's not about ratings), but it is a real live press release from NBC Universal and I couldn't resist...
'BATTLESTAR GALACTICA'S' ELITE CYLON RAIDER NOW AVAILABLE AS BEAUTIFULLY-CRAFTED REPLICA
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Fifteen Inch Scale Replica Based On The Emmy Award-Winning SCI FI Channel Original Series Retails For $949.95 and is Available To Order Online Starting September 28
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - September 24, 2008 - NBC Universal Television, DVD, Music and Consumer Products Group announced today that "Battlestar Galactica's" famed Cylon Raider Tactical Fighter is now available as a beautifully-crafted, scale replica. The announcement was made by Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal. Developed by Quantum Mechanix through a licensing agreement with NBC Universal, the Cylon Raider replicas will be available online at www.scifichannelstore.com and will retail for $949.95.
Measuring fifteen inches long by nine inches wide, these handsome artisan Cylon Raider replicas are based on a computer-generated model and have been designed by Quantum Mechanix They are assembled and painted at renown special effects company "The FX Company," which is based in Ocala, Florida. Only 500 of these artisan replicas exist and each will contain a unique brass plaque signed by either "Battlestar Galactica" executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, director Michael Rymer or one of the cast members including Jamie Bamber ("Lee 'Apollo' Adama"), James Callis ("Gaius Baltar"), Tricia Helfer ("Number Six"), Michael Hogan ("Colonel Saul Tigh"), Edward James Olmos ("Admiral William Adama"), Grace Park ("Sharon 'Athena' Agathon"/ "Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii") or Katee Sackhoff ("Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace").
"Quantum Mechanix and The FX Company have created an amazing replica," said Kim Niemi. "The incredible attention to detail in these beautifully-crafted collectibles is sure to delight 'Battlestar Galactica' fans around the world."
"As a huge fan of the science fiction genre and 'Battlestar Galactica' especially, I am really pleased to be able to bring these Cylon Raiders to life," said Andy Gore, President of Quantum Mechanix. "'Battlestar Galactica' has a loyal following and we know that fans of the series and collectors alike will be thrilled with this particular replica."
The "Battlestar Galactica" Cylon Raider measures 15 x 9.5 x 3 inches long, with a total display height of 7 inches. These film quality Raider Ships boast several layers of vivid, prismatic and iridescent metallic paint, which changes hue depending on how it picks up the light. The ships feature custom electronics with light displays including the scanning/sweeping red LED "eye" lights and flaring white engine lights. The Raider's lighting system runs on a 12 volt transformer. The Cylon Raiders are available for order beginning September 28, 2008 at www.scifichannelstore.com.
About "Battlestar Galactica"
"Battlestar Galactica" is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica's intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered numerous awards including the three Emmys and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year two years running. The series is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.
About Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx)
Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) specializes in the creation of licensed high-quality replicas and "recovered artifacts" from popular television and motion pictures. Licensed franchises include Serenity, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Classics of Sci Fi, Battlestar Galactica, Universal Monsters and War of the Worlds. Our product lines are divided into several major areas:
- QMx - Screen-accurate recreations of props and scale models.
- QMx Press - Paper props and high-quality prints inspired by beloved science fiction TV and films. This category includes blueprints, "expanded universe" reference packs, and character and vehicle posters.
- QMx Artisan - Hand-built models of props and vehicles. These items are produced by a specially selected group of professional prop-makers. Edition sizes are generally very limited.
The company's headquarters are located in suburban Philadelphia, PA. For more information please go to www.qmxonline.com .