I fell in love with the MBS-9M Tri-Barreled Hydra Machine Gun in James Cameron’s AVATAR from the moment I saw it – and I’ve been quite disappointed to see that an officially licensed replica has yet to surface.

Perhaps so is London based model maker Neil Ellis who has taken it upon himself to produce a replica of this awesome Weta designed weapon .

Neil’s fan-made replica isn’t finished yet, but he’s started a thread over at TheRPF.com for fans to follow his production progress.

The images below are just a sample of his latest happy snaps and I have to say how incredibly awesome it looks. Check it out:

You can see a ton more images and learn more from Neil posts about what’s going into the build at at TheRPF.com.

I can’t wait to see the finished product.

In the meantime, I should point out that Neil’s obvious talent isn’t limited to fan work. He’s worked on models for films such as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER.

You can check out Neil’s official website here.

I’ll be the first to admit I never found the enthusiasm or time to check out director Ridley Scott’s ROBIN HOOD, but that doesn’t stop me from fawning all over Windlass Steelcraft’s officially licensed prop replica of the sword wielded by Russell Crowe in the film. In fact, this sword is so cool (especially when you watch the video below) that it almost inspires me to check out the film after all.

This replica of Robin Hood’s Hero Sword is hand forged from high carbon steel and measures 40″ x 8″ x 2″. The blade itself measures 33″ while the entire sword weighs 7.8 pounds.

Windlass are renowned for creating prop replica’s that match the movie version in every detail imaginable, and this weapon replica is no exception.

The sword comes with a decorative wooden wall mountable display plaque with the Loxley coat-of-arms is included, which you can see in the video presentation below:

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I’m posting about this today for an awesome reason. Amazon have dropped the price from $245 to $155.98! The link you need is below:

Windlass Steelcraft’s ROBIN HOOD Hero Sword Prop Replica (on Amazon).

If you’re not sure if that’s a good deal you can verify for yourself that even on eBay the sword is still listed for $244.95:

Robin Hood Hero Sword (on eBay)

You may have also seen in the above video that there is an optional scabbard/belt/pouch that is also a replica of the one used in the film by Robin Hood to carry his Hero Sword.

Here’s a link to snap one up if you’re keen (and you’ll have to be because it’s priced at $244.95, just like the sword’s original RRP):

Robin Hood Scabbard & Belt w/ Pouch (on eBay)

These two Katanas based on weapons featured in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra .

They both have some of the most stunning design I’m yet to see on a movie sword. 

With these particular pieces there is good news and bad news. They are definitely designed as collector’s show pieces; they are not full tang as this would be impossible with the Snake Eyes design. The blades, while being hand forged high damascus carbon steel with double fuller grooves, are also false edged.

However, the flip side to that is that where they set out to be display swords, they do so extremely well. Every detail is precisely replicated from the movie, and each sword comes with a wooden scabbard and display stand (as pictured above). They are also created with collectors in mind, with unique serial numbers and certificate of authenticity included.

You can get them at the links below: 

G. I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Storm Shadow Katana Sword Replica (Amazon) 

G. I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Snake Eyes Katana Sword Replica (Amazon)

Star Trek fans, check out what’s coming in January 2012: an authentic STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT Phaser Rifle Prop Replica

If you have a lazy $1,249.99 to spend, you’ll score an awesome weapon replica produced using the original master tooling of the rifle used in the film!

This Phaser Rifle replica is hand painted and includes lights and sounds, a retractable assembly sling (shoulder strap), and a custom Roddenberry exclusive display stand.

Fans will recognize that this prop also appeared in STAR TREK: INSURRECTION.

Also features operational power bar electronics, a soundboard and speaker system with custom sound effects, an independently lit scope, a functional light emitter for the front of the barrel, and three red LEDs on the side of the rifle.

Includes two separate power switches (main power and front scope light).

Comes with a finishing Certificate of Authenticity.

Takes AAA batteries which are includes. 

The link you need to get in January (or pre-order it now) is below:

STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT Phaser Rifle Prop Replica from Entertainment Earth!

Hollywood Collectibles Group’s officially licensed PREDATOR 2 Cutting Disc Prop Replica was produced as a limited edition of 1000 and, due to its sheer awesomeness, sold out (at HCG) immediately upon release.

Designed to perfectly replicate the disc as seen in the 1990 film PREDATOR 2, this coolest-of-the-cool weapon replica contains working electronic parts.

Hand Cast, hand-finished, and hand painted to exact movie standards, this weapon replica pulls apart just like the one did in the film.

Each PREDATOR 2 Cutting Disc (also known as a Hero Cutting Disc or Smart Weapon) is Individually hand-numbered and stands 17 inches tall, with a disc diameter of 10 inches.

Comes with a Predator hand display stand. The hand is also made from an original film mold.

To manufacture the disc Hollywood Collectibles Group joined forces with renowned special effects house Stan Winston Studios.

It may have sold out at HCG but you can still snap one up if you’re lucky.

Still on the fence? Take a look at the following review:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWKaRjWgdyk[/youtube]

At the time of writing this post you can score it for $399.95 from both Amazon (ironically supplied by Hollywood Collectibles) and eBay. Links you need are below.

Predator 2 1:1 Scale Cutting Disc Prop Replica (on AMAZON)

Predator 2 Cutting Disc 1:1 Prop Replica (on eBay)

Hellboy’s Samaritan revolver replica might be sold out but you can still snap this up the 1:1 scale life-size prop replica of ‘Big Baby’ from Hellboy II: The Golden Army. .

The Big Baby Prop Replica features six removable shells and a musical wind-up feature that plays the tune Lullaby and Goodnight. It’s hand crafted in high-grade polyurethane, pewter, polystone, fiberglass and real leather, and comes complete with a sturdy display base.

You’ll probably want this pretty badly as it looks phenomenal, but the price tag will no doubt restrict a few less-financial collectors.

I’ve seen this advertised in different stores for more than $1000, depending on where you live.

At the time of writing this there’s 1 “Big Baby” on Amazon for $619 which is the best price I can find.

Failing that you can grab “Big Baby” on Ebay for $680 – while it lasts because it’s a Limited Edition prop replica of only 500 pieces.

BRAVEHEART is one of my favorite movies, together with the awesome soundtrack by the legendary James Horner.

Also extremely cool from the film is this officially licensed Braveheart prop replica line by Museum Replica’s.

Produced by Windlass Steelcrafts, the Sword of William Wallace was created with Simon Atherton – the master armorer from the original film production.

This replica broadsword is hand forged in high carbon steel, is fully tempered AND has a full tang.  It’s reproduced in perfect detail to the famous sword carried by Mel Gibson with the sole exception that it comes unsharpened..

The authentic materials extend to the custom wood grip and oil tanned leather wrap.

Includes full color wood display plaque, certificate of authenticity and even the exact custom made, wool tartan strip tied to the handle as seen in the film.

This famous and exacting replica will set you back $324.99.

Full specs and more info here: Museum Replicas Limited Sword of William Wallace – Braveheart

I love this 1:1 scale prop replica of ‘The Samaritan’, Hellboy’s awesome revolver from the film Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

This is one of those gun replica’s that I can stare at day after day and never get tired of.

Made with dense metal, a high-grade polyurethane grip and an authentic leather braid, the chamber comes with four metal bullets which can be removed (yes, the chamber can be opened).

The display stand features an engraved B.P.R.D logo and four bullet display spaces.

The round, red portion of the stand can be easily removed from the base to wall-mounted for alternate display.

Price: US $399.99 but you’re going to be very, very lucky to get one – it’s a limited edition item of only 850 and they’re all sold out.

The original page on Sideshow Collectibles is now gone and I can’t find one of these for sale anywhere. I’m going to keep looking though as I want…. 

Another awesome Weta Workshop product – the official District 9: Assault Rifle Miniature weapon replica from Neill Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9 movie.

Dimensions are perfectly 1/4 scale: 4.3″ x 10.2″ x 1.4″ (H x W x D) (note: dimensions and weight are for gun on stand).

The Assault Rifle in DISTRICT 9 was the first gun presented to Wikus van der Merwe (by the MNU scientists) at the underground shooting range at MNU headquarters. It makes short work of the porcine kadaver strung up for target practice.

Designed by Dr Grordbort’s designer Greg Broadmore and modelled on the actual props created by the artists and craftspeople at Weta Workshop.

Down to the oozing gunk at every coupling, this gun is detailed and battle worn as a piece of alien hardware would be after being traded by Nigerian gun runners since 1982.

Cast in solid white metal, the Assault rifle weighs in at 2.6lbs (1.2kg) and comes on a display stand.

This limited edition piece perfectly captures the ground breaking weapons design of DISTRICT 9 and is the first in Weta’s range of Miniature Guns from the film.

See more images and view product information here: District 9: Assault Rifle Miniature.