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Men in Black fans rejoice – a new replica of the Noisy Cricket is on the way!

Factory Entertainment are the company behind the latest incarnation due to arrive in December 2013.

Previously the only way to get a replica Noisy Cricket was to find one of the very, very rare Unobtainium replicas. And good luck with that since they are basically impossible to find.

Of course, Factory Entertainment’s release of the famous little Men in Black pocket cannon isn’t going to be that easy to get in due course either because this is to be a limited edition release of only 1,000 pieces – so you’ll have to act fast if you want one.

Gun features:

  • Limited edition of 1,000 pieces
  • Screen-accurate bright blue LEDs
  • Crafted from high quality die-cast and machined metal components
  • Polished chrome plated
  • Based on the original prop from the Columbia Pictures archives
  • Makes the sound sound as you hear in the film
  • Display stand
  • Acrylic dust cover
  • Numbered plaque Certificate of Authenticity
  • Prop story booklet
  • 3 x 1.5v batteries

You can pre-order now from a variety of vendors (as listed below). Prices vary:

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK 2 Noisy Cricket Prop Replica (via Entertainment Earth)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK 2 Noisy Cricket Prop Replica (via Amazon)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK 2 Noisy Cricket Prop Replica (via Ebay)

THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot Silver Wolfs Head Cane

Factory Entertainment’s THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot’s Wolf’s Head Cane

Larry Talbot’s silver wolf’s head cane featured in both the 1941 werewolf horror film The Wolf Man and the 2010 remake The Wolfman (although in the latter the main character is named Lawrence and not Larry).

In the 1941 film the cane was a prominent feature of the film and was the very weapon used to kill the werewolves in the film. In the 2010 remake the cane is featured more as a homage to the original.

The original wolf’s head prop was created by special effects technician Ellis Berman. He made the wolf’s head out of cast rubber and painted it silver. Bob Burns, known for owning one of the largest collections of movie props in the world, started his collection with the original wolf’s head prop. You can read the full story of how Bob Burns came to take possession of the prop at Hollywood Lost and Found.

There are only a handful of prop replica’s of the original silver wolf’s head cane that are available to collectors and that have been based off of the original prop now owned by Bob Burns. Few, however, feature an actual silver wolf’s head. Most are designed to convey a silver appearance but use chrome plating to achieve the desired result.

Factory Entertainment are about to release a new prop replica that will also be adorned with a chrome-plated replica of the original wolf’s head (pictured at the start of this article). It’s a limited edition item of 400 pieces released under the Universal Monsters banner. The cane itself is made of solid wood and measures 38-inches long. It was made under the guidance Bob Burns himself. This version is due to arrive in December 2013. If you want to order one of those it’ll cost you $398.99. You can pre-order now via the link below:

Factory Entertainment Ltd Ed THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot’s Cane Prop Replica (via Entertainment Earth)

In the 1990’s Wolfs Head Productions (Delbert Winans and Henry Alvarez) released three different limited edition versions that are now extremely rare. Here’s the original advert (via Universal Monster Army):

Wolfs Head Productions The Wolf Man Cane Prop replica

Wolf’s Head Productions THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot’s Cane Prop Replica

The Wolf’s Head Productions versions were museum-quality level and came available in three different formats: bronze, silver-plated and sterling silver. So it is with great interest that one of these is available via a seller on Ebay right now for auction at a starting bid of $500. An image of the replica and a link to check it out are below:

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Wolf’s Head Productions THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot’s Cane Prop Replica

Wolf’s Head Productions THE WOLF MAN Larry Talbot’s Cane Prop Replica (Ebay auction)

Interestingly, I notice the above replica is advertised as having a resin wolf’s head that is chrome-plated. The seller may be correct about that but I’m not entirely certain. I would have thought this was a bronze cast that has been plated. I could be wrong of course, so if you want to know for sure, I recommend a quick check with the seller before placing a bid.

If, however, you really want a silver plated replica of the cane then you can take a look at the Unique Canes silver plated replica. Their replica is advertised as “Quadruple Silver Plated using .999 Pure Silver” and is plated over heavy polished brass. It comes assembled on a Black Lacquer Solid Hardwood Shaft with both a chrome tip for display and steel reinforced rubber tip for actual use. Measures approximately 36″ length with a full size handle of 6.5″ x 1.5″ x 3.5″. 

Take a look at the Unique Canes version:

Unique Canes THE WOLF MAN Silver Wolfs Head Cane Prop Replica

Unique Canes THE WOLF MAN Silver Wolfs Head Cane Prop Replica

Note that the Unique Canes version is not an exact replica based off the original Ellis Berman sculpt. It is hand-crafted and so variations are apparent. It is, however, high quality and also practical, so that’s pretty damn cool. It’s also cheaper than the Factory Entertainment or Wolf’s Head Productions versions coming in with a Buy It Now of $349, so there’s that too. If you want one of these, the link you need for that is below: 

Unique Canes THE WOLF MAN Silver Wolf’s Head Cane Prop Replica (via Ebay)

Incidentally, the above cane from Unique Cane’s is a new version and not the same as their original releases a few years ago, which you can see showcased in this video:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/2nrRqkQjCt4[/youtube]

There are also other cheap knock-off’s but let’s not talk about those.

Want to see the cane in the film? Grab the DVD at the link in the first line of this article or check out the original trailer. You an see the cane held at the 1:05 mark. Yes, it’s blurry, but its still very nostalgic.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsrFMBWRC1M[/youtube]

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This is Factory Entertainment’s Limited Edition (of 1500) prop replica of the Neuralyzer from Men in Black II.

It’s an authentic prop replica having been based on the original props. Sony Pictures provided Factory Entertainment several of the surviving original props from their archive so that they could be carefully studied, scanned and measured.

This replica has extremely accurate details and features plus a number of added functions and features that were seen on screen but were not actually part of any physical prop.

Includes:

  • audio from the original studio recordings that has been digitally enhanced for additional clarity
  • a high quality display base, acrylic stand and acrylic cover
  • detailed prop story booklet
  • certificate of authenticity
  • set of instructions.

All 1,500 Neuralyzer prop replica’s include a numbered plaque that details its edition number, provenance and authenticity.

Each Neuralyzer replica is supplied boxed in MIB II presentation packaging suitable for archival or display.

These are now sold out from many sources but you can still get one brand new via Factory Entertainment, a number of vendors on Ebay, or via Entertainment Earth at the links below (prices vary): 

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK II Neuralyzer Prop Replica (Factory Entertainment on Amazon)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK II Neuralyzer Prop Replica (via Ebay)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK II Neuralyzer Prop Replica (via Entertainment Earth)

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This is the limited edition prop replica of the Golden Gun as featured in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.

Manufactured by Factory Entertainment.

Limited edition replica weapon of only 1,000 pieces.

This gun was the signature weapon of the ‘$1 million dollar per shot’ assassin, Francisco Scaramanga, who was played by Sir Christopher Lee. The Golden Gun was made up of seemingly innocuous separate elements including a cigarette lighter and pen that when combined created a deadly single shot handgun.

It’s one of the most iconic weapons featured in the Bond movies having been included in numerous James Bond video game releases.

Factory Entertainment went all out when they produced this after meticulous study and research of the original props in the EON archives as well as interviews with original cast and crew..

Features:

  • Life-size, 1:1 scale prop replica
  • officially licensed by Danjaq LLC and EON Productions
  • all metal machined construction
  • plated in 18 ct gold
  • can be assembled and disassembled into its component parts, exactly as per the original prop
  • comes with a high quality display base with numbered plaque, acrylic stand and acrylic cover.
  • includes a detailed prop story booklet
  • comes with certificate of authenticity
  • includes a set of ‘blueprint’ style instructions
  • limited edition of 1,000
  • supplied boxed in 007 presentation packaging suitable for archival or display

Component parts:

  • Fountain Pen – Forming the ‘barrel’ of the replica, the pen screws directly into the body of the lighter. Includes removable thread cap.
  • Lighter – With a hidden ‘slide out’ section the lighter forms the main body of the replica. The lighter ‘lid’ opens to reveal a breech chamber.
  • Cigarette Case – Open the end to create the handle and trigger housing of the replica
  • Cufflink – With sprung blades, the cufflink screws into the trigger housing to create the trigger which can be pulled.
  • Bullet – A replica bullet inscribed with the 007 legend that can be fitted into the ‘breech’ of the cigarette lighter or displayed separately.

Watch a video of the parts getting assembled to make the full Golden Gun prop replica:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/wfRAbLmwNrc[/youtube]

Officially launched in 2010, the Golden Gun prop replica sold out from Factory Entertainment immediately. This is now a rare replica sought after by collector’s.

At the time of this post there are still at least seven of these available, all between different Ebay and Amazon sellers. Some are up for auction while others have a set price. Prices vary.

The links you need to check them out are below: 

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond 007 Golden Gun Prop Replica (via Amazon)

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN James Bond 007 Golden Gun Prop Replica (via Ebay)

MEN IN BLACK J2 Standard Issue Agent Sidearm Prop Weapon Replica Factory Entertainment

One of the sleekest looking prop replica weapons is the J2 or “J-Gun’ prop replica from Men in Black.

Made by Factory Entertainment, this cool looking high-quality pistol replica is a limited edition item of 1,000 pieces.

Features:

  • High-quality, die-cast and machined metal components that are either polished or plated
  • Full life-size 1:1 scale
  • Sound effects using the original studio tracks from the Men in Black films
  • Lighting effects including LED barrel illumination, a firing flash, and a red and green safety indicator
  • Comes with a museum quality display stand with acrylic cover
  • A numbered limited edition plaque
  • Certificate of Authenticity with detailed prop story booklet
  • Requires 2 x AA batteries, which are included

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This is iconic weapon is carried by everyone from Will Smith’s Agent J to Tommy Lee Jones’ Agent K. No Agent is safe from hostile or dangerous aliens in the world of the Men in Black movie series without carrying one of these J2 Standard Issue Agent Sidearms. 

The J2 is a scaled prop replica made with incredibly authentic detail based on exhaustive and careful study of the original props.

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Check out Factory Entertainment’s video demonstration of the J2:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/t1oH5rFRa2M[/youtube]

Truly this is one amazing replica weapon for any collection!

Available for order from the following vendors (prices vary): 

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK J2 Standard Issue Agent Sidearm Prop Replica (via Entertainment Earth)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK J2 Standard Issue Agent Sidearm Prop Replica (via Amazon)

Limited Edition MEN IN BLACK J2 Standard Issue Agent Sidearm Prop Replica (via Ebay)

Limited Edition James Bond MOONRAKER Laser Prop Replica

This is Factory Entertainment’s prop replica of the laser weapon featured in the 1979 James Bond classic Moonraker.

This is a highly detailed, highly authentic reproduction of the original laser prop that was created by EON Productions. EON’s archives were used to ensure this replica maintains the exact casting asymmetry of the original, including details that weren’t completely visible on screen. Factory Entertainment conducted exhaustive study and referenced hundreds of photographs, original production drawings and blueprints.

Triggers were deliberately omitted to allow actors wearing thick astronaut style gloves to use the props, and so this prop comes without a trigger for authenticity.

Backstory to the original Moonraker laser prop:

The laser prop is first seen being used by an MI6 operative disguised as a monk in a Brazilian field office. Many more of them are later seen during the climatic final battle sequence, both as hand held weapons and mounted onto US Marines’ space walk apparatus. The original props were resin and rubber with no moving parts. They were specially constructed for the film by the EON Productions prop department, and a large number of them were crafted. The body was constructed around a casting taken from an ‘Uzi’ machine gun. Various real world parts, including plumbing supplies, were then added to complete the fantasy look. Laser effects seen on screen were added later during post production using a complex and labor-intensive animation technique known as ‘rotoscoping’. Totally cutting edge at the time the process has been all but been replaced by modern digital effects today. The laser also featured heavily in the films marketing and promotion and is seen being wielded by Bond in the iconic illustrated poster artwork.

There’s no doubt that this replica is visually indistinguishable from the original. However, a heavier weight polyresin and an internal support frame have been employed on the replica to give it more heft and strength than the original.

Additional features:

  • A museum quality display stand
  • A numbered limited edition plaque
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Detailed prop story booklet
  • Full color box designed to emulate the distinctive ‘Drax Enterprise Corp’ shipping crates seen in the film.

This weapon replica is currently in production, but can be pre-ordered via Ebay at the link below for $299.95:

Limited Edition James Bond MOONRAKER Laser Prop Replica (Ebay)

Check out Factory Entertainment’s Gas Gun & Kato Dart prop replica from the 1966 television series The Green Hornet.

This officially licensed replica is an intricately modeled prop replica based on the surviving original props from the show as well as archive materials. It is modeled on the ‘hero’ prop used for close up scenes and has working features that include a moving trigger mechanism and adjustable gas gauge.

Push the release catch and a hidden door in the handle opens, containing a solid metal gas cartridge that can be removed.

Construction consists of hand crafting from aluminum, brass, zinc and resin components. It has a heavy weighted high quality feel and is finished in a two tone green paint scheme which matches the prop seen in most episodes as well as the opening credits.

The Kato Dart prop replica is also hand crafted and features a metal barb, molded body and translucent wings. It is decorated with a yellow body design to match a dart prop thrown by Kato in the episode ‘Freeway To Death.’ This is the one that was used by Bruce Lee!

This is a limited edition prop replica, limited to only 250 numbered pieces worldwide.

Each replica comes complete with a museum quality display base with acrylic cover and includes a detailed prop story booklet , blueprint style instructions, certificate of authenticity and a numbered signature edition plaque. The product is presented in a presentation style box bearing the distinctive Green Hornet moiré pattern.

This very special signature edition includes the ultimate endorsement, the hand signed autograph of the Green Hornet himself, Mr. Van Williams, the actor who portrayed Britt Reid and his alter ego The Green Hornet in every one of the original episodes .

You can read more about the prop and get yourself one for $399.99 at the link below:

Green Hornet TV Gas Gun and Kato Dart Signature Edition at Entertainment Earth

The Sword of Inigo Montoya is a highly detailed limited edition prop replica collectible by Factory Entertainment.

From the motion picture THE PRINCESS BRIDE, this officially licensed replica is copied from the original Inigo prop sword.

It has a high quality hand forged blade, measuring 32-inches long with full tang. Made from high carbon sprung steel (SAE1065) a leather wrapped handle and featuring gold plated brass handle guard with inlaid reproduction gemstones.

Each replica also includes a wall mounted display shield, numbered plaque, a certificate of authenticity and a prop story booklet, featuring a special introduction by Director Rob Reiner.

750 of these were available here from Sideshow Collectibles. It has sold out now but you can still read the specs and see a few more images there.

If you hurry, however, there’s one of these Limited Edition’s currently available for $349.99 on Ebay here:

The Sword of Inigo Montoua on Ebay

This is Factory Entertainment’s 1:1 scale replica of the iconic Golden Gun carried by Francisco Scaramanga in the 1974 James Bond movie THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.

This officially licensed prop replica is composed of machined-metal construction and plated with real 18kt gold. Best of all it can be assembled or disassembled into its component parts just as the original prop could be.

The Golden Gun comes with a display stand, acrylic cover, certificate of authenticity, detailed prop story booklet, and numbered plaque.

It’s a limited edition of 1,000 pieces worldwide.

Update February 28, 2013: New article with additional information posted here.