Slice of SciFi #82: Steve Dymszo and Andy Gore of Quantum Mechanix Authentic Replicas

News Bytes:

  • Bono and U2 are moving into the realm of 3D for their next big concert, due out on film in mid-to-late 2007.
  • James Cameron continues shooting his new proecjts almost exclusively using 3-D technology, which include “Avatar”, “Battle Angel”, and an untitled diving project
  • Universal Pictures has optioned Neal Shusterman’s fantasy novel “Everlost” and will develop it as a potential film franchise deal. Gary Ross is set to direct and Shusterman will adapt

Movie Talk: Based on the popular video game of the same name, this Cory Yuen combination CGI/live-action film will be the director’s first foray into a Western film. Jamie Pressly will be headlining the cast about a number of fighters who are invited to the big DOA (Dead or Alive) invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament.

This one will be in theaters on December 8, 2006 as part of the long list of holiday fare available this year.

Guest Movie Review: Christianna Ellis gives us a review of the recent House of Wax. She bites the bullet for the Slice of SciFi crew, and saves us from the pain of seeing it for ourselves.

TV Talk:

  • Fox has reportedly hired scribe David Self, best know for penning the Tom Hanks movie script “Road To Perdition,” to come up with a pilot and 13-episodes for a scifi skein, tentatively titled “Beyond”, dealing with an extraterrestrial virus arriving on meteors plunging to Earth, and the NASA/JPL scientist tapped to save humanity from ultimate disaster. Oh, wait… they’ve cancelled it two days after announcing it?
  • The CW has picked up the hour-long SF drama, “Jumper” from Warner Bros. TV (not to be confused with the Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen film). The show is about a young FBI agent who has the ability to jump into the body of someone who’s about to be murdered. He must then solve the crime, along with his female partner, and prevent it before the homicide takes place.

Interview: This week, Michael and Evo talk with Steve Dymszo and Andy Gore of Quantum Mechanix, the geek dream of a company to own and run. QMx manufactures licensed prop replicas, with Steve bringing his expertise from his previous venture, Master Replicas, and with Andy being a true collector geek.

And yes, there are a number of us who want a Babylon 5 PPG prop. Now.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?
Hellboy’s Ron Perlman and actress Kelly Hu will be joining up with Samuel L. Jackson for the five-part animated special series “Afro Samurai.” Hu will also be starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the upcoming X-Men spinoff “Wolverine.”

Afro Samurai will premiere on SPIKE TV January 4, 2007 and will be available on DVD in the Spring of 2007.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.


  1. Jason of West Oz says

    Unfortunately for those not in USA/Canada the QMX guys do not appear to ship stuff internationally.

  2. Jeff Flugel says

    Hi guys! Nifty podcast, as usual…but one glaring mistake re: Bond. 1953’s CASINO ROYALE was the first novel Ian Fleming wrote featuring James Bond, and, contrary to Sam and Joe’s comments, Bond WAS indeed the main character throughout the book. The novel details Bond’s going head-to-head in a game of baccarat against the villainous Le Chiffre, assisted by the CIA’s Felix Leiter and foxy British Intelligence agent Vesper Lynd. The new film apparently follows the main plot of the novel rather closely, including an infamous torture scene from the novel where Bond gets his nether regions repeatedly whacked by a carpet beater (courtesy of Le Chiffre). Anyway, just thought you guys should know. Keep up the good work!

  3. says

    DOA (movie) is sounding a lot like the Mortal Kombat (movie) but with more hotties but unlike DOA, Mortal Kombat kept the “mortal” angle in the movie

  4. says

    Hey there! First, thanks to Mike and Evo for being such great hosts and just making the whole experience a blast.

    I just wanted to address the issue Jason brought up: It’s true that the commerce backend of our website wasn’t able to handle international orders until a few weeks ago. However, if you go check it out again, I think it’s all been sorted out (ah, the growing pains of a startup!) If you’re still having trouble, let me know ( and I’ll see to it your problem gets addressed.



  5. says

    re: all those classic cartoons you’re covering at the end of the podcast.

    I found & rented the old Filmation Flash Gordon on Netlfix… yup, this is gonna give me some great flashbacks of my childhood as a latch key child.

  6. Lozt says

    Hey I was just listening to your show and enjoying it as usual. I just had to ask what the band was that Joe mentioned. I know he said it was Ukla the Moc but not sure how it is spelled or who they are. I am always interested in bands that take content from Sci fi and other geek stuff:)

  7. says

    “The novel details Bond’s going head-to-head in a game of baccarat against the villainous Le Chiffre…. The new film apparently follows the main plot of the novel rather closely”
    Yeah, apart from the fact that they’ve replaced Baccarat with some poxy poker game. Pah! Sacrilege.