Limited Edition Prop Breaks New Ground in Detail and Authenticity
August 16, 2007, Collegeville, PA – Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), a privately held developer of licensed, high-quality entertainment replicas, today unveiled the Official Serenity Ship Papers designed by QMx artisan Ben Mund. The limited edition set breaks new ground in detail and authenticity, and contains all the documents a captain would want to have handy the next time the Alliance comes calling.
Included are 13 full-color sheets of various sizes up to 8-1/2″ x 14″. Certificates are hand stamped with the official seals of the Alliance and are hand signed in English and Chinese by the appropriate Alliance officials. The documents contain endorsements required to operate a variety of ship systems, and also include system maps, operating licenses, safety inspections and a wealth of background material on what it takes to operate a Firefly-Class Transport in the ‘Verse.
“As part of our research into creating the Ship Papers, we went back to some originals props from the series, but were disappointed to find there was really nothing there,” said Andy Gore, QMx Director of Marketing and project manager for the Ship Papers. “They were just some trust documents that someone slapped a new title on to look good on camera, but they didn’t have any actual ‘Verse content in them.”
Operating alone and with no support either from the studio or Serenity’s creative team, Mund had already done a tremendous job prototyping a set of “idealized” ship papers. QMx wanted to take Mund’s concept, but make it as real and authentic as possible.
“We went to Ben to help us make the Ship Papers so realistic, they look like you just walked into Mal’s cabin and found them laying on his desk,” Gore said. “Ben has a track record of creating paper props of excruciating detail and breathtaking beauty. But we think he’s outdone himself with the Ship Papers.”
The company offered Mund complete access to QMx’s considerable resources – including an extensive archive of original drawings and background materials, and the Serenity Brain Trust (the team responsible for advising on the development of the Official Serenity Blueprints) – and told him “go crazy!”
“Five hundred additional years of history gives you a lot to draw on, so I spent a good deal of time going through official documents from civil war parchments to digital customs regulations to get a blend of elements that felt right,” said Ben Mund, QMx artisan and design lead on the Ship Papers project. “Artistically, I worked to stay within the design ethos of the ‘Verse – blending a little bit of the Old West look with the cold, hard high-tech look of the Alliance.”
“With access to the source material as well as input from Serenity’s graphic designer, Geoffrey Mandel, these papers are far and away better than anything I could have done on my own,” Mund said. “Every single page was built from scratch, with information, graphics and other details true to the source material.”
The Official Serenity Ship Papers includes a hand-signed certificate from the designer and come wrapped up in a fashion-grade, hand-crafted leather wallet with brass fittings and a hand-made screw-down plate. The papers feature rich details – such as gold ink, duo-tone stamps, an embossed metal clip and paper watermarked with Alliance emblems.
QMx’s Official Serenity Ship Papers set goes on sale at 6 p.m. EDT on August 25, 2007 for $119. It will be available on quantummechanix.com and from authorized resellers, and sales will be limited to 1,500 pieces. The information page for the Serenity Ship Papers will be available on quantummechanix.com starting August 21, 2007.
About Quantum Mechanix Inc.
Quantum Mechanix (QMx) specializes in the design and manufacture of licensed high-quality replicas of vehicles, props, and gadgets from television and motion pictures. Licensed franchises include Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Classics of Sci Fi, Serenity, Battlestar Galactica, and Universal Monsters. Our product lines are divided into several major areas:
QMx Replicas – Precision recreations of props and scale models. The properties recreated in QMx’s core lineup will generally be the most iconic and therefore will be manufactured in the largest quantities.
QMx Press – Recreations of paper-type props seen in science fiction TV and films. This category includes technical blueprint sets of famous sci-fi spacecraft, technical manuals and character and vehicle posters.
QMx Artisan Replicas – Handmade models of props and vehicles. These items are produced by a specially selected group of professional prop-makers. Edition sizes are generally very limited.
QMx Space – Precision replicas of NASA and Soviet/Russian-flown hardware and manned spacecraft.
The company’s headquarters are located in suburban Philadelphia, PA.