Written by: Michael Logan for TV Guide
This is officially the coolest frackin’ sci-fi collectible ever â€” and it’ll only set you back $7,900 (USD)!
Fans of Battlestar Galactica can now purchase their very own 7-foot-tall, museum-quality Cylon Centurion complete with stereo sound and a menacing red LED-scanning eye.
“This is not a mass-produced item from China; they’re each handmade, signed and numbered by me in my L.A. studio,” says craftsman Fred Barton, who specializes in high-end replicas of famous bots (Forbidden Plant’s Robby, Lost in Space’s B9 and â€” coming soon â€” Star Wars’ C3PO and R2-D2). “The Centurions are a rarity among collectibles because there’s no original model. They’re computer-generated for TV. This is the only way to see one in person.”
Barton, who is marketing the Centurions via a licensing agreement with NBC Universal, says his “customers range from plumbers and brain surgeons to Nicolas Cage and Tim Allen.” Also available is a life-size Centurion from the classic 1978-80 ABC series that spawned the current Sci Fi Channel hit â€” albeit with one modification. “The first Centurions were created during the disco era with glitzy, ultra-shiny armor that would look pretty cheap by today’s standards,” says Barton. “We’ve remade them with a reflective showroom finish that’s much more sophisticated.”
Notes Barton with a laugh: “We don’t want any Christmas-morning headaches!”