Master Replicas Wins Trek Collectible LicenceBy Caillan
February 14, 2003 - 6:42 AM
Paramount Pictures parent company Viacom this week awarded the the Star Trek collectible prop replica license to Master Replicas.
Under the new agreement, Master Replicas will be able to create and market prop replicas encompassing all five television series and ten feature films.
Founded in November 2001, the company has a distinguished record in making props from the 'Star Wars' universe, including items such as the light sabres of Darth Maul and Count Dooku. The press release promises similar high-quality Trek products, produced with "an obsessive attention to quality and detail."
"We are very gratified that VCP has chosen us as a partner for Star Trek," said Scott Vogel, CEO and president of Master Replicas. "Star Trek has an extremely large, knowledgeable, and passionate fan base, and we are excited to deliver products that will meet and exceed expectations. We've already begun the development of several products, and expect to see our first products available for order late this summer."
The company's "rigorous development process" includes laser scanning of the original prop to create a digital model, study of documents used in creating the prop, interviews with designers, strict quality control by experts and hand assembly of the finished replica.
"We are extremely impressed with the track record of Master Replicas, including their commitment to product authenticity and quality," said Terri Helton, senior vice-president of licensing at Viacom Consumer Products. "We are excited to have them as a partner to deliver great product to our loyal fans."
The first prop replicas will be available later this year; to keep abreast of the latest developments, fans can register for email updates at the company's web site.