Da Vinci Code Cryptex

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Ashfrank, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. Ashfrank

    Ashfrank New Member

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    Anyone going to attempt?

    If so, and you plan on doing a run, I am INTERESTED and will PAY MONEY...

    --Ash

    PS...to see some GREAT clips from the film, check out MSN...enjoy.

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  2. Moolkye

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    I think this would be an awesome prop, but looks like it might get pricy.
     
  3. AT-AT Luvah

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    I was wondering when somebody would mention this piece.

    I think this just screams 'please make a replica of me', doesn't it?

    It is one sweet piece.
     
  4. Ashfrank

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    when the DVD comes out (and frankly, when the movie comes out) we'll bet better images, but truthfully, it's a matter of ceramics if you ask me. a lot of sculpey and model gold and white paint might do it. again, it doesn't HAVE to function. that's just a bonus. that would be cool, though..

    --Ash
     
  5. agent5

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    I was thinking the same thing, AtAtLuvah. Ever since I saw it in the trialer months ago. I'm quite surprised it took this long and YES, it does look like it'll take some time, patience and a bit of money to get this one going.

    Good luck. :thumbsup Whoever you are.

    Actually, this looks like something that may pop up in the Noble Collection catalog. Keep your eyes open on that one.
     
  6. TFrosst

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    I wouldn't be surprised to see an officail replica of this. Seeing as how powerful the DaVinci code was in print and how much money it'll make at the box office.
     
  7. Prop Runner

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  8. The Mantis

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    I had heard that there is going to be an official collectable of this and two other pieces from the film....
     
  9. LeMarchand

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    I immediately fell in love with this prop but decided not to nake one yet because i am swamped with other projects and we still do not know what the inner cryptex and the vial and piece of paper look like.

    If there is going to be an official replica, i really hope it will be an accurate high quality one. Loved the book and can't wait to see the movie.

    MArc
     
  10. Ashfrank

    Ashfrank New Member

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    LeMarch...

    There won't be an inner cryptex...I know...dissapointing. There'll just be one. (Watch the end of the trailer...which one does Langdon throw up?) However, I completely understand. After all, the first half of the book, they're trying to crack the first cryptex...the second half, the second cryptex. Both challenges would make about four hours of a movie, so I think they're just going with one. It'll be interesting, the conversion.

    I emailed the man at www.cryptex.org to see if he'd do a special edition, dedication cryptex to the movie, that type of thing. He said that copyright might be an issue, so our best bet is to have them custom run here or see if Sony will release some for the public.

    --Ash
     
  11. Ashfrank

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    Mantis, where'd you hear that from?????

    --Ash
     
  12. TFrosst

    TFrosst Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here's a good pic I found. [​IMG]
     
  13. Prop Runner

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    Oh, how I love brass props. :D

    Where's Howard?.?.?.?. :love

    - Gabe
     
  14. Ashfrank

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    Is there a chance Master Replicas would take this up? Maybe Sharper Image or some company like it? Anyone know the update on any official replica?

    --Ash
     
  15. juno

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  16. The Mantis

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    As I mentioned awhile ago, these will be popping up all over ebay very soon...and don't pay more than $80 for one.
     
  17. juno

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    Yeah, a "limited edition" of 10,000 is still a lot of crypti.
     
  18. The Mantis

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  19. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    didnt 10k people win one?

    its a safe bet to say itll be a movie replica anyway via noble or someone, but yea, consindering the huge amount they gave away (* publicity too) i dont see these going for 4 and 5 hundred bucks a piece.

    you will see the occasional bid war or "moron" who has it for sale for 400 or 500 bucks thinking they have hit gold.

    as much as i hated the book, i think ill grab one of these. im a big fan of da vinci.

    chris
     
  20. JoMamma_Smurf

    JoMamma_Smurf Master Member

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    Well Sh.t.......I did the google quest and got all of the f-ing answers right......Thought for sure I'd be one of the 10,000. Guess not.
     
  21. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "And I assume you all saw the Noble Collection one?"

    I hadn't. Thanks for the link.
    tif
     
  22. JKolton

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    I was one of those 10,000 :) Got it in the mail today. Pretty nice replica. Though there's no marble coloring in the letter wheels.

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  23. The Mantis

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    I had heard through the "grapevine" that the Noble one wont either...the pic they show is the actual prop. Do you think the google is the right size? I had heard they are equivelent in size to the Noble one.
     
  24. juno

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    It looks like there are two Noble ones -- the Google one (to me) looked like the mini.
     
  25. JoMamma_Smurf

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    OK...Now I'm fawkin' *....did you get an E-mail saying you were gonna get one? If not then there is still hope.
     
  26. JKolton

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    Vegeta, I haven't gotten the e-mail yet either. I don't think anyone has from the look of it.
     
  27. Kerr Avon

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    Looks like a lot are hitting eBay.
     
  28. docholl

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    The Google one is definately the "mini" based on the photo in this thread and the dimensions provided by Noble.
     
  29. SmilingOtter

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    Bleah. I just got my "Sorry, you're not a finalist" email.
     
  30. TFrosst

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    The google one is the mini version. It says it's 4 inches long and from the pic above, that size fits. The screen accurate version is 6 inches longer. I also think it'll be a bit more detailed than the mini just because it's only 2 inches longer but almost triple the cost. The cost has to count for something more than a little increase in size. Does anyone know if it comes with the box?

    About that contest so many people are saying they should have won, just remember how much hype surrounded the book. Millions of people have read this book. 10,000 winners may sound like a lot, but not when you have a million or more entrants. From what I read, it was a very popular contest.
     
  31. Rick Hanson

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    <div class='quotetop'>(TFrosst @ May 16 2006, 01:00 AM) [snapback]1245006[/snapback]</div>
    Exactly.

    I was semi-hoping to be a winner, but jeez...I'm probably under-imagining the number of entrants by several million at the very least. Can't get really upset about losing to the odds on that one.

    Still, it would have been nice. :D
     
  32. RelicMaker

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    I think the google winners only got the mini cryptex. If you compare Junos friends cryptex to the two cryptex on Noble Collection, it's the mini one.
    I was sure that some prop company was going to produce these. There's just so much money to be made off of these, given the hype of the book and now the movie. I guess it takes the weight off our shoulders in having to make this.
     
  33. hydin

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    yea, theres a lot of interest in the book. that makes the 10k a lot harder to get than it normally would be in the big media hype, and i can already see signs of "whoever has the most money and least sense" coming into play on ebay. add to that the people that get 2 or 3 by signing up with different email addresses, etc.

    personally, im banking on the noble one. they havent done anything stupid yet like announce its a limited edition, so thats probably the best hope. why limit the cash you can make off something? i never got that.

    ironically, i hated the book, and im not seeing the movie. i just dig stuff made by leonardo :), thats my reason for wanting one :lol.

    chris
     
  34. Scarecrow

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    I can't believe I didn't win. I finished an hour after 1, at most. Jeez.
     
  35. Rebel Hunter

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    Yes...the "google contest" cryptex is indeed made by Noble Collection. It's the mini.

    I had a chance to examine one today at work that was still in the packaging and sure enough, on the bottom of the box, it had noblecollection's URL.

    I think for my money, I will probably go with one of the cryptex replicas off the cryptex.org site instead. I wasn't too impressed with the die cast construction and plastic letter rings.


    Edit

    In fact...here is a shot of the bottom of the box....

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  36. Ashfrank

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    I too did not win the Google contest, and I started the contest a couple of days after it was first released and finished the final puzzel within SIX MINUTES of its release.

    But...I too will invest in a Noble Collection version. It looks good. Real nice and slick.

    Anyone know if the rosewood box will be included? Yes? No? Maybe? Don't know?

    --Ash
     
  37. JKolton

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    Couldn't resist the urge to take apart my cryptex to see how it was constructed. What it revealed was an easy way to set the password to anything you want. (of course, on the code conquest ones, only the last two letters matter anyway) Here are the pics:

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    All you have to do is take off the plastic ring and realign it so that the letters you want match up with the hole. Of course, like I said, on the code quest ones, this only matters for the last two.

    Anyone know the best way to marbelize the plastic rings?
     
  38. TFrosst

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    Check out some faux finish tutorials on home diy sites. They have many techniques. The one that most readily come to mind is the feather technique to add all the veins.
     
  39. docholl

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    Here is the response that I recieved today from The Noble Collection Customer Service Department to my enquiry about a box for the full size Cryptex;

    Dear Customer,

    Yes it does come in a nice wooden box

    Thank you and have a great day.
    Maria

    The Noble Collection,
    Customer Service,
    1-800-866-0232.
    www.noblecollection.com
     
  40. synasp

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    Wow, great pics of it taken apart. The tube is hollow, right?
     
  41. LastODJedi

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    They're selling on eBay for 30-50 bucks right now. I may pick one up.
     
  42. RelicMaker

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    <div class='quotetop'>(LastODJedi @ May 18 2006, 04:35 PM) [snapback]1246266[/snapback]</div>
    Keep in mind that it is one of the mini ones. It's not the accurate movie-sized version.
     
  43. JKolton

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    <div class='quotetop'>(synasp @ May 18 2006, 12:19 PM) [snapback]1246254[/snapback]</div>
    Yep. The tube is completely hollow. And another warning to anyone taking it apart: They must have used a whole bucket of grease on the inner workings, so be careful not to stain your clothes and such.
     
  44. allosaur176

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    are there any actual pics of the full scale NC version???
     
  45. docholl

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    There are photos of the full scale version on Noble web site, but I don't know if it is a prototype or an actual prop from the film.
     
  46. allosaur176

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    <div class='quotetop'>(docholl @ May 18 2006, 04:22 PM) [snapback]1246391[/snapback]</div>

    I believe its the actual prop thats on the site
     
  47. Walter

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    So do we all think the dials on the full size replica will be plastic as well? It would be too bad if they go cheap on the full size by putting in plain plastic dials...

    -Bryan
     
  48. RelicMaker

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    I think Noble Collection will do what exactly what's in the picture on their website, and make the dials look marble. It would be false advertising if they didn't, since that's what's in the picture. If they are plastic, then someone on the board can make some gypsum resin recastings of these with the marble effect, to make the prop to be more realistic.
    I don't see why anyone would want one of the mini ones, unless they buy a full version as well.
     
  49. gnrlotto

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    I concur with RelicMaker, as the photos on their site also attest to this, the mini having unmarbelized rings, like people got, the larger having them.
     
  50. DuneMuadDib

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    <div class='quotetop'>(RelicMaker @ May 19 2006, 05:01 AM) [snapback]1246772[/snapback]</div>
    All they need is a little disclaimer stating "final product may vary" and they can make the dials look however they please.
     

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