Disney is producing a Disney Nautilus replica lmtd edition

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  1. Firefoxm31

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    Hello, everyone,
    It's been a while since I've posted to this board,but there may be fans who frequent this board as well.
    There will be a new Nautilus replica in 1/96th scale(22 1/4" long)offered through Disney in March of 2004. It will be a limited edition of 1000 pieces..and will be the most exacting in proportions to the original filming miniature. Once I have more information,I'll post it....this is just a heads up!below is a preproduction sample of the replica "figurine" Thanks to Sarge and Wacky Chimp for help in posting this photo!
    sincerely,
    William
     
  2. SgtFang

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    Here ya go- [​IMG]

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    Thanks Wacky Chimp!



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  3. Firefoxm31

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    Fifty years ago the Walt Disney Studios took moviegoers on an adventure deep
    beneath the surface of the sea to a world of mystery and menace. Jules
    Verne's epic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was adapted for the screen
    in grand style, being at the time of its release, the most expensive film
    ever made. In the 1950s Walt Disney's artists and craftsmen were the
    finest in the business and he combined them with the best filmmaking talent
    available in Hollywood.

    20,000 Leagues boasts a stellar Hollywood cast (Kirk Douglas, Paul Lukas,
    Peter Lorre, and, of course, James Mason as Captain Nemo), but the most
    memorable "character" in the film is the Nautilus, Captain Nemo's fantastic
    submarine. With its frightening sea monster appearance and opulent
    Victorian interiors, the Nautilus roams the infinite underwater world
    piloted by its mad creator Captain Nemo. The look of the Nautilus came from
    the brilliant imagination of artist Harper Goff, who knew that the ship's design would
    be crucial to the success of the whole picture. " I always thought that the
    shark and alligator were quite deadly-looking in the water," Goff said, " so I based my
    design on their physical characteristics. The submarine's
    streamlined body, dorsal fin and prominent tail simulated the traits of the
    shark. The heavy rivet patterns on the surface plates represented the rough
    skin on the alligator, while the forward viewports and top searchlights
    represented its menacing eyes." Goff figured that Nemo would have built his
    Nautilus hastily and crudely, using only available rough iron salvaged from
    shipwrecks and riveted together by hand.

    Other special Goff touches were the round irising viewports that look out
    from Nemo's salon, saw-toothed rakers capable of cutting through the
    hull of a ship, and a skiff which fits into its own berth on the
    afterdeck.

    The Nautilus, as seen in the film, was actually built in a variety of
    different forms and sizes depending on the requirements of the production.
    For underwater scenes, a detailed 11-foot long miniature was built, complete
    with operational lights in the wheelhouse and salon viewports and a
    revolving propeller. Powered by five car batteries and weighing more than a
    thousand pounds, this model was filmed in a tank on Sound Stage 3 at the
    Disney studios in California. For scenes in which the actors would be
    filmed on the sub's exterior, a full-sized deck and wheelhouse set were
    constructed of wood and fiberglass.

    After the film was completed, Walt Disney had the unprecedented idea of
    displaying the sets and other artwork in his brand new Disneyland park
    still under construction. The full-scale Nautilus sets, giant squid and all,
    were trucked from the studio lot down to Anaheim where they were displayed
    in Tomorrowland for eleven years. It was here that the intricate details of
    the world's most famous submarine could be studied up close and fuel the
    dreams of many young fans of the film.

    Today 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is considered by film historians to be
    one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Its thrilling story
    combined with timeless performances, powerful music and dazzling effects
    inspired generations of filmmakers to follow...but it's Captain Nemo's
    mysterious submarine cruising in the oceans' depths that still captures our
    imaginations.

    The Walt Disney Gallery is proud to present this 1/96 scale replica of the
    Nautilus, the most accurate representation ever offered. William Babington
    and Rich Allsmiller, who both hold a personal respect for the subject
    matter, have constructed the model with painstaking attention to detail.
    Allsmiller, an expert on 20,000 Leagues and the Nautilus, and who shared a
    close friendship with designer Harper Goff, has authenticated the model to
    be as correct as possible. The upper deck and wheelhouse above the water
    line are based on the full-sized sets used in the movie, while the body of
    the ship below the water line is an exact replica of the 11-foot long
    miniature.

    Cast in resin, this very special figurine commemorates the 50th
    Anniversary of Disney's landmark live-action film and is a tribute to the
    artistic vision of Harper Goff. The Nautilus rests on a specially designed
    wooden base and can be internally illuminated just as it was in the 1954
    film.

    Coming in March 2004 from the Disney catalog and at DisneyStore.com!
     
  4. PHArchivist

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    Is this to be a completed piece, or a kit?
     
  5. Firefoxm31

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    It will be a completed lighted piece you set on your mantle or in a case 22 1/4" long exactly 1/96th scale.....
    William
     
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    It will be a completed lighted piece you set on your mantle or in a case 22 1/4" long exactly 1/96th scale.....
    William
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    Drooling!
     
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    Drooling? Nothing! When will they start taking pre-orders?!
     
  8. Firefoxm31

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    Unfortunately,there will be no pre-orders I was told at the event..this will be offered in March of 2004 and will be available through the Disneystore.com web page and through their catalog as a mail order item only....as of now and until March there is no further information to be had or seen about this and other offerings by them. the web page knows nothing about it as of yet..March is the month to be looking and searching I understand..............
    William
     
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    pic of pre-production casting taken at recent event


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  10. Treadwell

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    That looks great!

    I'm not a Nautilus expert so this may be a dumb question: are those rivets to scale?
     
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    I'm not a Nautilus expert so this may be a dumb question: are those rivets to scale?

    100% to scale to the .001 of an inch to the 11 footer works out to a 2 inch dia. rivet
     
  12. Ghost Host

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    Any idea on a price?
     
  13. Firefoxm31

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    well i understand it will be very reasonable for size and the fact it's lighted.rumour has it very inexspensive for something this size..I'm all excited to get one....
    William
     
  14. Firefoxm31

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    three more teeny tiny months ta go....ohh boy!
     
  15. Talisen

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    Hey William,

    Do you know if this is a pre-order thing for March? or prior?

    And where do I keep tabs? I know you mentioned either here or on another forum about the Disneystore staff not having a clue about it to start.
     
  16. Firefoxm31

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    Howdy will be available to order on their site(www.disneystore.com) on march 1st 2004 gonna be a long February 28th for some [​IMG]
    William
     
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  18. PHArchivist

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    Getting real close! I don't recall-will it have lights?
     
  19. Firefoxm31

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    yep internally lighted just push in the skiff gently and she lights up...............
    william
     
  20. Talisen

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    Talisen, thanks so much for the heads up! I just ordered mine too. I was all set to be at my computer Sunday night at midnight.
     
  22. SSRN Seaview

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    Ordered one too along with the freebie Mickey glassware. I believe this one will sell out very early. Get it now if your into subs or Verne.
     
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    Whats the overall consensus on this?
     
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    Ok, my question is not moot...

    I'm one of the 1,000!
     
  25. SSRN Seaview

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    Well I see that the ebay resellers are placing the Nautilus replicas at $100 and more over retail.

    Anybody order the water globe? 12-1/2" high of cast metal. I am mulling over getting this and the helmet to go along with the Nautilus.
     
  26. PHArchivist

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    The Disney operator was quick to ask if I wanted the helmet... I truthfully replied that I was tempted, but passed!
     
  27. sapper36

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    So anybody know when these ship? Or how the numbers are going?

    Todd
     
  28. PHArchivist

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    I spoke with a Disney representative at the park -- one that worked in one of the stores that carries the high-end Disney art.

    She advised to call quick, as they predict the run to go fast.
     
  29. PHArchivist

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    Oh and when I placed my order, they told me 9 days to ship.
     
  30. Firefoxm31

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    Hi guys,
    I guess you all know now about the replica very cool they sold 200 more within an hour of me talking to the rep for a grand total of looks around 500 as of last night be before last..these things are gonna be sold out before the catalog subscribers get the magazine at this rate...mine should be here either wednesday or thursday...lol yes i ordered one too......
    William..

    Ps.I want opinions when ya get yours [​IMG]
     
  31. SSRN Seaview

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    Is anybody thinking of getting an extra and stashing it away for a liitle bit? Reminds me of when I was kicking myself for not getting the MR Solo Blaster when they were inexpensive.
     
  32. PHArchivist

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    Any delivered yet...?
     
  33. PHArchivist

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    Let me be the first...

    I just got my [​IMG] today!
     
  34. Ivanhotep

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    I got mine too. Beautiful. Except for the "razor" extrusion fore of the bridge that arrived broken off, and a prow "needle" that points perceptibily downward. The forme can be easily fixed, the latter is a permanent flaw.

    Yay to the ship, bah to quality control.
     
  35. Ivanhotep

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    I got mine too. Beautiful. Except for the "razor" extrusion fore of the bridge that arrived broken off, and a prow "needle" that points perceptibily downward. The former can be easily fixed, the latter is a permanent flaw.

    Yay to the ship, bah to quality control.
     
  36. PHArchivist

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    Well, to make you feel a bit better, mine has...

    Slight warpage on the tail (leads to starboard a tad)

    The ladder rungs on hte wheelhouse are all cockeyed

    Slight scratches on the brass plate on the base

    Not to worry anyone -- its a great piece!
     
  37. Ivanhotep

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    Yeah, it's an awesome replica. I love the lights.

    This one might escape the Future Man Room and live in my office, warped nose and all. [​IMG]

    Just found out that all Disney Stores will take returns for a full refund. I might return mine to Pleasure Island tomorrow and order another one. (Or the other way around, to be safe, though Pleasure Island may have its own supply over the counter.)

    I'll sleep on it.
     
  38. PHArchivist

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    So you can return them in person? No need to re-ship the ship back? That's good news!

    I'd definitely return it for the bent prow... All the other items you might live with, but the prow's gotta be straight! Best of luck with it!
     
  39. Ivanhotep

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    From the website return policy:

    "*If you order within the United States or Canada, you may also return purchased items (excluding personalized gifts) to a Disney Store location near you for a full refund. Any returns made at a Disney Store location requires your original packing slip. Returns will be credited to the purchasing credit card. The 30 day return policy for art and collectibles applies to both DisneyStore.com and Disney Store. "

    Pleasure Island isn't a typical Disney Store, but I imagine it qualifies...

    My poor baby is all boxed up. Didn't even stay long enough to gather some dust...

    Hope Nauty II is more pleasing in aspect. And thanks for the well-wishes. I'm sure most of the replicas look great.
     
  40. sapper36

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    If your thinking of getting one get your order in - They were Down to 900 of them Saturday night.

    Oops - Strike that - Reverse it - 900 SOLD - 100 LEFT!

    Thanks,
     
  41. Firefoxm31

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    Impossible Sapper36,they had sold over 100 the first night 200 within an hour i think what you meant to say is as of Saturday night there were LESS than 100 left.......check you sources..and if you are considering ordering one ya better hurry! this is the Nautilus as portrayed in the film ,not a boat built from the "plans"
     
  42. spinner 44

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    If someone is unhappy with their copy or plan to send it back to Disney, I would like to buy his/her.

    Please pm or email me at sergiou@yahoo.com
     
  43. sapper36

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    Looks like that's it - Disneystore.com has them marked as "unavailable" now
     
  44. PHArchivist

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    What the hell does "currently unavailable" mean...?
     
  45. Firefoxm31

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    my guess is "SOLD OUT"!
     
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    Yes, one would think...

    One would also think that for a limited edition, sold out is SOLD OUT, not "currently unavailable:... Disney's not planning on re-releasing this thing in the future are they...?

    Ah, who cares Its just semantics, anyway...
     
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    for those of you that have subs,not happy with
    Please read on . . . this is Disney reps words

    He said that if anyone has received a NAUTILUS REPLICA and it
    has:
    - A BROKEN PART (example: a broken rudder, a broken-off ram, a
    broken-off dorsal fin, etc.)
    - or if it was a BAD CASTING FROM THE MOLD (example: the hull
    sides are really uneven, one side sags – not identically
    matching the other side, or the sides are badly out of
    alignment)
    - A GOB OF GLUE OR LARGE DIRT PARTICLES ON THE WINDOWS – if your
    sub has glue smudges or lots of dirt on the Viewport windows or
    Alligator Eyes that show up when you turn the replica's lights
    on
    - A BADLY DAMAGED PROP (propeller) RING

    ....Then these sub replicas can be returned to the Disney Store
    AND YOU CAN GET ANOTHER NAUTILUS REPLICA.
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO SETTLE JUST FOR A REFUND OR 'LEARN TO LIVE
    WITH YOUR DAMAGED SUB'. New Nautilus replicas ARE NOW GOING TO
    BE MADE PURELY AS REPLACEMENT PIECES FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS A
    REPLACEMENT. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM THE DISNEY COMPANY.

    IF YOUR SUB REPLICA ARRIVED DAMAGED – YOU CAN RETURN IT NOW AND
    BE ASSURED OF A NAUTILUS REPLICA REPLACEMENT. You have
    approximately 30 DAYS to return your Nautilus Replica – in the
    mail - and be assured of getting a new one! If you can return
    your sub this week – you people will be the first to receive
    replacement Replicas. Right now, the Disney Company is trying
    to get a count or number of the ‘returned subs’ so they can tell
    their Chinese manufacturers HOW MANY MORE NAUTILUS REPLICAS they
    need to manufacture.
    Note: these are ONLY replacement subs – they are not for
    selling to the general public. The Limited Edition run of 1000
    Replicas will stay the SAME – these are only to replace the bad
    ones. ALSO – the Chinese manufacturers are
    going to be told to Really Do these replacement subs well – No
    mistakes in casting, no broken parts, etc. this time. This
    batch promises to be a really good/error-free Replica, folks.

    You should try to mail/return in these subs this week –
    certainly within 30 days.
    NOTE: DO NOT RETURN THESE SUBS TO THE DISNEY STORE IN YOUR
    CITY!!!
    -- IN ORDER TO GET A REPLACEMENT SUB, YOU M-U-S-T RETURN IT TO
    THE SOUTH CAROLINA ADDRESS GIVEN ON YOUR SHIPPING RECEIPT. (if
    you don’t have the address – call the Disney Store number
    1-800-237-5751. Call anytime - their operators are taking calls
    24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

    PLEASE NOTE: With some of the sub replica defects, it is very
    easy to correct them (see the following paragraphs). If these
    particular defects are all that's wrong with your model, it may
    not be worth going through the hassle of sending it back.
    Anyone can fix these problems if they just take a little time
    and initiative. YOU DECIDE.

    Fixes that can be easily done --
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    Broken Raker Arch - the arch that connects the sub deck with the
    top of the Wheelhouse. This part was actually made of metal,
    and chances are, if it was broken off, this is a 'clean break'.
    If it has broken off, it can easily be put back in and re-set
    with a touch of glue. If the Raker Arch is not exactly meeting
    the top of the Wheelhouse, then it can be gently bended and
    'nudged into the correct alignment.
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    Nose/ram is drooping/pointing down or lists to one side - this
    can easily be nudged upward. This part is a soft metal that can
    be gently 'pushed' into the right direction.
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    Propeller blades out of alignment - these are made of a soft
    metal. If they are out of alignment, they can be gently pushed
    into the right direction.
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    Clear acrylic insert in the Wheelhouse protrudes below the
    outer shell - this can be be sanded to allow the Wheelhouse to
    sit flat without being canted to one side.
    ------------------------------------------------------------

    IN CLOSING - remember, if you receive a damaged Nautilus
    Replica, you can return the model for another replacement, OR
    else get a Full Refund (which also includes the Shipping Cost
    too!). Whether you elect to make minor repairs, or return the
    replica and await its replacement, the choice is definitely
    yours.
    My last words to you are please – DO NOT WAIT TOO LONG ON THIS –
    you must return your sub within 30 days – that is so the Disney
    people can give the manufacturing plant an exact number of
    replacement subs to make.
    Make your decision: if you decide you want a replacement, call
    the Disney Store at their toll-free number 1-800-237-5751. Call
    anytime - their operators are taking calls 24 hours a day, 7
    days a week.

    If you want the replacement sub, tell the Disney Store operator
    that you have purchased one & are requesting its replacement.
    (if the operator says there are 'no more left', then she simply
    hasn't heard about this special return policy... Don't get angry
    -- you WILL GET A REPLACEMENT. Simply ask to speak with another
    operator or a supervisor. It will be no problem...)

    -- IF YOU LOST THE ADDRESS OF WHERE TO RETURN THE REPLICA TO –
    THEN ASK THE DISNEY OPERATOR. TELL HER/HIM THAT YOU ARE SENDING
    IT BACK FOR A REPLACENT. TELL THE OPERATOR TO PUT THIS
    INFORMATION IN YOUR ACCOUNT.
    --YOU MUST ALSO INCLUDE THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING RECEIPT ALONG WITH
    YOUR RETURN OF THE SUB REPLICA. (itÂ’s also good for you to
    xerox an extra copy of the Shipping Receipt so you will have it
    for your own records)
    --FILL OUT THE SHIPPING RECEIPT IN THE AREA WHERE IT ASKS IF YOU
    WANT A REPLACEMENT OR A REFUND. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
    --THE DISNEY PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU DON’T WANT A REFUND –
    THAT YOU WANT A REPLACEMENT.


    Folks, from what IÂ’ve heard, the Disney people REALLY want to
    make everyone happy – and they want to help you all in any way
    they can. Beyond all the problems we have had (and I must tell
    you, I have had to return my own sub for a replacement one – you
    are not alone), in my opinion, these are truly remarkable
    models. This Nautilus effortlessly exceeds the detailing of any
    of the Japanese subs (the X-Plus and the $500 zinc metal
    replica), and stands in front of all the privately-made kits
    that I have ever seen. In terms of sheer accuracy, this is the
    first replica I ever heard of that combines both the final
    design of the Nautilus body (the 11-foot underwater miniature
    model) with the final design of the deck, built for use with the
    actors. My hat's off to Rich, Will, and the people at Disney's.
    I am very pleased the studio produced these, and feel this
    replica is a superb tribute to both the brilliance of Harper
    Goff and the artistry of Walt Disney.


    I got this from a fan site
     

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