NECA Releasing Prop Portal Gun

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Crank729, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Crank729

    Crank729 Sr Member

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    I wanted to make one of these eventually..... Now..... not so much.

    NECA's Portal Gun Prop Replica

    It's being made by a toy company though, So I wouldn't doubt it if the quality sucks.
     
  2. shenphong

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    That actually doesn't look half bad. If the price is right, I'll pick one up. Definitely like their Bioshock stuff.
     
  3. Crank729

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    Yeah, if it is quality and the price is right, I might pick it up for a friend.
     
  4. MooMooEgg

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    Awesome. I'm sure it wont hold a candle to the builds on here, but if it's reasonable priced, I'll have to pick one up simply because I won't have to build it.

    The best part is the description of the gun after you click the Hobby Search link in the Toyark page :lol
     
  5. benhs1898

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    I can't even play the game (video games make my nauseous) and I'd buy one!
     
  6. breen2057

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    the forbidden planet website is selling this for 89.99 pounds in the uk, with a release date of 14th may 2012. it does look nice in the pics.
     
  7. ThrowingChicken

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    * good for the price, but I guess I will never understand some of the design changes these people make. I guess it's about cutting down manufacturing costs, and most people won't notice I suppose.
     
  8. Borzou

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    For some reason, it looks a bit too elongated to me.
     
  9. JazzK

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    According to Forbidden Planets facebook page, it has been withdrawn by the supplier.
     
  10. PoopaPapaPalps

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    Eh, in my experience, NECA's pics make the product exponentially better looking than the actual item.
     
  11. TMBountyHunter

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    kotaku linked to a japanese site that listed it as 16,000 yen (~$206USD)


    I'm loving the front half, but the back seems rather weird. Especially the back end of the clear tubes. I wish they'd release pics of the hand hold and bottom of it.
     
  12. ThrowingChicken

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    I'm curious how big it actually is. "Full size" might be debatable.
     
  13. tripoli

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  14. TMBountyHunter

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    I think I know what's wrong with that clear back of light tube, it's probably missing the final paint (or just test molding in clear instead of final black plastic?). Digging up the reference pics from trailers it seems to be dead-on to the high-res trailer model.
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  15. EAGON

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    I thought the same thing.....I have studied the portal gun so much I can pick out all the changes when looking at different ones
     
  16. sycor

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    It's not too bad. Definitely not completely accurate but for the price, it's not bad. I'll wait on some reviews first though.
     
  17. kdring

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    Honestly kind of irritated after just recently purchasing TC's gun kit and Crix's lights. I don't want to see everyone and their mom running around with one :( I can't be sure of the quality though, it does look a little long.
     
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  18. ThrowingChicken

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    Well as TMBountyHunter pointed out, they used the hi-res model from the commercials as their point of reference. I can assume "hi-res" is the appeal of that model, but it's not the one in the game. Proportions and curves are needlessly changed. I personally would rather a replica be based off of what was in the actual game, not off of promo material.

    Still looks nice, I might pick one up, but I think the fans have done better.
     
  19. TheAtomicSoul

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    For that price it'd me a good Christmas present for my nephew (I usually get him something rare that nobody else gets.)
     
  20. TMBountyHunter

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    nice and big pic from kotaku shows a bit of the bottom, shell insides (two halves screw together? will there be evil scre holes? D: ) and handle

    [​IMG]


    yep, just like the trailer model

    I never really paid attention to the back end of the light tube on this version but it's now perfectly clear how much it contradicts the original world model.
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Fat handle of the new instead of skinny old
    [​IMG]


    I might end up getting it if I suddenly run out of things to do and money to spend.

    I hope someone does a thorough review full of nice high-res pics when it's out.
     
  21. BlackMarketMagi

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    I read it is suppose to be in the $130 price range.
     
  22. comicguy

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    For that price I'll definitely pick one up. It actually looks REALLY good. The missing paint on the back end of the barrel looks like an easy fix to do ourselves.
     
  23. TMBountyHunter

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  24. benhs1898

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    Very nice!
     
  25. comicguy

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    I like :thumbsup
     
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  27. ThrowingChicken

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    Does that site have a good rep?
     
  28. comicguy

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    I've ordered a diecast batmobile from them yrs ago with no problem. I think you should be ok.
     
  29. ThrowingChicken

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    Cool, I might have to pick one up.
     
  30. madmanmoe64

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    Any idea how long these might last? I know it said limited to 5,000 pieces.
    I really want a portal gun but won't have any money for about a month.

    Also do you think anyone will sell them in the U.K?
     
  31. jazzygeoffery

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  34. benhs1898

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    $300 is way too much. I was thinking about getting this but not for that much from a toy company.
     
  35. Dung0beetle

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    For $300, I could pay a guy to go to Volpin's house and...
     
  36. Kestre

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    I pre-ordered off EE for $130. That's the quoted price from the NECA representative at Toy Fair. I already have TC's gun and Crix's light kit. It's all complete except for those darned metal cages. But I figure the NECA gun is very light and easier to take to cons. Also, I'd feel a lot better modding the NECA gun than touching my beautiful TC gun.
     
  37. benhs1898

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    Oh, $130 isn't bad.
     
  38. Fennec

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    I personally don't like the design at all, it's too elongated :confused
    I also really dislike the fact that the white shells are a thin piece of plastic bolted together to the body which is probably another piece of plastic :angry

    It probably takes them $20-30 to make the gun and sell it at a starting price of $130 and then boost it to $300..

    This all equals to no weight into the gun..
    And an off-game representation of the gun..

    I am extremely content with my ThrowingChicken gun! That one was/is awesome!
    If anything, I would stand for you guys and gals to save up a couple more bucks and get the T.C gun.
    His work was great and actually had weight to it :thumbsup

    Additionally! You'd be supporting an artist :) rather than making a company richer..

    That's just what I think about the gun.
    Hope I'm not being to rough :lol
     
  39. Davlin

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    Not saying this because I bought a TC Portal Gun, but the Neca one feels plastic, halves screwed together and such. It screams " toy " and not " replica ". :/
     
  40. benhs1898

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    Is the real thing not supposed to be plastic? Plastic seems to fit the "sterile" aesthetic of the game.
     
  41. CB2001

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    So, now here's the question everyone will have to ask after this one is released: Is it cheaper to build one from scratch (like Volpin did), or will it be better to save time and money by buying the NECA version?
     
  42. Kestre

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    It will be cheaper to buy a NECA version unless you do a primarily floral foam encased gun with no electronics and you have some materials on hand. It will take you waaay less time :)

    That's my opinion. YMMV

    Again, I think modding the NECA gun is a great use for it. Firefly-Portal crossbreed? My Little Pony gun? Do a porcelain crackle coat all over it? Sounds awesome!
     
  43. ThrowingChicken

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    Yeah, I could have bought an army of NECA guns for the cost I put into making the original parts for my Portal gun. But really it all depends on what materials you use and what you can do yourself. The laser cut parts alone cost me more than the NECA version, but you could just cut all those things by hand. I had to hire a machinist to mill the barrel and other parts, which he gave me a deal on and let me pay it off in trade equivalent to a few NECA's, but maybe you have your own lathe or could use cheaper techniques to accomplish similar results.

    But factor in your time as well. If you are not a stickler for accuracy and don't mind the reported construction quality, it's probably more cost effective to go for the NECA. But that is assuming the price point stays at $130.
     
  44. mistersh0w

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    I just got an email from Entertainment Earth that states:

    Anyone else get this?
     
  45. benhs1898

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    Soo..... NECA is recalling them?
     
  46. mistersh0w

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    I can't find any news about this at all, anywhere... Apparently EE removed the item from their site on Friday (3/9). Not a peep on any forums. Anyone who ordered from BBTS get any emails?
     
  47. Crank729

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    :lol:lol:lol
     
  48. Talisen

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    My girlfriend just got the same email. Crap!
     
  49. Cenobyte

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    I think MiM is selling at $129.00
     
  50. Jaedena

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    Yep, got my turret flashlight today and also got this email. They charged me shipping for ALL items.. and now have said they're not getting *additional* shipments of the gun... even though the bloody website said they weren't getting this in till MAY.

    I sent an email asking what the heck is going on and if they're going to refund me part of the stupidly high amount of money they charged me for shipping.

    I'm not holding my breath for a response.
     

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