The Most Accurate 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver???

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Underworld54, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Underworld54

    Underworld54 Well-Known Member

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    Is there one you guys could recommend to me either on this site or on any internet store sites? I just got back into Doctor Who after a many year hiatus and I just love the new series. I'd like get a few props.
     
  2. d_jedi1

    d_jedi1 Sr Member

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    For the moment, I'm going to suggest the Character Options toy.
    As of now, no higher end versions exist and the version that IS an actual screwdriver doesn't open (and honestly, looks cheaper than the toy).
     
  3. Michael Bergeron

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  4. Anakin Starkiller

    Anakin Starkiller Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Qmx is the company that has the license from BBC and they have stated that they will be releasing a very accurate replica in the future.
     
  5. MattMunson

    MattMunson Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just out of curiosity, are we pretending that MFX and CT don't exist? While the character options one is currently in production, I hardly think it's fair to call it the only game in town.

    I believe one of each is available in the junkyard right now.
     
  6. Organic Mechanic

    Organic Mechanic Sr Member

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    Neither of these companies have produced the 11th Doctor's Sonic I'm afraid.
     
  7. MattMunson

    MattMunson Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    RATS! You got me there dude! :lol

    I missed the part about it being the ELEVENTH doctor. lol. My bad.
     
  8. Organic Mechanic

    Organic Mechanic Sr Member

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    Well, because it's Xmas, you get a pass. :lol
     
  9. F-N-S

    F-N-S Well-Known Member

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  10. Organic Mechanic

    Organic Mechanic Sr Member

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    Wow. Just wow.

    A few disjointed observations:

    4k is one hell of a lot. But if I had it to spare, I'd gladly pay it for a Sonic made my Nick himself. It's not the kind of offer one finds every day.

    QMx is finally selling a Sonic...or at least taking the dreaded pre-order...but they still haven't actually MADE a Sonic to sell.
     
  11. Anakin Starkiller

    Anakin Starkiller Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow. That's a lot of money. It looks like a great piece. But thats still an aweful lot of cash.
     
  12. HeroWorship

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  13. Rassilon

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    I can only see that prop going up in value at some future date, If I had to make a prop similar to that of Matt Smith’s sonic, I would think that it would cost close to that to manufacture, and that’s just for one sonic only, and we are only talking 25 units, and made by the man him self.

    And I quote from Qmx site

    “Each 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver – Artisan Master Series comes with a custom-built, lighted display stand that features text in the language of Gallifrey, Doctor Who's home planet. The stand lists the edition number and is signed by Nick Robatto. The sonic and stand come packaged in a handmade wooden chest that features the Doctor Who logo”.

    Members, you asked for the most screen accurate Sonic, and here it is, yes may have to sell a kidney to get one, but, you do have two. Or you could just go to the bank, like you would do to purchase that car, that you don't need to impress that family up the road that you don't like.

    As a manufacture, not of props, but of mechanical equipment, I do see the value in that Matt Smith Sonic.
     
  14. Asterisktec

    Asterisktec New Member

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    If you can wait a while I know that CT is working on a Matt Smith sonic but he's trying to work out the "kinks" in the design to make it more reliable.
    I can vouch for his work, it's of a very high standard and you won't be dissapointed.
     
  15. Contec

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    why would it be so hard and expensive to make this prop?
    Take apart the toy version ,Remake all part in metal, leather and such and then fit the toy light and sound card inside it.
     
  16. Rassilon

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    I look forward to reading your hand made build thread, of the screen accurate Matt Smith Sonic.
     
  17. Asterisktec

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    If the toy is anything like the Tennant sonic it's usually bigger the actual prop and all the parts are usually hollow so plenty of places to add stuff such as electronics, I can only assume that in making it from metal there would be less room and other factors to consider when designing it... dunno really :)
     
  18. Asterisktec

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    $4000 ... FFS, that's just insane. Beautiful work but really? ... I could buy a new(ish) car for that!
     
  19. Sundowner

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    Wow I really didnt think they were going to actually make one. $4,000 jeez!
     
  20. NakedMoleRat

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    $4000.00 each, run of 25. Make a quick $100,000.00 then take the rest of the year off! Why didn't I think of that! :lol
     
  21. Underworld54

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    Any clue when the less expensive most accurate ones will be available? I'd pay that for Amy Pond but not for a Sonic. :$
     
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  22. Sundowner

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    ^This lol
     
  23. Angelus Lupus

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    And as accurate as that $4k sonic is, I'd bet that (without a close-up) in 99.5% of "action-pose" costume pics, you wouldn't be able to tell that from the CO "toy".

    Plus, at $4k, would you dare risk taking it to a con?
     
  24. GeneralFROSTY

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    3K for my BTTF shoes is really my limit.
    Very sad, they should have done these for $500.
     
  25. dbalschi

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    QMx still plans to release a much larger edition replica of the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver at a later date.
     
  26. GeneralFROSTY

    GeneralFROSTY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    yeah, so we keep getting told.
    Any word though on CTs sonic release?
     
  27. Yellowjacket

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    Small studio prop (sonic screwdriver) or small studio (Canon 5D HD capable camera, tripod, multiple lenses, portable lighting equipment, & boom mic).


    I can't blame anyone who can afford one of these without blinking, but my choice is clear.
     
  28. MattMunson

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    Ah good. this means I was only wrong for one day!

    Does QmX know what "Hero prop" means? I find this quote from their website confusing:

    "This is not a replica. As part of the QMx Artisan Master Series, this is a real hero prop."


    If I read that and didn't know any better, I would think they were selling me a piece that was used in the show, handled by Matt Smith, and was used for closeup work. THAT is what a "real hero prop" is. While I understand what they are trying to do, their wording is totally wrong. It IS a replica. It is NOT one that was used in the show, but is a reproduction of it. Therefore, it's a replica.

    However, I do think it is VERY cool that it is made by Nick, who made them for the show. I think what they mean to say is "You'll NEVER get closer to owning a hero prop, as this one is to the same specs, using the same materials, made by the same guy who made them for the show"

    And honestly, I think 4k is a fair price. When you consider how much work goes into one of these, the materials used, AND the fact that it has such a perfect pedigree, I think it's fair. For those that always whine about "cheap crap from china", this is your alternative. I'm guessing it will get you whining too :lol
     
  29. MattMunson

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    If it was cheap and easy, everyone would have done it. A prop like this, with so many moving parts, and so many detailed parts, is not something you can just crank out over the weekend on a lathe, and expect to get it right.

    In comparison to the Tennant/Eccleston sonic, this one is much more complicated, IMHO.
     
  30. Asp9mm

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    As a strictly low numbered prop made by NR himself, I think it's an OK price. It is aimed at the very high end of collectors and the price will obviously have to reflect the time involved in making it by just one person, the exclusivity, as well as the cuts QMx and the BBC will have to take. If this was the Future Sonic I'd not hesitate for a second. As it is, I'm not too keen on this particular prop, or the Eleventh Doctor so I'll be passing. I like the stand, but the vacu-formed insert and cigar box seems a tad on the cheap side for such a prop.

    Overall it is quite cool that they are doing this edition though. the description about it being an 'actual' hero prop is misleading/badly worded.
     
  31. Holluba

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    This being made by Nick Robatto himself to the original specifications and design makes this a highly desirable piece, but for me, that is what it shall remain, desirable. Although I understand fully the price and why it is so expensive, I just could not justify splashing out the cash on what is really just a fancy flashlight.

    Such a shame, I really would like to have one of these. I do wonder how QMX will tackle their own replica, but it just wouldn't be the same with the knowledge that Nick Robatto had made such a limited run riding on the back of QMX's license.

    Holluba
     
  32. shdl

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    Does that mean it has no sound? Doesnt really matter to me, in no way interested in spending 4k on a sonic.
     
  33. Asp9mm

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    Same as the prop. No sound. It's not something you could actually fiddle about with much anyway. The prop is quite delicate, which is why they have 5 of them, and loads of backup/replacement parts to aid quick repairs. It's a strictly display only piece that you'd only handle sparingly.
     
  34. phez

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    Gotta have this one :lol
    High price but impossible to beat as a collectors item.
    Kind of wish they had done a 10 or river sonic instead, I like those a bit better (maybe they will)
     
  35. thedoctornathan

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    I signed up on the waiting list... Hopefully that means I have it preordered.
    I'm thinking a payment plan on paypal to afford it XD
    Then in 20 years I'll sell it with a 100% profit to afford a new house.
    Then I'll save up and buy a replica of the Doctor's sonic at that time so I'll have a way to pay for my retirement.
    (Look at that...sounds like a plan.) :lol:lol
     
  36. E-Wan

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    I'd love one of these, but as my wife said, "if you are planning to spend $4k on something, you better be driving home in it."
     
  37. kursosawa

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    You and me both. Heck, I'd buy a sweet lighting set up to boot.
     
  38. Force Commander

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  39. jedibugs

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    I really hope it looks better than the props. I've seen a lot of close-up, detailed photos of 4 of the screen-used props and they would not look great on display. In fairness, they had been through a season or two of filming, but they were clearly not meant to be scrutinized up-close. For $4,000, I hope Nick prettied them up some.
     
  40. greatwazoo42

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    Four grand? Pocket change! I have it right he...oh, wait, that's pocket lint. Never mind!

    Ah, the joys of being rich...I wish I knew them. ;)
     
  41. LeAngeSolitaire

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    That's an insane price. It's very nice and 100% accurate but to put it into perspective you could buy 2 and 3 quarter BSG Colonial vipers or a 3 foot Enterprise model with all the lights for $1000 more. I paid less for a full size Dalek. QMx have not made many friends here.

    I'm out.
     
  42. DrkMatter

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    The price is just flat out insane IMHO.
     
  43. Asp9mm

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    You actually have a valid point there. It's not actually a QMx piece. I could buy a ThisPlanetEarth full size weeping angel for the garden for less. Now that is cool!

    ANGEL WEEPING


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  44. Underworld54

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    Now that is very sweet...I'd love to have that.
     
  45. Mr.Spider

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    that is a rediculous price..... hell a Ghostbusters Proton Pack with lights and sounds'll go for 2,500.....3 tops lower end of 1,500.... no way would I pay 4 grand.... but I guess to those who wipe with hundreds this'll make a lovely paperweight
     
  46. phez

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    I think what we have to remember here is that this particular piece is not obviously target marketed for the people who are thinking I could get X or Y made by X or Y for less than that. At 25 pieces this is meant for someone who really wants the exact piece the actor on the show used made by the same person using the same materials. If a replacement piece was needed for the show they would be handed one of these. It looks like studio prop prices. If you are a fan of Nick's work on DrWho here is your chance to get a hero piece of the most popular prop from the show made by the man himself.

    Let's be realistic here, when they are done with the Sonics if the real ones ever went to auction they would likely be completely out of hand and these 25 will likely go up massively. There is no way these will go down in value. I think QMX has really hit on something getting the high end props made by show prop makers themselves. If you are a Trek fan, imagine if Wah Chang made up 25 extra communicators when he made the originals for the show. Now think if you could buy one of those original 25 today. I think you can see what they are doing.


    My guess is that this is already sold out on the waiting list, I don't think the goal here was to make friends, it was to knock one out of the ball park. They are making a less expensive mass produced version so I am not sure what the fuss on this piece is about.

    Good point LOL, but I think having it look like a screen used piece and not a cleaned up for display piece is the point. I am guessing you will get what was handed to Matt Smith on day 1. No two will be exactly the same if they are hand machined by the artist just like the real ones.
     
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  47. LeAngeSolitaire

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    So they keep telling us. I'm not holding my breath though.:unsure
     
  48. Primrodo

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    I think just the fact when a Sonic FINALLY shows up, its four thousand dollars and while its cool and neat to get something made by the actual maker, its a blow to the budget collectors. The less expensive version just seem so far out now and the waits been on.

    Its cool for the history of these and they will retain their value, but I know I'd break one....
     
  49. greatwazoo42

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    Add to that the probability some if not most of the money from this expensive limited run is going to fund the start up costs for the less expensive run. We shouldn't be so grumpy about not being able to buy one if that's the case.

    25 x $4,000 = $100,000

    Even if 1/4 of that is being used for materials and machining costs to do a larger and much more affordable run of replicas that's still $25k that QMx would not have had without selling the ultra-high end versions first.
     
  50. phez

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    Unless I am mistaken I think that the parts on the prop that was at SDCC was made from the CNC model. If that is the case there is a market waiting to buy these and they can not be that far off.

    Had not thought of that :lol:lol:lol. Good point.
     

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