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QMx Made Props For Star Trek Into Darkness (& Replicas Available To Buy This Summer) + Hot Wheels Into Darkness Die-Cast May 23, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Collectibles,Merchandise,Replicas,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Replica maker Quantum Mechanix has announced that they had a role to play in Star Trek Into Darkness, actually making some of the props used in the film. And they are making some of these available to purchase including Starfleet rings, vehicle model replicas, phasers and more. Get all the details below.


QMx Creates “Screen-Authentic” Props for  Star Trek Into Darkness

Quantum Mechanix, the creative studio and developer of screen-accurate replicas and collectibles revealed this week that they were responsible with making many of the actual props used in Star Trek Into Darkness. QMx began making Star Trek replicas after the release of the 2009 Star Trek film and Bad Robot was so impressed with their work, that they brought them in to do the real thing for the sequel. Probably the most prominent set of props they made was  the “history of starflight” series of models seen on Admiral Marcus’ desk. QMx made all fourteen of the filming miniatures at their FX Cinema Arts premier model-making center (where all of their Artisan ship models are constructed). The line-up included both models of historical craft as well as some pieces from Trek’s future history including the NX-01, the U.S.S. Kelvin and the Ring Ship.

History of Spaceflight models shown on QMx site

“It was an honor in every possible measure,” said QMx CEO Andy Gore speaking to TrekMovie about working on Into Darkness. “We had a small contribution to the film but we were happy to help. Everyone here takes the responsibility of Star Trek very seriously. We are fans too and just humbled by the experience.” According to gore it took a team of six model makers about two months to create the history of spaceflight miniatures. Each one required a different approach. Some (such as the ring ship or the Kelvin) which were modified and could have the basis made in a 3D printers, others (such as the Vostok) required more time an research as there was little source material available and were built from scratch.

And being that QMx are in the business of selling replicas, they are already putting plans in motion to make some of the history of spaceflight miniatures available for purchase. The first one to be made available will be a limited run of 25 ring ship miniatures made to the same size as the one used in the movie and by the same Artisan shop. Those will be a San Diego Comic Con exclusive (no pricing yet).

Collector’s Scale USS Vengeance

Following the ring ship, QMx will make a ‘prop scale’ version of the USS Vengeance (again made by the same QMx Artisan shop the produced the props for the movie) along with a smaller (and more affordable) ‘collector scale’ version of the model. They are also planning on selling a collector scale version of the USS Kelvin. These should all be available later in 2013, with pricing and more details decided by Comic Con. The company also plans to release a prop-scale version of the NX-01 but that might not be until 2014.

Collector’s Scale USS Kelvin

The history of Spaceflight wasn’t the only QMx contribution to Into Darkness. The company also forged Starfleet Academy rings for the cast, in both sterling silver (for the main cast) and aluminum for background actors. Of course one of these rings featured prominently in a scene in the film with Thomas Harewood (Noel Clarke) but you can see other members of the cast wearing them as well.

Starfleet Academy Rings from “Into Darkness” made by QMx

And again they are also making a version of this ring available for purchase, in this case a value-priced version made out of zinc-alloy produced from the same molds used for the sterling silver ‘hero’ props. The rings come in a nice leatherette  collectible box that actually lights up and retails for on $29.99. They will be available this summer at retailers that carry QMx items, including Entertainment Earth (click here to pre-order). QMx is also planning on a limited edition sterling silver version of the ring, but they have not announced pricing or a date for that yet.

Academy Ring and Box from QMx

In addition to the miniatures and the rings, QMx also partnered with Hollywood propmaker Kenney’s Custom Props to produce the phasers for Into Darkness – which were slightly redesigned from the versions in the 2009 movie. The stunt version of this pistol – which features a manual spinner that uses magnets to lock the barrels into position – will be available as part of an Amazon.com Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D bundle this Fall. The animatronic phaser will be available in 2014.

Starfleet Stunt Phaser Replica from QMx

Also being released this summer is a screen-accurate replica of the United Federation of Planets Flag as seen in Star Trek Into Darkness. The flag is made of lightweight polyester and printed using the original digital files of the UFP logo from the film. It will be available for a limited time through www.ThinkGeek.com and https://store.qmxonline.com/United-Federation-of-Planets-Flag–Formal_p_226.html for $29.95.

Starfleet flag replica from QMx

In addition to the replicas, QMx is also selling posters for Into Darkness (Official Teaser, Official USA Poster and official IMAX Poster). Each retains for $19.95 and will be available in mid June. Go to QMX to pre-order.

Into Darkness Posters at QMx

For more on QMx visit their site at http://quantummechanix.com.
Hot Wheels Into Darkness

Speaking of ship miniatures, Mattel’s Hot Wheels is planning a 1:50 scale die-cast series of four Star Trek ships including the USS Excelsior the USS Kelvin and two ships from Into Darkness: The Vengeance and the new Klingon Bird of Prey. This first wave is due in June. You can pre-order all four for $54.99 at Entertainment Earth (note EE has the wrong pictures. The correct images were released on HotWheelsCollectors.com.

Wave 1 of Star Trek die-cast from Hot Wheels


1. KKP - May 23, 2013

The die-cast Hot Wheels ships have actually become available from at least one seller if you search around on Amazon and Ebay. Got the Excelsior in the mail yesterday, and it is a really handsome model!

2. Rick Carthew - May 23, 2013

Awesome!!! … Well done Andy!

3. William Kirk - May 23, 2013

Looking forward to Vengeance and Excelsior :-)

4. Captain Hackett - May 23, 2013

Holy Smoke!!!!!

5. Simon - May 23, 2013

AFAIK nobody has made a USS DEFIANT miniature, just the model kit and the Playmates toy (long OOP).

I wish they would do that ship instead of the EXCELSIOR…

6. Jeff - May 23, 2013

Isn’t the Phoenix a repaint of the Playmates one? And the NX-01 the Art Asylum release?

7. Yanks - May 23, 2013

Great stuff all!

I want the phasor!!!!

8. Dr. Image - May 23, 2013

Neat stuff! Phaser should’ve been even darker, “classic” colors, imo.
Noting: The Ares V and I were cancelled by Obama and reconfigured into the SLS. Curious that it was not chosen to model instead. (I still am holding out hope that TPTB will come to their senses and abandon the pie-in-the-sky “asteroid capture” idea and aim for a return to the moon- many resources fairly “close” by.)

9. Commodore Adams - May 23, 2013

They don’t mention any dimensions. I want to the know the approximate length of the Qmx collector scale models. They look incredibly detailed compared to the Art Asylum/Diamond Select models I have purchased. I would like to purchase the high end Qmx models but at $6000 or more a pop, its not going to happen. If the Qmx collector scale models are just to tiny im gonna skip on them.

10. Mikey1091 - May 23, 2013

Love it. I just despised the Vengeance.

11. Tanner "The Dude" Waterbury - May 23, 2013

@9 Last time I spoke with a QMx rep, she said that the Collector Scale Models are around 10 inches and will cost around 100 dollars for the Kelvin. Don’t know about the Vengeance.

12. Tanner "The Dude" Waterbury - May 23, 2013

(cont from last post) If you’ve seen the movie recently, those models on Adml. Marcus’ desk ARE the QMX models.

13. CaptainDonovin - May 23, 2013

Been looking for the Hot Wheels models, thought they were going to be out prior to the film.

14. somethoughts - May 23, 2013

Omg I want!!!

15. Al - May 23, 2013

Ares V was never built. An odd choice. More than one alternate universe methinks…

16. NCC-73515 - May 23, 2013

Sad that they call it the V2, and not A4.

17. Captain Dunsel - May 23, 2013

Just be very sure to keep that Academy ring DRY!

18. Trekbilly - May 23, 2013

That Vengeance is the most butt-ugly thing I’ve ever seen!!!

19. THX-1138 - May 23, 2013

Can’t say I like the Vengeance or the BOP too much. The ring ship is pretty cool but I would have like to have sen a Daedalus class ship in their little “History of Spaceflight” line-up.

20. model noticer - May 23, 2013

What kind of federation flag is that – with the “gear” encircling the starfield? Also, aren’t the guns backward on this Klingon ship model?

21. Paul - May 23, 2013

A cogwheel! <3
Now, all this flag needs is a crossed hammer and sickle, and a sheaf of quadrotriticale!

22. I'm Dead Jim! - May 23, 2013

I definitely want that QMX Kelvin. Don’t feel much love for the Vengeance. Every time I see it I think Star Trek bottle opener.:-)

23. THX-1138 - May 23, 2013


24. Spork - May 23, 2013

Im just guessing that John Eaves designed the USS Vengeance? A lot of similarities to the Enterprise-E

25. MJ - May 23, 2013

Why is it on all these models the model-makers always seem to overdo the tiling so much? These are starships, not homemade quilts, for Christ’s sake.

26. Beware of ABKCO! - May 23, 2013

Hey guys, the last ship model on Marcus’ desk in the scene referenced here — what was it (the one after the Constitution class ship)?

For a second I thought it was the Dreadnought class, but that couldn’t possibly be.

27. Captain, USS Northstar - May 23, 2013

Love that IMAX poster!

28. Beware of ABKCO! - May 23, 2013

Also, on the Vengeance, is the saucer section always opened? I noticed the deflector is actually covered when the ship comes out of warp and (I’m assuming) goes to red alert, so maybe it changes shape then too?

I’m asking because it occasionally appeared to be a complete, solid saucer section. It could’ve just been the angle.

29. porthoses bitch - May 23, 2013

A glass of water an academy ring and some crushed alka seltzer…….sounds like fun.

30. Weerd1 - May 23, 2013


31. Dean-O - May 23, 2013

Vengeance looks like an evil turkey with it’s balls hanging down in the front. Not a pretty design, but I suppose that’s the point. It’s the big, black, evil ship. I do miss the elegant logic and well-thought-out clean designs of old school star Trek ships.

That’s my gut reaction at work.

32. Dr. Image - May 23, 2013

The Vengeance LOOK like a section 31 ship SHOULD look.
Gotta get the Kelvin- needs its own tv show!!

33. RollTide1017 - May 23, 2013

Please, QMx, make a collectors scale model of the JJ Enterprise! I suck at model building, the painting and decaling part, and really want a nice looking model of it. I had the toy from 2009 but my kids got a hold of it and let’s just say that its seen better days, Kirk fail to realign the warp core on it many times.

34. Kev - May 23, 2013

So that’s why those ships were on admiral Marcus’s desk, it was product placement plain and simple.

I Like the Excelsior thought.

Also how Funny is it that the Vengeance looks better as the hotwheels ship than a QMX one though.

Gotta wonder though with the Vengeance if it was based on the NX 01 Refit deal in some way or another.

35. Simon - May 23, 2013

#29 – Those “balls” are drones that detach from the ship and attack separately from the Vengeance. You *briefly* see them in action in the film and the last trailer.

36. mynameschris - May 24, 2013

Ive said this before and no doubt I will say it again, but I wish they would release the Bluray/Phaser combo for the UK too… They would have a pre-order from me right now!

37. ados - May 24, 2013

Just ordered flag…hmmmm…under or over state flag?…I guess under

38. Mad Mann - May 24, 2013

The Vengeance looks like a pizza-cutter.

39. Markus McLaughlin - May 24, 2013

If only there was a model kit for Trek XI/XII Enterprise…

40. Daniel Broadway - May 24, 2013

@ 39. There is.


41. Phil - May 24, 2013

This stuff will be available mid-summer? Just in time for STID to hit the second-run theaters? Man of Steel merchandising is hitting the market now….

42. Admiral_Bumblebee - May 24, 2013

The size of the Vengeance didn’t make any sense to me. Why have such a big ship if you do not need a big crew for it? The ship could be controlled by one person. So why this enormous size?

43. Danpaine - May 24, 2013

#42 – My thinking was given the size the Narada was compared to all Starfleet ships in ST 09′, afterwards they went about building something more giant than before, to defend against more potential giant enemies.

Just a thought.

44. Dr. Cheis - May 24, 2013

Can’t read the text in the first picture. Too small.

45. I am not Herbert (retired) - May 24, 2013

…rotating barrel on phaser is the STUPIDEST shyt i have ever seen… =(

46. Jovius the Romulan - May 24, 2013

The phaser looks awesome, but… four years later and there’s still no trigger, much less a way to aim it? Must be weird mime-firing that thing.

Even the Playmates toy of 2009 had a trigger.

47. Jovius the Romulan - May 24, 2013

34: No, it was a look at the timeline of spaceflight and a way to foreshadow the reveal of the Vengeance. Let us also not forget that having model ships in one’s office has been a tradition since TNG as well. (The Nokia and Budweiser in the previous movie was pretty clumsy though.)

48. adamgardiner85 - May 24, 2013

@40, if the scale is the “official” scale then we finally have a size for the JJ Prise which (if my calculations are correct) would make her 980′ or 294m in length and TOS Enterprise is 948′ or 284m long so I guess they shrunk her down from the sizes they quoted in the first movie?

49. Robert Carver - May 24, 2013

The Starfleet Flag with the gear on it reminded me of the Nazi Deutsche Arbeits Front flag. I hope that isn’t a subtle hint that the Nazis from Patterns of Force take over the Federation! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Labour_Front

50. Lone Browncoat - May 24, 2013

They don’t always get the scales straight, in the sixties/early seventies Meccano’s Dinky division either made Thunderbird One too big, or they made TB2 too small, either way, they didn’t match up. Neither did the shooting models, but they were filmed either separate, or in forced perspective view.

51. Jovius the Romulan - May 24, 2013

Okay, from this post on, KCP Studios cleared some things.


I had read in another article that the hero pistols were updated with a “shaded trigger portion” and remembered seeing removable power pack handles in the movie, so I was confused at first not to see a trigger or seaming at the top of the handle on the QMx props.

I think this marketing is rather misleading. You’re basically getting the previous movie phaser pistol with the paint job slightly updated to resemble the new props and one feature from the “tear down” phasers — the manual, magnetically aligned barrel.

52. Marja - May 25, 2013

I sure wish they were casting the rings using aluminum. It stays bright and doesn’t screw up my skin.

53. Harrison is really Gary Mitchell - May 25, 2013

Got my blu-ray/phaser combo pre-ordered from amazon when they dropped the price $20.

54. Harrison is really Gary Mitchell - May 25, 2013

oops… hit submit b4 thots finished…

Sure hope somebody does a decent job of making model kits of these. Would love to see 1:350 scale versions of Phoenix, Daedelus and JJprise done like the TOS Enterprise by Polar Lights. 1:350 Vengeance would be MASSIVE (as in 10+ ft). Not too keen on the BOP but 1st impression of JJprise was shocking also.

now i’m rattling on so g’nite all.

55. Jonboc - May 26, 2013

I’m all over that phaser/ blu ray combo.

56. Jonboc - May 26, 2013

I’m all over that phaser/ blu ray combo.

57. CmdrR - May 26, 2013

FINALLY saw a few toys at Toys R Us today. Would love to see some of these. I think those Hot Wheels look great.

58. Dave R - May 26, 2013

Why no Star Trek Legos?????

59. Trekoid - May 27, 2013

Oh, man. I hope Qmx made more than 25 of the ring ship replicas for Comic Con. It is going to be a pain to try to get one of those, and I will be attending the Con.

60. Phil - May 28, 2013

My Precioussssssssssssssssssss!
Oops, Sorry, wrong franchise

61. Trekker4747 - May 28, 2013

#8 In the alternate timeline, Obama never became president, so those ships were never cancelled. Oh…to live in that timeline…

62. QMx - May 28, 2013

Hi guys – QMx here. Just wanted to clear up a couple things:

The phaser always had a trigger – the whole front of the handle is a trigger. Kenney just made it a different color for STID to make it clear what it’s function was. Overall the phaser is less shiny and looks more “serious” for 2013. Again, all credit to Kenney’s amazing work. The Amazon-bundled phasers are based on the background phasers, which also had the new color scheme and manual-turning spinner with a maglock mechanism. For the production version, we’re using a light-tension spring lock instead of magnets as they are more reliable over the long haul.

The collector-scale Kelvin is ~14 inches and the Vengeance is closer to 16 inches.

The Ring Ships for Comic-Con are coming directly from the same molds as the screen-used models and are being fabricated by the same team in the same shop. So you’re basically getting the screen-used prop without the screen-used part ;-) We *love* the Ring Ship, but weren’t sure how many other people did too. Based on the reaction since the model went public, we’re looking seriously as doing a Collector Scale version of it as well.

63. Russell Meyers - May 28, 2013

Great to hear. I want to put a vote in for a Kelvin phaser please!!

64. Daniel - May 29, 2013

TO QMX. I wait for the QMX Artisan Enterprise (JJ version) now for one and a half year. Why such a long wait for 5000 K ? And why do you offer more and more stuff and didn´t get the waiting list done ?

65. Jovius the Romulan - May 29, 2013

QMx: Thanks for clearing this up. When I first saw the 2009 movie props, I had thought the buttons at the side were the trigger (which would be pretty awful) but dismissed it when I saw they were used as a “quick switch” between stun and kill in the movie. I wasn’t sure what you meant until I saw the seaming along the front of the handle. I’m gonna have to chalk that up to bad design because it would be way too easy for the weapon to go off accidentally in one’s hands or if dropped. This was a design flaw with the pilot laser pistols as well, which I’m guessing the designer used as inspiration. Precisely the reason real weapons have trigger guards and fit just one finger, so it can be taken off the trigger for safety when not firing. The small button trigger on the phasers of TOS would still be less prone to accidental discharge than one the entire length of the handle. Add to that… no way to aim the weapon, which was another design flaw in the first six movies’ and TNG’s hand phasers as well. (Um… spray and pray? Not a good idea for weapons capable of disintegrating a humanoid! XD) I wish Kenney could have done more to update the phaser and have it make more sense, but he was overruled sadly.

66. ME!! - May 30, 2013

How about an XCV-330 replica being made for the REST OF US who can’t necessarily just stop & drop everything to spend a wad they can’t afford to go to San Diego and get one at Comic Con?

67. Jonboc - May 30, 2013

#65 “I’m gonna have to chalk that up to bad design because it would be way too easy for the weapon to go off accidentally in one’s hands or if dropped. This was a design flaw with the pilot laser pistols as well, which I’m guessing the designer used as inspiration.”

Jovius, I know Romulans must have a little better imagination than that! :) Clearly, there is palm recognition that allows the trigger to function only when being held by the assigned crew member. Problem solved.

68. Jovius the Romulan - May 31, 2013

I had thought of that, but it still doesn’t address issue number one — it’s easy to accidentally squeeze the trigger when it encompasses all of your fingers rather than just one. This is, again, why real weapons have an index finger trigger and a trigger guard (something no Starfleet weapon has ever bothered with apart from the First Contact rifles, because it looks “cooler” and “sleeker” without).

69. VorlonKosh - June 2, 2013

This probably isn’t the right spot to ask, but does anyone know of any where to get a copy of some instructions on how to build the Kre-o bridge that was build in the Kre-o stop motion video promotion clip?

70. darthbono - June 3, 2013

I was disappointed there was no burger king glasses or other toys this time

71. William Kirk - June 4, 2013

Why is the Hot Wheels Vengeance so expensive? On ebay even 2x more than the new BOB :-(

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