Where's the McFarlane Discovery toys at?!

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Discovery' started by starfleettanner, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. starfleettanner

    starfleettanner Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Just curious...we know about the phaser issue that was discussed last year, with the various laws concerning toy firearms, but I've not heard much anything else concerning the status of the REST of the Discovery toy line...has there been any indication whether McFarlane toys WILL start making Discovery toys or not?
     
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    I want that phaser.
     
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    Its stupid that they are saying they couldn't work out "legal issues" with the Phaser despite Anovos and another company both making replicas.

    Im thinking about looking into 3D printing.
     
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  6. drt

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    I've read that QMx is also concerned they may need to do additional orange for their replica, which seems to be similarly trapped in limbo - not sure why Anovos isn't having issues, maybe due to the high price and low number being produced? I also beleive they are selling it direct and not using their extended distributors, which I could see playing a role. Rubies Costumes is also supposed to have a toy version, but it hasnt materialized either - their TOS and '09 phasers are pretty fluorescently colored, so likely a rattlecan of Krylon will be needed if their Disco phaser ever sees the light of day.
     
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    Almost certainly. I just an ad for an Anovos Stormtrooper rifle, and in addition to it being shipped unassembled and molded in bright orange plastic, it had a "THIS IS A REPLICA PROP, NOT A TOY" disclaimer.
     
  8. 137th Gebirg

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    Amusing, considering that prop, along with pretty much every other weapon-like prop in the early Wars movies were made from actual blank-firing weapons, some dating back to WWII. The Stormtrooper weapon is based off a British Sterling SMG. They also used WWII German MG-34’s, MG-42’s and STG-44’s, among many others.

    This whole red muzzle thing pisses me off. IIRC, it all started because cops kept shooting kids who were playing with toy squirt guns or some such. I don’t think any other country has such an idiotic law. Or cops that can’t tell the difference between a Glock 17 and a fucking phaser. :mad:
     
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  9. drt

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    If i were a criminal i'd paint my gun fluorescent orange to avoid suspicion.
     
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    I just got my needs met............got this today........with TWC phaser.........

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  11. 137th Gebirg

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    Is that the 3D printed one from Amazon?
     
  12. KennyB

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    No it is a resin one from China via eBay......comes painted already for about $25. Weight is about the same as TWC too.
     
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    Wow, it looks great. Most of the 3D prints I see are covered in those little print lines.
     
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    It's a matter of cost as well, not just getting around the legalities.

    It wasn't squirt guns but BB guns which are often modeled off of real weapons, like the Glock 17 or the HK USP. Same thing with Airsoft guns which are also modeled to look like the real thing. These laws are strictest in California, which means they have to be CA legal in order to even go through the state via shipping. If McFarlane's major distribution is through a CA port then they would have to do so.
     
  15. KennyB

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    I just don't get how a replica can be screen accurate, but a collectible toy prop that looks the SAME has to have orange tips...........especially when it looks nothing like any actual firearm.
     
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    Well, that one is specifically listed as a "kit." But I certainly don't want to pay $200 for something that I would have to put together and paint myself, and doesn't have lights or sounds, for that matter.

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    It depends on the interpretation of the law and companies don't want to risk it. That's a huge liability.
     
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    We have controls on the sale of 'realistic imitation firearms' as well, it has less to do with cops shooting kids than it does the potential use of the weapons for crime as they're a lot easier to get hold of than actual guns. While nobody would mistake a TNG phaser for a real gun, the DSC one is shaped more like a modern firearm. It's still far enough off that it would be unlikely to fall under much scrutiny here to be honest; the franchise whose fans need to consult firearms law here is not Star Trek but Stargate (and Resident Evil). Way too many cosplayers play it very close to the line with airsoft P90s and the like which are indistinguishable from the real thing.

    Conventions are beginning to be tougher on this element as I think after the Manchester bombing people began to realise how vulnerable these events are, and how readily you could walk in with weapons without anyone batting an eyelid. I've certainly gone to major London events without even a cursory check of what I'm carrying.
     
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    Precisely so.
     
  20. 137th Gebirg

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    I stand corrected. Still doesn't make it the right thing to do, however.