Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Licensing Update

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since we unveiled several Star Wars costumes such as Princess Leia, Han, and the Emperor and we know you’re getting anxious for them. We decided to write this blog to give you a little better idea about the Star Wars costumes as well as keep you up-to-date on all the exciting pieces we’ll be coming out with in 2012.

We’re as excited as you are to finally get the Star Wars pieces made and ready to go and we’re closer to that goal than we’ve ever been before. We’ve got a final few hurdles and issues to get over first but you can look for them in the first part of 2012! We’ve also got some secret outfits in the works for Star Wars and we are thrilled about these!

2012 is going to be a really fun year for everyone, not just Star Wars fans. We’ve got some new Assassin’s Creed stuff coming out that is really cool and sure to be a fan favorite! There has been very little Wheel of Time merchandise out on the market recently but that will change soon as we’ll be bringing you several weapons and outfits from Robert Jordan’s epic novels. Harry Potter fans won’t be disappointed either with our offering of several new outfits made famous by heroic and villainous characters from the books and films! Finally, check out the “Sneak Peak” album for a look at the upcoming outfits from the hilarious and classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail!

Now I can’t tell you everything that we’ll be coming out with next year as there is too much to tell; but, these are some of the bigger items that we’re really looking forward to and hope that you are too! Finally, in honor of our brand new yet popular Create Your Own Sword™ program, we’ll be bringing the Create Your Own theme to one or more of these licenses so get ready!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

3rd Crusade

July, 1190

Richard I of England and Philip II of France began their march towards the Middle East, taking part in the 3rd Crusade launched against the Muslim held “Holy Land”. The Seljuk Turks had originally taken Jerusalem and the surrounding cities from the Byzantine Empire. The 1st Crusade had reconquered the “Holy Land” from the Turks. Under the leadership of Sultan Saladin, founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, Muslim forces retook Jerusalem again. This prompted Richard the Lionheart and Philip II of France to lead a crusade to retake Jerusalem. A third army under Frederick I Barbarossa of the Holy Roman Empire joined in the crusade but soon disbanded when Barbarossa fell from his horse into a river and drowned.


After taking the island of Cyprus, Richard moved on to help take the city of Acre. Philip, who had taken his army a separate path, met up with Richard and helped besiege the city. After a month long siege, the city fell to the hands of the Crusaders. Philip II went back to France and Richard, now the leader of the Crusade, moved on to take Jaffa as a launching point for an attack on Jerusalem. Richard decided against this, however, and instead made a truce with Saladin. This left Jerusalem in Muslim hands but allowed unarmed Christians pilgrims safe passage to the city.


Marked by opposites of great chivalrous behavior and massacres on both sides, the Kings’ Crusade as it became known, achieved little except bolster discontent with the populace of both religions. Saladin’s reputation was weakened as he was unable to defeat Richard and Richard incurred anger from many Christians for deciding against taking Jerusalem. In an age of chivalry, however, the behavior of both rulers gained them great respect and even earning a new name for Richard, Richard the Lionheart.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gladiator Sneak Peak


For those of us who remember the year 2000, ­the world did not end, but rather a new millennium was ushered in with the release of a movie of epic proportions: GLADIATOR. Staring Russell Crow, Joaquin Phoenix, and the late Richard Harris, Gladiator ­­­­­told the story of Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius who was betrayed by the new Emperor, Commodus. His family murdered and he himself taken into slavery, Maximus begins life as a gladiator, hoping to one day take revenge on Commodus for the death of his family. I won’t spoil the ending, if you haven’t seen the movie, but if you haven’t, you should. This is one of the greatest movies about ancient Rome and, arguably, one of the greatest movies of all time. Gladiator is a timeless classic.

In honor of this grand adventure of love, intrigue, deception, violence and revenge, we at Museum Replicas are proud to present to you a sneak peak of our new Gladiator Collection. This exciting line will include: The Axe of Tigris, The Helmet and Sword of General Maximus, The Arena Sword of Maximus, The Savior Sword, The Armor of the Spaniard, and finally, the iconic Helmet of the Spaniard. Each piece is beautiful crafted by hand by the craftsmen at Windlass Steelcrafts and is an exact replica of actual movie props. Three of these pieces – The Arena Sword of Maximus, The Savior Sword, and the Armor of the Spaniard – have never before been produced!

All of us here are very excited about this collection and hope that each and every one of you enjoys it as much as we do. Be on the lookout for the presale of these pieces on our website: MuseumReplicas.com. In the meantime, enjoy the photos of some of these items, posted in the sneak peak album on our Facebook page and be working on your “at-home-Coliseum,” because once these pieces arrive, you’ll shout the name “Gladiator!”

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Assassin's Creed 2 Sneak Peak


For those of you who are following the moralistic Assassins and their fierce and bitter war with the Templars, you know that the weapons you have are never enough. That is why we at Museum Replicas are proud to bring you four brand new weapons to add to your arsenal! These have just been approved and will be available soon; however, as loyal Museum Replicas fans, we felt that you deserved a special sneak peak of what is to come.

Presenting the smoke bomb, belt dagger, gun vambrace, and halberd head. Although not functional, the smoke bomb is a cleverly crafted and diabolical looking replica of the Assassin's Creed 2 smoke bomb. Used to disable guards for a quick escape or an even quicker kill, the smoke bomb was a personal favorite of mine when surrounded by guards. Don't let the intricate designs on the handle of the belt dagger fool you into thinking this is just a pretty toy. As demonstrated in the game, this dagger is deadly! The gun vambrace is my absolute favorite and a must have for any true Assassin's Creed fan! Beautiful yet lethal, the gun vambrace allows you to kill from afar and end with a BANG! At least in the game, our model is non-firing. Finally, the halberd head, although not directly owned by Ezio, you can pick it up in game and perform devastating finishing moves and strikes. We felt it would add a certain diversity to our Assassin's Creed line and hope that you enjoy it too. (Note: Halberd Head only, not including pole)

Again, this is just a sneak peak of things to come to whet your appetites! These items will be available for presale in a couple weeks to a month and ready to ship next quarter. Our Assassin's Creed lines are so popular that inventory gets promised and sold before it hits the warehouse shelves! These new items are sure to be just as popular so keep on the lookout for the presale announcement to be sure your name gets on the list ASAP and you're not stuck waiting!

Go on our Facebook page to check out the exclusive pictures!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Georgia Spartan Race 2011



After running the Spartan Race in Georgia on April 30th, we at Museum Replicas wanted to share the experiences we had at this incredible event. But first, what is the Spartan Race? The Spartan Race is a super intense race/obstacle course anywhere from 3 – 12 miles which travels from city to city across the US and Canada, even the UK! Word for word from their website, spartanrace.com, their goal is “to get you off your couch, throw you in the mud & trails, and feed you one tough endurance event day that will be the adrenalin rush of your life.” Being the proud sponsors of the Spartan Race, Museum Replicas entered a team into the race: composed of Bobby Milanese, Supriya Dhankhar, Nitin Gulia, and Alex Smith.

Running in the 11:30 heat, we ran through the smoke and mud of the starting line with a burst of energy and eagerness. The Spartan Race lives up to its name, however, and our energy soon disappeared as we finished one grueling obstacle after another. The barbed wire mud crawl (complete with Georgia Spartan fire ants for the earlier heats), the swamp run, carrying a 60 lbs bucket of dirt 100 yards up a hill, and a running nearly 4 miles almost entirely uphill were some of the more challenging aspects of the race. How they managed to make the entire race uphill is a mystery! Add to this carrying 10 pounds of mud and water in your clothes and shoes AND the scorching sun baking the life out of you, by the time we were done the cold showers felt like a God-send.

Finishing between an hour and 10 and an hour and 30 minutes, we felt very satisfied with our performance together. That, however, was nothing compared to the feeling of our victory over the course as we emerged Spartans! In true Spartan fashion, we all celebrated with a free beer as we traded war stories and battle scars with fellow racers such as Batman, pink flying pigs, very attractive Spartan girls, and many other characters. The atmosphere was like that of a faire, albeit one with a high adrenaline and energy rush, with everyone having fun, celebrating, and honoring the victors with shouts and cheers. And, if we don’t say so ourselves, the prizes given to the top 3 Spartan men and top 3 Spartan women were incredibly exquisite swords, handmade and custom engraved for these events. Although we only competed in this Spartan race, we supply the trophies for all the various Spartan races that are run. You can check out all our amazing trophies here.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Musketeers


Little represents the glory, power, and strength of France better than the musketeers. Romanticized, idolized, and immortalized by modern movies, books, and legends, the musketeer has taken on an almost mythological status in modern minds – and for good reason. Their prowess in battle, dashing style, dangerous lifestyle and romantic demeanor all seem to represent the perfect qualities of a man. Women wanted them and men wanted to be them. This view, however, is only accurate for a very small selection of musketeers throughout history.

The name “musketeer” applies to soldiers from all over the world whose
primary weapon was the musket, a precursor to the rifle. It was a muzzle loading, smooth bore gun which was only accurate out to 50 to 100 yards depending on the target. Nations all over the world equipped their infantry with muskets that, with the addition of the bayonet, made both pikes and older gunpowder weapons obsolete. Musketeers became the rank and file soldiers of any army, the basic infantry.

The immortalized image of a musketeer, however, refers to the French Musketeers of the Guard,
an elite group of soldiers consisting entirely of skilled nobles or the high elite of the common soldiers. They defended the king and his household in addition to taking part in almost every French campaign in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were the best of the best; the cream of the crop. Their days were spent training or on guard and they received the best of everything. In war they were rightly feared and their presence could turn the tide of a battle. In duels they were deadly with their pistol (802088) or trademark rapier (see our collection) and main gauche (401348). Many competing nobles lost their lives in honor duels with these elite musketeers.

Highly influenced by Renaissance style clothing of the time, the blue musketeer tabard (100516) with the silver cross and fleur-de-lis crest combined dashing style with daring and adventurous practicality. Leather gauntlets (200376) and black suede boots (100182) along with an undershirt (100512), dueling pants (882014), and a leather cavalier hat (200552) completed the look and created a powerful symbol of the ruling French monarchy.
Cardinal Richelieu organized a personal musketeer guard for himself and gave them the blood red tabard (101333). Ruthlessly putting down revolts and political opponents in the French government, blood red became a disturbingly accurate color for his “reign” as the king’s chief advisor and right hand man. A black colored tabard (101334) appeared in Alexandre Dumas’ The Man in the Iron Mask.

Their numbers ranged between 150 and 300 depending on which point in history one is looking at, they were nevertheless a highly reliable and powerful fighting force. Able to fight on foot at long range with
a musket or pistol as well as in close, hand-to-hand combat with the rapier and main gauche, the Musketeers of the Guard were ready for every situation called for. In addition to being on foot, they were skilled horsemen and could both fire and fight from horseback. They were eventually fully disbanded in 1816 after 200 years of service as the French government could no longer finance them.

By- Alex Smith

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The High Sea Adventures of Pirates


Steel Clashing. Muskets firing. Cannons booming. Specters appearing through thick smoke with death in their eyes. You've not dreaming; you're under attack from the scourge of the open seas: Pirates.

When most people think of Pirates today they picture the ever memorable Captain Jack Sparrow from the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean. You know what I mean-- the pirate bandana (100972), the tricorn hat (200550), loose shirt and pants with and an outer vest (101187) or pirate jacket (100780) with strapping boots (101036). As weapons this imaginative pirate most likely has a cutlass (501382) in one hand and a flintlock pistol (802088) in the other. This idea of pirates, however, does not represent the majority of pirates throughout the ages.

Perhaps as long as people have been sailing the seas there have been people preying upon them. Some of the earliest known records of piracy are from Phoenicians well beyond 1000 BCE. The Roman Republic frequently had issues with pirates in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, even the famed Julius Caesar spent time as a pirate prisoner. Eventually Rome had had enough and devoted entire armies to removing the problem.

During the Medieval Ages, the most common pirates were the Vikings in northern Europe (see here). Although they preyed mostly on land settlements, the basic premise of piracy was kept alive - plunder, the driving force of all pirates throughout all ages. Far southeast of the Vikings, the various Muslim empires and Indian governments had their own piracy problems as well. The precious cargo coming from the Far East was too tantalizing a prize to resist and merchant ships were often the victims of pirate attacks. Although most of the precious spices and silk that Europe and the Middle East craved so much came from China, China itself had many problems with pirates. During the Qing dynasty, 17th - 20th century, pirate fleets grew powerful enough to rival the Qing navy!

Still, perhaps the most well known and feared pirates of all time were those of the Caribbean. This is where the iconic image of a pirate comes from. A swashbuckler. Buccaneer. Pirate. Most active during the mid to late 1600s and the early 1700s, pirates plagued the Caribbean at sea and on land. Pirates of this age pillaged and plundered until people became afraid at the very sight of a pirate flag. Yet even in this golden age, the real pirate was very different compared to the idea that most people have of them today.

Pirate ships were some of the first and most effective true democracies since the ancient Greek city states such as Athens. Captains were elected by the crew and although mutinies did happen, if a captain didn't fit the desires of a crew they usually just voted him, or her, out. Crews often decided where the ship would go and who it would attack, not the captain. On the other hand, certain captains and pirates did stand out and became a dominating voice in the world of piracy: Blackbeard, Sir Francis Drake, Marie-Anne, Henry Morgan, Bartholomew Roberts to name a few.

Blackbeard and Sir Francis Drake represent two very distinct styles of piracy. Blackbeard was a ferocious warrior with an unstoppable power in battle. He probably wore the very distinct style of pirate clothing and took an added step of putting slow burning matches under his hat to add smoke to his already terrifying appearance, making him appear like a fury from Hell. Sir Francis Drake wore wealthier, Renaissance style clothing and drank tea. Seeming more like a noble, Drake's rich appearance contrasted sharply with the pure pirate look of Blackbeard. Both men, however, are legendary for their exploits. Sir Francis Drake helped defend England from invasion by the Spanish and sunk numerous Spanish ships in the Caribbean and elsewhere. Blackbeard took dozens of ships and terrorized the sea with his fleet, directing it from his flagship Queen-Anne's-Revenge.

Pirates in the Caribbean are looked back on as glorious adventurers with a lifestyle full of excitement and danger. Piracy, however, has not died out by any stretch of the imagination. Pirates of the modern age are vicious killers, using RPGs and automatic rifles to take every kind of ship imaginable and either killing the crew outright or holding it hostage. Pirates have been a major issue for nations since the dawn of sea travel and there's little sign of things changing.


Author - Alex Smith