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Review of Malcolm Reynolds Pistol - Firefly Prop Replica

Quantum Mechanix
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Overall Average Rating: 4 out of 4

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Introduction

Tonight I'm reviewing the Malcolm Reynolds prop replica pistol from Quantum Mechanix. But Michael, you've already reviewed that very thing, and five years ago no less! Yes, loyal reader, you're right, but Qmx has re-issued this prop, complete with a new display base and a metal body. And with the improvements, they didn't raise the price - they cut it in HALF! Yep, you can find this guy for around $75 at most, maybe even a little less.

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Firefly Malcolm Reynolds prop replica pistol by Qmx

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Packaging - ****
First time around, the package was a bit dull. Utilitarian, but dull. This time, we get a box designed like an old fashioned crate. It's very cool looking, and holds the gun and stand safely inside. It's a huge improvement from the original, and makes a nice display item itself. Of course, if it was actually wood it would be even better, but that's a bit much to ask.

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Sculpting - ****
I loved the first pistol, but I went another half star this time because of the metal content. While the sculpt is almost identical, the metal allows for sharper cuts and cleaner lines, and gives a nice heft to the weapon.

All the best features are still here, especially the cool plastic grips that look very much like wood.

I did say 'almost identical'. It's clearly the same sculpt, but because of the change in material, it's slightly thinner and shorter.

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Paint - ***1/2
I didn't love the paint job quite as much as the sculpt first time around, and it's pretty much the same this time in terms of weathering and tarnishing. But with the switch of materials, they also got a deeper, more metallic look to the gun, improving it enough to snag another half star.

Articulation - N/A
I didn't love the paint job quite as much as the sculpt first time around, and it's pretty much the same this time in terms of weathering and tarnishing. But with the switch of materials, they also got a deeper, more metallic look to the gun, improving it enough to snag another half star.

Accessories - ***
Prop replicas don't always get an Accessory score, but this time they added in a nifty little display stand. It's a nice touch, and the acrylic legs and metal name plate add a touch of class.

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Fun Factor - ****
Prop replicas don't always get an Accessory score, but this time they added in a nifty little display stand. It's a nice touch, and the acrylic legs and metal name plate add a touch of class.

Value - ****
Let's see - improved materials, included stand, and better box...and it's HALF as expensive as it was 5 years ago? Yea, now THAT'S a deal.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!

Firefly Malcolm Reynolds prop replica pistol by Qmx

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Overall - ****
I can't get over the price on this guy - prop replicas, especially weapons, have gotten ridiculous over the last couple years. And yet Qmx has found a way to re-issue this gun in a much improved material, with better balance and paint, and do it for half the price. To get any replica for $75 is a surprise - to get one this nice is amazing.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ****
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***
Articulation - N/A
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - ****
Overall - ****

Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has it for just $70.

- Entertainment Earth also has it at $75.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Other Firefly/Serenity goodies include:

- of course, there was the first release of this same gun.

- DST did some little Serenity PVC's.

- DT also action figures, better off forgotten.

- and there were mini-busts as well.

You should also hit the Search Reviews page, in case any other applicable reviews were done after this one was published.

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