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Quantum Mechanix Inc., or QMx for short, is an American company based in Collegeville, Pennsylvania and was founded in 2006. It specializes in the production of screen-accurate replica collectibles, apparel, props, jewelry, keychains, maquettes, artwork, blueprints, and scaled models based on a number of licensed entertainment franchises.

In 2009, QMx announced that they had acquired exclusive licensing to produce a number of products based on the 2009 Star Trek film. This licensing was later extended to encompass other Star Trek properties from the "prime universe". Corgi's and Master Replicas' licensing was abruptly terminated before the commencement of QMx's and eFX Collectibles' licenses.

QMx gained licensing to build both "Studio Scale" (thirty-six inch) and "Collector's Scale" (twelve inch) starship replicas, along with prop replicas, decorative maquettes, artwork, jewelry, key chains, and other novelties.

Interactions with Star Trek productions

QMx Star Trek Into Darkness starship props

QMx Star Trek Into Darkness filming miniatures

QMx created fourteen filming miniatures that were used onscreen in Star Trek Into Darkness, notably the "History of Starflight" vehicle props seen in Admiral Marcus' office.[1] In May 2013, QMx announced plans to produce reproductions of some of these ships in two scales for retail release.

The company created all Starfleet Academy rings used in the film, including the ring used in the Kelvin Memorial Archive terrorist incident.[2]

In conjunction with Hollywood prop maker Kenney’s Custom Props, QMx also created the phaser props used in the 2013 film.[3]

The Enterprise Project

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Selection of The Enterprise Project artworks created utilizing QMx's USS Enterprise (alternate reality) Artisan Replica

To promote the release of the USS Enterprise (alternate reality) Artisan Replica and the 2009 Star Trek film, Paramount Pictures' "The Enterprise Project" commissioned twenty-four "graffiti, FX, and pop artists" to "design their own interpretation" of the replica. Notable artists who contributed a design included director Robert Rodriguez, actor James Franco, and comic book artist Jim Lee. The Enterprise Project's artworks were sent to tour cities world-wide beginning in March 2009.

Artists
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QMx contest for USS Enterprise (alternate reality) Artisan Replica

  1. QMx original
  2. Mr. Brainwash
  3. Duncan Lemmon
  4. Robert Rodriguez
  5. House Industries
  6. Ragnar
  7. Harry Knowles
  8. Michael Lau
  9. Bobby Dixon
  10. Jesús Díaz
  11. Amanda Visell
  12. Amy Vatanakul
  13. Olka Osadzinska
  14. André
  15. H5
  16. Turbokrapfen
  17. James Franco
  18. Will Lemon III
  19. Jeremy and Claire Weiss
  20. Afro-Punks
  21. Rafael Burgos
  22. Jeremy Kaplan
  23. Jim Lee
  24. David Rager
  25. Brandon Fayette


Artisan Replica releases

USS Enterprise (alternate reality) Artisan Replica

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QMx USS Enterprise (alternate reality) Artisan Replica

QMx released a thirty-four inch long Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise in 2009 which was based on CGI models provided by ILM. The production replica featured LED lighting, sound effects, an illuminated mirror base, and is limited to an edition of 250.

USS Enterprise (Refit) Artisan Replica

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QMx USS Enterprise (refit) Artisan Replica

QMx released an Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise refit in late 2011. The 1:350 scale production replica featured LED lighting, sound effects, a mirrored base, and was limited to an edition of 250.

USS Enterprise-D Artisan Replica

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QMx USS Enterprise-D Artisan Replica

QMx announced that the release of an Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise-D will occur in 2013. The 1:850 scale production replica features LED lighting, sound effects, a mirrored base, and is limited to an edition of fifty.

USS Kelvin Artisan Replica

QMx USS Kelvin Artisan Replica

QMx USS Kelvin Artisan Replica

QMx announced that an Artisan Replica of the USS Kelvin is scheduled for future release and a prototype of the ship was displayed at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. The 1:850 scale production replica features LED lighting, sound effects, a mirrored base, and is limited to an edition of fifty. [4]

Enterprise NX-01 Artisan Replica

QMx Enterprise NX-01 Artisan Replica

QMx Enterprise NX-01 Artisan Replica

QMx announced that an Artisan Replica of the Enterprise NX-01 is scheduled for future release. The 1:350 scale production replica features LED lighting, sound effects, a mirrored base, includes a signature by Doug Drexler, and is limited to an edition of one hundred.[5]

USS Vengeance Artisan Replica

QMx Star Trek Into Darkness USS Vengeance artisan replica

QMx USS Vengeance Artisan Replica

QMx announced that an Artisan Replica of the USS Vengeance is scheduled for future release and a prototype of the ship was displayed on their website. It is stated to be the same size and painted is identically to the prop model built by QMx for Star Trek Into Darkness. The 1:1600 scale production replica features LED lighting, sound effects, an illuminated mirror base, and is limited to an edition of one hundred. [6]

XCV 330 Ring Ship Artisan Replica

QMx XCV-330 Ring Ship

QMx XCV 330 Ring Ship Artisan Replica

QMx announced that an Artisan Replica of the USS Enterprise (XCV 330) is scheduled for future release.[7]

Collector's Scale Replica releases

USS Kelvin Collector's Scale Replica

QMx USS Kelvin

QMx USS Kelvin Collector's Scale Replica

QMx announced that the release of a twelve-inch replica of the USS Kelvin is slated for the future and the company released images of the prototype in April 2013.

USS Vengeance Collector's Scale Replica

QMx USS Vengeance

QMx USS Vengeance Collector's Scale Replica

QMx announced that the release of a twelve-inch replica of the USS Vengeance is slated for 2013 and the company released images of the prototype in May 2013.

XCV 330 Ring Ship Collector's Scale Replica

QMx showed a Collector's Scale replica of the USS Enterprise (XCV 330) at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and stated it was scheduled for future release.

Other Star Trek releases

QMx produced 5000 solid metal 8.5-inch long starship replicas which were retailed by Amazon.com as exclusive premiums with its "limited edition" Blu-ray release of Star Trek. Exclusive metal phaser premiums were included with Amazon.com's Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray 3D release in September 2013.

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