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All Press Releases for March 23, 2005 

  Museum Replicas Acquires Ridley Scott’s Newest Film, "Kingdom of Heaven"

  Museum Replicas Limited, the world’s leading manufacturer of historical swords, armor and period clothing is pleased to announce the release of The Kingdom of Heaven Collection.

Conyers, GA (PRWEB) March 23, 2005 -- Museum Replicas Limited, the world’s leading manufacturer of historical swords, armor and period clothing is pleased to announce the release of The Kingdom of Heaven Collection. Based on the epic motion picture, "Kingdom of Heaven," released through Twentieth Century Fox and directed by Ridley Scott, this line of licensed collectibles will include beautiful reproductions of the swords, helmets, armor, weapons, props and clothing seen in the film. Utilizing many of the actual props from the film, each collectible was expertly reproduced by the master craftsmen at Windlass Steelcrafts.

"All of the swords have high-carbon tempered blades, which are both perfectly balanced and battle worthy in every way," says Dave Di Pietro, Director of Sales and Marketing. He adds, "Most reproductions based from movie swords are heavy, stainless steel wall hangers. Though they are nice to look at, these weighty pieces are usually not a faithful working counterpart of the screen used blades."

For over fifty years, Windlass Steelcrafts has been producing functional swords, combining the ancient art of blacksmithing with all of the modern technologies at their disposal. All of these techniques come together in this exquisite line of swords. There will be a sword released for each of the central characters from the film and they will come with an attractive wall plaque, allowing it to be easily displayed. Also, for the first time, exacting reproductions of the film scabbards and belts will be available.

Every scabbard is hand-made of wood, then covered in leather, with all of the period fittings. All of the matching, top grain leather belts allow the sword to be adjustable, so that it hangs properly from the waist. Equally amazing is the extensive line of clothing, helmets, weapons and shields reproduced from the film. Many months of careful research has gone into making these pieces exactly like the garments used in the motion picture. From the gold metallic crewel work of the Jerusalem coat-of-arms, to the rich imported fabrics of Saladin’s robe, no detail was overlooked in making these fantastic costumes available to discriminating fans throughout the world.

"There has never been such an extensive line of exacting reproductions from a motion picture, manufactured by a single company," says Di Pietro. "Just as movie audiences become more sophisticated in their viewing tastes, so do the collectors of these higher end collectibles. People are beginning to realize that these pieces are not only purchased for their ever-increasing intrinsic value, but for their esthetic beauty in adding that unique decorating conversation piece to an office, den or library."

The Kingdom of Heaven Collection is due to begin shipping May, 2005 and can be viewed on the Museum Replicas website (www.museumreplicas.com), beginning April 6th. Kingdom of Heaven opens worldwide in May 2005.

These are the small images, but if you go to the website, you can get the bigger sized ones. Replaced! ~ Jan

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Orlando Bloom wearing the tunic of Jersusalem, one of the many pieces being replicated in the collection.

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The Ibelin tunic, worn by Orlando Bloom, is one of ten outfits being recreated from the actual studio costumes.

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The Sword of Ibelin, carried by Orlando Bloom, is one of seven swords and scabbards replicated in this magnificent collection.

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Thanks so much for this article and the new picture of Balian, MovieImp. I have been cobbling together info on and pictures of the heraldic symbols we have seen so far for this movie. These photos of two of the different surcoats worn by Balian, as well as that of Guy de Lusignan are great! Heraldry is not something I know much about, but this movie both gives me motivation to learn about it, plus at that point in history, heraldry is still relatively simple.

And I love the new "glamour shot" of Balian! :wub:

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Thanks, MI. What amazes me is that this company is practically in my back yard and I never knew it or heard the name. :doh: I mean.I worked in Conyers for almost 15 years! It's only 45 minutes from me and I still go there almost weekly for one thing or another. It's where the theatre is that I frequent most often and where a certain obsession of mine all began. :whistle:

The pictures are beautiful. I wish I had the funds and the space to collect things of this nature. I remember seeing some replicas of the LotR weapons at a shop in the North GA mountains last year. They were so beautifully done, but I didn't pay attention to who made them.

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Thanks MI and Jan! :hug:

Lovely new picture of Dirty!Man!Knight! Balian.

My thoughts have wandered to places they probably shouldn't go.. but I just can't resist. I'll buy the tunic, mail and sword off his back if I can keep him too!

What? I can only get reproductions? :huh: No Dirty!Man!Knight!??

Well. poop. :oh:

:wink: :blush:

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I wonder why there's so much merchandise of various sorts linked to KoH -- weapons, collectibles, movie tie-in books, etc. -- when there was almost nothing for Troy except the :sick: soundtrack.

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Our company, (Museum Replicas Limited) tried to get the TROY license, too.however, it fell to a company called the Nobel Collection. All they did was a HEAVY version of the Achilles Sword and then they asked us to make the Achilles Helmet for them. Alas, no Paris merchandise.

Anyway, we have certainly more than made up for it with the Kingdom of Heaven Collection! It will be released in three waves, starting on April 6th. The first wave will have a lot of the knight's weapons and garments. Wave two, (summer) will have a lot of the royalty, including some fantastic Sibylla gowns, including her Coronation Gown and Cape. Finally, wave three will add many more unique pieces like the Silver Mask of King Baldwin, etc!

Please visit our website on or after April 6th for all the fun. I will post a few pics of our showroom display at that time, too!

Dave Di Pietro

Director of Sales & Marketing

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Thanks Dave!

We've been getting the Museum Replicas catalogue for about ten years. It is extremely nice stuff, and they sometimes have the clothing in sizes as high as 4X.

A VERY rare thing in period clothing.

Thanks for the pics MI and Jan!

Dairwendan

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I wonder why there's so much merchandise of various sorts linked to KoH -- weapons, collectibles, movie tie-in books, etc. -- when there was almost nothing for Troy except the  :sick: soundtrack.

I have some TROY goodies. Not anywhere museum quality. I was the Grand Prize winner in a Troy giveaway sponsored by zap2it.com. I gave away the t-shirt and cap (kids' sizes), I have the unsigned movie poster of Achilles, I use the Sword of Troy letter opener all the time, and the 4 scented candles that came in a leatherette box are being burned and my youngest has commandeered the box for his 'precious goodies.' Oh yeah, there was a necklace and keychain (in the shape of the shield with the notch missing, Greek, wasn't it?) as welll but I don't remember what happened to them.

:paperbag:

I'm looking forward to seeing the higher quality goodies available for KOH. Thanks for the inside scoop, Dave. :wave:

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Hey Everyone,

Since today is April 6th, we have activated our Museum Replicas Kingdom of Heaven web area. Remember, this is only Wave 1 of products.MANY more to come! The steel products should start shipping, on a first orders in-first orders out basis the end of this month. The clothing should start shipping right around the time of the film.

Enjoy!

Dave

http://www.museumreplicas.com

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Wow, Dave, what a great array of merchandise! The costumes are incredible.

Thanks for letting us know. :)

:crusader:

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Wow, great items! How fun. I'd love to buy my boyfriend a sword for his birthday in May. :knight: Not likely that I could come up with the money, but who knows. He'd love it.

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:wave: To Dave!

Dave, is this available now or will be shipped later?

THE MAKING OF THE RIDLEY SCOTT EPIC 

With more than 200 production photos, drawings and storyboards, this fascinating book covers the making of this new epic action film from Director Ridley Scott. 160 pages. 9" x 10". #801114.$20

1. Item  # 801114

I've been seriously considering buying it. That and maybe I actually do want to dress up at Dragon*Con this year.

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If you are asking about the "Making Of" book, we have an ad in that book for our collection. According to the publisher, they were expecting the actual books (both hardback & paperback) in their warehouse this week. This means it should be starting to show up at stores, on-line sites and catalog houses (us) in 7-20 days. The big chains take longer, since they have everything sent to a distribution point and then is broken down for each store location. Hopes this helps.

Dave

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I must say, that is quite confusing about the two books! There is only one (1) book that I know of for now, from New Market Press. It will be released in both Paperback & Hardback, much like "The Art of the Lord of the Rings" books were done. I did not hear if thr hardback had more pages.they usually do not.

Later, they (New Market Press) will be releasing the Script Book, which is the final shooting script with pictures.

They "may" eventually do a novelization of the film, but no real plans for that yet.

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Just wanted to let everyone know, that we just got in 48 copies of the Kingdom of Heaven "Making of" book Well, 47 copies, since I just got mine! :)

It's a beautiful book, which not only covers all aspects of the making of the film, but is peppered with many wonderful historical facts, too. BIG pictures abound, many of Orlando and the cast, along with some great costume design sketches, etc.

If you want, you can order it on-line at our website, http://www.museumreplicas.com or call toll-free 800-883-8838. It is item number 801114 and retails for $20. plus S&H. Our new catalog just arrived too, with Orlando on the front and all the Kingdom of Heaven merchandise inside!!

Enjoy!

Dave

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Make that 45. Hey Dave, do I get it faster cause I'm in Lawrenceville, GA? :shiny:

ETA: Which catalog? There are two available to request and I want to get the right one.

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Hmm. :oh: I would love to order one, but it would appear that only US residents can register. Any ideas Jan? Dave? Does this mean that as I'm outside the USA I can't order a copy?

Thanks

CC :meow:

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I ordered mine :w00t:

I'm in Toronto and it accepted/recognized Canadian addresses.

Jules

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On their FAQ page, it's stated they ship internationally except Yogoslavia and Hong Kong. I'm tempted, except the total price (include shipping and customs fee) would be too high for me.

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That's interesting Jules. What did you select for "state/province"? Or am I being silly here? I mean, you do have to register in order to order. So to speak.

Cheers

CC :meow:

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This is great! Thanks Dave. :cheer:

I'm feeding my need for all Kingdom of Heaven all the time from now until May 6th. Am I pathetic or what? :paperbag:

ZB :innocent:

:heart: sis

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