Fans of Star Trek: First Contact may want to keep an eye on this replica prop
If you’re a fan of Star Trek: First Contact and let’s be honest, you are, then you probably would like a piece of the movie to call your own. Even if it’s only a replica. Now you can have such a thing, as Factory Entertainment is releasing a limited line of Borg Queen skull and spine replica props. There are only going to be 250 pieces but you can have yours for just $1,499. Of course, a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of the purchase.
Just so we’re clear, anytime you see a number that big, and the word “just” in front of it, just assume it’s sarcastic in nature, because yes, that is an absurd amount of money.
Here’s some information about the replica piece from the website itself.
"In the Star Trek Universe, the Borg Queen is not a single entity, but is one of many. In Star Trek: First Contact, she was memorably portrayed on-screen by Alice Krige. We are proud to present this replica as a Signature Edition, with a plaque personally signed by Ms. Krige.— The Original Prop: A physical skull prop was created for confrontation scenes at the end of Star Trek: First Contact. Made from resin, it was augmented with LED lights and animatronics. The physical prop was blended seamlessly with CGI to create the final scenes.— The Replica: Our Borg Queen Skull Signature Edition Replica has been copied directly from the surviving prop in the CBS archives to ensure accuracy.The main body of the replica is cast from heavyweight polyurethane resin with an electroplated chrome finish. The replica is augmented by various plastic and rubber parts to match the original prop and features an articulated spinal cord. On screen the prop was presented as being heavily damaged by corrosive plasma, so each replica has been hand-weathered to lend a ‘battle damaged’ appearance.Electronic light features have been incorporated to simulate the special effects seen on screen. These include multiple LEDs and a ‘fade-out’ sequence that replicates the moment that the Borg Queen ceased to function.—Technical Details: Requires 3x AAA Batteries (not included).Size without Stand: 35 x 6 x 8″ (889 x 152 x 203mm)Size with Stand: 37 x 10 x 12″ (939 x 254 304mm)This is a strictly limited signature edition of just 250 pieces and includes a cast metal hand-signed plaque, a display stand, and certificate of authenticity/prop story booklet."
The Borg Queen gave the Borg a whole new twist
We all know that Locutus of Borg (aka Jean-Luc Picard) was supposed to be the face of the Borg during the Next Generation series but introducing the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact gave the Borg a true face of villainy.
Less a queen and more a center point for the Borg collective, she, it, was the thing that brought the Borg from deadly, zombie-locus-like forces of nature, to a colder, more vile villain. She added emotion to the emotionless, and because of that, her introduction made the Borg far scarier than they had been prior.
After all, if the Borg can show emotion through her, then what else can they be capable of?