Believe it or not, that’s not a photograph of Heath Ledger as Joker. It’s a wax sculpture of the late actor made by self-taught sculptor Bobby Causey, who specializes in making realistic celebrity sculptures. More here.
Cory Alexander made a life-size replica of Sasha, the Heavy’s Minigun in Team Fortress 2. It weighs 30lbs., has lights and sound effects as well as music and sound bites from the game. Skip to 3:50 for the demo. More on The RPF.
The Vigilante is an officially licensed replica of the coat worn by Aiden, the main character in the upcoming sandbox game Watch_Dogs. The coat is part of Musterbrand and Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs apparel collection.
BBC takes a ride in John Bitmead’s adult-sized toy car. Based on the classic Little Tikes coupe, Bitmead’s car has a top speed of 70mph. It has an airbag, headlights and side mirrors, all of which make it roadworthy in the UK.
Jacek Mazur builds replicas of exotic cars in his spare time. His masterpiece is a replica of the McLaren F1. It cost him only about $33,000 to make a poor man’s version of the $8M car, although it did take him 8 years to build it.
Owned by Robert “Videobob” Moseley, Bob’s Prop Shop specializes in building replicas of famous movie cars, including Doc Brown’s iconic DeLorean DMC-12 time machine. You can also rent the car for $1,500 per day.
This working 1:4 scale model of a V8 engine was made by Home Model Engine Machinist forum member keith5700. It has an electronically-controlled fuel injector, a throttle position sensor and an ECU. It cost him about $2,200 to build.
Videogame prop maker Triforce is obsessed with the quality and fidelity of their products. That has earned them the respect of game developers, so much so that they’re now designing 3D models for games. See more of their work here.
A perfect copy of the dual-stage linear motor rifle wielded by Matt Damon in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium. This prop is made from fiberglass by the talented craftspeople of Weta Workshop, who also made the original movie weapons.
Tiny replicas of alley dumpsters: monuments of urban life and canvases for the street artist. Measuring 11″x10″x8″, Dumpsty can be used as a document holder or – yep – a trash bin. You can customize them with stickers or lids.
Harrison Krix of Volpin Props shows off his incredible replica of the Needler from Halo 4, as it goes from concept to completion in this time-lapse. The gun measures 31 in. long, weighs 10 lbs. and is lit by 54 LEDs. Build log on Tested.
Chris Palmer turned his 1991 Pontiac Trans Am into a replica of KITT from the ’80s TV show Knight Rider. His car doesn’t talk and has no weapons, but it does have KITT’s dashboard, steering wheel and red scanner bar. More here.
This limited edition 3D Combo Blu-ray box set of Star Trek: Into Darkness comes with a life-size phaser replica. Made by Quantum Mechanix, the phaser’s barrel can be switched between stun and kill mode.
A promotional documentary about Ernie Adams and his collection of dwarf cars. The cars are street legal and modeled after classic cruisers. Ernie built all seven cars by hand and helped start a dwarf car racing scene.
For high-rolling RC car enthusiasts. The Mammuth Rewarron is a 1:3 scale 4-wheel drive trophy truck. It has a 4-stroke engine, oil-filled dampers, oil disc brakes and variable coil springs. It’s basically a real truck, only smaller.