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Weta Workshop Showreel 2020

Weta Workshop Showreel 2020

One of the world’s leading shops for practical visual effects is Wellington, New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. If you need creatures, miniatures, vehicles, weapons, robots, or just about anything else, they’re your guys. Their 2020 reel showcases just a handful of their many incredible visual accomplishments over the years.

District 9: The Board Game

District 9: The Board Game

Weta Workshop teamed up with Trishula Entertainment to create a board game based on the movie District 9. Set in the movie’s timeline, the game has you play one of four factions, with the goal of gathering the most tech and surviving until the end.

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Weta’s Ghost in the Shell Props

Weta’s Ghost in the Shell Props

Tested visited Weta Workshop to take a look at some of the props they made for the live action Ghost in the Shell movie. In particular, they showed off the Major’s thermoptic suit, as well as the masks and animatronics for the robot geisha.

GKR: Heavy Hitters

GKR: Heavy Hitters

From special effects masters Weta Workshop comes Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters. It’s a board game about corporate mechs salvaging abandoned citiesĀ for profit. Pick your mech and pilot and either salvage the most resources or destroy the enemy mechs.

Weta x Warcraft

Weta x Warcraft

Weta Workshop will release a line of collectibles based on the upcoming Warcraft movie. The merch includes a 1:10 scale statue of Orgrim Doomhammer, a 1:6 scale footman suit of armor and a 1:6 scale Axe of Durotan.

LotR One Ring Replica

LotR One Ring Replica

Made by WETA using the designs of Jens Hansen, the ringmaker who made the One Ring movie prop for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The ring is made of 18K gold-plated tungsten carbide.

Portal Life-Size Turret Replica

Portal Life-Size Turret Replica

And we thought this replica was impressive. Weta followed up the Sentry Gun replica with a model of the turret from Portal. It has a motion sensor, protracting guns and it doesn’t hate you.

District 9 Assault Rifle Replica

District 9 Assault Rifle Replica

WETA makes full-size dupes of the first gun Wikus fired at MNU HQ for target practice. Based on the original design by Greg Broadmore, WETA says the weapon won’t fire unless you are part prawn.

TF2 Full-Scale Sentry Gun

TF2 Full-Scale Sentry Gun

WETA Workshop (yes that WETA) built this incredible full-size Level 1 Sentry Gun from Team Fortress 2 for the guys at Valve. How much do you think shipping from New Zealand cost them?

District 9 Mini Assault Rifle

District 9 Mini Assault Rifle

While the full-size replicas have all sold out, you can get your hands on this 1/4-scale mini version of the assault rifle Wikus used to do his first target practice when he’s captured at MNU headquarters.

LotR: Strider’s Sword

LotR: Strider’s Sword

Made by Master Swordsmith Peter Lyon, Strider’s Sword is a must for Lord of the Rings fans: based on the blade wielded by Aragorn during his ranger days, only three are available.

1:1 District 9 Gas Projector

1:1 District 9 Gas Projector

Missed out on WETA’s 1:1 scale District 9 Arc Generator? This full-size, prawn-friendly Gas Projector gun is also an exact replica from the movie; it’s limited to 200 and made from fiberglass.

Pearce 75 Ray Gun

Pearce 75 Ray Gun

A zaptastic addition to Dr. Grordbort’s steampunk arsenal, the Pearce 75 Ray Gun a man-sized raygun made completely out of metal; it’s limited to 400 pieces and includes a gun stand.

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One-of-a-kind Rayguns

One-of-a-kind Rayguns

It’s a pity that WETA’s one-of-a-kind rayguns are already sold out; each of the trio (Sputnik 500, Death from Above, Jagd Kanone) features slick WW2/steampunk paint jobs.

Dr. Grordbort’s Victory

Dr. Grordbort’s Victory

Now available for Victorian men and women: Dr. Grordbort’s Victory is a steampunk-themed book that delves into the backstories and mythos behind Weta’s collectible ray-gun line.

Doctor Who Helmet Pack

Doctor Who Helmet Pack

At a savings of $15, the Doctor Who Helmet Pack consists of three of WETA’s first 1/4 scale helmets from his worst enemies: the Sycorax, Sontaran Officer Linx and Ice Warrior.

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