Master Replicas Studio Scale Nautilus

Unfortunately they don’t have any really good photos of it on their website, but Master Replicas is planning to release this “Studio Scale” model of the Nautilus from Disney’s classic 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This sucker is 6″ x 31″ x 6″ and costs $499.

With more than 19,000 rivets, a removable skiff, and detailed wheelhouse interior, Master Replicas’ Nautilus is the most detailed model available in this scale anywhere in the world.

Master Replicas Nautilus

Wall-E and Consumerism

As part of the marketing for Wall-E, Disney apparently set up a Buy N Large website which is fairly amusing.

I took my kids to see Wall-E opening weekend. They loved it, but I’m kind of burnt out on Pixar movies. They do hit the ball out of the park frequently, but Cars and Wall-E really hit you over the head with their respective messages which is the death knell, IMO, of many otherwise good children’s movies.

It is also a bit weird to sit in a movie theater and have Disney, of all companies, pushing an anti-consumerist movie. In fact, when we showed up to buy our tickets for Wall-E, we were also handed one plastic-wrapped package for each of the kids. Inside was a bunch of promotions for upcoming Disney films and a crappy blue watch, all of which will ultimately end up in some landfill. The film was also littered with numerous product placements for Apple.

And, of course, you can buy any of a couple dozen different Wall-E toys, books, CDs, video games, digital watches, lunch boxes, pajamas, flashlights, posters . . . and who could live without the official Wall-E and Eve Cake Topper Set.

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean MMORPG

Disney is planning to release a Pirates of the Caribbean MMO to coincide with the third Pirates film later this year.

The game is getting some press because it will be free to download and play in an ad-supported model (think a windowed game with ads on the top or periphery of the window) or $9.95/month for the no-ad version.

MMORPG.Com has a preview of the game which doesn’t sound like it will be as child-oriented as Toon Town is, but probably not something that is going to rock the world of the World of Warcraft devotees either.

Frankly, as long as it doesn’t outright suck, the more pirate games the better.