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All right, space cadets! We’ve back early with a rate Sunday update of The Bits for you. Why you ask? Well… Amazon has just begun taking pre-orders on the Blu-ray 3D Combo, Blu-ray Combo and DVD release of Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness, which just opened in theaters in the States this past week. There’s no street date yet (we’d guess it will be out in September or October), but there are FOUR SKU’s on Amazon.com – the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $54.99 but Amazon has it for just $24.99 – with Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a Blu-ray Combo (SRP $39.99 but Amazon has it for just $19.99 – with Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy), a DVD version (SRP $29.99 and Amazon has it for $16.99) and – get this – an Amazon-exclusive Limited Edition Gift Set version of the Blu-ray 3D Combo (SRP $99.99 but Amazon has it for $79.99) that ships with a newly-produced prop replica Phaser pistol from the film produced by QMx, which was apparently involved in making the hero props for the film. Unlike QMx’s 2009 Phaser replica (which is now sold out), this new one features a rotating emitter barrel (that in the film switches the Phaser from ‘stun’ to ‘kill’). Here’s what it looks like (the image has a pre-order link)…
A description page for the new Phaser replica was briefly visible on QMx’s website over the weekend but was then pulled down – we suspect it will be back soon. Only the sold-out 2009 prop’s page is there at the moment. (Note that Amazon has images of the new prop including one showing the barrel swiveling.)
[UPDATE: Here’s the official QMx page for this new Phaser replica as well as a page about the props they made for the new film. It will apparently only be available as part of the Amazon Blu-ray Limited Edition and word is they’re selling quick.]
Meanwhile, here’s the cover artwork for the other three versions. Clicking on any of the cover art (or the images above) takes you to the pre-order page on Amazon.com – any orders you make after clicking through our link go to help support our work here at The Bits and we really do appreciate it!
All right, back tomorrow with the usual. Stay tuned!
- Bill Hunt