I have lots of info on these, obtained from several sources including the Wayback Machine. After reading this forum’s policy though, I think I can’t post any of the ~30 or so images from the archive of Chrysalid Group’s website – I don’t see any exemption to the “anything digital that belongs to someone else” clause for content from a defunct website of a defunct company.
@NickDaring [quote=“NickDaring, post:1, topic:571”]I recently found out about this official prop replica and was able to pick a set up after some patient searching.
They seem to have also been produced with an alternate packaging-
These things are awesome!
They are made of metal and the texture in the center is made from the original production used fabric![/quote]
I think you got that backwards; the plastic clamshell is the standard packaging. Your black box with red insert seems to be a rare version. Also, not all of their products were made of metal – if yours really are, they might be a special edition.
[quote=“NickDaring, post:1, topic:571”]Upon further research I found out that these were originally found objects! There was a company out of Santa Cruz called Graffix Cyberwear that made electronic LCD jewelry. Some of the brooches / pins that they produced were bought by the TNG production and used in the show. (…) At some point the company realized how their products were being used and decided to make replicas of these three items under the company name “Chrysalid Group Inc.” All I can find for the Borg Eye pin is this tiny image-
Chrysalid Group Inc. also seems to have created a line called “Movies”. Maybe these came out before the use in Trek? Not sure.[/quote]
The company name was always Chrysalid Group, Inc. (a.k.a. CGI). “Grafix Cyberwear” (with one “f” and one “x”) was one of their trade names for this line of LCD jewelry. “Movies” was another trade name for the same product line. They had other product lines including clocks and wristwatches with traditional mechanical analog hands in several multicolored novelty styles. The LCD jewelry was used in at least one other show besides ST:TNG, keep reading for proof.
Here’s a better set of images for the Crosis eye pin:
The card inside is printed on only one side and folded. Your “tiny image” above seems to be a scan of just the card, opened flat.
These are Chrysalid’s “Special Collector’s Series” of pin reissues, featuring: (A) Worf’s sash pins [as altered for ST:TNG production, both shapes in one package], (B) the Crosis eye implant [with functional “Waves” LCD animation], and © the Vorgon Transporter ear implant [also functional]. These reissue pins all had plastic cases.
[quote=“NickDaring, post:1, topic:571”]Also I found this page that shows a watch made by the company-
Fascinating stuff![/quote]They made several different styles of LCD wristwatches and necklace pendant watches. That LCD design is called “Spinner Target”. There were also designs called “Spinner Segment”, “Galaxy”, “Numerals” and at least one other. The cases were available in matte black, matte silver, matte gold, polished silver, and polished gold. Gloss black is another possibility but I don’t have any images to confirm it for the watches.
[quote=“JoeRalat, post:2, topic:571”]I have a Star Trek Final Collection Edition, you can find a digital version of of one of Worf’s Medallions[/quote]That is probably the easiest one of the Grafix Cyberwear designs to find today. Perhaps that’s ironic, considering that Spectrum Holobyte called this “Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity” game package the “Collector’s Edition”. Maybe they meant that it’s easy to collect? This pin version is metal-cased and features a unique graphic of a U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D flyby animation of black elements on a silver-gray background.
The attachment pin finding and screws holding it on the back are not original to this item. The attachment pin was originally only glued on, but it was missing when I received the item (used).
Here’s the animation. This was very difficult to photograph, and a lot of work to clean up and assemble into the .GIF file.
The round pin style on Worf’s baldric was named “Medallion”. The square-ish style, the same shape as the “Collector’s Edition” just above, was named “Wings”. Other Grafix pin styles were a rectangular “Criss Cross” (I don’t know if this style was ever used in ST:TNG, follow-on series or movies), and a plain “Square” style (used as the Vorgon ear-mounted transporter control device from “Captain’s Holiday”, in gold). The cases of the original pins were metal or plastic, with black plastic backs.
This series of LCD jewelry pins were also available as bolo string neckties, and allegedly as pendants and earrings. Various trademarks filed by Chrysalid Group also mention bracelets. No images of the original four shapes in pendant, earring or bracelet form are available on any archived version of the Grafix Cyberwear website, www.grafixx.com (one “f” but two “x’s” this time) nor anywhere else online that I could find and I have found no other reliable evidence that they actually produced any of those types of LCD animated jewelry.
All of the pins originally featured a “Waves” style animation of black segments on a silver-gray or pale gold LCD background. Later issues had different animations called “Dots’n’Drops”, “Musical Notes”, “Stars”, and “Hearts” (Hearts had red segments on silver-gray; it may have also been available with black segments on pale gold and/or in a “reversed” style with light-colored segments on a red background, as visible in two photos from the archived website).
Case colors available were: matte silver, matte gold and gloss black (it’s possible that only the “Medallion” style was available in gloss black).
For the Star Trek: First Contact feature film, Chrysalid Group was commissioned to produce a new style. These cases were round, but smaller than “Medallion” and smooth without any steps. Their LCDs featured two new animations named “Spinner Segment” and “Spinner Target”. These were also marketed as necklace pendants, and possibly bolo ties too (no images are available of the bolo tie version of this product). The LCDs, possibly even the complete circuit modules, in the film props may have been identical to those used in their “Segments” and “Target” wristwatches, which were similar in size and shape but had lugs for attaching a standard watch strap. In addition to standard colors matte silver, matte gold and possibly gloss black, this style introduced new colors polished silver, polished gold and matte black.
Near the end of the pilot movie of Quantum Leap, now called “Genesis part II” as it is shown in syndication, Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell) wore a silver “Wings” pin on his bright silver metallic jacket, with functioning “Waves” animation. Stockwell wore the same silver jacket in other episodes, but accessorized with different jewelry, or sometimes none.
[I recovered the article below from a mangled OCR version without paragraph formatting available free from a subscription newspaper archive site. I apologize for any errors, which may have been introduced by me or by the original OCR process. I welcome input regarding paragraph formatting and other corrections from anyone with access to the original newspaper or a legible copy.]
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Friday, Nov. 22, 1996 - p. B-5 (17)
SC firm assimilates its designs into technology of 'Star Trek’
By ROBIN MUSITELLI
Sentinel staff writer
Implants adorning the Borg’s armor and head gear are electronic displays designed, developed and manufactured by Grafix in Santa Cruz.
AN ON-SCREEN cyber-battle opens today between the cyber-being race collectively known as the Borg and Starfleet’s allied forces. A bit of Santa Cruz is with the villains, who despite being villains, are very popular bad guys in the history of the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series. The new Paramount film, “First Contact,” features the Borg army, a humanoid race with cybernetic implants. Those implants adorning the Borg’s armor and head gear are electronic displays designed, developed and manufactured by Grafix in Santa Cruz. Other Grafix designs, maybe as many as 40, are also used in the movie. Before moving into outer space, Grafix primarily marketed digital jewelry and watches with bold, graphic images. Its commercial line of CyberWear includes microcomputer-controlled animations in timepieces, electronic pendants, bolo-ties and lapel pins and promotional items. The company first beamed into space with Trekkies several years ago. First, a costume designer for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV series bought a Grafix pin and adorned Lt. Worf’s sash with it. It became known as the Klingon Medallion. Then, “Star Trek” makeup artist Michael Westmore used a pair of Grafix earrings that his wife bought as the Vorgon Transporter, said John Thomas, who co-founded Grafix in 1989 with his wife, Joey. Soon, Crosis, a Borg, was wearing a Grafix design cyber-optic known as the Eye of the Crosis. Grafix, it seemed, was destined for “The Next Generation.” But the cyberwear had earthly beginnings as jewelry designed by Joey Thomas. Using the same liquid crystal display that gives digital readouts, she made jewelry that would burst into pattern on steel, graphite and chrome. The time pieces tell time graphically: an image turns on for each hour and the minutes are displayed digitally in the center. The seven-person company, which grossed $1 million last year, is located in the Thomas home on Vine Hill Road. The latest collaboration with “Star Trek,” the movie, occurred at warp speed, said John. Westmore, the makeup artist, called last spring “and told us briefly what he had going and asked us some questions about what we could do.” In three weeks, the company produced 42 designs for Westmore to consider, said John. “It was borderline magic what we had to do. We jumped and accommodated and came up with a nice selection of things.” The Thomases still don’t know how many and what designs are used in the movie, with the exception of the few they have seen in promotions, said John. They have been told that “most” of their pieces were used. For sure, the digital implants are used by the Borg and Crosis appear to have the same eyepiece, he said. “We’re at the edge of our seats to see what and how” Grafix designs were used, said John. John considers the Borg race “hideous creatures.” But, the profits they should bring Grafix with the release of the movie may make them less hideous. The company has three “Star Trek”-inspired pieces ready to market: the Eye of Crosis, a Segment Spinner and Target Spinner, both of which are implants. They’ll market others after seeing how they are used in the movie. Grafix’s CyberWear products are sold at gift stores including the Made in Santa Cruz store located on the wharf, the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City and the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. They are also sold through catalogs such as Flax Art & Design, Fanfare and Made in Santa Cruz.
Some readers may have noticed several errors in the preceding article (as originally written, not related to the OCR or my reconstruction). Most obviously, the “Movies” pins on Worf’s sash were first seen in episodes airing in November of 1988, so how could the company have been founded in 1989? The company is referred to throughout as “Grafix”, but a trademark search confirms that it was really “Chrysalid Group, Inc.” The “earrings” reference may or may not be erroneous; just because the items were incorporated into the ear region of the characters’ prosthetic makeup appliances does not mean they were earrings to begin with – they could have been, but as I wrote earlier, I haven’t been able to locate any solid evidence that Chrysalid actually made LCD animated earrings.