Mine was in the #700’s too.
MASTER REPLICA’S TEAR DOWN PHOTOS HEREWITH
Comparison is to my Roddenberry Archive Parts set. Note that MR did machine and/or grain their castings so they look fair to good in my opinion, just not great.
I was the Design and Purchasing Manager for a multinational company and can state with reasonable certainty that the cost on this type of chinese manufactured injection molded prop (toy for importing purposes) and (with mostly cast zinc metal grafted onto it…as I tore mine entirely down…pictures at end) like these is most likely around $50 in a ready to ship condition (aka with box ect). SHOCKING !! Read on…
While this cost estimate may come as a shock to some, I would estimate the Art Asylum Phaser with similar (near identical) electronic sound system would have a cost of $8 tops. So in a way, these Klingon Disruptor Reproductions are expensive to make at 6X the cost of an AA TOS Phaser. Simple math is 6X USA landed on the retail side so AA: 6 x $8 = $48 retail on Amazon, Disruptor would be: 6 x $50 = $300 +/-…and don’t ya know that’s more or less the ask price. Gosh darn.
A remark about HOARD. I understood MR went bust (overpriced goods I suspect…). At some point “post-bankruptcy” the “Trustee” of the court allows all the remaining assets to be sold-off. This would be public record and could be checked on. I for one have not bothered as I don’t really care. I just like a good deal.
TRADEMARKS, COPYRIGHTS, MORE
Trademarks and copyrights can be renewed. I can use (and so can you) certain copyrighted Star Trek material so long as the fee is paid. Sorta like when you play some Beatles songs; The Jackson Estate gets it’s 5 cents (or whatever it is) for every on-air play.
There are, of course, certain specific restrictions (a legal box you must stay within) when using copyrighted material. Some copyrighted material can be used for free but only with the owner’s permission. I have a local Attorney that specializes in just copyright and patent stuff. Basic inquires do not cost much to get feedback on.
Trademarks are more restricted. The phrase “Star Trek” is not trademarked. It is two common words and can not be trademarked. Conversely the special fonted “Star Trek” is trademarked and requires the trademark owner’s express permission for use aka “CBS Consumer Products License Services Inc.”…
Years ago Bed Bath & Beyond sued small retail shops for using an identical name as they had filed and been granted a trademark. The court ruled against Bed Bath & Beyond because the trademark was just three common words. After the ruling Bed Bath & Beyond changed the trademark to “BedBath&Beyond” all run together and in a special font. Trademarks are not always ironclad.
U.S. Patents expire (like drug patents thank god). One could make a “material (aka real)” update to the design and apply for a new patent. Hard to do with a toy as it has to look “different so be reasonably discernible as a new design”. For example the update to the Phasers in Star Trek Beyond were “different so be reasonably discernible as a new design”.
This “material (aka real)” update to the Phaser design, as premiered in “Star Trek Beyond”, made way for a fresh 14 year patent (as the immediately prior Phaser Patent has expired) this therefore paved the way for “CBS Consumer Products License Services Inc.” to roll-out-the Star Trek Beyond Phaser merchandise and protect the licensee(s) CBS may chose to engage with.
One final important bit of information from two seperate attorney’s; common geometric shapes, common math symbols, and other common symbols (fonts that are not unique) can not be copyrighted or trademarked. Imagine a world where triangles are trademarked or copyrighted, what a potential nightmare. This allowed me to use a delta symbol on some leather goods I make. Notice that the inside of my commonly used delta symbol lacks the inclusion of trademarked Star Trek graphics like the engineering swirl. And no, neither the thick line around the symbol nor the exact shape can be trademarked.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF MR DISRUPTOR TEAR DOWN
P.S. Holster with delta mathematical symbol is Very Last Below: