Thursday, May 7, 2020

My Collection (XII): Xena's Rusty "present day" Chakram

Hey again!

To complete the pieces that I've been recently showing on Facebook, I also bring you another new item of my collection: Xena's rusty chakram as seen in the S5 episode "Send In The Clones".


This is the "real" chakram that Alti gives to Xena's clone in the present day, all dirty and rusty. I don't know why, it always fascinated me!

A friend, Epiphane David, provided the two "virgin" unpainted chakrams, and I took care of the whole weathering process. It was quite an experiment, but it was super-fun, and I think both chakrams ended up great!

Here you have some more photos:



And finally, a photo of the episode, for comparison. 

Photo credit: AUSXIP
PS: If you like Xena prop and replicas, and want to share or discuss about your stuff, feel free to join our new Facebook group: Xena Prop Masters!

Battle on!

My Collection (XI): Xena's Breastplate, Gauntlets & Armbands

Hello people!

I wanted to show you very quickly a couple of items from my collection that I've been sharing over in the Xena Prop Treasures Facebook page.

These newest pieces of mine are all part of Xena's armor: her iconic breastplate, gauntlets and armbands! Here's the ensemble:


The materials are genuine copper and leather, exactly like the armor seen onscreen! And I must say, apart from gorgeous, these pieces are very special to me, because I personally did all the leather parts and rivets.

I leave you a couple of pics of the "making of" :)



PS: If you like Xena prop and replicas, and want to share or discuss about your stuff, feel free to join our new Facebook group: Xena Prop Masters!

Stay safe, everyone!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Xena Trilogy Costumes - Design Sheets

Hello Xenites!

Thanks to the blog Costumes Urbaines I have found a very rare piece of Xena history: the original costume designs done for the Hercules episodes in which Xena first appeared!




These designs come from Hercules & Xena - The Legendary Wikia, and are allegedly made by costume designer Barbara Darragh. And what's more interesting, they are NOT made for Lucy Lawless, but for the actress Vanessa Angel (who was originally cast as Xena). How amazing is that?

If you take a closer look, you'll see Xena was meant to sport a bat necklace. Which (as my friend and fellow Xenite Doug from Xena Warrior Replicas pointed out), actually exists!

See it here at Yourprops.com

That has led us to realize that Xena's "evil" armor was supposed to be all bat-themed. The shoulder-guards (which I had always thought were dragon wings) are actually BAT wings! Mind-blowing.

If you need further proof, see how the costume's corset also has a bat medallion -- at the very bottom of the belly!

Also at Yourprops.com

There's always something new to learn, don't you all agree?

If interested, you can find other similar costume designs in the following link:

https://hercules-xena.fandom.com/wiki/Costume_Design?fbclid=IwAR2y8WTSrnzzhmyeoSpm6EraifDrQWmvqHBpaHcWkG9vFm46eZ7TgIU18I8

PS: Of course, my thanks also to our third Musketeer, Epiphane David! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2020

PODCAST - Xena at the Te Papa Museum

Hello friends!

I just came across this very interesting podcast, done by the Te Papa Museum in New Zealand. It's all about their amazing Xena costume, and most importantly, counts with the collaboration of N'gila Dickson: the main mind behind the awesome costumes of XWP, and Xena's in particular.

N'gila also designed all the costumes from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and won an Oscar for her work. She's no doubt incredibly talented!

I leave you the podcast link below:

https://soundcloud.com/te_papa/ours-ep-15-xena-costume-web-version


It's only 6 min long, so you'll hear it in a jiffy!

Battle on!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Xena at the Smithsonian (part III)

Hello everyone!

I hope you're doing ok during these weird times! In the meantime, here in confinement, I wanted to share these images that I found online, courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_1299828

Just look at ALL those awesome details!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Cheers! :)




Friday, October 4, 2019

Alexander's AMAZING Xena Costume replica

Hello friends,

Long overdue, I wanted to share with you the marvels that Alexander (a fellow Xenite and amazing craftsman) has been developing. During the past few months, he's been creating a replica of Xena's costume for his wife's cosplay --using real leather and real copper to make every piece from scratch. And let me tell you: the results are incredible!

If you want to contact Alexander (he's open to commissions) here's his Facebook page and his e-mail address:
 willmackenziepiprer@gmail.com

But enough talking: let his work talk for itself! First of all, the making-of...













He's even made a chakram!




And now some beauty shots!













Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

For Sale: Glen's Prop Axe from S2 "The Price"

Hello Xena collectors!

Today I present you Glen's prop axe, as seen in the hands of the Horde (aka the Pomira) in S2's "The Price".


The axe is made of resin, measures 50 cm long, and was purchased back in the late 90s / early 2000s in the Turner's Auction.

Overall, as you can see, this is a VERY well preserved prop. Glen tells me that it was on display for about a month after its purchase, and then it was packed up in a hard shell case in a closet ever since (away from sunlight and in a smoke-free home, which is great!).

Glen's axe is exactly as the one(s) seen here.

Glen wants to sell this beauty for the very reasonable price of $200 US plus shipping. The item will be shipped from Ontario (Canada), with insurance and tracking number.

If you're interested, feel free to contact Glen directly:
gwstorrie@distributel.net

This is a great opportunity to get your hands on a real prop, just in time for the upcoming 25th Anniversary Con!





EDIT: I'm happy to announce that the item has been SOLD! Thanks to the buyer and to everyone who saw and shared this entry. Battle on!