Clarence from “Robocop” really was right. Its all about the Guns. In “Elysium” all the guns were made by Weta of New Zealand and shipped to Mexico, then Vancouver.
SMG original art design by Christian Pearce
Two versions of this gun were made. Sadly the second version never made it to screen with removable ammo pack on the rear and no fore-grip. It was to be replaced with the following grenade launcher incorrectly sold on VIP auctions as a netgun for around $600
The original design for the grenade launcher with pull out monitor.
All in all the SMG’s were a succesful part of the film being used by Drake and Crowe and various Droids. Here is the breakdown of the props sold at VIP auctions. I think I may be missing some earlier sales as some have dropped off ebay as of todays date.
Gold “Droid” version: 2 rubber & 2 hard/hollow resin. Rubber sold on average of $750 & one of the resin versions sold for $1500. These prices don’t include shipping, taxes or import duties…which as I found out became a contributing factor to prices in this auction. More of that in another article.
The other versions of SMG’s to sell were black and grey non-droid versions of which some were not well detailed, put together in two pieces and sold for around $400-500. They were described as “Low resolution” versions and used in weapons locker scenes on the wall. How do I know this? Velcro is clearly placed on the reverse side of the gun. They also tended not to be detailed with paint or stickers.
The cheapest high resolution with stickers and detailed paint sold in late November for a paltry $555. The highest was around $3555 for the first gold resin gun sold at the beginning of the auction. The highest black version around $1500.
A fully functional version with smoke effects, moving parts and flames sold for $2000 and may well show up in the future at San Diego comic con. Probably. The interesting thing about this one is it is missing its barrel….something I didn’t pick up on until weeks after the auction.
Sadly this beautiful prop never made it into the film. One was sold on ebay for around $1500 with working elements, the second below in rubber for $510.
These pistols made up the large number of guns sold from the film. Every week it seemed we would get 1 or 2 on the block either in resin or rubber with some 10 of them being attributed to Crowe, a fact I found a little unlikely when no other character was named. All three mercs including Kruger did carry it. The cheapest sold for $338, the most expensive early on for $900.
Another interesting version of these popped up late in the auction with the original CNC’d first test model that was bundled with a set of weapons parts, This was confirmed with WETA as the first one out of the “mold” so to speak.
Finally all the pistols lined up at WETA for a picture.