Dune's Ornithopter Gets Replica Statue From Dark Horse [EXCLUSIVE]
Screen Rant has the exclusive first look at Dark Horse's Dune: Royal Ornithopter replica statue as the collectible officially goes on pre-order. Based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel of the same name, the sci-fi epic centers on Paul Atreides and his noble family in the far-flung future as they take control of the desert planet Arrakis, putting them in the midst of a war for the planet and its valuable resource known as the spice. Timothée Chalamet led the ensemble cast of Dune alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem and Zendaya.
Development on Dune first kicked off in 2016 when Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to the novel and tapped writer/director Denis Villeneuve to helm the film on a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaiths and Eric Roth. Villeneuve becomes the second filmmaker to tackle the property after David Lynch's 1984 movie, which notably was a box office bomb and critical failure but has since garnered a cult following. Following multiple delays, Dune hit theaters and HBO Max late last year to largely positive reviews from critics and audiences alike and those who fell in love with the film have something exciting coming their way in the near future.
On the heels of the film hitting shelves on Blu-ray and DVD, Screen Rant has the exclusive first look at Dark Horse's Dune Ornithopter replica statue. The figure, designed by Gentle Giant Studios, stands over 14.5 inches long and comes complete with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity. The Dune: Royal Ornithopter statue is limited to just 500 units at a retail price of $229.99 and is expected to ship to pre-order customers between September and November this year.
The Ornithopter in Denis Villeneuve's Dune was one of the more memorable visuals he brought to life from Herbert's novel for the film. While the giant sandworms from the book were the biggest source of anticipation for audiences to feast their eyes upon, the Ornithopter rivaled it thanks to the attention to detail in its visual creation. Though some have taken umbrage with the creative liberties with the design from Herbert's novel, those who did fall in love with the vehicle are sure to try and get their hands on Dark Horse's Dune: Royal Ornithopter replica statue.
Given the supposed unfilmable nature of the novel, many found themselves happily surprised by Villeneuve's success with bringing Dune to life on screen, namely after its multiple COVID-19 delays. This success would extend past its reviews as the film would become a modest box office hit amidst the pandemic, grossing nearly $400 million against its $165 million production budget and securing a Dune 2 order from Warner Bros. as Villeneuve envisioned. Fans can pre-order the Dune: Royal Ornithopter replica statue on Dark Horse's official website now!
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ScreenRant has the exclusive announcement this morning and we are thrilled to add the new limited edition Dune: Royal Ornithopter Statue to our product offerings! Available for pre-order here! Be sure to sign up for our Newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all of our upcoming product announcements.
The Dark Horse Direct Team