I don’t know how many of you follow their blog, but the team at the UbiWorkshop has bee hard at work, making a Piece of Eden apple! I, for one, am super excited. It’s looking pretty fantastic so far:
Here’s what Mattieu Bagna, one of the leads on the team, has to say about it in the Workshop forums:
My name is Matthieu and I’m in charge of the Apple of Eden product’s development. Before being product manager at Ubi Workshop, I worked in Europe on the UbiCollectibles range of figurines and statues (Connor the Hunter, Ezio’s Fury, Edward and Black Beard Diorama, etc…). Inside the workshop, I helped develop the Coarse figurine and finally brought to life the Vial replica from Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag.
As a fan of Assassin’s Creed and a specialist in collectibles, be assured that I’m fully dedicated to the development of the most iconic item of the saga.
Here are my answers to (almost) all of your questions. Some points should be kept secrets
What is the scale of the product (Size and weight)?
1:1. As the vial replica, It’s important to me that you can feel and touch the Apple of Eden as it would be the real one.
What is this replica made of?
We’re currently working on several materials and one of them in the polystone resin. We need to find the perfect balance between render, weight, fragility and shipping costs.
Will it glow?
I know that it’s one of most important aspect of the object and that’s the point I’m primarily focusing on. There is still some details I need to work on but yes, it should be glowing.
Does it come with a special stand or box to display it?
We are always very careful regarding our products so yes, it will have a special packaging conceived to protect the Apple and display it the best way possible. Remember the Vial: the cube can’t be appreciated properly without its Abstergo black box.
Is this going to be a limited item?
We know that most of the Assassin’s fans would “die” to get the Apple of Eden so we think that it wouldn’t be fair to make it limited.
How much is this going to cost?
It’s truly difficult to say so far because we still have a lot of technical aspects to set but our ambition is to propose an affordable price. So, in terms of pricing it should be more like the Vial than the Aiden Pearce leather jacket.
When will this be available? When can we pre-order it?
We working hard to offer the Apple by beginning of 2015. I would love to tell you more or deliver it sooner but my main focus is quality and we won’t make any compromise about it.
This product has to be the pinnacle of every Assassin’s Creed fan’s collection.
It will be available in pre-order as soon as we have a final prototype in hand.
Will it ship to all countries and territories like most of your items?
Yes it will be available in all the countries we serve today.
Will I be able to control people’s minds with it?
No, but I’m sure that it will leave some people jealous.
Will all the locations be in the Assassin’s creed series?
I’m quite certain that you’d rather not be spoiled J
Thank you guys for all your questions. Be sure that your commitment and your passion are our main motivations.
You can find the thread to this forum post here.