JPCJedi wrote:Yeah, the Halo plasma pistol gets me. Even though I don't really like the plasma pistol, they really beat BrickArms to the punch. I can't wait to compare the designs up close after the BrickArms design goes to full production.
Just a small point of clarification here: no one at BrickArms was aware Brickforge had plans for or had designed a "Plasma Blaster" until after Will had completed and displayed to the public his designs for the BrickArms Energy Pistol
. Given that Will had previously explored similar-themed firing accessories before and they had been fan favorites, it was natural for him to follow-up with even more given both the demand for such items and his continued interest in sci-fi based custom accessories.
In terms of the timing of release, the development of new custom accessories takes many months' worth of work, especially with the size, complexity, and detail Will requires (nay, demands!
) of his production items. For him to design a new accessory and produce a prototype is often only a matter of weeks or days, but to fill a production mold with finalized designs, make sure that mold is up to his standards, commission production runs of those molds in various colors, and ready the BrickArms business to add the new items to the line-up takes much, much longer not to mention a tremendous amount of effort. Ultimately, Will prefers to take his time to ensure everything is absolutely perfect with a design before releasing it to the public to ensure the BrickArms name remains synonymous with high-quality, detailed custom accessories.
That said, Will definitely
plans to release the Energy Pistol (and many of the other sci-fi BrickArms items that have been showcased recently, including the Plasma Blade
) as mass produced, single-color items. What others have done with similar designs is interesting work, but Will is happy and quite proud of his own original take on these items, and I think, as has been said, fans will enjoy comparing the different accessories and seeing which best suits their building needs.
Hope that helps clear a few things up!