Master Replicas Is Back with Limited-Edition 'Space Terrains'

Master Replicas Olympus Mons
Limited-edition replica of Olympus Mons from Master Replicas Group (Image credit: Master Replicas Group)

After a decade-long hiatus from making replicas of sci-fi movie props and other cool space-themed collectibles, Master Replicas is back in business with some stellar new products.

A company best known for making accurate and full-scale "Star Wars" movie props (like Luke Skywalker's lightsaber), the newly rebranded Master Replicas Group is now making small-scale replicas of landscapes seen across the solar system, bringing real science to its science-fiction collections.

Using data from NASA satellites and new, 3D printing technologies, Master Replicas Group has re-created two remarkably detailed models of Tycho crater on the moon and Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the solar system. Each limited-edition model measures about 10 square inches (25 square centimeters) and comes with a special display plaque that can hang on a wall or stand on a shelf. [Space Gifts 2017: The Best Gift Ideas in the Universe]

Limited-edition replica of Tycho crater from Master Replicas Group (Image credit: Master Replicas Group)

By combining radar data and high-resolution photography from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter missions, "we were able to get an extra level of detail on them, which made them much more authentic," Steve Dymszo, CEO of Master Replicas Group, told

These colorized, cast-resin terrains are made with a remarkably detailed resolution of 16 microns (0.0006 inches). For comparison, most commercial 3D printers have a resolution of around 100 microns, or the average width of a human hair. The replicas look so authentic that it can be difficult to distinguish a photo of the models from real satellite images.

Both space terrains are for sale on the Master Replicas Group website for $120 each. Because they are limited-edition items, only 1,500 units will be sold. Each plaque is numbered and contains a scannable QR code that will take you to a website where you can learn all about your space terrain.

Buy Olympus Mons Limited-Edition Space Terrain from Master Replicas

Buy Tycho Crater Limited-Edition Space Terrain from Master Replicas

Tycho and Olympus Mons are the first two models in Master Replicas Group's new "space terrain" series of products. The company has plans to roll out more solar system landmarks in the future and has its eyes set on Valles Marineris (the "Grand Canyon" of Mars) and several other prominent lunar craters.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.