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August 17 2005

Firefly Ambulance Update. Some good news from Akin - The owner of the ambulance prop has named a price. He doesn't say how much, but says it is "not horrific". The big questions now are:a) how do we move it and b) where do we put it.If anyone has any ideas, let Akin know.

I for one would love to see it in the hands of the fans rather than sitting in some boneyard in the middle of nowhere.

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Ah, that is very cool. Didn't think the owner would end up naming a price. As for what to do with it, I have no clue myself, but I'd be happy to donate a small amount to make sure the prop goes to a browncoat, if nothing else, and I think quite a few people who've been following this story for some time now would be willing to do the same...

It'd be best if the ambulance ended up somewhere, in restored state, where other browncoats could, at least in theory, go and see it...
Maybe it could be donated to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle?
Great idea, Simon. They also might have the resources to move it!
What a cool museum, even if it's on the wrong coast! At any rate, it would be an appropriate home for the giant toy.
Simon - "Maybe it could be donated to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle?"

I am sitting about 4 city blocks away from the SFM right now. :)

I am a member of the SFM and visit about 3 times a month. While the idea of donating it is great, I must say that the SFM does not have a lot of space. Currently Firefly is not represented at the SFM (I am working on that!) in any form. The largest prop they have is the alien queen from "Alien". It is pretty big, but not as big as our beloved ambulance.

I am thinking I will walk over at lunch time and ask some questions! :)

[ edited by SpookyRiverFan on 2005-08-17 17:21 ]
If SFM can't take it what about Universal Studios??
My guess is, some of these places might be more interested after Sept 30.
a museum would be a great place--I was even thinking the Smithsonian!!!!!!!!!! but maybe they wouldnt be interested till after the 3rd movie and the joss empire can do no wrong even he he changes the movie so the operator shot first
Why think so small? When Universal is done shooting film 3, I want to be able to walk into Serenity (fully rebuilt at, say, Universal Firefly Theme Park) and bump into the Ambulance in the cargo bay, stepping around cow deposits (fully functional!), and around the speeder thingy (from the film) and the other speeder thingy (bad guy drove it in Heart of Gold).

But I guess we can start with a small project and save the Ariel Ambulance. I'm in.
I liked the charity ideas people were bouncing around before, using it as a Red Cross blood donation station/publicity awareness/charity hub of some kind. I can't remember if someone suggested this here or on the Universal boards last time the topic arose (probably both places, really).
Ahh, a Universal Firefly Theme park would be a blast!!!

Glad to hear there's hope to save this - I really hated the thought of it being turned into scrap metal or something!
The Hollywood Entertainment Museum has the sets of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cheers and X-Files. Problem with that is I don't see how you get the ambulance indoors. I think also interest is low at this point. Once the movie comes out and does well, interest will skyrocket but probably the asking price as well.
So what would it cost to buy it and shove it into a storage garage for a month or so?
(Think Back to the Future)

Save the Ariel Ambulance! Save the Ariel Ambulance!

On a more stable note, other memorabilia fans might find this slightly off-topic sighting amusing: In a Lowe's parking lot today, my boyfriend spotted a Jeep with a black tire cover and a large handmade (?) Serenity logo! If it were but another Whedonesquer, oh the irony.
I saw a car with a FireFly license plate and I'm guessing they were a fan!

And, it would be okay with me if whoever buys this if they need a place to store it they can store it in my backyard, I wouldn't mind!
Why think so small? When Universal is done shooting film 3, I want to be able to walk into Serenity (fully rebuilt at, say, Universal Firefly Theme Park) and bump into the Ambulance in the cargo bay, stepping around cow deposits (fully functional!), and around the speeder thingy (from the film) and the other speeder thingy (bad guy drove it in Heart of Gold).

Think even bigger. A Joss Whedon theme park (Whedonverse) with different 'verses. There would be Firefly/Serenityverse (built around the white helicopter thing and a full-scale, walk-through model of Serenity), Buffyverse (where they will have a musical performance three times a day with dancing vampires and guys with giant heads), Angelverse (with a live puppet show), and then Script Doctorverse which features a ride for every movie Joss worked on (imagine a bus that won't stop or else it will explode), and special tribute shows to Parenthood and Roseanne. There could even be people dressed up like different X-Men walking around to greet the public.

[ edited by Nebula1400 on 2005-08-18 01:21 ]
pssssssst Nebula, don't forget Fraysworld. It's adjacent to the Buffyverse. You can jump from flying car to flying car with a scythe between your teeth!
There are WAY to many quotes to quote, but I LOVE this thread.

[sigh] Back to the Future, Chris Bridges, Joss Whedon theme parks…
pssssssst Nebula, don't forget Fraysworld. It's adjacent to the Buffyverse. You can jump from flying car to flying car with a scythe between your teeth!

Fraysworld would be a theme park for the future. They'll probably add that one on after I visit or after the apocalypse - whichever comes first.
April,

. . . don't forget Fraysworld. It's adjacent to the Buffyverse. You can jump from flying car to flying car with a scythe between your teeth!
. . .

Oh, yeah, I'm right behind you. All except for maybe getting "hib wib a girder . . ."

Somewhat OT: Fray would make an awesome movie, anime, or Sin City-like film. Of course, the words are the thing. Not the SFX.

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