So... Green Lantern was the talk of London Comic Con last weekend. Thor posters are all over the Underground. The Green Hornet’s been and gone. The new Captain America film’s due out in July. X-Men: First Class posters went up last week. And comic fans everywhere are already salivating over the 2012 version of The Avengers – due out not-soon-enough, right? So everyone hoping that the superhero fad might die out in 2004 with Halle Berry’s version of Catwoman (or even in 2007, when Nicolas Cage had a go at Ghost Rider) is shit out of luck. This fad’s not going anywhere! But wait, there’s a silver lining: over-priced, life-sized movie replicas! Oh yes...
First on the menu, Thor’s mighty hammer! Which will set you back $75 from 80stees.com and includes a “pleather grip wrapping over a metal handle” - because synthetic leather was all the rage back in Asgard. The hammer also boasts a “high shine gloss finish” (doubling as a blood-caked vanity mirror) and measures over 20 inches in length. Still, it's not the size of your hammer...
If you prefer itchy trigger fingers to bruised hammer thumbs, Green Hornet’s gas gun costs a mere $149.95 on the Hollywood Collectibles site. Moulded from the original movie prop, the gas gun measures just over 10 inches and includes a nifty Green Hornet-themed display stand. Pity the movie sucked balls!
If you need some more boom in your boomstick, Hellboy’s Big Baby might just be the gun for you! Last seen in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, this life-sized prop replica features six removable shells and a musical wind-up feature that plays 'Lullaby and Goodnight'. Bear in mind, the damn thing weighs nearly 22 kilos (and costs $499.99).
"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might beware my power... Green Lantern's light!" Keeping things contemporary (and Ryan Reynolds), how about Green Lantern's trusty Power Ring? Cosmic! The ring costs $39.99 from the BigBadToyStore and was "created from a cast of the actual ring used in the movie!" Now that's geek!
Now for something completely retro. Right... this one’s more me, I think. It’s Marty McFly’s nu-rave baseball cap, as seen in Back to the Future Part 2! Once out of style, now back in again, you’ll be the talk of Shoreditch in this oh-so-90s, psychedelic headpiece. All you need to complete the look’s a puffy orange lifejacket and a pair of futuristic Hyperdunks. Here to order.
Speaking of retro, how about the fucking Terminator's jacket! Released in 2009 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original film, the jacket "features police grade leather with zip-out cold weather, custom printed lining and sew-in label. It also incorporates all the safety features of today’s motorcycle jackets, to ensure realism and protection, if you want to wear it when you ride". What's the damage, cyborg? $499 from AllMovieReplicas.com.
This one's a guilty pleasure. I couldn't believe it when I saw it. Sure, it's not quite Terminator's jacket or Justin Bieber's fringe, but how cool is this shit? It's a mechanical shit demon head, from Kevin Smith's 1999 master-piece Dogma. This one's the real deal and costs £869 from the PropStore. "The head is made out of foam latex which has been crafted around a fiberglass frame and features a disturbing shit-like exterior. Inside the base of the head is an array of wires and tubing, which connect to multiple levers on two wood bases. These levers were once used by puppeteers on set". No way! Bargain...
Remember playing dress up with an old vacuum cleaner and a pair of over-sized overalls? No? Just me then. Well... this PKE Meter replica would have made play time a lot more fun. Perhaps I might have caught some actual ghosts instead of a pile of old dust and a tin's worth of motor oil. If you want one, it'll cost you £121. Who you gonna call? Ecrater.co.uk, that's who (or you could just email them).
Unbelievable! This one's an actual wax Kryten head made for cult British comedy Red Dwarf. "This delicate piece was made for the season seven episode 'Beyond A Joke', when Lister comments that Kryten’s lovingly-prepared Lobster could use a little ketchup and his head spectacularly explodes". Obviously, this one wasn't used in the episode - seeing as how it's still in one piece. To add it to your collection, you just have to fork over £695 to the PropStore.
If you like the idea of a scalped Nazi, why not buy this actual prop from director Quentin Tarantino's hit 2009 film Inglorious Basterds? Weird, I know. But hey, I'm the guy that likes the Shit Demon. "This is actually a scalp application which was created to be attached to an actor’s head. The application is made of foam latex, with hand-punched brown hair and has been created to resemble having already been scalped with the top of the head coated with dried blood making it look eerily real". Convinced? £199 from the PropStore.
Got any favourite movie props to recommend? Shit, there's so much out there we might have to make this a weekly series.