About ThePropStop

With 22 years in the movie prop and costume world "ThePropStop" was set up to share my knowledge, love and passion for the world of movie memorabilia. We look forward to your continued to taking the ride with you, our readers.

Propdomain.com upcoming Icollector auction on February 15th 2014 preview

The Beasts hands from X3

After a quiet start to the year the first interesting sale of 2014 has hit with Propdomains collection of items from weird and wonderful Hollywood. With most of the items coming from a singular source the full auction reaches over 400 items and is certainly the best showing they have ever put forth.

Long time readers will know I don’t have much time for putting the same items up over and over if they don’t sell the first time, so Im very pleased to say that near 3/4 of the auction is new to the market items from various hollywood blockbusters.

First up there are a slew of items from “Hellboy” and its sequel. Most of the items are marked as used or hero which should help you in your bidding choices. Some of the standouts include a full “Hellboy” face and chest and various creature appliances and teeth. The items below are are pair of hero teeth.

For the more budget concious there are lots like the following….a pile of Hellboy fingers!

There are so many variations of stunt and hero items that anyone bidding should be able to get something very reasonably priced so I recomend picking up something here, and with a nice picture of the actor making a very cool display.

“Land of the lost” is not a good movie. BUT….the costumes and creatures are….so depending on your mood I think these creature suits and heads for the Sleestak characters are excellent additions to the collection. The ones below is unfinished but a really nice example of the genre. There are complete costumes too and other small pieces of suit available.

Complete Sleestak.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace original pistol

Chucky prop figure “Seed of Chucky”

Fans of the movie VHS can get various zombie parts like the one below.

From the Xmen series here are a pair of the beasts teeth. Worn by Kelsey Grammer this is a neat item to be framed!

Also from the Xmen here are a pair of arms worn by Daniel Cudmore as Collosus

Other Xmen pieces include an Angel wing, Beasts teeth and hands and other items from the franchise.

The last and best items are from “Fantastic 4″ and include pieces of the Thing and Dr Doom!

….and a Thing hand!

The link to the event can be found here and the premium is 20%. Certain items can also be previewed before the sale so contact the owner David via the the link.

Here is a link to Horrordomain.com for even more info about the seller and the event.

Ill have a full review of the event a few days after the sale.

Unveiling of Max’s Exo-Hulc suit from “Elysium”

Been a quiet month with most of my time focused on some of the items obtained in the last three months of last year from VIP auctions. Here are the fruits of my labor.

Well its been a long road and big thank you to Dan at Pittsburghprops for all his help in making this incredible journey with me. Without his expertise in finding the right screws, nuts, and casting a few small key pieces I wouldn’t have been able to complete this project. Whilst not 100% complete, its to the point where I can stop working on it and just sit back and enjoy the full costume.

As I have said on a number of posts on the facebook page this piece had to be purchased across 25 different auctions, each as nailbiting as the next in an attempt to get enough pieces to finish it. Several times in fact one and only one piece was available, and not winning it would have resulted in basically not being able to put the suit together. It really was a rollercoaster.

Here is an example of one of the lots purchased back in September/October.

exo hulc parts 2If you look at the picture above it looks like a bunch of bits. I know….I was right there with you. Gradually using the artbook, screencaps, the trailer and multiple viewings of the film we were able to work out which pieces were which…..a herculean task. For instance the item in the top left is actually a chestplate from the Max Exo suit….and its sister right next to it. Right of that is a piece of Kruger Exo skeleton back..at the bottom left is a Max footplate from his boot. Some where used, some casts, some finished and some unfinished. It was…in short, a complete and total mess.

Using these pieces we were able to source the nuts and bolts that were already attached and mix and match where necessary. Below is a great example from the artbook of pictures we could use to stitch things together.

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pistons extra 2Taking into account that the above black and ivory pieces that go into each piston where $4.00 each, and small nuts like those around it 50c each….you get an idea that this wasn’t cheap either.

The full list of pieces to finish this costume don’t just include the Exo-armour. A pair of shoes were needed, forearm computer pads, trousers, shirt, undershirt, exo-armor mounting shirt and pants, the headpiece……its one of the hardest and most complete things I have personally ever tried to do.

So….what are we left with. Well, I’m very proud to unveil the completed costume. Max’s Exo-suit, complete with his hero clothing, hero Chem-rail, and his moon necklace placed in his right hand.

maxmannequinKeep an eye on the facebook page where I will be posting more pics throughout the week.

The best props and wardrobe of 2013

The best props and wardrobe awards of 2013 are decided by a council of some of the best, and most talented insiders…..ok ok…..Im busted. Its me. Im choosing my favourite props and wardrobe from Websites, auctions and private sales that I know of and thus its my opinions and based solely on my taste. BUT…..since I have a good one….let it roll!

1O: TOTAL RECALL POLICE OUTFIT (Courtesy of Screenused.com)

Well I had been waiting for these to come up and although Im still not sure of the source, it looks like Sony dumped them onto the market and a few of you scooped them up. Whilst in person not as impressive due to the cheap plastic used, the pictures that can be taken are awesome. Terrible movie. Crappy in almost everyway. Costumes……from Melina’s leather jacket to these police outfits…..awesome.

9: “Aliens” Vazquez headset (courtesy of Propstore)

One of the truly great movies of history, and one of those rare props you don’t expect to see come up. Its also something that was part of my collection for a time in the early 1990′s before passing on to its former owner before the sale for some 19 years or so. People say all the time that the Maltese Falcon, Yul Brynner’s wig and the dress from Tara are the holy grail of movie items. In years to come when those people fall away it will be stuff like this that causes people to mmmm….and ahhhhh……. Congratualtions on the new owner. Also Propstore took some gorgeous photos of this. Kudos!

8: Iron Man 3 gauntlet (eBay)

We always talk about the one that got away. Me more than most. This was up on ebay a few months back and was a foam “blow up” glove that was made when Tony Stark’s house is destroyed. I thought “no body could have seen those auctions”. Wrong.

Oh well. Plenty of more blown up stuff down the road.

$T2eC16R,!wsE9suwydzfBS(IuBOo2Q~~60_577: He Man costume (Juliens)

Your dead inside if you didn’t love this piece of 80′s cheese. Looking almost complete and selling for $10,000 this awesome piece almost made me bid. Its amazing how little of the items that have come up from this film, and yet almost the whole thing seems to have escaped destruction. I reckon if all the collectors who have squirreled them away came out of the closet we could remake it…..and make it good. Probably….

6: Judge Dredd stunt/hero costume (Propstore)

This of course was the year of the Dredd auction…but Im sure most of you have aready forgotten that. For two straight weeks grown men crumbled and were destroyed at the knees as eBay prices rocketed into the stratosphere, probably never to be repeated. That’s a shame because couple that with a whole group of replica costume makers that pretty much got it 85% correct it would seem that the fire has burned out on these pieces which is a shame because I doubt you will seem many of the suits come up ever again once they are locked into “big boys” collections, and they truly are incredible costumes. Hmmm…85%. Probably lower come to think of it. Again, Propstore knocked it out of the park with pictures and some great customer service. Thanks guys!

5: Back to the Future Hoverboard (eBay)

Still have no idea if its real. Sold for a hair over $8,000 this will probably show up in Profiles one day for $50k. No one would beat an eyebrow….but us Ebay savvy investors like to be sure.

clients_isolditca001_photo_sets_21896_DSCF0140_Edit_14: Han Solo gun (Profiles in history)

Totally not for me but you would all complain if I didn’t include it. How a hunk of resin got $200,000 just blows my mind. Much more feasable is my pre-2000 auction estimate of $50,000 but that proves the power of profiles….and that just one person has to bid and suddenly thats the going price. Until of course he tries to sell it and can’t get a bid on it…but mores the power to you laddo.

3: Man of Steel command key (Slyprops)

Continually achieving the impossible Paul continues to get amazing props from some of LA’s best movies. This command key is the best prop in the film, and coupled with his amazing eye at displays I am comfortable saying that this is just a small item in a mountain of great pieces from this talented collector.

2: Shawn the Sheep (Hollywood History)

Come on. No words required. From one of the modern era’s best pieces of animation, and beautifully displayed too this is Wesley Cannon’s Shawn the Sheep. Just classic.In at Number 2!

1: Elysium Hero Max Exo suit/Kruger Exo suit

Its a tie for number one. Why? Because the hero suits are a little bit of a mess and the Kruger suits were pieced together from more parts than an Ikea set of bookshelves of mid 18th century chinese dragon era with lots of fiddley bits. In otherwords its a miracle that either set of these came to auction as cool, working, expensive stuff like this doesn’t tend to, especially if cursed by the holy stamp of Weta who if Lord of the Rings is your thing you might be paying $400,000 for a bow. Take into account that “District 9″ seems to not have let ANYTHING out and you have some amazing pieces. My props of the year. If you ever get to see one in person up close…you will understand why.

exosuit1exosuit2So thats it for the year. Of course there were millions of other items….Heck I could have put Elysium in every category, but then it wouldn’t be any fun. We will also have our look at the best dealers of 2013 coming up in next few days so stay tuned!

 

“Elysium” Gold Armadyne robot prop by Weta

Perhaps one of the coolest items I’ve ever had the privilege to own is this full size Weta gold robot made by the fictional Armadyne corporation and one of only 19 full size robots made for the production including 1 red hero robot, 7 hero silver robots for the factory and 10 background robots.

WetaProps4Above is a picture of the security droid seen in scenes on Elysium, below are the factory droids.

WetaProps10These were made by Weta and shipped to Mexico, and Vancouver for filming.

The gold robot was created with perhaps the most features.

gold robotVarious parts of the head were powered to run the fans, and the whole head section was made to lift off at 90 degrees and tear away from the body, whilst cables run through the robot were activated off screen to allow water, oil and explosive effects to fire at the same time. It was then dirtied down and damaged per the script requirements of the scene.

Matt Damon stars as Max in TriStar Pictures' ELYSIUM.The arms are removable as CGI replaced them during most shots. The original orange tracking markers were used by WETA to replace them.

ELYSIUM-weta-propsHere is the original art of the robot.

Elysium_Droid2_PEARCEHope you enjoy the video: