If movie props are such a sure thing….why are all these companies out of business?


Under the above web address the following prop dealers are listed.

Let’s look at these people/companies since this list was published many years ago , which are still in business and if the others are still around.

Phone + 44 (0)1494 766 485
Email Contacts http://www.propstore.com/contact.php

Arguably the biggest prop and costume dealer in the world. So still here obviously.

* http://screenused.com/ dealer specializing primarily in Back to the Future and Terminator items. Has items from other productions for sale and a gallery of a collection of items not for sale. Email sales@screenused.com

Out of business. Rumors are the name has been sold to prop dealers who have not revealed themselves publicly. One of the owners moved back to Florida and has opened the new company, Icons of pop culture.

* www.reelclothes.com
(818) 508-7762
E-MAIL Sales@ReelClothes.com

The owner still has a web presence but the site is out of date and rarely advertises items or sells on eBay to any great extent. All items are old stock including Starship Troopers which the company was most famous for selling in bulk circa 1998

Phone: 310.399.0224 Fax: 310.399.3845

Owned by the brother of the far superior prop dealer Marcia who in the 1990’s was one of the pioneers if not THE leader in selling props and wardrobe in the USA. Not to my knowledge currently selling.

www.bedlum.net broker of a large range of costume and wardrobe items based in Minnesota

Too many stories are told of this site and dealer. Au’revoir Bruce Hubbard.

http://propmasters.net/ UK based dealer of props and wardrobe TEL: 01892 725508
FAX: 01892 725508
MOBILE: 07973 842275

Still plodding away David has been a reliable chap that at one point was neck and neck with Propstore but stayed a one man operation. I admire that. Still the person who found one of the biggest catches of Indiana Jones items in the world outside the archive and thus will always have my respect for that alone. Like him I miss the old days.

http://www.rareprops.net/ UK base dealer of props and costumes with things from productions such as Gladiator and James Bond movies.

Gone. Some mentions on original prop blog but now defunct.

http://abacuscostumesandprops.com/ features a variety of mostly wardrobe items from productions such as V, and Babylon 5.

Backlot props was bought out by Abacus. Abacus sold most of it in a liquidation sale and promptly folded. Backlot got more out of Warner Bros. In the late 2000s than almost anyone including matrix, V and Babylon 5 so my hats off to David at Backlot for that. He was a nice guy and I wish he’d managed to continue into the next decade doing costumes.

HTTP://WWW.STAIRSTARS.COM (some interesting props for sale)
(352)383-9770 end0442@mindspring.com

Possibly Rick Spector? I don’t think The site works anymore but if it’s Ricks site one of the great pillars of collecting. A master of his craft. Particularly adept at old films and furniture.

www.moviebits.co.uk Uk based dealer of a variety of screen used movie and television items most of which are rather affordable. Other Dealer Sites

David Farthing. Have no experience buying from them but site still works. Low to medium type pieces on the site. Congratulations. You made it to 2020!

* www.starticles.com (all things bought carry money back lifetime guarantee of authenticity, place is in Canada)
Phone & Fax. (416) 504-8286, Email. info@starticles.com

Deader than cordaroy

* http://www.startifacts.com (all things bought carry money back lifetime guarantee of authenticity)
(612) 331 – 6454 Fax (612) 331 – 8083
E-Mail: startifacts@earthlink.net


http://costumejunkie.com/ a collector selling a variety of authentic sci-fi oriented props, costumes, and replicas.

Edward Pugia. A quick web search finds many upset customers. Nuff said.

http://www.Moviepropking.com collector site with a for sale section of prop and costume pieces.

Jason is an intelligent, kind and well versed collector. Send me $50 mate. Lol. One of the good guys in collecting for much of my life doing the very same thing.

http://www.hollywoodhardware.de/eindex1.htm collector in Germany with some items for sale or trade.

Thomas. Similar to Jason a gentleman and very talented in all he sets his mind too. Great Terminator collection.

http://lucasfrancisstudios.com/LFS/sales/propsales.html features a few screen used items for sale.

Ousted most recently from Chronicle Collectibles where he was working producing great products….if your into replicas. Pug owner…huge plus. Makes animal ornaments. Hope he finds a new home making what he loves.

http://www.cinema-celebrities.com/ has a few wardrobe items for sale from time to time.


http://www.logantradingco.com/startrek.htm has a Star Trek Original Series hand phaser for sale acquired from Profiles in History originally as of March 2006.

Gone….and to be forgotten.

The Inquisitors glove from Red Dwarf

Although this has travelled to its new home I thought it would be nice to immortalize itself as having been part of my collection.

Originally made by the BBC visual fox department for the series 5 Red Dwarf Episode “Inquistor” this is one of three gloves made for the show and then sold in 2004 by Propstore as part of their Red Dwarf tv series sale from the shows producers.

The prop still had its light up functionality in the symbol area which when lit could change when the dual below it was turned. A light in the finger that was illuminated when “fired” sadly could not be made to light at this time.

Heavily used in the show this was a great piece and I know the new owner will love it as much as I.

Most dangerous game costume design

“Most dangerous game” comes on the QUIBI or “Quick Bites” phone application platform.

Designed around the idea of segmented movies and tv series the company founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman has a couple of incredible new shows to debut with and the Propstop is debuting these items in the week long auction running during the show Episode premiere exclusively on the eBay platform.

The first show to be offered up is the brilliant new Liam Hemsworth series also starring Christoph Waltz as the shadowy manipulator who makes Dodge the lead character (Hemsworth) sign up for a game to outrace his competition in an effort to win a cash prize for his wife. Shot in Toronto last year the series/movie had a healthy budget and along with “The Fugitive” remake is one of Quibi’s most high profile series.

Most dangerous game originated as a book in 1924 and was made into a film in 1932 and has since been remade several times but this is a version made for today. Hemsworth is great. The part needed an athletic charismatic Star and he is made for the role. Waltz is his usual swarmy self and the direction by Phil Abraham (Daredevil/ozark/Sopranos) is self assured.

But for us costume collectors the film is a tour de force in costume design. Using a custom made two piece “tracksuit” Dodge runs all over the city in wardrobe designed by Natalie Bronfman and in various stages the costume is broken down, bloodied and distressed in approximately 5-6 different stages. Here below is a picture in the wardrobe room during production of some if these very outfits.

The costume consists of a custom grey tracksuit style top with single pocket. Inside the costume the single pocket on nearly all of the outfits has the notations of which stage destruction the piece was used for. Stunt costumes are marked “S” for stunt. Some have the original wardrobe tag attatched too. Some even have original costume photos of Liam H. In wardrobe on the set.

Many of the costumes come with the original undershirt (one version seen above). Early ones have no stains like sweat and later ones are bloodied and possibly have holes.

Dodge’s trousers again are custom made. Black/blue with a double pocket (info is written on the inside like the top). There is. Drawstring at the top to keep them tight.

There is a small selection of other wardrobe including Hemsworth’s brown jacket seen in several scenes and some pairs of shoes however these are limited and sold separately.

The wonderful thing about these costumes is that they are worn extensively and the same design is used extensively throughout but the addition of damage makes them all individual in their own way. The ensemble really does look stunning on a mannequin too.

Interestingly enough one of the attractions the studios have to working with QUIBI is the ownership of the material reverts to them after two years meaning the film can be shown theatrically or put onto tv and blu ray so you will be able to watch the film on large screens in the future. I hope you have enjoyed our look into the creator of this costume and the auction begins Monday 6th April on EBay.

QUIBI can be downloaded on the App Store and there’s a 90 day free trial available there.

Propblock February movieprop & wardrobe sale review

Greetings programs!

I’m very excited that I was asked to cover a few of the items in the Propblock auction on Icollector.com this Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Here are some of my thoughts on a few lots intercut with some more information from Jarrod who is running the sale. There is a 23% premium if you win an item at the auction but to offset that many of the items have a very low starting price. Couple that with super fast shipping, excellent customer service and an easy bidding platform on Icollector Propblocks auctions have always proven to be an exceptional way of finding reasonably priced mid to high end props.
Let’s look at some of the items coming up this week.

From John Wick everybody I know has been looking for items from this film weapon wise and here is one of the very first actual stunt guns from the production. This Kel Tec shotgun is rubber and is a great piece.

From the movie Godzilla here is one of the original production used Clapperboards. Here is a picture of a very similar one being used on set too. Why Velcro? Because the rain used to disguise the Godzilla CGI constantly ruined regular clapperboard ink so stick on letters were used thus making this a very rare custom board!

Next up this rubber Thor helmet is just in awesome production condition. Here’s a picture too of a similar one in the film worn by the Asgardian troops.

Lot 152 is this resin Terminator Endo skeleton skull with chrome finish production made for the tv series Terminator: The Sarah Connor chronicles by Almost Human FX and was a slightly different sculpt than the movie version.

Fans of Rick Bakers work will love this beautiful piece of art by the maestro from The Nutty Professor. Presented on a lifecast display.

From various tv shows and movies there is a set of very rare money from the Fox sci-fi/dinosaur show terra Nova

From movies and tv there is also paper money from Breaking Bad, American made and the man in the high castle.

From the motion picture Kick Ass here is Hit girls mask.

From Star Wars there are various pieces of props and wardrobe including a youngling Saber and Krayt Dragon piece.

Star Trek is represented by weapons and hand props like Nogs cane, and costumes by a William Shatner worm garment from the Motion picture from 1979 as well as costumes worn by Sisko from Deep Space Nine and a Star Trek Beyond Facial appliance.

Other items include:

X men the last stand cure rifle

Wayne’s world Garth costume

Custom Comic books made up for productions of tv and film

The hulk forehead appliance (tv series)

Johnny English bishop costume

Captain Power laser pistol

Black mass makeup appliances

Check out the auction online on icollector.com


Judge Dredd: Hero live-fire Lawgiver Prop

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone reading this. And if it’s not Thanksgiving when you do read this it doesn’t matter as although I’m giving appreciative thoughts to this special day when amongst family snd friends I’d love to also thank this little piece of history coming into my collection too which surely like “judge Dredd” itself as a movie has followed me around for many years, always skipping my grasp due to a litany of reasons but of course expense being number one. Well finally one of the small handful of props that weren’t stunt and thus basically solid background pieces (been there done that), was offered to me for a fair price. From finding it to restoring it, that story is below.

A few months back I was offered a resin shell from the first Stallone film and spent about 15 minutes verifying it was as claimed and indeed quickly found out it was. There’s so few photos of these around out there so I used that bastion of Dredd photo history the Art and Making of Dredd one of which is by Charlie Lippincott whose many pictures will be used to illustrate this article. The shroud I purchased looked similar to the below which is another one that has been in Ian Seniors collection since 1999 and completely coincidentally chose to go public on Facebook this week with just a few days ago before my reveal and independent of my find.

This of course is quite some way away from THIS… but we will get there I promise.

After getting the shroud I discovered that the original handgrips for the pistol were stored in the pistol and hadn’t been lost. As was the small piece that surrounded the back of the pistol. It was then I turned to master prop maker Matt at Matsucorp on Facebook. It is he that assisted Propstore selling one of the original Livefire lawgivers many years ago and has made THE best copy of the gun for airsoft replicas over the last 20 years so since I’ve always admired his work I contacted him for help restoring this piece.

The only thing i wanted to do was the work myself. That was something I was very keen to push myself to do since I loved the original myself i wanted to not only know what I’d done but how I did it and Matt assisted me ably and most kindly during the process from the selection of a donor frame to mount the gun parts too, all the way thru making an identical small piece to finish the clip which was missing. Matt is a busy man and I still had that to contend with BUT he’s an exceptional builder and if you have course to use him He comes highly recommended from me.

Ian’s gun still had the original deactivated pistol

living in the U.K. but since I’m in the states this livefire was presumably still in the U.K. so we needed the following. A Barretta 92FS and I chose an airsoft based on Matt’s recommendation and after altering that to fit the Lawgiver shroud began that process.

So here you see the original screenused handles that have been screwed onto the donor metal replica gun and a piece of the fiberglass backslide I screwed into place after the donor had been drilled. This was then lowered into the pre checked casing with the electronic components cleaned after 25 years of neglect.

Again this is Ian’s UK gun interior below. It was deactivated for various press events at the time (Summer 95) but I’ve used it for illustrating the interior as it’s VERY similar to mine but also because my shroud has not had the grip removed as the tape is still in place and I felt it better to remain in its original condition. That small yellow screw head like spin disk with numbers is where with a flat head screwdriver each position means the lights on the outsider change or pulse. It’s actually horrible only in the design flaw you have to open the pistol and unscrew it to change the lighting pattern.

Once your here you can add the Barretta

And then seal the casing

And scratch your head as to why the lights are missing from your pistol. Well simply put there wasn’t enough room in these for lights on the left AND right so perhaps one of the great secrets of these is revealed. So basically when you see Dredd etc fire these you see the side of the gun that lights and never the other in the same camera shot. Ian’s pistol was a right facing pistol

And mines the same direction however the prop is finished below. One of the differences between his and mine is the black port on the silver 45 degrees upper right over the trigger.

That black port or a similar one can be seen when Rico and Dredd fight on the Statue of Liberty.

Which mysteriously disappears from shot to shot

So here are two of these and another of course I mentioned is the Propstore one. Let’s take a quick look at that livefire variant.

This one had the ill fitting replica hand grips but sold, I’m told for around the 13k mark many years ago.

Several of the stunts have gone through Propstores yearly auction and command around $6500 each but sadly the vulnerable spot on these has always been the sight.

Another particular thing to look for in these is all the hero guns have different handles vs the stunt. That’s because of the line for the handle where it meets the body of the gun, on the stunt wasn’t carried over from the original artwork or the hero prop due to a miscommunication during production.

This really is a grail find for me. Ever since visiting the set in 94 owning one of the original hero closeup Stallone props from JD has been one of the things I never thought possible so I’m giving thanks to 1994 me for keeping the faith and being able to accomplish this 25 years later.

Keep the faith everyone.