Often times, when a film needs an object, they make it, especially for the film. Sometimes it’s for legal reasons, like money. Sometimes it’s because they don’t exist in real life, like a lightsaber. Over the years, there have been some iconic props made, with propmasters working tirelessly to produce and maintain items, that sometimes get barely any screentime. They might only be visible in the background for a split second, or the MacGuffin everyone is after, but many of them were unique and will never be used again
After filming wraps, these items are no longer needed. Some of the important ones get given to (or are stolen by) cast and crew members, kept for use in sequels or other films, some of them go for sale at auctions, while many of the truly iconic ones are owned by collectors, there are still plenty of interesting ones you can own
Daily Bugle Newspaper – Spider-Man (2002)
Although it hasn’t featured much in the newer films, The Daily Bugle and its staff, especially the cranky J Jonah Jameson were some fan favourite scenes in Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Peter takes a job as a freelance photographer taking pictures of himself fighting crime to earn a living throughout the series. The production actually made several copies of the fictional newspaper, which can be seen in various scenes such as this one, either framed on the walls or read by characters.
Predator Foot – Predators (2010)
One of the most iconic film villains of all time, the fearsome Predator. A race of aliens that search the galaxy in search of worthy prey to hunt. The 2011 film featured a band of criminals trapped with several of the creatures in a fight for survival. The Predator famously takes a trophy from its kills, and anyone with this on display must be a fearsome opponent indeed.
Wolverine’s Claws – X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is one of the longest portrayals of a superhero, rivalling Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. Jackman played the role from the first X-Men film in 2000, all the way up to his last appearance in 2017’s Logan. Undoubtedly the most iconic aspect of the character, Jackman unintentionally injured himself and others several times with the claws. They would make the world’s coolest bottle opener though.
The Elder Wand – Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
The Wizarding World has no end of exciting props. The detail of Hogwarts and it’s students is incredible, with the cast constantly singing the praises of the set designers and prop makers. Most of them are on display at the studio tours in London. One of the most important items in the story is the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows, powerful magical items coveted by generations of wizards. This particular version of the wand was actually made before its importance was revealed, as it was used in the first two entries (Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets)
Jurassic World Brochure – Jurassic World (2015)
Every Jurassic Park fan has wanted to visit the park – when it’s safe of course. 2015’s Jurassic World gave the world a look at what the park may look like when it’s finally open, complete with gift shops and souvenirs. One of the things every theme park needs is a map, to help guests navigate the park and plan their route. In Jurassic World, guests have access to these when they arrive on Isla Nublar. Despite only appearing for a few seconds, these have full maps and a list of attractions at Jurassic World.
Future Soldier Uniform – Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Thankfully, the real judgement Day came and went, thanks to the intervention of Sarah and John Connor, but in the dark future where it took place, the surviving humans war outfits like this. While it’s effectiveness at keeping the wearer alive during the machine uprising is debatable, it certainly looks pracitcal, and has plenty of pockets for you to keep any useful items acquired.
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