Sunday, August 30, 2015

5 Things I want from

I've spent the past three days trying to get this post done. Hopefully you're reading this on my blog page. If it hasn't posted and you're still reading this, get from behind my chair. It's not nice to sneak up on people.

This is going to sound like an ad for, but I promise you, I'm not making any money from this. That's not to say I wouldn't like to have a few bucks thrown my way. I just want everyone to know that wasn't the motivation behind this post.

Up until tonight, I'd never heard of Prop Store. My mom, of all people, sent me a link to one of their auctions, which led to me spending the last 5 hours browsing movie props and memorabilia. Some of the items are crazy spendy, which I expected. Still, I was able to find some deals hiding on there. So, without any further delay, here's my shopping list from the Prop Store.

Lucasfilm Picnic Basket Set

I have yet to enjoy an honest to goodness under the tree picnic. Maybe because the only thing worse than dealing with ants and other bugs, is having sand get in your chicken salad.I'm not opposed to the idea of a picnic, even if it means I may have to do battle with ants, wasps, bees, orcs, etc. just to enjoy my meal of warm egg salad sandwiches and soggy vegetables. It's just that I've never had the proper accoutrements

If I had this Lucasfilm picnic set, I'd probably eat outside everyday. In the rain. In the middle of a snowstorm. In the path of oncoming lava. This particular set includes everything you'd need for outdoor dining for two people. Well, everything except food, you're on your own as far as that goes. This set is slightly used, which excites me just a little bit. What if it's the one that George Lucas used? He could have come up with Jar Jar Binks right on that blanket. That still makes it cool, right?

The Rocketeer Helmet

I don't know if The Rocketeer still holds up today, but it's still one of my guilty pleasure movies. It really has something for everybody. There are fistfights, gunfights, car chases, plane races, jet packs, a giant, and Nazis. It's basically an Indiana Jones movie, if Indy had a rocket strapped to his back. It also stars Bruce Campbell's second cousin, Bill, and ex-Bond Timothy Dalton as an Errol Flynn knockoff. Jennifer Connelly is in it as well, which leads me to believe she is either a Highlander or a vampire, since she doesn't seem to age.

Next to Darth Vader, the Rocketeer has one of my favorite helmet designs. It's even functional, with the fin on top responsible for controlling the direction of your flight. Sure, it's not as fancy as Iron Man's armor or faceplate, but this was high tech for the 1930's. I'd still need to get a rocket packet and flying jacket to complete the uniform. Until then, I'll be happy running around the yard with my arms stretched out making jet sounds with my mouth.

Casino Royale Cocktail Shaker

I know not everyone is a fan of the new Bond flicks' darker tone, but this is still one of my favorite scenes from the new Casino Royale.

Normally I would be put off by the commercial within a scene, but here it just works for me. All the cool kids order a fancy martini, while future Hannibal remains a stick in the mud, drinking his scotch or whatever. I'll admit I'm not a huge martini fan, but that doesn't mean I couldn't use the shaker for other alcoholic concoctions. And, since it's from the James Bond franchise, I bet it could be turned into a bomb or a laser cannon with a twist of the top. Either way, I bet it would go great with my Lucasfilm picnic set.

My Bloody Valentine Torn Chest Cavity Shirt

Confession time: Up until a few years ago, I didn't know that My Bloody Valentine was a real horror movie. When I heard the title, and read that it was about a crazy miner killing people, I thought it was a parody. Then I saw the original, quickly followed by the remake, and I have to say, I dig both movies. I particularly like the fact the remake is actually a sequel, just set a couple decades later. The new one also has cheesy 3D-special effects, ala Jaws 3 and Friday the 13th Part III, so crap is always flying way too close to the camera.

As for why I would want a shirt with a large 3 dimensional wound on the front, I have two words: sick day. Some times you just don't feel like going to work, and you've already used the dead grandmother excuse a few times. Well, just tell your boss you had an accident and won't be able to make it in. When they ask what happened, just send them a selfie while you're wearing this thing. I bet they give you the whole week off. I bet it would work great for getting out of weddings and speeding tickets.

Japanese Star Wars: Return of the Jedi poster

For all of its faults, Return of the Jedi is still one of my favorite entries in the series. I love the scenes in Jabba's palace, and I reenacted the speeder chase scene with my G.I. Joe figures hundreds of times. I still have to fast forward past the awful "Jedi Rocks" scene, but I have a ton of respect for anyone that can sit through that segment. I hear rumors that the CIA specifically uses that scene to break terrorists. I'd believe it.

Anyway, this particular design was my favorite version of the Return of the Jedi posters. I miss the days when all posters were hand painted, instead of that photoshopped crap they churn out now. I'm not saying that all new posters are bad, I'm just saying that some of the bad posters from yesteryear are better than good posters today. The Japanese writing is what makes this a "gotta have" for me. It adds a certain flair to an image that I'd already love to have hanging on my wall. Sadly, this particular poster has already been sold, but I'm sure another could be found rather easily.

There you all go, my shopping list from Prop Store. With a wedding and birthday quickly approaching, you have plenty of occasions to choose from. I'm not saying you have to get everything off of there, but one or two items would be nice. I'm not picky.


  1. OMG! I'm perusing the main page of Prop Store... Those prices!! and they are british pounds! (Libras Esterlinas in spanish).
    Let's see... 3.2 peruvian soles = 1 dollar... 1.5 dollars = 1 pound... I'm having a heart attack by now.
    But that My Bloody Valentine Shirt is simply awesome!!

    I hate photoshop crap too :(

    1. Some of those prices are crazy aren't they? It's not the first place I would go for collectibles, but they have some interesting items.
      I was tempted by the life size statue of Darth Vader, but the $6299 price tag is a bit out of my range.

  2. The Rocketeer rock(ateer)s! They filmed a lot of it in my hometown, I remember the planes buzzing around my Jr. High when we were out playing baseball. After the movie was filmed someone bought one of the hangars and turned it into their garage.

    1. Oh man, that's awesome. I need to go back and watch it again. It's been a few years since I've seen it.

      The only thing I can think of that was filmed near here was Misty of Chincoteague. That's nowhere near as exciting as The Rocketeer.

  3. You deserve ALL of this. If (when!) we ever meet, I expect you in that Rocketeer helmet!

    1. Thanks man! I may not be wearing that particular one, but I bet I could whip up a reasonable facsimile with some cardboard and spray paint!

  4. Chris. Dear. Love of my life. WE HAVE A GOD DAMN PICNIC BASKET! Not only that, I have begged and pleaded with you to go on a picnic with said basket to no avail. And I know what you're going to say, "it's not a Lucas Films picnic basket set", which is true. But after the Lucas Film wine glass incident we are not getting any more Lucas Films anything (unless it's another wine glass to replace the broken one!).


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