By Dan Jolin
I spent 10 years in Azeroth. The world of Massively Multiplayer Online role-playing game World of Warcraft was immense, compelling, exciting and a great way to spend a long evening — whether that was hitting dungeons with your friends, exploring its lush jungles or barren wastes, or just hanging out down the inn in Stormwind’s Old District chatting with your guild buddies.
Despite its hero’s supernatural powers and fantastical origin, the props and costumes of Iron Fist reveal how the Marvel-Netflix show stayed gritty and realistic.
The original Carry On series of films encompassed an impressive span of 31 films from 1958 to 1992. The hallmark of the film series was to poke fun at national institutions such as the NHS, but there was also a strong focus on parodying film genres too. The mood of the films were light-hearted, irreverent and humorous and though not what you would class as high-art’, the Carry On films were generally very successful.
As with anything that involves satire, there were a number of controversies throughout the film series’ run, but none so peculiar as the legal case that sprung up around the poster for Carry On Cleo (1965)…
When Luke Cage first appeared on the pages of Marvel Comics in June 1972, he was heralded as “A strangely unique super-hero.” By modern sensibilities this was a rather clumsy way of highlighting the fact that the brawny, bulletproof, Harlem-based crime fighter was the first African-American hero to ever be given his own title. But it also could have described the way he dressed: in a canary-yellow shirt, with a chain-link belt and a metal tiara.
A movie doesn’t have to be set in the distant past, or envision a fantastical future to hook us with its world-building. Often, it’s just as interesting to see how film-makers and craftspeople represent modern-day reality on our screens, no matter how tough and unpalatable it may be.
Two decades have passed since The Matrix kung-fu kicked its way into cinemas and blew our minds, yet its huge, out of the blue success has lost little of its impact. The idea that major studio would give $63 million to a pair of relatively unknown film-makers to make an original sci-fi action film feels as unlikely today as it did in 1999, but that is exactly what happened to Lana and Lilly Wachowski. And it might not have happened it if weren’t for the siblings’ savvy and unprecedented use of storyboards — many of which are available to buy here at Prop Store. The Matrix wasn’t just remarkable for being a film that was storyboarded before it was green lit. It was a movie that was green lit thanks to its storyboards.
Life is difficult in Host-occupied Los Angeles. When the mysterious, intergalactic force known as The Hosts arrived on Earth, they quickly sequestered the world’s population in to manageable blocs, complete with gigantic border walls and an oppressive regime of human collaborators. Though many citizens have chosen to live through the occupation as peacefully as possible, human resistance forces are what keep the Hosts actively on the offensive when it comes to protecting their new territory. Take a look at some of the Host-highlights from the Colony Auction.
Ever since Blade Runner, cinematic sci-fi dystopias have always been stylish world-building affairs. Many continue to be heavily influenced by the noir-ish, raincoat-and-neon feel of Ridley Scott’s classic, but some strike out in bold new directions, building their look around their own, unique ideas; movies like The Divergent Series — as Prop Store’s next exclusive auction certainly proves.
In a futuristic, dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions based on human virtues: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). The Divergent Series is a thrilling action-adventure and global blockbuster franchise from Lionsgate. Prop Store is thrilled to offer collectibles from The Divergent Series to millions of fans around the world for the first time. No matter your favorite character or faction, you will find something one-of-a-kind to take home today.
Prop Store’s current Vintage Toys And Collectibles Live Auction represents another ground-breaking first for the company. In bringing together 750 original production toys, international collectibles, posters, cast & crew items into one auction, it is the first time Prop Store has moved into the toy collecting space with a carefully curated selection from some of the world’s most beloved movies: Indiana Jones, Star Trek, The Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rambo and of course Star Wars.
Each of us falls in love with the playthings we encounter as children, many of them still treasured as we grow up and out of touch with our sense of play. But sometimes we give our toys away, or lose them, or sell them to make space – and immediately after, we regret it. Now, Prop Store is returning those lost collectibles to avid and amateur collectors alike with its latest auction: a cornucopia of vintage figures, trading cards, vehicles, proof sheets, and more pieces from every stage of toy production. Whether you prefer Star Wars or Buck Rogers, Topps or Mego, our 2019 Vintage Toys & Collectibles Live Auction offers selections from across the world of collecting. Here are just a few highlight examples from the auction.
By Dean Craig Isadore Pelton
Great news! No, not a movie, stop crying. We are doing another auction! Yes, fellow Greendale Human Beings, we are opening the GCC vault once again to bring some timeless, Community College classics back to the auction block. What’s Dean got to do with it? Why, I get to give you the hot goss on the new lots, of course! Open your text books and let’s begin…
In a world of rampant technological advancements, it is often hard to keep perspective on how much the new devices effect our daily lives. Anyone with a smartphone has gone from relative anonymity to having a computer, and GPS, in their pocket practically all day long. But, advancements like the internet and smart phones were not a reality at the time the original Ghost in the Shell was created, and every adaptation since has made use of some of the fantastic tech at play in that world, even as the fantasy and reality move closer and closer together. Here are some highlight examples of future tech from the Ghost in the Shell Auction 2.0.
The near-future world of Ghost in the Shell presents a technological landscape where humanity and machine intersect at every corner. In a film concerned with questions of humanity and preserving one’s “self”, the world around the characters has been specifically designed to work against their better judgement, with technological advancements constantly on offer to distract from the harsh realities of physical life. Preview some of the auction lots now before bidding begins January 16th.
Is this your first auction? First in a while? You’ve only ever used eBay?! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In addition to our full Buyer’s Guide and Terms & Conditions, here is a handy reference guide to the various ways that you can participate in TV Treasures Auction!
What was your favorite show as a kid? You probably know without even thinking about it. The shows we watch at a young age tend to stick with us, quietly influencing our adult lives, whether through a colorful character, a well-remembered commercial, or an unforgettable theme song. Thankfully, these childhood classics are well-represented in the TV Treasures Auction. Today’s secret word is “Order.”
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