Heroic Helmets From the Prop Store Archive

From deep space, to ancient battlefields, where would a self-respecting hero be without a helmet? Hold onto your hats, movie fans, as we take a closer look at some of the heroic helmets from cinematic history, fresh from the Prop Store archive. No matter what you’re into, these big screen helmets will definitely turn your head…

You’ll Go Batty for Our Original Batman Props!

You’ll Go Batty for Our Batman Props!

Most bats might be known for their echo location and ability to fill their cave with guano, but this particular bat is a little bit different. Not only does he run his own multinational conglomerate and drive a pretty fierce set of wheels, but he’s also perpetually 34 years old (little known bat-fact for you there).

So, with the difference between Batman and an actual bat cleared up, it’s probably time we got on the show…

Jim McPherson: Working with Rick Baker

Jim McPherson is currently a 3D artist with 3DSystems/ Gentle Giant Studios. He is proud to have worked on some selected items from the the Rick Baker Prop Store auction and has shared with us some great stories about his time with the Monster Maker himself…

Just Days To Go Until Our ‘No Reserve’ Rick Baker Auction

Just Days To Go Until Our ‘No Reserve’ Rick Baker Auction

Back To The Future: The Restoration of the 2015 Hill Valley Police Cruiser

Prop Store LA’s Matt Truex discusses the restoration of a Hill Valley Police Cruiser from the Robert Zemeckis Back To The Future trilogy…

The Making Of The Monster Maker Auction

In his own words, Prop Store LA COO Brandon Alinger’s talks about the once in a lifetime experience that working with Baker to develop this auction has provided…

Prop Store Staff Picks: Siân Taylor’s Favourite Props

This week it’s Siân Taylor, our UK project manager, who takes some time to compile her ultimate list of must-have Prop Store lots. And what an eclectic list it is, with everything from a set of mechanical wings from the 1999 film, Dogma, to Newgate Ned, an original stop motion puppet from the animated film, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!

Let’s take a look at Siân’s top picks…

Prop Store Staff Picks: Justin Miller’s Favourite Props

This week we journey by land and by sea across the Atlantic to catch up with our LA photographer, Justin Miller. In this instalment of Prop Store Staff Picks, Justin digs through the Prop Store archives to pick out his favourite film props, costumes and original pieces of movie memorabilia.

Justin, if you’d be so kind…

Feeling Batty

In our last installment of the Rick Baker: Monster Maker blog series, we looked at one of Baker’s most noted creature calling cards, his apes, monkeys and gorillas. While his career will always be indelibly linked to his primate creations, he has created other notable creatures that were inspired by animals. In this week we look at two of the more menacing designs in the auction that were both inspired by bats.

Lord of the Apes: The Masterful Primate Designs of Rick Baker

We’ve already explored a number of Rick Baker’s incredible creations, but it’s possible that the creatures most synonymous with Baker’s career are the myriad apes and gorillas that he brought to life on screen.

Star Wars Special: Original Trilogy Production Material

It’s Star Wars Week here at Prop Store! As part of our celebrations we’re sharing some of the iconic Original Trilogy (OT) production material that has been added to the website this week. Whether you’re loyal to the OT, or are counting down the Parsecs until The Force Awakens, we’ve got some incredible relics to tantalise aspiring Jedis. May the Force be with you.

Prop Store Collection Highlights: Masks from the Movies

View and buy some amazing masks from the silver screen in the Prop Store memorabilia collection; from The Man in the Iron Mask, to Hell Boy II.

Rick Baker: Monster Maker – Edgar

So far in our ten-part Rick Baker: Monster Maker blog series, we have taken close looks at the first Men in Black alien to grace the screen in Mikey as well as some of the incredible animatronic creatures brought to life by Baker. In this installment, we will look at an alien that while not the first alien seen in Men in Black may have the distinction of being the most notorious in the entire franchise. He may also be the most impressive feat of animatronics featured in the auction as well. We’re talking about lot 213 Full-Size Alien Edgar Bug Animatronic Character.

Prop Store at Star Wars Celebration VII, Anaheim California

As the global Star Wars fandom descended on Anaheim, California for Star Wars Celebration VII in anticipation of this year’s release of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we at Prop Store did our best to give a showcase of the company’s own dedication to the epic franchise worthy of the weekend. We think we did just that!

It’s Alive! Making the Monsters Move

In our last instalment we took a closer look at the artistry that went into achieving an authentic transition between Mogwai puppets and their Gremlin counterparts. Of course, no matter how aesthetically impressive a puppet is, if it can’t move it’s not of much use to the production and last week’s featured lots were no exception to this rule. As we saw with the Gremlins puppets, whether by mechanical components, servos or even through simple marionette puppeteering, Rick Baker has been just as revolutionary in bringing his creations to life through movement as he has been in their design.

From Concept to Creature: The Art Behind Monster Making

In our last post, we took a closer look at Mikey, the first alien to appear on screen in the Men In Black franchise. We found out that he’s kind of a big deal, but he didn’t start out that way. In fact, as you can see below, Mikey started out as a sketch on a page and then a clay maquette long before he became the recognizable alien seen on screen.

Preserving the Work of a Legend

So far in this blog series, Prop Store has given you an exclusive look inside Rick Baker’s Cinovation studios and you’ve gotten a glimpse at the broad collection that was housed there. Given the span of Baker’s illustrious career and the number of his creations that he kept throughout it, it should come as no surprise that many of the lots going into the auction required some form of preservation, stabilization or restoration. In this instalment of the Rick Baker blog series, we take a look at some of these pieces and the strides taken to preserve them for posterity.

Highlights from the Prop Store Website: Awesome Swords

Some serious sabres have passed through the Prop Store collection over the years. Take a look at heroic weapons from Gladiator, Braveheart and more!

Prop Store’s Marvel Superhero Collection

We take a little trip down memory lane with a look at some original props and costumes from our favourite Marvel superhero films.

Just Add Water! A Closer Look at Mogwai and Gremlins

In our last instalment in the ten-part Rick Baker blog series, we looked at how some of the most famous Baker creations evolved from concept art and maquettes into the final form we see on screen. We saw Lenny evolve from concept art into a finished puppet, but this week we’re giving an inside look at how he and some of his notorious companions evolve from from Mogwai to Gremlins.

Cinovation Studios Originals

In conjunction with the release of the Rick Baker: Monster Maker Auction catalog, Prop Store is excited to take a deeper dive into the incredible material that comprises this historic auction in the form of a ten-part blog series.

In The Beginning, There Was Mikey

For many of Rick Baker’s fans, he will always be indelibly linked to the many alien creatures he brought to life for the Men In Black franchise. In the second part of Prop Store’s ten part blog series on the Rick Baker: Monster Maker Auction, we are going to take a closer look at what is quite possibly the most significant alien creation in all of Baker’s work on the Men In Black films because it is the first one that took movie goers’ breath away when they saw him on screen.

Prop Store Staff Picks: Cara Kimber’s Favourite Props

Discover the Prop Store items our team of cinema buffs want to take home themselves. This week we ask research assistant Cara Kimber to share her picks.

Prop Store Staff Picks: Paul Wallis’ Favourite Props

Join us as we take a glimpse behind the scenes at Prop Store to reveal some of our team’s favourite lots. No one knows our massive collection of original movie props, costumes and memorabilia better than these guys, so this should make for some interesting reading. This week we reveal our UK warehouse manager’s Paul Wallis’s favourite lots…

Exclusive Rick Baker Auction Takes Place 29th May

There are just weeks to go before our huge Rick Baker auction kicks off in LA and online. At 11AM PDT (7PM GMT) on 29th May 2015, we’ll be starting the bidding on over 400 lots of never-before-auctioned movie memorabilia, acquired directly from the make up effects artist’s legendary Cinovation studio.

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