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.”
The ‘Carry On’ movies are quintessentially British comedies with enduring appeal. Starting back in 1958 with ‘Carry On Sergeant’ and running through to ‘Carry On Columbus’ in 1992, the film series has spanned over 60 years with 31 movies. This gives the films the distinction of being the longest continuous British film series to date…
Television is a fleeting medium. A series that’s lucky enough to find an audience goes from concept to cancellation in a few short years, forever being replaced by the network’s next attempt at a hit. Culture at large tends to forget many of these stories, which puts narratives and characters that stick with us in the notable minority. These exceptions are the cultural heavy-weights; television that not only entertains, but lingers in the subconscious and plants seeds for thoughts that might not have formed otherwise.
Film posters have long been a visual staple of the modern world. From the cinema walls, to adverts on your phone screen, film posters and their artwork have long since been utilised as a way to promote upcoming movie titles with the use of bold colours and the faces of famous actors…
Stan Lee, the pioneering former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief and Hollywood’s King of Cameos, shuffled off his mortal coil earlier this week at age 95. The team at Prop Store joins the world in mourning the passing of this legendary multihyphenate.
Outer space was on the forefront of culture in the 1960s. When President John F. Kennedy set out his plans for the New Frontier, he rekindled a lost pioneer spirit and set our sights – and imaginations- on the stars. Armstrong and Aldrin first explored the moon in 1969, and a short 300 years later, the USS Enterprise set off on its five-year mission to explore further.
At a time when practically every movie screen has been taken over by a big-budget superhero film, it is easy to forget the genre’s humble beginnings. The first onscreen superheroes came in the form of low-budget movie serials, which eventually evolved into syndicated television fare, with George Reeves’ Superman chief among them. Chief, that is, until January 1966, when a single series changed the genre – and pop culture – forever.
Will Vinton, the award-winning animation pioneer who made waxed mustaches cool again, passed away earlier this month at age 70. The team at Prop Store mourns the loss of this icon whose extraordinary body of work includes some of the most influential films, television, and commercials in pop culture history.
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