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SDCC 2015 PREVIEW: What Prop Would You Choose to Rule Them All?

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There might only be one ring, but you can choose from their vast selection of chains.

 

With San Diego Comic-Con 2015 upon us like Charlie Sheen on a liquor cabinet, along with sharing my personal convention schedule below (yes, I will be there in the melting flesh once more), I also decided to delve into a related topic – thanks to the suggestion of a fellow Outlaw.

Like jeans, sports teams, ringtones and the fantasies we have about scantily clad superheroes feeding us grapes as they type up our TPS reports, the props born from our most beloved pieces of entertainment can be a very personal thing for those of us with a passion for pop culture.

Don’t believe me? What if I told you that Marilyn Monroe’s iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch sold for a meager $4,600,000 which actually topped the $4,415,000 price tag for Babe Ruth’s original jersey from 1920. And they say there’s still gender inequality? Political gender debates aside, my point is our entertainment culture is strongly ingrained in our DNA and remains an important part of the things we associate with happiness.

 

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Ok, well I mean happiness within the boundaries of the law.

 

Unfortunately, not all of us, myself included, can scrape together enough spare change between the couch cushions – hell, I can’t even afford a couch – to throw down $240,000 for Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber or $130,000 for a Proton Pack used in Ghostbusters 2 (and that’s just for one from the mediocre sequel). Thanks, however, to the wonders of advanced technology and the countless additional hours of nerds around the world, exact replica props can be purchased through official licenses or made with materials from your local Home Depot.

In fact, one just needs to wander around a local comic convention, especially San Diego Comic-Con, to appreciate some of the amazing work the nerd-next-door has whipped up in his or her garage instead of taking the kids to school like their significant other asked them to. Often times, it’s the local unknown who builds replicas and costumes that put the studios’ workshops to shame.

 

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Major props to… well… umm… their props.

 

This all leads me to a question I was recently asked by Geek Outlaw admirer (yeah, he might be crazy) Sam Harding from Invaluable.com, a premium auction website that often offers up original movie props for eager collectors. His inquiry seemed like a simple one (at the time). If I could pick one prop I’d like to find at an auction (assuming money was no object since I have none of it), what item would that be?

The first thought that “just popped in there” was of course the aforementioned Ghostbusters Proton Pack featured in the original film. Not only is it my favorite movie, but it’s also the only prop I don’t own in some way or another. I already own very high-quality replicas of the Ecto Goggles, the Pke Meter, the Trap, and the Neutrona Wand made by Mattel. (Don’t act surprised.) After further consideration however, I started to wonder how often I would really get to use and show off a 75-pound $200,000 paperweight outside of a Halloween party or two once a year.

 

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All of the epicness…

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… at a fraction of the cost.

 

The internal struggle was a battle and a half. Smoke poured out of my ears and I blankly stared at my screen like I usually do when trying to think of what on geek’s green earth I’m going to write for my next blog post. I started to go down the road of Captain America’s shield with its dual purpose of umbrella and snow sled, but again that might prove to be a tad too weighty to wield around with any type of convenience.

My next train of thought took me to my favorite television series of all time, The X-Files. While most of the props in the show aren’t flashy, I always thought it would be neat to have Mulder’s FBI badge at my disposal in case I needed to enter any FBI facilities without attracting a second glance. Again, how often I would be able to use them outside of a few failed attempts at breaking into the Pentagon made that idea a moot topic. Not to mention I already purchased some replica badges at a convention in Las Vegas a few years back (see below).

 

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Because some days I just feel like being a redhead.

 

The next item up for bids in my mind was the trusty Colt Python Rick Grimes has kept by his side for the last five seasons of The Walking Dead. Not only is it the Cadillac of hand guns, but it also has the ability to scare off my worst enemies while making me look like a true Outlaw – both of which were appealing propositions… until I realized the prop used on the set was probably not a fully working model. So much for that idea, seeing as how I already scored a replica of one for my Rick Grimes cosplay on eBay.

 

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You better not come near my fence… this here is MY fence.

 

It took some time, but a light bulb eventually went off over my head, which I then proceeded to cover with my hat. Not just any hat however, but my Indiana Jones replica fedora hat. For my money, the iconic headwear is something that can be worn today for many occasions while also giving one the rugged-but-debonair good looks of everyone’s favorite fictitious archeologist. It’s arguably as much of a character of the franchise as Indy himself. Despite owning a pretty decent replica of the fedora, there is an alternate universe where I could see myself dropping major dollars on one of the pieces that was actually used on set. Hell, who knows, maybe Mr. Ford left a few green bills inside the crown for safe keeping.

 

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Harrison who? Pratt what?

 

What say you fellow Outlaws? If money flowed like water (California excluded), which film or TV prop would you love to find on auction?

For all those who will be in San Diego for Comic-Con 2015, I will be there sporting all of my Geek Outlaw props as well. If you’d like to try and find or meet up with me, I’ve posted my tentative schedule for the next 5 days below. You can also try reaching me on Twitter @GeekOutlaw or Facebook.com/GeekOutlaw.

If you are a social media non-savant, just keep a look out for a guy in a black X-Files hat and an Ecto-1 Ghostbusters jersey fishing for spare change in the seat cushions of the convention lobby.

 

2015 SDCC GEEK OUTLAW SCHEDULE (***Tentative)

(***I won’t be held liable if for some reason adoring fans keep me from sticking to my planned timeline. Well, that won’t happen, but you get the idea.***)

Wednesday, July 8

6:00pm-8:30pm @ Exhibit Hall
Spending Money I Don’t Have on the Exhibit Floor
9:00pm-10:30Pm @ Reading Cinemas Gaslamp
LEGO Brickumentary Premiere Screening
10:30pm-12:00am @ Dragon’s Den
Game of Bloggers Meet Up! (???)

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Thursday, July 9

10:00am-11:00am @ Room 2
Comic-Con How-To: Show Your Story, Don’t Tell It!
11:00am-12:00pm @ Room 5AB
Peanuts 65th Anniversary Panel
1:00pm-2:00pm @ Room 25ABC
Science Channel: Raiders, Raptors, and Rebels: Behind the Magic of ILM
3:00pm-4:00pm @ Room 30CDE
Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing

OR

3:00pm-6:00pm @ Spreckles Theater
Conan Live Taping (???)

4:45pm-5:45pm @ Room 6BCF
NASA: Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact
7:00pm-8:00pm @ Room 6DE
Surviving The Walking Dead: Understanding Behavior in a World Without Rules
8:00pm-9:00pm @ Room 25ABC
Psychology of Cult TV Shows Episode 2~OR 

8:00pm-9:00pm @ Room 5AB
The Science of Science Fiction: The Science Accuracy Pendulum

9:00pm-Midnight @ Downtown San Diego
“Wherever they serve Geek Outlaw food and drinks”

 

Friday, July 10

10:00am-11:00am @ 628 L Street
Game of Thrones “Experience the Realm”
1:00pm-2:00pm @ Room 29AB
From Novel to Comic to Film: Turning Books into Other Forms of Pop Culture
2:00pm-3:00pm @ Room 25ABC
Ghostbusters: IDW and Cryptozoic Entertainment~OR 

2:00pm-3:00pm @ Nerd HQ (New Children’s Museum)
Con Man

3:00pm-6:00pm @ Spreckles Theater
Conan Live Taping (???)
6:30pm-My liver gives out @ Werewolf Bar
Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria Party

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Saturday, July 11

9:30am-11:00am @ Exhibit Hall
Walking Artist’s Ally11:00am-11:45am @ Ballroom 20
TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites  (???)
12:00pm-12:45pm @ Ballroom 20
The Simpsons  (???)~OR 

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Nerd HQ (New Children’s Museum)
Nathan Fillion

1:00pm-2:00pm @ Petco Park Parking Lot
Petco Park (???)
3:00pm-4:00pm @ Room 6A
The Muppet Show Coming to ABC
5:00pm-6:30pm @ Room 2
Comic-Con How-To: Proper Pitching and Promoting Yourself 1.5
6:00pm-7:00pm @ Nerd HQ (New Children’s Museum)
MYSTERY PANEL (???)
7:00pm-8:00pm @ Room 9
Author Talk with Del Rey Books
8:30pm-I Pass Out in the Gutter @ Downtown San Diego
“Wherever they serve Geek Outlaw food and drinks”

 

Sunday, July 12

9:30am-11:30pm @ Exhibit Hall
Walking Artist’s Ally
12:00pm-1:00pm @ Room 29AB
Danger Mouse New Series: Exclusive Reveal~OR 

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Nerd HQ (New Children’s Museum)
Joss Whedon

2:00pm-3:00pm @ Room 28DE
Where Do Ideas Come From?

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