Of all the collectibles out there, prop replicas have always been the ones that interest me the most. Promotional materials give you a nice insight into the movie and the time in which it was made. Toys can be great fun if you are willing to take them out of the box and play with them. Art looks great on the wall. But prop replicas give you a feeling that you are connected to the film’s universe.
With a prop replica you can hold Luke’s light saber. You can fire Han’s blaster. Or, you can even wear Padme’s fireside outfit if you’re into that sort of thing. We don’t judge. But at the same time, you get a sense of respect and appreciation for the artists who created these props in the first place. With authentic replicas you get to see up close what exactly went it no creating these iconic objects. You get a sense of the weight and feel of what you had previously only been able to imagine.
Well with those like me in mind, Disney and Lucasfilm have decided to launch a new line of high-end authentic prop replicas. And when I say high-end, I mean it. Lowest price for one of these is over a grand. Unfortunately that means most of us poor geeks will be dreaming and saving for some time. But, at least we have something great to save for.
The line can be found online here. The first wave is centered solely on prop replicas from The Force Awakens. You have a range of prices from items like the Kylo Ren’s lightsaber hilt ($1,250) to Chewbacca’s Bowcaster ($1250) and up to the burned Darth Vader Mask ($3,500). I personally have my eye on Rey’s Staff.
Source: USA Today
Also make sure to read the very thorough and interesting article on the Propshop at StarWars.com.