Drug usage is frequently depicted in movies and TV shows, but actors obviously aren’t really snorting coke or shooting up heroin. Insider spent some time with prop master Joel Barkow to learn about the creative techniques involved in making realistic-looking fake drugs that are safe for actors to handle and even ingest.
Loki has so many variants; it’s possible that any of us could be a Loki too. Let your friends and family know you’re part of the multiverse with some cardboard Loki horns. Raphael of Epic Cardboard Props is here to show us how to make Loki’s horned crown from a spare shipping box. Grab the template here.
Some everyday items can make unwanted noises while filming movies and TV shows. Editors can fix some things in post-production, but it’s preferable to capture clean audio on set. Insider explains how prop artists create versions of objects like ice cubes, pool balls, and paper bags to reduce amount of noise they make.
It’s been rumored for some time that Disney was working on a lightsaber replica that could retract like the ones seen in the Star Wars movies. In this all-too-short video, we get a glimpse at one in action. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Walt Disney World’s Galactic Starcruiser in 2022, you’ll get to see it in person.
In the world of Spider-Man, Dr. Otto Octavius (better known as Doc Ock) has been augmented with a set of mechanical tentacles he uses for nefarious purposes. JLaservideo teamed up with a few internet friends to design and build a working tentacle backpack, and then gave it mind-control capabilities.
(Gore) The weapons in the RPG shooter Outriders have some of the most insane designs ever. Among them is the Grim Marrow, a deadly light machine gun made from bones wrapped around a sparkly crystal structure. Kamui Cosplay built an amazing replica from PVC and foam, loaded with colorful light-up crystals.
A big part of making movie stunts and action scenes look more dangerous than they really are is by using lightweight and breakaway props. I Like to Make Stuff tried their hand at molding three kinds of stunt props, including a lightweight foam cinder block, fake glass bottles, and a soft silicone crowbar.
Anvil Cases teamed up with Gonk Toys to create a replica of the case that carried the plutonium that Doc Brown needed to power the DeLorean in Back to the Future. It includes a heavy-duty case, foam lining, 12 acrylic “plutonium” cylinders, and 12 “radioactive” stickers. There’s also a cheaper version without the cylinders.
Zach King is known for his fun illusion videos. Most of what he does involves in-camera tricks and editing and often incorporates props to help drive the tricks home. In this clip from Vanity Fair, King takes us on a tour of his office, where he stores a variety of his props along with numerous cool toys and other collectibles.
While CGI has dramatically changed the way that movies are made, actors still need physical objects to interact with. This new series from Disney+ takes us up close and personal with iconic props from Disney movies. Hosted by superfan and collector Dan Lanigan. All episodes drop 5.1.20.
The Hacksmith teamed up with maker JT of Built IRL to create a real world version of Spider-Man’s web shooters. The rig uses compressed air to fire custom-made grappling hooks from its wearer’s wrists. Swinging from them isn’t nearly as graceful Peter Parker made it look.
Prop builder Odin Makes shows off one of his coolest and complex projects yet, a replica of the famed gravity gun from Half-Life 2. He based his design on a 3D digital model, then printed templates to create plastic and foam parts. More than 15 years after the game’s release, it’s still one of our favorite weapons ever.
LaserGadgets likes to build all sorts of cool prop weaponry using lasers. For this custom-commissioned build, he created a Militech handgun that looks like it came straight out of the CD Projekt Red RPG Cyberpunk 2077. The hefty replica has LED illumination, and a bright blue laser that’s powerful enough to burst balloons.
Factory Entertainment is offering the best replica we’ve seen of the weapon from James Bond’s The Man with the Golden Gun. It has 18kt gold plated components, including a fountain pen, lighter, cigarette case, cufflink, and a “007” inscribed bullet. Comes with a wooden presentation case and a certificate of authenticity.
This impressive Marvel Legends Gamerverse Punisher War Machine helmet is a 1:1 scale replica inspired by the Marvel Future Fight video game that envisions what would happen if Frank Castle got his hands on Stark Industries technology. It’s got LED eyes, sound effects, and a removable magnetic faceplate.
Sure, you can go out and buy an off-the-shelf replica of Iron Man’s infinity gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame, but there’s something so satisfying about building your own. Seanscrafts shows us his DIY gauntlet he made using cardboard, a glove, hot glue, and paints.
Most of the prop sections used to film the assault on the Death Star in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope have been lost. Hollywood Memorabilia got its hands on one of the few surviving sections. It was previously owned by an ILM employee and a Star Wars collector.
(PG-13: Language) “Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough…” A tool. A gag. A clue. CineFix presents its top 10 movie props of all time, be they extremely effective on their own or fully supported by the film itself. And no, the top pick isn’t Rosebud.
MudbrainsTvDIY gives us a brief glimpse at an amazing build – he replicated the T-800 arm that Miles Dyson had in Terminator 2. It’s made entirely from cardboard, glue, and varnish. If you’ve got about 7 hours to spare, you can watch how he built it, step by laborious step.