Deckardā€™s sweet gun in Blade Runner was actually built from parts of real guns. Where a lot of prop weapons from films are just resin poured into a mold and then painted, Deckardā€™s gun looks and feels like a weapon; thereā€™s a genuine heft to it, something inside clicks when you pull the trigger, and thereā€™s even a mechanism for loading it with (non-existent) ammunition.

Itā€™s wicked cool and Karl Tate, co-producer of last yearā€™s Plastic Galaxy, stopped by with his friend director and co-producer Brian Stillman to show it off. Tate and Stillman are both major toy and prop fansā€”which youā€™d have to be to make a documentary about the rise of Star Wars toys in the late ā€˜70s.

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Besides Deckardā€™s gun, they also brought by some other great toys, including Lukeā€™s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi, a phaser and communicator from Star Trek, and an Alien figurine from a 1979 toy run that was so scary the whole Alien toyline was discontinued!

Brian, the rare passionate Dune fan, also had a tremendous number of cool bits from the make of film. While the original script, storyboards, and bottle of tequila are neatā€”Iā€™m a fan of the dagger that may or may not have been held by Sting.

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