Ever wish that the coolest gizmos and gadgets you see in movies were real? In some cases, they are. Or, well, people have made them real. This list of movie props in real life includes some awe-inspiring props from some of the biggest, most successful movies in history.
This flying yellow house was suspended by a cluster of 300 balloons (each balloon was 8 feet tall and each used a whole tank of helium).
Did it work? Yes! Amazingly, the yellow house successfully soared over the California desert at an altitude of 10,000 feet for about an hour!
As Carl Frederickson would say, “So long, boys!”
Michael J. Fox appeared on David Letterman’s show on September 8, 2011, to promote the special Back to the Future Air Mag. 1500 pairs were auctioned on eBay, with proceeds going to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Awesome!
Source: Popular Mechanics
For years, children openly pined for hoverboards of their own and adults secretly hoped for the same. Their dreams are now a reality. Plenty of smaller firms have created experimental ‘boards. Lexus and German engineering firm Evico have developed the Slide, an actual hoverboard that floats on air an inch or two above the ground.
The Slide works via magnetic levitation technology, combining superconductors cooled by liquid nitrogen with superconductors to defy gravity on a very small scale. Don’t crack open your piggy bank just yet, however, because the Slide isn’t for sale and won’t be any time soon. Still, it’s a hoverboard that works and that counts.
In July of 2011, Putsch Racing Designs unveiled what it claims is the first-ever jet turbine-powered Batmobile. This thing is powered by a Boeing turbo shaft engine. The 385-horsepower Batmobile runs on jet fuel (or diesel, in case you don’t have an airport nearby). Oh, and it sounds like a plane taking off when you start it up. And it uses an iPad to help you with navigation. Like I said, totally bada**.
Get ready to shell out some mega-bucks if you want this Batmobile: It’s for sale on eBay for $620,000.
Not this lightsaber. This one can actually set people on fire (it has a 1 watt laser beam, the real deal). The WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser is a bargain at $200, compared to some of these other real-life movie props. But it’s not for the kiddos. In fact, I’m not quite sure what it’s for…trimming trees? No, it would set them ablaze. Then you’d be in big trouble. Welding projects, maybe?
Never mind. It’s amazing. And it’s powerful, dangerous and all that jazz. And I want one.
I disagree. Wall-E is totally real. Need proof? He’s working for the San Mateo County Bomb Squad. In 2005, the good folks at Pixar were looking for a model robot they could use to enhance Wall-E on the big screen. The San Mateo Sheriff’s Office had just the thing: the Mini-Andros, a 12-year-old robot that was actually slated for the scrap heap. Pixar used the Mini-Andros, studying its movements and recreating them in 2008’s masterpiece, Wall-E.
Real. Told you! Sadly, the San Mateo County Bomb Squad planned to replace their now famous robot with a newer model at some point, one that was more (as they say), “athletic.”
Compared to the $700k Batmobile, the Back to the Future Delorean was a bargain – a ‘mere’ $70,000. This was no regular Delorean (well, none were exactly regular) – this car was equipped with all the gadgets from the movie, including programmable time circuits, complete with switches and yes, a working flux capacitor – making it a “real” Delorean Time Machine!