Questions tagged [props]

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What was the gaudily coloured equipment on the Enterprise's corridor walls in ST:TOS?

Was any in-universe explanation given for those gaudily coloured things on the Enterprise's corridor walls? Out-of-universe, they look very much like discarded match plate patterns from a metal ...
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Who designed the Emperor's chair from "Return of the Jedi"?

I am looking for information on the designs of Emperor Palpatine's chair from Return of the Jedi (1983). There is information available about who designed the chair Palpatine uses in Episode III. I'm ...
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What happened to the Millennium Falcon hanging dice prop?

In recent Star Wars films and Extended Universe material, a lot has been made of the dice Han Solo originally had hanging overhead in the Millennium Falcon cockpit. However, the prop had disappeared ...
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Who Invented DRADIS?

As the question implies: in the BSG (Battlestar Galactica) reimagined universe, is it ever mentioned in-universe the background of DRADIS (Direction, RAnge, and DIStance) and who invented it? I’m ...
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Is the mosquito in amber inspired by a real object?

A friend recently told me that the mosquito encased in amber atop the cane used by John Hammond in Jurassic Park was a real mosquito encased in amber from David Attenborough's private collection (John ...
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Was the Batman statue in "Shazam!" a real piece of merch, or just a movie prop?

In the movie Shazam!, there is a scene where, during Billy's first fight with Sivana, he winds up in a toy store and throws a plastic statue of Batman (which exclaims a recording stating "I'm ...
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Did the 11th Doctor ever use the red button on the end of his sonic screwdriver on screen?

The prop for the 11th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver has a red button hidden under the tail cap, is there a scene where Matt Smith is actually seen pressing this button? Or is it just there on the prop ...
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Is there a picture of Lex Luthor's desk from the "Superman" movie?

I have acquired a desk that was supposedly a prop in Superman the Movie, shot in Calgary, Alberta. I would like some way to authenticate if it's the original.
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Which props in Star Trek: Picard are reused from the original TNG show and films (if any)?

We established here: Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign? That the Picard Day sign from Star Trek: Picard is not the same as in TNG. However we've also seen Which props in Star Trek: Picard ...
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Sulu's targeting scanner - the Star Trek original series prop

At some point in the second season of TOS, Sulu's console got an upgrade to include a scanner that rises out of the panel to his left. I have always been fascinated by the motions this scanner goes ...
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What is the prop for Thor's hammer (Mjölnir) made of?

I am asking the material of the prop, not the hammer in the universe. I am asking the material for the hammer tip, handle and strap.
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Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign?

With the release of the trailers for Star Trek: Picard we have observed what either a flashback, or an in-universe reproduction or preserved artifact of the Captain Picard Day sign. This also affords ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

I am referring to this scene (starting at the 0m37s mark) in Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This seems like a very sophisticated prop glove, but there is significant visible depth to ...
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What does "D.Wiz, X.J. (sorc), S. of Mag. Q." stand for in the Harry Potter: Film Wizardry book?

I received Harry Potter: Film Wizardry (Updated Edition) and the Hogwarts letter seems to be different than in the book and the film, according to how Harry reads it out loud in Sorcerer's Stone. At ...
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Where did they get the children's artwork used for Captain Picard Day?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Pegasus” opens with Picard, Riker, and Troi in the conference room viewing and discussing a variety of artwork that in the episode were supposed to be ...
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Are the runes around the Goblet of Fire meaningful?

I recently visited the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and took notice of a particular piece of artwork from the prop designs of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It ...
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How are the different pips explained on Han's dice?

In the original Star Wars trilogy, Han Solo's dice are seen with standard pips. While there is no clear movie cell with these pips, there is this Decipher game card for their CCG: Also, the dice ...
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What is the backstory of the display armor in the background of the yacht scene?

Does anyone know the backstory of the display armor in the background in the yacht scene that looks very much like Jango Fett's helmet and possibly armor as well?
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

In the picture below, the communicator's buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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What is the manufacturer/brand of the glass that Dr. Crusher breaks?

In “Cause and Effect”, Dr. Crusher breaks this glass. Anybody have a clue who the manufacturer/brand this glass is from and/or the model?
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What does the GEnSEr sequence mean?

The original Timer in Sliders, built by Quinn out of a Motorola MicroTAC cell phone, displays a certain sequence on its LCD when activated or opened (approximation, characters do not translate exactly ...
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What Happened to the Jurassic Park Helipad?

I heard that the Jurassic Park helipad was destroyed by a hurricane. Is this true?
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What happened to the original Jurassic Park gate prop?

I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?
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What the heck is Captain Styles carrying around with him?

In Star Trek III - The Search for Spock, we are presented with Excelsior's Captain Styles, a bit of a preening martinet. He is first seen greeting Mr. Scott in Engineering, and he is carrying......
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Out of Universe, how many TARDIS props have been used?

Out of Universe: I was having a chat conversation recently regarding the TARDIS from the Doctor Who television series. I became curious as to how many TARDIS props were created for the television ...
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What is the locket wore by Jyn Erso in Rogue One made of?

In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we can see Jyn Erso getting a locket from her mother who says, Trust The Force. Here is the picture of that locket. She later uses it when they were about to pass ...
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Was the 1918 Wonder Woman photo from Dawn of Justice identical to that used in the Wonder Woman film?

Did they have all the actors lined up for Wonder Woman at the time? Is the photo identical or was it subtly modified between the two movies? Was the scene meticulously recreated for Wonder Woman, or ...
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TOS 2x23; Nimoy's resemblance to the Evil one a coincidence, or was it "by design"?

Was the depiction of "the Evil one" in the holy book held by Cloud William in TOS 2x23 the Omega Glory in a real, recognizable book from real Earth history (as are the flag, pledge, and constitution) ...
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What is this screwdriver-like object?

Without giving anything away, in the film Life (2017), Hugh Derry uses what appears to be a screwdriver-like cattleprod on a "low voltage" setting. Does this device have a name?
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What happened to the prop ships and monoliths used in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Inspired by this question, I'm intrigued to learn what happened to the amazing props that were used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Did they survive and where can I see them?
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Who painted Data's paintings?

Several times in ST:TNG, we see Data painting. While I don't rule out the possibility that these paintings were done by Brent Spiner, I suspect they were either created for the show by someone or ...
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Was the text on the magazine cover intentional?

The 1985 film Weird Science shows two teenage boys (Gary and Wyatt) creating a woman with their computer. In the process of creating the perfect woman, they insert several photos into their computer ...
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Where is the Whomobile now?

The Whomobile was a strange-looking vehicle which appeared in a few Doctor Who episodes during the Third Doctor's tenure. It was the personal property of Jon Pertwee, and according to Wikipedia, it ...
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Why does Watney’s notebook in The Martian have four holes?

I just watched The Martian again and noticed something I missed the first time: Watney's notebook has four holes (instead of three) punched in the left margin, which means it's probably A4 in size (...
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Were McCoy's medical instruments Swedish salt shakers?

A rumour I had heard a long time ago was that Dr. McCoy's small medical devices in The Original Series were actually Swedish salt shakers. Are there any statements corroborating this?
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What was it that Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) was really eating in "A Golden Crown" (S01E06 )

I could not find much on this, but we see Daenerys Targaryen eat a horses heart. What I want to know what was it really, what was the prop made out out of?
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Aside from the Bridge set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set piece garnered the most onscreen time?

Aside from the Bridge(and it's possible there was a set piece in the Bridge ensemble that qualifies because it appeared outside of the Bridge) set pieces, which Star Trek TOS structural interior set ...
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Is there any significance to the licence plates on the Ford Anglia?

In various editions of the Harry Potter books, films, and other promotional materials, different versions of the flying Ford Anglia's license plates have been shown. Harry Potter and the Chamber of ...
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Why is the Westeros map rotated?

In season 6 episode 5 of Game of Thrones, Jon, Davos, Sansa, et al. are looking at a map of Westeros, trying to determine who is friendly to their cause. I didn't notice until I came across a Reddit ...
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What style of chair are Morpheus and Neo using?

What is the name/style of the pair of chairs with armrests that are used by Morpheus and Neo in the scene of the red and blue pills? What type of chairs are they?
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Was Sam Carter's fancy flip phone an existing model, or based on one?

I was just re-watching the Stargate SG-1 episode "Threads". As Carter finds herself in an awkward moment with Jack and his recently found companion at his backyard barbecue, she is interrupted by her ...
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How functional is Deckard's apartment in "Blade Runner"? [closed]

After about a thousand viewings of "Blade Runner," combined with material like this, this, and this, I'm still struggling to make sense of some of the things I think I see in Deckard's apartment. ...
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Where is this painting from the Enterprise now?

This is a follow on to this question and of course this answer regarding this painting: which we now know is a depiction by Rick Sternbach of the glideship Aurora and its hydrogen balloon, used to ...
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Is this Star Trek's most used background prop?

Whenever the story brings us to a lab, science outpost, or somesuch, I immediately start looking for these: I'm wondering: In which episodes are these bad boys used? I've noticed them in VOY:...
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What did the SG-1 effects people use to build and operate the MALPs?

MALPs appear in numerous SG-1 episodes. Their six wheel chassis appears similar to gas powered off-road vehicles which have been around for many decades. From a production perspective, what was used ...
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What is this painting on the Enterprise showing?

In the TNG episode "The Best of Both Worlds" Part 1, Commander Shelby is given guest quarters on the Enterprise. Her quarters contain the painting shown below: What is the inverted tear-drop-like ...
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Which ship has the most prolific "recurring" role in Star Trek?

Obviously there are many recurring characters over the span of the Star Trek canon. Some obvious examples: Q, Lwaxana Troi, Gowron, Lursa, B'Etor, Adm. Nechayev, Lt. Barclay, Gul Dukat What ship ...
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What were the names of the medals given out in Star Wars and what was written on them? [duplicate]

At the end of the 1977 film "Star Wars: A New Hope" Luke, Han, and Chewie are presented with medals in front of a large crowd by Princess Leia. What were the names of the medals? (Medal of Valor, ...
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How do people carry things in Star Trek TNG?

In cast interviews, I remember a montage of everyone saying "pockets". The uniforms don't have them. On away missions, I think Crusher put her tricorder "away" on occasion, and other than someone who ...
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Was the original Death Star prop actually blown up for the movie?

I've read in the past that the original Death Star prop was blown up for the movie scene. Today I came across this and was wondering if there was any truth to that rumor.