The ‘80s was a terrific time for moviegoers, with genres like fantasy, sci-fi, and action looming large across cineplexes everywhere. Movies like The Dark Crystal, Escape From New York, and The Goonies awakened the imagination of audiences with their innovative special effects, sense of adventure, and creative sets. Blending practical effects, early CGI, and good old fashioned movie magic, they made entire worlds come alive.
With the rise of cosplay and interest from retro enthusiasts, there’s been a demand now more than ever from fans of those films to have a little piece of them for their very own. Now fans of those ‘80s classics can acquire replicas of the props that they saw in the movies they loved, building collections of ‘80s memorabilia that instantly capture that sense of wonder they experienced. From the Emperor’s Scepter from The Dark Crystal to the fertility idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the magic of those films is real in the hands of the fans. Whether you want to complete your next cosplay or just own a piece of cinema history, here are 10 replicas from 80’s movies you can actually own!
10 THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE EMPEROR'S SCEPTER
Chronicle Collectibles has crafted this incredible life-size (27 inch) replica of the Emperor’s Scepter from a scan of the prop used in the film, making it a truly authentic gift for any fans of The Dark Crystal. A fully licensed product, this scepter will be at the center of any collector of high-end ‘80s memorabilia.
9 THE GOONIES: SKELETON KEY REPLICA
The ‘80s was a great time to be a kid - you and your friends could ride your bikes anywhere, you could explore old abandoned caves, and you could look for lost treasure. ‘80s films often capitalized on the shenanigans that kids got up to without adult supervision, and no movie better exemplified the danger and excitement of an unexpected adventure like The Goonies.
Unlock the secrets of One-Eyed Willie’s treasure with this replica of the skeleton key that kept his glittering haul from the outside world. Crafted from solid resin, this six inch key has been hand-painted in bronze to show off every detail. It’s perfect for display among your other ‘80s props or as part of your next cosplay.
8 HELLRAISER: PUZZLE BOX
If you would like to see what sights Pinhead has to show you, this officially licensed Hellraiser Puzzle Box will reveal the way to unlock your greatest desires. Made from high-quality plastic, the box is made to look exactly like the Lament Configuration Puzzle Box from all ten of the Hellraiser films.
The allure of the box has always been strong; made by a toymaker in 18th century France, he could not have known that its owner intended to use it to open a portal to demons, where the hunger to experience every carnal pleasure blinded solvers of the puzzle to the amount of pain the cenobites would inflict on them for their curiosity. This 1:1 replica is completely functional as a puzzle box!
7 BACK TO THE FUTURE II: MARTY MCFLY HAT
The highly memorable hat that Marty McFly wears during his visit to the year 2015 is the perfect addition to your Marty McFly cosplay or just a way to add some retro-futuristic spunk to your summer outfit. Its reflective multi-colored fabric is eye-catching and mimics the high tech of 2015 color changing fabric.
2015 was a year of considerable technological advancement in the world of Back to the Future II, with self-drying coats and hoverboards. Color-changing hats would become all the rage, and while a version of this hat was available in the ‘80s, what better way to celebrate the film franchise and ‘80s nostalgia than picking up a new one? Great Scott!
6 GHOSTBUSTERS: ECTO GOGGLES
Nevermind the Ghostbusters - the neighborhood is going to be calling you when you get your hands on these Mattel Movie Masters Ghostbusters Ecto Goggles. Take your ghost gathering supplies to the next level with this replica, perfect for fans of the film franchise as well as cosplayers looking for authentic attention to detail.
Slimer won’t be able to hide from you with these babies, crafted with heavy duty plastic and metal parts based on props used in the films. Developed in conjunction with Sony Entertainment, looking through the lenses will reveal four stop-motion animation sequences created using Mattel’s Slimer figure!
5 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: FERTILITY IDOL
You won’t even have to make your way past poison darts, snakes, a giant boulder, or angry natives to get your hands on this fertility statue. Based off of the gold idol sought after by Indiana Jones in the Chachapoyan temple from the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the harrowing opening sequence focused on its retrieval sets the exciting pace for the whole movie.
This beautifully sculpted statue stands 7 inches tall, and is made from polyresin, plated with a brilliant gold finish. Perfect for fans of the Indiana Jones film franchise or those interested in having a standout piece of ‘80s movie magic, it would also make the crowning piece to an Indiana Jones cosplay.
4 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK: SNAKE PLISSKEN COUNTDOWN WATCH
Make your days more exciting by keeping time with this Snake Edition watch from Ridgewood Watch Co, an exact replica of the countdown timer worn by anti-hero Snake Plissken in the ‘80s classic, Escape from New York. Not only does it match the prop used in the film, it actually works!
The Snake Edition watch features a countdown feature, date display, a stopwatch, and 18 display animations and 8 character animations. Not only is it highly functional, it has great retro style with a brass case, stainless steel back, and brown leather band. It’s perfect for anyone cosplaying as Snake Plissken himself, and even comes with an app to access your camera shutter, call logs, text messages, and it even monitors your physical activity.
3 CONAN THE BARBARIAN: HYBORIAN SWORD
Feel as powerful as the mighty barbarian warrior himself with this replica of the Hyborian sword featured in Conan the Barbarian. Place it on the wall of your living room, den, or bedroom as the highlight of your ‘80s movie replica collection, or wield it as part of your own Conan cosplay.
Conan’s sword measures 39.25 inches long altogether, with a hefty blade that’s 3 inches wide. The blade is made of 440 stainless steel, with Hyborian Age runes engraved on its surface. It’s intricately ornamental handle also features a brown nylon wrap and a metal core. The pommel boasts a gruesome skull, and its guard displays a gruesome demon head on either side. It comes with a wooden plaque for easy display as part of your collection.
2 THE LABYRINTH: DOOR KNOCKER SET
While the Door Knockers would say it’s very rude to stare, how can you not want to ogle these impressive replicas? The amusing gatekeepers provided some of The Labyrinth’s lightest moments as they tried to confuse and perplex Sarah during her quest through the Goblin King’s maze.
Chronicle Collectibles, purveyors of some of the most authentic props from all your favorite ‘80s films, have listened to fans’ desires to have this odd pair of Door Knockers for their very own front door. Created from scans of the props used on screen by the Jim Henson Company, these replicas are fully licensed and capture every last detail. Purchase one or both, just know you’ll have to provide them with their pithy banter as they don’t contain and programmed soundbites.
1 T-800 ENDOSKELETON ARM AND BRAIN CHIP
The future that John Connor saw for humankind is accessible for the first time through Sideshow Collectibles and Blitzway with this T-800 Endoskeleton Arm and Brain Chip Life-Size Collectible Set. Own a piece of Skynet history with this portion of one of its cyborg killing machines.
The technology that powered a mighty Terminator is finally available to ‘80s fans everywhere with this surreal replica, which captures the intricate internal structure of the Endoskeleton Arm of a T-800, memorably brought to life by Arnold Schwarzenegger. It moves in realistic patterns, brought to life by accompanying sounds of the film. It comes with the operating system Brain Chip that features LED lights and a Cyberdyne Systems stand.
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