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Friday, July 18 2014 23:57

SDCC: PROP STORE Bringing BATMAN, BACK TO THE FUTURE, STAR WARS Props... But That's Unimportant...

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This year's Comic-Con International is about to go down in San Diego next week (July 23-27), and as usual - I will not be there. In keeping with my "maybe next year" responses, I've been standing firm in that I won't do another Comic-Con until I have something that I'm personally responsible for to promote. That said, I'm covering the show virtually again, and the folks at Prop Store just hit me with details on what they'll be showing off - a collection of movie memorabilia that will be auctioned off in the UK in October of 2014. They've got some great stuff, but it's all really unimportant next to what I found on their site. They're holding back on us...

“We’ve assembled a fantastic collection of material for our October 2014 live auction. The auction is being held in London at Vue Cinemas’ flagship location. One of the many benefits of working with Vue, who are one of the UK’s largest movie theatre chains, is that we can host a two-week public preview of many of the auction lots. But if you can’t wait until October or you aren’t based in London, we’re inviting interested bidders and fans to see some of the highlights of the auction at Comic Con. Our Comic Con display also present a preview of items to be sold in our online Pacific Rim auction, which launches at the end of August. We’re excited to be working with Legendary on the Pacific Rim sale and have some great material to showcase on that front as well.”Brandon Alinger, COO, Prop Store

Prop experts Stephen Lane, Brandon Alinger and Tim Lawes will be on-hand at SDCC (Booth #3845) to show of an original prop Marty McFly hoverboard from BACK TO THE FUTURE: PART II, with an estimated auction price of £15,000 ($25,700), an original Batmobile model miniature used in BATMAN FOREVER estimated at £20,000 ($34,200), an original prop Golden Ticket from WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY estimated at £15,000 ($25,700), Michael Keaton’s battle-damaged bat suit from BATMAN (1989) estimated at £10,000 ($16,100) and C-3PO’s hands from STAR WARS estimated at £8,000 ($13,700). They're also showing off some  goods from PACIFIC RIM.

So what trumps all of that? It turns out the Prop Store happens to have in it's possession, a focal point from the greatest Holiday Film ever made. They've got an original TURBO MAN Suit worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1996 classic, JINGLE ALL THE WAY - my favorite Christmas movie of all-time, and the film whose sequel I was on the set of in Vancouver earlier this year. In fact, my friend Robert Kurtzman worked on the TURBO MAN suit back when he was still with KNB. If I had $5K to blow right now, this second? That TURBO MAN Suit would be on it's way to Rock Father HQ for permanent display in my office. It's even got the "Hero" Boomerang from the climax of the film. Five grand seems like a bargain for such a piece of movie history, so hopefully someone worthy will snatch it up. In the meantime, look for more on JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 here on THE ROCK FATHER later this year!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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