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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse05 Dec 2018 10:20 p.m. PST

…. Have Been Recreated by Columbia.

"Die-hard fans will collect whatever they can get their hands when it comes to film memorabilia, including the outfits worn by crew members who never actually appear on camera. One of the rarest examples of these are the snowsuits given to the crew of The Empire Strikes Back while filming the snowy Hoth scenes in Norway. Forty years later they're incredibly hard to find, but Columbia's now making it a little easier.

There's less reason to shoot on-location these days thanks to virtual sets and talented visual effects artists who can make actors appear to be anywhere in the universe. But that wasn't the case in 1979 when The Empire Strikes Back was in production. They wanted to use real snow to make Hoth look as authentically hostile as possible. Real snow needs real cold, so the cast and crew were issued full snowsuits to help them keep warm on set. Only a few have survived to this day, and when they come up for auction, as assistant director Bill Westley's did recently, they can end up selling for well north of $7,000 USD…."
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2018 10:08 a.m. PST

How about they make official repos of George Lucas famous plaid shirts from Filming of Star Wars

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse06 Dec 2018 11:29 a.m. PST



Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2018 12:19 p.m. PST

First reaction: Cool!

Second reaction: Five hundred dollars?? They better come with an authentic wompa for that kind of money.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse07 Dec 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

Good point my friend!.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa08 Dec 2018 12:14 p.m. PST

I own a Mountain Equipment Annapurna duvet jacket (granted it was bought in the mid-1990's, not that prices have changed that much, and it cost nowhere near full price), and $500 USD doesn't seem that steep – if its the real deal in terms of being a piece of kit… Otherwise you're paying silly money for just a repro' of a movie industry collectable!

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP10 Dec 2018 7:11 p.m. PST

Perhaps the rarest example is the Revenge of the Jedi jackets?

As seen on that auction storage show with Barry. Auction hunters? Storage wars? One of them.

Sorry but the coolest repo is still the shaving cream canister from JP.

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