2008 was a good year for me for adding new props to my collection!
First, thanks to eBay, I got my hands on a RARE, HAND-PAINTED PROTOTYPE for a Galaxy Rangers Water Gun that Galoob had planned to make (I don't know if any were released in Europe, but it never got released Stateside, As Far As I Know.)
I've always wanted a replica of the blasters from Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, with their design that was inspired by classic cowboy six-shooters, but as many of you will be aware, Galaxy Rangers merchandise items were very few and far between here in the States. The few toys that were released were only released in Europe. There's also an electronic, lights & sounds version of this blaster out there. Both are known to exist as hand-painted, possibly one-of-a-kind prototypes, but I've never been able to find out if either one ever made it to production and into (European) stores.
And I've also never seen anyone offer a proper (no pun intended) prop replica of these blasters, either. So, for now, I'll have to be happy with my prototype water gun.
I don't remember how much I paid off the top of my head, but because of its extreme rarity and uniqueness, that's not as important. I DO remember that I got it for an astonishingly low price, considering it's a hand-painted prototype!
But by far, my best prop find on eBay last year was this custom-made beauty, a heavily reworked Nerf Maverick dart gun!
It was made by...
...and is called Hell's Belle! Here's a bunch of pictures, including one that gives more info about 'er!
To call this "hand cannon" impressive is an understatement! Besides being one hella cool prop just on its own, I also bought it to serve as my sidearm should I ever get ambitious enough to tackle my dream costume project... dressing up as Green Lantern Jack T. Chance!
She'll make a suitable "hand cannon" for Jack!
Again, I don't remember off-hand how much I paid for her as that was a few months back, but again, that's not as important considering what a unique and beautiful prop it is!
Lastly, I have to give honorable mention to my other significant prop acquisition from 2008. This one wasn't an eBay purchase... this came from a trade on the Green Lantern Corps Message Board! One of my friends over there decided to experiment with something I've long wanted! After hand-crafting a couple prototypes, he sent one of the prototypes to me to fulfill his end of our trade, and I now have this....
And because I KNOW someone's going to ask (someone always does,) NO these are NOT available for sale! The maker currently has NO plans to make any production runs of these, as he currently has neither the time, nor the money he needs for the supplies it would take to make them (transparent casting resin, green dye(s), green LED bulb, etc.) Real life has, sadly, intervened. I wanted him to make me a light-up Sinestro Corps ring as well, but he hasn't even had time to attempt that project. This may all change in the future, many months from now, but for now, I can not help anyone obtain one of these. Sorry.
Anyway, just wanted to share a small part of my collection with everyone.