Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
And now it can be yours — if you've got the credits!
The sale of one of the most famous props in all of Star Wars history is part of Julien's Auctions' Hollywood Legends Event set for June 23 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas as well as online in honor of Jedi's 35th anniversary.
The hero sidearm, better known to the Han faithful by its nom de guerre BlasTech DL-44, is one of three blasters that were custom-made for the film: two "non-firing" versions and one "practical" gun that was presumably used for the battle scenes. This particular blaster is of the "non-firing" variety, presented as a gift by Jedi's property master Peter Hancock to the movie's art director, James L. Schoppe.
For his part, Schoppe hung onto this one as part of a treasure trove of memorabilia he's collected over his three-decade career.
And now the auctioneer will be offering it to the highest bidder as part of its exhibition and sale of "The James L. Schoppe Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Production Archive." The collection, which also features production photos, script pages, blueprints, maps, meeting notes and correspondence, call sheets, schematics press clippings, and a few other props, has never been seen by the public.
And given the amazing work Schoppe did, including helping bring to life Jabba's palace and the Ewok village among other legendary locales in Jedi, the items will be on Star Wars fans' target list.
If all goes well, Julien's Auctions estimates the blaster, which comes with a Letter of Authenticity from Schoppe, could fetch anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000.
Han Solo's beloved firearm isn't the only classic Star Wars prop that's gone up for grabs recently. Last year, Luke Skywalker's lightsaber used in Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back ("a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age") sold for $450,000 to the Riley company, the folks behind Ripley's Believe It or Not. Meanwhile, in a separate auction, an unnamed bidder plunked down $2.76 million (!) for an original R2D2 prop.
Lando Calrissian perhaps?