With Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for that huge "Star Wars" fan in your life: an original Han Solo blaster.
Truth be told, this nifty little piece is going to run you at least $200,000, and likely a bit more. But how can you put a price on such an important piece of geek (and film) history?
Original Han Solo blaster from 'Empire,' 'Jedi' up for auction (pictures) See full gallery
Officially, this is a "Harrison Ford 'Han Solo' non-firing DL-44 Blaster," from "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," according to the auction site. And sure, it's not the one Han Solo brandished in the famous cantina scene in the original "Star Wars." But hey, the "space-scoundrel-turned hero's persona is irrevocably tied to his blaster pistol," so does it really matter? That may be especially true because, according to the auction information, the original "Star Wars" blaster may no longer exist.
This blaster, however, was used in the scene in "Empire" when "Darth Vader uses the Force to lasso the blaster out of Han's hand," and the scene in "Return of the Jedi" when "Han wrestles with a Stormtrooper to regain possession of his blaster during the Rebels' encounter with Imperial forces on Endor."
The blaster is based on a German issue Mauser C96 pistol, the auction site says, and was custom-made from resin for the "Star Wars" films "by casting the original hero prop from the first 'Star Wars: A New Hope.'"
That means it has the same serial number as Han's blaster in the first film. And, as an added bonus, it's thought that Mark Hamill probably used the same blaster when playing Luke Skywalker in "Empire" and "Return of the Jedi."
The question is: Would you rather have this, or a?