Companion Cube – Portal
It was either between this, a sentry turret or a Portal Gun, but since we’re sticking with one entry per franchise, we had to make a rather tough decision here.
In the end, portals and turrets are common enough in the Portal series, yet it’s the oddly lovable, inanimate Companion Cube that makes us reminisce about those phenomenal times we’ve had with it.
Hey, remember that time we tossed our Companion Cube into the Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator? Or when we disintegrated it using a seemingly dysfunctional Material Emancipation Grill? So do we, and it still makes us feel like a horrendous human being.
Of course, there is always the cake, but you can easily make that one for yourself. Plus, you eat a cake, which is something we wouldn’t advise doing when it comes to the Companion Cube. But hey, who are we to judge?
Lancer – Gears of War
There’s something undeniably badass about the traditional Lancer in the Gears of War series, whether you’re a fan or not. Why is that, honestly? The Lancer is a pretty average piece of weaponry, is it not?
This recognizable assault rifle is pretty standard, being most effective at mid-ranged combat, it has a pretty decent clip size, and remains accurate even when fired continuously. Oh, and did we mention the visceral chainsaw bayonet that cuts through wood, metal and meaty flesh like a hot knife through butter? Yeah, because there’s that, too.
Next time you invite your date over for some Xbox Live and chill, make sure to put your bloodstained Lancer in plain sight. We’re 86% sure it’s a conversation starter. Maybe.
Gjallarhorn – Destiny
You either love it to death or hate it to your very marrow, but there’s no denying that the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher is one of the most recognizable weapons in Destiny.
This beast fires rockets that split up into smaller cluster bombs upon impact, which hone in on a target. That’s some seriously nasty stuff right there, which is why the Gjallarhorn is preferably used against raid bosses and tough enemies.
We say “preferably” because you could, in theory, use this weapon against human players, as well. Just because you should doesn’t mean you should, though. Don’t be “that guy.”
If you want to let your inner Destiny fanatic shine through, we believe this is the best prop to do that with. You could opt for a smaller Exotic pistol like the Hawkmoon, The Last Word or the Thorn, but why think small when you can think big?
We reckon a Gjallarhorn replica will roughly take up the size of a small dining table, so if you really want to get one of your own, make sure you have enough space to proudly showcase it. This beauty would be a waste hidden behind dozens of other collectibles. This is the alpha, damn it!
Master Chief Helmet – Halo
Nothing screams “alien blasting space badass” like wearing Master Chief’s helmet as shown in the Halo series. The best thing is that you can get yourself one that’s actually practical, namely in the form of a motor cycle helmet. Don’t go riding around on your grandmother’s rusty bike with a Spartan helmet on your head, though. Might make you look a bit weird.
Master Chief’s helmet isn’t the only variant you can obtain, however. There are multiple armor sets and series out there, with some that can actually be worn and others that merely serve as collectible items for you to show off with.
Why would you wear a Master Chief helmet while it serves no real purpose? Well, why wouldn’t you? Just slap it on whenever you’re planning on taking a five year long nap, only for those dear to you to wake you up when they need to, or when you need to finish a fight.
Hidden Blade – Assassin’s Creed
It may not give you the ability to effortlessly scale any building you come across, but we’ll be damned if it doesn’t look cool. The iconic weapon wielded by every member of the Brotherhood in the Assassin’s Creed series is a subtle hidden blade that slides out to pierce some tissue and retracts whenever its wearer wants it to.
We’re pretty sure there’s some kind of complicated mechanism regarding the actual functionality of this blade, but the props sadly require you to push the blade back in while a simple flick of the wrist will awaken your inner assassin.
We don’t recommend using the hidden blade to commit acts of violence, however. For one, stabbing people totally isn’t cool. Another reason is that the blades on the officially licenced props are mere plastic with a rubber tip to keep you from actually going about causing damage, whereas its relatively weak spring isn’t nearly strong enough to actually force the blade through skin or other tissue. Cardboard might work, however!
There are quite a few hidden blade variants available, from the simple Altair version to the fully fledged gauntlet from Jacob Frye. These cost somewhere between 25 to 50$ depending on the model you’re after, but it would definitely make a great addition to any fan’s collection.
Witcher Medallion – The Witcher
Want to craft useful potions and concoct deadly oils? Or maybe you wish to become a master swordsman with enhanced senses? Well, we could tell you how, but that information is – erm – classified. What we can do, however, is show you this epic looking Witcher Medallion as worn by Geralt of Rivia and tons of other characters within The Witcher series.
Asides from the traditional Wolf medallion, other variants are available as well, such as the Cat an Griffin necklaces. Some have glowing eyes, whereas others focus on the staggering detail that goes into them.
If your PC can’t run The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you can always go about and get yourself one of these to run around the woods with. If you get attacked by a wandering bear or a vicious pack of famished squirrels, remember that we do not take responsibility. But if that’s the case, do send us that slick mid-combat selfie.
Batarang – Batman: Arkham Series
The Caped Crusader has an arsenal filled to the brim with iconic, doubtfully non-lethal gadgets. The most iconic one is his trusted Batarang, which has proven to be a useful tool throughout the Batman: Arkham game series.
The Batarang is a piece of equipment that can be used to activate distant buttons and cut ropes, all whilst remaining relatively harmless to the thugs it stuns. How that is possible is way beyond us, but we know better than to question Batman’s methods!
While they may not soar wherever you please, owning a Batarang of your own is still the dream of every Batman fanatic. You can own a simple replica that can be proudly shown off with a branded stand, but there are also more practical variants, ranging from small lights to letter openers.
Some examples come with sharped edges, making it one of the more dangerous props on this list. We don’t advise tossing this one, but if you do, make sure you get the whole thing on camera and upload it on YouTube. Otherwise, nobody will believe your Batarang shredded your homework.
Nuka-Cola – Fallout Series
Does it even count as a prop? We honestly don’t know, but we do know we desperately want one.
Every Fallout player has come across an aging bottle of Nuka-Cola throughout their gaming career, which has become one of the series’ trademark items you can obtain. This soda brand comes in a vast variety flavors, with the classic Nuka-Cola, the blue Nuka-Cola and Nuka Cherry being the most common and well-known ones.
Many have recreated the Nuka-Cola brand on their own, using food coloring and printable stickers to create their own Nuka-Cola bottles. On the rare occasion, however, Nuka-Cola bottles will actually make their ways to supermarket, like when Target promoted the release of Fallout 4 by selling Nuka-Cola Quantum.
We’re still not too sure whether we’d drink it or safely tuck it away as a means of saving up some currency for when the inevitable apocalypse hits. Some video game retailers even handed out Fallout-themed bottle openers to those who were willing to trade in somewhere in the hundreds of bottle caps.
We may laugh at those retailers now, but when the world has come to an end and bottle caps are the sole accepted currency, they will live like damn kings.
Dragonborn Helmet – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
While it’s one of the more common, not all that useful bits of armor in the game, the iconic Dragonborn Helmet (officially titled Iron Helmet, but that doesn’t sound remotely as cool) will make any role playing fanatic clap their hands in awe, accompanied by the facial expression equivalent to biting straight into a lemon.
Surprisingly enough, there are even Dragonborn beanies available, which make wearing a badass helmet a tad more socially acceptable. Few things can beat the real deal, though. This piece or armor has become one of The Elder Scrolls’ most recognizable items, even though this variant is only features in Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls Online.
Wear this one when you plan on auditioning for The Voice, and you’ll literally blow the jury away. We can already see Miley Cyris slamming that button as the crowd cheers “Fus ro damn.” Let us dream, okay?
Lightsaber – Star Wars Franchise
Alright, technically speaking, a lightsaber would qualify as a movie prop rather than a game prop. But admit it, you’d be lying if you said you wouldn’t want your very own one!
Easily one on the most iconic weapons in cinematic history, lightsabers are the preferred arms of the Jedi and the Sith in the Star Wars franchise. Its blades are vicious lasers, which can basically cut through any material one can think of.
Video games allow us to utilize these sci-fi swords for ourselves, letting us cut off limbs or fight highly precise battles in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: Jedi Knight respectively.
Most recently, lightsabers were featured in EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront, in which the player could wield the weapon as either Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader upon activating a Hero Pick-Up. If you’re one of the many unfortunate ones who can rarely get his hands on one of those pick-ups, a real life lightsaber replica could be the prop you’re looking for.
As with most things, lightsabers come in tons of variants. Some cheaper, plastic ones have retractable blades that can be flung out by striking the haft downwards, whereas more detailed and logically expensive ones have neon blades that light up. The latter are frequently used in gaming set-ups, since pinning one of those bad boys against the wall can give the entire room a more futuristic, sleek effect.
The only lightsabers we could get our hands on were lightsaber chop sticks. Not that we’re complaining, but name me one battle that was ever one with chop sticks. Food battles excluded.