Movie merchandising is a huge part of the Hollywood revenue stream. From action figures and posters to collectible replicas and t-shirts, movie merchandise is one of the best ways a production can continue to make money long after a movie has left the theaters. Some movie franchises continue to come up with new merchandise years after its release and after awhile they start to get quite creative. Let's take a look at some of these unique movie merchandise products.
Death Star Ice Cubes
The Star Wars franchise has to be one of the most lucrative in film history. Well over 30 years after the release of the first movie, we get new merchandise to collect on a yearly basis. In this case we get a little treat for when we need a cool drink on a hot day. If you want to impress your friends, use these ice cubes shaped like the Death Star to cool their beverages of choice. While definitely not the craziest piece of Star Wars merchandise we've seen, we think it might be the one most accepted by your non-fan friends.
Back in 2007, the US Postal Service created a series of R2-D2 mailboxes to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. Continuing to be a collector's dream, the USPS also released Star Wars stamps along with the limited edition mailboxes. Finding the R2 mail boxes became a “thing” on the internet, and today an R2 mailbox, signed by Star Wars creator George Lucas, can be found in the USPS Museum.
If you grew up wishing you could own a hoverboard like Marty McFly's in Back to the Future, join the club. Nike did a limited edition release of the shoes a couple of years ago in which most of the pairs were auctioned off on the internet for thousands of dollars and raised for $5 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. But unlike in the movie, those did not self-lace. Nike is said to release a limited amount of the shoes later this year which can lace themselves like in the movies. There has been no mention of a price point, but we can imagine they won't be cheap.
Star Trek Caskets and Urns
While many men have gone, and will continue to “go there” before, if you want to go out in a blaze of geeky glory, look no further. You now have the option to be buried in a casket inspired by the uniforms of Star Trek's various characters. If cremation is in your plans, you can have your ashes stored forever in an urn emblazoned with the Enterprise's logo. Morbid, yes, but if they exist it's because someone out there is buying them!
Sure, some of the merchandising items you see might not be in the best taste, but to each his own! All it takes is a quick internet search to see the wide variety of movie-related items available for purchase. What will you find?