Inspiration for Hollywood prop builders can come from everyday items. Changing the scale, color, or context of a household item can make the ordinary extraordinary.
Can you trace these two once common products to the movie that made their look famous?
One became an evil space fortress. The other made everyday garbage into fuel. The Panosonic radio (right) seems a likely inspiration for George Lucas’ Death Star.
The Krups “Coffina” 80s era coffee grinder became Mr. Fusion on the back of the Delorean in Back to the Future II & III.
Both products were produced in the very decade in which the featuring film was made. The Panosonic radio can be yours for as little as $10 on Ebay. However, owning your very own Mr. Fusion could easily set you back $140.
It seems cold fusion is not cheap even in our modern times.