For decades, Han Solo's blaster has been an item of reverence in the Star Wars universe. Stretching back to the age-old "Han shot first" issue from the very first Star Wars film, to later appearances of the space rogue engaging in battle against the Empire, his trusted blaster has always been at his side, and in his hands. Now, you can literally get your hands on the one he used in 1983's Return of the Jedi, for a hefty fee of course.
The blaster will be going up for auction this June, online as well as in Las Vegas, with pre-sale estimates suggesting it could grab up to $500,000 according to Reuters.
The prop is one of two non-firing hero blasters used by Han (Harrison Ford) in the movie and is known as a DL-44. It was made for the film by art director James L. Schoppe, who was gifted the gun after filming on the movie ended, along with other mementoes that he has kept for 35 years.
Star Wars memorabilia is among the most sought-after pop culture collectibles, with items such as Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber prop being sold for $450,000 last year, and an R2-D2 droid used in several films actually fetching $2.7 million.
With Solo: A Star Wars Story dialing the years back and introducing Han to his first blaster as a criminal, the folks behind the film might want to keep it a bit closer to their chest, in the hopes of making a decent buck in the future as well.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.