Propstore of London – Fortress of Solitude Crystal Tube Display

The Propstore of London has only gone and done it again! This time they are presenting  a Fortress of Solitude Console Crystal tube display used in Superman the Movie and Superman II. No one can forget the iconic moment Superman (Jeff East) inserts a crystal into the control panel to be confronted by his Father (Marlon Brando) introducing himself with the immortal words

“My son, you do not remember me. I am Jor-El.

I am … your father. By now you will have

reached your eighteenth year of time as it is

measured on earth. By that same reckoning I will

have been dead for many thousands of your years.

The knowledge that I have of, matters physical

and historic I have given to you fully on your voyage

to your new home. These are important matters, to

be, sure, but still matters of mere fact. There are

questions to be asked and it is time for you to do so.

Here in this Fortress of Solitude we shall try to find

the answers together. How does a Good man live? What

is virtue’? When does a man’s obligation to those

around him exceed his obligation to himself’? These are

not simple questions – even on Krypton there is no precise

science which provides us with the answers. I can only

tell you what I myself believe. To this end, I have tried

to anticipate your questions, and in -the order of their

importance to you.”

This wonderful piece would look good in any Superman Collection!

Propstore of London’s Description

“A crystal and tube from the Fortress of Solitude, used in the production of the classic superhero movie Superman. Sent to Earth from his home planet of Krypton, Kal-el (Christopher Reeve) is raised by humans and grows to become the honest and true Clark Kent, while also taking on the identity of Superman to protect the people of Earth.

This crystal and tube formed part of the elaborate Fortress of Solitude set that was used in both Superman and Superman II, with these pieces used for the elaborate console that Superman uses to discover more about his past and how he can use his powers for good. The pieces are made of acrylic with a polished finish ensuring a nice sheen when seen on film. Various angled sections have been taken out of the crystal to create a unique, crystalline shape while the tube has an angled section removed from the top, allowing the crystal to be placed comfortably within.

Featuring some wear from use and time spent in storage, the crystal measures 13cm (5“) in length while the tube measures 14cm (5.5”) in height, with both pieces remaining in good production-used condition. The set is presented in a stunning custom framed display featuring the film’s title artwork, stills from the film and an opening front panel allowing direct access to the piece.

Item size – 2.76″ x 24.41″ x 19.29″ (7.0cm x 62.0cm x 49.0cm)”

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