Gimcracks, Geegaws & Other Dinguses

Private Eye Collectibles

  • The Maltese Falcon Statuette (Replica) | Buy it!
    2008, Haunted Studios
    This deluxe, full-size replica of the 1941 Maltese Falcon Prop Statue, cast in reinforced, hardened resin. stands 12 inches tall, weighs in at a hefty thirteen pounds, and comes in optional exclusive gift packaging, wrapped in Chinese newspapers and bound with twine in Captain Jacobi’s La Paloma burlap sea bag, and comes complete with a personalized Certificate of Authenticity. Sure at somewhere around $180 or so, it’s a little pricey, but considering one of two dinguses actually made for the movie — and the only one known to have appeared on film — sold in November 2013 for four million bucks at auction, you might call this a bargain.
  • Adrian Monk Moist Towelette
    2003, Norwood
    This cleverer-than-usual promo item was shipped out by the thousands to plug the second season of Monk, the unexpectedly successful detective show featuring Adrian Monk, a quirky, germaphobic consultant to the San Francisco Police Department suffering from OCPD.
  • Detective Chimp Figurine | Buy it!
    October 2007, Eaglemoss Publications
    This hand-painted lead figurine of Detective Chimp, clutching a magnifying glass and a pipe and sporting a deerstalker cap, goes all Sherlock on you fanboys. It stands about four inches tall and weighs in at about eight issues, and came with a 20-page replica issue of The Helmet of Fate: Detective Chimp, providing detailed history and background on the featured characters, including exclusive images and interviews. This is Item #69 in Eaglemoss’ DC Comics Superhero Figurine Collection.
  • The Rockford Files Vanity License Plate | Buy it!
    (2013, Celebrity Machines)
    Perfect for slapping on your Gold Pontiac Firebird Esprit, this metal-stamped prop boasts Jimbo’s actual California plate number, 853 OKG.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Seen anything cool that should be here? Lemme know!

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