Do you have $250 to blow on paperweights? If I was that wastefully rich, I imagine I might be tempted by this upcoming item from The Fifth Element:
The Fifth Element Stones Set – Limited Edition of 150 Pieces
By Hollywood Collectibles
Every five thousand years, a door opens between the dimensions. In one dimension lies the universe and all of its multitude of varied life forms. In another exists an element made not of earth, air, fire or water, but of anti-energy, anti-life. This “thing,” this darkness, waits patiently at the threshold of the universe for an opportunity to extinguish all life and all light. The weapon against this evil is housed in a temple in Egypt. The weapon is activated by bringing together the five elements of the universe: the first four are water, fire, earth, and air, which are embodied in the form of small triangular stones, which must be united with the fifth one: life – embodied in a Perfect Being. The five elements together produce the Divine Light, which vanquishes the Ultimate Evil for another five thousand years.
From this timeless cult classic sci-fi movie we have created this amazing set of Elemental stones, surrounding the central statue – The Fifth Element. Each stone is approx 9″ tall and is presented on a display base themed around the Egyptian temple from the movie, positioned around the Fifth Element. The Fifth Element statue is approx 12″ tall. 14″ overall height including base.
Product Number: HCO10053
Shipping Weight: 4.20 pounds
…I already have a set of the stones, albeit in a tiny 2″ size. It did not come with the central sarcophagus (in which Leeloo was presumably in suspended animation), though. In fact there have been many fan-made resin stone sets made over the years, but this is the first time someone actually got the license and added the sarcophagus to make it that much more of a bookshelf display item.
This is the early announcement – it may be some weeks or months before this product is actually produced, in case you happen to be one of the idle rich who like the film.
The listed weight of 4 lbs suggests these are either an extremely lightweight resin, or perhaps even hollow. Hollow would be too fragile, imo. Maybe the weight is just an early guess.
Ok, I have to admit, I am tempted. It is too much money, for sure. But people shop at Pier 1 for bookshelf display items that are less interesting. Buddhas are cliche, African art is cliche, random artistic stuff tends to be meaningless — but this, this is a reference to a pretty neat film, and looks beautiful too. If I had money to waste, I’d consider it. If it was $100, I’d consider it even now in my present circumstances. But $250… that’s beyond justification for me.