I attended the "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" press junket in New York City over the weekend. One of the compelling bits of trivia to emerge from the actors I interviewed -- Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols -- is that Snake Eyes actor Ray Park ("Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace") was the biggest "Joe" nerd on the set. Not that he shared much knowledge since, being a character actor, he never broke his fictional ninja's vow of silence.
Still, the knowledge that Park is an über-fan ought to make today's eBay Prop-Watch pick all the more cool. It's not an actual prop, but it's a pretty badass item on its own. Park's participation only improves it. Worth the $500 asking price? Not for my cash-starved wallet. But the right "G.I. Joe" super-fan will flip out over this item, especially after seeing Park's performance in "The Rise of Cobra."
A signed katana sword from Snakes Eyes himself. Not to mention Darth Maul. Does it really matter that it's not a prop? A badass ninja weapon signed by a badass ninja/Sith. My geek sense is spiraling out of control. It's all too much to take in.
The winning bidder gets the sword, prints of the images of Ray signing the sword, a certificate and, as a bonus, "G.I. Joe" issue #27. The comic isn't signed though. In case the above image isn't clear enough, here's a closeup of the blade. And I'd like to shake the hand of whoever came up with the genius idea of having Ray Park sign a freaking katana sword.