In the canon of film history, any noteworthy character or beloved superhero was known to have an object – be it a weapon or highly functional device, that was so intrinsic to their image that to be without it would leave them as vulnerable as a man caught in a bathroom stall with no toilet paper. Indiana Jones had rope, James Bond had a number of multi-feature watches, and Luke Skywalker had the lightsaber. And when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nothing is more iconic than the trusty block-shaped hammer wielded by Thor.
The hammer, officially known as the Mjolnir, was created by writer Stan Lee and first introduced to the Marvel comics in Journey into Mystery. The hammer is forged by Dwarven blacksmiths, and is composed of the fictional Asgardian metal uru. A number of versions regarding the origin of the hammer exist, but the continuity lies in the fact that not just anyone can wield it, and that by using it Thor has proven himself.
When Chris Hemsworth burst onto screens brandishing the trusty weapon, toy makers were quick to capitalise on the importance of the hammer. But while these toy hammers simply appease children who desire to run around with the airy object above the head, they do little for any film buff who knows that the Mjolnir would see most people doubled-over in exasperation at its weights.
Knowing this, YouTuber James Hobson – also known as The Hacksmith – set out to replicate the very thing, even sticking to the 110 pound (approx. 50kg) weight.
Hobson’s YouTube series, Make It Real, sees the talented builder-of-objects attempt to replicate famous movie props. He’s achieved the mech powerloader from Alien, Captain America’s electromagnetic shield, and Thor’s enchanted axe, Stormbreaker.
But this time, Hobson set himself the challenge of creating a real-world approximation of the Mjolnir, which carries the inscription, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”