I haven’t posted much about it since I rebooted my blog, but I’m a huge fan of collectibles. I still have nearly ever original Star Wars toy from the original Kenner releases (I’m only missing the original Blue Snaggletooth and Yak Face), and I have a pretty massive collection of more contemporary toys and figurines. Lately my collecting interest has leaned more into the realm of resin busts and statues, so I’ve been getting quite a bit of stuff from Sideshow Collectibles. My “day job” has me working with their products all the time for a living, so I’ve become a big fan of their whole awesome line of high-end geeky goodies.

A while back they released an Iron Man life-size bust that was limited to 1500 pieces. We sold several of them when they first released, and I got to see how great these things are in person. We recently heard from a customer in Canada who had some problems with his, though. There were some paint issues that happened at the factory, leaving some blemishes and uneven parts on his collectible, so we started the refund process with Sideshow for him. Since the shipping costs are so high for a piece this big (around 37 pounds and in a box more than two and a half feet tall), Sideshow sometimes requests that customers destroy defective items and provide photographic proof instead of having them mailed back to the company. That was the case with this customer, and he just sent me the pictures of his destroyed Iron Man bust today.

As a lover of collectibles, I have to admit I winced when I opened that e-mail. It’s not every day that you get to see the fractured innards of a $700 collectible, so I felt compelled to share it here.

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