Posts Tagged ‘Sideshow Collectibles’

Rogue00

Yesterday I posted photos of the new Baby Doll Premium Format Figure from Sucker Punch, and today I’m following up with pictures of another Premium Format, this time X-Men’s Rogue. We have a big display shelf above the TV in our living room where we keep six 1:4 scale figures on display at a time. Rogue has been up there for quite a while (alongside two versions of Lara Croft, Daredevil, Buffy Summers, and Agent 47), but she’s being moved to another location to make room for Baby Doll. After taking Rogue down from the shelf, I decided to go ahead and snap some shots of her. Her jacket is fabric, as are her belt and pouches, but all the rest is polystone sculpted.

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BabyDoll00

I’m in the minority in that I’m a big fan of Sucker Punch, and it even was my favorite movie of 2011. The Gentle Giant Baby Doll statue proved to be pretty much impossible to get, so I decided to pass on their entire line of 1:4 scale Sucker Punch statues. That was really disappointing after I’d seen and gotten excited about that statue line at Comic-Con 2010. As it turns out, I’m glad I waited because Sideshow’s 1:4 scale Baby Doll blows Gentle Giant’s out of the water.

She’s a large piece, standing about 19 inches tall, from the top of her sword to the bottom of the base. I love how dynamic this one is, in comparison to Gentle Giant’s release, and it’s great that Sideshow captured the character in an homage to an iconic moment from the movie. Baby Doll has fabric clothes, and the rest of her is polystone cast, and the level of detail really is outstanding. She arrived in the box in eight pieces, which means there was a lot more construction for her than these things usually require. They even included an instruction sheet showing how to put her together, which turned out to be very useful. The Baby Doll Premium Format Figure probably is my favorite collectible I’ve gotten so far in 2013. She’s limited to 1250 pieces, and the one I got is numbered 7.

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EmmaFrost00

Here’s the Emma Frost premium format figure from way back in 2009. Sideshow Collectibles made two versions of this one, an exclusive and a standard edition. The exclusive came with an optional hand holding Cyclops’ visor, but I opted for the regular edition. I like the sculpt and pose a lot, and I especially like that Emma’s cape is poseable via some hidden wires inside it. I’m not crazy about her face, though. It’s cartoonier than Sideshow’s other premium formats tend to be, and I think it’s supposed to be inspired by J. Scott Campbell’s art. It’s not a dealbreaker for the overall statue, but I would have preferred something closer to the style of the other Marvel pieces.

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Bossk00

Here’s another great Star Wars 12″ figure from Sideshow Collectibles. This time it’s Bossk, the surly alien bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back. The detail Sideshow puts into the sculpting and the fabric costuming on these things is incredible. It’s especially impressive when you consider that it’s all for a character that had only a few precious seconds of screentime in the entire Star Wars movie saga. Bossk is among a legion of background characters from Star Wars that amassed a huge fan following, even though they never really did that much other than stand around looking interesting. Bossk has shown up later in the Clone Wars animated series, and chances are good that we might see him on the big screen again if the rumored Boba Fett solo film gets made. This Bossk figure comes with the standard Star Wars display stand from Sideshow, and they’ve included his gun, as well as an extra pair of swap-out hands. In addition to the interchangeable hands, he also has interchangeable feet (since he doesn’t wear boots) to help with posing him in different stances.

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Snowtrooper00

I might have mentioned before that I’m a lifelong Star Wars fan. I’m also a lifelong fan of toys, and nothing goes together better than Star Wars and action figures. I haven’t featured any poseable figures here since I started my Project 365 posts, so it was just about time that I broke that trend. This is the Imperial Snowtrooper, the newest 12″ action figure in Sideshow Collectibles’ high-end Star Wars line. He comes with plastic armor over a fabric bodysuit, and everything is weathered really awesomely. The figure has six interchangeable hands that pop on and off at the wrist pretty easily, allowing him to hold his gun, hold other things, point, and do all the other hand-type things a Snowtrooper might do. His backpack comes separately in the box, and it attaches to him via four plastic pegs that fit into holes in two rubber straps, and it’s secured in place with two tiny buckles. He comes with his gun, as well as with the standard Sideshow-style Star Wars display base, round and black with the Star Wars logo on it. This one also has a separate circular rubber snow piece you can put on top of the base (as shown in the photos) to theme the display.

I’ve always thought the Snowtroopers had really cool uniforms, and it wasn’t until I got this guy out to start taking pictures that I realized how much he kind of resembles a Ku Klux Klansman. That was my uncomfortable and disconcerting moment of the day. George Lucas and Ralph McQuarrie did use Nazi uniforms as touchstones for designing the Imperial officers’ uniforms, so who knows?

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Time for another new collectible! This time it’s the new Faith statue, made by Sideshow Collectibles. Eliza Dushku played Faith on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and she first appeared in the third season of Buffy as a deeply trouble rogue Slayer. Sideshow Collectibles has the Buffy license and has made a bunch of 12″ action figures and large-scale collectibles in the past. More recently they’ve been producing a line of really cool Buffy statues based on the most iconic characters from the show. The first release was Buffy herself, sitting on a gothic styled throne, and the second was Willow with her school backpack. Faith is the third in the series and stands around 18″ tall, including the base. The regular version of the statue comes with a crossbow in Faith’s right hand, but the Sideshow exclusive edition has interchangeable hands, one of which holds Faith’s knife the Mayor gave her in season three. That’s the one I have her holding in these photos. The pose and design are loosely based on Jo Chen’s cover art for one of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books (linked in the image gallery below).

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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.

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