• Sideshow Collectibles at SDCC 2007

      A rundown of Sideshow Collectibles' booth and panel at 2007 Comic-Con in San Diego.

      Sideshow's booth was nearly dead center of the main exhibit hall, and while not the most extravagant affair, the large cylindrical Sideshow curtain in the middle made it stand out from the booths around it. It didn't hurt that Sideshow nearly always had something cool going on, whether it be interviews with Stan Lee at the far end or the wandering photo ops with Darth Vader.

      Some of the material covered at their panel up in room 10 was similar to their panel at Star Wars Celebration IV, while other parts were not Star Wars related. One new aspect to the panel was the inclusion of Mat Falls, Sideshow's vice president of 3D Design, their resident sculptor, and one of Sideshow's founding partners 13 years back, originally working out of a poolhouse and garage.

      5 minutes into the panel, Sideshow announces new licenses including Indiana Jones, Conan the Barbarian, The Godfather, Alien vs Predator, and Tomb Raider Legends. Representative pieces from these are down in booth afterwards.

      Indiana Jones will include 12-inch, Premium Format, and a life-sized bust. Later in the panel, an Indiana Jones 12-inch prototype head is shown, but is not yet an approved likeness.

      Alien vs Predator will also cover the rest of the Predator and Alien franchises. With Aliens vs Predator, the AVP sequel, Sideshow brought the first look at prop replicas which they just got in. Sideshow later let us know that plasma cannon is likely polystone with some metal as well, and can be cocked, has a moving slide, and the barrel and top displays light up. The Predator mask has 3 electronic LED lights in it. And the shuriken may have some metal moving parts. They'll be $250 to $299, likely with a low edition size.

      10 minutes into the panel, Sideshow shows off their upcoming 9-inch Frodo & Sam Hobbit figures for the 12-inch Lord of the Rings line ($69.99 each due to increased accessories). This is a new body size for Sideshow, the body was developed in conjunction with Hot Toys, and is made modular by swapping out limbs to achieve different heights. Sideshow points out that this is important to Star Wars because this new shorter body can hopefully be used for some of the Star Wars aliens.

      About 30 minutes into the panel, a hint is dropped during discussion of the 10th Sideshow catalog about the upcoming prequel 2-pack of 12-inch figures. The page shown is Lords of the Sith, the figures in silhouette, and the first of the 2 blacked out characters is wearing a hood while the other is not - the clues and shapes seem consistent with Darth Sidious and Count Dooku, but no confirmation on either. The catalog, for those not fixated on the mysterious 2-pack, will now include production blog blurbs and be more of a coffee table piece.

      The panel briefly shows another new diorama, this time of Yoda vs Dooku from Episode II.

      When asked about sales on smaller run lines, Star Wars comes up as the big line that helps offset the risks of those other lines.

      Finally, the question of what is to become of the rest of Jabba's palace entries for the 12-inch line. Sideshow says "all in good time" and points out that they didn't want to slam customers with too much at once, make sure they can afford it. Ultimately, it's a good possibility but they have no timeline.

      Back down in their booth, they have on display 12-inch Padme Ilum and Luke Bespin, both are $54.99 and they're taking preorders at the show - with priority preorders coming very soon - and edition sizes to be determined. Preorders will be added slowly to accounts, shouldn't take more than a couple weeks though, and those with accounts will have those preorders count towards Sideshow rewards points. Luke's exclusive accessory will be the tourniquet device. Padme will not have an exclusive as she is exclusive to the web and to international markets, in the US stores won't be getting the Snowbunny.

      Also on display is 12-inch ANH Leia, the "Look Sir, Droids" envirorama, the life-sized R2 and 3PO statues, the Bronze Vader, and the Medicom Real Action Heroes Darth Maul 12-inch figure which Sideshow is distributing. A New Hope Leia's had some changes, a smaller body and the outfit now fits more accurately. The bronze Vader is around $5,000 - though the price goes up the later in the edition buyers jump in, so it pays to get in earlier. Sideshow wasn't sure how it would go over and it was going out on a limb for the company, but it's sold very fast for their bronze line. The edition size is 50 pieces (yes, "fifty") and they only have 4 or 5 left since it went up in late May - by comparison, the bronze Gandalf from LOTR took over a year to sell out.

      Well, that's about everything, if you haven't gone through it yet, make sure to check out the photo gallery from the Sideshow Collectibles SDCC booth.

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