From the San Diego Comic-Con floor, it's the lowdown from Thursday's Sidehsow Collectibles panel.
The main focus of this year's Sideshow Collectibles panel was their new 12" G.I. Joe line. That line was brought in large part from their relationship with Hasbro on the Star Wars line.
The subject of how they choose which Star Wars character to do next came up, and they mentioned that they heard from a lot of confused fans when they'd do a line of main characters and then follow that up with a 2nd or 3rd tier character. The thinking here is that this is meant to "cleanse the palate", as well as help them explore ideas that hadn't been done yet.
Their new 12" Stormtrooper, which debuted here at con, was shown off in the slideshow. Soon after was 12" A New Hope Vader, which appeared to have an alternate hand for the "choking Admiral Motti" pose. After some more mixing and matching of licensees in the slideshow, up came the 12" Rebel Fleet Trooper" first with helmet on and then with it off - this figure, though not said, is Lt. Pello Scrambas, one of the first seen human characters in the movie (and Sam Jackson's guess as being a main character the first time he saw the film).
Also in the slideshow was the General Grievous Life-Sized Bust. Unfortunately, they were taking Q&A during the slideshow instead of talking about the pieces most of the time, so not much was said about this amazing piece.
One question that came up, from our own Tycho no less, was about the rumor of a Sideshow/Hasbro collaboration for environments to go with Hasbro's 3.75" figure line. It turned out that Sideshow had discussed it, explored ideas with Hasbro, but ultimate nothing came of this and it seems to be a "no" on that idea. The Sideshow crew did point out that Hasbro seems to be having a resurgence in environment themselves, what with the Lars family homestead and Sarlacc Pit ultimate battle packs being displayed downstairs in Hasbro's booth. The final word was "maaaaaaybe, but probably not."
Also shown in the slideshow was the new Tusken Raider Premium Format figure. There were shots of Medicom distributed items from the Real Action Heroes line, including 12" Han Solo and the 12"-scale Jawa, as well as a Super-Deformed Darth Maul piece.
The item I found most interesting was a mention that Sideshow collaborated with Hot Toys on the armor for Sideshow's new 12" Darth Vader and especially closely on the 12" Stormtrooper armor.
A question came up about the possibility of a Premium Format Chewbacca figure, unfortunately they are still looking at it because it is a very tough item to do right, and they want to do it right. For now, the concept only exists in the heads of the designers. They want to do it with hair so it doesn't look like a "block of wood", but putting a hair suit with properly colored and shaped hair will be very difficult.
Tycho asked a second question, pointing to Hot Toys' new 12"-scale Batman Begins Tumbler vehicle, he asked if Sideshow would ever consider a 12"-scale Landspeeder or similar vehicles. Sideshow said that with their license, anything was possible in that realm, but they have no idea how they'd do it. They were amazed that Hot Toys could get that Tumbler out the door for $500, that they couldn't see doing a Landspeeder in that size for less than $1000. So, anything could happen, but they would only want to do it if they could release it at a "decent" price, not cheap, but ok.
That was pretty much it for the Star Wars aspect to Sideshow's panel.