Sideshow is previewing the latest large-ticket figure and creature...!

I went for the Trooper. I wasn't able to pick up the first three when they were initially offered...I only just recently got the Sandtrooper Corporal from an online store and am kicking myself for missing the other two...the Corporal is great!

The Desert Detachment Trooper look pretty good...comes with plenty of gear for posing/display options and the price isn't that out of line to me, considering what similar figures are going for. I'm sure he's gonna end up being really cool...

The Dewback.....upon viewing the preview photos,the fact that it's basically a statue doesn't bother me at has an interesting pose, the detail in the sculpt is stunning and all of the accouterments (pike, saddle, bags, etc.) are rendered really well. I think it would look less impressive (and more toy-like) if the body detail was broken up with joint lines for articulation that I wouldn't see myself using for many different poses would one squeeze out of this thing anyway? No...the sculpt is fantastic with it's unbroken lines and surfaces....Sideshow made a good choice here.
And while the paint apps here on this prototype are pretty spectacular, well....that's the biggest gamble with this piece to me....Sideshow has stumbled from time to time with them...I'd be damned impressed if the factory apps come even close to this.

And the price and the big lizard isn't that out of line as far as I'm concerned, considering the materials used, the size of the piece and yes, the fact that like it or not, everything costs more to produce these days. I work in a situation that includes a little of production and manufacturing and I can tell you, everything (material/transportation/shipping) has gone up a lot in just the last year, so that's the way it is....but again, looking at this thing, I'm left to wonder if a roto-cast made of plastic similar to Jabba would've been the way to go instead of this dense, easily-damaged polystone material that they are using. Adds a lot of weight and cost to the item and to shipping it. I'd guess that during the initial research for this lizard might've shown too much detail being lost with a rotocast approach. We'll see...

I wish I could afford that big lizard....guess I could if I shuffled things around. a lot of folks, I'm waiting to see what Sideshow's got in store for the rest of the year at SDCC before I commit to such a big piece....heck, where would I put this thing? I still dig looking at Jabba and his throne...believe me, that's big enough!