Category Archives: Statues

Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art Hardcover

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Sideshow Collectibles, the renowned specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues beloved for their excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail, and quality. In honor of this landmark, Sideshow teamed up with publisher Insight Editions, known for creating enduring, innovative, and visually stunning books on photography, film, and popular culture.

A deluxe gallery of Sideshow’s best work from its beginning to present day, Capturing Archetypes: Twenty Years of Sideshow Collectibles Art (Insight Editions / $50.00 / April 22, 2014) showcases the stunning creations they’ve produced over the past two decades in one breathtaking collection. Featuring iconic and universally adored characters from franchises including Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Lord of the Rings, Capturing Archetypes celebrates Sideshow’s astonishing ability to capture the essence of archetypal characters in their phenomenal art pieces.
 
A must-have collectible in its own right, this elegant book is the artistic culmination of Sideshow’s incredible ambition and undeniable skill. With a removable acetate bellyband over a multilevel debossed cover, Capturing Archetypes will delight pop culture enthusiasts and dedicated collectors alike.

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Sideshow Collectibles To Release Life Size Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Figure

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Bring home a piece of the Star Wars film legacy with the Sideshow Collectibles Han Solo in Carbonite Life-Size Figure ($7,000).

This magnificent seven-and-a-half foot tall replica captures every detail of the frozen smuggler with stunning realism, just moments after his affectionate parting words, “I know,” in The Empire Strikes Back. Expertly recreated in fiberglass and high quality materials, film-accurate light effects in the base, side panels and rear power canisters provide added authenticity to Solo’s carbonite prison. Jabba’s most sought-after trophy can now belong to you, as a truly unique centerpiece in any home theater, mancave or Star Wars display.

Comes with full-color detailed instructions, some assembly is required. The figure is expected to ship in October 2014.

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New Options For Star Wars – D-Tech Me Returning To Star Wars Weekends At Disney World Starting May 16, 2014

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Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience will return this year to Star Wars Weekends at Disney World with a few new options for guests. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, located in Soundstage 1 between Studio Backlot Tour and Toy Story Midway Mania.

For those unfamiliar with Star Wars – D-Tech Me, this 10-minute experience uses the world’s highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. The captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine.

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This year, two returning favorites – Carbon-Freeze Me and Stormtrooper – will be joined by two new figurines – Alderaan Princess and X-Wing Pilot. There are both male and female options offered for X-Wing pilot, Carbon-Freeze Me and Stormtrooper figurines. For children, Alderaan Princess and Carbon-Freeze Me figurines will be available in more youthful appearances.

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For the first time, we are introducing a 16-inch figurine. While a wise Jedi Master once said “size matters not,” you can see the size differences of the Stormtrooper figurines in the above image.

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The Star Wars – D-Tech Me 7-inch figurines are $99.95 each, plus shipping and applicable sales tax. For the 16-inch figurines, retail is $149.95 each, plus shipping and applicable sales tax. All participants will receive a specially designed button.

Completed figurines will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally). To book your experience, please call 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).

The experience will be offered during Star Wars Weekends 2014 (May 16 – 18, May 23 – 25, May 30 – June 1, June 6 – 8, and June 13-15).

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My Office

Superman needs his Fortress of Solitude and Batman has the Bat Cave. We all need a favorite space to relax, reflect, write, read a book, watch a movie or showcase a favorite collectible or souvenir.

Maybe it’s a game room, library or secret space hidden by a moveable bookcase that leads to a man cave.

I’ve always been curious what curios J.J. Abrams keeps close by, what books fill Stephen King’s shelves, what collectibles does Patton Oswald possess, what artwork lines Jim Lee’s walls, how many toys fill John Lasseter’s Pixar office and what movie memorabilia does Steven Spielberg showcase? Perhaps someday I will find out!

The answers would reflect the owner’s personality, interests, accomplishments, etc. Equally as fascinating to me would be how the items were displayed.

So, I thought I would let you into my world and show you my office and give you the nickel tour.

I wanted my Southern California office to reflect my varied interests and showcase some of my favorite things.

I have collected Stephen King books since 1983. He’s my favorite author and I’m also a fan of his son, Joe Hill. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both authors on numerous occasions and they are wonderful talented friendly people. The bottom shelf of my bookcase is filled with oversized art books featuring the work of Walt Disney, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Todd McFarlane, Charles Schultz and Tim Burton.

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My Funko Pop! Batman collection guards my graphic novels. Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character as reflected in the art, toys and books in my work space.

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Some of my prized collectibles are an original Batman ink commission by Brazilian artist, Rafael Grampa (I also have his Batman Black & White statue), a signed Adam West Batman photo, a signed Drew Struzan Stephen King Dark Tower print and a series of Jock letterpress Batman prints signed by the artist.

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A fun 3D light up replica of Iron Man’s mask appears to be bursting through my wall.

I also collect posters, many of which are from MONDO, a boutique art gallery based in Austin Texas. They release limited print runs of pop culture posters that are lovingly rendered by amazing artists. Some of my cherished prints are based on the Universal Monster movies by Francesco Francavilla, Star Wars by Tyler Stout and The Incredibles by Tom Whalen. Another favorite piece is my Batman Rogues Gallery print set by Olly Moss; With only a few simple brush strokes the UK artist cleverly captures the essence of the Joker, Poison Ivy and the Riddler.

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The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller from 1986 is my favorite graphic novel so I had to pick up this statue of Batman vs. The Joker by Kotobukiya. I was a huge fan of both the original Batman TV show and the Batman Animated series so the 1966 Batmobile and the vinyl Animated Batman figure are prominently displayed.

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Iron Man By ThreeA Toys

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Famed Australian comic book artist and designer Ashley Wood, the mastermind behind threeA Toys recently added the Marvel Comics license. The first character to get the 3A treatment will be Iron Man and below is the first image of the unpainted prototype.

According to Mr. Wood, the figure will be “All articulated, no visible joints. It’s going to be cool.” The figure which looks like a mix of the Iron Giant and Iron Man will be 1/6 scale and approximately 12-13 inches tall.

No word yet on the price, the figure will go on sale in February 2014.

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Batman Black & White Statue By Jae Lee Coming In July 2014

The Dark Knight smashes out of his best-selling series Batman/Superman and into your home with this stunning statue designed by artist Jae Lee!

Sculpted by Jonathan Matthews, this statue is limited to 5,200 pieces, measures 7.8″ tall and will retail for $79.95. On Sale July 2014.

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Real Action Hero Batman: The Dark Knight Returns By Medicom

Medicom‘s 1/6 scale Real Action Heroes line is set to expand in 2014 with a new take on Batman based on Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Adorned in a fabric cape, the action figure will include optional hand pieces and a special display stand. Measuring almost 12 inches tall the poseable toy can be pre-ordered HERE for $219.99.

Due in August 2014.

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Gentle Giant & Chronicle Books Partner On Special Editions of Darth Vader and Son & Darth Vader’s Little Princess Bundled With Maquettes

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Gentle Giant has partnered with Chronicle Books to put together something pretty special just in time for Father’s Day.

The artisans at Gentle Giant Studios have captured this hilarious and sweet comic as re-imagining, Darth Vader as a dad like any other-except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Traditionally sculpted by the Artisans at Gentle Giant Studios, no detail has been overlooked.

- Each maquette is a numbered cold-cast Polystone collectible featuring a bottom stamp with a matching certificate of authenticity

- Comes with an exclusive edition of Darth Vader and Son book or Darth Vader’s Little Princess book

- 16-page signature with the original black & white concept sketches from Jeffrey Brown! These sketches have not been released to the public until now, and are exclusive to each boxed set.

- A new full color illustration from Jeffrey Brown printed on board and packaged in a vellum sleeve.

– The book cover and spine will be printed with color foil stamps and spot gloss varnish.

Each set will cost $150 and will be released by Father’s Day. You can pre-order the Darth Vader and Son set HERE and the Darth Vader’s Little Princess set HERE.

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Batman Black & White Harley Quinn Statue

The fun-loving, psychotic, Arkham Asylum doctor turned-inmate Harley Quinn joins the best-selling Batman Black & White line with this stunning statue designed by the character’s co-creator, award-winning animator, artist, and producer, Bruce Timm!

Sculpted by Jon Matthews, the statue ($80) is approximately 7.4″ tall and is limited to 5,200.

The Batman Black & White Harley Quinn statue will go on sale in May 2014.

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Todd McFarlane’s In-Store Holiday Signing At McFarlane In Westgate City Center Scheduled For December 7, 2013

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Todd McFarlane’s In-Store Holiday Signing At McFarlane In Westgate City Center Scheduled For December 7, 2013

Spawn creator and McFarlane Toys Founder, Todd McFarlane will be doing a rare public autograph signing at his signature store in Westgate City Center on Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 from 12-3PM!

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The store will have the newest and hottest McFarlane Toys figures including figures from the hit TV show AMC’s The Walking Dead, the incredible Daryl Dixon 10-inch deluxe figure, figures from this year’s hit video game Assassin’s Creed along with the life-size, role-playing accessory, the Hidden Blade and Gauntlet, the signature weapon of the heroic Assassins, HALO 4 figures and the latest McFarlane’s Sports Picks officially league-licensed NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL sports figures.

Spawn comics, trade paperbacks and graphic novels will be heavily stocked as well.

The store also carries the season’s most recent collectible toys, including Star Wars, Marvel select , DC Universe, Funko Pop Vinyl, Nightmare before Christmas, Living Dead Dolls, Mini mates, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Hello Kitty, Monster High, My Little Pony, Lalaloopsy Dolls and huge selections of blind box figures, bobbleheads, travel mugs, reusable totes, lunchboxes, glassware and assorted plush from mainstream to urban.

 There will be some super cool prizes to give away. And if you are one of the first 100 people lined up at the door, here’s what you will walk away with:

The first person in line receives a McFarlane Toys Prize Package (valued at more than $200) that includes:

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- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Golden Age Of Piracy 3-Pack
- AMC’s The Walking Dead TV 10-Inch Daryl Dixon Deluxe Figure
- Halo 4 Didact Deluxe Figure
- Cowboys NFL 2-Pack: Jason Witten & Michael Irvin
- The Art of Todd McFarlane Book
- Halo and Assassin’s Creed Limited Edition Lithographs Handed Signed By Todd McFarlane 

The first 50 people in line receives McFarlane Toys Halo Limited Edition Poster

The first 100 people in line receives Halo Avatar or NFL Small Pro Blind Bag Figure

The McFarlane toy store is located within the Westgate City Center, next to the AMC Theater and adjacent to the Jobing.com arena. For more information on the signing, or any of the products available, call the McFarlane toy store (623) 670-5601. Autographs are limited to two items person.

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9410 W. Hanna Drive
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Glendale, AZ 85305

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Kotobukiya Daredevil Marvel Comics Fine Art Statue

Kotobukiya has released a Daredevil Marvel Comics Fine Art Statue ($200).

Matt Murdock grew up poor but idealistic in the rough neighborhood of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and he was sorely tested by the death of his father and being blinded by radioactive ooze in a freak accident. However, that injury would also enhance the boy’s other senses, and with training and razor-sharp focus he would become an expert martial artist. Honing his craft by night while working as a lawyer by day, Murdock defends the innocent and puts away the bad guys as the scarlet-suited Daredevil! With a career stretching back to 1964, Daredevil is a mainstay of the Marvel Universe and has worked alongside countless other heroes, always carrying his signature modified billy club weapon.

Daredevil stands on a cracked and broken rooftop, posing in a wide stance as he prepares to swing into the night with his club. The athletic hero has an incredibly detailed sculpt showing off every muscle and sinew, while his costume is perfect down to the last detail with its boots, gloves, belts and holsters, and raised “DD” logo on his chest. Daredevil’s face captures Murdock’s intensity perfectly beneath the costume’s distinctive horns, his head cocked slightly as though he can hear crime even before it happens. In each outstretched hand the hero grips one end of his billy club tightly, while a length of its retractable cord whips around him in a dynamic motion!

Expertly sculpted by artist Erick Sosa, Daredevil stands nearly 10 ½ inches tall in magnificent 1/6 scale atop the gargoyle-accented Hell’s Kitchen rooftop.

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An Early Look at The Sandman: Overture Statue

The first issue of the eagerly awaited The Sandman: Overture will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 30th. Below is an early look at the The Sandman: Overture Statue from DC Collectibles.

Designed by J.H. Williams III and sculpted by Dave Cortes, the statue is unfinished and still a work-in-progress. Look for The Sandman: Overture Statue in comic and specialty stores, and on www.shopdccollectibles.com in 2014!

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Sideshow Collectibles Superman Premium Format Figure

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Sideshow Collectibles presents the Superman Premium Format figure.

‘Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings…’

Superman is arguably the most recognized superhero in pop culture, and Sideshow is bringing him to life in stunning 1:4 scale. Set in the frozen sanctuary of the Fortress of Solitude, the Superman Premium Format figure ($400) stands over two feet tall, crafted with unparalleled attention to detail.

Limited to 5,000, the statue measures 25.5″ H x 16.5″ W  x 9.00″ D and will be released in January 2014.

Artists:

Bernardo Esquivel (Paint)
Andy Bergholtz (Sculpt)
Martin Canale and Gore Group Studios (Sculpt)
Tim Hanson (Costume Fabrication)
Kristafer Anka (Design)

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Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ Hulk Statue To Be Released In March 2014

Marvel Comics is the next great property to get Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ statue treatment, and so of course the first series is none other than the Avengers, specifically the characters as they appear in Marvel Now.

In 2012 the comic book company relaunched several titles, shifting some characters into different books and updating some for a modern audience.  More than anything, it provided a perfect jumping on point for new readers. Now the characters are brought to life as never before based on concept artwork by superstar artist Adi Granov.

For the very first Avengers ARTFX+ release… well, he’s big, he’s green, and he’s always angry… it’s the Hulk!

Bruce Banner was a scientist studying the effects of gamma radiation when he was caught in an explosion. Rather than destroy him the energies transformed him into the massive green-skinned Hulk! The Avenger stands in a classic comic book pose, angled to the side and leaning forward with his arms outstretched. The Hulk has his leading hand open as though to taunt his enemies, though his right hand behind him is balled into a fist to deliver a mighty blow! The Hulk is fantastically detailed with intricate musculature down to his sinews and veins, and the harsh grimace on his face shows off the rage he can’t keep bottled up in battle. Banner’s alter ego wears his traditional tattered purple pants (no Hulk would be complete without them), and his skin is expertly painted with varying shades of green.

The massive Hulk ($65) stands just barely under 10 inches tall (in the ARTFX+ 1/10th scale) on his included magnetic display base and will arrive in stores in March 2014. Hulk will be joined by his fellow Avengers with upcoming releases Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, so get him to begin your collection!

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Batman Black & White Statue Line Turns 50, Relaunches Comic, Hints At Fan-Driven Future

The Batman: Black and White statue line turns 50 today. No, not fifty years old, but fifty statues released! Sean Murphy’s well-balanced Batman makes #50, and the line shows no signs of stopping, with statues already planned through 2015.

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As the line has continued over the last eight years, DC Collectibles has kept it surprisingly tight, releasing as few as four statues a year, despite its popularity. That’s by design, out of a desire to keep it special and not “flood the market.” Keeping the line special and listening to fan feedback is very important to DC Collectibles, in fact, who announced last week that the numbering system will be going back to the Black and White series, due strictly to popular request.

The Batman: Black and White statues came from the Batman: Black and White comic series – and now things have come full circle, with the comic series relaunching in September.

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Newsarama talked with DC Collectible’s Kevin Kiniry (VP, Creative Services) and Jim Fletcher (Design Director, Creative Services) about the line’s continued evolution, how hard it is to do the figurative balancing act of releasing enough but not too many statues and even got some hints about what’s to come in the future of the line.

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Read the interview HERE. For a full list of the statues that have been released so far, please click HERE.

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2013 Comic Con Exclusives

Comic Con is right around the corner and they have posted a listing of Exclusives debuting at the 2013 entertainment/pop culture event.

The compilation includes almost 200 separate products offered by 50 different companies. The list will be added to as more companies reveal the great items they have in store for attendees.

Some companies are offering pre-ordering on their exclusives. When you see a link to a website on the company page, click on it to order an item in advance and then pick it up at Comic-Con.

You can check out the list HERE.

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The Android’s Dungeon,” available as a fine art silkscreen print on premium paper stock, features Simpsons art by Dave Perillo. Each piece in the numbered edition is hand-signed by the artist. Price: $50.00

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Hellboy Qee Comic-Con International Exclusive: 5″ Qee toy version vinyl figure of Hellboy wearing officially licensed Comic-Con logo t-shirt. Packaged in color window box. Price: $20.00

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Batman #21 Variant-Covered Comic: Variant Zero Hour cover of Batman #21. Available at the DC Collectibles Boutique at the Graphitti Designs booth #2315, next to the DC booth. Price: $10.00

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Man of Steel Variant Statue: This 1:6 scale highly-detailed statue sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, captures all of the energy and excitement from the movie. Measuring-in at approximate 14″ tall, this exclusive figure is the only one you’ll find that depicts the Man of Steel at this dark moment. Very cool! Available at the DC Collectibles Boutique at the Graphitti Designs booth #2315, next to the DC booth. Price: $129.95

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Superman: Unchained #1 Variant-Covered Comic: Jim Lee’s grey-toned art from the cover of this year’s WonderCon Anaheim Program Book, graces this unique variant-covered comic. Written by Scott Snyder with art by Jim Lee…this book is definitely a keeper! Available at the DC Collectibles Boutique at the Graphitti Designs booth #2315, next to the DC booth. Price: $10.00

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Diamond Comic Distributors

SDCC 2013 Robby The Robot Die-Cast Figure — Previews Exclusive Blue Version: Forbidden Planet’s signature ‘bot comes to vivid die-cast life in this exceptionally detailed and extremely limited blue edition! Price: $74.99

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Star Wars The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett Action Figure with Han Solo in Carbonite Accessory: In 2013, Hasbro takes collectible Star Wars action figures to the next level with the introduction of The Black Series action figure line! For the first time ever, Hasbro is introducing a 6-inch scale of the greatest characters from the Star Wars universe, and fans will have their first opportunity to start their Black Series 6-inch figure collection at San Diego Comic-Con with the Boba Fett action figure which comes with Han Solo in Carbonite accessory. Price: $44.99

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Star Trek: The Art Of Juan Ortiz (Limited Edition) Hardback, 112pp 10 1/4 x 14 1/3” Large format hardcover art book with exclusive tip-in sheet, numbered and signed by artist Juan Ortiz. Plus a print of (one of the most famous episodes), signed by Juan Ortiz. Price: $50.00

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Paramount Pictures Announces World War Z Licensing Program Including Exclusive Limited-Edition Fan Art From Blurppy’s Poster Posse

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My good friend Don Thompson, his website Blurppy and his Poster Posse project for World War Z were mentioned today in a press release from Paramount Pictures.

Congratulations to Don and the members of the Poster Posse for a job well done! Don was able to gather amazing artists from around the world to collaborate on imagined posters for the World War Z film. These virtual posters were showcased on Blurppy.com and went viral finally catching the attention of Paramount Studios. The studio has committed to creating limited-edition collector’s prints and releasing them on Amazon, Think Geek and in theaters on opening day!

Here is the press release:

“Paramount Licensing today announced its slate of worldwide licensing partners in support of the highly anticipated film “World War Z,” which opens in theaters nationwide on June 21st. To extend the excitement of the summer film event, Paramount is rolling out a robust in-theatre merchandise program highlighted by mobile pop up stores in select theaters, creating a limited line of products to celebrate fan generated art, and strategically aligning with a select group of toy, game, apparel and accessory, collectible, costume, publishing, and online licensees.

Paramount will bring “World War Z” to consumers via Hot Topic, the film’s exclusive retail promotional partner. As the official “World War Z” movie headquarters, Hot Topic is rolling out the “World War Z” merchandise program across all 660 of its stores. Highlighting the promotion will be movie-themed storefront window displays and a series of online initiatives including a sweepstakes, social media support through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and email blasts to all of its members.

In addition, Paramount has partnered with leading apparel and accessories company Bioworld to launch an in-theatre merchandise program in Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Muvico Theaters, Starplex Cinemas, and ShowBiz Cinemas theaters in its top markets. The program will be highlighted by mobile pop up kiosks featuring apparel and accessories in select Regal Cinemas and Muvico theaters.

Paramount Licensing will also launch exclusive limited-edition fan art by artists Chris Garofalo, Matt Ferguson, Marie Bergeron, David Moscati and Marko Manev, who were selected from a group of artists nicknamed “Poster Posse.” The group participated in a challenge issued by Don Thompson’s Blurppy.com to create a images based on the “World War Z” film. The results of the challenge caught the eye of the studio and filmmakers and now this unique artwork will be available in a limited-edition run of graphic t-shirts at HotTopic.com, high quality posters at Amazon.com and ThinkGeek.com, and as limited-edition collector’s prints to be given away to fans on opening day at Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, AMC Theatres, Arclight Cinemas, and other leading theaters.

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Additionally, Paramount has created a targeted licensing program in key categories to launch in advance of the film’s release that will tap into the excitement of “World War Z” and allow fans to take home a piece of the experience. Partners include:

- Jazwares: Articulated zombie and hero action figures as well as plush  
- University Games: A World War Z-themed survival board game and card game
- Bioworld Merchandise: Apparel and accessories
- Ghoulish Productions: Costumes and dress up accessories
- Pyramid America: Posters, prints, magnets and buttons
- Trends: Posters, calendars and bookmarks
- Silver Buffalo: Drinkware, blankets and wall art
- Quantum Mechanix: Collectibles, including statues, limited-edition lithographs and key chains
- Crown Publishing Group: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in
paperback, audio book, and eBook formats
- Titan Books Ltd.: Art of “World War Z” book
- Duckworth Publishing Ltd.: Movie tie-in edition of Max Brooks’ novel in paperback
- Café Press: Branded “World War Z” store at http://www.paramountstore.com featuring apparel, gift, and novelty

World War Z revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale.

World War Z was directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. 

World War Z opens in theaters everywhere June 21, 2013.”

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Kotobukiya To Release Superman For Tomorrow ARTFX Statue In December 2013

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Following the recent releases of classic DC Comics characters in the full size ARTFX Statue scale (including Batman Black Costume and The Joker), Kotobukiya returns to the Man of Steel for a special presentation portraying an iconic appearance: Superman For Tomorrow! In the 2004-2005 twelve issue story arc written by Brian Azzarello, Superman faced some of his most difficult times as he investigated the worldwide Vanishing, dealt with an alternate reality Earth, and faced off against mysterious villains. “For Tomorrow” is most famous for its incredible artwork by DC superstar Jim Lee, and that is the inspiration for this all new statue.

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Superman stands in one of his most iconic heroic poses, vigilant for any threats, his head angled to the side as his enormous cape flows dramatically in the wind behind him.

Sculpted by Kouei Matsumoto (who also sculpted the Batman Black Costume ARTFX), Superman stands nearly 12 inches tall in the ARTFX 1/6th scale. An absolute must for any fan of DC Comics and the greatest superhero of all time, Superman For Tomorrow is the new definitive statue and will look amazing on your shelf by himself or alongside other Kotobukiya ARTFX releases.

Available December 2013.

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Kotobukiya To Release ARTFX Man of Steel Superman Statue In September 2013

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This summer marks the big screen return of DC Comics’ Superman in Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan of the Batman franchise. Promising a brand new vision of the iconic superhero, the film stars Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel complete with an incredible redesigned costume that updates the traditional red, blue, and yellow. Kotobukiya is proud to present an all-new ARTFX statue to tie in with the upcoming blockbuster, Man of Steel’s Superman.

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Superman stands in a powerful pose straight out of the movie’s trailers, half crouching with his arms curled and fists clenched. The Kryptonian is coiled and ready to spring into action, muscles taught beneath his suit… and what a suit it is! The Man of Steel film version of the iconic Superman costume combines the traditional comic book elements with futuristic materials and textures, melding it together into a sleek outfit that looks really cool.

Expertly recreated for this statue, the hero’s suit is intricately sculpted to capture all of the subtle textures as well as the bold elements like the chest logo, boots, and piping effects. Equally impressive is the lifelike Henry Cavill as Superman head sculpt, powerful, serious, and otherworldly. Last but not least, this statue debuts a Kotobukiya first: a poseable cape that can be shaped and molded into nearly any position, allowing for a dynamic personalization of your display.

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Sculpted by Restore (Shinya Yamaoka), Superman stands over 10 ½ inches tall (1/6th scale) crouched over a special display base that incorporates the iconic “S” shield. This pre-painted, snap-fit ARTFX Statue is easy to assemble so you can have your Superman on display in no time.

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Kotobukiya will release the ARTFX Man of Steel Superman statue in September 2013.

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Black and White: Joker & Batman Statues By Greg Capullo To Be Released In October From DC Collectibles

DC Collectibles announced today that two statues based on the sensational art of Greg Capullo would be released in the fall.

This frightening rendition of The Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker steps right out of the pages of the best-selling Batman: Death of The Family.

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The best-selling line of black and white statues continues with an amazing rendition of the Dark Knight sculpted in the unique style of superstar artist Greg Capullo.

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Both statues were sculpted by Jonathan Matthews based on Capullo’s art and measure 8.2” high x 4.75” wide x 3”deep. The figures will cost $79.95 each when they go on sale in October 2013.

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Batman Black and White Statue By Sean Murphy

Fan-favorite artist Sean Murphy lends his dynamic style to The Dark Knight with this stunningly sculpted piece that captures Batman in mid-motion as he springs into action. This is the 50th statue in this best-selling series and it measures approximately 8.2 high x 4.75 wide x 3 inches deep.

The Batman Black and White statue by Sean Murphy will retail for $79.95 and be released on September 30, 2013.

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Kotobukiya Presents The Hulk Classic Avengers Fine Art Statue

The Hulk has been a staple superhero of the Marvel Comics universe for years, battling foes across the universe in epic storylines. Mild-mannered scientist Dr. Bruce Banner was experimenting with highly volatile gamma radiation when an explosion bathed him with that green energy, transforming him into the enormous aggressive powerhouse known as the Hulk. As the massive creature Banner has been a menace to humanity as well as one of its greatest heroes, and in that respect has served with distinction among Marvel’s premiere champions.

Celebrating his look in those comics comes an incredible brand new Kotobukiya Fine Art Statue, Hulk Classic Avengers! The massive Hulk leaps straight off the pages of Avengers comics in all of his green skinned glory! The powerfully built hero stands on cracked and broken terrain, flexing his enormous muscles as he prepares to charge once more into battle against those who would threaten the Earth.

The Hulk statue was sculpted by artist Erick Sosa. The figure stands on his special terrain display base in the same 1/6 scale as his fellow Avengers. Whether he’s standing by himself in your display or alongside the Fine Art Statues of his teammates Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and Hawkeye, the mean green machine is sure to impress.

The Hulk Classic Avengers fine art statue will be available in October 2013.

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DC Collectibles Reveals WonderCon Exclusives

DC Collectibles has a great line-up of con exclusives heading into WonderCon later this month. Continuing the 3.75” action figure line, a new two-pack featuring Guy Gardner and Larfleeze will be available for $30.  The highly-articulated PVC figures will include character specific accessories including Glomulus.

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DC Nation fans will be eager to get their hands on a new Aardman two-pack featuring Classic Batman and Robin. Based on the popular shorts that air every Saturday as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network, the figures are 6.375” and 9.5” respectively and will be available for $40.

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All DC Collectibles exclusives are available for sale in the Graphitti Designs booth at WonderCon.

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Batman Black & White Statue By Rafael Grampá Due This Summer

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I am a huge fan of comic book artist Rafael Grampás detailed style and I was thrilled to see that DC Collectibles will be releasing a Batman Black & White statue based on the Brazilian artists sketches.

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The statue was designed by Grampa and sculpted by Jean St. Jean. It measures 7.2” high x 11.” wide x 4.2” deep and will be on sale in July 2013 for $79.95.

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The Elusive Dark Knight Returns Statue That You Can’t Purchase

Occasionally I like to share items on my blog from my personal collection of books, posters and statues so today I chose to post the first sculpture that began my obsession with Batman statues.

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Released in 1996 by DC Comics to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 4 issue prestige format comic book series, The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, the statue measures 7.5″ tall and is made of cold-cast porcelain. It retailed for $200.

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This beautiful collectible features an older Batman teaching his new protege, a female Robin how to fire a slingshot.

Limited to an edition of 5,500, the statue was sculpted by William Paquet and designed by Frank Miller based on the signature page art from the Dark Knight Returns limited signed edition published by Graphitti Designs.

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Paquet is the Creative Director at Quarantine Studio, a company that produces limited edition collectible statues.

In researching, this post I stumbled upon another Dark Knight Returns statue that was also sculpted by William Paquet.

The sculptor writes, “After careful consideration, some friends and I decided to make a limited edition Dark Knight in bronze. Only three numbered copies were created and one is my personal copy.”

The statue which is made of bronze and granite measures 14” tall including the base and weighs 31 pounds.

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My curiosity was piqued as I had never seen this rendition of Batman until today, so I wrote to William Paquet and asked him a few questions about the elusive piece. He was kind enough to respond:

When was the statue created?

In 2009

If there are 3 statues and you have one, who owns the other 2?

Private collectors.

Will it ever be mass produced?

No

What was the reason the you created the statue besides being cool?

I loved Miller’s aesthetic and had a client with the desire and money to make it happen.

Where do you keep your statue? Home, office, display case or in a hidden secret panel?

In my studio

So to sum it up, the statue is awesome, highly desirable, unavailable, will never be reproduced and there are only 3 in the world of which 2 belong to unknown people. That my friend, is a conversation piece!

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