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Back To The Future Almanac: 1985-2015 Official Collector’s Guide

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Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 is the official Back to the Future collector’s guide, which includes merchandise supporting the trilogy, BTTF: The Ride, the Animated Series, the comics and beyond.

Back to the Future Almanac 1985-2015 represents a 30 year devotion to archiving materials from the BTTF franchise, through the promotional materials and products created to support the BTTF films to the fantastic comics, theme park attractions and games that followed. The BTTF Almanac invites fans to time travel through decades of memorabilia, artwork, time machines and toys created for the greatest film trilogy of all time.

Working closely with Co-creator and Producer Bob Gale, authors Rob Klein and Jennifer Smith have assembled the ultimate BTTF collectors guide. Fans of the BTTF films from all over the world will no doubt revel in BTTF artifacts that they have, they once had, wished they had or never even knew about in this impressive 250 page full-color tribute to the BTTF franchise.

The front cover of the Back to the Future Almanac is an homage to the prop Grays Sports Almanac cover, as seen in Back to the Future Part II. There are over 600 full-color photos of BTTF history, including images never before published from the trilogy are included in this exciting book.

You can order the guide HERE for $59.95.

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Beckett’s Essential Guide To Funko Pop! Coming in September

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Over the past couple of years, Funko Pop! figures have become one of the biggest lines of entertainment collectibles. Covering an enormous amount of properties from movies, TV, video games, sports and more, its reach is enormous.

Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! will cover them all with feature stories, a history of the line and a massive price guide. Launching September 14, this will be a digital-only publication. It will be delivered over multiple digital apps including Apple, Google Android and Amazon Kindle. The cost is just $4.99.

The price guide portion of Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! features more than 2,000 items from 2010 through the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. And it’s not just Pop! figures that are include. The digital magazine’s 20-page price guide covers other Funko lines like Mystery Minis, Dorbz, Vinyl Idolz, ReAction and Hikari. Another ten pages of the publication are devoted to articles. These include a list of the rarest Pops, the Funko Pop! story and more.

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Andy Richter Visits Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House Filled With Creepy Movie Collectibles On Conan

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On a recent episode of Conan, Andy Richter took a trip to visit imaginative director Guillermo del Toro‘s additional home in Los Angeles, known as the Bleak House, that is filled with all of his spooky, creepy movie collectibles.

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Ludicrous Film Memorabilia

When we think about the big business of cinema, it tends to be with regard to film budgets and box office performance. These days it’s not unheard of for Hollywood projects to have budgets in the hundreds of millions, and we’ve grown accustomed to successful blockbusters making several times that. Just this week, Vox wrote a report demonstrating that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on pace to become the highest earning film ever in the U.S., and could approach Avatar’s astounding $2.78 billion record for global sales.

Indeed, this is the biggest of big business with regard to the cinema. But popular films don’t only deal in big money on a global scale or with regard to total ticket sales. They also inspire some pretty hefty purchases from die-hard fans, who will often shell out significant chunks of pay just to acquire some memorabilia or souvenirs relevant to favorite films. And lucky for us, Lottoland has pointed out some memorabilia prices that will absolutely blow your mind. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

1970s Kenner Darth Vader Action Figure

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Again, it’s an action figure. But like any other collectible figure or doll, this original Vader piece had grown more expensive with time—if, that is, you can find an unopened and untouched one. Such a piece can apparently cost you upwards of £1,700 on Ebay!

Original Stormtrooper Helmets

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It’s no secret that the costumes of Star Wars have become iconic. The Stormtroopers and Darth Vader have some of the most recognizable outfits in film villain history, and various individual characters have been boldly dressed as well. Wookiepedia’s lineup of Padmé Amidala’s wardrobe reveals that this single character had quite literally dozens of different outfits, on which the studio spent a huge chunk of its budget. But nothing tops the original Stormtrooper helmets among Star Wars to the point that one of these can cost you between £40,000 and £60,000.

Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber

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This one’s a little different, as it’s a genuine film prop rather than a collectible item. But it’s still worth mentioning for the remarkable price attached: this Jedi weapon was sold at an auction for a staggering £240,000 (and after Luke’s lightsaber, presumably a new prop, played a significant role in The Force Awakens, it’s a good bet this original could now sell for even more).

Star Trek Enterprise Model

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This one’s also more of a one-of-a-kind prop than an ordinary collector’s item, but it demonstrates that Star Wars isn’t the only franchise that caters to super fans who will spend extraordinary amounts for a piece of the action. The actual model used to show the Enterprise in Star Trek The Next Generation apparently went for just under £400,000!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Arguably the most famous car in cinematic history, it’s no wonder that this old-fashioned racing car commanded a hefty fee. This one’s actually more interesting because of who paid said hefty fee. Evidently it was Lord of The Rings trilogy director Peter Jackson who put up about £550,000 for this piece of cinema lore.

The Ruby Slippers

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Weapons, models, and cars are among the most coveted items from films, but it’s hard to think of a much more iconic item than the red ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard Of Oz. That these even exist somewhere out in the world almost seems akin to myth becoming reality. A fan who paid about £450,000 for them evidently felt the same way

Naturally, the list goes on and on. But this should give you an idea of just how incredible the value can be both of original collectibles and authentic props used in film.

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Just imagine what Rey’s staff will be worth in another 30 years….

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Disney Announces Park Pack, A Monthly Mystery Box of Disney Park Merchandise

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Disney has announced the release of Park Pack, a monthly mystery box of Disney Parks merchandise. The packs will go on sale through the Disney Parks online store on the first Thursday of each month.

This box focuses on Disney pins and includes an exclusive Limited Edition 500 pin, as well as 2 open edition pins guests can not yet purchase at Disney Parks.  The limited edition pins are part of a series and may include characters from animated features or attractions at Disney Parks. The limited edition pins will also have two embellishments (like pin-on-pin or special fills).

The boxes will retail for $39.95 including shipping. Park Packs containing other types of items are expected to come at a later date.

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Capturing Archetypes, Volume 2: A Gallery of Heroes & Villains from Batman to Vader

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Following the success of Capturing Archetypes, this deluxe second volume showcases a fresh slate of Sideshow Collectibles’ figures and statues. Featuring a wide variety of world-renowned and beloved characters from the worlds of film, television, and popular culture, Capturing Archetypes, Volume 2: A Gallery of Heroes & Villains from Batman to Vader ($50) demonstrates the intricate attention to detail and artistry that Sideshow devotes to its collectibles. Each page of this beautifully rendered art book highlights the wordless narrative that is told through every carefully sculpted facial expression, curve of a cape, or thoughtfully posed stance. Also featuring photography of Sideshow’s original line of collectibles, Court of the Dead, this elegant collection is a necessary addition to the library of any pop culture collector.

The 192 page hardcover book will be released on October 6, 2015.

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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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Secret Audio Club Wax Packs

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Secret Audio Club Wax Packs ($28) were made for those with fond memories of heading down to the local shop as kids and picking up a pack of baseball cards, hoping to come across something rare or special.

These collectible seven-inch vinyl records come packaged like baseball cards, with ten records in each series printed on black or limited edition color vinyl.

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They also include trading cards for the various bands featured on the records, with each one containing digital download codes for more music. Look for music by bands such as Casual, Crybaby, Austin Lucas, John Moreland, Aspiga, Broadcaster, Gifthorse, Broken Field Runner, PJ Bond, Arliss Nancy, Marathon, Fire When Ready, Podacter, Banquets, Placeholder, Such Gold, Half Hearted Hero, Half Hearted Hero, Boxer and The Hundred Acre Woods.

Get each record in the series with this pack to discover new music, all while re-experiencing one of your favorite childhood hobbies.


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Batman Automobilia Figure Collection Magazine Special: The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank

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From the critically acclaimed comic series – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – comes the futuristic tank-like Batmobile. This scale model of the heavily armed, militaristic Batmobile is produced in immaculate detail and set in front of a 3D lenticular.

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The Dark Knight Returns Bat-Tank will retail for $38 and ship on October 30, 2013.

You can pre-order the item HERE.

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Guillermo del Toro Gives A Guided Tour of His Home Offices Nicknamed Bleak House

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As part of a special feature on Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of his film Cronos, director Guillermo del Toro leads a tour of his home offices, which he fondly dubs “Bleak House.”

Del Toro explains that the offices were created as a “compression chamber” so that he and his co-workers and collaborators could be “stimulated not just by what is called high art or fine art but by even the powerful images that come from toys or pop art or vivid imaginations. So everything in the house for me has equal importance, whether it’s a rubber toy or an anatomical model, whatever it is, it’s here to try to provoke a shock to the system, circulating the lifeblood of imagination, which I think is curiosity.”

His workspace is stuffed-to-the-gills with creepy figures and memorabilia!

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A life-size sculpture of H.P. Lovecraft watches over the Horror Library of GDT’s Bleak House. 

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