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DC Collectibles Reveals New Fables Bookends Exclusively at FablesCon

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Last week at FablesCon, DC Collectibles revealed the perfect collector’s item for fans of the award-winning Vertigo series written by Bill Willingham.  Fans will be able to display their favorite graphic novels between a set of magnificent bookends designed by acclaimed Fables artist Mark Buckingham and sculpted by Mike Locascio.

The bookends will be available in 2014 and depict the heroes and villains from the bestselling series. These intricately sculpted bookends are the perfect complement to any Fables fan’s collection.

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Obscure ‘This Island Bradman’ Superman Comic Sells For $5,000

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Young Daniel Bradman was a fan of the Superman and so for his Bar Mitzvah in 1988, his father Godfrey commissioned DC Comics to create a custom Superman comic to offer as a party favor for guests.

“This Island Bradman” was penciled by Curt Swan and inked by Angelo Torres, and followed Daniel, his half-brother Andrew Hunt and the rest of the family as they’re transported with their home and Superman, to an alien world, where they’re to serve as entertainment. Superman is rendered powerless by kryptonite rays, leaving it up to the boys to rescue the superhero and return them home.

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The issue, which reportedly cost Bradman $18,000, is what comic book writer Mark Waid has called “probably the rarest Superman comic in my lifetime,” as the print run was no more than 200; that figure comes from Paul Levitz’s 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, though other sources put it much lower.

Blastoff Comics in North Hollywood, California, was recently contacted by Godfrey Bradman offering to sell a copy of “This Island Bradman.” Owner Jud Meyers purchased the comic, and then recently sold it to a French collector for $5,000.

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Amazon Opens Collectibles Store

Amazon.com, Inc. today announced the Entertainment Collectibles Store which offers more than 350,000 unique and rare collectibles, including memorabilia from Academy Award and Grammy winning artists and honorees.

Serious collectors and casual fans alike will discover a broad selection including celebrity autographs, authentic props and wardrobe from popular movies and TV shows, musical instruments from legendary musicians, autographed original vinyl albums and much more.

Whether looking to expand a collection or shopping for a special gift, customers will find entertainment memorabilia from past and present icons of music and cinema, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean as well as collectibles from today’s hottest cultural phenomena including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones and The Twilight Saga.

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Photo of Han Solo signed by Harrison Ford ($349)

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1966 Batman Batarang signed by Adam West, Burt Ward, Yvonne Craig and Julie Newmar ($500)

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Sally with Basket Original Concept Art from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ($4,500)

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The World’s Largest Star Wars Memorabilia Collection at Rancho Obi-Wan

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Meet Steve Sansweet at Rancho Obi-Wan, a museum dedicated to celebrating the memorabilia and culture of Star Wars fandom. Steve gives us a tour of the incredible museum, sharing the curious stories behind a few of his over 300,000 collectibles

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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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Canadian Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coins

In 2012 The Royal Canadian Mint released a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin. In daylight, the coin looks just like a normal dinosaur – a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai, to be specific, bones of which were discovered in Alberta in 1946 – but turn off the lights and a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton appears. The coin was designed so that the luminescence won’t fade over time.

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The Pachywhatchahoozit coin is the first of a planned series of four, all approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The opposite face of the coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Only 25,000 were minted and while their face value is just 25 cents, collectors paid over $29.95 for this novelty collectible. The 2012 coin sold out immediately but is still available at coin shops, eBay, etc.

The 2013 coin was just released and can be ordered HERE. This coin features the Quetzalcoatlus, an ancient flying reptile belonging to the order Pterosauria (the most famous of which was the Pterodactyl). These coins are limited to a series of 30,000 and cost $30.

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Tenth Anniversary Edition

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To highlight the tenth anniversary of Frank Miller’s epic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, DC Comics offered a special slipcased edition ($100) containing a new signed and numbered hardcover, three 48 page prestige format softcover books filled with additional material and two mini prints of Dark Knight posters. Ten thousand copies were produced.

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The signed and numbered hardcover collected the original series and added 24 pages of extras. A new introduction by Frank Miller was written specifically for the special edition.

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Three prestige format softcover books containing sketches, the complete script to book one and reviews from various U.S. press outlets fit nicely into the handsome slipcase.

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Finally two 6×9″ card stock prints of the original Dark Knight Returns poster and the 10th Anniversary poster round out the collection.

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This book has been out of print for many years but is still available via the secondary market for prices that range from $300 to $800. Perhaps DC will publish a new edition as we approach the 30th anniversary of this landmark graphic novel in 2016.

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KAWS – Boba Fett

After creating interpretations of iconic Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and the white Storm Trooper, KAWS (AKA Brian Donnelly) introduces the legendary Boba Fett ($205) with his signature “XX”.

One of the most popular villains and definitely the most feared intergalactic bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe, Boba has to be one of the coolest vinyl collectables ever!

The figure was released exclusively in Japan through OriginalFake on January 26th. Thousands of fans waited in line for a chance to score the limited edition figure and now it will only be available via the secondary market.

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A Very Rare Stephen King Asbestos Edition of Firestarter Goes On Sale For $18,000

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The holy grail for Stephen King book collectors is the very rare asbestos bound edition of Stephen King’s Firestarter that was published by Phantasia Press in 1980 and originally sold for $300 each.

Only 26 lettered copies were printed and signed by the author. Allegedly, one of the lettered copies ironically was lost in a fire. So if true….that makes only 25 copies that exist in the world!

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This was also Stephen King’s first signed limited edition book and considered to be the scarcest SK collectible.

So if you have $18,054 to burn, you can purchase this highly sought after book HERE from The Fine Books Company in Rochester, Michigan.

Any wealthy industrialists, secret benefactors or recent Power Ball winners who happen to read THE FIRE WIRE and would like to purchase this book for me as an early birthday present can do so; I will be sure to make a prominent space on my bookcase for it!

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Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 Figures

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Disney artists break the mold with the Vinylmation Park Starz Series 1 by re-interpreting classic characters from the Disney Parks.

Each blind-boxed package ($19) contains 1 of 11 different designs — or it could be a special Mystery Chaser figure!

The series includes the: Giant Squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Yeti from Expedition Everest, Figment from Journey Into Imagination, Bride from The Haunted Mansion, Big Al from The Country Bear Jamboree, Abraham Lincoln from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Tiki Room Bird from Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean, Icy Gator from Blizzard Beach, Robot Butler from Horizons, Doll from ”It’s A Small World” and a mystery chaser figure.

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