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Hot Toys July 2009 16" Alien - BIG CHAP Collectible Figure

Hot Toys - MMS 106 - Alien - BIG CHAP Collectible Figure

Hot Toys is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original ALIEN movie with our ALIEN BIG CHAP collectible release. The intricately detailed model- Alien Big Chap- is crafted based on Giger’s original design, and the fully articulated collectible is in scale with other Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece 1/6th scale Alien and Predator.

The Alien - BIG CHAP collectible figure features:

- Approximate stands 16 inches (40 cm) long/ tall
- Specially developed skeleton underneath
- Over 19 points of articulation
- Bendable hands, thenar, and tail
- Extendable set of inner jaws
- Two sets of Interchangeable hands
- Environmental display base

* Product shown is not final **

Artists info:

Character Sculpted by JOSEPH TSANG

Release date: NOV - DEC, 2009

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Posted 7/26/2009
Delaware Antique & Collectible Extravaganza - News-antique.com
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On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Spence's Bazaar is being transformed to host Delaware's Largest Free Outdoor Antique and Collectible Show. ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Freaky Creatures July 2009 Collectible Toys Packaged With An Accompanying Usb Key

Freaky Creatures is an interactive gaming platform incorporating collectible toys, customizable characters, an expansive online interactive community and challenging virtual battles with other players’ creatures. The new free-to-play model lets you create creatures and take them into battle against other players online, customize lairs, and reach level 60 in game.

Freaky Creatures appeals to tweens, teens and adult gamers alike, positioning players as trainers battling each other for control of the galaxy’s natural resources. Gamers raise, train and befriend their Freaky Creatures by decorating their lair and buying them food, pets and toys. To succeed, trainers embark on their journey to dominance by battling their creatures against others via PC to PC, PC to mobile, and mobile to mobile game play.
Freaky Creatures starts in the real world as gamers collect one of 10 collectible toys packaged with an accompanying USB key; giving players access to download the game to their personal computer and mobile devices. Each key adds a creature to the player’s lair and randomly gives parts, powers and lair decorations to that player’s account. From there, the player becomes a “Freaky Creatures” trainer where the player must raise, train and customize their “Freaky Creatures’” powers and compete in galactic battles. A victory gives the player new powers, experience points, and creature credits, as well as the opportunity to advance to new levels and unlock new abilities and features.
The new free-to-play model lets players enter the Freaky Creatures Universe, create creatures and take them into battle against other players online. Free-to-play gamers get access to numerous key features in Freaky Creatures, including the ability to reach level 60 in game and customize lairs for their creatures. Premium memberships start at $6.99 per month and include a variety of additional perks including the ability to reach level 80, take pets into battle, trade and compete on leaderboards.

'Our goal is to make the Freaky Creatures universe accessible to gamers of all ages and backgrounds, and our new free-to-play model is an example of this philosophy,' said Jamie Ottilie, President and COO of Abandon Interactive Entertainment.  'This new venture will grow our expanding community even further by offering new players the chance to sample the contagious, interactive experience of Freaky Creatures.'

In Freaky Creatures, players start with an empty lair they can fill and customize to house their Creature using an assortment of items including pillars, a radio, furniture and plants. Players can then invite their friends’ Creatures to socialize and explore in their own personalized lair. The screenshots reveal the multitude of decor a player can use to enhance and personalize their lair.
In preparing for battle, players can choose from a variety of parts and powers that work in unison with each other to increase their chances of winning battles. The screenshots show how the creatures use their various parts and powers to battle each other for points, experience and Creature Credits. Creature Credits can then be used to buy more parts, powers and objec<
Posted 7/26/2009
Sideshow’s Comic-Con 2009 Panel Reveals Cool Collectibles Coming Soon!
Sideshow's third annual Comic-Con panel is going on now here in San Diego and the boys have some very tasty treats in store for the attendees, including sneak peeks and license announcements! We don't want our online audience to feel left out of the action, so we've got something ...
Posted 7/26/2009
Hot Toys June 2009 Predator - Collector's Edition Predator Collectible Model Kit 1/6
Price: 20,953 yen
Series: Predator
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Release Date: Jun 2009
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Hot Toys continues their barrage of amazing action dolls based on classic movie characters! Billed as a model kit, this amazing collectible of the Predator as seen in the first 'Predator' film is really a highly detailed and fully posable action doll--simply snap his armor plating and weapons into place and he's ready to go! Standing an impressive 35cm (14 inches) tall, the lethal alien hunter will tower over all your other action dolls! Built on a newly developed body with more than 24 points of articulation, the Predator wears a fabric net bodysuit, and comes with a removable helmet with light-up laser nets (battery operated). His array of weaponry includes an articulated shoulder cannon and extendable wrist blades. His wrist computer tells him where his next target is, and he also carries an amazingly detailed medical kit and bone trophies. In addition to a pair of interchangeable hands, he also has interchangeable mandibles--open and closed! His base is a tiny piece of the jungle complete with plants. You owe it to yourself to add this incredible action doll to your collection today!Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary.

Posted 7/26/2009
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles June 2008 Darkstalkers MORRIGAN Statue

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is proud to announce MORRIGAN as the first release in a limited edition line of mixed media statues based on Capcom®’s  property, “Darkstalkers®”.

The MORRIGAN statue is 16.5” tall ( 18.5” tall with base), will be very  limited to 400 pcs worldwide and is scheduled to ship in November 2008 with an MSRP of $275.00.  

It will be available for pre-order in the USA through Sideshow Collectibles ( available on their website JULY 10th ), Diamond Distribution Previews  ( August issue) as well as select specialty stores.

In Europe it will be available through PBM Express, in Australia through Sports Card Australia and in Japan through Blister/Engine.
Also available  exclusively on the SideshowToy.com website on July 11th,  is the  exclusive Sideshow EX Morrigan featuring her holding her pet bat and green hair and eyes and strictly limited to 200 pieces worldwide.    


About POP CULTURE SHOCK COLLECTIBLES

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles was founded in 2006 by Jerry Macaluso , the former owner of SOTA Toys , SOTA Sculpture and Design and Plastic Fantasy, to manufacture high-end resin collectibles of his favorite properties.

For more on Pop Culture Shock Collectibles go to http://www.myspace.com/ popcultureshocktoys
Posted 7/26/2008
Garage sales poor places to sell collectibles - MLive.com

Garage sales are recycling sales. Contemporary, utilitarian objects that you no longer use but someone else might are garage sale fodder.
If an object is collectible, it should not be sold at a garage sale, but in a venue that attracts competing collectors. What is collectible? The best approach is to assume all pre-1963 objects are collectible.
As a generation ages, its toys are among the first group of objects it collects. Nostalgia for one's youth often strikes in one's late 30s or early 40s. Hence, if you are over 45, your childhood toys are collectible. Toys are just the starting point.
Today's young buyers are brand name conscious. They will pay a premium for brand name goods, far more than the garage sale's 10 cents on the dollar. The brand has to be a big one - Baccarat, Lalique and Waterford in glass; Copeland Spode, Lenox and Wedgwood in ceramics; high-fashion designers in clothing and accessories. Specialized auctions for 1970s to 1990s designer items are a hot trend within the auction community.
Never sell any precious metal or precious or semi-precious stone jewelry at a garage sale.
Do not assume all costume jewelry is nickel and dime garage sale offerings. Quality costume jewelry, especially pieces with a manufacturer's mark or great design, is highly collectible.
The old adage that local material sells best locally applies. Does that mean the best sales venue for local material is a garage sale? No. Think of people who grew up in the town but have moved away. I no longer live in Hellertown, Pa., where I spent my childhood. Yet I do weekly searches for 'Hellertown' on eBay. As a result, my Hellertown collection continues to grow.
Posted 7/26/2008
toycollector.com June 2008 A new portal for Vintage & Collectible Toys - EcommWire
All its content is created by the people who know best, the collectors themselves. Toy Collector is the brain child of a small team, all of whom were or still are avid collectors themselves. Read what some early members have to say:

It's time that there is a good website for Games & Puzzles; it's one of the oldest categories of toys but seems to have been neglected so far. I have already started my own blog on Toy Collector and love it.

Candy Lovegrove, Collector of Games and Puzzles
It’s all there – I particularly like the high quality videos – and it is nice to look into other toy subjects that I normally do not come across.

Richard Poynter, Collector of Airplanes in 1:400
Had a good browse around. You could be on a winner. As a collector not a commercial entity I think there is a great deal there to interest me.

Mick Peter, Diecast Collector
What a great web site you have and it will grow very quickly I have no doubt. I have registered and look forward to visiting your site time after time…

Robert Hill, Collector of Knights who also manages the Knights of Avalon website
I'm very pleased with your website. If I was marking it out of 100 I would give it 99%. It has developed over the many weeks and seems to be improving all the time.

Posted 6/23/2008
Jan 2008 Oldtime British toys are collectible...

Ryan Beach explains how old toys can be worth a great deal today
THE toy collector of today is not your average 12-year-old with a desire to own and play with the latest toy or game.
More likely, they’re someone in their late 40s with whom the nostalgic appeal is unsurpassable.
Toys, whether they are Dinky toys, Hornby trains or porcelain headed dolls, all have an ability to transport us back to childhood.
The toy makers of the 19th century produced models that emulated full-size originals, and were made of tin plate with clockwork mechanisms bearing transfer printed decoration. The more expensive models were hand painted.
Manufacturers to look out for include Bing, Marklin and Schoenner. These were the top makers of the time, producing high-quality toys at high prices which subsequently make high prices today at auction.
At the beginning of the 20th century, mechanised production meant that toys could be mass produced cheaply with lithographic decoration. The first commercially produced model railways were made in Germany at the start of the 20th century.
However, with the outbreak of World War I and its aftermath, anything of German origin was shunned. This created an opportunity for British manufacturers to seriously enter the market place.
Meccano was the first British company to take advantage, introducing toy trains to the market in 1920.
These trains, known as Hornby, took their name from Meccano founder Frank Hornby.
The first produced were quite large and termed O gauge, and were made to scale to their working counterparts at 7mm to 1ft. The popularity of this size went on until the end of the World War II when the OO gauge became popular – this was almost half the size, being 4mm to 1ft and therefore easier to manage. The value of these is determined by many factors, particularly their condition.
The toy cars of the period were also often replicas of the working full-size models and the most desirable of these are clockwork or steam powered models. Pre-1914 and in perfect condition, these can fetch as much as £20,000.
Condition is vital when valuing toys of any description and obviously those in mint condition with original boxes will command a premium.
So parents, remember, when you have scoured the country for a particular toy for the children, let them play with it first before you pack it away in its original box.
Posted 1/6/2008
Sideshow 2008 Collectibles Expands Classic Monsters Line With Dioramas

Sideshow <b>Collectible</b>s Introduces New Universal Monsters Category

Sideshow Collectibles Expands Classic Monsters Line With Dioramas


Thousand Oaks, California (December, 2007) - World-renowned producer of licensed and proprietary merchandise, Sideshow Collectibles is excited to announce the expansion of their Universal Studios Classic Monsters line. A new diorama series is soon to be released based on the beloved vintage horror icons that have become a featured license of Sideshow Collectibles. The first diorama will soon be available for pre-order.
For years, Sideshow Collectibles has revived the Universal Classic Monsters with collectible figures that range in size from the 3-inch Little Big Heads, to 12-inch figures, to Life-size busts. The incredible likenesses of the original actors, makeup, and costumes recreated by Sideshow artists have celebrated the Classic Monsters since the first figure was released. As Sideshow's premier line of licensed products, the Universal Classic Monsters diorama line should prove to be an exciting expansion for Sideshow's design teams and collectors.
 
Posted 1/6/2008
McDonald Dec 2007 Bee Movie collectibles - Peninsula On-line
McDonald’s launches Bee Movie collectibles
Web posted at: 12/14/2007 1:19:26
Source ::: The Peninsula
Children at McDonald’s having fun with the new Bee Movie action figures.

doha • AlMana Restaurants and Food Company, (McDonald’s Qatar) launched its latest happy meal collectibles tied with DreamWorks Picture’s latest animated blockbuster - Bee Movie.
The must-see kid’s flick of the season, Bee Movie is now available in eight adorable action-packed figures that come free with every McDonald’s happy meal. Designs include: Pollen Jack Berry; Spitz; Adam Flayman; Dancing Barry; Pollen Jock Jackson; Moose Blood and Wally the Water Bug.
McDonald’s is a leader in promoting healthy lifestyle for children and their happy meals are enjoyed by children and adults alike. McDonald’s always pay attention to their young customers and make sure to provide them with nutritious meals and toys to stimulate their imagination, in addition to play areas for them to exercise and play.
The new happy meal collectibles, as with all McDonald’s happy meal undergo some of the most stringent tests in the world to ensure their quality, safety and suitability for children.
The Bee Movie collectibles are now available at all McDonald’s restaurant in Qatar for a limited period
Posted 12/15/2007
Dec 2007 CollectibleToys Rise in Value
 Everyone remembers the toys and playthings from their youth with a special fondness - objects and artifacts that accompanied, entertained and spanned the gap between youthful fantasy and reality.

At some point - measured in minutes or years - most toys would ultimately lose their appeal. Whether they became broken, worn out or were simply replaced by an evolving sense of interest, the playthings were relegated to closets, attics or the trash collector. But for another type of collector, old toys are becoming a popular and lucrative collectible. Antique and vintage toys are increasingly popular, especially with adults who once owned them as a child.
'As people get older, a lot of them become nostalgic for the toys they owned as a child,' said James Elisson, a vintage toy collector from Houston. 'By the time they reach 40 or so, the appeal becomes pretty strong.'
As adults, people have the memories and the resources to indulge their nostalgic interests, according to Elisson. Whether they happen upon a memorable toy from their youth at a garage sale or seek it out online, childhood toys once again become important possessions.

'It's a way to reconnect with your youth,' Ellison points out. 'Sometimes it's a fun little novelty item worth nothing to someone else, or it can be a rare and valuable collectible.'

The value on collectible toys has risen dramatically in recent years, according to experts. It's a function of original popularity and current availability. Items that were popular and manufactured for a limited amount of time can be hard to come by and command top dollar.

The Great Garloo by Marx, manufactured in 1961, is a good example. The 24-inch, lizard-skin robot that could walk, bend and pick up items was one of the most popular toys for boys of the era.  It cost less than $20 at the time, but it's hard to find one today for less than $600 in working condition. With original box and accessories, expect to pay even more.
 
Original versions of toys still being manufactured today can command top dollar as well. The original Barbie doll from Mattel sold for $3 when it was introduced in 1959. Vintage Barbie's in mint condition can easily go for $8,000 or more today. That's one reason collectors take such an interest in historical playthings.

'Rarity makes any collectible more valuable,' Ellison explained. 'If something is hard to find and desirable, its value increases.'

While collectible toys have increased in cost, they are easier to find. Prior to the Internet, vintage toys were found at yard sales, antique stores or stuffed in the attic. The number of potential buyers was much smaller. Collectors had an opportunity to stumble upon some amazing and valuable collectibles.

Special interest sites dedicated to vintage toys and online auction sites like Ebay have changed all that. Collectors from anywhere in the world can see and bid on vintage toys - increasing the awareness and the value of a wide range of toys.
'A toy is worth what someone is willing to pay for it,' added Ellison. 'Whether it's an antique bank from the 19th century or a pack of unopened 'Garbage Pail Kids' collector cards, it's hard to tell what will happen when people start bidding.'

Posted 12/15/2007
Hollywood Cinema Collectibles Dec 2007 Store in Redlands specializes in high-end collectibles - San Bernardino Sun
Store in Redlands specializes in high-end collectibles
Remember when Arnold Schwarzenegger was best known for pretending to be a robot and blasting the heck out of Los Angeles?

The current governor of California would never have become the 'Governator' if he hadn't first starred in 'The Terminator' movies. These days, Schwarzenegger has other business on his agenda but memories of his movies and other flicks live on at Hollywood Cinema Collectibles, a new store in downtown Redlands that specializes in high-end collectibles.
Owner Tim Samra, who also owns the adjacent Tribal Reptile Co. pet store on Orange Street, opened Hollywood Cinema Collectibles on Nov. 17. The shop resembles a museum exhibit on action movies, horror shows and comic books.
Realistic, scale models of Sigourney Weaver, Sylvester Stallone and Schwarzenegger stand on shelves and in display cases inside the store. To the uninitiated, the items may look like highly-detailed action figures.
'They're not a toy, because toys don't have 32 to 36 points of articulation,' Samra said. 'You have all the same joints and parts as a human body does.'
'Look at Stallone,' Samra said, referring to a figure that depicts the actor as he appeared in 'Rambo III,' armed with a compound bow and Soviet machine gun. 'It looks just like they showed him (in the movie).'
Samra said the models are not action figures but examples of a better crafted kind of collectible called maquettes, of characters like the Green Goblin, Wolverine and Dracula as portrayed in a Bela Lugosi film.
Maquettes, Samra said, are similar to the kind of models that artists working on a major film would produce prior to shooting a movie. As can often be seen in 'making-of' documentaries, maquettes are crafted during pre-production so the the director can see what a character will look like once filming commences.
'Every collector in the world wants that,' Samra said.
Another difference between Samra's wares and toys is price. Pointing to a figure of Bruce Lee, he said only 500 such figures were released in the United States and his retails for $385.
'The expense of it can be staggering,' he said.
'My purchasing orders with one company, with one manufacturer don't drop below $30,000,' Samra said. 'I'm pre-ordering the new stuff for the next year. That purchasing order never drops.'
Samra, 43, said he started out as a big-Samrae collector when he was a 10-year-old fan of all things G.I. Joe.
'I was one of those kids where my parents bought me every single G.I. Joe thing that was ever made, then I got to the point where I thought girls were cool,' he said.
Unfortunately for Samra's collection, a particular girl called his G.I. Joe figures 'dolls,' which meant that the now-valuable toys wound up packed in a big box and donated to needy kids.
Samra figures he wouldn't need to work if he was able to sell those old G.I. Joes at their current value, but the way things turned out, he at least gets to work in a unique business.
'There's not another store (like mine) that I know of as a hobbyist,' he said.
Posted 12/15/2007
Altair Nov 2007 Assasins Creed - Collectible Figure


Posted 12/1/2007
Greenwell Studios Nov 2007 Monster Chic Collectible Statues
November 2007 - Master sculptor Sam Greenwell is turning his wildly popular resin kit  line Monster Chic into a line of prepainted collectible statues, starting with the  stunning Fishgirl.  Coming Spring 2008.
Each of  the 1/6 scale statues in the Monster Chic line came from the creative mind and  skilled hands of Sam Greenwell.  The Fishgirl . . .'floating majestically in her watery realm.  With a graceful gesture she summoned her minions to her.'  As with her companion pieces Flygirl, and Spider Queen, she is the perfect fusion of monster and the female form.  A sight to behold, alluring and mesmerizing.  One look at her and you will not  want to look away.
Each of these beauties have already appeared in the resin kit market with stunning success.   Their presence always caused a crowd to gather at the Greenwell Studios booth and despite well stocked supply, each of these kits sold out quickly.  With these girls already assembled and painted, demand for them can only get greater.
For photos of the Fishgirl resin kit and other resin kits by Greenwell Studios please visit www.greenwellstudios.com. src=http://actionfigureinsider.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2007_3/FishgirlGreenwell2.jpg 

About Sam Greenwell and Greenwell Studios
Sam Greenwell is one of the most sought after names in the collectibles industry.  A figure sculpted by him is an instant mark of quality.  He has worked with Hasbro, Toy Biz, Diamond Select Toys, DC Direct and Dark Horse just to name a few and demand for his work only becomes greater.  He formed Greenwell Studios in 2006 so that he bring his craft along with his breathtaking design to life.
Posted 11/24/2007
Upper deck Nov 2007 BubCasts - Iron Man ( 10.5" tall polyresin collectible )



Following Upper Deck’s first SubCasts character launch (Spider-Man), the company has revealed that Iron Man will be the next superhero to become an art toy.
The 10.5' tall polyresin collectible is individually hand numbered, with an overall run size of 2,000 pieces.  The Iron Man ($75 SRP) SubCasts figure goes on sale Tuesday November 13 at 9:00 AM PST.
Posted 11/17/2007
Sideshow & Amalgamated Dynamics Inc Nov 2007 Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem Collectibles - Predator Life-Size Bust

Sideshow is proud to partner with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI) to bring you the Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem prop replica and maquette line. The line features some of the most advanced weaponry from the Predator's arsenal, as well as reproductions of the creatures from the film. Each prop replica and maquette is an exact reproduction of the original prop or design sculpture, as created by ADI for the film.

The Predator Life-Size Bust is cast in high-quality polystone and fiberglass, and features soft polyurethane dreadlocks that are individually cast and attached to the bust. The piece is detailed with all the gruesome features of a Predator who has encountered the acid-blooded Xenomorphs many times before, complete with scarring, dead eye, and a missing mandible. Each piece is hand-cast, hand-finished, and hand-painted to exacting standards, then individually hand-numbered.

The Predator species (also know as the Yautjas) was first encountered in 20th Century Fox's 1987 release Predator, hunting humans for sport in Central America. The Predators use highly advanced weapons and technology, and hunt only the most dangerous of game. In the 2004 release of Alien Vs Predator, we learn that not only do the Predators hunt humans for sport, but the Xenomorphs from the Alien film saga, as well. Continuing the story of these Predators' ongoing hunt for the Xenomorph species is the 2007 film Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem. The two species will go head to head using a small, rural Colorado town as the battlefield.

In Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem, a ship from the Predators' home world crashes to Earth, unleashing the deadly Xenomorphs on an unsuspecting town. A lone Predator is sent to Earth, but unlike previous visitors from his world, he is not here to hunt. His mission is to destroy all evidence of the crashed ship, as well as the creatures it contained, and nothing will get in his way.
Posted 11/17/2007
Sideshow Collectibles Nov 2007 Volume 10

It's finally here! Sideshow Collectibles Volume 10, the art book formerly known as our 'catalog,' will be in our warehouse and begin shipping early next week!
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Posted 11/17/2007
Enterbay Dec 2007 Bruce Lee Enter The Dragon - Real Masterpiece Collectible figure 1/6
Posted 11/9/2007
Nov 2007 Cap Guns, Western TV Games & Collectible Toys at Auction Sat. Dec. 1st - News-antique.com

Cap Guns, Western TV Games & <b>Collectible</b> Toys at Auction Sat. Dec. 1stSaxonville Auction Services and CentralMassAuctions are pleased to offer an outstanding collection of Antique & Collectible Toys to be sold at auction in Worcester MA on Saturday December 1, 2007 featuring Cap Guns and TV Western heroes.

Over 500 lots of Toys, Games, Cap Guns and TV Westerns, Space Toys and Robots, Dolls and Dollhouses with furniture, Die-cast Vehicles, Action Figures, Charlie Brown with Snoopy and an assortment of box lots and quantity lots for dealers and collectors beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be a preview on Friday November 30 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again Saturday morning from 8:00 am. until 10:00 a.m.

The auction will begin with 50 box lots, followed by 250 lots of Toys, Dolls and Games with a break before beginning at 12:30 with 100 lots of Space Toys followed by 170 lots of cap guns and western toys beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The auction will be at the Vernon Hill American Legion Post # 435 located at 267 Providence St. in Worcester , MA.

A Huge Collection of Cap Guns and TV Western Toys & Games from One Estate include:

(1) Irwin 'Western Marshall' Clicking Water Rifle Mint in Box
(1) Jungle Hunter set In Box
(1) Ohio Art 'Coyote' Rifle on Card
(1) Pyro Flintlock Pistol Model Kit Mint in Box
(1) Mattel Winchester Saddle Gun Rifle in box
(1) Marx Cap Firing Flintlock in box
(1) Main Machine Gun Co. 'Mustang' Toy Machine Gun Mint in box - Bakelite Plastic Paper Popper
(1) Westko 'Tommy Gun' Mint in Box - 'Military Police' on stock
(1) Odyssey Shooting Gallery Game System in Box + (1) Rubber Band Gun in box
(1) Callen Cap firing 'Pirate Cannon' in package
(1) PlastiCraft 'Cobra Division' Mortar X-44 mint in package
(1) Empire Special Forces Tommy Gun in box
(1) Rayline 'Fast Draw' Mint in package
(1) Stevens 'Cowboy King' 50 shot Repeater Pistol in box
(1) Gene Autry Double Holster/guns store display
(1) TootsieToy American West 'Gatling Gun' mint in box
(3) Johnny Eagle Rifles - 'Red River' + 'Magumba' + 'Lieutenant'
(1) Edison Double Barrel Shotgun with Duck Shoot Spinning Target
(1) A.V.G. 'S.W.A.T.' Rifle in box
(1) Ideal 'Trick Shot' in box
(1) Kilgore 'Rawhide' Cap-Whip in package with Caps
(2) Hubley 'Texan' Cowboy Capguns in Ornate Double Holster
'Dick Tracy' Sub-Machine Gun

Complete List available at the website: www.allcollectors.com and www.centralmassauctions.com


 
Posted 11/9/2007
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles 2007 Street Fighter Shin Gouki Statue - Gallery
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Posted 9/29/2007
Medicom Sept 2007 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Yellow Oompa-Loompa Vinyl Collectible Doll
Price: 2,800 yen
Series: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Manufacturer: Medicom
Release Date: Sep 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: Here's a cool Vinyl Collectible Doll figure of one of the many singing, cacao bean-loving, Oompa-Loompas working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as seen in Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' movie. The figure stands 13cm tall and resembles actor Deep Roy, who portrayed the Oompa-Loompas in the movie.

Posted 9/29/2007
Medicom Sept 2007 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - White Goggled Oompa-Loompa Vinyl Collectible Doll
Price: 2,800 yen
Series: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Manufacturer: Medicom
Release Date: Sep 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: From Medicom comes this Vinyl Collectible Doll figure of one of the many singing, cacao bean-loving, Oompa-Loompas working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as seen in Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' movie! Outfitted with apparently-permanent protective goggles, the 13cm figure resembles actor Deep Roy, who portrayed the Oompa-Loompas in the movie.

Posted 9/29/2007
Blue Oompa-Loompa Vinyl Collectible Doll
Price:2,800 yen
Series:Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Manufacturer:Medicom
Release Date:Sep 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description:Here's a cool Vinyl Collectible Doll figure of one of the many singing, cacao bean-loving, Oompa-Loompas working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as seen in Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' movie. The figure stands 13cm tall and resembles actor Deep Roy, who portrayed the Oompa-Loompas in the movie.

Published 9/29/2007
Medicom Sept 2007 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Black Goggled Oompa-Loompa Vinyl Collectible Doll
Price: 2,800 yen
Series: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Manufacturer: Medicom
Release Date: Sep 2007
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: From Medicom comes this Vinyl Collectible Doll figure of one of the many singing, cacao bean-loving, Oompa-Loompas working at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory as seen in Tim Burton's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' movie! Outfitted with apparently-permanent protective goggles, the 13cm figure resembles actor Deep Roy, who portrayed the Oompa-Loompas in the movie.

Posted 9/29/2007
Gentle Giant Sept 2007 Star wars - Collectible Mini Bust - COMMANDER BACARA - gallery
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Posted 9/10/2007
PopBox Collectibles Sept 2007 Transfomers Series 1 Die-Cast Movie Coins

Die-Cast Coins - Transformers - Series 1
The collectibles keep on flowing from the 'Transformers' movie. Fans have rejoiced over what was a great film and lot of cool figures and collectibles that we got with it. A long time tradition, Transformers collectors will find all kinds of collectible coins made for Generation 1 on through the Beast Wars to the modern day 'Transformers' movie coins from PopBox Collectibles.
These nifty little collectible coins are made of sturdy die-cast metal weighing in 10g / .3 oz. An antique coating and slight brush on the metallic finish have been applied to give the coins a weathered feel. Each 3 cm / 1.2 inch sized coin is intricately carved with fine details. The designs are somewhat like a poker chip with a heavy rigged outer band that give way to a thinner inner disk showing the design.
The coins are offered in five different designs that feature three movie characters and two faction designs. Available designs include Optimus Prime, Megatron and Bumblebee as well as Autobot and Decepticon insignia coins. The double sided coins show the character name with silhouette on one side and a relief of the robot face or insignia on the other. The designs are really quite nice, I am hard pressed to pick a fave between the the three bots, but I would have go with Megatron for the old style head design that didn't get changed just before the movie.
The first series, will be offered in three different metallic finishes: antique silver, gold and copper. Shown in this review are the silver and gold coins. Each coin comes in movie syle box with a circular open window and translucent protector insert that works nice for storing and displaying your coins.

These coins are being offered at a MSRP of $3.75 USD each and can be purchased now at Action-HQ and other retailers. Keep an eye on PopBox Collectibles for news and info on more coins.
Posted 9/10/2007
India Aug 2007 Collectibles business downturn
Kolkata is a city full of curiosities, and none as curious as Konark Collectibles. Few Kolkatans know about this curious shop — actually a “curios” shop — that’s just off Lindsay Street in the heart of bustling New Market. But Konark Collectibles is not simply a shop, it is a veritable cornucopia of interesting odds and ends. Every square inch of the place, around a 1,000 square feet in area and split into two floors, and even the floor and the walls, are stuffed with all kinds of stuff — ornate wrought iron art deco lamps; exquisite little dolls made of ceramic, porcelain and china; tin toys in various shapes and sizes; beautiful glass jugs, tumblers, vases, mugs, tureens and plates of every kind; whisky and perfume bottles; wall clocks and paintings; advertisement boards; some period furniture, and so on and on. 
 
Konark Collectibles reflects the passion of Vikram Bachhawat, who opened it in 1982 when he was only 16, for collecting. “You have shops dealing in curios, handicrafts, antiques. But this is the only place in Kolkata, and perhaps the only one in India, that deals in collectibles.” The distinction is important, for, as Bachhawat says, only those objects — they could be anything from key-chains and magazines to furniture and cars — which are not being produced any longer qualify as collectibles. 
 
Soon Bachhawat had built his network of contacts among dealers and brokers, the eyes and ears of any collector, who’d come to him with interesting items — of which there were plenty going around. “During the British Raj almost everything was imported, or visitors brought in a lot of things when they came here. For example, picture postcards. I have around 1,000 pre-independence postcards, including a very interesting one from America, depicting a baseball game. Much of that was coming into the market when I started collecting. I have picked up a few pieces of Baccalite, a 1930s British board game, in Kolkata, which has in recent years become a collectible in the US.” 
 
Over time the 250 sq ft shop expanded to its present size, with some of the leftovers packed away in a nearby warehouse. That was the heyday of Bachhawat’s enterprise, when, especially with Mother Teresa around, Kolkata was on the itinerary of most visitors from the West — some of whom would gravitate into his store and pick up an item or two. 
 
The foreigners sustained the store, since “Indians,” Bachhawat has found in general, “have no understanding of collectibles. They still think of it as junk.” 
 
In recent times, however, Bachhawat has found it difficult to continue. “For the past four-five years, footfalls have been few and far between. Earlier we’d do two-three sales in a day. Now barely two-three people come in, and weeks pass without anything sold.” It has helped that Bachhawat has since moved on to other things. There’s Aakriti Art Gallery, which specialises in Bengal art and which Bachhawat set up two years ago.  
  
But it is the end of the road for Konark. “We’re looking to close down as soon as I find somebody who’ll take over,” says Bachhawat. “Obviously, I’ll keep some of the collection, but we’ve been trying to sell off the rest for sometime now. But where are the buyers? Even at cost price, people are reluctant to buy. I’ve even thought about donating it all to a museum, but there aren’t any museums for collectibles in India. Foreigners would be interested, but then there’d be the problem of taking it out of India.” Bachhawat is indeed stuck. But it’s a rather sad end to the passion of a lifetime.
Posted 8/26/2007
DC Unlimited Nov 2007 World of Warcraft Collectible Action Figures

World of Warcraft Collectible Action Figures

August 18, 2007

Just when you thought you had gotten the most out of your World of Warcraft experience, you realized that there was still more for you to enjoy. World of Warcraft may have set new limits on PC entertainment and collectible trading card games, but the fun doesn't end there. Fans will be proud to know that DC Comics takes the hit gaming title to a whole new level with its new line of World of Warcraft action figures.


With a release scheduled for this upcoming fall, these collectible action figures will no doubt make fine additions to any World of Warcraft fanatic's library, so if you're shopping for a gamer's Christmas present, they just might top your list. A total of six models will be released in the first series, and once they hit shelves there is no question that gamers will be longing to pick up one of these collectible figures. However, it may be difficult in obtaining one of these collector’s items due to the fact that they will only be carried by a select number of retailers.
World of Warcraft has been at the top of PC gaming sales since its release in November of 2004. The production of the action figures was undertaken to give fans an opportunity to make a hobby out of a virtual pastime. The first release of figures will include a Blood Elf Rogue, an Orc Shaman, an Undead Warlock, and a Dwarf Warrior. The figures will range between 5-8 inches in size and will be sold through select toy retailers. In addition, a second release is expected that will include two more of the larger figures, a Draenei Paladin and Illidan Stormrage.
DC Unlimited, a branch of DC Comics, is projected to release the first series of action figures in November 2007, just in time for Christmas. While it is not set in stone as to how much the figures will cost when they hit the market, various sites across the web have them available for pre-order at a price of roughly $30 for the first set of four WoW collectible action figures.
 
Posted 8/19/2007
Sideshow Collectibles Aug 2007 Indiana Jones License obtained!

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to expand its relationship with Lucasfilm with the announcement of a new licensing deal to produce collectibles from the Indiana Jones film series. The adventure series began with the 1981 release Raiders of the Lost Ark, followed in 1984 by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. After fourteen nominations and seven Academy Award wins for the film franchise, the adventure continues with a much-anticipated fourth installment yet to be titled, set for release on May 22, 2008. Sideshow's product line will be inclusive of all four Indiana Jones films and will include 12-inch Figures, Premium Format Figures, and Life-size Busts that will range in price from $69.99 to $599.99
Professor of archaeology Indiana Jones is frequently called upon to save priceless relics from falling into the wrong hands. Dr. Jones faces many dangers as he travels the world, battling enemies from power-hungry Nazis to voodoo priests. Jones pieces together mysterious clues, deciphers ancient maps and navigates deadly booby-traps in search of hidden artifacts. Armed with his trusty bullwhip and charming wit, Indiana Jones defeats evil, woos distressed damsels, and recovers supernatural treasures
 
Posted 8/5/2007
Aug 2007 These are difficult times for Collectibles Stores.
LAFAYETTE — Last March, Peter Grubbs decided it was time to pull the plug on his 11-year-old collectible store, Action & Adventure.
The process of boxing up his Lafayette store of treasures had begun. With the likes of eBay now among his fiercest competition, Grubbs couldn't see how his store could survive. A banner over the entrance stated that he was 'Going out in a Blaze of Glory.'
'I had been going through the motions of closing for a while now, and I felt it was time,' he said. 'I feel that eventually all good things must come to an end.'
His customers, however, didn't see it that way. As Grubbs was going through the closing process, a 6-year-old boy, Justin Feldman, did not.


Unexpectedly, the boy, whom Grubbs didn't recognize, came into the shop with his mother and handed him an envelope.
'The envelope had $15.10 that the boy had raised selling lemonade,' Grubbs said. 'He said it was so I could keep my store open longer.'
Important to people

'When you see how important the store is to people, you realize that you need to do everything you can to make it work,' he said.
The store, at 3572 Mt. Diablo Blvd., is one of those 'must see to fully grasp' kind of places. And even then, you might not fully get it.
From 2000 to mid-2001, Pokemon sparked interest in collectible stores, and those years were the strongest from a profit standpoint.
 But the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks combined with growing popularity in online auction sites such as eBay turned the brick-and-mortar collectible businesses into a struggle. Collectible stores were going out of business in droves.
To adjust to the changing times, Grubbs decided to turn his attention to selling more vintage items than new collectibles. To stock his shelves, Grubbs can often be found scouring a local flea market looking for bargain treasures that his customers would want and would generate a healthy profit margin. He admits he's 'pathologically cheap,' always looking for the great deals.
For instance, one purchase made recently was a complete set of Star Trek collectible plates. Now they are displayed along a wall behind the counter.
'This is a classic store,'cause there is not a lot of them like this left,' Miller said. 'A store where people can come in and try to find that great thing that fits them is becoming a dying breed.'
Some 'get' it, some don't

Grubbs understands that not everyone 'quite gets' the idea of collecting. But for him, it's about the memory tags they create taking a person back in time.
The best advice for collectors, he says, is to collect stuff you truly appreciate and value. Those who do it with aspirations of getting rich are more than likely to be disappointed.
'My favorite customer is the 4- or 5-year-old that is just now discovering 'Heroic',' Grubbs said. 'The ones that are being introduced to Batman and Spider-Man for the first time are the customers I like best.'
 
Posted 8/5/2007
Atlanta Cutlery Corp. & Museum Replicas Ltd. to Produce Marvel Character-Based Prop Collectible Prod
May 4, 2007 -- Atlanta Cutlery Corp. (ACC) & Museum Replicas Ltd. (MRL) announced today that they have entered into a multi-year license agreement with Marvel Entertainment Inc. for prop collectibles throughout North America. The agreement covers multiple characters from the Marvel Universe, including specific props from the previously released X-Men movies and the upcoming Iron Man film currently in production.
mag_helm_ws_sm.jpgNew product is set to roll out in conjunction with Marvel releases beginning late summer 2007. Waves of props will be released--many for the first time--and timed to the release of Marvel character based movies, DVD's and comics.
The company will develop a range of prop collectibles and specialty products including full-scale helmets, weapons, and other props all inspired by the characters, creatures and themes from the Marvel Universe. This line of products will be marketed under the banner of Windlass Studios, a new division of the company whose primary focus will be the creation of high end licensed collectibles, based upon movies, video games and literary works.
As the Marvel Universe has matured with each new comic, DVD or movie release, so has its audience. The assortment of products being created by ACC/MRL will therefore be geared to appeal to the loyal fans from all generations of the classic comics to the movies of today. Each prop will be meticulously researched with Marvel archival personnel (as well as 20th Century Fox for the X-Men movie props) for absolute realism and authenticity. Characters include Iron Man, Captain America, Blade, Dr. Doom, Submariner, Moon Knight, Mandarin, X-Men, Thanos and Thor. As comic book and movie audiences have become more sophisticated in their reading and viewing tastes, so have the collectors of these higher end collectibles. People are beginning to realize that these pieces are not only purchased for their ever-increasing intrinsic value, but for their aesthetic beauty.
The Marvel Universe Prop Collection can be viewed online at Museum Replicas Ltd or on their sister site Atlanta Cutlery Corp and in person at the Museum Replicas exhibitor booths at San Diego Comic-Con & Atlanta DragonCon 2007.
About ACC/MRL
They along with their partner company Windlass Steelcrafts are recognized as a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of fine historical collectible products. With headquarters in Conyers, Georgia ACC/MRL sells their products in over 14 countries around the world. Their newest division Windlass Studios, will leverage ACC/MRL's existing strengths, bringing to market some of the most unique entertainment collectibles ever created.
Posted 5/27/2007
Pratt House May 2007 The Art of Fun: Collectible Toys and Children's Memorabilia
The Art of Fun: Collectible Toys and Children's Memorabilia,' featuring toys and memorabilia from the early to mid 20th century, will be on display at the John Wells Pratt House Museum starting next week.
'I think this exhibit will appeal to all ages,' said museum coordinator Julie Yankowsky. 'This is something that a family can come to. The Baby Boomers will probably like to come and see it. Even the little kids would probably like to come and see it. It's just a broad spectrum to open it up to the widest audience possible.'
An opening reception for the new exhibit will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pratt House, located at 177 S. First St. in Fulton.
'There's a little bit of something for everyone,' said Mrs. Yankowsky. 'We have dolls, Tinker toys, Lincoln Logs, puppets, and cowboy and Indian toys.'
Some of the items in the exhibit are a part of the museum's collection while others have been donated by members of the Friends of History in Fulton, the city's historical society, and other members of the community.
'A lot of it has been donated,' she said. 'We have tea sets for a tea party and vintage photographs.'
The exhibit will also include an interactive display focusing on child's play with game and dress-up, said Mrs. Yankowsky.
'We are going to have a kid's corner, which I am kind of excited about,' she said. 'We will have a trunk with dress-up clothes. We will also have Legos, Lincoln Logs, and other games.'
The opening reception will be followed at 7 p.m. by 'Truth Be Told,' a local author reading in commencement of a five-week writing workshop at the Pratt House led by writer Brittney Fiorini Jerred.
Posted 5/27/2007
Sideshow 2007 Pop Culture Shock Collectibles - Street Fighter Ryu - Mixed-Media 18-inch Statue

SIDESHOW EXCLUSIVE EDITION
The Sideshow Exclusive Evil Ryu statue is extremely limited, with only 150 pieces available worldwide outside of Japan (total edition size of 250 pcs).

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to bring you the opportunity to own the second character in Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' Street Fighter Series. Ryu stands 18 inches tall, and over 20' tall when including the base. The figure is cast in high-quality polystone, then dressed in real fabric clothing. Each figure includes a signed certificate of authenticity.


Posted 5/27/2007
Dark Horse Goth toys and collectibles: Tim Burton's tragic Toys and Emily the Strange
Dark Horse, Milwaukie, Ore.




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Monster Theater PVC Set #1 (Vampi, London and Invisible). 
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Emily the Strange 'Stamp of Disapproval' Set and Emily the Strange Playing Cards.
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Posted 5/5/2007
Medicom June 2007 Vinyl Collectible Dolls (VCD)- The immortal masterpiece 'monster' of rattan child Fujio
VCD 怪物くん
Posted 3/22/2007
Medicom June 2007 Vinyl Collectible Dolls (VCD)- Be@rbrick - Momo & Komomo (Yoshida tank)
VCD モモ&コモモ(吉田戦車)
Posted 3/22/2007
Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show March 2007

Steel City Con -- an 18-year-old tradition also called the Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show -- will come to the Monroeville venue Saturday and Sunday. Organizers are expecting more than 8,000 vintage toy, comic and pop-culture enthusiasts to come to the convention, which will feature about 450 tables from 200 dealers.
'It's an opportunity for attendees to find that toy they played with as a child, but lost as they grew up,' Dominic Alessandria says. He is the owner of Johnstown-based Orangestone Promotions Inc., which produces the show that comes to the area three times a year.
'Even if they don't buy anything, the truth is that people can see these toys that they played with many years ago,' Alessandria says. The show, he says, is also 'a chance for people to meet the celebrities they grew up watching on TV.'
David Faustino, the actor who played Bud Bundy in the hit series 'Married ... With Children,' will be the headline celebrity at this show. Other guests include star wrestlers after whom action figures were modeled such as Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka and Kurt Angle. Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in 'The Munsters,' also will come to the show, along with comic-book producers and artists.
Early this summer, Marvel will be releasing two TNA action figures of Angle, a Moon resident and Olympic wrestling champion, says David Hawk, Angle's spokesmank. Other Angle-related toys and games will be coming including a talking doll, he says.
Angle gets a kick out of the many figures that have been made of him, Hawk says. And imaginative kids 'can release their frustrations and their happiness through these figures,' he says.
'It's really funny ... when you see these action figures that are you coming out,' Hawk says. 'It makes (Angle) proud, and makes his family and friends proud.'
Gary Sohmers, an appraiser for the PBS series 'Antiques Roadshow,' will be available throughout the show to evaluate vintage items, Alessandria says. The first 1,000 guests to enter the show each day will get a free card collection or comic book.
The vendors, many of whom will negotiate on prices, sell vintage items ranging from Transformers to Disney toys, Barbies and G.I. Joe figures, along with comic books. Some vendors also sell new toys, often at prices cheaper than those at toy stores, Alessandria says. The whole experience is like browsing a live eBay, but with the in-person advantage, Alessandria says.
'A lot of people want to be able to touch the toys and ... see what condition they are in before they buy them,' he says.
Posted 3/22/2007
Corgi - Master Replicas and Kotobukiya 2007 Halo Collectibles - XboxAddict.com
Master Replicas Announces Halo Collectibles
Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2007


Corgi International and Microsoft have entered into a partnership to bring the exciting and interactive world of Microsoft’s 'Halo' franchise to life with stunning 3-D merchandise. Slated for release later in 2007, Corgi International will unveil a comprehensive line of replica collectibles and gifts.

This venture into the gaming world will pair the matchless attention to detail and quality that is Corgi’s Master Replicas brand with the excitement and realism that has catapulted Microsoft’s #1 title to the top!

While details of the line are still being worked out, look for products running the gamut from gifts to collectibles, spanning the vast universes of Halo, Halo 2, and the hotly anticipated Halo 3. Look for further product announcements and releases throughout 2007.

Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy-an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live®, and spawning books, a graphic novel, apparel, and much more.

In addition to unique products, Corgi International has entered into an agreement to distribute Kotobukiya’s 12' tall vinyl figural statues, as well.
Posted 3/17/2007
Master Replicas March 2007 Announces Halo Collectibles - XboxAddict.com


Master Replicas Announces Halo Collectibles
XboxAddict.com, Canada -

Corgi International and Microsoft have entered into a partnership to bring the exciting and interactive world of Microsoft’s 'Halo' franchise to life with stunning 3-D merchandise. Slated for release later in 2007, Corgi International will unveil a comprehensive line of replica collectibles and gifts.

This venture into the gaming world will pair the matchless attention to detail and quality that is Corgi’s Master Replicas brand with the excitement and realism that has catapulted Microsoft’s #1 title to the top!

While details of the line are still being worked out, look for products running the gamut from gifts to collectibles, spanning the vast universes of Halo, Halo 2, and the hotly anticipated Halo 3. Look for further product announcements and releases throughout 2007.

Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy-an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live®, and spawning books, a graphic novel, apparel, and much more.

In addition to unique products, Corgi International has entered into an agreement to distribute Kotobukiya’s 12' tall vinyl figural statues, as well.
 

 
Posted 3/9/2007
Sideshow March 2007 Spider-Man 3 collectibles… revealed!
We are finally allowed to post pictures of our Spider-Man collectibles from the film 'Spider-Man 3'! Take a look at the classic and black-suited Spidey RAH and VCD figures, manufactured by Medicom Toy Corporation, plus get a close-up look at our brand new, super affordable classic Spider-Man mini bust. Don't ...
Posted 3/9/2007
Sideshow Collectibles at 2007 NY Toy Fair

Sideshow revealed a number of new dioramas, statues and maquettes at Toy Fair.  Most of their 1/6 scale figures have already been announced, so our focus was drawn to the debut of their Darth Maul 1:4 Scale Premium Format Figure.  The 17.5' tall figure looked very impressive...with his glowing lightsaber.  Look for the figure to begin shipping 3rd quarter of 2007 and to retail around $274.99.
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Posted 2/16/2007
Kotobukiya Feb 2007 News - Will Produce High-End Collectibles Based On The Halo Universe

Kotobukiya To Produce High-End Collectibles Based On The Halo Universe


Tokyo, Japan February 1, 2007 – The master craftsmen of Kotobukiya meet Halo’s Master Chief! 

Kotobukiya announces a new partnership with Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie Studios in order to produce collectibles based on the best-selling video game franchise.
Kotobukiya will release at a series of ARTFX Statues (12” tall vinyl figural statues) throughout 2007, featuring characters from Halo 1 & 2, as well as the eagerly anticipated Halo 3.   Renowned for amazing sculpting, painting, and design, the Tokyo based company will endeavor to produce high-end merchandise for the discriminating Halo collector. 
Hiruma, Deputy Chief of Kotobukiya’s Planning Division said, “We are honored to be able to work on such an incredible game.  We are confident that the fans will like our stylish interpretations of the Spartans and other characters of the Halo universe!”
In order to ensure the highest possible level or accuracy and detail, all goods will be fully approved and authorized by the game creators of Bungie Studios.   The Halo ARTFX Statues will be available on a worldwide basis, with character line up and release dates to be announced in the coming months. 
”It’s our great pleasure to collaborate with the talented sculptors, painters and artists at Kotobukiya, and a true joy to see our favorite characters and creatures captured in this unique medium,” said Brian Jarrard of Bungie Studios.
The epic saga continues with Halo® 3, the hugely anticipated third chapter in the highly successful and critically acclaimed Halo franchise. Master Chief returns to finish the fight, bringing the epic conflict between the Covenant, the Flood, and the entire human race to a dramatic, pulse-pounding climax.
Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy—an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live®, and spawning books, a graphic novel, apparel, an upcoming film adaptation, and now Halo’s first ever high-end statue series.
About Kotobukiya
With over 50 years experience in the toy industry, Kotobukiya has grown into Japan's number one collector toy company, with a peerless reputation for quality and craftsmanship.  Many international fans first learned of Kotobukiya from the famous line of Final Fantasy merchandise, and more recently, collectors have been thrilled by Kotobukiya’s high end line of Star Wars and Batman ARTFX Statues.   Kotobukiya is always striving to further improve the material, detail, and design of all products.  Kotobukiya continues to attract the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectibles industry has to offer.  For more information, please visit the English language website www.KotoUS.com.
Posted 2/2/2007
Hunt for collectibles brings expert to area - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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George McCurley of the American Rare Collectibles Association is in Sarasota through Friday buying such items for his clients.
He doesn't have the marketing savvy of public television's 'Antiques Roadshow' or worldwide draw of online auctioneer eBay. Instead, he's set up shop in a convention room at the Hampton Inn at Cattlemen and Bee Ridge roads in Sarasota.
McCurley has headed the association for the past 10 years, hosting more than 5,000 road shows nationwide. He's spent the better part of the past decade with shirt sleeves rolled up at card tables in innocuous hotel banquet rooms from Miami to Montana, buying everything from $5 Madame Elizabeth baby dolls to $5,000 electric trains.
A native of Jacksonville, Ill., he's a far cry from the bow-tied, marketing-savvy hosts of 'Antiques Roadshow.'
But McCurley represents about 5,000 dues-paying collectors, some with deep pockets and vigilant interest in achieving that one rare find. His collectors are primarily interested in toys, trains, dolls, clocks and watches, musical instruments and swords -- the rare, the old and the mint-condition ones.
McCurley says he knows within minutes exactly what something might be worth, and whether there's an association member willing to pay the price.
At the most, he said, it's taken him 20 minutes to have someone in and out the door -- and that situation involved expert authentication of a signature.
On rare occasions, he facilitates the perfect alignment of supply and demand. Someone comes in off the street, unknowingly possessing an item so desired and rare that it sparks bidding wars among his collectors. He says that's akin to hitting the jackpot in the collector's biz.
The gig also gives him a chance to indulge his own passions.
'I've been collecting ever since I got out of college,' McCurley said. 'First thing I started collecting, and I'm still pretty active with, is movie, radio and television toys.'
Many collectors are like McCurley, but most have more disposable income to devote to their passion, he said.
Making connections
In the 1950s, TV executives were just realizing the enormous profitability of marketing entertainment icons as toys to children. By the '60s, the market was saturated with everything from cap guns to wind-up dolls to action figures.
The earlier, rarer toys -- with fewer distributed and even fewer that have survived in good condition -- can easily fetch thousands.
'Our program is really centered around collectors like myself. The opportunity is to match up a collector with some item someone might have in their attic or basement,' McCurley said.
The advantage McCurley has over others is that instead of playing the role of middleman, his salary is paid from association dues. Consequently, the amount he pays out is essentially what the item is ultimately worth on the market.
The collectible market, unlike the antique market, tends to be a bit fickle. Trends and fashion playing a much larger role in desirability, as does socio-economic demographics of the collector base.
'They tell us what they want, and we purchase it for them at the price they set it for. It's a direct connection type of situation where they sell directly to collectors,' McCurley added.
Posted 2/2/2007
Jan 2007 Collectible toys up for Auction - Miniature dioramas, and Dinky cars - Philadelphia Inquirer

Auctions | Small is big: Miniature dioramas, and Dinky cars

By David Iams
For The Inquirer

Collectible toys - including a niche collectible, miniature dioramas - will be featured at two suburban sales this weekend.
The dioramas, along with an assortment of dolls, will be offered by Stephenson's Auction beginning at 5 tonight at its gallery, 1005 Industrial Blvd. in Southampton. Roughly 35 dioramas, electrified models each about 13 inches high by 25 inches wide and 12 inches deep, depict a variety of quaint scenes with miniature furniture and figures about 6 inches tall.
A barbershop diorama includes a shoeshine stand, a brass clothes tree, a barber pole, and a cigar-store Indian. A costume and shoe salon displays footwear ranging from galoshes to ballet slippers.
An 1870s trophy-room diorama comes with hunter, animal heads, a gun collection mounted on the walls, a hand-painted landscape, and a globe reflecting the world as it looked in 1850. And a music room boasts both modern and antique items, including an upright piano, an organ, tiny phonograph records, and sheet music.
There also are a pet shop, a Mexican gift shop, and an Oriental living room, as well as three Petite Princess doll rooms suitably furnished.
The dioramas were consigned by Holy Redeemer Hospital in Huntingdon Valley, which received them about 10 years ago as a bequest from a longtime hospital supporter, according to hospital spokeswoman Candice Ryan. They were periodically exhibited at the Provincialate of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, but now are being sold to raise funds for the hospital's medical center, she said this week.
Prices are expected to range from about $200 for the Petite Princess rooms to $600 or more for the dioramas, Stephenson associate Melissa Goren said. Dolls include models with bisque and china heads, a kid-body Kestner, and figural dolls such as a Gen. MacArthur expected to sell for about $350.
The auction also will feature Steiff animals, including a Harrods limited edition; miscellaneous doll clothing; and reference books.
Preview is 3 p.m. to sale time today. For more information, call 215-322-6182 or go to www.stephensonsauction.com, where you can view many of the items.
Dinky cars and Disney collectibles will be offered by Ron Rhoads Auctioneer at the second session of its two-day antiques auction, beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Rhoads and Rhoads Auction Center in Spring City.
The 500-plus Dinky cars, all from the estate of the late James Colville of Roxborough, include more than 100 in their original boxes and many made in France.
Eileen Rhoads thinks some of the Dinky cars might bring record prices 'because of their condition.' Those made in France are also prized collectibles.
(Though contemporary Dinky vehicles sell new for about $20 online, a French camion or truck had a $40 asking price this week on eBay. British Dinkys do even better: A British Broadcasting Corp. truck with extendable mast had an asking price of $140.)
The collection also includes some Matchbox and cast-iron figures. The Disney grouping includes early figures made by Goebel (better known for its Hummel figures).
Tomorrow's session also features antiques, sterling, paintings and glassware. The top lot is a Tiffany four-piece repousse tea service from a Florida estate that is expected to bring $8,000 to $10,000, Eileen Rhoads said.
The auction's first session, beginning at 4 p.m. today, features ephemera, including a large collection of early Norristown photos assembled by the commercial artist Eugene Cox.
Posted 1/30/2007
Get 'Lost' and win valuable collectibles - Honolulu Star-Bulletin
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McFARLANE TOYS
The prize: A full set of six 'Lost' action figures, signed by the creator, including this figure of Charlie. Unsigned, the set is worth $120.
Attention, 'Lost' fans: This is your chance to win a full set of six 'Lost' action figures from McFarlane Toys -- signed by creator Todd McFarlane. Jack, Kate, Hurley, Locke, Charlie and Shannon are all included. All it takes to win is some clever analysis -- or lucky guesses. The person who answers the most questions with the greatest accuracy wins.
The winner will be announced once the last question is answered on the show, or at the end of the season, whichever comes first. We'll provide updates as the mysteries are solved.
Type your answer to each question in 50 words or less and mail or e-mail it to us. No entry form is required, but be sure to include your name and telephone number.
And work fast! All entries must be in our hands by 5 p.m. Monday, two days before the new season begins.


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1. Who will die next and how will that person die?
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2. What will happen to Ben Linus/Henry Gale on the operating table?
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3. What caused the paralysis in Locke's legs?
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4. Where will Claire and Charlie's relationship go?
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5. What will happen with the Kate-Sawyer-Jack love triangle?
Posted 1/30/2007
Jan 2007 Collectibles ready to roll out at 'Wicked' pace
Collectibles ready to roll out at 'Wicked' pace

January 26, 2007
Production never ends in the world of toys and collectibles. February is just around the corner, and that means new items hot off the assembly line for showing at the American International Toy Fair.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the 2007 collections:
The Madame Alexander company hopes to cast a spell on doll collectors with its line based on the hot theatrical production 'Wicked,' the tale of the witches of Oz. Alexander's 10-inch Coquette is stunning as both Elphaba, the green-hued wicked witch, and Glinda, the blue-eyed, blond-haired good witch. The 'Wicked' collection makes it retail debut mid-summer.
•  The late 'Crocodile Hunter,' Steve Irwin, lives on in a new talking action figure that will make its debut in March. Before his death last September at age 44, Irwin recorded some of his catch phrases for the figure.
•  Fisher-Price is introducing the I Can Play Guitar System, a companion to its I Can Play Piano. Beginners can follow the visuals on their television as the learn to play music on the plug-in system. The product is slated for a July release.
•  Arts and crafts continue to grow in popularity. Fisher-Price will launch its Digital Arts & Crafts Studio in July. Kids can create and customize art projects on their home computers.
•  Dora and Diego are up to more adventures in 2007. The Dora Let's Get Ready Vanity interactive set has Dora getting all dolled up with hair accessories and perfume.
It's Diego to the rescue with the Go Diego Go Rescue Unit. Diego's newest adventure has Dora's young cousin going on an African safari for an animal-rescue mission. Both items are due out in July.
•  WowWee Robotics has added a robotic Elvis to its line. The King swings into motion in the form of a talking and singing bust. Licensed from Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., the robo-action Elvis is based on his 1968 comeback television special.
The talking bust, which reveals facts about Presley's life and sings his hit songs, including 'Love Me Tender' and 'Hound Dog,' is operated via a microphone-shaped remote control. The robotic Elvis hits retail shelves in August.
Other 2007 WowWee Robotics introductions include a multimedia system and other robotic creatures. Look for FlyTech Dragonfly, a radio-controlled flying insect, available in March and Robopanda, an interactive robotic friend that responds based on his mood. The animated panda can talk, crawl, walk on all fours and roll over. Robopanda will be available for purchase mid-summer.
EVENT: The works of jewelry designer Carolina Barbieri, whose celebrity clientele includes Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Liv Tyler, will be on display and available for purchase Saturday through Feb. 23 at Estudiotres Gallery, 5205 N. Clark.
Barbieri will be in attendance at an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. During the event, select items will be discounted 25-30 percent.
The designer pieces incorporate elements such as crystals with gold, silver and other metals. Other discounts will be offered throughout the month.
Posted 1/30/2007
Sideshow Jan 2007 Brand new line of LOTR collectibles coming soon!

The Lord of the RingsWe’re proud to announce that our The Lord of the Rings product range is expanding!
Next week, you’ll get your first glimpse at the newest LOTR collectible series; The Lord of the Rings Diorama line. Many of the designs for these dioramas have been drawn from the most dynamic and dramatic confrontations in the films, although not all will be so conflict-oriented. The size and scale will vary, as well as the complexity and price, but many will be in approximately 1:9 scale, not unlike the Sideshow/Marvel ‘VS’ line of dioramas.
“We’re excited to delve further into Middle-earth in a new and exciting way,” says Tom Gilliland, Sideshow’s Creative Director. “With the Premium Format and 12-inch lines, our goal is to capture the best representation of each individual character. With the new The Lord of the Rings Diorama series, we can explore a little more of the character relationships and conflicts, and capture some of the magic from favorite scenes. The first two pieces in the line really show the range of this series, very different from one another in size and complexity, but I think they’re all very successful at what they convey and celebrate about the movies.”
Remember to keep a close eye on our weekly newsletters to get your first glimpse at the premiere piece in this series…coming soon! We encourage you to use the comments section, below, to take your best guess as to which scene we have chosen to bring to life first, plus list your personal favorite LOTR ‘diorama moments’.
Posted 1/30/2007
Sideshow Jan 2007 Sideshow wins bid for Spider-Man 3 collectibles - Monsters and Critics.com
Sideshow Collectibles has acquired the rights to produce collectible products based on 'Spider-Man 3,' due in theaters May 4, 2007.
'Spider-Man 3', directed by Sam Raimi, is currently in post-production. The film reprises the Peter Parker role for new father, Tobey Maguire, and his long suffering love, Mary Jane, played by Kirsten Dunst.  Topher Grace will portray 'Venom' and James Franco will return as Harry Osborn.  Noir siren Theresa Russell will play Mrs. Marko. Sideshow will now apply its creative resources to the film characters in a deal that will produce several vivid, intricate recreations.  Their company has previously produced format statues, busts, and dioramas based on the popular Marvel Comics character. Sideshow Collectibles' Creative Director, Tom Gilliland, has also announced that Sideshow's distribution arrangement with Medicom Toy Corporation will be expanded to include Spider-Man 3 licensed pieces, including 12-inch figures in Medicom Toy's Real Action Hero series and vinyl collectible doll figures of several characters from the film. 
Posted 1/9/2007
Sideshow Jan 2007 Sideshow wins bid for Spider-Man 3 collectibles - Monsters and Critics.com

Sideshow wins bid for Spider-Man 3 collectibles
Monsters and Critics.com, UK -
Sideshow Collectibles has acquired the rights to produce collectible products based on 'Spider-Man 3,' due in theaters May 4, 2007.
'Spider-Man 3', directed by Sam Raimi, is currently in post-production. The film reprises the Peter Parker role for new father, Tobey Maguire, and his long suffering love, Mary Jane, played by Kirsten Dunst.  Topher Grace will portray 'Venom' and James Franco will return as Harry Osborn.  Noir siren Theresa Russell will play Mrs. Marko. Sideshow will now apply its creative resources to the film characters in a deal that will produce several vivid, intricate recreations.  Their company has previously produced format statues, busts, and dioramas based on the popular Marvel Comics character. Sideshow Collectibles' Creative Director, Tom Gilliland, has also announced that Sideshow's distribution arrangement with Medicom Toy Corporation will be expanded to include Spider-Man 3 licensed pieces, including 12-inch figures in Medicom Toy's Real Action Hero series and vinyl collectible doll figures of several characters from the film.
Posted 1/6/2007
Code 3 Collectibles Dec 2006 Star Wars A New Hope Style D Movie Poster Sculpture Posted 12/29/2006
Medicom Nov 2006 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Oompa-Loompa Vinyl Collectible Doll Posted 12/15/2006
Millions Spent on Star Wars Memorabilia, but is it Really Collectible? Expert Says: Buyer Beware! - Posted 11/20/2006
Collectible Promotional Products Inc files suit against Disney: tries to put stop on logo - Nov 2006 Posted 11/15/2006 by  Oklahoman.net 
Medicom Dec 2006 WOLVERINE VCD (Vinyl Collectible Dolls) 10 inches Posted 11/7/2006
Jun Planning Corpse Bride Collectibles coming soon to Sideshow! Nov 2006 Posted 11/7/2006
Square Enix: Formation Arts Collectible Figures: Series 1 Figure Set of 3 - 6 inches Posted 11/6/2006
Former Editor Of Toy Shop Presents A Program On Collectible Toys Posted 11/5/2006
McDonald’s offers ‘MyScene’ and ‘Hotwheels’ collectibles - Peninsula On-line Published 11/2/2006
McDonald’s Nov 2006 : ‘MyScene’ and ‘Hotwheels’ collectibles - Peninsula On-line Posted 10/31/2006
JUN Planning Nov 2006 Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride Collectibles from Posted 10/31/2006
McDonald’s offers happy meal collectibles - Peninsula On-line Posted 10/11/2006
Win 'X-Men' Collectibles - KFOXtv.com Published 10/7/2006
Win 'X-Men' Collectibles - NBC5i.com Published 10/4/2006
Marie Osmond Dolls Arrive Just in Time for the Holidays at Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Posted 10/3/2006
Tonner Doll Company, Inc. Introduces a New Series of Collectible Dolls based on New York City Ballet Posted 10/3/2006
Bleeding Edge Releases Dark Humor and Collectible Dolls to Bring a Gothic Twist to the Halloween Holiday Posted 10/3/2006
Bleeding Edge Releases Dark Humor and Collectible Dolls to Bring a Gothic Twist to the Halloween Holiday Posted 9/26/2006
Some collectibles mainly collect dust - The News Journal Published 9/10/2006
Mickey collectibles have a wide market - Miami Herald Published 9/7/2006
Glenn Danzig Collectible Dolls Coming - Aversion Published 9/7/2006
CORPSE BRIDE COLLECTIBLES PHOTOS Posted 8/28/2006
Kansans spend time, money on die-cast collectibles - Kansas City Star Published 8/25/2006
Natalie Portman to Auction Signed Collectibles - StarWars.com Published 8/25/2006
Treasures & Trends: Collectible Barbies fetch pretty penny Posted 8/13/2006
Black Friday Holiday Specials Announced at Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Posted 7/31/2006
2006 Madame Alexander Dolls Arriving Daily at Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Posted 7/31/2006
Largest Lord of the Rings Merchandise and Collectibles Sale in History at TolkienTown.com Posted 7/31/2006
Episode II Collectible Tin Action Figure Assortment - StarWars.com Published 7/29/2006
Episode I Collectible Tin Action Figure Assortment - StarWars.com Published 7/28/2006
Sideshow Collectibles to Product Life-Size Replicas of Star Wars’ Most Beloved Droids R2-D2 and C-3P0 Recreated by ‘The Robot Man’, Fred Barton Posted 7/21/2006
Sideshow Collectibles and ACME Archives Form Strategic Partnership Posted 7/21/2006
New collectibles at McDonald’s - Peninsula On-line Published 7/14/2006
RC2 Corporation Launches JL FULL THROTTLE Collectible Trend ... - Autochannel Published 6/19/2006
A passion for cute collectibles - Malaysia Star Published 6/10/2006
What’s that, Lassie? Timmy’s caught in the well and needs a Sideshow Collectible to save him? Posted 6/6/2006
Paulinette Collectible Dolls Have Finally Arrived at Beacon's Glow Collectibles Posted 6/1/2006
Zombies? What do you mean? We only make collectibles… Posted 5/23/2006
Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Now An Authorized Madame Alexander Cissy Doll Retailer Posted 4/26/2006
MARKET FORCES: McDonald’s launches new collectibles - Peninsula On-line Published 4/24/2006
Raven Moon's Gina D to Appear LIVE with Barney at ''Kids Faire' ... - New Age Media Concepts (press release) Published 4/16/2006
Largest Lord of the Rings Merchandise and Collectibles Sale in History at TolkienTown.com Posted 4/14/2006
Collectible toys stolen from storage - Sheboygan Press Published 4/8/2006
Yamato Introduces New Line of Collectibles Highlighting the ... - Anime News Network Published 4/6/2006
Collectibles group visits QC this week - Quad City Times Published 4/5/2006
Collectible store offers trip down memory lane - El Paso Times Published 4/4/2006
Slipcover Sideshow Collectibles Catalog Volume 9 available now! Posted 4/4/2006
Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Expands Marie Osmond Doll Line Posted 3/31/2006
Antique & Collectible Toys at Saxonville Auctions March 25 - News-antique.com Published 3/30/2006
Beacon�s Glow Collectibles Inventory Reaches 1,000 Item Mark Posted 3/26/2006
Beacon's Glow Collectibles Announces Inventory Expansion of Linda Rick�s Doll Maker Line of Dolls Posted 3/26/2006
Beacon's Glow Collectibles is Thrilled to Become An Authorized Retailer of Lee Middleton Original Do Posted 3/26/2006
Beacon’s Glow Collectibles Celebrates Marie Osmond Doll’s 15th Anniversary Posted 3/26/2006
SpiderMan Movie and Comic Book Figure Toys with Danger in the Amazing SpiderMan Collectibles Sculptu Posted 3/26/2006
Dead Body Guy Collectibles - Limited Editions - NewsBlaze Posted 3/26/2006
Public Auction Duck Decoys Vintage Collectibles Adv. Souvenirs - News-antique.com Published 3/21/2006
Yamato Introduces New Line of Collectibles Highlighting the ... - Anime News Network (press release) Published 3/19/2006
Collectible gaming still being innovative - Anderson Herald Bulletin Published 3/19/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Sideshow Collectibles - Now Playing Magazine Published 3/19/2006
Sideshow Collectibles - TheForce.net Published 3/19/2006
Antique & Collectible Toys at Saxonville Auctions March 25 - News-antique.com (press release) Posted 3/13/2006
Collectibles: Germany's Bub big on tiny car, truck models - Pittsburgh Post Gazette Posted 3/4/2006
March 25 collectible show offers tractor pull, Indian tacos - Chickasha Express Star Published 3/2/2006
March 25 collectible show offers tractor pull, Indian tacos (The Express-Star) Posted 3/1/2006
ACTION FIGURES: RINGSIDE COLLECTIBLES PRESENTS ANNUAL ROYAL RUMBLE ... - Pro Wrestling Insider - Xtra Published 2/25/2006
Toy Fair 2006: Sideshow Collectibles - Now Playing Magazine Published 2/22/2006
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