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Monday, April 10, 2017


Come and get me, jerk.
Things like Thanos on Throne Maquette price and it’s huge acceptance are what make the market come out with these crazy prices. I thought that the market – aside Prime 1 whose new character from the Batman series jumped from 1k to 1,5k (besides other price atrocities like Venom and Anti-Venom) – things had being quite stable for some months. Had. At least at Sideshow front. Now Malavestros costs 600 bucks, a character from an IP Sideshow owns. So no extra IP costs here. It’s a magnificent piece for sure. One of the last pieces almost entirely sculpted by hand (except for the scroll). But man, 600 bucks when months ago we were complaining of Deadpool $699 price tag…

Apart from one last piece to spend my hard-earned reward points (which I thought it could be Malavestros but now I begin to believe will really be the new She-Ra) I’m off the collectible statues bandwagon. It’s too much for me. I think if prices continue to raise this way they will alienate the ones who helped this market flourish at first place. Now it’s becoming a Richie Rich limited club. And Thanos is not a 1/3 statue. It is a big 1/4 statue for sure but still smaller than Prime 1 1/3 offerings. And by the looks of it, it will be almost all hollow as Sideshow’s last set of Hulks. It’s a pretty impressive piece nonetheless. Massive and detailed. I will not deny it. I believe – if Thanos comes detached from the throne (what everyone expects) – it will come in two boxes or on a very, very big one so the shipping costs won’t come cheap too. Be prepared to spend at least $1,300 for it. Still a distance from Prime 1 new Mr Freeze but not that far. Scarily not far. And collectors asks for more of it so the sky is the limit for statue’s prices. Again. And again here I am complaining on the prices of statues. When I remember I bought Captain America Allied Charge on Hydra PF, an astounding piece, for $399 I know how off the prices had gone. They can argue what they want, that manufacturing is becoming increasingly expensive, that the pieces are more detailed due to being computer generated but at the end of the day this industry seems to walk against market rules, where the more the competitors the lower the prices. In collectible figures industry it doesn’t matter the increasing number of competitors the prices keep on rising. Incredible. 

Malavrestros or She-Ra. One of them will be my farewell to this. It seems a plausible assumption to me that in maybe three to five years, if the industry don’t collapse meanwhile, an average 1/4 figure will cost $800 and there will be people still buying them. Wait. There are already 1/4 figures costing more than $800! Unbelievable.

Well, when the plateau reaches this high I’ll be long off and will just watch with a mix of pity, sinful joy and perplexity who are paying for these prices. As many may already be doing the same thing behind our backs right now. Very wise of them. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017


My last acquisition. Or so I hope.

I thought it would be harder. To stop buying collectible figures. But once the decision was taken it was extremely easy for me to give up. I still have circa $150 in reward points on Sideshow that I intend to spent most probably in the She-Ra they’ll launch. Maybe it was easier than I thought because there hasn’t been any new statue that really grabbed my attention. This certainly helped me a lot. It also helped the fact that I don’t have any more free space to display new statues appropriately. I’ve put “Blackstar” from Bowie on the CD player because this was the album I used to listen when writing for this blog when it was the most important aspect of my life and I used to publish several posts a week. Always to receive heavy criticism from you, fellow collectors. I think the prices rise have come to a halt nowadays, at least at Sideshow side of things, stabilizing around the $500 for the average figures. This is a good thing. But the money I spent last year in figures almost broke me (another reason that pushed me to stop). I realize that, besides the lack of free space, collecting such expensive pieces was above and beyond my financial reality. I’m Brazilian and Economy is not going all too well around here. But even if it was going all fine it would still be unbearable to me to spend so much money on said figures. Want it or not $500 is not small money and can make a huge difference in one’s budget. Let alone if you spend this amount every two months average. Sometimes spending over 1k in one month. I confess I was a bit out of control in the past two years. And realize that collecting is like an addiction and decided that I needed to stop for the reasons aforementioned and because no addiction is good. Am I satisfied with my collection? Of course not. That are several pieces I would like to have and many will come that will get me drooling over them but one needs to know when to draw a line of what is sane and what is sheer insanity. I was insane about figures didn’t measuring the consequences of my urge to have the next cool piece that appeared. I am addicted to other things, heavy stuff, and had to put myself together, utilize a great deal of self-criticism, self-control, discipline and will to stop them. That was not easy at all. By comparison, to quit collecting figures was a piece of cake. Even though I love my collection, I still get myself thinking in the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on the pieces with astonishment. And what boggles me the most is what people will do with this figures when I’m no longer here? Of course my family will not want to keep them nor know the value of said statues or how fragile and delicate they are. So, I don’t know which end they’ll have but most certainly will not be a good one. And if I happen to move to another country, which is a great possibility, how will I take them with me? And where will I display them if I get to live with my brother in the US? There isn’t space to display them in his house and of course will be impossible for me to bring them all with me on a plane. So the statues can become quite a burden to me and my family. I never took all of this in consideration when I bought them. Have you?  In order to solve this I will be obliged to sell them for a price way below the market average since I will have to compensate the shipping costs from Brazil to US lowering the price to make them an attractive sale. But this is the future and problems that concern only to me, it is not the general scenario of the collectors.

Another thing that turned me off collecting is that from now on every statue will be computer generated and not hand sculpted, given scarce exceptions. Even though this means more detailed and fast produced pieces it also steals a great deal of the magic these statues have to me. Even though is the same artist doing his thing on Z Brush, I believe pieces created by hand to have a more artistic and limited flavor. Maybe I’m being a bit conservative here but that’s because I started collecting quite a while ago in mid 90’s. I will not blind myself to the benefits of technology and denial that there’s still artistry in modelling statues digitally but to me it steals part of the “soul” of the statues. The sum of all these factors made me abandon the addiction all the more easily. It was a blast to participate of such a vibrant and passionate community even though my posts were more bashed than praised. That’s not a definitive goodbye, since I’ll still follow the community and the market because I still love statues. But it will be like an alcoholic entering a bar and asking a Coke. I may or may not write a new article here and there but that is not an exciting piece of info to you as I’m aware. Excuse me for my broken English. As I said time and time again, I’m a self-taught English speaker so I don’t know even the basic formal rules. Sorry for that. And happy collecting to you all. :) 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


I guess bashing Anti-Venom is what you guys are already doing all over the web. I come here today to comment about the failed attempts from Sideshow of make portraits of actors and actresses. Even though Loki looked promising. It’s infamous to compare the 1/4 renditions of Star Wars female characters Rey and Jyn Erso, with the supreme 1/6 Hot Toys versions. They look like unfinished prototypes when compared with the smaller versions. Stop. I’m being hyperbolic and untrue here. I have to admit that Sideshow Rey bears more resemblance with the actress than the Hot Toy’s version, but the lack of detail in comparison with the smaller version is what strikes me. I don’t know if it is the limitation of resin as raw material that impedes more detail in the molding or is simply that Sideshow don’t go that extra-mile to achieve what is possible in a much smaller figure. Jyn Erso is an absolute failure. When one compares the head sculpt with Hot Toys version is laughable. I don’t know how this statue will ever sell. Strangely, when Sideshow goes with their fictional faces this looks less apparent. I don’t know if it is because we don’t have no one to compare the face with or they just excel on their own creations. Take Captain Marvel, per example, it’s a superb face sculpt, more lifelike than Jyn Erso. Even Dark Phoenix has more personality and a more humane face than Rogue One protagonist. Superman The Man of Steel PF resembles the actor also but also looks too blocky, squared. This blocky face fits to fictional characters but in a market that have Hot Toys as plateau of comparison, Sideshow’s actor-based characters fall short. The last Captain America is another tremendous failure with its cockeye and almost no resemblance to the actor at all. I think the best effort so far is the Heath Ledger Joker but the makeup facilitates things a lot. Anyway, the point of the matter is that Sideshow should not stick its nose in this realm. Or if does, does it right. Joker and Rey are two steps in the right direction but about the rest, they are still miles away of what one expect of a fourth-scale representation of a beloved movie character should be.

And no I wouldn’t pay 860 bucks on Anti-Venom statue. It’s abusive, it’s unjustifiable, it’s just too expensive for what the figure is and the character it represents. Total pass. As Jyn Erso.

Jyn Erso Star Wars Premium Format(TM) Figure

Captain Marvel Marvel Premium Format(TM) Figure

The Joker The Dark Knight DC Comics Premium Format(TM) Figure

Monday, January 9, 2017


… Is only that Hot Toys became masters of it. The all-new Prime 1 rendition to Suicide Squad Harley Quinn bears little resemblance to actress Margot Robbie. I know is not as bad as Sideshow’s tentative of recreating Jyn Erso (that ended up more cutter than the actress imo) that bear almost none resemblance to the real person, but you got to admit that Prime 1 version dimmer is comparison with Hot Toys version. Of course, Prime 1 (as Hot Toys) inserted all the millions of details and tattoos the character carries with ultimate perfection but the face left a lot to be desired. It's difficult to represent beautiful people because they don’t have many distinctive traces. Prime 1 Will Smith is a much more faithful representation because the actor has distinctive traces.

If you go for Prime 1 Harley Quinn by the likeness with the actress then don’t. But if you’re a fan of the movie and want a character perfectly recreated to the minimum detail standing tall in your collection is that what Prime 1 offers you. And the bubble gun face helps a lot in disguising the non-likeness with the actress. One have to admit that there’s no competition in the market to match Hot Toys. The only statue I saw to come close was one from Rocky Balboa and his dog. Once again Stallone has very specific facial traits what turns easier the work to make a figure that resembles him. But this Rocky Balboa excels the norm and almost reach Hot Toys astounding work.

The problem is not Prime 1. They did a pristine job replicating a difficult beautiful face. The problem is that we grow used to Hot Toys pieces and their fidelity to the source material (actors and actresses) that is unmatched to this day. That’s why I don’t put much faith on the new Sideshow Wonder Woman based on BvS. Unless Sideshow was able to hire one of the top sculptors from Hot Toys! Lol.

On a side note, the first bust I’ve ever wanted to buy was this Hulk. It is absolutely breathtaken. Stunning piece of work. Of art. But I already know it’ll going to cost around (or over) 1k (not to mention the expensive shipping of such a heavy piece) so I don’t even get too excited. I think my collection really ends with SS Killer Croc. A much-underestimated figure if you ask me.

I want this so badly...

I think I will give up trying to reach the milestone for the petition pleading that Sideshow’s Payment Plan begins as soon as the pre-order is out diminishing this way the cost of the monthly fees and giving more time for average collectors to be able to acquire their desired figure(s). But I give it another try, since we’re close to the milestone. So, if you think these ideas are interesting, click on the link below and sign the petition. It will only take a minute and can make a huge impact in one’s hobby.

And in case you want to order your Prime 1 Harley Quinn right now, here's the sponsored link:

Harley Quinn DC Comics Statue

Thursday, January 5, 2017


Here’s the full list of announcements/launches did by Sideshow on 12 Days of Sideshow:

1 – Thanos on Throne maquette;
2 – Wonder Woman PF (based on movie?);
3 – Pre-order Captain America Avengers Assemble statue;
4 – Alien Warrior statue;
5 – Pre-order Deadpool life-size bust;
6 – K-2S0 PF;
7 – She-Ra statue;
8 – Catwoman Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau statue;
9 – Thor Jane Foster PF;
10 – Gethsemoni Shaper of Flesh PF and Oglavaiel Legendary Scale bust;
11 – Ghost Rider sixth scale figure;
12 – Deathstroke PF.

The first thing to notice on this list is the big number of female characters: five (Wonder Woman, She-Ra, Catwoman Stanley Lau, Thor Jane Foster and Gethsemoni among the 13 pieces shown during the event. I don’t know if we can count K-2S0, Alien Warrior and Oglavaiel as male characters, but if count them out we’ll have the same number of male and female characters what shows that Sideshow is investing hard on the female front.

The other thing that got my attention was the great number of statues (smaller than PF): four (Captain America, She-Ra, Alien Warrior, Catwoman) against 6 PF statues, what maybe shows a new tendency of Sideshow to make more affordable pieces to the average consumer.

The four pieces with most wow/hype potential in my opinion were Thanos on Throne (by far the greatest revelation of the bunch) followed by Deadpool bust and Deathstroke PF and finally Thor Jane Foster.

Thanos on Throne is a sure bet to be a hit regardless the price tag. It may be PF size but it must be big to really grab collector’s attention. For the little the rendering reveals one can perceive that Thanos is not on a straight pose, leaning his head to the right, what is a breath of fresh air regarding figures on thrones that are always seating straight looking up front. Figures on thrones are an enduring trend I really don’t get, but collectors seem to love.

Deadpool life-size bust is a fun very well done sculpt. One can almost see the deformed face oddly smiling behind the mask. Pretty cool. Busts aficionados will undoubtedly jump over this one. It may very well be the first bust ever to the collections of many. The price is salty but nowadays is not really that expensive comparing with other pieces out now.

Deathstroke PF was a bold move from Sideshow since the Prime 1 version was so acclaimed by the public and sold a lot. Nevertheless is a great addition to Sideshow’s Batman series and brings a more realistic and yet more close to the comic books version of the character. Great piece altogether, as far as the picture reveals it. Hope it to be in a more dynamic pose than Prime 1 museum-posture 1/3 figure. Curious to know the price tag of this one. Hope it don’t hit the $ 700 range that is slowly being established as the norm price for 1/4 figures now.

Thor Jodie Foster PF is a beautiful new addition to the expanding hall of great female statues Sideshow is putting out (Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel, Red Sonja, Black Canary). A couple of years back Sideshow wasn’t that good at female faces but nowadays they’re really nailing it. Jane Foster is another proof of that. And I loved the detailed armor. It can be a kind of heretic character for diehard Thor fans but the statue is turning out very nicely besides that.

Another that shows promise is She-Ra. Even though we get to see only the silhouette of the figure, the traces are very pretty. I am sure she will turn out another beautiful addition to female host of Sideshow. I am planning not to buy any new figures this year but must confess that She-Ra got me tempted. I hope she doesn’t end up so well as I expect her to so I can stick to my plan! Lol.

Catwoman Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau didn’t make the cut to me. It looked more like a toy than with a statue. The plastic glasses/mask (or whatever material it is) really broke all the magic of the piece. Besides that, all Artgerm female portraits seems to have the same face. It’s like having a Barbie with different figurines to me. It may be a too harsh comparison but it’s the way it feels to me.  

Wonder Woman PF is a hit or miss figure (with big chances of miss) since it looks like it’s based on the movie character and Sideshow is not good in replicating actors and actresses faces. One that grow used with Hot Toys perfection (or even Prime 1 1/2 WW) will most likely get disappointed with the end result of the head sculpt of this piece. Unless Sideshow outdoes itself in this piece. The armor and sword, on the other hand, looks amazing. Let’s hope for a big good surprise on this one. But I would not grow great expectations.

I don’t know why but the Avengers Assemble line didn’t hit the spot to me so far. I didn’t like Iron-Man and the same goes to Captain America. Maybe the case with Cap is that I believe I have the best statue ever made of him which is Sideshow (something) Against Hydra PF. I don’t like the head sculpt of this one and I don’t like the gigantic pouches on his belt. And it doesn’t seem very detailed either. I don’t know what’s going wrong here, I guess is the art direction Sideshow is giving to the characters because the Masters of Universe, albeit also 1/5, are as detailed – if not more – as any PF figure. What is not the case with Avengers Assemble line. But I didn’t loose the faith yet. Hulk seems to be very cool and Thor seems not bad either. Maybe it was just a rough start. Well, anyway, Captain America didn’t capture my attention.

In the Court of the Dead department, they will launch their most humane character yet in the shape of Gethsemoni. They showed only a concept art of her that resembles me of Shard. But I’m not into Court of the Dead (only character I would consider investing would be Malavestros) so I’m biased to talk. I’m sure she will please the fans.

I loved the bust of Oglaviel. Even though it is a piece that doesn’t match my collection, everything on it is fantastic with or without the jaw. Loved the head and the base. Only thing I didn’t like was the black cane in between them. I found a very poor simplistic solution given the level of detail of the rest of the piece.

One can’t go wrong with K-2SO. I believe that Sideshow may even had access to the movie 3D model of it.  But even without the aid of LucasArts or Disney it’s not a difficult sculpture to do especially working with 3D software. So it’s a carbon copy of the funniest and probably the best character of Rogue One.

 One can only do so much when the subject is Alien. Let’s hope the pose brings something new to the table, otherwise it will be difficult for this figure – that it’s not even a PF – to stand out from the several earlier iterations of the iconic creature.

Finally the little one, sixth scale Ghost Rider. It seemed a little bald to me, if you know what I mean, but it attends to the demand of the fans who wished the fire to be made of translucent material. It’s not the most impressive figure I’ve ever saw and of course it pales in comparison with XM’s statue. I really wonder who is the public for this piece and can imagine no one. It’s like they needed to do a sixth scale figure for their line and came up with this.

Well this was the overview of the 12 Days of Sideshow. Once again I beg to you sign the petition below asking payment plans to begin with the pre-order, lowering this way the monthly fees (because the value will be divided in more months) and giving more flexibility to us. Click the link below. It only takes a minute. And can make a great difference to all of us collectors.

Deadpool Marvel Life-Size Bust

Captain America Marvel Statue

Friday, December 30, 2016


I had a letdown after I saw the production piece pics of Dark Phoenix. The red parts of the uniform were glossy compared to the prototype which reduced the contrast with the golden parts and I didn’t like that at all. I've loved the darker matte painting of the prototype. I also thought the Jean Grey portrait – the reason I would buy the figure in first place – dismaying in comparison to the prototype. Not that much, they did a decent job replicating it, but it doesn’t got quite there to me. The hair I found too blocky but it couldn’t be any other way due to breakage. Even so it looked odd and unpolished to me. In some parts resembling branches from a tree. Besides I grew worried with the leaning issue due to the translucent resin base and if it can hold the weight of the statue. So I cancelled my pre-order and suddenly I had $500 dollars in my hands.  

Almost, almost got her... then let her go for good.

I have a PS3 and apart from both Rayman games, I only have serious, mature games. (Playing FarCry 3 now and having a blast with it, by the way). 

Having heard a rumor that the Wii U wouldn’t be produced anymore (after all Nintendo Switch is just around the corner) I decided to use the money I saved from Dark Phoenix to buy a Wii U while supplies still exist, since Nintendo Switch didn’t impress me at all. 

Yes, I decided to trade a collectible statue by a videogame where I can play light-hearted fun and accessible games (or games for kid if you will. I rather say for all ages).

Anyway, shifting to a Wii U (that is not a cheap console given his age and in comparison to most powerful machines as PS4 and Xbox One) was going to another order of magnitude regarding the prices. I was able, with the value I would spend with Dark Phoenix, to buy a Wii U and about ten games (by Nintendo, of course) on eBay, most of them brand new. I was impressed by the discrepancy of value aggregated to a regular Sideshow statue versus a videogame. I know the latter is a mass-produced good and not a limited edition product (as far as 2500 copies are limited) but even so is a high technology hardware with expensive software (given Nintendo doesn’t lower the prices of its software until they sell a zillion copies and become “Nintendo Selects” games, then being sold by $ 19.99).

Nonetheless I was able to build a pretty good library of games and buy the console (Mario Kart Bundle with 32 GB black Wii U) with the price of one average statue nowadays. Videogames are not a cheap hobby either, games range from $ 20.00 to $ 60.00 and the said console cheapest price I’ve found was $ 300.00. I had to dig a lot to find fair prices to buy the games (the less I accept is “like new” on eBay) but I could find pretty decent deals compared to GameStop pre-owned prices. Of course, I bought four “Nintendo Selects” games for about $20.00 but I also bought Super Mario Maker for $ 42.00. But even being a relatively expensive hobby it doesn't come even close to the prices of collectible figures. 

Would you trade Dark Phoenix for a Wii U? Bad choice? Good choice? My choice.

Yes I traded joy for fun. And though I am a collector at heart I don’t regret my decision. At least not yet...

What I’m trying to say is that I finally realized that collect premium figures is beyond my financial reality. The last one I will buy will be Captain Marvel Ex Version when and if it arrives for PayPal payment. Apart that, I have a Sideshow Killer Croc on payment plan. And that’s it. I throw the towel regarding collecting statues. It’s a pleasure to the eye and there is that famous saying “a thing of beauty is a joy forever” but I can no longer stand the prices. 

I loved my He-Man, it surprised me in terms of quality and Skeletor is about to come. Just one parcel away. Then Captain Marvel and I’m done when I finish paying Killer Croc.

It was tremendously fun to participate the communities and maybe I’ll keep my blog following and commenting the launches from a safe distance (I hope!). Other than that, I’ll enjoy my new Wii U cheerful games intercalating them with PS3 serious adventures. Have tons to play. And some wonderful statues to watch while the games are loading or when I take a break of gaming or writing. Also when I wake up or when I’m preparing to sleep. These are the moments I love to watch my collection the most.

It is a sad goodbye even though I hope I do not fall in temptation again, otherwise I will deprive me of a ton of other things I could be doing with the same amount of money.

As a New Year wish, for those of you who will continue to collect these evermore-wonderful figures: sign the petition below. We need less than 30 signatures to reach the milestone and I can send it to Sideshow. Please read it.

Below is the link for a petition requesting Sideshow to begin their payment plans as soon as the figures are out for pre-order, giving us more months to pay with smaller monthly fees, making it easier to acquire a figure overall. If you like this idea, just click the link below and sign the petition. It only takes a minute but can bring long-term facilities to all of us collectors of Sideshow (and Prime 1 and Hot Toy and all other companies Sideshow represents). Please, make a difference: take action. We gathered  more than 70 signatures already; less than 30 to 100 signatures benchmark. The next can be yours.

Dark Phoenix Marvel Premium Format(TM) Figure

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


I’m a amazed at the rate Prime 1 launches its figures. Lately it has been at least a figure per week. If not two as we got the Jazz and the Spider Man 2099 less than 7 days apart. I know they’re from different franchises, but this is astounding rate will overflow the market IMO. As I see they’ll end shooting in their own feet. Two figures in one week span? For the price they ask? I want to know how many collectors can follow this pace. I don’t know if Prime 1 will keep on this rate but they don’t seem be slowing down. They beat Sideshow by far and there are at least a dozen more figures for launch revealed at Tokyo Con and on the snippets from their page. It’s a pretty aggressive market model they’re following, that is also pretty aggressive to fans wallets. I’m pretty curious how much more Prime 1 figures the market can take, how will collectors assimilate this amount of statues being launched each month. Of course they offering several different franchises, but at this speed, the probability of many pass under collector’s radar is big, no matter how stunning the figures are, Spider-Man 2099 and Transformer Jazz both are incredible pieces. I wonder which fans will choose if they don’t have the money to order both (as many won’t). This speaking only about Prime 1, let’s not forget there’s Sideshow figures to launch, Pop Culture Shock figures to launch, Iron Studios, Hot Toys figures to launch, you name it.

Finally, looks like the market is too crowded of figures. This means, of course, more choices to the consumers, which is good. This should meant lower prices for the consumer but it’s not happening. Costs keep rising, as figures become increasingly more complex and factories in China become scarcer. Now we’re are overloaded with pretty incredible figures to choose from. I wonder what will happen to the figures that won’t be chosen, that I’m sure won’t be just a few. I foresee players going out of the market, especially if not niche ones. Prime 1 arguably has the best production quality and the best quality control (I know the Deathstroke cane issue). I believe Sideshow will have to keep the prices down in order to survive or amp up their game or focus on their niche franchises. In my vision, a new king of the hill is emerging: Prime 1 Studios. But even if with its unreachable quality they can cannibalize themselves launching so many pieces at a so higher rate.


In search for a way to alleviate the increasing market prices over the average consumer, we came up with this petition. If you could sign and, if possible, share among your collector friends this certainly won’t be a great game changer but it certainly will be a more affordable way to get our figures. Please read. 

Below is the link for a petition requesting Sideshow to begin their payment plans as soon as the figures are out for pre-order, giving us more months to pay with smaller monthly fees, making it easier to acquire a figure overall. If you like this idea, just click the link below and sign the petition. It only takes a minute but can bring long-term facilities to all of us collectors of Sideshow (and Prime 1 and Hot Toy and all other companies Sideshow represents). Please, make a difference: take action. We gathered  more than 70 signatures already; less than 30 to 100 signatures benchmark. The next can be yours.