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Predatorstuff Reviews the New Sideshow & ADI AVP-R Shuriken and Plasma Cannon!

February 27th, 2008

Good morning gang! This morning I would like to share with you a couple of new arrivals that dropped by on Monday and that I am quite pleased about. I’m actually sick as a dog, but as always, the collecting world doesn’t care about illness! Through blood, sweat and tears (and a VERY runny nose), we must continue to battle through the hordes of crapola to bring you the truth about what’s hot and what’s not. OK maybe it’s not THAT dramatic, but the Oscar’s just finished up, so I’m allowed a tiny bit of theatrics… if anything, humor me, I’m sick.


Let’s start the fun with the very impressive Plasma Cannon piece… weighing in at around 10lbs and measuring 20 inches long, you’ve got a kick-ass replica that can double as a security device used to bash in the head of a home invader. It’s extremely solid and heavy and feels like a good quality piece. This is a limited edition piece, set at 500 castings and is currently sold out at Sideshow, although they do have a wait list going you can join if you want to try your luck.

Here is the official description from Sideshow:

Sideshow is proud to partner with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI) to bring you the Aliens VS Predator Prop Replica line, featuring some of the most advanced weaponry and armor ever conceived for the Predator arsenal. Each prop replica is an exact 1:1 reproduction of the original screen used prop, as created by ADI.

The Plasma Cannon Prop Replica is cast in high quality polystone, and features a light-up display feature. The piece is complete with a display stand that can be displayed on your desktop, or mounted on your wall. Each piece is hand-cast, hand-finished, and hand-painted to exacting standards, then individually hand-numbered.

Artist(s): Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI), Farzad Varahramyan, Nick Seldon, Yuri Everson, Chris Ayers

Product Size: Product Size: Approx. 20″ L (508mm) x 3.25″ W (83mm) x 7″ H (178mm)
Display Base Size: Approx. 16.5″ L (419mm) x 5.25″ W (133mm) x 6.75″ D (171mm)*
Est. Box Size: Approx. 22″ L (559mm) x 12.5″ W (318mm) x 6.5″ D (165mm)*
Product Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.32 Kg)

The overall piece has wonderful detailing all over, with glyphs and other symbols and the smooth metal with hammered textured areas looks awesome. No fingerprints in the paint and no brushhairs or lint clinging to anything, so I’m happy about that. In an amusing after-thought, I can’t help but notice that this thing looks like a space-age cordless drill from behind, with the big ol’ 14.4 volt batter pack and all. The base is also very heavy and looks great! Beautifully sculpted with great details and they had the intelligence to pad the cradle arms with rubber so the cannon doesn’t slide around or get scratched up. The base is also numbered on the bottom and like all the other prop pieces in this series, it can be wall mounted.

Ah but wait, the cool stuff doesn’t end there… We’ve got some light-up action with a cocking barrel for some backyard AVPR fun!

Before you keep on reading, I recorded a little video for you guys… it’s a quick mini-review I recorded but the main part is to show you how the cannon power-up sequence works. So if you want to check that out, click here to download the video.

The cannon features a light up sequence just like in the movie when the cannon is charging before use. There are no sounds (you can make you’re own like I do) but it’s still cool to show the LADIES! On one side of the rounded plasma generator section is a magnetized lid that just pops off, and your batteries are in there (remember you have to open the battery housing up and pull out the plastic tab when you first get this). The other side has a round switch disguised as part of the sculpt details that you push in to activate the lights. You then cock the barrel back and the light-up sequence starts. Hours of fun to be had here! Once you’re done, push the barrel slide back to the front and hit the switch again to shut it off.

So what’s my overall opinion? Fantastic piece and worth every nickel… $250 for a film accurate cannon with this kind of quality AND lights AND a base is a bargain, especially considering this is a licensed release. So a huge congratulations to ADI (Producer) and to Sideshow (Distributor) on this piece, it’s a FANTASTIC replica and a welcomed addition to my collection. Oh and yes, I pay for all this just like everyone else… I don’t get special treatment from Sideshow or anything, despite my constant complaining to them about it 😉

Click on the photo icon below for more photos of this AWESOME cannon!

Next is the Shuriken!


I have wanted an AVP style Shuriken for AGES, but for whatever reasons, I was never able to get one despite several replicas made by fans of the movies. They were either too expensive or didn’t look right etc… Well, looks like all those delays had a reason, because now I have an AWESOME film accurate one and it only cost $250! At just over 20 inches long, this is a HUGE piece and it’s another sweet addition to the AVPR prop series being released by Sideshow and ADI. The Shuriken also comes with two really nice bases… one for shelf mount and another one for wall mounting. Here’s the official specs from Sideshow:

Sideshow is proud to partner with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI) to bring you the Aliens VS Predator Prop Replica line, featuring some of the most advanced weaponry and armor ever conceived for the Predator arsenal. Each prop replica is an exact 1:1 reproduction of the original screen used prop, as created by ADI.

The Shuriken Prop Replica is cast in high quality polystone and dense flexible PU. The piece is complete with two display stands: one that can be displayed on your desktop, and one that can be mounted on your wall. Each piece is hand-cast, hand-finished, and hand-painted to exacting standards, then individually hand-numbered.

Artist(s): Amalgamated Dynamics Inc (ADI), Nick Seldon, Matt Killen, Chris Ayers

Product Size: Product Size: Approx. 20″ W (508mm) x 1″ D (25mm)
Display Base Size: Approx. 10.5″ H (267mm) x 6.5″ W (165mm) x 6.75″ D (171mm) *

Est. Box Size: Approx. 23″ L (584mm) x 17″ W (432mm) x 9″ D (229mm)*

Est. Product Ship Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.32 Kg)

Despite this piece being REALLY nice and seems like a good quality production run like the cannon, I do have 2 little issues… one is kind of significant, the other is my personal taste.

Problem 1: This has been mentioned by pretty much everyone that gets this piece… the ends of the blades to not fit snugly in to the Shuriken handle and fall out. No idea why, but someone pooched something in the design house. I don’t know if this is because of shrinkage from the molding process (It probably is exactly that now that I think of it) but the blade ends are definitely too thin. When you first get the prop in the box, the round Shuriken housing is separate from the blades. You have to insert the end of each blade in to slots along the top of the Shuriken housing. There is no difference between the blades and they do not appear to have a specific placement. You will notice that when you insert the ends in to the slots, they simply loosely slide in for the most part, and when you tilt or move the Shuriken around, they simply fall out of the slots. This could be a REAL disaster if one falls out and hits your ceramic floor… your Shuriken will be one blade short of a full deck.

You have a couple of options to fix this… you can either use a little drop of super glue to hold them in place, or you can use a little piece of paper and fold it over the ends a bit and it will add just enough width to the blade so that it slides in tight enough to stay put, but will still come out again when you pull on the blades.

So this isn’t exactly the armageddon, but it’s still a pain when you don’t like assembling your props *raises hand*

Problem 2: Again, this is personal taste, but the weathering seems to be too harsh for me. Call me crazy, but when I see the Shurikens on-screen, they seem to be a dirty chrome, especially in AVP. AVPR is so dark it’s hard to see anything, but in AVP you clearly see the Shuriken and it’s a shiny chrome with some aging. For those of you that own the Sideshow Combat Edition Endo Bust, this is exactly the finish I mean. But this piece has some CRAZY weathering, and to me it’s overdone… it looks like the thing was dropped in mud, was left out in the sun to dry and VOILA, it’s aged. It still looks nice, but I personally think a lighter, less splotchy aged finish would have looked better.

So other than these two items, it’s a bad-ass piece and another beauty in my collection.

As I mentioned earlier, this particular prop comes with two bases… the main stand used to show it on a flat surface (shown above) and a smaller wall-mount stand should you want this baby hanging from your wall. The base is again quite heavy and beautifully sculpted and painted.

Overall, this piece warrants another round of applause for Sideshow and ADI, but they definitely should have addressed the fact that the blades do not slide in place securely. I assume they only discovered it once the production run had begun, and that was more or less the point of no return. I’m just guessing mind you… All the same though, definitely a great piece and the price is EXTREMELY reasonable.

Ready for the pics? Click the icon below for more shots of this beauty:

So that’s if for this review guys! Please click the comment icon below and use the form to share your thoughts on this review or on these items, I would love to hear from you. Thanks again for reading and I look forward to bringing you my next article, featuring what I think is one of the most underrated Predator kits ever made!

Peace and love (and more Kleenex),
Dan

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6 Responses to “ Predatorstuff Reviews the New Sideshow & ADI AVP-R Shuriken and Plasma Cannon! ”

  1. Heavy Metal Spike Says:

    See – now THIS is what makes a good review – humour! “There are no sounds (you can make you’re own like I do) but it’s still cool to show the LADIES!”
    Then I watched the video – and nearly wet myself when you made the “pewpewpew” noises – seriously LMAO!!!
    Great job dude – very funny AND functional review. Keep up the good work bro’!

    PS: “holds your shuriken or a string of bananas” – MORE lol !!! ;o)

  2. Crow Says:

    I got Shuriken Prop ,Feel so light and plastics.You so funny Dan “pewpew”!

  3. Dwayne Says:

    Cool looking pieces I got the sideshow wolf bio and its cooler in person than in any of the pics. So I imagine these are too I may have to add them to the collection too. Hey Dan you get yourself feelling better bro.

  4. Predian Says:

    I’ve been waiting for a decent review of these especially the cannon. Good to see another video ’cause that light-up feature needed to be shown rather than just described like everywhere else and with the photos this is better than Sideshow’s sales page.

  5. punhulk(Matt) Says:

    dan great video with the cannon, the sound effects you threw in there were top knotch lol

    anyways really liked your review look forward to the next review 😀

    matt

  6. tools for sale Says:

    I do believe the top hand tool I have in my tool bag is the battery cordless drill, For my last project I dismantled my bedroom and did a whole renovation and the tool I used by far the most and was truly useful was my battery powered cordless drill. I do think for each project in the home I had the battery cordless drill in my hand. I do believe the reconstruction project may have taken double the time if I was without my ideal hand tool.

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