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The ULTIMATE Predator Case Mod – And it’s on eBay RIGHT NOW!

August 23rd, 2006

One of the sickest case mods I have ever seen is on eBay right now, and it’s any Predator fan’s dream PC! Don’t believe me? Here’s a snap shot of this water cooled PC, complete with all the components, fans, lasers, bells and whistles a PC geek or Pred fanatic could hope for!

Predator Case Mod!

Want to know how to get it? Why, you go bid on it on the live eBay auction that ends the evening of August 27th 2006!

Now, hold on to your butt while I paste the full description of this BEAST, that was designed, built and painted by the VERY talented Matt Fielder:

Mods:
-Front bezel: toggle switches added,carbon fiber,crystal display made to fit and covered with carbon fiber vinyl. Stealth drived the dvd burner, and created a stealth drive Ipod holder out of a gutted cd burner. Added a 5mm clear green HD LED. Front grills cut behind mesh to increase airflow.

-Window panels: Custom water cut side panel with green uv acrylic and modders mesh held together by double sided adhesive tape. Integrated 3 red laser diodes to the panel that run off a single 9volt battery. The Predator text reads “Got Alien?”. Other windows was laser etched and all screws painted black to match the paint.

-Back Panel: Everything was painted to match the rest of the case, including power supply grill(s) and every screw on the back of it. I vouched for copper pop rivets because it gave it a nice clean look and matches the case feet. Back grill was cut off to increase air flow.

-Top Panel: Custom painted by my friend Joey Montoya (call for contact information) aswell as the rest of the case, minus the cage and everything but panels. Custom 120mm blowhole was added along with gromets and u-window molding.

-Inside Case: Custom cut to hide wires and send them through the motherbpard tray. Built in the waterpump mount with your everyday bolts and screws. Exsisting hard drive rack was removed to make room for tubing and hard drive moved up to 3 1/2″ floppy drive. Crystal display was fit by drilling holes and mounting that thing was a pain. Cage painted metallic black and sound retention foam added to motherboard tray, and fit throughout the computer. Custom green acrylic Apogee waterblock shield. Drive fitted with carbon fiber vinyl. Excellent wire management for all that is being powered in this PC.

-Water Cooling: Everything on this computer is Swiftech minus the PrimoChill waterpump. Swiftech, Apogee CPU block, MCW-60 VGA block, MCW-30 Chipset block, two Swiftech radiators 1 80mm, and 1 120mm. All pulled together with Danger Den 1/2 ID and OD tubing. You might ask how i got this to work with a PrimChill? It wasn’t easy but i bought thr correct fitting for a 3/8″ID to 1/2″ID. So what you have is a small piece of 3/8″ tubing running into the PrimoChills waterpump but exiting into 1/2″ID tubing.

These are just a few of the mods that were done to this PC that i can remember as of now.

Whats this PC is running?

Parts:
-Kingwin 424 case
-Asus A8n SLi Deluxe MB
-AMD +3500
-1gig OCZ PR2
-74Gig WD Raptor HD
-Audigy 2zs Sound
-Ultra 550W UV Green PSU
-Ultra SLi Connectr Cord
-BFG 6800 GT OC
-NEC DVD Burner
-Primochill Water Pump
-Danger Den 1/2″ ID and OD tubing
-Two Swiftech Radiators.
-MCW-60
-MCW-30
-Apogee
-One 120mm Thermaltake Green Thunderblade (19DB)
-Three Sunbeam 80mm Green Fans (18DB)
-UV Green 12″ Sata Cable
-Bulgin Vandal Switch Green
-Bulgin Connectors
-Green Toggle Switch
-White Hyper Light
-4″UV Cathode
-12″ Green Cathode

Overclocking:
-AMD +3500 2.2GhZ Stock @ 2.8GhZ Stable (36C idle/43-44C load)
-OCZ 1gig PR2 running at 2-3-3-5 1T @ 400MhZ
-BFG 6800GTOC running at 450MHZ/1050MhZ (37C idle/ 45C load)

There’s a whole thread on Boxgods.com on this piece, so you can check that out, or you can click the photo icon below to scope out all the mind numbing, draw dropping pics of this insanely bad ass case mod.

So again, if you want a chance to get your hands on this case, you’ve got 3 DAYS! Go HERE to bid!

So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go back to drooling on the eBay page. Peace!

Dan

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Predator Hunter of Darkness GENUINE Kits Available and on Special at XoFacto!

August 22nd, 2006

You may remember that back in March, I posted a review and photo-shoot of a gorgeous buildup of a Nayuta/SuperEdge Hunter of Darkness Kit by Joe Dunaway. Here’s the kit:

Nayuta Predator

This is a rare and out of production kit that has been recast to hell and back! Well, some of you may not have known this, but this kit was recently re-issued by the original producer and not only does John over at XoFacto have it in stock, but they are on clearance! So, if you want to score a legit Hunter of Darkness kit, get your tail over to XoFacto and score this kit for $169! It’s currently the 9th item on his bargain basement list.

Not convinced this is a sweet kit? Click the link below to see more photos of Joe’s Build-up and some other sample builds from other artists:

Thanks to John for the heads up on this!

Dan

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Sideshow Announced AvP Ancient Predator Elder Exclusive Figure

July 25th, 2006

I recently posted about the new Hottoys Elder and Chopper Predator figures that are part of their new AvP 14″ figure line, and this weekend Sideshow announced the preorder of an exclusive figure that is a partner piece between Sideshow and Hottoys, and will only be made available through the Sideshow website. The figure is of the Ancient Predator Elder seen in the “Flashback” sequence of the movie when they are showing how humans first started worshipping them and all that business.

Here’s a promo shot of the figure:

Ancient Predator Elder

Sabres over at The Hive posted some shots of the prototype at the Sideshow booth from this weekend’s SDCC show that you can check out here! I’ll be copying these to the gallery soon so they will be in the reference area shortly as well :)

If you would like to order this piece, check out the Sideshow Product Page and snag yourself a piece before they sell out!

Dan

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Hot Toys Chopper and Elder 1:6 Scale Figures Added!

June 30th, 2006

I’ve added photos and information for the 2 new AvP figures coming out from Hot Toys in their 1:6 14″ scale line. You can check it all out at http://www.predatorstuff.com/statues_and_toys/Hot_Toys/.

Enjoy!
Dan

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New Predator Figures from Hottoys and Cinemaquette Alien is Shipping!

June 28th, 2006

Hey all!

Hope everyone has been doing well, and as promised I am starting to get back into this site and updating like it should. It today’s update, I wanted to bring to your attention some new products that are coming up, or have recently been released.

For those of you following along with the highly anticipated 1:4 maquettes from Cinemaquette, they officially announced the sale of their Alien Maquette yesterday! You can check it all out at www.cinemaquette.com and order your very own for the low price of $1500! Personally I’m waiting to see how their Predator comes out… so far there’s been no sneak peek pics of the pred, so we’ll see what happens this fall.

Next up, Hottoys has released a follow up to their 1:6 scale 14″ AvP snap kit Scar and Celtic predators with new Chopper and Elder preds! You can expect these to be at the same price point because they sold like hot cakes, and will be a limited edition issue as usual. They are currently listed on the Blister site (Chopper and Elder) and for those of you that are into the aliens, there’s also an alien figure in this series that you can check out here.

Sideshow has also shipped their famed Predator Maquettes and I can tell you that this piece is completely AWESOME! I haven’t had a chance to haul mine in front of the camera yet for some photo goodness, but you can check out the gallery for a hundred pics I collected from the net of people receiving theirs! This will give you some idea of how huge and awesome this thing is!

Also from Sideshow, you may have seen the AvP Tiles made by Lance Henriksen. Well they have teamed up again for some HUGE and very awesome platters. There is no Predator one as of yet, but you can tons of Alien themed ones in various super sexy finishes. Check them all out here.

As far as kits go, Nightmare Collectibles has just released a new and very kick arse Predator piece that was announced at this year’s Wonderfest. You can scope that out in our listing and if this kit interests you, just leave a comment with your email or drop me a line and I’ll get you hooked up with a piece.

Thanks about it for now everyone! New kits to be added to the listing very soon!

Dan

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Review of the Ancient Predator Statue by Fewture Japan

June 8th, 2006

Fewture Ancient Predator

In early 2005, Fewture announced the release of an all-new Predator statue that was sculpted by master Takayuki Takeya called the Ancient Predator, and would be a limited production run of 500 units sold exclusively through their retail location in Japan, the Fewture Store. That meant this would have to be bought locally, or from dealers that went to pick them up themselves before they could sell them off on eBay or on their online shops. I had made arrangements at that time to get at least one of these statues, but to make a long story short, there was a major screw up and I ended up empty handed, the statues were sold out and I was SOL unless I wanted to pay $650 + shipping from Asia. This statue became a serious grail for me, and despite my constant searching on eBay and other sites, I managed to miss a couple that sold for a pretty decent price… I was definitely getting frustrated trying to pick this up.

Well, last week my good friend Dan, owner of The Hive forum, not only scored one of these beautiful pieces for himself but he also picked up a second for yours truly! Is this guy a sweetheart or what?! (Take that comment as you will) On top of that, he didn’t even charge me what he paid for it.. he asked me what I was willing to pay before I knew what was going on and basically charged me that. Dan, you’re my personal hero… a lifetime’s supply of hero biscuits for you sir!

Tonight, the statue arrived, has been photographed and now resides safely behind glass in my office. Here’s my thoughts on this piece:

AMAZING! Seriously, I don’t care if you dig this sculpt or not, the detail and paint application is absolutely insane, especially considering this is a pre-painted production item. Measuring in at just over 14″ tall, the piece has some great size to it and looks to be about 1:6 scale or so and is cast in Polystone. The package includes assembly instructions, a product flyer and a sealed certificate of authenticity, which is important because this thing is getting recast like CRAZY! The base is a clear, green tinted resin and the entire thing sits on a black finished wood pedestal with padding and product information on the underside.

Fewture Ancient Predator

The piece basically depicts an ancient predator warrior, covered in tattoos and tribal marking aboard this skinned looking horse with an obviously Alien influenced head. The armor and weapons all have a samurai style design, which looks absolutely fantastic… the horse’s armor is extremely detailed and has a beautiful paint application that looks 100% metallic. It also appears that our ancient warrior has been hunting rogue Predators, because his spear comes with an awesome blade that has a skewered Predator head attached to it… you have the choice of a fully painted and uncloaked head, or a head that is in full cloak mode. I can hear the fan-boys crying about this one, but all nerd-ism aside, it looks bad-ass.

The paint itself is very well done, and easily beats the other pre-paint statue companies in the detail department with Sideshow being the only real match for this with their premium format statues. Put this piece next to some Palisades products (God rest their souls) and the quality difference is nothing short of a slap upside the head to be honest. In fact, this piece ranks right up there with the custom kits I’ve had built by various artists in the garage kit industry.

So overall, you can’t go wrong with this statue… it’s no wonder the thing sells for double it’s initial retail price now. It’s so detailed, even the horse has a… *cough* unit. I kid you not. If you ar elooking to buy one, know what you are getting into! Read my article about this piece getting recast here!

So, full marks to Fewture on this one! You don’t get much better than this. Click the icon below to visit the full gallery of photos I took of this beautiful piece!

Dan

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Sideshow Predator Maquette Almost Here!

June 6th, 2006

Well folks, it’s been almost a year since it was ordered, but it’s FINALLY going to get it’s butt to my door! Just got this in from Sideshow:

Dear Valued Collector,

Thank you for your pre-order of our Predator Maquette – Sideshow Exclusive (item #71431) from our Predator Collection. We appreciate your patience in awaiting the arrival of this Limited Edition, Sold Out collectible.

At this time, we would like to inform you that this item is estimated to arrive into our warehouse within the next 5-7 days. We will BEGIN “pre-authorizing” credit cards for this purchase within the next 24 hours, in the sequence in which all of the pre-orders for this item were placed. A “pre-auth” is not a direct charge, but is a “hold” of funds pending the shipment of your order. Your credit card will be charged once the item is shipped from our warehouse.

*does a little happy dance*

Dan

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Wonderfest 2006 Photos! Links to all things Wonderfest!

June 1st, 2006

Were you one of the unfortunate poor souls that was stuck at home like me instead of having a blast at Wonderfest? Well, at least there’s TONS of photos that are starting to pop up from last weekend’s event, so here’s a nice list of photo links I’ve found.

For those of you that don’t know, Wonderfest is America’s largest Garage Kit convention, hosted each year on the Memorial Day long weekend in Kentucky, USA.

On with the photos!

http://public.fotki.com/johda/wonderfest_2006/
http://www.wonderfest06.paulystuff.com/

People and exhibits:
http://amazon.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=tkiy0i1.6vev2vz5&x=0&y=20f5ux

Model Contest part 1:
http://amazon.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=tkiy0i1.4r1lv1up&x=0&y=-lpjq56

Model contest part 2:
http://amazon.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=tkiy0i1.4dciwmnl&x=0&y=-jbfhjn

Cool stuff in the dealer room:
http://amazon.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=tkiy0i1.bpb10435&x=0&y=5lvkxl

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/barnabus_29585/

http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id2.html
http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id49.html
http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id38.html
http://tylisaari.com/models/shows/wf2006/dealer.htm
http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id34.html

Dealers:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

Contest:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

WFU:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

Judge’s Room:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

“Mature” Room:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

Misc Purchases:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bandwfrog/

http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id128.html
http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id129.html
http://www.resindog.com/resindog/id130.html

Enjoy!
Dan

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