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*
June 1st, 2006
May 30th, 2006
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In other news, looks like the Sideshow Maquette is finally going to ship in the next couple of weeks, and I am finally getting my hands on a Fewture Ancient Predator statue! 🙂 I’ve been very busy working on my other projects, but I do plan to get this listing back under way in the very near future 🙂
April 21st, 2006
Just added a couple of older kits to the database and I have a bunch of new kits that need to be posted into the reference catalog over the next week or so. Creature Shop has been going crazy with new AvP kits and have just launched a new set of kits, plus we’ve got some great new goodies coming up through the garage kit grapevine.
Oh, and being Friday, I just received the Sideshow Toys newsletter, and the Sideshow Maquette is STILL not on the shipping in the 30 days list. Patience is a virtue I suppose… I’m also trying to get an update on the Cinemaquette Predator piece, but so far there has been absolutely no information passed around regarding this piece.
That’s about it for now gang, take care and happy collecting!
April 10th, 2006
My apologies for all the bumps and bruises over the last few days… we’ve had a lot of downtime, MySQL errors and dead image links due to some server downtime and upgrades. All of my sites have been moved to a very powerful box to handle the load so we should have some smooth sailing for a good bit (All my sites in total receive about 30,000 visitors a day). So, things should be back to normal now 🙂
As for the S.E.E.D fanfilm project, you can now download the entire original script for the movie at seedfilm.com! It’s a pretty cool read and it’ll show you some of the parts that Pete was unable to put in the final product.
More to come soon as I am finally getting some time to get back in the studio for photoshoots and articles!
March 30th, 2006
As if waiting for this insanely awesome since last Juky when we all went nuts with pre-orders, the Sideshow Predator Maquette (both the exclusive and standard versions) have been officially delayed until at least second quarter 2006. Looks like we have another month or two until we see any signs of this thing shipping… as of now, the piece is not on the “shipping in 30 days” list.
Stay tuned for more updates, and as soon as I see it on the shipping list, I’ll let you know!
In other news, S.E.E.D has been released and you can download the entire film in high definition DIVX at www.seedfilm.com! I’d like to once again congratulate Pete and his cast and crew on finally bringing this project to the screen and I look forward to your new creations.
On a personal note, I’ve been extremely busy writing new articles for my personal blog site on various graphic and webmaster related topics and some secret projects I’m hoping to launch this summer. I’ll be actively posting on predatorstuff again, but I’ve actually been working on the site’s gallery and catalog system pretty much every week with Jamie. I’ve also added some new props and bios to the gallery and catalog index, so enjoy!
That’s about it for now, more updates coming soon!
March 2nd, 2006
There are a few kits out there that are extremely rare and extremely prized by collectors simply because they are magnificent pieces, rather than because they are hard to find. The Hunter of Darkness kit produced by Nayuta is a classic example of beauty and rarity and I can’t say enough about how awesome this kit is, and you shouldn’t pass up any opportunity to grab an original if you can. Issued in 2002 and sculpted by Takahashi Shiraiwa (Super Edge anyone?), the kit includes a beautifully posed Predator with a removable mask as well as an incredibly detailed base featuring a recently killed alien. The completed statue is about 11″ tall and is built in the 1/6 scale and is probably among the top 5 most re-casted kits in circulation. Finding an original is nearly impossible, but it does happen if you keep your eyes peeled on eBay and all the usual kit vendors that sell old items and grails.
As for this build, the talented brush of Joe Dunaway did some SERIOUS work on this bad boy and it stands as one of the best full figure Predators to ever come out of his studio. It is nothing short of drop dead gorgeous and includes custom wiring and some lovely alien slime oozing over the rocks.
How sexy is THAT?! Joe is extremely talented and this makes the ninth piece I receive from him and I have many more to come! His talent is always for hire, so be sure to check out his portfolio at www.modelzone.com and you can email him anytime for a quote. From Predators to Superheroes to Dinosaurs, he does it all with 13 years experience under his belt!
Click the link below to see more photos of Joe’s Build-up and some other sample builds from other artists:
Well done Joe, and I look forward to the next piece!
March 2nd, 2006
In our first friendly review with our new layout, I’d like to introduce a beautiful non-production piece buy a very talented artist and friend, Pirkleations, and this is his first edition P1 style Plasma Cannon.
First off, this particular piece is a fan-built item for his personal collection and a few friends, so this is a non-production item, although my understanding is that this has somehow landed in the hands of a re-caster. Either way, this beautiful piece is very accurate full size replica of the Plasma Cannon mounted to the shoulder of the Predator in the first movie. The paint application of the piece I photographed for this review was done by Pirks himself, and the blending of silvers is just perfect, and the flat black aging and charred effect is brilliant. The piece is obviously well crafted with great attention to detail and no warping or strange shape. It’s also quite hefty, and feels very solid in your hand. Unlike the Carlart version, this is only the main cannon section and does not include any sort of base apparatus, but it’s such a detailed sculpt that it makes a beautiful addition to the display case.
The official release date of this piece is December 2005, and is cast in solid resin. If you would like to pick one up for yourself, check and see if Pirks has any left by contacting him at via email here!
So a job very well done Pirks, you should be proud of this cannon and I look forward to seeing new goodies from you in the future! You can find more picture’s of this cannon by clicking the photo icon below: