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April 21st, 2006

Hi all,

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!

Dan

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Server Updates and SEED Script!

April 10th, 2006

Hi all!

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!

Dan

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Predator Maquette from Sideshow Toys Officially Delayed

March 30th, 2006

Delayed

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!

Dan

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Featured Kit – Hunter of Darkness built and painted by Joe Dunaway

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.

Nayuta Predator

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!

Dan

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Pirkleations Full Scale P1 Cannon Review

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.

Pirkleations P1 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:

Dan

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Well that’s enough of that! Time to Re-Open!

March 2nd, 2006

Well after a few days more than expected of tinkering, I’ve decided the site is in good enough shape to go live, although there are still a few visual tweaks with the gallery and reference guide areas as we work to adapt them to this new layout. So, forgive the mess as you move along :)

As you can see, the blog and the catalog system are no longer two separate sites… we’ve merged them together! So now, while you surf the latest news, you can search or browse the collectible reference guide any time you like by using the links or search box on the right side of the site. I need to redo the link and where to buy areas, but you will find those in the middle column towards the bottom under the latest articles area.

I will be posting new updates as often as I can, but right now I just want to finish the rest of the tweaks, so bear with me and the lack of updates.

I’d really appreciate some feedback on the new layout though! It’s based on the skin I designed for my personal blog site, so let me know what you think.

Take care!
Dan

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Wow! Finally an update!

February 18th, 2006

Hi all,

My apologies for the long silence, but I can assure you that I am VERY active and I am excited to announce that I am working VERY hard with a friend of mine to bring you a new and improved predatorstuff.com website, with very close integration with the blog system that will be much easier to work with. So just bear with us while we get things updated and I have a TON of new stuff coming up for you :)

Dan

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Plogger Gallery Script Hacked – Sorry for the Downtime

February 6th, 2006

Looks like we were down for most of the day today courtesy of some ass that decided hacking the gallery script would be a cool thing to do. They basically setup a fake Wells Fargo bank front end and then sent out a bunch of Phishing emails to grab passwords and such. I was contacted by Wells Fargo today but I wasn’t around, so the host had to shut down the account. Came home today to a suspended site page. Yay! So I re-activated the site and cleaned up the whole mess and patched the gallery. If any of you use Plogger and run the 2.0 beta, there’s a 2.1 update avaialble that fixes the holes.

Oh, and just in case you are wondering, this wasn’t a site specific hack. All these script kiddies do between diaper changes is look up “powered by plogger” in google and just randomely attack whatever comes up. Ahh.. the joy of the internet.

Anyhow, everything is back up and running with zero data loss. Sorry for the inconvenience gang :)

Dan

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