Skeksis Castle - Sideshow Collectibles - Chronicle Collectibles

Safeguard The Dark Crystal With The Skeksis Castle!

The other day I was perusing Facebook while covering my shift at the Retroist Vault. Eric LeFeber, one of our friends from Warpo toys posted something pretty awesome. The Skeksis Castle from 1982’s The Dark Crystal is being produced by Sideshow Collectibles.

Yes, that bastion of Evil that the Skeksis represented on Thra can now be pre-ordered. The very place that the Skeksis gathered daily to prolong their life in the Crystal’s chamber. Will indeed be available soon to sit on your desk.
Skeksis Castle - The Dark Crystal - Crystal Chamber

Now I will admit you don’t have to wear the finery of a Skeksis when you purchase the Skeksis Castle. I simply put forth the suggestion that if you do it will enhance this collectible. For my money one should attempt to pull off the style of SkekZok the Ritual-Master.
Skeksis Castle - The Dark Crystal - SkekZok

I have looked through the press release below from Sideshow Collectibles concerning the Skeksis Castle. I did not however find any information on if you will be able to release the crystal bats on owning the collectible.

All right now. With all my silliness aside. Sideshow Collectibles as well as Chronicle Collectibles is releasing something amazing. Read this press release to see why the castle collectible is so special:

“Sideshow and Chronicle Collectibles proudly present from The Dark Crystal: the Castle of the Skeksis Scaled Replica! The Castle of the Skeksis is an iconic piece instantly recognizable to anyone who is a fan of this classic film. Relive the epic journey of Jen and Kira as they travel to the Castle of the Skeksis by owning this magnificent prop replica.
Skeksis Castle - The Dark Crystal - Chronicle Collectibles - Sideshow Collectibles

To ensure fans are getting a high-end collectible made to exacting standards, The Jim Henson Company allowed Chronicle Collectibles to 3-D scan the original screen-used prop. Artists then painstakingly documented and photographed every twist and turn of the spires to guarantee a precise scaled replica that The Dark Crystal fans will be overjoyed to own.
Skeksis Castle - Detailed View - Sideshow Collectibles - Chronicle Collectibles

Measuring over 18” tall and approximately 8” wide and made out of polyresin, this museum-quality scaled replica will be the perfect centerpiece to show your love for The Dark Crystal. The next Great Conjunction is near!”

You can visit any of the links to Sideshow Collectibles to pre-order today. The expected delivery date is between January and March of 2019. Definitely a perfect gift for The Dark Crystal fan in your life, right?

Of course if the Skeksis Castle isn’t really your thing. How about pre-ordering the Emperoro’s Scepter instead?


Skeksis Castle - Emperor's Sceptre - Sideshow Collectibles

Age of Resistance - The Dark Crystal

Teaser Released For Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!

Why is there an Age of Resistance in the world of The Dark Crystal? We will find out the answer to that thanks to Netflix’s exclusive new series. In fact the company just announced The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance today with this teaser trailer.

[Via] Netflix

Age of Resistance - Skeksis construction
While the teaser indeed showed us some wonderful footage from the likes of Jim Henson. As well as some brief glimpses at the legendary Creature Shop at work. We however aren’t given a lot to go on in regards to the the Age of Resistance‘s story. Thanks to a press release from The Dark Crystal website – it turns out this will be a prequel to the classic 1982 film.

“A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”

Age of Resistance - Skeksis Illustration
So in addition to the awesome news that Leterrier will in fact be using practical visual effects alongside digital work. This prequel will most probably explain why the Skekis made it point to seek out all of the Gelflings. If you go by J. J. Llewellyn’s exceptional 1982 book The World of the Dark Crystal. A book I would also add is chock full of beautiful Brian Froud artwork. The Skekis in fact weren’t totally evil when the sundering first took place but soon however they changed. Taking the Gelflings as slaves and then of course destroying them almost entirely when the diminutive race devised the prophecy.

[Via] Antoneey

Of course I will be sure to pass along any new information that we get about this exciting new series. Not only that but if you would like more vintage fun concerning the Dark Crystal.

Read: After 31 Years It Was Time To Open Up That Pack Of Dark Crystal Cards!

Moreover to prepare yourself for The Dark Crystal: Age of Reckoning why not listen to episode 058 of the Retroist Podcast?


Retroist Dark Crystal Podcast

What Were The Films Universal Pictures Was Crowing About Back In 1982?

The other day at the arcade, I had dropped by to record the Zaxxon episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast and found that Shea had left me a pretty awesome gift. A laminated flyer circa 1982 from Universal Pictures promoting their then upcoming films that they felt would appeal to fans of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction.

I must assume these were handed out at trade shows to get film distributors interested enough to make sure to order enough prints for the films being offered by the studios so they could then lease them to the movie theaters. I love how they remind you of Universal Pictures heritage in those fields of entertainment right off the bat!

Universal Pictures 1982

Then we get the enjoyment of seeing just what Universal was bringing to the table in 1982. I mean, just look at that line up! Cat People. Conan the Barbarian. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. John Carpenter’s The Thing. David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and to end the year out they had Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal!

Universal Pictures 1982 - Cat People - The Thing

By the way, it looks like the dates changed from that flyer which is understandable as studios have a tendency to do this all the time but E.T. hit theaters on June 11th.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial - 1982

Videodrome though saw itself being pushed back to February 4, 1983.
Videodrome - 1983

This will find a place of honor on my library wall!

Jim Henson’s Puppeteer Workshop For The Dark Crystal (1981?)

As is often the case when I am trying to find something retro or at the very least retro related to share, I am following a totally different and unrelated subject from what I end up deciding to write about. In the case of finding this incredible behind the scenes video clip from what I believe are the weekly workshops that Jim Henson held with his crew during pre-production of 1982’s The Dark Crystal, I was looking up some Dick Cavett interviews with Stan Freberg!

[Via] The Jim Henson Company

While in all honesty my heart is more aligned with Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s second partnership with 1986’s Labyrinth, I still very much love The Dark Crystal. I can remember seeing it for the first time at the Razorback theater, immediately getting sucked into the movie right from the first few seconds, thanks in no small part to Trevor Jones’ moving soundtrack for the film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFrHOCwrMYQ
[Via] Oinkers the Turnip

I also want to say that this was the one-sheet on display at theater when I saw it…there might even have been two different posters hanging up, one inside the lobby and the other in the vestibule.
The Dark Crystal - One Sheet