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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I think for a child of the 80s this is one of the best times for retro themed toys. From the ReAction line of figures produced by Super 7 to Pop! Funko offerings, and of course our friends at Warpo. Never have so many pop culture related properties been getting quite so much love. In fact it seems like 1979’s Alien is getting quite a bit of of attention recently – no doubt due to the fact that Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters in May.
Super 7 however has gone a step further in their appreciation of the masterpiece that is Alien. They have decided to merge it with one of the best toy lines from the ’80s. A series of toys that I have to admit helped me develop a fascination with all manner of tiny collectibles. I am of course referring to those Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere. More commonly known as M.U.S.C.L.E.s!
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For their first wave of AlienM.U.S.C.L.E. figures. Super 7 has chosen to represent all the cast of characters from the film. Each pack comes with three characters. Pack A comes with Ripley, Ash, as well as the Xenomorph. I was rather impressed that the company decided to sculpt Ash with his weapon of choice…a rolled up magazine.
Then in Pack B you get Kane in his spacesuit, an Alien egg, plus Parker.
Next up with Pack C you will find Kane once again – although this time he has been attacked by the Facehugger. In addition to getting poor, poor Brett and the Alien in attack mode.
Last but certainly not least is Pack D. In which you will find the likes of Lambert, Dallas, and Kane again – however this time he is suffering from the Chestburster!
I am not quite sure what gave Super 7 the idea to do this, all I know though is I need them. All of them. You can follow the links provided to visit their official page to start ordering packs for yourself and friends. I for one look forward to seeing how the Alien fares against my legion of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures!
A few days ago while browsing the interwebs I came across, thanks to our friends from Warpo, what I think can only be described as a STUNNING 23″ statue from Sideshow Collectibles featuring He-Man/Prince Adam in all of his epic glory.
I really do have many fond memories of the Masters of the Universe line of toys as well as the Filmation animated series but what hooked me on the toy line initially was the very rugged and dangerous settings presented in those original minicomics…you know…when He-Man left his tribe of jungle barbarians.
From the Sideshow Collectibles official release: “As our debut release from a new statue collection inspired by the popular 80’s cartoon series Masters of the Universe, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present He-Man!
Standing an impressive 23″ tall, Prince Adam of Eternia holds aloft his indestructible magic Power Sword as he transforms into He-Man, the mighty champion of Castle Grayskull! Sideshow’s artists have re-imagined the muscular hero with his trusty shield, intricately detailed armored pteruges, boots and gauntlets, his strength-magnifying breastplate and power harness, and a magnificent removable cape. As a special nod to the earliest versions of the story, we have also included an exclusive swap-out axe, He-Man’s primary weapon before he joined the two halves of the Power Sword that would gain him entry to Castle Grayskull. Charged with defending his kingdom from the evil forces of Skeletor, He-Man is the most powerful man in the universe!”
A big thanks to He-Man.Org for the minicomic image above.
A little over a year ago the awesome folks over at Warpo set to bringing to life The Legends of Cthulhu Toy Line, presenting a series of figures that were inspired by the Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft but totally making sure it looked as if these toys were produced in the early 1980s.
Images courtesy of Warpo Toys.
Check out that great artwork by the legendary Ken Kelly (Micronauts, AD&D Toy line)
All images courtesy of Warpo.
Now those mad geniuses after having been successful in bringing that toy line to life and spending many months pouring over the pages of Abdul Alhazred’s Necronomicon have brought us the new 12″ Cthulhu: The Great Old One! Thanks to the miracles of 1980s technology we even have this VHS taped commercial, the second in a series of three.
I think all that remains now is for all of us to break out those old Shogun Warriors and have an epic throw down that will truly shake the pillars of Heaven…or better yet…have Cthulhu wipe the floor with Metlar and take his rightful place as the leader of the Inhumanoids. Sorry Earth Corps…you have no chance now.