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

USAopoly Does Monopoly…Golden Girls Style!

Oh wait, no, that’s not cool!  No “thank you” about it! That means we’re playing Monopoly!

They’ll Make (Insert Tie-In Here) For Anything These Days!

Proving that there is nothing sacred when it comes to reinventing the wheel, USAopoly has created its second (yes, second) game based on the 1985-1992 sitcom The Golden Girls. This time, instead of trying to find out whole stole the coveted cheesecake (as is the premise of the also upcoming The Golden Girls Clue), you can buy up real estate in Miami.

Golden Girls Monopoly

The gameplay promises to be your standard Monopoly, but with the customized twist of iconic locations from the TV show, custom playing pieces, and this game board:

You can go to St. Olaf AND St. Gustav?

Oh yes, and you can even…buy them!

*Laughs evil-like*

All part of my world domination plans, folks. First, fictitious Golden Girls points of interest, then…the WORLD!

By world, I mean the spin-off, Empty Nest.  Dr. Weston lived down the street.

But Wait, There’s More!

There’s the game pieces, which are not your average Monopoly pieces…

Cheesecake, Rose’s teddy bear Fernando, Sophia’s purse, a mirror, and Stanley Zbornak’s toupee! Trying to figure out what that one piece is, and failing miserably.

And what about…this box?

That feels more Solid Gold or Soul Train than The Golden Girls, but that font is amazing!

What You Need To Know about The Golden Girls Monopoly

Price: $39.95

Availability: The game will be released on July 25, 2017. Amazon is taking pre-orders, but not selling the game directly. I’m pretty sure it will be available anywhere you’d normally buy board games, but my gut says this one will have quite the rush on it.

My Take

At $39.95, it seems pricey, but a collectors item kind of pricey.

I say collectors item because let’s face it, my boyfriend will not play this with me. He already hates Monopoly, but he screams in terror over Golden Girls reruns. He says it is something to do with the idea of old ladies eating cheesecake and discussing their sex lives.

Coincidentally, there was never an episode where the girls played…oh I don’t know…Monopoly, ate cheesecake, and discussed their sex lives!

I better stop, he may actually read this.

But anyway, this has always been a popular show (I guess?), but the sudden cult status it seems to have recently really makes me wonder what already knew about one of my childhood favorites that the world is just finding out.

You’d think there was a reboot…oh.

Yeah. That’s not happening.

But they’ll live on forever, even if it is in a board game!

Thank you, USAopoly, for being a friend, and creating stuff we cannot believe became a cultural icon.

By The Way…

I covered the other Golden Girls-themed board game in a previous Retroist post (Whodunit, Golden Girls?). We’re still awaiting that game’s release, poised with our cheesecake. :-)

We’ll, of course, keep you posted as to when these games become available for purchase – the release dates say July 24, 2017 for Clue, and July 25, 2017 for Monopoly. But of course, we know how that can change.

In the meantime, you really should check out usaopoly.com and their extensive pop culture board game selection!

Saturn V

1,969 Bricks For Mankind: Lego’s Saturn V Goes To The Moon!

Did I hear someone yell “Spaceship!”? Just in time for the 48th anniversary of the first moon landing, Lego is rolling out a massive set that originated from their fan submission portal, and it’s going to be one giant leap for casual Lego architects.
Saturn V

The set, weighing in at $119.99, has – appropriately enough – 1,969 pieces which add up to an over three-foot-tall faithful model of Werner von Braun’s mighty Saturn V rocket, the giant booster that sent astronauts to the moon.
Saturn V

But this huge Lego rocket isn’t just accurate on the outside.

The rocket can actually “stage” – meaning it comes apart where the real one did when the fuel in one section was completely spent, exposing an “engine” that would send the rest of the rocket on its way. The Saturn V rocket was a three-stage rocket, as is its impressive Lego counterpart.

The third stage “petals” open – again, accurate to the real thing – to expose the lunar module, allowing Lego astronauts in their Apollo command & service module to turn around, dock with the lunar module, and pull it free of the rest of the rocket.

And oh yes, did I mention Lego astronauts? There are Lego astronauts, but they’re tiny compared to the usual minifigures. (A Saturn V scaled to typical Lego minifigures would be…a lot taller than three feet.)

The Lego lunar lander can indeed land, and the command module can separate from the service module for “splashdown”, complete with flotation balloons. Basically, budding mission managers can replicate every phase of an Apollo mission to the moon with this gigantic set.

If you’re anything like me and have a soft spot for the early days of the American space program and its bold strides into the future, you’ll be waiting for this set to hit stores on June 1st. With the number of pieces and the size of the model involved, it’s not for the faint of heart…

…but then, going to the moon never was.

[Via] GigaScience

Canada Beams Up More Interstellar Star Trek Postage!

A quick update, just in case you were in cryogenic suspension: last year (2016) was the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. You might just have missed the massive conventions featuring top-line guests who had never done the Star Trek convention circuit before. You might just have missed the glut of cool merchandise, mammoth Blu-Ray releases, and the latest movie in the franchise.
Trek Postage

You might also have missed some stamps. The U.S. Postal Service graced the anniversary with a set of stamps that seemed to be trying to pay homage to the colorful ‘60s origins of Star Trek rather than to its beloved characters. They were…abstract…to say the least. Now Canada’s stamps? Canada had the best Star Trek postage stamps – basically, they had the stamps I wished we had gotten in the States.

If you’re wondering about the unusual spread of characters covered on the sheet of five Canadian Star Trek postage stamps from 2016, bear in mind that three of the five actors – William Shatner, James Doohan, and John Colicos – were born in Canada! Non-Canadian-born Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley were included because, well, there would’ve been riots in the streets if Spock and Bones had been left off of the 50th anniversary stamp set.

Canada Post apparently knows when it’s got a very happy customer base, because it has just announced “Star Trek: Year 2” stamp sets, this time concentrating on the five TV captains that the franchise has put on our screens so far: Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, and Archer. (Sorry, no Chris Pine, modern Trek movie fans.)
Trek Postage

The new set of stamps is being offered in every form from a lavish booklet, to first-day covers, to framed sheets.
Trek Postage - Sheets

The best part of all? Canada Post does ship to the United States, quite happily.

As we’re all waiting for a new Star Trek series (to be filmed, incidentally, in Canada) that seems like it might fade into vaporware in an alien atmosphere, Canada Post is keeping fans happy by not limiting the celebration to 2016. (And the 2016 stamp sets are still available.)