Sideshow Collectibles Announces New Agreement to Distribute Hottest New 12-inch Figures and Model Kits from Hot ToysThursday, November 10, 2005
Series Launches with Rambo from ‘First Blood Part 2′
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – (November, 2005) – Sideshow Collectibles is proud to announce that it has received exclusive North American distribution rights to Hot Toys 12″ and 1:6th scale fully posable model kits from the Movie Masterpiece line, beginning with two immortal characters from the popular Rambo film series. Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based company best known for designing and manufacturing highly detailed toy merchandise to a worldwide market. Sideshow Collectibles, the world’s leading manufacturer of licensed and proprietary collectibles, chose this relationship stemming from a mutual respect for Hot Toys’ finely crafted products.
The Sideshow/Hot Toys new alliance will kick off with pre-orders of two of the most popular characters of the Rambo pantheon: Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) from First Blood: Part 2, the second film of the (three)-part series, and a 12-inch Col. Trautman, played by Richard Crenna. Rambo features an innovative muscular body with hidden articulation, plus a full complement of weapons and accessories-including his bow and arrows. Both figures have a suggested retail price of $65, and are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2006.
“Sideshow prides itself on very collaborative relationships, and we’ve been long-time fans of the figures that Hot Toys has produced,” says Sideshow President and CEO Greg Anzalone. Anzalone praised Hot Toys’ extensive distribution network in Asia, adding “It can be very difficult and expensive to obtain their products in North America. We are happy to make these figures more available, and more affordable for collectors.”
Tom Gilliland, Sideshow’s Creative Director, praised Hot Toys Director Howard Chan, who has translated some of the most difficult characters into fantastic 1:6th scale products. “Characters like Rambo and the Predators from Alien Versus Predator are VERY difficult to do properly in smaller scale. In every aspect of detailing and production, Hot Toys continues to impress.”
About Sideshow Collectibles
Since its inception in 1994, Sideshow Collectibles has been a specialty manufacturer of licensed and proprietary collectible products that reflect a passion toward creating unique, highly sought after figure collectibles, as well as film prop replicas and fine art collectibles. The Sideshow artisans are renowned sculptors, experienced model makers, painters and costumers, whose collaborative efforts result in intricately detailed likenesses of popular characters, including film and television monsters, villains, heroes and mystical creatures of fantasy, as well as legendary figures from history. Sideshow artisans have regularly distinguished themselves for their ability to achieve a level of authenticity seldom seen in the figure collectible arena.
Sideshow is a manufacturer of licensed collectible products based on the following properties: The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Marvel Comics, James Bond, Aliens, Predator, Star Trek, John Wayne, Scarface, Terminator, Terminator 2, Terminator 3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Universal Studios Classic Monsters, Highlander, X-files and many others. In addition, Sideshow manufactures its own line of historically accurate 12″ collectible figures under the brands: Bayonets & Barbed Wire (WWI), Brotherhood of Arms (American Civil War), Fife and Drum (Rev. War) and Six Gun Legends (Western characters).
About Hot Toys
HOT TOYS LTD, a Hong Kong based production house, established in 2000. We devote efforts in designing, developing, manufacturing highly detailed with actual likeness toy merchandise to worldwide markets. Initially from producing 1/6 military special force gear set to specializing in 1/6 scale action figure as a focus. HOT TOYS is not only focusing on 1/6 series military action figure series, but also extended the product scope to work with HKG figure designers, including Brothersworker and ERIC SO to produce unique crossover featured collectable toys. Product diversification is another highlight of HOT TOYS. Emerging from highly detailed and articulated 12″ action figure, HOT TOYS also engaged in different sizes action figure in 4″ 8″ 12″, and different product forms including Snap Fit Model, Plush and Vinyl products. From 2003, HOT TOYS has also worked with several well-know properties. We have the official merchandising rights in manufacturing toys from worldwide movies (Alien VS. Predator, Robocop, Aliens, and The Terminator etc) as well as famous Asian comic characters (Tezuka Osamu characters: Astro Boy, Black Jack, and Princess Knight etc).