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Sideshow Collectibles’ Starcraft 2 Marine Tychus Findlay Statue

May 8, 2009

Real Time Strategy games hold a very dear place in iWantThatToy’s heart. Having grown up playing Dune 2 and Command and Conquer way back in the 1980’s and becoming jaded with the genre, Blizzard’s offering of Starcraft was a breath of fresh air.

Starcraft gripped the gaming community when it was first released, and is still a mainstay of many gaming tournaments today, most notably in South Korea.

So, it came as no surprise, that with the phenomenal success of Starcraft, a second Starcraft was announced at Blizzcon 2008.

StarCraft II, originally envisioned as a single game, was announced to be a trilogy at BlizzCon 2008, consisting of one game followed up later by two expansion packs, provisionally entitled Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void respectively.

Unlike the original series, where each game had three 8-10 mission campaigns, one for each race, each game in the StarCraft II trilogy will have only one, 26-30 mission campaign centered around a single race. The Terrans will be the focus of the first campaign, followed up by Zerg and Protoss races in the expansions. Every game in the trilogy will have all races available to play during the skirmish or multiplayer and online modes. Blizzard claims that each part will have enough content to feel like a full game in its own right. No release dates have been announced for the trilogy as yet.

The campaign storyline of StarCraft II takes place four years after StarCraft: Brood War, and features the return of a number of characters from the original series; including Zeratul, Arcturus Mengsk, Artanis, Sarah Kerrigan, and Jim Raynor. Players will also revisit original series’ worlds, like Char, Mar Sara, and Braxis; as well as new worlds, such as the jungle planet Bel’Shir. It has been confirmed that the Xel’Naga, the ancient space-faring race responsible for creating the Protoss and the Zerg, play a major role in the story.

At the conclusion of Brood War, Kerrigan and her Zerg forces became the dominant faction in the Koprulu Sector, having annihilated the United Earth Directorate’s Expeditionary Force, defeated the Terran Dominion, and invaded the Protoss homeworld of Aiur. However, after the conclusion of Brood War, Kerrigan retreats to Char, despite having more than enough power to crush all remaining resistance in the Koprulu Sector. In the four years leading up to the events of StarCraft II, she has not been seen or heard from by any of the other characters; although her ultimate attack may come at any moment.

Arcturus Mengsk has been left to rebuild the Dominion, and is consolidating his power while fending off harassment from rival Terran groups. Valerian Mengsk, a character introduced in the novel Firstborn, will play an important role in Dominion politics, due to his position as heir apparent to the throne.

Meanwhile, Jim Raynor, whose role in the events of StarCraft and Brood War has been marginalized by the media under the Dominion’s control, has been reduced to mercenary status, and has been shown to be doing business with the “Moebius Foundation”, a new faction which is interested in ancient Xel’Naga artifacts.

Chris Metzen, Vice President of Creative Development at Blizzard, has emphasized that by the events of StarCraft II, Raynor has become jaded and embittered by the way he was used and betrayed by Arcturus Mengsk. Other new characters to the series include Tychus Findlay, first introduced in the StarCraft II teaser cinematic, a marine who will be a member of Raynor’s crew, and Matt Horner, Raynor’s second in command, a character originally featured in the novel Queen of Blades.

Following the fall of Aiur and the death of their matriarch Raszagal, the Protoss have retreated to the dark templar homeworld of Shakuras. There, Artanis, a former student of Tassadar, is trying to unify the Khalai Protoss and the dark templar, who have nearly separated into a tribal mindset as a result of centuries of distrust. Zeratul, tormented over the murder of his matriarch, has disappeared to search for clues to the meaning of Samir Duran’s cryptic statements regarding the Protoss/Zerg hybrids in Brood War’s secret mission “Dark Origin”.

According to his criminal record within the trailer, Findlay is a convicted criminal from Mar Sara, sentenced for murder, piracy, theft, larceny and narcotics offenses, and is also suspected of several other crimes. His death sentence was commuted for service in the Marine Corps. At BlizzCon in August of 2007, Findlay was shown in the single-player campaign demonstration, in the service of Jim Raynor. It was later revealed in BlizzCon 2008 that he escaped from prison and, in the Terran campaign’s opening missions, tracked down Raynor and recruited him to work for the Moebius Foundation

Brought to life by Martin Canale and his talented team, The Gore Group, this stunningly detailed statue has to be seen in person to be believed.

Here, we have the ‘making of’ of this statue:

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Standing at 18″ tall, the sheer presence of this statue is simply awe-inspiring. While the composition of this statue isn’t the most creative, it is the immense detail in the actual piece itself that takes the breath away.

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The bad news: this statue was only available to customers in the EU and US for direct order.

The good news: iWantThatToy managed to get their hands on one, and here it is in all it’s full coloured glory!

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From the tiniest weather worn detail at the paint application level,

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to the blood soaked rock on which the recently dispatched Hydralisk lies (note the beautiful detail on the carapace!),

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to the spent cartridges,

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To the scars and pores on Findlay’s face (I’ve seen my fair share of human representation, but this is absolutely amazing!),

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Weighing in at roughly 7kg, this is one solid piece of art. I would rate this beauty 4.5/5. It basically loses points for the pose, but that, in no way, detracts from the perfection of this statue.

 And to whet our readers’ appetites even more, here’s the official game trailer that was released by Blizzard Entertainment some time ago.

It certainly is about time we gamers got our Starcraft fix…

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Sideshow Darth Vader Premium Format

May 1, 2009

If you grew up in the 1970s, Star Wars would have been a HUGE part of your lives. Even if you weren’t directly affected by it, you would have known someone who was crazy about it, and would be talking about it incessantly.

And the penultimate bad guy in Star Wars? Obviously, it has to be Darth Vader. In the 30+ years since his debut, there has been no badder-ass, evil-exuding asthma sufferer that’s quite caught the world’s attention as Lord Vader.

Sure, the fashion’s gone out of style since then, and he might have only come in 3rd by The American Film Institute’s list of the greatest movie villains after Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates,  but hey, who else do you know can force choke you with only a flick of the wrist with nary a care in the world?

If I saw Vader in real life today, I’d prostrate myself in front of him in awe.

Heck…Darth Vader IS Star Wars.

Tall and menacing, Darth Vader is the most potent icon of the Galactic Empire’s might. The protege of the Emperor himself, Vader answers to only the highest in the Imperial command structure and is granted great leeway in the work he conducts on his master’s behalf.

Once a Jedi, Vader possesses absolute command over the Force, and through him it is directed to terrible and often fatal effect. As a Lord of the Sith, the Dark Side flows through him, and it can be channeled to kill with a single thought or to subdue his detractors, enemies, and sometimes even subordinates.

Feared by Rebels and Imperials alike, Darth Vader is a terrifying union of man and machine hidden beneath black robes and forbidding armor. Determined to hunt down and extinguish the Rebel Alliance, Vader commands the massive Imperial fleet and rules his forces through unquestionable terror, much like some bosses we’ve all come across in real life at least once. *rolls eyes*

Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Darth Vader Figure is a museum quality 1/4 scale reproduction of the Dark Lord’s appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope.

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The multi-layered costume has expertly tailored clothing with a body and armor cast in heavy-weight polystone and other mediums, each chosen to best represent the original costume.

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The lightsabre, chest and belt panels feature electronic light function, as you can well see. However, as you can also see, the light up function on the lightsabre doesn’t seem to be even, showing up bright on only the tip and base of the sabre. Nitpicking aside, this is still totally beautiful. The light saber is an exact replica of Vader’s saber in Episode 5.

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The clothing is real: Cloth for the cape and drapes, leather (or vinyl) for the suit and boots!  

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Towering over most other collectibles at a height of 23″, this statue certainly has the presence befitting of such an iconic character.

iWantThatToy gives this beautiful statue 4.5 / 5. This piece basically loses points over the uneven light of the lightsabre and the unimaginative pose. Although, it has to be said, this pose is truly movie accurate.

While this has long been sold out in shops everywhere, iWantThatToy recently tracked down 2 (yes, you read right, TWO) pieces of this beauty!

If you’re keen on getting your hands on one at SGD1000, Post ‘+1’ under comment, and email us at iwantthattoy@gmail.com your name and contact details to reserve one now! Reservation list will be contacted once a deposit of SGD500 for this statue has been paid.

The first Star Wars film hit screens in 1977 and was titled Star Wars: A New Hope. Basically this was Episode 4 in a series of 9, the last three of which seem unlikely to be made at this time.

iWantThatToy signs off here, with a little piece of geek nostalgia:

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Sideshow’s World of Warcraft Diorama!!

April 1, 2009

This is an old review I did just after I got my grubby paws on the beauty of a diorama, but it’s still a good one. This was the second statue in Sideshow’s collaboration with Blizzard, and I just felt it had to be talked about.

As you may know, I played WoW hardcore for about 2 years before I retired and returned to reality. And what a sad reality it is. So, obviously, when Sideshow announced they were making a statue based on two memorable years of my life, I was all over it.

The diorama is based on the teaser artwork that was shown by Blizzard just prior to the release of The Burning Crusade expansion, introducing two new races, Blood Elf and Draenei, to the game.

The composition captures a Rogue Blood Elf in mid air, coming down on a Paladin Draenei. Rogue in mid-strike, Paladin’s shield raised in defense, preparing for the return smash of the hammer on leather.

The Blood Elf Rogue is geared in Tier 2 Bloodfang Armour, but I can’t for the life of me recall what blades those are. They look so darned familiar.

The Draenei is geared in PvP Lieutenant Commander’s Battlegear Armour, wielding a Hammer of the Naaru.

 

I had to wait for this piece for more than half a year and I had it preordered the moment I heard about it, so you can imagine my excitement when I finally laid eyes on the statue in front of me!

Beautiful, beautiful piece! To me, this is seriously one of those pieces where pictures don’t do it any justice.

I have to admit, I had my reservations at first when I saw some of the initial pictures on the forums. There were some concerns on the unusually long-ish facial sculpt of the Blood Elf, but they melted away when I saw it for the first time.

There is an amazing amount of detail that has to be seen in person to be appreciated. So much disparing textures to look out for on it! The leather, the steel, the cloth and even the texture of the paper in the tome…it’s simply incredible. I can’t say I’ve seen more colour on any other diorama or statue, and with such richness and so many various tones as well.

The slash marks and chips on the battleworn armour and shield.

 

The flowing hair and billowing cloak.

Check out the tattered and frayed cloak on the Draenei. Beautiful detail.

 

Even the worn leather bound tome looks…well…beautifully worn and leather bound.

 

I love the detail on the Draenei’s hooves!!

 

All these little details, together with the colour and composition of the piece, comes together to make up a beautifully dynamic diorama!!

 

Kudos to the Pablo Viggiano‘s team on creating such a masterpiece! You can check out the making of here

My only grouse with the piece are the poor facial expressions. They both look rather poker faced. Grrr. But even without much expression, there is still so much detail to admire on the Draenei’s face. Absolutely beautiful.

 

I think facial expressions would have lent the piece an added sense of epic-ness of these two characters’ intense fight to the death.

But aside from the poker faced facial sculpts, I’m in WoW heaven…*orgasm*…this really brings back memories of my gaming days. It’s too bad I didn’t have a chance to get the Sideshow exclusive, which would have given me an extra Netherwhelp pet. It’s not that cute, but it would have been a welcome addition, hehe. Oh well, I’m a happy camper as it is with this piece already.

I truly hope there’s more in store for this line of statues, what with the next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, already announced.

Iwantthattoy rates this statue 4.5/5. It loses points for the poor facial expressions.