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Sideshow Collectibles Announces New License for 1:4 Scale Premium Format Figures

LOTR: Jay Cochran - 2005.11.10

(November 10, 2005) Westlake Village, CA - Sideshow Collectibles, a specialty manufacturer of iconic TV and film collectibles, announced a new line of The Lord of the Rings figures as part of their agreement with New Line Cinema. The artists at Sideshow Collectibles will bring the enchanting, heroic-and indelible-characters that populated the world of Middle-earth in the critically-acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy to life with the first-ever 1:4 scale Premium Format figure line. The new figures are anticipated to rank as some of the most highly sought-after collectible art pieces on the market today.

Sideshow Collectibles' Premium Format 1:4 scale utilizes a mixture of mediums, allowing an unprecedented opportunity to bring these beloved characters to life with unsurpassed detail and accuracy. This larger canvas offers designers and sculptors a variety of media and artistic avenues to recreate, with astounding accuracy and creativity, the characters, costumes, and weaponry from the classic fantasy tale. Detailed portrait likenesses, expert fabric tailoring, film accurate props and the use of genuine leather and real metal for armor and weaponry will breathe new life into the The Lord of the Rings characters.

The first 1:4 scale LOTR figures are anticipated to come to market the second quarter of 2006. This 1:4 scale figure line will be available in collectible and specialty stores worldwide as well as directly at the Sideshow Collectibles website - www.sideshowcollectibles.com. The new Premium Format limited edition figures will stand approximately 12 to 18-inches tall (hobbits being shorter than men, even in 1:4 scale), and will retail for $225 to $450.

Mat Falls, Sideshow Collectibles co-founder and Director of 3-D Design, is happy to return to Middle-earth. "I am personally pleased that Sideshow has a second occasion to contribute to The Lord of the Rings phenomenon," he says. "It's turf we know intimately and it's an opportunity to create something new and different from our previous all polystone offerings."

The adventures and exploits of Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf, along with their allies and enemies, became touchstones of modern literature when they were first conceived by author J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings. Three landmark film adaptations from New Line Cinema won 17 Academy Awards and introduced Tolkien's incomparable vision to a vast new audience of devotees. Prior to this announcement, Sideshow Collectibles and Weta Workshop produced more than 180 sculptures, busts, prop replicas, and other collectibles over a period of 4 years. Nearly all Sideshow Collectibles limited edition pieces have sold out, and are highly sought-after on the secondary market.

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 New Line Cinema Corporation:
New Line Cinema is the oldest and most successful independent film company in the world. In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, licensing, merchandising and international marketing and distribution. New Line is a pioneer in franchise filmmaking and its Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the most successful film franchise in history. New Line is a unit of Time Warner (NYSE: TWX).

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