Sideshow Announces Plans To Create 1:1 Scale Busts From Universal And Marvel Licenses

by Jay Cochran
October 03, 2005

They are the most fearsome and heroic characters from the realms of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. Their legacies span generations of entertainment history. Their infamous portraits beg for full-scale, three-dimensional treatment from the world's best artists.

Some may be intimidated by the quality demands of life-size busts, which must withstand the intense scrutiny of the naked eye at full scale, but Sideshow Collectibles' artists feel liberated to pack extra detail into the sculpture, paint, and clothing. For when make-believe characters achieve real world dimensions, they come alive.

Standing next to the Darth Maul 1:1 Scale Bust can trick the observer into almost believing that if his finger gets just a little too close, Maul and his wicked teeth just might bite it off. The closer a collectible from the world of make-believe gets to the size of its professed dimensions in the real world, the more it seems to come alive to both our eyes and our brains. Maul, crafted by effects studio Spectral Motion, was realistic enough to hold up beautifully at the 2005 San Diego International Comic-Con when side-by-side with actor Ray Park, who played the character in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Occasionally our life-size busts aren't recreations at all. For example, the original sculpt of our Hellboy 1:1 Scale Bust was the actual study model created by effects artist Matt Rose and used by director Guillermo del Toro to transform actor Ron Perlman into "Big Red", further blurring the lines between artwork, effects work, and life-size product.

As interest in the tantalizing line-up of high quality life-size busts expands, Sideshow will continue to explore new frontiers with a variety fan-favorite characters. Sideshow is pleased to announce the newest licenses to join our growing 1:1 Scale Bust Collection - Universal Monsters and Marvel Comics. First up in the Universal Monster line will be Boris Karloff's Ardeth Bey from 1932's The Mummy, and kicking off the Marvel Comics life-sized offerings will be a comic book version of The Thing. From the rich textiles used for Ardeth Bey's traditional Egyptian clothing, to The Thing's solid faux-stone exterior, each 1:1 bust captures the spirit and likeness of the character, and allows the artists to create the ideal presentation for each. Keep an eye on in the coming weeks for pre-order opportunities for both of these breathtaking new museum quality collectibles.

With multiple fictional universes and galaxies far, far away at our disposal, Sideshow Collectibles has almost endless possibilities to present collectibles in this life-size format. Add the original sculptors and studios - such as Miles Teves, Matt Rose and Spectral Motion - lending their knowledge and talents to the mix, and the Sideshow Collectibles 1:1 Bust Collection presents the ultimate in detail, collectibility and presentation; so real they can bite - almost.


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