Sunday, December 23, 2012

Fall Movie Challenge - Week 14

Well, well, well... who would've thought it would turn out like this.  Trailing badly through 8 weeks, Joseph (thanks to Skyfall and The Hobbit) has positioned himself to win this challenge.  Trailing by only $15m, Joseph still has Monster's Inc 3D, This is 40 and Parental Guidance to help overtake Jorge who doesn't have any more new releases coming out.  In addition, The Hobbit should help Joseph add another $70m even if the second week drop is in the neighborhood of 50%.  Not bad considering Joseph lost The Big Wedding to a spring 2013 release AND Dredd 3D garnered all of $13m and was his sole source of revenue for a whole month.

Ray, with Django Unchained, has a chance of reaching $500m before the end of the challenge but has Larry challenging him for 3rd place with 2 more movies: The Guilt Trip and Les Miserables.  Other than Inglorious Basterds and Pulp Fiction back in 1992, Quentin Tarantino movies aren't known for bringing in big box office so chances are Django Unchained won't either.  Especially releasing at Christmas.  Les Miserables, on the other hand, has been getting an incredible amount of oscar buzz.  Whether that translates to box office revenue remains to be seen.

Larry, meanwhile, joined the $400m club and has an outside shot at $500m depending on Les Miserables.

As for me, I was hampered both by bad choices (Chasing Mavericks?  Really?) and rescheduling.  Dark Zero Thirty, which is getting a whole bunch of praise, only opened for me in limited release and doesn't go wide until mid January.  But I can't really complain as Joseph not only lost a movie in this challenge but the GI Joe sequel in the summer challenge as well.  Also, Jack Reacher has opened poorly so there's no chance of me reaching $400m.

Ah well, with only 6 movies/3 weeks left in this challenge, I think it's time I start getting the next challenge ready.  :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hot Toys Spider-Man 3 Sixth Scale Figure (Classic Suit Version)

After posting the Tobey Maguire/black costumed version of Spider-Man back in August, I finally got around to posting the first Spider-Man figure with the classic costume based on the Spider-Man 3 movie.  Unlike the previous figure, this has no alternate head sculpt likeness of Maguire.  The only other difference between this and the previous figure is the diorama.  The palms and webs are identical.

The specs and summary for this figure are as follows:

  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Spider-Man in the Spider-Man 3 movie
  • Modified TrueType body with 30 points of articulation
  • Approximately 30cm tall
  • Five (5) pair of interchangeable palms with silvery cobweb patterns including:
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) pair of fists
  • One (1) pair of palms for cobweb shooting
  • One (1) pair of palms for cobweb holding
  • One (1) pair of palms for climbing
  • One (1) red and blue colored Spider-Man costume with silvery cobweb pattern on the head and red part of the upper body, together with small black spider icon on the front, large red spider icon on the back of the upper body
  • One (1) pair of red colored, silvery cobweb patterned boots
  • Five (5) long narrow strips of cobweb including:
  • Two (2) for imitating the flying scene
  • Two (2) of cobweb shooting
  • One (1) of cobweb opening
  • Figurine stage imitating part of the clock tower in the movie
  • Figurine stand with Spider-Man nameplate and movie logo

In an attempt to mimic the Spider-Man 3 poster's "mirror" style...

I present my own version.  :)

Up next: Terminator 2: Judgement Day T-800 Sixth Scale Figure

Freddy Krueger Premium Format Figure

Latest statue to join my collection is Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise.  Sporting his trademark green and red sweater, fedora hat and metal-clawed glove, the highly detailed and beautifully sculpted statue weighs 6.5 pounds while measuring 21 inches tall (1:4 scale).  Freddy stands on a light-up boiler room base.  I was able to pre-order early enough for the exclusive version which comes with interchangeable hands holding either skull or child's doll in addition to an art print.  The hand with his metal clawed glove can be changed to be displayed either palm down by his side or palm up.  My preference is child's doll with gloved hand palm up.  Creepy!

  • Mike Najera (Paint)
  • Jeff Yeager (Sculpt)
  • Gidget Earle (Costume Fabrication)
  • Tom Gilliland (Design)
  • Seth Rinaldi (Design)
  • Joe Allard (Design)
  • The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team
Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles

Up next: Hot Toys Spider-Man (classic) Sixth Scale Figure.