Luke B | May 20, 2013 | 0
Iron Giant Statue From Sideshow Toys – I’m In Love
I still remember when I first saw the Iron Giant in the cinema all those years ago. A friend of mine that was and is very much into films had somehow secured some free preview tickets (as he often does). The thing is, I tend to go to the cinema in the evening, so this early morning screening – that I had to wake up early to get to, was out of my comfort zone. I’d seen the trailer and thought it looked pretty good, but my general thought-process at the time, was if it’s not Disney, animations tend to fall short. I seem to remember going in without much hype or expectation at all and in many ways, that is how to experience a film.
By the end, I was in love.
The Iron Giant, The Film, The Movie, The Masterpiece
The Iron Giant was released in 1999 and though it was very well received critically and by audiences, it underperformed at the box-office earning only $31.3 million on the $70-$80 million budget. Listed as an animated science fiction comedy-drama, action film, it’s easy to understand why those that saw it, loved it.
Directed by Brad Bird in his feature-length directorial debut, though he had cut his teeth directing shorts for Pixar and episodes of the Simpsons. He has since been seen as a genius, going on to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar and the on to live action films with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland.
It was the Iron Giant and Pitch Black that made Vin Diesel a household name for me, not Fast & Furious. Yeah. That.
The Awesome Iron Giant Statue Maquette
Though the sideshow site itself if being fairly cryptic and cagey with the info and pictures, the Iron Giant statue was on display at a few comic-cons earlier in the year so we have included some in the article. If anyone would like to send me one
to treasure and keep and raise as my own for review then please feel free. But until then, I’ll just drool over the pretty pictures.
Sideshow Collectibles or Toys?
As Wikipedia puts it – Sideshow Collectibles is a specialty manufacturer of movie, film, television and proprietary collectible figures, statues and high-end pieces.
I myself became aware of them when they had the Lord of the Rings films license and produced truly lust-worthy statues from the franchise. I still haven’t really owned any of their lord of the rings items and the price-tag was pretty high. But I did snag myself a Minotaur from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Narnia) Franchise when the collectible figures didn’t sell very well and dropped in price. So if anyone want to donate their Lord of the rings statues to a good home (me), that’s also fine.