Check out the latest Gentle Giant Q&A! These questions were collected from our blog, Twitter, Facebook and customer service e-mail account and are reposted here in their original form.
What’s coming out in the next 90 days?
We have a busy schedule for the next 90 days, but this will vary as unforeseen obstacles do occur from time to time. However, you should see:
- Obi-Wan EP3 mini bust
- Muftak and Kabe 2-pack Mini Busts
- Pre-Vizla Maquette
- Hammerhead Mini Bust
- Star Wars rings
- Bantha Statue (including PG version)
- Jumbo Kenner Vader
- Jumbo Kenner Leia
- Professor Trelawney Mini Bust
- Babydoll Statue (and Japanese Variant)
- Amber Statue
This is to just name a few. PLUS – we will continue to announce some great future product. Including San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Those will officially be announced at the end of June/beginning of July. Oh, and I just remembered, we have a new offering for our PG Members starting today, Walrus Man Cantina Statue! He is a great companion piece to Blue Snags and Greedo Statues. Get yours today!
How about a section where we can tell tell you who we want to see..(top votes get made)…how about second runs..for those who missed out…like farmboy Luke or that at-at driver we all seemed to let go..and last..how about my idea to team up with the wwe…they have a huge fan base..many so called characters…would love a hawk and animal.or superfly snuka..
We are working on making our site more interactive for our collectors. Of course we do visit various collectors sites, and our Facebook page to see what our collectors are seeking for their collections. Unfortunately we do not go back to a bust and do re-runs. It takes away from the collectability of each bust. Sometimes we may go back and re-visit a character, but come up with a whole unique design then previously done. And to answer your question about WWE license, we are always reviewing new licenses that make sense for our brand. As of now there are no plans for a WWE line. However, you can take note that we do work with Mattel on sculpting the WWE action figures.
I’m sure you get this a ton, but will there be more expanded universe busts? Specially, Darth Bane. LOVE the look of the Nihilus coming out.
Of course! We like the EU too. The challenge is finding the balance from releasing all the difference Star Wars characters from movies, animated series, comics, video games etc. We will definitely keep adding to this line.
Will there be any statues of EU characters like Darth Revan? Or will there be any other variances of an Episode I or II Obi-wan, whether that be in the form of mini busts, or statues?
Right now we have Darth Talon Statue in the works. We limit the number of statue skus we release in a calendar year. Primarily because we know that these pieces are expensive, and we don’t want to overload our collectors with too many must-have pieces.
I thought the Cad Bane maquette was going to be released in the first quarter of 2011(around March), will it be?
He was supposed to be released in March, but with Chinese New Year, the first part of the year shipping and manufacturing schedule is always dicey. Factories close for 2-4 weeks, with factory workers leaving sometimes a week to 2 weeks before to travel home to see their families. Then after Chinese New Year, not all workers return. So, in turn, our manufacturers have to hire and train new workers. This can severely delay items. It’s always been this way… so we have to be patient and work hard to get items shipping sooner than later without compromising any quality.
is Gentle Giant eventually going to offer all of the cantina band members or Jabba’s palace band in the mini bust line?
Keep your eyes peeled in 2012.
Any chance for an Episode VI Palpatine Bust or Statue ?And when will we see Veers?
I can’t give any specifics right now, but I do know Veers might pop his head up in 2012.
Since Kit Fisto has been met with such terrible reviews, will you be changing the paint/sculpt in the actual release, and if so will we get to see it before it arrives at our house. I don’t mean this question to be a mean jab, although I know it could come across that way. I’m often one who sticks up for GG because, more often then not, people complain just to complain, and as in everything you can’t always make everyone happy. But I, like many others have been waiting for this bust for a long time, and it has fallen far short on almost every front. When people constantly complain it has “the boy cried wolf” effect when an legitimate complaint exists. This is a legitimate complaint.
I think this is a fair question. Our collectors should know that we have behind-the-scenes photographs that we work off of when matching paint colors to characters. We also send physical painted pieces to Lucas Licensing, and they have to approve our pieces before we can go into manufacturing. So what everyone is seeing is accurate and approved. However, I am personally revisiting this item to see what adjustments can be made at this point in time.
Will the new Obi-Wan bust available for PGM on your site as well? If yes, when approx? Is the Clone Wars Bly bust sold out?
Yes, as promised, we will always have a small quantity available for our PG members with any exclusive we create. Since this is an Entertainment Earth Exclusive, they will have the first opportunity to release their portion. Typically we wait 4-6 weeks before our offering. And yes, I believe we do still have some Bly in stock.
Why do u add unnecessarily guns to mini bust? IE. Leia Hoth never had a blaster until Cloud City and it was a Imperial not a Rebel. Hammer Head never had a gun in ANH. Lando NEVER had rebel blaster in ESB,it was a Imperial. I mean has your QA dept even seen the movies? I would REALLY like to know this. Really.
When we design characters and their accessories, there is some creative liberty allowed on our parts that makes sense for the character. For instance, Hammerhead, when we created him, we said what other things would he be doing in that same universe, but wasn’t captured on film? You never really see Hammerheads hands, only holding a drink. Our Cantina Statues is a perfect example of this. We never really saw Greedo leaning on the bar with his gun out like we sculpted him, but we posed him this way in this environment as if it was something that he could have done off-camera. We heavily build on these characters and what they are doing in their environments that we may have only gotten to see briefly in the actual films.
You guys are brave for answering questions in this format. Thanks for taking the time !! Why are some busts like 2-1B and Ackbar lighter? Like they are made of plastic and not resin?
Good question. 2-1b is composed of mixed materials. Resin, white-metal, plastic tube, and injection molded pieces due to the delicate design of the character. When creating certain pieces, some materials do not lend themselves to make certain parts. Thus changing the weight since it’s not one solid piece of polyresin. For Ackbar, he could have been made up of a different resin mixture. Our manufacturers each have their own formulas for resin. But all typically are around the same in components.
What is the logic in going with obscure EU characters like Jes Gistang or the Shadow Scout Trooper that most collectors have little interest in over big name EU characters such as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Darth Krayt, Darth Bane, Prince Xizor, Quinlan Vos, etc that collectors have been begging to get made for YEARS?????
Believe it or not, there ARE many collectors clamoring for those characters and the ones like Thrawn and Bane, etc. We can’t make every character at once. We do our best to see what our collectors are seeking to add to their collection. Maybe we could do a collectors choice for Classic and EU each year for our PG members. However, in order to get the item produced a minimum order would need to be met. Something we will consider.
Will the R2-D2 statue and/or Battle Droid mini bust be released in the next year? And if not, when?
Actually, after much development time, I just received a sample of the Battle Droid Mini bust last week. He looks great. I should be able to release him for production. It will be around 100 days or so before he will reach our collectors. I will try to get Greg to do a video or some in-hand photos of the sample. R2 is shipping in August 2011 from our vendor. He has taken more time to develop. But once he comes out, we are looking at creating some possible variant droids.
(EDIT: Greg here. Speaking of video…)
Will the vintage 12″ scale figures continue beyond the cantina creatures – Hammerhead, Greedo and Walrus Man? Also when can we expect pre-order on Greedo & Hammerhead?
Our goal was to release the original 12 backs this year and move into the 21 back starting in 2012. You will definitely see those creatures for pre-order coming up for 2012.
I love the 12 inch Star Wars line. Its the product line that kept me on as a premier guild member but I have to say that I am disappointed that Gentle Giant never made the Vinyl Cape Jawa variant nor a Double Telescoping Lightsaber for Luke, Ben, and Vader since all of these were the very first variations of the first 12 that was released back in 1977. Is this something that Gentle Giant might produce in the near future? Hint: Shorten Ben Kenobi’s cape and there you have a vinyl cape for the Jawa
Keep your eyes peeled. =)
Is Gentle Giant going to be releasing a SDCC Star Wars Exclusive Large Size Action Figure?
I got my G.G. Han Solo 12 inch figure in and I am very happy with everything. I just need to ask these two questions because me and five other collectors were wondering if Gentle Giant had or might consider making a playset for these figures like a Creature Cantina? Second question and I know this one is a stretch, but has Gentle Giant considered making a larger version of the display bin for these figures? The one I am referring to is the counter display that had a plastic tray with the photo back drop of the original 12 figures that were out? We think that would be the Ultimate piece to be able to display these figures in. So let us know Gentle Giant if you might have plans to do this because “Collectors Minds Want To Know”
We are definitely considering ways to enhance this line for our collectors. It really comes down to costs and if it will do well and meet minimum order quantities. But we have not crossed out anything out yet.
Q1. Is there any love for a Neville Longbottom mini-bust at GG? All the main young characters have been made & a few minor one’s like Cho & Cedric. Neville has been in all 8 films & plays a major role in the final battle…which would make a awesome mini-bust. Bloodied & battle worn with the Gryffindor sword.
He is on our list of characters to come out. Possibly sooner than later.
Q2. Also Mr & Mrs Weasley both have been in 7 films a piece? And Slughorn (just because of the brilliant performance by Jim Broadbent, the tweed outfit & motar board hat) Enough nagging now lol.
We love the Weasley family, but they are probably on the bottom of the list of characters to come out. This line slowing down as the last movie comes out this summer.
Will there be an exclusive Harry Potter bust at SDCC?
Of course! YES!
Hi I was wondering what is next for the horror maquette line . I’m a big fan of the jason and freddy maquettes.
Thank you, we loved creating that line and designing those maquettes. Right now we have no plans for expanding the line at this time.