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TOPPS ANNOUNCES SELL-OUT OF MARS ATTACKS HERITAGE

Hot on the heels of IDW’s MARS ATTACKS comic book– whose first issue sold out in less than a week– Topps announces today that MARS ATTACKS HERITAGE is officially SOLD OUT.   After its initial release on July 11, Topps saw a tremendous surge in wholesale orders, reorders and retail interest.  What little remains on store shelves and with hobby distributors is now all that is available.

“Based on the pent-up interest, we produced what we felt would be a more than an adequate amount of product,” said Ira Friedman, Topps VP Global Licensing.  “Well, we were wrong. Demand has far exceeded supply and we are cleaned out!”

Following the comic book’s rave reviews, a smash-hit promotion at San Diego Comic-Con and widespread media coverage of the brand’s 50th anniversary, Topps now turns its focus to what comes next. Friedman added, “fans will be pleased to know that 2012 is not just a milestone celebration– it’s the first chapter of our Mars Attacks relaunch.  Expect some big surprises and keep your eyes to the sky: the invasion is just beginning!”

For more information on Mars Attacks, visit www.facebook.com/MarsAttacks, or follow on twitter @realmarsattacks


In the meantime, don’t forget to check out Gentle Giant’s selection of Mars Attacks Products!

Want a Star Wars Jumbo Vintage Cantina Playset?

Good! Because we’re GIVING ONE AWAY!

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Please note, this contest is for the PLAYSET ONLY. Figures not included.

Arriving in the next 90 Days!

First and foremost, we’ll be at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, FL from August 22-26. Come by Booth 521 and say hi!

Second (and more importantly), here’s what’s arriving in the next 90 days!

Item License Edition Size
Female Stormtrooper Statue Star Wars 650
Female Stormtrooper Statue PGM Star Wars 140
R2-D2 Maquette Star Wars 1000
Pre Vizsla Maquette Star Wars 700
Pre Vizsla Holographic PGM  Maquette Star Wars 200
Rocket Statue Sucker Punch 1000
Spider-Woman Mini Bust Marvel 450
Watto Mini Bust Star Wars 1200
Greedo Kenner 12″ Figure Star Wars 1400
Captain America Classic Mini Bust Marvel 550
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Mini Bust Harry Potter 950
Hawkeye Mini Bust Marvel 900
Iron Man Classic Silver Mini Bust Marvel 520
Deadpool Mini Bust Marvel 1700
Nien Nunb Mini Bust Star Wars 900
Sucker Punch WWI German Zombie Statue Sucker Punch 275
R5-D4 Kenner  Figure Star Wars 1000
Imperial Gunner AFX Exclusive Mini Bust Star Wars 1200
Star Wars Dart Board Star Wars 750
Red Hulk Diamond Exclusive Mini Bust Marvel 600
Iron Man Mark II (Gold Armor) Mini Bust Marvel 300
CVI Exclusives & 2012 Holiday Bust now up for Pre-Order!

We’re less than a month away from Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando! We’re going to have some fantastic exclusives to share this year, and we want to give you the opportunity to secure these highly-desirable pieces in advance!


To place a guaranteed pre-order for the CVI exclusives, you must be a member of the Premier Guild. If you haven’t joined the Premier Guild yet for 2012, now’s the best time to do it! Join today, and in addition to pre-ordering our CVI exclusives you can select one of five exciting pieces as a free gift! Once you’re a member, click on the images below and pre-order your exclusives today!

Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant continues on with their new line of vintage Star Wars Action figure reproductions with the release of Lando Calrissian!!! Digitally scanned from mint 3 3/4” Kenner originals and reproduced to a substantial 12” tall. Nothing has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this jumbo figure includes a vinyl cape and blaster, just like the original!That’s not all, this classic Kenner creation comes packaged on a 1981, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back inspired blister card, featuring original front, in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display!


SWCVI Exclusive Blue Clone Trooper Statue


Cloned and specially trained as officers on the watery world of Kamino, the clone trooper lieutenants served in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars conflict. The rank of clone trooper lieutenant is recognized specifically by blue markings on the helmet and torso. Superior training and an unwavering loyalty to the Galactic Republic made the clone troopers the most efficient military forces ever to have existed in galactic history. This highly-detailed statue, based on the original Lucasfilm costumes and props, was sculpted and painted by Gentle Giant Ltd. We hope you enjoy it.


Save yourself the trouble of waiting in line to buy these pieces at our booth and running the risk of them selling out before you could even get on the floor! Pre-order them today and we’ll send them to you after the show, so you don’t need to lug them around or ship them home yourself!

We’re also happy to announce that we have begun taking pre-orders on our Holiday Exclusive for 2012 – the Jar Jar Binks and W. Wald Holiday 2012 Deluxe Mini Bust Set!


The Gentle Giant Holiday Bust has become quite a tradition. 2012 brings collectors of this rare line a special treat – a Deluxe Mini Bust 2-Pack! For the first time, Gentle Giant is offering collectors the chance to bring home Jar Jar Binks and W. Wald for the Holidays! The Jar Jar comes entangled in a string of holiday lights (with several display modes) and wearing a Santa hat! Both of the holiday accessories are removable so you can proudly display Jar Jar year round! Also included in the pack is one of Warwick Davis’ many Star Wars characters, the Rodian W. Wald from The Phantom Menace.Boasting uncanny screen-accuracy, these 1/6th scale renditions are cast in high quality polystone and come individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity. They make up a strictly limited edition collectible set , only from Gentle Giant LTD.


To place a guaranteed pre-order for our annual Holiday Mini Bust, you must be a member of the
Premier Guild. If you’re not already, join today!

Also, Collectors, we’ve heard you. We know many of you would like to be able to order multiple Premier Guild gifts for yourselves and your loved ones. So, for one week only, we’re removing the one pre-order per account limit on all five 2012 Premier Guild Gifts! Enjoy!

Meet Simon Lee, creator of the Reapers!

At San Diego Comic Con 2012, Gentle Giant had a deluxe edition of Blade II on Blu-Ray for sale at our booth. Included in the package was an exclusive Blade II Reaper mini bust. This piece was developed by an incredibly talented sculptor, Simon Lee (better known as Spider Zero) to his fans. Mr. Lee also collaborated directly with Blade II director Guillermo Del Toro to create and develop the feared Reapers for the film. Recently, we corresponded with Mr. Lee and asked him a couple of questions about his art.

What got you in to sculpting?
Sculpting has been a hobby for me since I was a kid, but I only decided to pursue it as a career three years ago.

Do you have anyone that you can cite as a major influence in your style?
With sculptors I would have to say Bernini and Rodin – I love the dynamic energy that they were able to instill in their work.

What other pieces have you done that collectors might recognize?
As far as collectibles go, I have released quite a few resin kits under my own brand, but these days I work primarily as a concept artist for films – you will be able to see some of my creature design work in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro giant-monsters-vs-giant-robots epic “Pacific Rim,” in the summer of 2013.

How did you approach your design for the Blade Reaper Mini Bust?
I worked closely with Guillermo del Toro and he gave me a lot of pointers on that one – it always helps to have the original designer to art direct you.

Out of all of your work, do you have a favorite piece you’ve done? If so, why is it your favorite?
I have this one piece called “At the Gates of Hell,” which is composed of 51 individually sculpted characters. As far as design composition goes, that one is the most complex I’ve done to date.

Is there any particular subject you’d love to sculpt in the future?
No preference. I enjoy sculpting monsters just as much as I enjoy sculpting beautiful characters.

Thank you, Simon!

In case you haven’t seen it yet…

Here’s the official video tour of our booth at SDCC!

 

 

Now, we did add a couple of things to the display after this was shot, specifically the Sheriff Grimes Mini Bust for our Walking Dead line and our Holiday Jar Jar Mini Bust. You can google those for images. :)

Gentle Giant Ltd.’s SDCC Booth Schedule!

July 11 – Preview Night

  • 6pm (open) – 9pm (close) – Free Gentle Giant Bust-up Collectible micro models giveaways, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.


July 12– Thu

  • 10am-11am – Nalini Krishan Signing – Actress Nalini Krishan, better known to Star Wars fans as Jedi Knight Bariss Offee, will be signing at the Gentle Giant booth.
  • 12:00pm -12:30pm – “Beat The Giant” Game Show – Three brave Attendees match witch against each other in a no-holds-barred geek trivia contest. The best of the bunch will take on The Giant himself in a lighting round for prizes!  Can you “Beat The Giant”?
  • 2pm -4pm – Stephen Costantino Signing – Actor and Musician Stephen Costantino, best known as Jabba’s Gammorean Guard in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, will be signing at the Gentle Giant Booth.
  • 2pm-4pm – Yaya Han- Honey Trap character photo op.
  • 4:30pm-6pm – Richard LeParmentier Signing –  “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Actor Richard LeParmentier, best known for his portrayal as Admiral Motti in the original Star Wars will be at the Gentle Giant booth signing his convention-exclusive mini bust.
  • All Day – Free Gentle Giant Bust-up Collectible micro models giveaways, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.


July 13 – Fri

  • 10am-11am – Nalini Krishan Signing – Actress Nalini Krishan, better known to Star Wars fans as Jedi Knight Bariss Offee, will be signing at the Gentle Giant booth.
  • 11am-1pm – Doug Jones Signing – Actor Doug Jones (Fantastic Four: Rise of the The Silver Surfer, Hellboy) will be signing at the Gentle Giant Booth.
  • 1pm-2:30pm – Guillermo Del Toro Signing – Director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II) will be signing exclusive Blade II Blu-Ray Packs.  Pick yours up at the Gentle Giant booth and join us!
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Dane Boedigheimer Signing – Meet the creator of The Annoying Orange! He’ll be signing the SDCC Exclusive Annoying Orange available at the Gentle Giant Booth, #3513!
  • 4:30pm-6pm – Richard LeParmentier Signing –  “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Actor Richard LeParmentier, best known for his portrayal as Admiral Motti in the original Star Wars will be at the Gentle Giant booth signing his convention-exclusive mini bust.
  • 6:30pm -7:00pm – “Beat The Giant” Game Show – Three brave Attendees match witch against each other in a no-holds-barred geek trivia contest. The best of the bunch will take on The Giant himself in a lighting round for prizes!  Can you “Beat The Giant”?
  • All Day – Free Gentle Giant Bust-up Collectible micro models giveaways, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.


July 14 – Sat

  • 11am-1pm – Doug Jones Signing – Actor Doug Jones (Fantastic Four: Rise of the The Silver Surfer, Hellboy) will be signing at the Gentle Giant Booth.
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm – “Beat The Giant” Game Show – Three brave Attendees match witch against each other in a no-holds-barred geek trivia contest. The best of the bunch will take on The Giant himself in a lighting round for prizes!  Can you “Beat The Giant”?
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – Stephen Costantino Signing – Actor and Musician Stephen Costantino, best known as Jabba’s Gammorean Guard in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, will be signing at the Gentle Giant Booth.
  • 2:30pm-4:30pm – Yaya Han- Honey Trap character photo op
  • 4:30pm-6pm – Richard LeParmentier Signing –  “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Actor Richard LeParmentier, best known for his portrayal as Admiral Motti in the original Star Wars will be at the Gentle Giant booth signing his convention-exclusive mini bust.
  • All Day – Free Gentle Giant Bust-up Collectible micro models giveaways, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.


July 15 – Sun

  • 10am-11am – Nalini Krishan Signing – Actress Nalini Krishan, better known to Star Wars fans as Jedi Knight Bariss Offee, will be signing at the Gentle Giant booth.
  • 11am -Noon – Stephen Costantino Signing – Actor and Musician Stephen Costantino, best known as Jabba’s Gammorean Guard in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, will be signing at the Gentle Giant Booth.
  • All Day – Free Gentle Giant Bust-up Collectible micro models giveaways, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.
Topps Announces MARS ATTACKS San Diego Comic Con Trading Card Giveaway

Topps is pleased to announce a set of promotional MARS ATTACKS trading cards for distribution exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con in July.  This set of 9 free cards, featuring all-new art by Eisner award-winning artist John McCrea, is timed to coincide with the release of Mars Attacks Heritage, a deluxe re-issue of the original trading card series.

 

The giveaway will be the centerpiece of several events planned for San Diego Comic-Con, including a MARS ATTACKS 50th Anniversary panel on Saturday. To find the cards, fans must visit nine different booths throughout the convention.  When all of the cards are collected they will form larger image which showcases characters from IDW’s upcoming MARS ATTACKS ongoing comic book series by John Layman and McCrea.

 

“We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate MARS ATTACKS’ 50th birthday than at San Diego Comic-Con,” said Adam Levine, Topps’ Licensing Manager. “This free scavenger hunt is our way of bringing the fun of MARS ATTACKS directly to the fans.”

 

The exclusive cards will be available throughout the weekend at the booths of Abrams Books, Diamond Comic Distributors, Funko, Gentle Giant Ltd, IDW Publishing, Mezco Toyz, Nerdist News via Legendary Pictures, Russ Walks & Wild Tempest and Toynk Toys.   Supplies will be strictly limited, and are expected to go fast.

 

“We’ve got big things planned for MARS ATTACKS this year, next year and beyond, and we hope fans will join us in San Diego to celebrate not just the 50th birthday, but a whole new beginning for MARS ATTACKS,” said Levine.

 

For more information on MARS ATTACKS, including further details on this and other events at San Diego Comic-Con, join the Official Mars Attacks Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MarsAttacks

 

Also follow on twitter @realmarsattacks

Our Final Two SDCC Exclusives!

Blue Snaggletooth 12” Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure $80
License: Star Wars
Edition Size: 2,000 Pieces
Item Number: 80227

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Blue Snaggletooth is the informal name of a rare Kenner action figure from 1978. Released as part of the Sears “Star Wars Cantina Adventure Set”, the Snaggletooth figure was intended to represent the character who would later be known as Zutton. However, the only reference used for the figure was a partial black and white photograph of the alien’s head. The body was unknown, so the sculptors and artists improvised, creating a tall alien with a tight blue spacesuit and silver boots. From 1979 onward, including later Sears releases of the cantina set, all versions of Snaggletooth were changed to a red color,  with bare feet and hands and shorter legs.

PGMs! Pre-Order Your Convention Exclusive Blue Snaggletooth Kenner Figure Here!


Blade Reaper Blu-Ray $99
License: Blade II
Edition Size: 500

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Blade II, directed by Guillermo Del Toro is on Blu-Ray at last! This convention-exclusive edition includes the blu-ray disc and a hand-crafted, limited edition Reaper mini bust created by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd.!

Premier Guild Members, Click here to pre-order your copy of Blade II on Blue Ray with the exclusive Reaper Mini Bust today!

Announcing our Marvel SDCC Exclusive – the THANOS Mini Bust!

Thanos Mini Bust $75
License:  Marvel
Edition Size: 500 Pieces
Item Number: 80224

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Thanos. The Mad Titan. Deviant Eternal. Wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet. One of the oldest villains in the Marvel Universe, Thanos was introduced during the Bronze Age of comic books. Since then, he’s wreaked havoc across multiple titles (including his own), all in the name of courting the object of his desire, Mistress Death.

Hand-crafted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant, this high-quality polystone mini bust depicts the modern comic book-style Thanos and his ultimate weapon, the Infinity Gauntlet. From the crags on his chin to each individual embedded gem in the Gauntlet, no detail has been overlooked. Hand-painted and individually numbered, this convention exclusive is a must-have for all True Believers. Make Mine Marvel!

PGMs! Pre-order your SDCC Exclusive Thanos Mini Bust Here!