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Mindstyle new DARK CRYSTAL collectibles?

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by kuzeh, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. kuzeh

    kuzeh Member

  2. JMPrater

    JMPrater Member


    Those are figurines worthy of the Henson trademark!
  3. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    Thanks for the pics!
    The color of that poor Landstrider looks way off... well I hope it's just the photo.
    Also there is too much spikes on him. Jen seems to be ok, but I'll wait till some better photos arrive.
    That Mystic isn't very accurate and he looks down... bad pose if you ask me.

    Here is how Urac should look:
  4. tomahawk

    tomahawk Member

    They look ok until you realize they are rotocast, very light plastic and they wanted 80 and 150 dollars.
  5. kuzeh

    kuzeh Member

    Well, seeing that they are a Designer Toy company, that would make sense, they're vinyl toys. That's why there might be some discrepancies with the movie versions, they take creative liberties for those.
    I think the URAC looks more like a Brian Froud's conceptual drawing, what do you think Laszlo, you're the expert! :D

    I found this though:

  6. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The Muppet NewsFlash has some information about these figures. Also (from another company) the Labyrinth figure line is continuing with another David Bowie as Goblin King. This time donning his trademark disturbingly tight white pants. He he.

    I think the Dark Crystal figures look great. They seem to be based more on the conceptual art/design for the film, but I don't see that as a bad thing. As long as I get me a Skeksis I'll be happy!

    Also, I didn't know the price was going to be so high. Do we have confirmation on that? I won't part with more than $30 per piece for these things. That would be getting into collectible bust pricerange there. I know the editions will be limited, but I hope such prohibitive pricing won't be the case. I've waited for something like this to come out and very much want to support it. That and Fraggle figures (one day).:excited:
  7. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    Yes, actually you're right! I found out later those were based on the WORLD OF DC book. Kinda strange choice if you ask me...
  8. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    That new Jareth looks AWESOME ! Strange facial expression though...
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'll probably get only one Jareth. Just don't know which one. There are still enough pegged in the shops I frequent so maybe I'll judge when they're side-by-side. Can't wait for the rest of these figures. Really can't. :flirt: :eek:
  10. tomahawk

    tomahawk Member

    I was at SDCC. That is how much each were. 80 and 150 dollars. They look good, I just think the price is a bit much.
  11. pain

    pain New Member

    1st question

    Were they actually selling these things at SDCC?

    2nd Question

    Were they saying that the items would retail for that much, or were they selling test shots or protos for that much at the con?
  12. tomahawk

    tomahawk Member

    They were selling them at SDCC. They were not, to my knowledge, all test shots or protos. Those were the prices that they were sold for at the convention.
  13. kuzeh

    kuzeh Member

    Eventhough the Urac isn't based on the movie, I think it looks awesome, specially after seeing that pic at Muppetsnewsflash.
    Oh and that new Jared looks very cool too, I agree on the strange facial expression though...
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Guess I'm out

    Eeek. I've been advocating the creation of a Dark Crystal action figure line for years now, but not at such a high price. They are stunning, but don't justify the steep price (especially after feeling kind of hosed by the latest lack-luster DVD release). :sympathy:

    As a fan I have been willing to spend a lot for rare items, but I am so unhappy with these over-priced non-posable items...and no skeksis. High-end statues have already been made for DC. I'm just very disappointed. :(
  15. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    You mean the busts? I wouldn't call them high-end.
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm not sure if I understand the question. To the average Henson fan (rather than the average toy collector - not that one can't be both, of course) the busts are high-end when talking about expense and the sliding scale from pvcs, figures to busts and statues. Therefore busts themselves are high-end items. They are nice sculpts (some a bit too brightly painted), but not action-figure sized or priced.

    It seems that all the Dark Crystal stuff that gets released is large, heavy, expensive or all of the above (and not necessarily what many fans want).

    The unimpressive Sideshow gelfling dolls helped kill interest in the license for quite some time. The busts were cool, but I was waiting for figures (space and price-wise they make sense).

    These new products are called figures, but they really are (finely made) sculptures. And that's fine, but I wish Dark Crystal were being handled like Labyrinth - products of different types. I hope those more affordable items aren't going to only be reserved for the new movie. Until there's a more reasonably-priced (again, as far as a fan) my dollars are going to a life-sized Fozzie Bear. Now that's high-end and well worth the cost! :) :o

    I feel like companies keep approaching the Dark Crystal from one (expsensive) angle when others might prove more fitting. At least for me and my DC fan friends.
  17. Laszlo

    Laszlo Member

    Ok, I understand. Price wise they may be high-end, but the sculpts could be a lot
    better, I mean more movie accurate. They are nice busts but not the ULTIMATE
    representations of these characters.
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Oh, I completely agree about the sculpts. They are quite good, but they could be better. The bright colors on the busts are what surprised me the most.

    I remember when Palisades passed on the Dark Crystal stuff. They couldn't get enough stores interested in merchandise after the creepy gelfling dolls from Sideshow/Weta. That company comes out with some great stuff, but when they miss, they miss big (Fozzie Bear Bust...he looks like a fuzzy Pac-Man).

    I remember Ken Lilly recommending the Dark Crystal license to his peers in the field. Glad they got made, but affordable figures are what I'd really like to see. An articulated Skeksis would be sweet!
  19. ryan19

    ryan19 Member

    hi everyone,
    im very much interested in theses dark crystal figures.
    does anyone know whos the maker n when will they be availble for sale?
    any help would mean a lot.
    thanks you n goodday.
  20. Cosmic Cow

    Cosmic Cow New Member

    The name of the maker is MINDstyle. The 2 pieces had a trial run at SDCC, with the rest of the pieces to be released later. ToyTokyo has them for sale:

    LandStrider w/Jen: http://www.toytokyo.com/shopping/index.php/page/product/product_id/8354

    Urak: https://www.toytokyo.com/shopping/index.php/page/product/product_id/8379

    That's where I got mine. They are fast and totally reliable every time i've dealt with them. The price is high but the quality once you see them in person is TOTALLY worth it. The packaging alone is gorgeous...

    EDIT: I just noticed that Urac is out-of-stock but you can sign up for in-stock notification. I believe these are leftovers from SDCC so i'm sure they will get more...

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