Sideshow Toys Forsakes Mass Market (Mania.com)
Date: Sunday, June 03, 2001
In a bold move that has taken collectors by surprise, Sideshow Toys (who has made everybody very happy with their Universal Monsters action figures) has decided to forsake the mass market and produce many of their toys exclusively as collectibles. 'Most significant is the fact that our 8-inch and 12-inch figures will no longer be available through the mass market, and they will all be produced in limited runs,' stated a press release on their official site. The majority of the runs will be between 5,000 - 7,500 piecessome even as low as 3,500, others as few as 2,500, and believe it or not, a few items will be limited to 1,500 pieces. According to a press release on the Sideshow website, this change will allow the company to focus on less well-known figures that have been demanded by hardcore fans but which would never have sold to general customers in mass market stores.
Listed below are the items Sideshow currently has available for pre-order, along with their edition size.
12-inch London After Midnight: 5,000
12-inch Dracula: 10,000
Universal Monsters Series 5: 8-inch Action Figures: 5,000 sets
8-inch Lugosi Dracula Action Figure: additional 5,000
12-inch Buffy and the Gentlemen: 5,000 sets
12-inch Buffy: additional 10,000 figures
12-inch Young Frankenstein: 7,500 sets
12-inch Civil War Series 1: 5,000 sets
12-inch WWI Series 1: 5,000 sets
12-inch Six Gun Legends: 5,000 sets
12-inch Larry Talbot (Chaney): 3,500
12-inch Lugosi (Murder Legendre): 3,500
12-inch Frankenstein (Chaney): 3,500
12-inch Frankenstein (Lugosi): 3,500
For more information on Sideshow Toys, visit their official site at www.sideshowinc.com.