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  1. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    My collection through the ages (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND ONLY COLLECT CINEMAQUETTES!)
    A trip down memory lane from 2000 to the present day. Some of these shots represent monumental events in my collecting life. Sorry there aren't more, but I had little interest in photography back in those days.
    Moving from left to right, we have.
    1) The first statue I ever bought in 2000 - the Bowen Wolverine (brown) statue. Although I was amazed at how little the PJ resembled that of the prototype (something that plagued virtually every Bowen piece I ever bought), it did start my love affair with collecting statues. Cost around £89. Back then I thought that was a lot of money. FF>> to 2009 and I don't bat an eyelid at spending £1500.
    2) The Bowen Human Torch, bought in late 2001, I kept this piece for around six years in the end, and the Bowen FF pieces were the last of my Bowen pieces to go.
    3) This shot is from early 2003, and shows my Hard Hero Starscream bust - sculpted by Jason Ray. I did have all of the TF busts and fullsizes in the line. To me at least, they remain the finest reppresentations of the Transformers ever made.
    4) Again from mid 2003, my Bowen collection at its height.
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    More to come later...
     
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  2. Lars Keymaster Staff Member

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    I hate studying on saturday nights but this cheers me up, thanks. :flowerpower:
     
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  3. Mirak Verbal Diarrhoea

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    Great collection Jet , I'm looking forward to see more of it !!
     
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  4. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Ok, here we go with part II. All of the statues you see in this thread, apart from the Cinemaquettes, are no longer wth me. Long gone, they have been sold somewhere down the line to fund the CM addiction.
    Anyway, from left to right:
    1) Circa 2005 I think. The bottom shelf shows the wonderful Kid Robot Gorillaz Vinyls; the excellent SS X Men versus Diorama part I - which was milked TO DEATH with parts II & III; the SS Terminator PF - which I thought was the CM when I ordered it - how wrong I was when I got the thing? and the most disappointlng statue I have ever bought - the TINY 1/6th scale GG Biker Scout on Bike statue. Top shelf shows an Agent Smith bust from GG, a Predator bust, Bowen Beast Bust - my Bowen collection already virtually sold off by this point, an Akira Kaneda vinyl, and two rareities from Graphitti designs - a Powers Walker mini-bust, and a Tetsuo statue which was made in the late 1980's and ltd to 100.
    2) Close-up of the X-Men Vs dio. This was the non-light up version. It was also the first of many SS pieces to grace my collection. I hot a very good price on the secondary market when I finally sold it. If memory serves, it made about double the original value.
    3) The Bowen FF pieces sculpted by Mark Newman. I owned these from new, and had them until late 2007. These were the last Bowen pieces I had. As comic satues go, I always felt these were the finest ever created. They totally captured the escence of the Kirby era FF.
    4) The Hellboy PF. There are 'good' PF's and there are 'bad' PF's. This one is one of the best. The likeness is astounding. The tailoring felt totally cheap however once I had the T850 in my collection for comparison.
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  5. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    Here we go with Part III.
    Finding these old photos is a bit cathartic. I see all the stuff I used to own and fret over, all the vast inconsitency in scale, PJ's, design and character design, the crazy blend of comic and movie properties, and I wonder: what sort of collection was I actually trying to pull together?
    Looking at it now, the old stuff doesn't feel much like a collection, more a random assortment of pieces that I felt looked great at the time.
    At some point, I think I just came to the realisation that it is a rather hopeless task to try and collect, and collect, and collect, and collect, all the time compromising precious space and cash, when the collection truely has no definition. I mean, for the majority of my pre-CM days, half of my collection would be regulrly boxed up and in storage. It would come out every now and again to be displyed, only to be retired again in favour of other pieces I preferred.
    I have thought about all the 'cool' pieces that got in to my collection, only to be sold two weeks later ('cough' Terminator PF 'cough'), and I realise how unsatisfying this way of collecting actually was to me. I can honestly say that sticking with CM's has brought me more pleasure than anything else before it in this hobby. This is in terms of the physical masterpieces which stand before me now; the joy of owning something that feels like a 'collection'; and the people I have met and interacted with here.
    Anyway, some classic pictures.
    From left to right.
    1) Shot in mid 2006, here we see some familiar pieces, plus a Hard Hero Optimus Prome statue, a SS Predator PF, oh, and one of those darn CM T800's. The Predator PF was a great piece, and I was very impressed with its size and quality. It bridged the gap, cost-wise, between the normal PF's and CM's. The T800 CM in this shot was the one that is still with me today, and was the piece that introduced me to the line. Oh, and there is a GG Boba statue in there too.
    2) Close up of the T800 and the SS Predator PF. The Predator PF by the way hit ebay the same day that the first pictures of the CM Predator came out of SDCC 2007.
    3) Again, you can see how the collection was moving on. More SS stuff now. Including the Doom PF, and the Iron Man Comiquette. Some Hard Hero Marvel stuff creeping in. By this point I also had the CM T850, but it isn't pictured.
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  6. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    :hmm: I didn't realised SS ever did a Predator PF... :> :D ,yeah I know,so anal of me...
    Steve,till now I think the Predator Maquette is easily one of Sideshow's best pieces if not their best scaled statue ever produced.
     
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  7. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    phil the sixth wrote 3 minutes earlier
     
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  8. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    jet_force_juno wrote 4 minutes earlier »
    I was so pleased when I frst got it. It was easily the largest, most faithful. most impressive, well made and lavished statue I had ever owned.


    Yep,what impressed me the most about it was the phenomenal paintjob.Still does...
    IMO it has even better painted areas than the CM(for exemple the painted veins in the mouth area)Would you agree on that?
     
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    jet_force_juno wrote 14 minutes earlier »
    I'd say that and the original Hellboy maquette Phil.


    Throw in the LoD PF and you have my Top 3 SS list!
     
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  10. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    phil the sixth wrote 1 minute earlier »
    I was so pleased when I frst got it. It was easily the largest, most faithful. most impressive, well made and lavished statue I had ever owned.

    Yep,what impressed me the most about it was the phenomenal paintjob.Still does...
    IMO it has even better painted areas than the CM(for exemple the painted veins in the mouth area)Would you agree on that?


    Well Phil the veins are all present and correct on the CM, they just don't show up too well in photographs.
    It is hard for me to compare the PJ's since I haven't owned the SS version for some time. I also don't feel qualified to talk about which one is more authentic to the screen version. Maybe both, maybe neither. What I can tell you is that, from what I can remember of the SS, the CM is an improvement in every department - especially the head.
    I also prefer the pose and the base, and of course the larger scale lends itself to this particular character.
    Phil, as a long term SS Predator PF fan I am going to be really interested in what you make of the CM! I am most interested in your impressions!
     
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  11. phil the sixth Charter Lounger

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    jet_force_juno wrote 3 minutes earlier »
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  12. Stephen Charter Lounger

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    phil the sixth wrote 6 minutes earlier »
    Phil, as a long term SS Predator PF fan I am going to be really interested in what you make of the CM! I am most interested in your impressions!

    Wont be long now!I'm very excited about it! Always something different to see it actually in the flesh! :)

    Yes, this is totally correct. I lost count of the amount of pictures I saw in advance of actually getting it myself. ALhough I had originally wanted to avoid photographs, such was the sheer volume of collectors buying it, and the magnitude of photos that came with it, that avoiding images became a virtual impossbility to all intents and purposes.
    So in a way, you know what to expect, but at the same time, you don't. Its physical presence and it's ability to make you wonder just how the hell they pulled it off, never ceases to amaze.
     
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    jet_force_juno wrote 25 minutes earlier »
    There are many tones of colour going on inside that mouth Phil. The veins are quite subtle.

    Great to hear that Steve. :)
     
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    Great Idea Jet posting ur old photo's, I will try and do the same I think I may have some on my computer, but i am going to wait for the godfather before I post my new cm pics, cause I am selling some pf's at the moment and I think once O get rid of some it will look way more streamlined in my collection room
     
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    Enzucho wrote 4 minutes earlier
     
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  18. Enzucho Opionated

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    No they contact usually phone to tell u they r going to charge ur card, then u get an email from them saying it is shipping, followed by an email from the delivery company with a tracking # and info, so I damn sure make sure that I have those days off of work or my wife is @ home, cause I do not want to miss the delivery and have t wait another day or two
     
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    Jet I am having trouble trying to post pics on this forum, I have read the instrucions on the bottom but I am still having trouble trying to figure it out, I use a mac and a mac base image hosting, but do I need to host the image or can I just post the image on the reply?
     
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    Enzucho wrote 50 seconds earlier »
    No they contact usually phone to tell u they r going to charge ur card, then u get an email from them saying it is shipping, followed by an email from the delivery company with a tracking # and info, so I damn sure make sure that I have those days off of work or my wife is @ home, cause I do not want to miss the delivery and have t wait another day or two

    Yes, this is exactly what happens with FPI over here. As of yet I have never missed a delivery. I would hate for one of these to spend an extra journey in a truck, then overnight in a warehouse. Tempts fate that it will somehow get damaged!
     
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