View Full Version : The Dark Crystal busts/dioramas from Sideshow??

06-25-2005, 11:47 AM
Can anyone tell me anything about this rumour that I've just read that Sideshow will be producing busts from the movie The Dark Crystal? The news is quite old but it's the first I've heard about it. I hope they weren't cancelled in the mean time....

"SIDESHOW TOY -- Adding to the success of their popular line of collectible Muppet busts, Sideshow Toy will launch mini polystone busts and dioramas."

The Dark Crystal is an amazing movie (similar in style to the Labyrinth) and the busts and dioramas would be so cool! Anyone know anything about it? I hope they produce products for the Labyrinth too....OMG, how cool would that be?!


www.muppetcentral.com/new...1004.shtml (http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2004/021004.shtml)

Thanks for any help.

Lembas Eater
06-25-2005, 12:02 PM
I can't remember the company but someone else is doing Dark Crystal busts, so I doubt that will happen.

HOWEVER, I SO hope that Sideshow does more Dark Crystal!!
I have Jen and Kira but we GOTTA have some MYSTIC and SKEKSIS 1/6 figures to go with em! Not to mention Aughra!

I know they were not "hot sellers" at the time BUT they ARE Sold Out and when they were realised this forum and others like it did not exist along with our mighty dealer friends to help spread the word!

And the idea of Diorama's is VERY cool and also do not forget that props would be awesome too. The Shard, Jen's Flute, etc.


06-25-2005, 12:07 PM
Bring on 1/4 Dark Crystal pieces! (yeah right)

I can hope....

06-25-2005, 12:10 PM
I'll keep my fingers crossed then! :)

As for Labyrinth, I just did a quick search and apparently Plan-B has certain rights to Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal:

"This year, Plan-B will be releasing some liscensed producuts. Products are in development for Activision's Call of Duty, Henson's Dark Crystal and Labyrinth films"

www.plan-btoys.com/aboutus.html (http://www.plan-btoys.com/aboutus.html)

So that might be something to look out for too.

06-25-2005, 03:34 PM
If SSC is going to do any Henson property you know what it has to be....


06-25-2005, 04:39 PM
Jen and Kira are more than just 1/6 figures. To me they are prop replicas. Superb likeness. Fantastic costuming, and for once, the big heads and rooted hair criticisms were never mentioned. ;) :lol :clap :rock :rock2

B Electronic
06-26-2005, 01:02 AM
I too would love to own some DC material from SSC! Especially some Skeksis. I saw the Kyra and Jen at a collectors fair once. Too bad SideShow canned the line (right?).

PS: I just found this item on E-Bay. I'm prety certain SideShow never made more then Kyra and Jen puppets. How come this seller is claiming that SideShow made this Skeksis Chamberlain bust?
cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=748&item=5983622951&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW (http://cgi.ebay.nl/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=748&item=5983622951&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW)

06-26-2005, 05:47 AM
That bust on e-bay was made by Plan-B. They have also released a Mystic. I've got both on my bookcase. I've also pre-ordered two others through a comic shop, Aughra and a different Skeksis (Garthim-master I think).

I love them but I really wish there had been more of the Sideshow figures.

Oh I found a review too:

www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_091704a.htm (http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_091704a.htm)

06-26-2005, 07:03 AM
The Sideshow Jen and Kira are not prop replicas to me. They are way too doll like IMO. I want them to be more accurate.

06-26-2005, 11:02 AM
Dark crystal dioramas would be a must for me. They should definitly do more Dark Crytal Products.

06-27-2005, 05:35 AM
Please Gruson, tell me how they could be made more accurate. What are you referring to? Size perhaps.

06-27-2005, 06:17 AM


What they should look like:


You should EASILY see what's wrong. These are not screen accurate at all IMO.

Kira looks horrible! Their size does not bother me....the quality does.

Another comparison:



06-27-2005, 10:59 AM
I thought they would look more realistic then that really. I'm o.k with not having them now.

06-27-2005, 08:34 PM
Well looky there. Thanks Gruson, your time, effort and enlightenment, are all much appreciated. It was a fair while between seeing the flik and aquiring the figures. I have them displayed often and came to accept them as the deal.

I still like them for what they are. Dolls is what they is, and I'm fine with that. The Henson imagery lends itself to that description. They are still wonderful figures to look at. I still have them as equal tenth on my list of favourite Sideshow figures.

06-28-2005, 04:28 PM
Sorry fellas, but it's not true.

Lembas Eater
06-28-2005, 04:55 PM

06-29-2005, 04:15 AM
Why not.:\ :(

06-29-2005, 02:46 PM

06-29-2005, 04:09 PM
No thanks,:\ I've seen a few good episodes but I wouldn't buy aything from it.

GilGalad HK
06-29-2005, 04:43 PM
I'm all for..........

William Shatners Toupee
06-29-2005, 08:52 PM
Since the Henson announcement last month they were going ahead with a Dark Crystal 2, I wouldn't worry about a lack of Dark Crystal products coming out.DARK CRYSTAL 2 NEWS (http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2005/051305.shtm)

B Electronic
06-30-2005, 03:44 AM
Why do they always have to ruin my favourite movies with sequals!? Sequals SUCK!!! Stop doing it you moronic [email protected]#$! filmstudios!! You should all be lined up and shot in the head for it!~!~:rage :bang :medic

Pfffff...so now thats out of my system, here's the whole article:

Henson planning Dark Crystal sequel

"The Power of the Dark Crystal" features Jen and Kira as king and queen fighting to save their kingdom when the crystal is once again split.

By Greg James
May 13, 2005

Varity reported that The Jim Henson Company is planning on making a sequel to the 1982 fantasy classic "The Dark Crystal".

The film, which is titled "The Power of the Dark Crystal", has been written by David Odell (The Dark Crystal, The Muppet Show) and Annette Duffy. No director is yet attached to the film which will start shooting this fall and is planned for a 2007 release. The film will combine live-action animatronic characters with CG animation. Like its predecessor, the film hopes to push the boundaries of puppetry, special effects, and visual story-telling.

The story for the film is set many years after the original movie. The first film's original heroes Jen and Kira are now king and queen, and must fight to save their kingdom when the crystal is once again split.

Any further cast and crew announcements have not been made. But it has been cited that The Jim Henson Company wants to involve many of the people who worked on the original movie (such as Brian Froud and Frank Oz). The official word on the cast & crew should be made later this year once production picks up on the project.

The Jim Henson Company had tossed around ideas of a sequel (or prequel) over the years. In the late '90s there was strong support from many Henson executives, led by Brian Henson, to make a prequel to the 1982 film. Sadly the plans never materialized; but now that the company is "Muppet-free" they want to work to bring back many of their existing productions and franchises.

The film has built a strong cult-following since 1982 and mixed with the new surge in "fantasy world" films in the recent years, Henson feels that now is the perfect time to bring back the world of the Dark Crystal.

The company is also working on developing animated series, interactive games and other related media as well.

06-30-2005, 06:38 AM
:bang :bang :bang , I can't belive there doing this, without Jim henson.:\ But they don't give a @#%$ has long has it makes a load of money for them, they will be happy.:bang

06-30-2005, 08:03 AM
To be fair, Brian and Lisa do care a lot about their father's legacy. And it's not like Dark Crystal was a huge blockbuster and they're just doing it to mint money. It's a risky venture - still rather they put that effort into a Farscape film though...

06-30-2005, 08:15 AM
STUPID idea.

The sequel will be full of fake looking CGI.

The original Dark Crystal is a masterpiece and a one of a kind movie. The characters, settings, score from Trevor Jones are all classic.

06-30-2005, 07:19 PM
Henson is all about the puppets - I doubt they'll use much CGI. I'd think the main reason they're doing it is to try to revive puppetry as an alternative to CG.

William Shatners Toupee
06-30-2005, 08:11 PM
Defenitely. I agree. It's to revive it. They can take their fathers dream and make it work seamlessly with todays tech to help it.

B Electronic
07-01-2005, 02:42 AM
If they want to revive puppetry, why would they use CGI? Kinda failes to make a point really...

And puppetry isnt exactly dead yet. Team America: World Police used puppets, the stop motion picture Corpse Bride from Tim Burton uses puppets and then there's the movie Strings from Anders R√łnnow Klarlund (Stringsthemovie.com (http://www.stringsthemovie.com/)).

If they want to make a new Henson puppet movie, thats fine by me. But dont make a sequal to a classic. They made sequals to the Muppet films and they sucked balls beyond belief!! Let them use their imagination instead of riding on established porducts.