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Gabberjawa
07-19-2005, 08:29 AM
http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/2600/b1114tl.th.jpg (http://chucks888.freeservers.com/gallery/weta/detail/SDCC05/Report.html) http://img345.imageshack.us/img345/706/rs29bs.th.jpg (http://chucks888.freeservers.com/gallery/weta/detail/SDCC05/RWOS.html) http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/1139/legolas1111lf.th.jpg (http://chucks888.freeservers.com/gallery/weta/detail/SDCC05/Legolassigned.html)

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/6079/brt2wy.th.jpg (http://chucks888.freeservers.com/gallery/weta/detail/SDCC05/BalrogRichardTaylor.html)

Instead of doing the usual lengthy write-up, I just decided to add some thoughts along with these photos. This just covers meeting the Weta guys as well as winning my awesome prize at the Sideshow/Freaks party! The swag is what everyone always wants to see anyway right? As with my main product gallery, you can navigate using the thumbnails at the bottom. That's about it from me for SDCC 2005 :rock

Scroll down the thread if you're looking for info on the giveaway

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(of interest to Balrog owners! "droopy balrog" owners take note! I took the Balrog down about a week before Comic-Con and laid it on its backside back in the styrofoam. When I put it back on the base yesterday, it had returned to how it originally looked! The tail was high again, and the whip no longer touching the base. Also the wings were a little higher as well. Of course I have no doubt that it will droop back down again over time, but this was certainly unexpected)

buzzardio1080
07-19-2005, 09:45 AM
THATS VERY BRAVE INDEED.

RodLonghi
07-19-2005, 10:06 AM
Very impressive! But i would 've asked them to sign the statues without my name on it , as it would be more valuable, but I don't think you plan on selling them so that's fine... :rock

RoboDad3000
07-19-2005, 10:33 AM
That was very brave of you, Chuck! But the end result appears to have been well worth it.


(of interest to Balrog owners! "droopy balrog" owners take note! I took the Balrog down about a week before Comic-Con and laid it on its backside back in the styrofoam. When I put it back on the base yesterday, it had returned to how it originally looked! The tail was high again, and the whip no longer touching the base. Also the wings were a little higher as well. Of course I have no doubt that it will droop back down again over time, but this was certainly unexpected)

This is a very interesting discovery! It almost sounds as if there is some memory aspect to polystone, at least when the form-fitting packaging is available to help reshape the polymers. That is very encouraging news, indeed! (for those who don't know what I am talking about regarding "memory", do a google search for "memory plastic", and you'll find some interesting reading).

Gabberjawa
07-19-2005, 04:18 PM
I have no idea where the bravery aspect factors into this at all, but thanks I suppose?


Very impressive! But i would 've asked them to sign the statues without my name on it , as it would be more valuable, but I don't think you plan on selling them so that's fine...

Actually, when asking for autographs I usually let them decide. In this case, Ben Wootten asked me who he should make it out to. It would've been kinda rude to say "no one, in case I ebay it later!" no?

But yeah, as you've keyed into, I have no plans of selling these, so the personalization is even better. Even if I had to get rid of these later for monetary reasons, I don't think I'd have much of a problem reaching market value anyway. After he was done signing he said "oh let me add the date too"- hence the 05 you see on those. I love that RT added "Weta" on the Balrog as well. :rock


This is a very interesting discovery! It almost sounds as if there is some memory aspect to polystone, at least when the form-fitting packaging is available to help reshape the polymers. That is very encouraging news, indeed! (for those who don't know what I am talking about regarding "memory", do a google search for "memory plastic", and you'll find some interesting reading).

I don't know about the 'memory' aspect, my conclusion is just that gravity and heat (it gets very warm in the room where my polystone is, right around this time of year) working at the piece again- except now to the opposite effect since it's laid upside down. But it is definitely cool to know that you can reverse the drooping quite easily!

WetaWork
07-19-2005, 04:41 PM
I have no idea where the bravery aspect factors into this at all, but thanks I suppose?

It was more than obvious to me. Bringing/carrying valuable staues to SDCC for the chance of getting them signed. There was always a chance of a piece inadvertenly getting damaged.

Winged Shadows
07-19-2005, 04:46 PM
I'd assume Chuck only took the bases with him?

:dunno

Gabberjawa
07-19-2005, 04:49 PM
I'd assume Chuck only took the bases with him?

Right you are sir! It would be rather pointless to bring the entire statue along. I thought it was obvious in the photos of them signing that it was the base only.

Sure the Balrog one was a little tricky since there's stuff on the base but, a little creative padding and I was good to go.

WetaWork
07-19-2005, 04:51 PM
I'd assume Chuck only took the bases with him?

:bonk Um er duh!!! LOL, what was I thinking? :lol

Heart Of Stone
07-19-2005, 05:08 PM
Very nice Gabberjawa , I'm jealous . I hope those guys are there next year so I can get some autos myself . So far I've got 2 John Howe autos , 2 PJ autos , 2 Richard Taylor autos and a small handfull of the lead cast , and I'd love to add a Daniel Falconer and Ben Wooten to those . I have yet to get an autographed base so I'm hoping next year will be my chance !

Thanks for the great pics ! :rock

Deadly Dagger
07-19-2005, 10:10 PM
wow...u are one hard workin dude....:google

Nemo Nint
07-20-2005, 06:17 AM
Hi Chuck. I really think you scored with all those signatures, though one thing I have to ask: was it your choice (your marker) or theirs to use what looks to be yellow for a colour?

I guess you have more experience getting stuff signed than I, for when is saw John Howe in Toronto and got him to sign my balrog base, I thought it was asking too much to get him to sign another one. But now seeing so many other people getting multiple bases signed, I discover I'm just not realizing how curtious, obliging and down right friendly these people are to their fans. <img border=0 src="http://www.maxwellsgoldenhammer.com/emo/rock.gif" />

I think my favourite one you have is the Legolas, I like how the writing is large and spread out.

Gabberjawa
07-20-2005, 09:22 AM
Hi Nemo, thanks. It is actually metallic gold in person, but it does look yellow in these pics. I chose it because it was really ideal at 'not bleeding'. The marker I used with DF sorta bled a little. Typically, a silver sharpie will work wonderful for anything, but I wanted a gold color for these.

I usually only ask for two things signed, that seems about right to me. While Richard was between signing the bases, he said "can I sign one of these for you?"- meaning one of the Weta art cards they had on hand. How generous is that? Totally kind guy.


HOS- if you like autographs, you'll definitely like Comic-Con. Everywhere you turn it's signing this, signing that. I got a good deal of my LOTR autograph collection there. See you next year!

Winged Shadows
07-20-2005, 09:33 AM
I have a question, do they expect to get paid for their sigs? (as with every other convention!). I mean you guys pay a bomb as it is ( just to get in...travel/flights...hotels..food .. etc etc..) .and they have the benefit of mass promotion of whatever it is they are working on at the moment - so it just wouldn't seem right.

Gabberjawa
07-20-2005, 09:59 AM
Nah, Weta is there to promote "Weta Collectibles" to the masses. They signed autographs freely. Actually none of the autographs I got cost anything. Even when they had people like Dom there some years back, it was always free. I'm certain New Line or whoever 'took care' of em.

There ARE people who charge for autographs, but they are usually there on their own to make money. For example, some Star Wars actors etc, Superman(original movie) actors etc.

jlcmsu
07-20-2005, 10:05 AM
Yeah, RT was extremly nice signing this Kong/Weta brochure for me. I wish I had a statue base for him to sign at the show.

Gabberjawa
07-20-2005, 03:33 PM
http://img327.imageshack.us/img327/2922/prize3rn.jpg

Couldn't be there? Cheer up! Now you can enjoy some of the SDCC experience with a ton of swag! The winner will receive everything pictured in the photo(and more!)

I am now holding a giveaway on my forum that is also open to Sideshow Freaks members.

Click here for a description of everything that is included, and details on how to enter(really easy to do) (http://charles-song.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1396)

jlcmsu
07-20-2005, 03:34 PM
Very cool of ya Chuck!!

pitchin4eva
07-20-2005, 03:46 PM
wow.....some cool stuff the Chuck...........v cool of you to do this!!!

Heart Of Stone
07-20-2005, 04:41 PM
Thank you for the generosity Chuck ! Very nice of you ! See you next year at SDCC ! :dance

Mannix DLS
07-20-2005, 05:48 PM
Chuck,

Your LOTR collection is absolutely awesome & truly ONE OF A KIND !!!! :rock :drool :bow

I'm just wondering how did you know which Weta artists will be there at SDCC & what base you need to bring on those specific days....

Gabberjawa
07-25-2005, 02:03 PM
Two days left to enter! I've gotten a ton of entries so far


Mannix: It was listed in Darkhorse's schedule as well as posted on this board about a week ahead of time

Oxbeard
07-25-2005, 02:51 PM
Actually, when asking for autographs I usually let them decide. In this case, Ben Wootten asked me who he should make it out to. It would've been kinda rude to say "no one, in case I ebay it later!" no?

I have noticed too Chuck that many celebs insist on personalizing autos nowadays. There is such a problem with fakes especially with sites such as eBay, that the personalizing helps to discourage the scalping of faked autos. Some have even went to the extreme of only signing through certain agencies which use various certification procedures.

But, I'm like you I prefer mine to be personalized since I'm standing in line to get this autograph for my collection and not to sell.

When JRD signed the base to my UC Gimli helmet last month he dated it and listed the city as well. I though that was pretty cool too.

elwood49
07-25-2005, 02:59 PM
I would definitely want my auto to be personalized. I don't think I could get a personalized Balrog, though. :google I would want such a high dollar item in factory condition.

Gabberjawa
07-25-2005, 04:11 PM
That's awesome, Ox- JRD is definitely awesome. One of the tops when it comes to any LOTR people I've met.

The only person who has ever strictly insisted on personalization was Viggo. If fact, anything he would sign had to be personalized. So anybody looking to get a "signed poster" with Viggo on it on ebay... beware!

elwood: Definitely, I think this is a 'to each his own' situation. For me, this has only increased its value!

Fritz
07-27-2005, 07:42 PM
Thanks for the contest.

Gabberjawa
07-28-2005, 10:27 AM
The tentative winner out of a whopping 46 entries is:

:clap OrcKiller:clap


You have two days to e-mail again to claim your prize, include your shipping address. If the prize isn't claimed in that time period a new winner will be selected!

Mannix DLS
07-28-2005, 04:54 PM
Congrats OrcKiller !!! :clap :rock

FlyAndFight
07-28-2005, 05:29 PM
Alright! Congrats, OrcKiller!!! :clap