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JSA
12-09-2005, 11:02 AM
Howdy folks! :wave

I was curious - if you had a choice of one or the other which you'd choose?

I'm leaning towards larger sized items in my collection these days, and I think
I'd choose the Predator Maquette at this point, as it is just as an "iconic"
representation of the character it portrays, and was made by SWS so it
shouldn't get any better as far as being movie accurate.

What say you? :confused:

JS :)

B-Electronic
12-09-2005, 12:30 PM
I'd say go for the Predator maquette. If you'd have said Life-Size P bust or Balrog, I'd have said go for the Balrog. But this maquette is just about the coolest Predator piece I have ever seen.....EVER!! Especially the LE with the mask!! Pure awesomeness!! :rock

Just look at it....its.....beau-ti-fulllllll....
http://www.sideshowtoy.com/mas_assets/jpg/71431_press01-001.jpg
http://www.sideshowtoy.com/mas_assets/jpg/7143_press05-001.jpg

Jesseawilson
12-09-2005, 12:45 PM
No contest no question,


Predator!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jesse

Fritz
12-09-2005, 03:39 PM
My offer stands to all of you who like the Predator better and own the original Balrog. I have the exclusive on order and will trade straight up for your original Balrog. :p :joy :naughty :wacky

elwood49
12-09-2005, 03:40 PM
Predator Exclusive, no question about it.:google

Alice Adrenochrome
12-09-2005, 03:49 PM
Balrog! Balrog! Balrog!

Turgon
12-09-2005, 03:50 PM
Predator, no contest. And I'm a hardcore WETA/LOTR collector!

SpenK
12-09-2005, 03:53 PM
NONE...............For Collecting Purposes................ But for Flipping BOTH........:naughty

sideshowpdx
12-09-2005, 04:58 PM
What's the "value" of a Daddy Rog these days on ebay. Has the price dropped below $2K?

Jesseawilson
12-09-2005, 05:00 PM
Its' ended at $2K a few times mosltly closer to $2500....




Jesse

LOTRFan
12-09-2005, 05:21 PM
The detail on the Predator is second to none, no doubt. But for me, well look at my name ...... had to vote Rog. I am just not a big enough Predator fan to supplant the Rog.

oxbeard
12-09-2005, 05:41 PM
Predator is awesome beyond a doubt and I won't be giving my order up, but for my collection I would have to go with the Balrog. It's still my no 1 statue.

darth dypshyt
12-09-2005, 06:27 PM
I think, for detail and "coolness" factor...The Predator Maquette.

Shai
12-09-2005, 06:36 PM
PREDATOR ALL THE WAY... FORGET ABOUT THE MARKET VALUE OF THE ROG....THIS PIECE IS NOW AT A RIDICULOUS PRICE....AND THE PREDATOR WILL BE A MUCH MORE IMPOSING STATUE...

Fritz
12-09-2005, 07:15 PM
What's the "value" of a Daddy Rog these days on ebay. Has the price dropped below $2K?

It's dropped below the retail price of $300 but since I'm such a nice guy, I will give you $400 for it if you have it. ;) :D :naughty

Gruson
12-09-2005, 07:40 PM
Come on, PREDATOR FOR SURE!!! The masked version looks incredible!

I had the Balrog but sold it...was not that impressed to tell you the truth and it's fairly small.

Idioteque
12-10-2005, 03:38 PM
I'm with Gruson, I also had the original Balrog and sold. The cave Troll statue is far more impressive and still remains in my collection.

The Balrog is quite small, and although probably as good a sculpt as possible, The flames don't quite work, and it just lacks that authentic film to statue look.

The PREDATOR MAQUETTE meanwhile is staggering in its authenticity, the exclusive being the ONE.

This, along with the Alien queen bust will never be leaving my collection.

Predator Maquette the easy winner.

NASEDO
12-12-2005, 11:16 AM
$1000.00 for the Predator is way over priced. Why not get the 1:1 scale bust for cheaper? I'll take the Balrog instead. The Balrog will always be one of the most expensive SS pieces. The regular edition Predator is already down from retail, and the exclusive won't be much over. 1 Grand for a Statue is crazy, it should be retailed at $500.00 the most. I'll take the 1:1 scale bust instead and I'm still saving money.

sideshowpdx
12-12-2005, 09:01 PM
$1000.00 for the Predator is way over priced. Why not get the 1:1 scale bust for cheaper? I'll take the Balrog instead. The Balrog will always be one of the most expensive SS pieces. The regular edition Predator is already down from retail, and the exclusive won't be much over. 1 Grand for a Statue is crazy, it should be retailed at $500.00 the most. I'll take the 1:1 scale bust instead and I'm still saving money.

That's funny. 2 years ago,,, I would have laughed at any "fool" paying $1K for a Sideshow statue. Now,,, it almost seems commonplace and I welcome any $1K statues in my home... :)

The Josh
12-12-2005, 09:09 PM
The Balrog is quite small, and although probably as good a sculpt as possible, The flames don't quite work, and it just lacks that authentic film to statue look.

For me it's no contest the Original Balrog!! The Predator Maquette exclusive is damn nice don't get me wrong and one of the best items I've ever seen. However, the Balrog capture everything that was on screen and in the book IMO. For me I'm a huge LOTR fan and so for me those pieces have a speical place in my heart. I guess it depends on how much of a fan of LOTR you are.

elwood49
12-12-2005, 09:15 PM
$1000.00 for the Predator is way over priced. Why not get the 1:1 scale bust for cheaper? I'll take the Balrog instead.

Umm.... you're aware the Balrog costs over $2k right? You could get 2 Predators for that.

Anyway, the extra money (over a normal statue) in the Predator at least goes to the light up features, the extra metal, etc. OK, the Stan Winston royalties probably add a little bit to it as well. :p

The extra money for the Balrog (again, over a normal statue) just goes to its price rise on the secondary market.

The Josh
12-12-2005, 09:23 PM
The extra money for the Balrog (again, over a normal statue) just goes to its price rise on the secondary market.

Not to mention having an item that had the people who worked on the film invloved. The fact it's one of the coolest creatures from one of the best stories/movies ever. Which is why so many fans like me are willing to plunk down 2k for it. So I think it's a tad more than just it's rise in price.

Now, if I had 1k I'd get the Maquette no doubt.

Buzzie
12-13-2005, 02:38 AM
For me its absolutely the Balrog :joy

LotR is my absolute favourite movie-saga,
Predator "just" a cult action-movie...
1:0

The older weta statues are pieces of art,
because they are copies of the models used to
make film-history. Predator is more a very cool toy.
2:0

For the coolness-factor in presentation it is 50:50
3:1

Mean Hunter Alien vs. Mighty and old mysterious Killer Machine
"Demon of Might" wins!
4:1

Importance in the movies - Predator as leading role
4:2

->

I cancelled my Predator Exclusive to buy a Balrog!

http://www.last-alliance.net/gallery/buzzieLotR/IMG_0135?full=1

Tip: Read the Silmarillion :google

Darth_Thorpe
12-13-2005, 02:46 AM
Predator all the way, but if i was a LOTR's fan then i'll try and find a Rog statue, but im a predator fan

noelleon69
12-13-2005, 04:46 AM
predator is very nice but being a LOTR fan and collector, i have to say the balrog. cos i don't see myself liking the predator. :cool:

NASEDO
12-13-2005, 02:11 PM
AVP movie hurt the Predator Franchise for me, I blame the director he also ruined both Resident Evil movies.

The bottom line is the Price. Its an excellent statue cooler looking then the Balrog, maybe SS's coolest statue. But its not worth the price its going to lose value once it ships. The Predator 1:1 bust is awesome, and that dropped in price. I didn't even sell out. And its cheaper then the Statue. Ebay has 2 statues BIN $800.00 already $100 off, and it will get lower. I cant invest that much money knowing I'm going to lose 40% of it. A 12 inch figure who cares, $1000.00, its different. I would trade that statue for all 8 gentle giant clone wars statues any day.

Gruson
12-13-2005, 02:47 PM
and Stan Winston did work on the Predator maquette you know...cannot wait!

Jesseawilson
12-13-2005, 03:37 PM
Well I for one like LOTR 100 times better then the Alien series. That being said, if the two pieces were sitting right next to each other and I had to choose one(price not being an issue) I would take the Predator maquette every time.

I got the Original Balrog directly from SS when it was first released and sold it long ago.....





Jesse

Viking28
12-13-2005, 03:54 PM
Im with Jesse on this. If someone for some unknown reason said hey you can have a Exclusive Predator or the original Balrog which one do you want?

If I was aware of the value of the Balrog I would take that and sale it pick me up a exclusive Predator and have some money left over to spend.

Now if I wasn't aware of the value of the Balrog hands down it would go to the exclusive Predator.

So final score Predator 2 Balrog 0

ResinDog
12-13-2005, 04:17 PM
I was introduced to the Weta line too late and never made the Balrog party. I do, however, have the Exclusive Predator Maquette on pre-order, & it costs less than picking up a Balrog at the moment. So for me at least, the Predator wins on cost.
And when comparing both pieces (in photos, haven't seen either in the flesh), I would have to say the Predator definitely makes the bigger impact for me, even though I'm a bigger fan of LOTR.

The Josh
12-13-2005, 04:29 PM
You guys that have the Maquette coming that haven't seen it in person are in for a real treat for sure. It's pretty freaking awesome!!

Anakin
12-14-2005, 07:29 AM
predator exclusive maquette, no doubt. looks much more impressive and cool

Nemo Nint
12-16-2005, 07:19 PM
Choose between the predator exclusive and the original balrog? Well, I have the original balrog and I have a predator exclusive coming..

so I don't have to decide. hehehe.:D


However, I'd definitely rather have the Balrog over the Predator. But that's because my interest in the balrog stems from The Silmarillion. So it's a bit more personal, than just the way it looks on the shelf and what it represents from a movie.

Slimjim
12-17-2005, 04:26 PM
Hey great topic! I have the balrog, but I have been debating on selling it so that I can aquire either the Predator 1:1 or the Exclusive.. I'm really a huge fan of the 1:1 Darkness bust.. thats what I really would like.

Bodie The Cursed
12-17-2005, 07:52 PM
Balrog would be my choice.

:cool: