We love to unbox and review some of the newest and hottest collectible figures here on Shacknews and I got my hands on the very limited Robin Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles. This 19 “sculpted polyresin figure of the Boy Wonder features a detailed design with Robin leaping over an explosive barrel found in an Ace Chemicals warehouse. With two head variations, two weapon choices and a real cape and hood Made of fabric, this exclusive edition Premium Format Figure will easily be the focal point of any collection, large or small.
In the unboxing video above, I carefully assemble the Robin Premium Format Figure with the help of my trusted feline helpers. Each piece of this collectible figurine is presented in detail with the wonderful physical material properties of each segment on display. Robin’s cape and removable hood are both made from genuine fabric with internal wiring for more control in shaping their shape. I was also able to have a brief chat with Production Manager Jon Rassmussen and VP of Development and Manufacturing Matt Bischof of Sideshow Collectibles about this new figure and the work behind creating collectibles. .
Shacknews: Building these very detailed statues takes a lot of teamwork. Can you tell us about how your team is working together to turn these ideas into a physical product for mass distribution?
Attraction Collectibles: It takes a lot of passion on the part of everyone involved. It takes a long time to create our products and there are a lot of twists and turns along the way, so it’s important to keep that fire and enthusiasm going throughout the process. We also try to challenge ourselves a little more with each new project – and no one on this team will back down from a challenge!
The Robin Premium Format Figure has an incredibly ambitious pose that took a ton of thinking to bring to life in 3D. We (literally) balance aesthetics and engineering. For example, if we go too tall with the base, Robin will become diminished in the overall makeup, will become too small, and the figure will be unstable in this ultra-dynamic pose. Each project takes over a thousand hours to get to the final prototype, but it’s incredibly rewarding once an idea becomes something you can physically hold in your hand.
Shacknews: Does your team do classical sculpture when designing statues / figures? Or is it all digital now?
Sideshow Collectibles: Almost all of our artists are multidisciplinary. Many of them have a background in traditional sculpture. We will use the method that achieves the look we are looking for. Art informs the process. Currently most of the carving is done digitally, but we will continue to incorporate traditional carving elements when the project calls for it.
Robin, for example, was almost entirely digitally sculpted by Matt Black, who worked with designers Richard Luong, and the Kucharek brothers. The exception being its cape and removable hood (both of which include cables for a more dynamic pose) which were designed and adapted by textile artist Esther Skandunas.
Shacknews: Injection molding / casting / injection molding technology has changed so much over the past 20 years. What did these changes in technique and technology open up for the creative show when designing these statues?
Sideshow Collectibles: Although the technology has evolved, the process for us is still very convenient. We have an excellent in-house casting and molding team at Sideshow who adds an extra element of precision to every part. Their knowledge and expertise is invaluable in bringing 3D art to life for collectors.
The engineering of a statue for the 3D printing output, and then also the casting and molding for the production is given great consideration. Digital sculpture outputs always require manual labor. It takes a very good sense of detail, because not everything that lines up on the screen is transferred to the hand. Our Mold & Cast team adds an extra layer of art as we strive to get each sculpture as perfect as possible before we start molding the parts.
Shacknews: What’s the biggest misconception about Sideshow and its products from a fan / consumer perspective?
Sideshow Collectibles: This is an interesting question. It might not be a ‘misconception’ as such, but I think a lot of people are surprised at how long it takes to create each statue. A single prototype can take months or even years, and it can also be a creative collaboration between multiple artists working to create a singular vision.
It’s not something a lot of people can envision, but by the time a statue is unveiled at San Diego Comic Con, an entire team of people could have been working on it for a year or more. It is absolutely a labor of love.
Shacknews: Why was this the perfect time to make a Robin Premium Format Figure?
Sideshow Collectibles: Although we have a fairly extensive DC lineup, we had never produced a Boy Wonder statue before. He’s a character that’s always been added to the wishlist, but somehow the iteration or composition didn’t quite click with everyone before this piece. This design has struck right. It was the Robin we all wanted to do.
Shacknews: It was a brilliant idea to merge elements of Drake and Damien into the action figure so fans could choose which Robin to display. Can you explain to us how this idea was born?
Sideshow Collectibles: When a few characters have worn the mantle of a specific superhero, there will always be a debate about which version to create. There has been a lot of talk behind the scenes.
At this point, Dick Grayson had been Nightwing for almost 40 years. Jason’s run was over (and the Red Hood character is awesome!), So we chose to develop a design for Tim. But as the art evolved, we noticed that we quite naturally created something that could also be interpreted as Damian. Why not the two of them? Fates align.
Shacknews: Will we see the rest of the bat family be introduced through your line of premium format figures? Red Riding Hood? Night wing? Or even Cassandra Cain in Batgirl?
Sideshow Collectibles: There were some really fun Bat-Family discussions. I think some of our best bat figures are yet to come. We will enjoy them together.
Sideshow Collectibles Robin Premium Edition Exclusive Format Figure is available now for $ 555 and is limited to 500 units. The Collector’s Edition is $ 545 with 1000 units available for purchase. Keep a tab on our theme page for unboxes for more videos on collectibles and play equipment.