Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Diamond Select Toys to release Mr. Fusion prop replica from BTTF

DST (Diamond Select Toys) is planning to release the Mr. Fusion prop replica from Back to the Future. The replica will have sound and smoke effects. DST had a prototype on display at Toy Fair 2013, but no release date or pricing information was given. Check out the photos and video below.

I am highly skeptical when it comes to BTTF products from DST, especially after they released their inaccurate Flux Capacitor replica; with its wrong enclosure color being the biggest sore detail. Then there is the simple Outatime license plate replica which had inaccurate font and text placement. No DMC logo on their DeLorean models which also had wrong side wiring details among other things. So beyond their BTTF minimates, I haven't really been happy with their BTTF products.

So when I learned that DST is doing another BTTF replica, I was kinda surprised that they are still considering to make more BTTF products. In some ways I am now actually hopefully that they can really make this a solid replica, i.e. if they are willing to make the necessary changes. Starting off with the mold of the white base, which needs to be altered and made shorter. The extra screw holes at the top need to go. And the area behind the Mr. Fusion logo needs to be hollow and transparent just like the Krups coffee grinder. There are more details that need tweaking, but the ones mentioned are more prominent.

There are talented individuals with access to accurate prop details and dimensions who are more than willing to offer their assistance in developing a great Mr. Fusion. DST, all you guys have to do is take up on their offer and rework on your prototype design. Fans are willing to put up with a late release, as long as the final product is more screen accurate, instead of rushing this existing prototype into final production. DST, so please gain the good will of BTTF collectors by being open to the idea of making changes to this Mr. Fusion.

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Factory Entertainment to release Back to the Future Shakems

Factory Entertainment has acquired the Back to the Future license and they will be rolling out some cool BTTF products in 2013. Starting off with their Shakems line, which are similar to bobbleheads as in mini statues with spring action. The first four BTTF Shakems are as follows.

Doc Brown Shakems
Marty McFly Hoverboard Shakems
DeLorean Time Machine Shakems
Manure Truck Accident Shakems

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These are prototypes and are still in approval stages. Yes, there are no actor likeness on these products and due to the bobblehead type nature of these products, they appear to be more cartoonized versions of the characters. Still the sculpts looks good and costume details are captured quite nicely, but Marty's face needs to be more expressive. Also Doc's costume needs the orange markings and his shoes could use the brown color touch up. Overall it's refreshing to see a company releasing BTTF products beyond DeLorean models. I love the DeLorean Time Machine and I'm looking forward to Hot Wheels releasing their Elite BTTF DeLorean Models in 1:43 and 1:18 scale later this year.

But I also want to see more characters from the BTTF universe being released in the figure and statue format. These Shakems from Factory Entertainment is a good start towards that. And I have to say, that Biff's car filled with manure display is just brilliant. This is what I want to see, a company doing the unconventional and really embracing their acquired licenses. It's great to see that memorable and hilarious moment from the film being captured in a sculpture format like that. More movie scene specific sculptures please.

Mattel acquired the BTTF action figure license along with actor likeness rights back in 2011 and then backed out from producing the figures. Hot Toys has acquired the BTTF license along with likeness rights, though I am not sure if we will see any figures in 2013. From what I discussed with Factory Entertainment, they seem very passionate about the BTTF franchise and I think they will do the BTTF line justice. Also FE makes movie prop replicas, so maybe down the line we can finally have a company doing accurate BTTF prop replicas.

Last month I got the Universal Monsters - Frankenstein Limited Edition VFX Bust from Factory Entertainment. And it's a gorgeous piece of art. I can only hope FE manages to get actor likeness rights and releases more similar BTTF character products in the future.

To know more about Factory Entertainment, check out their website below and follow them on Facbook and Twitter.

Along with Back to the Future, Factory Entertainment is releasing products from Jaws, Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, Shawn of the Dead and others. Thanks to and Action Figure Times for all the photo coverage.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

A message from Bob Gale on the completion of the BTTF Time Machine Restoration

I can't wait to see the BTTF DeLorean Time Machine in person and see the fruits of labor due to the hard work of Joe, Terry and the rest of the TMR team for which we all fans will be always indebted to. Hopefully I get to see it when I visit US in 2015 or maybe even prior to that.

And a big thanks to Bob Gale for supporting this project and the whole TMR team from day one. Also considering my contributions are comparatively miniscule, I am honored and humbled for being mentioned.

Time Machine Restoration

A message from Bob Gale, co-creator, co-writer and co-producer 
of the Back to the Future Trilogy

11 February 2013

Great Scott!

Are you telling me we restored a time machine out of a DeLorean?  And with STYLE?

Damn straight!

Congratulation, kudos and giga-props to the DeLorean Time Machine Restoration Team!
The job you guys did has exceeded my expectations! 

Take it from me, the vehicle has NEVER looked this good, not even on the first day it rolled out of Kevin Pike's shop – and I was there.   To say that the restored Delorean A-car is totally awesome is a major understatement!

A giga shout out to Joe Walser: he is truly THE MAN!  It was his dogged determination, his obsession with quality, his unflagging dedication, and his in-depth knowledge of the vehicle inside and out, all of which he imparted to an incredibly talented crew of skilled technicians, mechanics, fanatics, lunatics, and OCD-ers (and every one of you guys kick ass!), that got the job done.  With style.  And with the amazing Terry Matalas always there to keep the proverbial train on the tracks...or, I guess I should say, to keep the modified time car on the tracks.

Special thanks to everyone who bought a patch. Or two. Or all three.  Those dollars really helped.  And every penny was channeled directly into the flux capacitor...or the wiring...or the stainless steel restoration...or any of a countless number of other aspects and details.  So display those patches proudly – you really made a difference.

And thanks to everybody who has friended us here on Facebook – and to Vivek Bhat for keeping that time car on the tracks online.  All of us on this project have been gratified to know how many friends we have. It's nice to know that people care, even just a little.  It made it a lot easier to get through some incredibly long days and nights. 

It's taken over two years to get here.  There are endless stories to be told about what was done and how it was done, the bullets we dodged, and the almosts, the what-ifs and the alternate time lines.  But those are tales for the future.

Right now, we celebrate a job well done.  

Congratulations, everybody!

Meanwhile, keep checking in for updates about Universal's plans for the display of the restored Delorean Time Machine, which we'll pass on once we know what's going on.

To be continued...!

          -- Bob Gale