I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there is good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles. Thediorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready. New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.
Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama. See dozens more photos of the sculpting and assembly process in the D3 Merchandise gallery.
What’s the Sideshow Collectibles background?
Greg: Sideshow was born from the belief that we could create more interesting, more detailed, more highly collectible limited edition figures, for a global audience. Our belief has been proven true, but we continue to be surprised by the global appeal of our products.
Medievaldragon: Are there plans to introduce more dioramas based on the Starcraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft licenses?
Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products. Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.
Medievaldragon: What is the status on the Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama (Barbarian) The final painted version hasn’t been unveiled yet.
Brant: You’ll see screenshots of the painted OVERTHROWN diorama soon. It’s KILLER.
Medievaldragon: Are you eventually developing a polystone diorama for each of the five Diablo III classes? i.e. the Witch Doctor and the Wizard?
Brant: It’s possible, but not definite.
Medievaldragon: How was that first approach between Sideshow and Blizzard Entertainment? The first product was the exclusive Tychus Findlay Terran Marine diorama—already painted by the time Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II, which means you were already on this at least a year earlier.
Greg: Our guys are Blizzard fans and play WoW more than they should because they’re dragging their sorry asses to work in the morning with a videogame hangover. So it was only natural that we explore other potential products.