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You already know that Sideshow Collectibles are the premier purveyors of collectible display pieces and other high end desirables; praised for their extreme attention to detail throughout the entire production process, as well as their outstanding products. Sideshow is as synonymous to collectibles as Bose is to sound and fat kids to cake. From Star Wars to Marvel, DC and many other brands, Sideshow are the master makers. Their ever growing assortment of statues and figurines is the stuff nerd dreams are made of.

What you may not know, however, is what Sideshows creative process is, what their inner sanctum (their offices) looks like, and what it’s like to work for such a creative outlet.

Well, wonder no more! A new book titled Inside The Sideshow Studio has come out and gives fans an in-depth look. We were fortunate to receive a copy for review. The world of Sideshow is more fascinating than you ever imagined…

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Unlike most coffee table books – that either sit and collect dust or are used as permanent wedge for chair or TV stand – this book is, to quote Alice in Wonderland, “curiouser and curiouser”. It captures more than your eye, it touches your creative spirit.

This is a illustrated window into the belly of the beast. An at-a-glance view into the work-scape and colorful rooms not many get to see. It’s quite hours, and they’ve let us walk behind the velvet rope.

The book provides readers with a visual tour through the inventive studios that have created some of the most complex, realistic figures from pop culture. The lengthy production process that the creators go through is unlike any other company, and this book explains each department in detail, from sculpting to shipping, though stunning glossy photos and insider quotes from the staff. It all ties together to show the wonderful world of whimsy (and the macabre), imagination, and hard work that happens within the walls of the Sideshow Studio.

It is a feast for the eyes. You look at the work-shop’s decorative hallways and your first and second reaction is “Oh, wow, that’s so cool” and “I want to go there!”. This is Disneyland for the decidedly different and the wonderfully weird.

So the book services Sideshow, shedding a light and giving credit to the team of dreamers and magic makers that make such detailed, hyper-realistic, and true to form collectibles. It also has and underlying message. That message being that creativity begets creativity. Not many companies allow or encourage their team members to exercise their creative license on their actual work space. Sideshow not only allows it, they encourage it.

I, for one, think that’s beautiful. Without our dreams, without imagination, without heart, without freedom of expression we would be nothing. Given that that’s what geek-culture is all about, it’s nice to see that people who make the things we love so much are geeks and nerds onto themselves. It’s perpetuating a culture of cool and companies like Sideshow are what help keep it going.

Sideshow Collectibles is just as much a fun house as much as it is a mad house. If you’re a fan of anything Sideshow has ever done, then this book is a perfect companion piece.

I’m glad I got the opportunity to view this book. I feel further connected and so much more appreciative of the work and passion that goes into making such incredible works of art. I mean I had an ideal that the Sideshow offices were cool, but I didn’t know it was like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory… on acid.

A must-have for fans and creatives, this beautifully illustrated book will not only grant a look at Sideshow that few have ever seen, but also inspires readers to push the limits of their talent and surround themselves with artistic spaces of their own.

If anything, it at least explains why some of their pieces cost so damn much.

Pre-order your copy today via Insight Editions ($24.95). Order HERE.

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