Fox To Unveil Planet Of The Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection Package At San Diego Comic-Con

Later this week, thousands will descend upon San Diego for the city’s annual Comic-Con International convention. In the beginning (ahem, 1970) it was a three-day convention where fans of comic books and science-fiction/fantasy congregated together and interacted with such luminaries as Ray Bradbury and Jack Kirby. Over the decades it has grown beyond its comic-book roots to be a Hollywood launching pad for upcoming productions (see Django Unchained, World War Z, and of course Marvel’s Cinematic Universe).

Outside of panel discussions, early teasers and film clips, studios have upped the ante by allowing visitors to get some home video exclusives when pre-ordering titles set to arrive in the fall. 20th Century Fox is no exception. In an official press release, the studio revealed that attendees would be the first to see the official packaging and design for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, complete series collections of Sons of Anarchy and How I Met Your Mother, and many more.


○ Be the first to pre-order this 4-disc limited-edition collection at a special Comic-Con price featuring RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD packaged in a fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint. Designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film, this must-own collection also includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and hours of special features. Available this Holiday season.

○ Get your SDCC exclusive collectible mini-poster when you pre-order THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Blu-ray.

○ Catch up on the complete F/X series with a special branded lanyard containing video clips from all seasons and pre-order the complete series box set featured in a customized recreation of the iconic SAMCRO clubhouse table.

○ Pre-order the whole story at Comic-Con and receive a collectible poster replica of the print Josh Radnor commissioned for the cast and crew of “How I Met Your Mother” in celebration of the series finale featuring call backs and references to all nine seasons of the show.

○ Fans that pre-order Jack Bauer’s latest adventure will receive the collectible comic “24: Underground” from IDW publishing

○ Celebrate the Emmy® nominated mini-series release of the F/X horror anthology with your very own Voodoo Doll from Marie Laveau when you pre-order.

○ Pre-order the FX hit mini-series that received 18 Emmy® nominations and get an exclusive Fargo knit beanie while supplied last

○ Each title includes a matching and numbered limited edition lithograph
○ Sci-Fi: ALIEN, THE FLY (1958) and ROBOCOP (1987)

○ Purchase the Blu-ray in honor of the 30th anniversary of this iconic film and receive an exclusive La Boca-designed poster.

○ Unleash the fun and pick up a limited pop vinyl figurine of Mr. Peabody or Sherman when you pre-order this hilarious comedy-adventure from DreamWorks Animation.

○ Get the official SDCC 2014 edition “Toothless” battle figurine available for purchase; pre-order DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and receive the collectible “Toothless” battle figurine as a gift with purchase.

Tags: 24: Just Another Day, Alien, Dawn of the Planet of the APes, Fargo, Fox, RoboCop, Sons of Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars


Bloomfield, NJ: Nye and Company has the great honor to represent the sale of Major League Baseball’s iconic New York Yankees catcher,Yogi Berra. Nearly 300 lots will be posted to, starting July 23rd through August 6th. The Bloomfield, New Jersey-based auction house will be open for viewing from July 28th until the sale closes, including the weekend of August 2nd and 3rd, from Noon to 4pm each day.   With the recent sale of the late Hall-of-Famer’s home in neighboring Montclair, New Jersey, where he and his wife Carmen resided since 1956, furnishings and personal affects will be available to the highest bidder. Though there are baseball items included in the sale, the majority of the lots will be items from his spacious Georgian style home, built in 1902.   Room vignettes will showcase the important pieces that Berra and his wife collected over the years. “We are creating beautiful settings in which to show the pieces off to their best advantage,” said John Nye, founder of the eponymous auction house.

According to Nye, buyers will find an historic Federal mahogany “butler’s desk” made in New York about 1825 and a mahogany American secretary desk of similar date. A George III mahogany pedestal desk, a Baroque style inlaid center table, and a pair of Italian walnut corner cupboards are among the notable pieces of formal furniture. A lovely set of Neo-classical style cast-iron garden furniture suite, embellished with swags, is one of three groups of outdoor seating.   Carmen Berra collected chicken and figural birds primarily in glass and wood by such notable makers as Royal Worcester, Baccarat, W. Goebel and Boehm. Several Georgian wall sconces, lamps and dinner services by venerable firms like Adams, Ducal Crownware, Lenox and Heinrich & Co. augment the table-top items.   Numerous commemorative pieces should attract bidders’ attention.

For example, there are Yankees inscribed Tiffany ice buckets, a Hall of Fame tea pot, a portrait, team jacket, baseballs, a pair of #8-embroidered Yankee-logo-emblazoned golf shoes, a team suitcase and other pieces, including All-Star Game memorabilia. Each lot will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.   About Nye and Company In early 2010, Nye and Company relocated to Bloomfield, New Jersey making them more easily accessible to New York City. Our location at 20 Beach Street, moments off major interstate arties (Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, Routes 80, 280, 287) and State Routes 3, 46 and 23, is easily found by the large-format banners on the façade. For more information visit: or phone 973-984-6900.

About iGavel Auctions

When Lark Mason founded iGavel Inc., the online international network of independently owned regional auction salesrooms, specializing in the sale of fine and decorative arts, in 2003, his stellar reputation as a leading expert, appraiser and television personality on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, was already well-established within the art world.

With iGavel’s large network of auction houses and dealers, there is an abundant selection of items daily flowing onto the iGavel site from companies including: Abington Auctions in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Case Antiques Auctions in Knoxville, TN; Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York City; Elder’s Fine Art & Antiques in Nokomis, FL.; Everard and Company in Savannah, GA.; KC Auction Company in Kansas City, MO; Litchfield County Auctions in Litchfield, CT.; Lark Mason Associates in New York City; Nye and Company in Bloomfield, NJ; Quinn’s Auction Gallery in Falls Church, VA; South Bay Auctions in East Moriches, NY; and Witherell’s in Sacramento, CA.

iGavel Auctions is located at 229 East 120th Street (between Second and Third Avenues), New York City. Visit, or phone 212-289-5588.


Comic-Con offers Mattel collectible toy designers a chance to go wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel’s dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows a detail of the "Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car." When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel.

This photo provided by courtesy of Mattel, Inc. shows a detail of the “Hot Wheels Life-Sized Darth Vader Car.” When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday, July 24, 2014, in San Diego, the sky’s the limit for the designers at Mattel.

Inside the colorful design center — a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel’s parking garage — the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the game “Batman: Arkham Knight” and a 9-inch-tall action figure of Superman killer Doomsday.

“It’s one of the coolest things we do,” said Doug Wadleigh, Mattel’s senior vice president of global brand marketing for boys and entertainment. “We don’t have to worry about retail. We don’t have to worry about margins. We don’t have to worry about operational efficiencies. We only have to worry about creating the coolest toys for our fans. Period.”

Because the toys aren’t intended to be sold in stores, only in small quantities on the Comic-Con show floor and on Mattel’s collectors’ site, Mattel designers are encouraged to employ premium materials and create over-the-top packaging. Mattel’s exclusives this year run between $20 and $85, but the elite toys can fetch much more when they’re put up for auction.

The crown jewel for Wadleigh and his team this year is a Darth Vader die-cast car, the first official collaboration from Hot Wheels and the “Star Wars” franchise. The car — imagine if a Chevrolet Corvette C5 and the villainous Sith lord’s helmet had a baby — comes in a sleek black box and encased in a replica of Vader’s lightsaber, complete with a swooshing sound effect.

“We’ve been trying to partner with Lucasfilm and Disney on this property for a long time,” said Wadleigh. “It took us time to get them to understand how Hot Wheels and ‘Star Wars’ could be married together to create a unique opportunity within the vehicle space. It blows me away to finally see it come to life in such a beautiful form. It’s gorgeous.”

Wadleigh isn’t exaggerating about the toy car coming to life. A full-size working replica of the Vadermobile will be on display at Mattel’s booth at the massive San Diego Convention Center. The vehicle is capable of going up to 80 miles per hour, and the dashboard inside will resemble the interior of Darth Vader’s helmet. Yes, it will emit his breathing sounds, too.

Comic-Con will be the first place that fans can see the initial line-up of “Star Wars” Hot Wheels. The first set is modeled after such classic characters as Han Solo, Yoda, R2-D2 and Chewbacca. If sketches on display inside the Mattel design center are any indication, rides based on Princess Leia, Jabba the Hutt and the new “Star Wars Rebels” characters are being tinkered on.

“There’s a lot of thought that goes on behind the scenes on how we select what type of car goes with which character,” said Bryan Benedict, the designer behind the “Star Wars” autos. “It’s not just about what the character looks like but who the character is and their personality traits. The Darth car, and this is reflected in the full-size build, is really a timeless looking car.”

Several other toy makers and publishers are also pushing collectible toys and books at the convention. The line-up from Mattel rival Hasbro this year includes a set of Marvel superhero figures that comes with a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet, a box of Transformers figures depicting the ‘bots as rock stars and a giant foam replica axe from “Magic: The Gathering.”

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Collecting Space With Robert Pearlman

This month marks the 45th year since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the moon in July, 1969. To commemorate that occasion we welcome Robert Pearlman to the program to discuss his space collecting hobby. A journalist and space history specialist, Robert Pearlman became one of the first independent developers to use the internet to inform the public about space exploration.

collectSPACE is the leading online publication, resource site and online community for space history enthusiasts. His readership includes historians, museum curators and conservators, educators, authors, and private collectors. Astronauts and space program workers, both active and retired are also members of the community and audience.

collectSPACE syndicated news articles appear on Yahoo News,, NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, the Huffington Post, Mashable and in the pages of Space News, among other media partners.

collectSPACE is cited frequently by the press, including features by Forbes, The Robb Report, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Florida Today, The Houston Chronicle, Fox News, MSNBC and on CNN.


Collecting Video Games On The Collectors Show

Our guest this week on The Collectors Show is Syd Bolton. Syd is an accomplished computer and video game collector. To hear the show, go to Web Talk Radio , itunes, or iglu radio.

According to the Canadian Broadcast Company, he has the largest collection of video games in Canada, and probably the world for that matter, owning nearly 15,000 games. To give you an idea of how many games that is, there are nearly that many games for sale on ebay at this writing.

He is an author and recognized expert in his field. In June 2011, Bolton completed his Xbox game collection being the first in Canada, and possibly North America to do so. He is also the owner of the Personal Computer Museum.

The Price of Some Games

A copy of “Final Fantasy 14 Realm Reborn Collectors Edition” brand new and sealed for the PS3 is priced at $10,297.00 plus shipping. A more affordable game is the “Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time” is priced at $1,100.00. There are also guides and figures of characters from games that contribute to the hobby.

ET The Video Game

What was reported to be the worst video game ever, ET by Atari, focused attention on the video game collecting hobby when collectors went out into the New Mexico dessert and dug up copies of the game the manufacturer had buried there. But Syd reports that while this game was a stinker, there were and are others that were worse, more rare and more valuable.

More About Syd Bolton

Bolton writes reviews and opinion pieces for both The Armchair Empire and In 2009, Bolton was selected to be a judge for the video game awards program called The ELANS, which is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Both Bolton and the Personal Computer Museum received a fair amount of attention in the summer of 2009 when Bolton’s custom-made Pac-Man table was featured on Destructoid and news of his PS2 collection reaching 1,200 unique games was featured on Kotaku. In October 2009, it was announced that Bolton would be the President of the S-3D Gaming Alliance which focuses on supporting stereoscopic 3D gaming.

Bolton has been writing the weekly ‘LOGGED ON’ column for the Brantford Expositor since March 5, 2005. The piece currently runs in the Weekend section of the Saturday paper and it focuses on technology and its various aspects.

Collecting Video Games On The Collectors Show

This week on The Collectors Show we talk with Syd Bolton about his enormous collection of video games. According to the Canadian Broadcast Company, he has the largest collection of video games in Canada, and probably the world for that matter, owning nearly 15,000 games. He is an author and recognized expert in his field.To listen to the show go to or iTunes. 



Actor Goes Ape Over Collectibles Linked to Sci-Fi Films

Tim Parati shows off his “Planet of the Apes” room.

Tim Parati shows off his “Planet of the Apes” room.

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Stringy hair and hollow cheeks have earned the native Charlottean small roles as haunting characters in a variety of movies – as a redneck racist in 1996’s “A Time to Kill,” a wacko woodsman in 2002’s “Cabin Fever,” a backwoods bully in 2007’s “The Great Debaters.” The list goes on.

So picture this: He takes a woman out on a date, brings her back to his apartment in Elizabeth for the first time, sits her down, and says, “I have to show you something in the back bedroom. Don’t be scared …”

No, it’s not a trap. It’s just that when you have a room filled top to bottom and wall to wall with almost every type of “Planet of the Apes” collectible you can think of (and many you cannot), better to find out if such an obsession is a relationship deal-breaker sooner rather than later.

Today, Parati is 52 and a newlywed, having forged the bond with someone who not only wasn’t scared off by those damned dirty apes, but who actually finds the whole thing kind of sexy.

His collection is massive – “over 10,000 (pieces), if you go down to individual trading cards or magazines,” Parati says – and will only grow as toys and keepsakes tied to 20th Century Fox’s new “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” movie trickle out this month.

“I can’t even imagine how much money I’ve spent on it. I probably could have bought a house a long time ago.”

Tim and Kim Parati did recently purchase a home together; but an addition or an attic renovation would be required to accommodate Tim’s “Apes” cache, so he keeps it in the hot, stuffy second-floor unit that he now calls his studio.

‘I went crazy with it’

Tim Parati’s love affair with apes began in 1973 when – as a student at Smith Junior High – he caught a TV airing of “Planet of the Apes.” Released in 1968, it starred Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-lands on a planet where the animals speak and behave like Earth’s humans. Four sequels followed, as did two television series and various comic books.

“It was total escapism, going into that world. I was enthralled,” he says. “And I just went crazy with it.”

Through his years at Olympic High School, he’d cash paychecks from his job as an usher at the Park Terrace movie theater and buy “Apes” comic books, trading cards, models.

But before enrolling at UNC Charlotte as a theater student in the fall of 1979, Parati boxed up his “Apes” stuff so his parents could put it in storage.

Years passed until the box came back to him, in 1993, when his parents got rid of the storage unit. The box continued to collect dust until eBay was founded in the mid-’90s.

“I thought, ‘Great, I can sell all this and make some money’ – that was why I kept it all that time: to sell it,” Parati says. “And I could not do it.

“I was emotionally attached to it, certainly. Most collectors do get emotionally attached to their collections. But I also just saw all this other stuff (on eBay) that I had always wanted, that I should have bought when it was a dollar-fifty, and now it was much more.”

So after his roommate moved out of the Elizabeth apartment in 1997, he decided not to find a new one. The bedroom became “The Apes Room.”

He was now a middle-aged man, but that childhood thrill had returned.

‘I love weird’

Tim Parati met Kim Watson Brooks at a Halloween party he hosted in 2001. They had run in theater circles; Kim performed for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, where Tim had been doing work as a scenic artist (he has been on permanent staff at CTC for the past decade).

Someone at the party was talking about Tim’s “Apes” room, and she was led down the hall for a viewing.

“I walked in and thought, ‘Oh, my God,’” Kim says. “But I love weird. And it was weird in a good way. Fringe in a good way. I am a minimalist, and so I always find it interesting when people go so deep with something. … To go into that room and see what to me was a manifestation of his passion, I thought it was really cool.”

They remained friendly for several years, then officially start dating in 2011. During their courtship, Tim asked Kim to watch all of the movies – including Tim Burton’s 2001 remake and the 2011 reboot “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” She didn’t resist, and found herself actually enjoying the post-film discussions.

The couple was married last month.

Prized possessions

Parati says that over the years he has been mostly practical when adding to his collection: “If it was a choice between rent and food and buying some toys, then I certainly ate and kept my shelter over my head.”

He has a big notebook and several “sub-notebooks” that catalog each item and how much he paid for it. He periodically scans eBay, but mainly to see if someone’s got the same item in better condition; that’s because at this point, he says, there isn’t much that he doesn’t have.

Parati’s most prized possessions are quirkier keepsakes, bought online: a bass drum adorned with the likeness of chimpanzee archaeologist Dr. Cornelius (paid $150); a life preserver ($150); a beach ball ($200); and a child’s sleeping bag featuring Cornelius, Dr. Zaius, Zira and Gen. Aldo ($350).

Items he is afraid to let guests touch are kept in a large, glass case he got from a baseball card shop that was going out of business. Everything else is OK to handle, though he enforces a no-food-no-drink rule in the room, and – because he does get anxious about a catastrophe – the collection is fully insured.

He’s never had to file a claim, but a few years ago, his apartment was burglarized. It was summer, and a window had been thrown open to cool off the place, and someone used a ladder to let themselves in.

They took the flat-screen TV, a bicycle and some other items. They clearly had discovered the “Apes” room, because he always keeps the door closed and the door was open; but nothing inside appeared to have been disturbed.

“He probably freaked out and left,” says Parati, adding that he isn’t overly concerned about thieves.

“Who’s gonna break in and take that stuff? It’s just a bunch of crap to most people.”