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CaptainCargo
07-07-2005, 01:50 PM
Which product is better? I haven't seen much of the Attakus line and wanted some opinions. BTW, I'm talking strictly about product vs. product (not about price or how slow GG is http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif)

darth_steeler
07-07-2005, 05:40 PM
I collect both lines, and appreciate and love them both.

Attakus statues are impressive in both size and weight, and their attention to detail is spot on. I appreciate the fact that these are truly artistic creations, and although some folks quibble with certain inaccuracies (human characterizations), I have no problem with idealized artistic impressions. The paint apps on these statues are second to none, and superior to GG paint apps in my opinion. They are also of more limited nature (usually to 1500) if exclusivity appeals to you. I am a big, big fan of this line.

Gentle Giant carved it's Star Wars niche with its Mini-Bust line. These are awesome creations, and highly desireble mainly due the price/quality factor. I've been completely happy with every mini-bust purchase I've made. They are very addicting, and if you are even remotely completist in nature, good luck. GG's foray into the statue market is coming along nicely as well. I prefer the Attakus Vader and Chewie to GG's releases, but the Stormie on Dewback, C-3PO and upcoming Biker Scout look amazing.

Bottom line is both companies offer quality, high-end collectibles. My advice is to buy what suits your fancy. I collect items from both lines and have no regrets whatsoever.

oldschool_Jawa
07-07-2005, 05:58 PM
I just got into the attakus line and to be honest their quality, attention to detail, and size are amazing! They are second to none. I have all the GG statues to date and I just don't get the thrill I did when looking at the GG statues anymore after having some attakus statue in the collection. The only GG statue I still really love is the sandtrooper on dewback, it is awesome. I also can't wait for the biker scout with speeder and especially the luke on taun taun! Anyway, as darth steeler has already said buy what you like from both lines. The attakus stuff is soooo impressive in person though. I think the GG c-3po looks like a freakin toy compared to the attakus c-3po. I also don't like the GG chewbacca as much as I used to but I have yet to see the attakus chewbacca in person. Also, judging from the upcoming attakus wave, they are gonna have some MUST own pieces in that wave!

TA2215
07-07-2005, 06:42 PM
I collect both lines too and I agree 100% with darth_steeler, these are two completely different companies with totally different products. I must say that I got into Attakus only because they have three characters that appealed to my "bad guys" collection and that I couldn't get from any other company but after I bought the first one I was so impressed with the piece that I will definitely get all the other pieces that fit in my collection.

CaptainCargo
07-07-2005, 07:10 PM
Great feedback guys, Thanks! I need to find a way to see some attakus stuff in person. I've got a bunch of GG stuff (and love it), but lately I've been feeling like I'm missing out on something!

ump
07-08-2005, 02:34 AM
totally agree with you !!!attakus star wars line is really amazing!when you see it personally,i want to buy it!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Rod
07-08-2005, 08:57 AM
I'm all about Gentle Giant stuff and have no Attakus so it's hard for me to tell. I have seen a few Attakus in person but not all of them.

The ones I have seen have left me wondering how they can go so high.

I am glad many different people like one company more than the other.....if everybody liked Gentle Giant products as much as I do it be harder for me to collect http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

When I look at my Boba Fett mini bust and Vader statue my jaw drops every time

ump
07-08-2005, 09:48 AM
i'm also collecting GG items,i have collect all mini busts,all maquette,and the vader,chewbacca statue...IMO,
GG do very well in mini bust and maquette lines,but not in statues line,when you compare the GG vader with the attakus vader,it's no doubt attakus is the best version,not onlt at size,it's more details and the pose is more "classic".it look like from the movie,but the GG version is like the "unleashed" version,GG want it look like more dynamic ...but....IMO<i think the bust up vader pose is much better than the statue pose... and the plastic base is look too cheap....http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/confused.gif
i hope GG will keep doing well in maquette and mini bust line,...
about the price,you can ask a question:why collectors willing to pay high price on attakus items?
the one and only answer: super high quality!!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

RogueTrader
07-08-2005, 09:49 AM
Gentle Giant for me as well.

I have always thought Attakus was way overrated. Yes, there are a few nice pieces, but for the most part they are too expensive for what they are. Sure, they may pay attention to detail, but some likeness are way off.

Attakus I find Sub-Par:
Threepio
Stormie
Yoda
Kenobi
Clone
Luke

The rest are average, IMO

The only great standouts of the line are:
Vader I&II
Jango
Maul
Leia
Crumb and Jabba.

There have been 2 products that I have considered "so-so" in GG's line-up and that's been the Anakin bust and the Chewie statue. I think everything else is darn near perfect.

In fact, I think kotobukiya and sideshow have better offerings than attakus.

Dad_of_Mace_nLex
07-08-2005, 10:07 AM
I would have to say that I don't especially care for the Anakin and Padme minibust. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with my GG stuff.

ump
07-08-2005, 10:36 AM
would you have collecting attakus items?and own some items?
i think teh so-so in attakus line up that been luke and leia,,teh so-so in GG line up that been anakin,padme,zam mini bust,chew statue.(about the vader statue,it's look ... http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/confused.gif)if you have all attakus statues(except the luke and leia),you won't to say it's overrate.... http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

DarklordM
07-08-2005, 10:47 AM
My favorite is Attakus. I'm collecting Attakus statues since 2001 and had the complete 1st and 2nd serie together.
http://img201.echo.cx/img201/2053/michelesattakuscoll2ao.th.jpg (http://img201.echo.cx/my.php?image=michelesattakuscoll2ao.jpg)
The level of detail is just amazing and they are really worth the money. Sure, there are some faces (Luke and Obi-Wan)which aren't looking very authentic. But Attakus had some problems with the license i heard and you can find such faces in every line (GG and SSW). Attakus is very serious and the statues are all limited to 1500 pieces (except Jabba and Salacious with pipe, both 750 and the bronze Yoda with 250).
GG has some good stuff too. I own the Dewback and the Ep.3 Vader. Had the Boba bust here and it looked nice. But the statues give me much more. If you compare the Chewie and C3PO from GG with Attakus, the Attakus statues are looking much better and it wouldn't be hard for me to choose.
If you got the cash, go and buy Attakus and a few highlights from GG.

ump
07-08-2005, 11:00 AM
Great collections!!thank you!

TA2215
07-08-2005, 11:21 AM
Awesome collection!!!! I think you have one too many stormtroopers, maybe I can help you with that!!!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

DarklordM
07-08-2005, 01:16 PM
There's no stormie left, i had to sell both of them. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/frown.gif
But now i got a clonetrooper and next year attakus will release the new sandtrooper, which will look better than the stormie i think.

DarthScionTc
07-08-2005, 07:03 PM
You should start
Attakus vs. Gentle Giant vs. SideShow

Gentle Giant-Price
Attakus-in between both price and quality
SideShow-quality

oldschool_Jawa
07-08-2005, 07:07 PM
Yeah, don't forget sideshow! My SS luke is arriving Tuesday! I also just preordered the SS exclusive Obi wan statue!!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/cool.gif. The exclusive version comes with the jedi training remote. So far I have all the SS statues on order and I am really getting into the attakus line as well. Attakus has some amazing sculpting and detail, not to mention the size of the statues too! I would rank GG last in the statue competition.

jdough
07-08-2005, 07:10 PM
The Obi is up for preorder? Haven't recieved that e-mail yet.

oldschool_Jawa
07-08-2005, 07:17 PM
Yep, I just ordered it like 10 minutes ago. You will not believe the likeness in the face on this one, It is spot on and truly a masterpiece! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/shocked.gif

jdough
07-08-2005, 08:58 PM
It looks pretty cool, but I'm a little unsure about the premium format figures. They look pretty cool, but I've just started collecting statutes. Am I better off sticking with GG and Attakus or are they really worth it?

oldschool_Jawa
07-08-2005, 09:02 PM
Well, I'll let you know as I am receiving the first SS star wars statue on Tuesday! I can't wait to see how good the Luke looks in person.

Dad_of_Mace_nLex
07-08-2005, 09:03 PM
I don't have any statues other than Maquettes, but when I saw Sideshow's Grievous 1/4 scale at CIII, price was no longer relavent. I don't spend money like that but, that has got to be one of the best pieces of Star Wars memorabilia.

RogueTrader
07-08-2005, 09:51 PM
Sideshow's General Grievous is one of THE best star wars collectibles I have ever seen. I saw it at CIII as well and I was floored. I took a ton of pictures of it.

Unfortunately, money IS an issue for me though. http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

CaptainCargo
07-09-2005, 05:54 AM
Good point guys. I didn't even think about SS. I saw them at C3 and they are truly amazing and honestly a head above all the others (the subject has been duely edited)...one thing though. Assuming you can afford them, how on earth does a person have the room to display a collection of them properly. I have a whole room available and I can't think of a way to do them justice (without getting rid of much of my other stuff)...

jediriccan
07-11-2005, 11:24 AM
I totally love GG. I just started collecting the higher collectibles, so I went with them. I love the bust's. I love the fact that they aren't that big, so I can actually display them. Sideshow stautes are cool, but way to expensive for me. Attakus, I am not that fond of. They're cool, but also expensive, and some of them to me are just to plain. Even though I do not yet own any statues, only a few busts, I am planing on my next purchase to be a statue. I've been debating with myself on after getting my MR Obi LE, which I am saving for rite now, if I am going to get the new a GG Vader statue, or a Kotobukiya Vader. I wasn't even going to touch the Kotobukiya line, but they look way to good to me, and I would like to build on something that I could actually afford. In the GG line, thankfully there is only 3 statues I want rite now. The Vader, the Scouttrooper, and bike, and the Sandtrooper on dewback. These three are above my price range that I can afford, but I just love them. Now with the Kotobukiya line, there is a ton of them I love. Aaaaarrgghhh, decisions, decisions. Maybe I should of just stayed away from the higher collectibles, and just continued building up my MR collection. I can't take it anymore, lol....

ump
07-11-2005, 11:31 AM
can't wait for the SS and attakus Grievous ,both look great!!
i also want to buy the upcoming attakus luke jedi ,i thing it's good to put this with the attakus vader 2 !!!!! http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

larbob
07-11-2005, 03:49 PM
I have 14 of the Attakus statues and they are very well done;
with the comments made by others in this thread.
Can not comment on GG...don't own any.
Sideshow I have all the LOTR line but no SW....good quality but not as good as Attakus.

ump
07-11-2005, 11:15 PM
WOOOW!!!you have 14 attakus statues!!!!it's amazing,would you post some pictures? http://threads.rebelscum.com/images/graemlins/laugh.gif