Sideshow uses a variety of materials in the production of our high-end, museum-quality collectibles.
Each material serves a specific purpose and is meticulously considered to recreate the authenticity and detail you expect from our collectibles.
Below is a brief listing of the materials we use to create your collectibles.
- ABS (Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) – ABS is a very common rigid thermoplastic polymer that is used for its resilience. ABS is very good at capturing intricate detail but its use is dependent on how it is able to be pulled from a mold which can limit its application or use in more organic shapes.
- PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) – PVC is a versatile thermoplastic polymer that can have its hardness adjusted to maintain a specific form or shape. It is a resilient material due to its elastic nature.
- Vinyl - PVC particles which are mixed with a liquid plasticizer depending on the desired finished look. Vinyl allows for a larger, seamless piece when pulled from a mold and is lighter and less prone to breakage. Depending on the molding process, detail transfer can be very high.
- POM (Polyoxymethylene) – POM is most commonly used in articulated figure joints because of its rigid and tensile strength. Paints cant adhere to POM.
- Nylon – A polymer similar to POM but has more tensile strength. Applied towards inner joints/parts and combines well with ABS parts.
- PC (Polycarbonates) – PC is durable thermoplastic polymers that are used for clear pieces requiring a higher degree of optical clarity.
- Polystone – Polystone is a mixture of liquid plastic resin and powdered stone additive. It retains a majority of original sculpt detail, which accounts for its popularity in collectibles. Due to the stone additive and dependent on the wall thickness, the results can have a dense feel and weight.
- Resin – Resin is liquid urethane that when poured into the mold slowly fills every crevice resulting in a near perfect replication of an original sculpt, depending on how well the mold is made. A resin is resilient and not very brittle.
- Fiberglass – Fiberglass is strong, hard and resilient material that can be molded into larger complex shapes while remaining lightweight.
- Metals – Alloys such as aluminum or steel are used for their ability to maintain shape, feel or when replication of a scaled down metal component can be accomplished.