I picked up a Sideshow Flint today MIB for 90 bucks, good deal I think. I got it at Midtown comics new store on Fulton Street in NYC,-25% off everything in the store through December 9th.
My question is, does Sideshow utilize lower end Hot Toys bodies for their GI Joe and Star Wars figures?
I recall that starting with the Obi-Wan in clone trooper armor, there was a Hot Toys logo on the box, and the box stated "in collaboration with Hot Toys"
This appeared on the first couple of releases after that, then disappeared, but the bodies appear to be lower end Hot Toys sculpts, and the heads fit perfectly on a Hot toys body.
The hand pegs are also Hot Toys design.
Sideshow has apparently stopped using their own body design (Thankfully-while it was durable, the proportions were always a little off and even their most muscular body was scrawny compared to the Hot Toys muscle body.) and are using the new Hot toys like body for all of their 12 inch releases.
The joints also seem to have a "ratchet like" movement to them, especially on the G.I. Joe figures.
I've also noticed that in the last 5 or so years, Sideshow will carry almost if not every Hot Toys release, so it seems that a collaboration on the Sideshow bodies would be a natural progression of their partnership.
I know a lot of guys slam sideshow G.I. Joe figures on this board, but I love them-even at 120 a figure that is still less than a Hot Toys figure and the quality is still very high compared to a mass market release.