More Info on Gentle Giant Ltd. being acquired by Diamond Select Toys.

Diamond Select Toys to Purchase Gentle Giant, Ltd. Assets

Both Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have long been known for delivering high-quality busts, statues and action figures to collectors worldwide. Now, fans can get the best of both worlds, as DST finalizes the purchase of select assets of Gentle Giant, taking over manufacturing and distribution of many of the company’s key lines.

Beginning February 1, Diamond Select Toys and Collectibles, LLC, will assume operations for all of Gentle Giant’s existing licenses, and release previously developed and newly created busts, statues and scaled-up vintage action figures. Any in-progress and future products will be offered to retailers through the Previews catalog, published by DST’s sister company Diamond Comic Distributors.

Gentle Giant’s collector club, the Premier Guild, will continue to operate, with exclusive items for members and reserved access to certain products. DST has pledged to fulfill any outstanding exclusives and rewards to current members, and to expand on the club’s scope going forward.

“This is a great moment for DST,” said Diamond Comic Distributors owner Steve Geppi. “The unification of many of Gentle Giant’s licenses and built-in fan base with DST’s sales and distribution channels is a recipe for success. Two wonderful companies uniting talents to produce the best of the best.  I am confident the final product will be well received by both companies’ wonderful supporters and customers.”

“It is a great honor for Gentle Giant to continue our strong creative relationship with Diamond,” said Karl Meyer, VP of Entertainment at 3D Systems. “With great pleasure, I am personally thrilled to have DST uphold the Gentle Giant Ltd brand and work with our artists in bringing entertainment magic from the screen to the collectors’ hands.”

“I have been a longtime fan of Gentle Giant’s products, and I am excited to continue their legacy,” said DST president Chuck Terceira. “Once we’re up and running, we plan to deliver seamless service of existing product lines, so expect to see the same level of quality, with the added bonus of DST’s broad distribution.”

In addition to resin busts and statues, DST produces Gallery PVC Dioramas, Select action figures, Minimates mini-figures, Vinimates vinyl figures, D-Formz PVC figures, prop replicas and vinyl banks.

Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC, was formed in 1999 by sister company Diamond Comic Distributors as a source of collectibles for all ages, developed primarily for the collector’s market. It has enjoyed relationships with a number of content producers, including Lucasfilm, Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros., Sony, CBS, Legendary, PopCap, EA and many more.

INDUSTRY FAQ

What will change when DST takes over Giant Gentle?

Very little. Most products already developed will move forward, and new products will be developed to follow them. Many of the existing designers, sculptors, painters and factories will continue to be involved. You can expect to see some new artists that DST has worked with in the past start to work on traditional Gentle Giant Ltd. products. Convention attendance will remain largely the same, and the Premier Guild will continue to operate as it did. 

Will Gentle Giant be changing its name?

Gentle Giant Studios are not involved in this acquisition and will continue to operate, performing sculpting services for a variety of clients, including DST. The Gentle Giant Ltd. brand will be joining the DST family.

Will DST take over Gentle Giant’s licenses? Including Star Wars?

Yes, DST will take over the majority of the Gentle Giant Ltd licenses and will continue the existing lines that Gentle Giant has started, releasing already-developed items and developing new items. Each license will be reviewed and discussed, and we will update you as soon as possible on their status.

What should fans of Gentle Giant look forward to?

A continuation of everything that they know and love about the company, with the addition of some new product categories, an injection of new artistic talent, and more ways to get the products they care about.

Gentle Giant Ltd. has been acquired by Diamond Select Toys.

Via Gentle Giant (3D Systems):

Dear Valued Gentle Giant Ltd. Collector,

We are pleased to announce that as of February 1st, Gentle Giant Ltd has a new parent company. Gentle Giant Ltd. has been acquired by Diamond Select Toys. www.gentlegiantltd.com is currently down for maintenance. Notification will be sent once the Gentle Giant Ltd. website is up and running.

It is Diamond Select Toys’ goal to continue to provide you with excellent customer service and outstanding high-end limited edition collectibles.

You probably have a few questions and hopefully we can address them.

How do these changes affect me?

We are taking great efforts to make this transition as smooth as possible. You should not see any changes on the website regarding your account information, membership status or existing pre-orders.

What should I do If I received damaged product or if I did not receive my order?

If your order was shipped on or before January 31, 2019, please contact gentlegiantltd.custserv@3dsystems.com until February 28, 2019. 3D Systems will be able to assist you, but will not be able to replace product and will have to issue a refund for your order. Once www.gentlegiantltd.com is live you can place an order for the item in question, providing the product is still in stock. If your order shipped after January 31, 2019 please contact customerservice@diamondselecttoys.com

If I received notice that my order was declined

Gentle Giant Ltd. can reprocess your order once www.gentlegiantltd.com is operational. You may need to update your payment information, for you order to be reauthorized.

If I want to update my billing/shipping address or payment information for an order

Once www.gentlegiantltd.com is live again, you can update your information at that time. 

For additional information, please contact Diamond Select Toys – Gentle Giant Ltd. via email at customerservice@diamondselecttoys.com 

Thank you,

– 3D Systems Staff

Last Chance – Star Wars Boba Fett Holiday Mini Bust!

If you have been on the fence, now is the time to jump! Pre-orders for the Boba Fett Star Wars Holiday Special 2018 PGM Holiday Mini Bust end this Friday, 8/17  to be guaranteed to get one.  After that date Gentle Giant has to turn the orders in to the factory and get started on production so they will get to us all in time for the holidays.  This is an AWESOME piece, check it out below and head to www.gentlegiantltd.com before 8/17 to secure one today!

 

 

Gentle Giant Ltd San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Announcement #2 – Lt. Saru Star Trek: Discovery Mini Bust

Hot off the critically acclaimed and fan-favorite first season comes the launch product from Gentle Giant LTD’s newest license: Star Trek: Discovery! Star Trek fans all over the globe are rejoicing the return of a regular Star Trek series and their dedication to the pulse-pounding first season has led to Star Trek: Discovery being picked up for a second season!

Gentle Giant Ltd Announce New SOLO: A Star Wars Story Mini Busts!

All week long on our social media channels (@gentlegiantltd) we have been celebrating #SoloWeek by looking at some of our current and past products based on that notorious scoundrel Han Solo and the mighty Chewbacca… but, a new Star Wars movie with a new Han and a new Chewie calls for some NEW Star Wars mini busts!  
Behold! A brand new pair of Han and Chewbacca 1:6th scale mini busts based on their appearance in the new SOLO: A Star Wars Story feature film opening today!
 
To further celebrate #SoloWeek and the release of the movie we have created a special “Best Buds Bundle” we are offering through June 4th. If you pre-order both busts you can save $20 on each of them!  That’s a $40 savings!  If you are a current Premier Guild member you can use your discount to save even more!  That’s something you can roar about!
 
 

Venom Marvel Animated Statue

Sometimes a villain, sometimes an antihero, the alien Symbiote know as Venom strikes fear into the hearts of the Marvel Universe! When he is a villain, the hulking brute that is Venom is one of the deadliest foes of Spider-Man. But, what about his down time? In our latest Marvel Animated Statue, we find the fiendish Venom… out on a stroll enjoying his favorite, friendly neighborhood snack! 

Venom is the 17th release in our popular and adorable Marvel animated statues based on the Marvel comic books covers done by fan-favorite artist Skottie Young. The Venom statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems 3D printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted, and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.

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