Friday, October 30, 2009

New Products & Shipping

Our newest Marvel products, Wolverine's leather motorcycle jacket w/ dog tag and Tony Stark's Arc Reactor are in production and will be ready to ship to us soon. We should be able to hit a December date for you and make Xmas a little more special. Right? You were planning on buying these yes? Am I just wasting my typing here?

And great news for all you Captain America fans, there are a few shields left. Sadly from orders we've had to cancel, but it leaves you a great opportunity.

You like Nick Fury? I got your Nick Fury, we've got some uber cool stuff coming direct issue from SHIELD for next year. Of course Iron Man 2 is keeping us busy so we can hit that movie release date for you in May.

We're in prototype phase with Ubisoft and are looking at a 2nd Q release. Well worth the wait, the outfit is way cool and complex. I'm starting to see Ezio in my dreams, at least I think they're dreams...

This great new line will start shipping in Dec with a few more items to follow next year. You didn't think that was it did you?

We'll do our best so you have The Force under the tree this year, but January might be more accurate.

Stormtrooper is off and running. We should be able to take pre-orders in January and start shipping in March. We've finalized nearly every detail and are happy (and we think you will be too) with the results. If we don't sell garrison's of armor (after I get mine of course, yes I'm kinda short for a Stormtrooper yadda, yadda, yadda) the Empire is going to be pretty mad and who wants that?

Plus we stumbled onto some of the old MR FX lightsabers. A rare find since MR lost the license a few years back. The Hasbro ones are good, but nothing beats the original. They are complete, new and in their factory packaging.

There now stop bugging us. Just kidding, bug all you want we love the attention.

Monday, October 26, 2009

STAR WARS Research

Well, based on the incredibly wide range of comments on the Star Wars clothing I think its our responsibility to inform all of you better on what you are seeing. With the comments I've seen, we aren't doing so well at that. We do know many of you feel strongly about your perceptions and I hope this helps.

Our fabrics are as close as possible to the originals and use fabrics from multiple countries (whew, that's a lot of travel) - no one can make every single material 100% since many items no longer exist in any way- some of the clothing pieces haven't existed for decades and longer. About 90% of the fabrics in our line are exact (after 18 months in the archives with the originals and Lucas approvals we should know), all colors, seams, cut-patterns are 100% exact. Where the material was not available, we have had to make many custom samples from scratch at great cost to come as close as possible and with the thought in mind that it must be commercially possible to make at textile mills. Our strong collaboration with the archives and Lucas Licensing is what allows us the ability to offer the outfits with confidence.

There are no adequate swatches available of anything original and nothing is allowed to leave the Lucasfilm archives adding to our huge challenge. Very few people have actually seen the costumes and I fear there are some people who simply don't understand the process involved to make something available and attainable. Could we have made one outfit more perfect if price was no object? Possibly, but no one would buy it and where would we be? And you the fan who deserves the chance to choose and own something from the Star Wars legacy?

A key example of where perceptions can be understandably different: there are dozens of Jedi robes from the same movie, same character and sometimes multiples for a single scene- all slightly different from each other. We must choose the most representative for the intended look. Could you find one in another scene different, maybe, but it doesn't mean one or the other is less or more right.

It took 18 months of research just to get to this point. No one can fully appreciate what we've gone through which is unfortunate, but we understand and you still deserve our best. Should you feel a fan has done a better job and can give you a genuine, documented approval from Lucasfilm then by all means act, our goal is never to stunt your creativity, but in the meantime your trust in us and Lucas is well placed

Friday, October 23, 2009

But enough about Museum Replicas...


Our sister site Atlanta Cutlery Corp is authorized to carry new lines of knives from Wrangler (yep, the cowboy company), Mantis (a great new American knife company), and Blackhawk Tactical to add to our already huge line of great brands including Boker, Benchmade, Gerber, Timberline and our unique Windlass cutting tools, swords and Cobra Steel line.

Personal Defense & Other Gadgets
Some highlights that get us talking everytime they're brought up are the new Gerber Artifact & Curve, Boker Executive Defense & Tactical, Blackhawk Tatang, Windlass Combat Machete, SOG Micron, and the super cool and wicked Columbia River Hisshou. Great new knives and gadgety things just in time for the holidays and that odd adventure you may take.

Bug Art
Whoa, have you seen this stuff? Real bugs frozen in their natural state in acrylic and made into awesome jewelry. If your squeemish look away. Beetles and scorpions and jewelry oh my!

If you can't find something useful and unique from ACC there's medication with your name on it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

OK, it takes a little time, and not much it seems with us which is why we're so cool to keep up with, but we've been hard at work and here's a little proof-

We are proud and excited to announce that on Oct 25th we'll be going live with our first wave of World of Warcraft collectibles. Tune in on the 25th to the website to see what items are in the first wave. Or check out World of Warcraft, Blizzard or any of their affiliate sites to see the announcement on the same day. Nope I'm not telling what they are so don't ask. I told you not to ask. The items will surely be in ultra hot demand as the game is one of the most popular in the world so prepare your Xmas list accordingly.

Where do you direct your product suggestions? We get that question many times a year and as we've said in the past there are times we get some of our inspiration directly from you so we encourage those good ideas running aimlessly through your head. Not the constant nagging, annoying, whiny type of suggestion, but the occasional constructive one is great. Most likely what we haven't thought of, you have.

There are business decisions that weigh on us when you suggest things that need to be considered to make something practical, but you never know, so:

*Direct all your annoying questions to people we don't like

*Direct others to the email on this site, it's that easy. We re-route when necessary to the right staff internally when you send and everything does get a look, really.

We've been hit pretty good this year for our period outfits and costumes which is good, but means we'll be low on some items and out of stock on others. Don't wait until the last minute!