Catch Up on Everything Gaming From Sideshow’s Level Up! Week
Sideshow’s Level Up! Week celebrated all types of gaming and fan-favorite video games. From June 14 – 18, 2021, we brought you a live booth tour, gameshows, livestream content, contests, and more. You can revisit the full schedule on our Event Overview blog.
Fans who registered in advance also got exclusive access to extra rewards and giveaway opportunities sent straight to their e-mail inboxes! There were so many ways to join in on the gaming fun across five days- it was a massive multiplayer online extravaganza! (WoW Raids not included.)
Did you miss out on any of this exciting event? Even though it’s game over on Level Up! Week until next time, you can check out all the highlights below.
If there’s one thing that both geeks and gamers love, it’s collectibles. Whether hunting for secrets hidden by the developers or zooming in on the details on their favorite statues and figures, collectors always get a thrill out of obtaining the rarest treasures from their favorite titles- the Level Up! Week Booth Tour featured Sideshow Host Paul Hernandez, joined by YouTube gaming sensation Macro, taking viewers on a walkthrough of just some of the video game collectibles offered on Sideshow.com– from the world of Marvel Games to the realms of Nintendo and beyond!
Characters in all scales and formats were featured, including the 40” tall Venompool 1:3 Scale Statue by PCS. Based on the smash hit character from Marvel Contest of Champions, this unholy union of Deadpool and Venom is sure to be a crown centerpiece in any collection. The Spider-Man Negative Suit Statue from Marvel’s Spider-Man also made an appearance, grappling with the monstrous demon-form Mister Negative in 1:3 scale.
Other items from PCS included just a fraction of their extensive Street Fighter collectibles roster, where the great demon Akuma made an appearance in mixed media, 1:4 scale format celebrating the 10th anniversary of PCS’s earliest Street Fighter releases. Both the Akuma 10 Year and Akuma 10 Year Ultimate statues stood proud alongside the Cammy 1:3 Scale Statue, faithfully detailed based on her Super Street Fighter 2 debut.
The day’s largest display of figures centered on the world of Marvel’s Spider-Man and the Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales spinoff game, with an entire armory’s worth of highly detailed 1:6 scale figures and prototypes inspired by the heroes’ incredible, interchangeable costumes. Peter Parker’s unique looks included the futuristic Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit, the guitar-slinging Spider-Punk Suit, the Anti-Ock Suit designed to combat Dr. Otto Octavius, and the ever-popular Classic Suit. Each Spider-Man figure included a dynamic figure stand base for supporting aerial poses, webbing and swap-out hands, and unique character-specific accessories for a full immersive display.
Hot Toys’ Miles Morales was featured in his standard black and red Spider-Man Suit, the technological 2020 Suit, and the ever-popular Bodega Cat Suit, which of course includes the Spider-Cat accessory. Each figure additionally included a dynamic figure stand, a specialized base and nameplate, and various web and bio-electric stinger accessories for recreating Miles’s unique moveset.
Hot Toys also gave fans a glimpse of the grim and gritty world of the Batman Arkham games with the Batman Beyond Sixth Scale Figure and the upcoming Nightwing Sixth Scale Figure, each outfitted with a more tactial, sleek version of their traditional comic book looks. Each figure game with a specialized character-themed base and accurately detailed, mixed media costumes to recreate their in-game appearances.
Sneaking into the display, the 1:4 scale Animus Altair Statue by PureArts dazzled with its LED light-up display, recreating the unique atmosphere of entering the Animus in the acclaimed Assassin’s Creed franchise. Other fantastical fan-favorite series were featured in a collection of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt statues by Dark Horse, including King Eredin and the infamous Geralt in the Bathtub moment in figure form.
Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog also wowed as colorful collectible statues from First 4 Figures, the makers of high quality, vibrant video game figures. For fans looking to catch ‘em all, Paul and Macro also showed off the Poke Ball Premium Replica by The Wand Company, the world’s first officially licensed premium Pokemon prop replica with interactive light-up features. The silent protagonist of Valve’s Half-Life franchise, Gordon Freeman, also made an appearance in poseable 1:6 scale courtesy of MONDO, equipped with his iconic gravity gun.
The full list of featured collectibles in the Level Up! Week Booth includes:
- Poké Ball Replica- The Wand Company
- Spider-Man Spider Punk Suit Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man (Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit) Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man Armory Miniature Diorama- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man Armory Miniature (Series 2) Diorama- Hot Toys
- Miles Morales Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Miles Morales (2020 Suit) Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Miles Morales (Bodega Cat Suit) Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man (Classic Suit) Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man (Anti-Ock Suit) Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Nightwing: Arkham Knight Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Batman Beyond: Arkham Knight Sixth Scale Figure- Hot Toys
- Spider-Man Negative Zone Suit 1:3 Scale Statue- PCS
- Venompool 1:3 Scale Statue- PCS
- Akuma 10 Year Statue- PCS
- Akuma 10 Year Ultimate Statue- PCS
- Cammy 1:3 Scale Statue- PCS
- Akuma PVC Figure- BigBoysToys
- Blanka PVC Figure- BigBoysToys
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Zelda (Collector’s Edition) Statue- First 4 Figures
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link Figure- First 4 Figures
- Geralt in the Bath Statuette- Dark Horse Comics
- Geralt Grandmaster Feline Figure- Dark Horse Comics
- King Eredin Figure- Dark Horse Comics
- Sonic the Hedgehog Statue- First 4 Figures
- Animus Altair Statue- PureArts
- Amaterasu (DX Verision) Nendoroid Collectible Figure- Good Smile Company
- Gordon Freeman Sixth Scale Figure- Mondo
Level Up! Week Discounts
No cheat codes are needed to score these collectibles- Sideshow’s Level Up! Week Gaming Sale extends until June 20th, 2021 at 11:59pm PT packed with limited time deals while supplies last.
Fans can take 10-20% off select video game figures by visiting side.show/gamingsale for full details. Level up your collection with all your favorite virtual heroes and villains.
Interview with Henrique Naspolini- Marvel’s Spider-Man
During the festivities, we hosted an extra-special episode of Unsealed Lite, where Sixth Scale experts Guy Klender and Terry Smith were joined by Henrique Naspolini, a Lead Character Artist at Insomniac Games, who worked on Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales titles.
Take a closer look at the incredible Hot Toys figures from the games, and listen along for an engaging interview with Naspolini while he shares his experience helping to design threads for Spider-Man!
Game Shows are Sideshow Livestreams with a few extra perks. These include audience interaction, Sideshow rewards, and prizes, all for attending and participating in Trivial Cahoots, Cobbled Cosplay, Win, Lose, or DIE, and more. Read on to see which games we hosted during Level Up! Week 2021.
Cobbled Cosplay – Fan Edition
Cobbled Cosplay contestants are tasked with recreating a surprise costume in 10 minutes using only household objects and found materials. The winner takes home the prize they are cosplaying as. Since we’ve started our run of episodes where contestants play for themselves, not by a Sideshow employee proxy, we couldn’t be happier with the way you geeks turned out to test your costuming prowess.
If you think cosplay, makeup, and stressing out over time constraints and fashion faux-pas is for you, we are always in need of Cobbled Cosplay contestants for future events. Learn how to audition on our blog.
Win, Lose, or DIE
Win, Lose, or Die is a cutthroat Choose Your Own Adventure style game that results in somebody either going home with all the glory (an amazing prize!) or DYING (losing their shot at the prize). Players have to correctly make it through all ten steps of the game to reach the final step, so, if they die, someone will take their place and they’ll be gone for good!
Congratulations to the victims and victors alike! We hope you had a blast.
Trivial Cahoots is a little different than our other games because the audience gets to participate LIVE, answering between 15-20 trivia questions using a mobile device as their buzzer. Over the course of Level Up! Week, we held a different version of this trivia game every single day! That’s right: 5 days of trivia, themed around different decades of gaming, and 5 first-place winners. Second and third-place winners got Sideshow rewards for their account and bragging rights.
Day 1 – That 70s Trivia
Day 2 – Totally 80s Trivia
In first place, user UltraMonkeyTron received $50 in Sideshow Rewards.
Day 3 – XXtreme 90s Trivia
Day 4 – Futuristic 2000s Trivia
In first place, user Bluemarcell received $50 in Sideshow Rewards.
Day 5 – 2010 and Beyond Trivia
We asked our Facebook Group members to participate in Level Up! Week, and you all rose to the challenge like it was the final boss battle! Here are some fabulous posts from the best geeks, insiders, collectors, and misfits around.
Holly J. baked her husband Tyler some celebratory cookies! Give her kudos here.
Unsealed and Revealed host Guy James Klender busted out some retro cosplay! Now that’s what we call ‘changing’ the game.
Level Up! With Ser Sideshow
Level Up! With Ser Sideshow, our first originally side-scroller platformer game, launched as a huge hit in the Facebook Groups. Learn how to play the game on our gameplay blog, meet the characters in our roll call blog, and see a couple of our favorite posts about Ser Sideshow and friends below.
Corbin D. drew amazing fanart of our intrepid Ser Sideshow! We’re sure they are leaping with joy about this realistic rendition.
Our very own Rubbish Bill and Mike F.—AKA Mort—became besties.
Chad McNeely sculpted a 3D Ser Sideshow!
Interested in joining the fun? Go to side.show/play to get running—and maybe even get rewarded!
Many of the Facebook Group contests entail a little extra effort on everyone’s part. Here are some highlights from your entries.
For a chance to win The Punisher War Machine Armor Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys, members needed to put together a Cobbled Cosplay costume of another universe’s character who may gain access to this Marvel suit. You can view more comments and entries on the contest post.
Members had to design their own Fallout Faction logos—plus backstories!—for the opportunity to score a T-45 NCR Salvaged Power Armor Sixth Scale Figure by Threezero. You can view more comments and entries on the contest post.
On Sideshow’s Facebook Page…
On Sideshow’s Instagram…
Email Exclusive Giveaways
- Evan C. won the Cloud Strife (Version 2) Action Figure by Square Enix.
- Scott V. won the Geralt Grandmaster Ursine Figure by Dark Horse Comics.
- Piper Y. won the Poké Ball Replica by The Wand Company.
- Michael N. won the Spider-Man (Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit) Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys.
- Kristoffer S. won The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Link (Collector’s Edition) Statue by First 4 Figures.
- Ethan F. won The Punisher War Machine Armor Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys.
- Logan A. won the Poké Ball Replica by The Wand Company.
- Ashley R. won the Marvel’s Spider-Man – Advanced Suit Statue by PCS.
- Ramon O. won the T-45 NCR Salvaged Power Armor Sixth Scale Figure by Threezero.
- Christopher C. won the Kratos Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure by Mondo.
In Atomic Misfits…
- Joe G. won the Hippo and Rhino Lazy Family Figurines by Manas SUM.
- Rachel H. won the Elephant and Pig Lazy Family Figurines by Manas SUM.
- Laura Q. won Panda and Crocodile Lazy Family Figurines by Manas SUM.
Congratulations to you all!
Sideshow Con will take place between July 19 – 25, 2021. There will be booth tours with product rotating throughout the week-long event, product discounts, new product reveals, exclusive products, livestreaming content, giveaways, and more. Register now at sideshow.com/events/sideshow-con.
Anime Day is August 6, 2021. Sideshow will celebrate with livestreams, giveaways and more.
The Comics Haul Takeover is a week-long event from August 16 – 20, 2021 with a focus on comic book related content. It will be celebrated with livestreams, collectible showcases, giveaways, and more.
You can read about more of the upcoming Sideshow celebrations on our 2021 Event Calendar blog.
What was your favorite part of Level Up! Week? Which events are you most looking forward to next? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to Let Your Geek Sideshow!