Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Posted: Saturday, October 09, 2010 by Shaun in Labels: , ,
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Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum opens today and I am very thankful to have been a part of this project.


Background - or 'How this came to be'

The wheels started turning one fine day in May when I learnt that Hot Toys had begun to travel their exhibition to Taiwan. I sent them a polite e-mail enquiring if they would considering hosting the exhibition in Singapore. They replied that I could explore this option with their official distributor, Action City.

I then checked with my management if we could start official discussions with Action City on the potential of hosting the exhibition on our premises.

With the blessings of the head honcho (who's is a big Iron Man fan, btw. By big, I mean he knows his Iron Man comic mythology), I was given the go ahead to work with Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) and attempt to discuss the possibility of offering our venue for this exhibition. Singapore Philatelic Museum has a great record of lifestyle exhibitions, and it was great that they were willing to take this on.

When I met up with Action City for discussions, I was pleased to reacquaint myself with an old friend from 10 years back, a friend whom I used to buy Star Wars figures from, when Clarke Quay was our local toy wonderland. A shop named Hourstor should ring some bells for fellow collectors who started out then. This friend was now the boss and oversaw business development at Action City, and it was great catching up.

I learnt that Action City together with the fine folk at The Falcon's Hangar had thoughts about bringing the exhibition in. So it was quite timely when we came forth with our venue proposal. After further discussions with Action City, Hot Toys had given their blessing to allow this exhibition on Singaporean shores.

Up to the point all negotiations were done, I had reined myself back, needing to project a calm and professional front in discussions and negotiations with all parties. When the exhibition was confirmed, the inner fanboy was unleashed, and I couldn't thank all involved enough.

Even today, on the day of opening, I am amazed at how the stars aligned, after a simple e-mail was sent, for this exhibition to happen.

Oh, and for the 23 who bothered to vote here, thanks for believing that I wasn't off on a fool's errand. :)

Set-Up on 27 September 2010

Action City received the precious cargo the Friday before and sent us these teaser pix, which was promptly posted on yesterday.sg.

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The set-up on this day would see all the official Hot Toys Iron Man products, along with the 21 artists works being displayed.

Singapore Philatelic Museum had the gallery prepared prior to the delivery of the exhibits, and this sure fuelled my enthusiasm.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

For the first time in my life, I had the privilege of handling Hot Toys prototypes. And these weren't run-of-the-mill figures.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

I was tasked to help out with the set up of the mass market figures and this was a cinch, having owned all of them with the exception of War Machine and Mark 4, which were unreleased at that time, as well as the Cosbabies.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

The completed mass market figures display.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Concurrently, the 21 artist works were being put together by our friends from Action City.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

It was indeed a privilege to be able to examine the 21 masterpieces up close.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

My personal favourite pieces were these two works.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

This was the display arrangement we settled on for that day. There would be some more tweaks to what appeared in the final presentation.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

The next round of setting up would see the grand arrival of War Machine.

Set-Up on 4 October 2010

Says it all, really. This would turn out to be quite an experience.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

This is the base for War Machine, fashioned after the arc reactor.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

The biggest toy I've ever had the opportunity to open up!

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Even the tools came in a Toy Hunters plastic bag.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

And here's how we put War Machine together.

Secured one leg to the base. Note that Chee Keong from Action City was literally the man on the inside, as we had to build War Machine within the confines of the plastic enclosure surrounding the base. He spent at least a good two hours in there, if not more.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Placed the other leg and fit the torso on. This step took longer than expected as there was a need to align the hips properly, as well as conceal the wires.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Fitting on the arms. This was simple enough.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

The money shot was definitely fitting the head on.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

It took a while to get the wiring right for the lights in his eyes and arc reactor, but it was magic when it came together.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Kudos to Chee Keong from Action City for contorting himself to fit War Machine together, overcoming the restrictions of the base. He deserves this pix.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Behold the complete figure, with campaign branding thrown in for good measure.

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum

For the record, my heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Hot Toys for considering Singapore as a suitable destination for this amazing exhibition, Action City, The Falcon's Hangar and Singapore Philatelic Museum for their great efforts at bringing this exhibition to us in such a quick turnaround.

And I'll always have this shot for memories. :)

Behind-the-Scenes of Hot Toys Iron Man CollARTible Exhibition at Singapore Philatelic Museum


15 comments:

  1. LEon says:

    Well done Shaun and thank you for the effort to make it possible. :)

  1. some really neat artwork in that exhibition- great post!
    just got my ToyBiz Marvel Famous Covers in the mail yesterday- he cost way more that the others, but he's perfect :)

  1. ENVY ENVY you got to touch and pose all the figures while the rest of us mere mortals only can see them through acrylic protected cases ha ha just kidding - I'm really HAPPY & GLAD for you :) and THANKS for everything. While you are at it, maybe you can do a HULK exhibition becoz I'm beginning to turn GREEN XD LOLz

  1. hi.. my name is Claire and do you mind contacting me at this email..

    reanact(at)gmail(dot)com

    thanks!

  1. sket says:

    back from the exhibition. didnt know played a major part of the show. good job.

  1. Geil says:

    Goog for you Shaun for being involved!!! You certainly deserve it. But dude MORE PICS!!!

  1. Respect!

  1. desmond says:

    Shaun, seeing your photos is as good as going to the event there. Thanks for sharing your photos here :)

  1. Great Post!! Well Done

  1. Shaun (Minister of Art & Toy), I acknowledge you for your effort in making this a reality! keep sending out those "polite e-mail" :)

  1. Shaun says:

    @LEon: Thanks bro, hope you enjoyed yourself at the exhibition.

    @Super-Duper ToyBox: Thanks for dropping by, cool blog BTW. :)

    @my Guru: Don't be envious my Guru, I was a mere working party for the exhibition. Appreciate you and Daisy taking the time to join us.

    @reanaclaire: I have sent you an email

    @simon: Thanks bro, hope you had a good time there.

    @Korndamned: Likewise!

    @Des: You're welcome but do check out our fellow friends' photos cos they're very professionally taken. :)

    @Adrian: Thanks bro, hope you visited the exhibition.

    @Marcus: Eh bro, the acronym for the post you gave to me is MAT leh, not very cool. LOL, thanks for dropping by and chatting with me yesterday.

    Will keep looking out for such opportunities like this, as this episode supports the saying that 'It never hurts to ask."

  1. Armand says:

    Congrats on the exhibition my friend! Nicely done in organizing the event and making it happen :)

  1. Wow bro, that is a very big deal and you should be very proud of yourself! That says a lot that you were able to pull it off! even though you had help, you were the one that made it happen! now shoot for your next even bigger project! you the man, claim it!!! j

  1. Shaun says:

    @Armand: Thanks! If you happen to be in SG on a weekday bro, do let me know. :)

    @Jason: Eh, I was a mere cog in the machinery bro, just happened to be in the right place and had the appropriate contacts. It would be cool if this episode upped my organisation's street cred and got other organisations considering us as potential venues for cool events. :)

  1. Awesome! Thx for bringing all those Ironman in all modes & sizes (plus customised) to us. Great job!