Best Costume to win a free trip to Blizzcon 2009

Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20.  The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz.  The catch?  You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.

Blizzard Quote:
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.

https://www.wow-europe.com/en/contests/costume09/

This contest will launch on May 20 so get your costumes ready!

Sideshow Diablo III Overthrown Nearing Final Stages

I had a few words with Sideshow Collectibles President and CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges tonight and there are good news for those hardcore Diablo III fans that are into collectibles.  The Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama is nearing its final stages. We will show you the photos once the painted version is ready.  New products based on the Blizzard games are not out of the question, but nothing as soon as we wish.

Below is an image of the unpainted Diablo III diorama.

What’s the Sideshow Collectibles background?

Greg: Sideshow was born from the belief that we could create more interesting, more detailed, more highly collectible limited edition figures, for a global audience.  Our belief has been proven true, but we continue to be surprised by the global appeal of our products.

Medievaldragon: Are there plans to introduce more dioramas based on the Starcraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft licenses?

Brant: Yes, we are hoping to do more Blizzard products.  Nothing in the immediate future, but we do have some ambitions.

Medievaldragon: What is the status on the Diablo III OVERTHROWN diorama (Barbarian) The final painted version hasn’t been unveiled yet.

Brant: You’ll see screenshots of the painted OVERTHROWN diorama soon. It’s KILLER.

Medievaldragon: Are you eventually developing a polystone diorama for each of the five Diablo III classes?  i.e. the Witch Doctor and the Wizard?

Brant: It’s possible, but not definite.

Medievaldragon: How was that first approach between Sideshow and Blizzard Entertainment?  The first product was the exclusive Tychus Findlay Terran Marine diorama—already painted by the time Blizzard officially announced StarCraft II, which means you were already on this at least a year earlier.

Greg: Our guys are Blizzard fans and play WoW more than they should because they’re dragging their sorry asses to work in the morning with a videogame hangover.  So it was only natural that we explore other potential products.

Mike Morhaime Confirms Starcraft II Beta On Summer

Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment President, confirmed that Starcraft II Closed Beta will start this Summer.  The announcement was made during a press call after the Activision Blizzard earnings report. For further details on the First Quarter Earning Reports visit the official beta opt-in if you haven’t—yea right. Did already, didn’t you?—Source: Gamespot.

Blizzard Quote:
Morhaime: “This summer we will beta testing, this phase will signal the final stretch of development. During the Starcraft II beta test we’ll begin external testing of our new Battle.net including some features that are designed to connect all future Blizzard games. This includes new tools that will make it easier for players to communicate with each other between games. We are also introducing a centralize system that would let players manage of all their Blizzard entertainment games and future games in one place without having to remember multiple sets of log in information.”

Starcraft # 1 Comic Book – Submit Your Questions Update

Last chance to submit StarCraft comic book questions for the upcoming interview with the writer Simon Furman (The Transformers).  Take a look at the Starcraft # 1 preview scans and the recent interview with the editor Ben Abernathy to flesh out your questions. Deadline for question submissions is this Saturday.

Post your questions at the following forum thread

Starcraft Frontline Vol. 3 Preview: War-Torn

With Starcraft II Beta so close to starting any minute, read today’s opt-in updates, Tokyopop is preparing to launch StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 on July 14. The manga contains four stories based on the StarCraft universe, and may contain lore from the StarCraft II single-player. Remember when I asked Chris Metzen and Micky Neilson if the Umojan Protectorate had their own Ghost Program?—watch the video interview.  They smirked and for a good reason.  This preview reveals in part that.

You must add this book on your must-have wishlist. One of the stories within this manga is titled War-Torn by writers Paul Benjamin & Dave Shramek.  Art by Hector Seville and Letters by Michael Paolilli.

Michael Paolilli (Tokyopop Production Artist) and Kasia Piekarz (Tokyopop Marketing & Merchandising Manager) provided us exclusive scans of StarCraft Frontline Vol. 3 to share with you.

     

     

   

Chris Sigaty Confirms Starcraft II Beta Imminent

StarCraft II Beta is crawling at a fast pace at you, and about to swallow you in a single chomp folks.  The Beta Opt-Ins require you to submit a snapshot of your computer, so hurry up with that task.  Blizzard Entertainment’s RTS Community Manager Karune sent us a Fan-Sites Exclusive Interview with Chris Sigaty, including two new updated images (before and after) of the Zerg Queen and the Spawning Pool.

Questions answered by Chris Sigaty, StarCraft II lead producer

imageStarCraft II opt-ins are now available through Battle.net. Does the opt-in process mean that the start of the StarCraft II beta is imminent?

Chris: We

Starcraft # 1 Comic Book – Submit Your Questions

We recently interviewed Ben Abernathy (Starcraft comic book editor). Now we are getting ready to interview Simon Furman (Starcraft comic book writer, best known for his work on The Transformers).

The interview will take place sometime through May 2009. We want the community to be involved in this interview. Submit your questions concerning the Starcraft Comic Book here.

Check out the preview scans of issue # 1.

Starcraft Frontline Vol. 3 Sneak Preview

Buckle up and prepare to fire the rocket boosters, because the groundbreaking sci-fi manga based on the best-selling Blizzard PC game is about to enter our atmosphere! The anthology is packed with four amazing stories guaranteed to jettison boredom from your life!

Streaking across the stars to your local bookstore in July is StarCraft: Frontline 3! Below you

Glynnis Talken: ScotsFest 2009

Fans living in the area of Costa Mesa in California will have the chance to meet Glynnis Talken (Sarah Kerrigan voice actress) during her book signing session at the SCOTSFEST 2009 (A Scottish Festival of Celtic Entertainment and Food). You may find her at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Feel free to submit photos or video of your visit there alongside Glynnis to post them on our front page. Bring along any Starcraft or Diablo product for signing.

Location: Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Maps can be viewed here

Admission (Single Day): General $18, Senior (65 and older) $13, and Child (12 and younger) $3.
Admission (Two-Day Pass): General $22, Senior (65 and older) $19, Child (12 and under) $4, Student and Military $4.
Parking: General $5, Preferred $8.

Click here to buy tickets for Saturday (May 23).

When: May 23 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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