Today we have a look at one of the newest releases from Extreme Sets, their Cabin Pop-Up Diorama. This 1/12 scale diorama is one of their most elaborate yet, featuring a full 360 degree exterior and interior display. It features 10 pieces that combine to form the Cabin itself. Geared towards horror collectors, the Cabin presents a great display piece for such figure lines as The Evil Dead and Friday The 13th. Our friends at Extreme Sets sent the Cabin over, and I have a gallery and review for the new diorama. Read on to check them out.
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Time to take a look at another Extreme Sets Pop Up Diorama – The Dojo 2. Their first Dojo set was solid, a perfect set with inspiration from classic Bruce Lee movies. This version takes those same themes and expands them into a more detailed & unique option. It comes with 5 panels, a floor, and a 3D emblem hanging between posts. There is a custom dragon logo on all panels, with an overall tone of yellow and red. Banners hang around the top of each wall, with traditional Asian paneling below. Overall it gets the job done with a bit more color and detail, a great option for our martial arts figures.
This is in stock now over at Extreme-Sets.com along with the other Multiverse Wave 8 sets. We’ll be looking at some more from wave 8 soon too! Read on to check out the Dojo though courtesy of Extreme Sets!
We are back with another Extreme Sets gallery, this time it’s for their MASSIVE Arena 3.0 set. Extreme Sets started off way back when doing items for wrestling figures, before they moved into the full scope of action figure dioramas. Arena 3.0 takes this to a new level. It’s double stacked tall at 3 feet, and 7 feet wide, I couldn’t even fully extend it on my photo staging area, which is pretty big! Wrapping this around a ring will allow you to fully recreate the vibe of being in an arena while you figures battle it out. From the photography standpoint, it’s also great because you can get those epic shots pointing up into the ring while still filling the background with crowd. Something new this round is also separate ringside stands with layered people, all using stock photography. This adds another round of realism, and works especially well in photography when they are blurred out, much better than the cartoony outlines on the last one.
In conjunction with the Extreme Sets Arena 3.0 shoot here, we also ran the recently released WWE Elite Series 76 figures. Wrestling isn’t our normal angle here, but we figured since Arena 3.0 was in the house let’s give them a spin! Included are John Cena, Braun Strowman, Tucker and Otis (Heavy Machinery), Lacey Evans, and Christian from his Brood days. There is also a Christian variant in a black shirt, which is what we got actually and is featured here. I can’t speak to specifics regarding Elite and what’s expected by long time fans, but they were well executed from a technical point of view, nice range of articulation and the TruFX faces came through. Christian in this era was from my last run in WWE land, so researching and setting up some Brood entrance shots was a fun trip down memory lane. Now I want a modern Gangrel and Brood Edge!
Read on to check it all out, courtesy of Extreme Sets and Mattel, respectively. Both are in stock and shipping now!
You can also use code TOYARK at checkout over at Extreme-Sets.com, and you’ll get 15% off your orders.
Extreme Sets have added new weapons to their diorama line up – furniture and props! Now when you set up your cardboard diorama you can fill in the environment with non-cardboard furniture and accessories! They’ve released a bunch so far, for the furniture angle – 2 couch & chair sets, a table, bar stools, coffee table, desk, dining set, tv stand and tall cabinet. On the accessories front they have beer mugs, tall beer mugs, beer pint glasses, 2 different whiskey sets, a old timey record player, a set of books, and many more. It’s a great way to add even more realism to your photography or shelf displays. My SHF Hulk is forever plopping on that puny couch :).
Extreme Sets sent through a sample of these items, and we ran them through a photo shoot to show off what they can do. Read on to check it all out, and make sure to hit Extreme-Sets.com (Furniture | Accessories) to grab your props!
Don’t forget to use code TOYARK at checkout for 15% off your order!
Extreme Sets have been putting out great stuff for years now, currently on wave 7 of their Multiverse series of dioramas. They are cardboard based environments meant to be reconfigured and expanded based on your needs. They work great in toy photography and as display areas in your collection space. We’ve been using them in our shoots since Wave 1, they allowed us to take things to the next level. You can check all our Extreme Sets features here.
Today we are taking a look at the Sewer 2.0. The original was really good, perfect for TMNT and Killer Croc themed setups. Anything creepy crawly will work with these. 2.0 expands on the style with two big hallways and some blocks that can work as bridges, not to mention multiple flooring pieces. They can be configured different ways to maximize space or style. The artwork features bricks, grime, pipes, graffiti, grates and more, all perfect sewer elements.
We’ve run these for some shots to show what they can do, read on to check out over 70 HD images after the break courtesy of Extreme Sets!
Also of note – Wave 8 is now up for Pre-Order. These will include Dojo 2.0, Building 5.0, G-Bar, and The Cabin. All of which look great, again. Check them out here!
Feel free to use code TOYARK at checkout over at Extreme-Sets.com, you’ll get 15% off your order if you do!
Time for a double header! Today we are taking a look at two different items recently released. They worked together so well that I just ran galleries for both at the same time. The figure is S.H. Figuarts Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel. Cowboy Bebop was one of the few non Dragonball anime series I was into and when Tamashii Nations got the license to celebrate the 20th anniversary I was hyped. Spike doesn’t disappoint either, capturing the look from the show while keeping a great range of articulation.
The second angle in this session – the Extreme Sets Building 4.0 diorama. This is part of their Multiverse Wave 7 offerings, all of which are really solid. Building 4.0 is a two story setup in a mainly square format featuring store fronts and alleyway like walls with pre-cut doorways and even a set of stairs that go into the building. The second story is a bit smaller than the first, with a brick focused set of walls. Either can be displayed as a square building or opened up to work as just walls. Another new and welcome feature – signage that extends out from the buildings, both featuring Asian writing. When using these in pictures, in post processing, you can easily light these things up and make them look like neon signs.
All in all, both items, Spike and the ES Building, are great, and worked great together. Read on to check out over 50 HD images of them both. Spike comes courtesy of Bluefin Brands and Tamashii Nations while the Building 4.0 comes courtesy of Extreme Sets!
You can check out all the Multiverse Wave 7 Extreme Sets here. And don’t forget, if you use code TOYARK at checkout you’ll get 15% off your order!
Time for another round of epic diorama action courtesy of Extreme Sets! Extreme-Sets.com has been producing pop-up build it yourself dioramas made of cardboard for a hot minute, they are currently on Wave 6. This round includes The Cave, which is perfect for Mr. Wayne and the family, A Bank and Vault (2 sets), so you can have the full setup getting robbed, a new Subway option in 59th Street, recreating the epic NYC hub, a floor pack featuring simple tiles to use with other sets or even by themselves, and the Abandoned House 1.5, this time all the spook without major graffiti.
We encourage you to check our previous galleries to see how they all work and thoughts on the system overall. In short, it’s awesome for a shelf or for use in toy photography.
We’ve run all these by themselves to show what they can do, and you can expect we will continue to use them throughout 2019 in our action figure galleries and reviews. Their re-configuration and ability to be broken down and stored quickly is perfect for toy photography. If you have open space for display or shelves that fit these guys, they work great for dynamically displaying a group of figures together rather than just stuffing them in there single file like we tend to do. And hey, if you have kids – they’re a perfect play session waiting to happen!
Read on to check out our pics courtesy of the ES team, and hit Extreme-Sets.com to grab your copies! They even have some of the older sets still in stock as well. Use coupon code TOYARK at checkout for 15% off your order!
Today we’re taking a look at one of the new releases from Extreme Sets. For this photo shoot, we check out the Elevator Hallway Pop-Up Diorama. Much like the Extreme Gas Station, this set features a massive scale display along with some impressive engineering to bring your scenes to life.The Elevator Hallway Dio includes four wall panels with working doors, two smaller wall panels, three floor pieces, and a full elevator with working doors. Each of the main wall panels are 20″ long by 12″ high, and work perfectly for 6″ scale to 8″ scale figures. The set is available now from Extreme Sets and is priced at $44.99. You can order it directly from Extreme Sets by Clicking Here. Enter code TOYARK at checkout and get 15% off your order!
Extreme Sets provided us with the Elevator Hallway. After the jump you can see my photos and my thoughts on the release.
Fans who have followed us for a while have seen that we’ve been using numerous Extreme Sets Pop-Up Dioramas to add an additional bit of life to our photo shoots. Extreme Sets offers numerous diorama displays all made from light weight cardboard, making them easy to set up, and even easier to store. As new sets are released, they have moved beyond simple walls and floors and into more elaborate designs that add a whole new dimension to your photos and displays. One of their newest releases, and the set we’re looking at today, is the Extreme Gas Station Pop-Up Diorama.It includes everything needed to set up a corner gas station display, complete with overhead and pumps.
Extreme Sets sent along the Gas Station for us to check out. After the jump you can find over 40 photos of the set, along with some figures to show how well they work.
Extreme Sets produce cardboard based diorama sets designed to work for your display set ups and toy photography. They interconnect using a slot system allowing for both simple and complex staging areas. We’ve been a big fan of them here since getting a hold of some last year. Today we are going to take a look at another one from their latest wave, Multiverse Collection Series 5. The Abandoned House 2.0 is an upgraded version of their original Wave 1 Abandoned House set, just like the Deranged Alley 2.0 is an upgrade of the original (and both are my personal favs now).
This set comes with 6 wall panels, 3 floor panels, and 2 columns. 4 of the wall panels now have doors that are pre cut to open and close. This door aspect has been awesome in my opinion, especially for photography. It allows for great wide angle shots and adds dimension to the scene. And if you have the room in your display, you can layer figs behind them on both sides. The entire set has a LOT of graffiti on it. Even the floors. This differentiates it from the original set. While it is well done, I would have preferred a little less. Or at least a couple panels with, a couple without. Apparently some cardboard teenage delinquents got in there and really went to town.
Tabbing is great, all panels slide together well and stay in place. These sets now use a white backing to add some stability to the cardboard, that also helps with the ease of tabbing. I personally put a little thick tape along the seems of the floor panels on the under-side to keep them together tight.
Bottom line, it’s another solid set for the 1:12 / 6 inch scale, and if you want to display or shoot horror figures, zombies, or just straight creepy urban figs (think – Batman and his baddies), then this will work. There are enough to choose from now that you can get something for almost all the genres.
If you’re interested after you check it out: The fine folks at Extreme-Sets.com have given us a coupon code for a discount on your orders. Enter code TOYARK at checkout and get 15% off your order!
Read on to see over 35 HD images to see what it can do!