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August 2017 Collectibles Update

Brock Otterbacher, Creative Director, Toys & Collectibles 

Hey gang! For those of you joining us for the first time, this is where we look behind the scenes at the nitty gritty of what it takes to get some of our products in your hands.

We're midway though summer, past San Diego Comic Con, and have Fall just on the horizon, so it's a great time to update everyone with on several projects, both collectibles and tiki mugs.

Aliens Tiki Mug (Mondo Tee-kis)

The blue version should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. It's due to arrive at port any day now, then customs, inspections, etc. Those should be - fingers crossed - in your hands before the end of the month. 

The Hive (black) version, which the majority of you ordered, hit a major, unexpected snag last month, when the batch of black glaze the factory was using began to crack, like so:

This is something that can occasionally happen to a mug here and there, but the percentage of Alien mugs this was happening to was too much for us have confidence to move forward at that particular factory. Thankfully, our friends at Tiki Farm are quick, and got them to a new factory that was able to create a stable batch of the glaze. Here they are, just awaiting their silver highlights:

They're all going to be finished and shipped from the factory to us at the end of this month, and then looking to be arriving sometime later in September.

Ramona Flowers

Ramona Flowers is almost done! With the delays we discussed last time, we had expected the figure would be in hand this month. But with the amount of them being made (it's a lot, thanks to all of you!), the factory is telling us end of September for shipping from the factory. So w hile completion date is in September, they're likely to get into your hands in October, taking into account shipping to our warehouse, customs, etc.  

As we get closer to September, we'll stay on top of updating you more frequently. Additionally, to show our appreciation for your patience throughout these frustrating delays, we'll be sending everyone who pre-ordered the figure directly from us an exclusive Ramona enamel pin. These will only be available to you guys, and never remade again.

All that said, below you can check out a few photos of the final packaging:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures

Now time for turtles! Michelangelo should be in your hands soon, and joining him later this month/beginning of September is Raphael. Our production samples arrived last week, and this means the full shipment is about to be on it's way from our factory. Here are the brothers united at last!

Batman Red Rain Statue

Another arrival in late September is the Batman Red Rain statue! We're super excited with how this one turned out. Here's a sneak at the packaging, which uses Francesco Francavilla's beautiful art to great effect.

Additional Updates

Harley Quinn is looking to ship in Late November/December, so she's about three months behind. However, she's looking fantastic, and we're excited to share some photos soon.

As for upcoming new items, we're getting Masters of the Universe and Batman: The Animated Series 1/6 scale figures further into production before we take pre-orders, more so than we have done in the past. This will shorten the time between pre-order and delivery quite significantly, and get some of the kinks worked out early in the process. We have big plans for both lines, and want to make sure they're done right before presenting them to you. There's a LOT more coming soon, and we'll discuss a lot of fun stuff soon.

As always, thank you for your patience! If you have any questions, please shoot us a message here.

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San Diego Comic-Con Online Release (Part 2)

Tomorrow we'll have the second wave of products remaining from San Diego Comic-Con available online including; THE VVITCH (Variant) by Becky Cloonan, CASTLEVANIA III: DRACULA'S CURSE (Variant) by Sachin Teng, and LEGION by Marc Aspinall. NOTE: these products premiered at SDCC, so only a portion of the edition size listed below will be available online.

The posters and vinyl will be available at a random time tomorrow (8/15) at mondotees.com.

The VVitch (Variant)  by Becky Cloonan  
18"x24" Screen Print, Edition of 150
$65

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Variant)  by Sachin Teng
18"x24" Screen Print, Edition of 150
$65

Legion  by Marc Aspinall
24"x36" Screen Print, Edition of 250
$50

Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These products will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, August 15th.

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Behind the Scenes: ANOMALISA Original Soundtrack LP

 

Alan Hynes
Packaging Designer, ANOMALISA LP

"It needs to pop up when it opens." That's it. That was the brief. No other notes, no other direction, no other suggestions. The assignment was to design record packaging for the soundtrack to writer/director Charlie Kaufman's (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) Oscar winning stop-motion animated film ANOMALISA. A-nom-a-lisa. I wasn't even sure if I was saying the title correctly. The film follows eleven-inch tall Michael Stone, a disillusioned customer service specialist on his latest book tour traversing the country at 36,000 feet in business class, frequenting one nondescript hotel room after another. Increasingly isolated he encounters identical non-individuals in the dreary lobbies and conference halls. Then he meets Lisa.

I quickly abandoned my initial thoughts about being able to do something funny with puppets. After listening to the music files, and reviewing the still shots that were included as part of the press package, it became very clear this was not your average animated movie. The puppets and some 2,000 interchangeable facial expressions were made using 3-D printing technology. Production had apparently taken over two years, with some days producing only a few seconds of footage. To say it was a serious and meticulously made film would be an understatement.  

Deciding what to create for the pop-up was a challenge. I felt the ubiquitous stand-up cutouts that are often used in pop-up record sleeves wouldn't do the complexity and creativity present in the film justice. I began looking at making the actual vinyl record itself stand-up. Initially, a major concern was the record warping due to pressure from the folded pop-up parts when closed. The solution was to have equal pressure points on both sides. This is where the idea to have symmetrical hotel room structures came from, with the "headboards" providing the support and a slot for the record to be inserted and stand straight up in the middle. 

I made a prototype at 7-inch and inserted a record. It stood up. Then I made a prototype at 12-inch and inserted a record, it swayed and pitched like a drunken pirate. When I finally realized the pressing was to be on 180gm vinyl - the heavy stuff - the resulting test fell flat on the table. It is not easy to get a nearly six ounce, 12-inch tall, flat disc to stand vertically upright on its side. After some more tinkering with help from the production crew at Mondo and the expertise of the printers, I think we got it to work pretty well.

Much of the main character Michaels' time is idly spent in hotel lobby bars as the sodden napkin design of the cover attests to. Opening the gatefold, the pop-up reveals identical hotel rooms differentiated only by the books on the bed. The banal and mundane nature of the rooms is contrasted by an expanse of sky above the beds, adding the surreal tone so often present in Kaufman's films. The sky also represents an escape from the confines of earth and the type of freedom that only dreams can provide. Despite the somber mood of the film there are some genuinely funny moments and the awkward, fumbling key-card scene is one everybody can relate to. In the context of the record design, the key-card styled inner sleeve doubles as a room divider or barrier and is an apt metaphor for the potent themes of loneliness, solitude and isolation present in the story. 

The score itself is sophisticated, often subtle and interspersed with sounds and dialogue from the film. I understand its origins were as a piece to be enjoyed without visuals, but my hope is that whilst looking at the empty rooms and listening to the sounds on the record one could imagine the characters in these spaces. 

The project, like a lot of Kaufman's films, was complex and challenging. Despite its innocuous starting point it turned out to be one of the more involved and complicated projects I've worked on, and whilst the end result isn't perfect, much like the characters in ANOMALISAI think it's the imperfections that make it complete.

The ANOMALISA Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP will be available Wednesday (8/16) at 12PM (CT) on mondotees.com. Get full release details here.

Music Weekly: ANOMALISA Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

Hi All - this week we have a really special one. Over a year in production, we are extremely proud to present Carter Burwell's beautiful, haunting soundtrack to the film version of ANOMALISA. Featuring a deluxe "pop-up" style jacket designed by Alan Hynes (FIGHT CLUB, GRAND PIANO).

As usual, new releases go on sale Wednesdays at NOON (CT) at mondotees.com.

MONDO
Anomalisa - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. Music by Carter Burwell. Package Design and Layout by Alan Hynes. 999 Copies Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl. 1 Copy pressed on "Cincinatti Sunrise" colored vinyl (Randomly Inserted). $30

Mondo, in conjunction with Lakeshore Records, is proud to present a limited edition "Pop-up" style release of Carter Burwell's soundtrack to the 2015 animated film ANOMALISA. 

Originally conceived as a radio play, ANOMALISA is the brain child of Charlie Kaufman (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, ADAPTATION, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) performed entirely by three voice actors, with music composed by the brilliant Carter Burwell. The film was ultimately developed to be a stop-motion animated film, produced by Starburns Industries (RICK AND MORTY) and directed by Duke Johnson, and Charlie Kaufman himself.

The soundtrack of ANOMALISA is the best of both worlds, melding together an album that keeps the music front and center, but while taking you through the heart-wrenching narrative using stretches of dialogue along the way (including Jennifer Jason Leigh's rousing performance of 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'). 

The album's packaging was designed by Alan Hynes, who previously designed our FIGHT CLUB and GRAND PIANO albums. He brilliantly, and quite complexly designed a "Pop-up" style album jacket that recreates two Fregoli hotel rooms, with little added touches that bring the film's themes to life. You can read more about his design here.

If that wasn't enough, this limited edition, one-time pressing of 1,000 copies, has a narratively resonant chase - a singular copy pressed on colored vinyl. One lucky customer who purchases this album will receive the anomaly, pressed on 180 Gram "Cincinatti Sunrise" translucent gold colored vinyl. 

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