Hot Toys John Wick: Chapter 2 1/6th scale Keanu Reeves as John Wick® collectible figure

“The man. The myth. The legend.”

The John Wick® series follows the exploits of the legendary hit man as he unleashes mayhem and fury on the mobsters who have wronged him and the army of international assassins who want him dead. Exploding with highly choreographed gun-fu and combat, the thrilling action-packed films tell the classic stories of vengeance and redemption.

To celebrate the upcoming highly anticipated third installment of this adrenaline-fueled action franchise, Hot Toys proudly presents the John Wick® 1/6th scale collectible figure from John Wick: Chapter 2.

Masterfully crafted, this impressive movie-accurate 1/6th scale John Wick® collectible features a highly detailed head sculpt, a finely tailored three-piece suit, multiple articulations and an arsenal of weapon accessories including a variety of pistols, shotguns and rifles, a knife as well as John Wick®’s signature pencil. The collectible figure also includes two Blood Oath Markers, several gold coins and a specially designed figure stand.

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Hot Toys MMS504 John Wick: Chapter 2 1/6th scale John Wick® Collectible Figure specially features: Newly developed battle damaged head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as John Wick® in John Wick: Chapter 2 | Movie-accurate facial expression with detail hair, beard and skin texture | Approximately 31 cm tall Body with over 30 points of articulations | Ten (10) pieces of interchangeable hands including: Two (2) pairs of gun holding hands, pair of knife holding hands, pair of relax hands, right fist, gesture left hand

Costume: high-collar navy blue dress shirt, black vest, intricately detailed black suit jacket, black necktie, black pants, leather-like black belt, black socks, black shoes

Weapon: Two (2) pistols with removable magazines, pistol with removable magazine (can be placed in pistol case), pistol and silencer with removable magazine, Two (2) shotguns, rifle with detachable strips, knife

Accessories: Two (2) Blood Oath Markers (regular and with blood finger print), Three (3) stacks of gold coins, Five (5) pieces of gold coins, pistol case, pencil, Specially designed oath marker themed hexagonal figure stand with character nameplate and backdrop

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Watching the Momentum

Quick looks at the latest forecasts are showing some slowing of momentum on the commercial building side.  The question though is… are we trending downward or is this just a blip on the radar?  One example?  The Architectural Billings Index was positive again for the 42nd time in the last 49 months but I was reading online where some analysts were worrying over the number.  I am not ready to fret yet given all of the other action happening right now and the positive metrics out there, but as always I will continue to keep close watch and see if anything looks out of sort in the next few reports.

Elsewhere…

–  Congrats to Bill Daubmann and the team at D3 in Florida on their latest expansion news.  Man that company has continued to grow over the years and it’s been nice to follow their continued development.

–  Saw a thread on an architectural message board recently that said architects are seeing less and less LEED projects.  So I have to ask- is that something our industry is seeing as well?  Are you getting less requests than in the past? I know glass is relatively minor in the big picture of LEED, but still a slowing of LEED projects would be newsworthy.

–  And we are now just 2 weeks away from GlassBuild America.  I have told you about GEF, Fall Conference, and Express Learning.  Now what about the awesome on floor ACTION DEMOS.  Seriously worth your time.  Check out the line up HERE.  These demos are moneymakers for you as a business owner or as a manager.  Check them out.  There is still time to register for the show and grab a room in Vegas.  You want to be at the show and quite frankly you NEED to be at this show!
This week’s interview- Dan Plotnick, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Solar Seal

I have known Dan for many years, but until I got the answers from this interview I really never knew him.  My gosh his path to this business is a fun and wild one. (His wife compares him to Forrest Gump with the travels/people etc.  She’s dead on!)   We are lucky to have him in our industry.  I enjoyed getting to communicate with Dan no matter where in the world he was stationed and always appreciated how he kept up with my posts.  Now its great to have him in North America and in the commercial fab business!  It’s a long one but well worth the read in my opinion!

Am I reading your past right- you were a history major?  If that is correct, how in the world did you end up as such a high powered sales and marketing executive?

Max, you are correct – my major was history with a concentration on the Middle East and a minor in political science.  I went to a small liberal arts college with 1600 students in Los Angeles and my average class size was 15 people.  In class, there was nowhere to hide.  While on paper I’m a history major, in reality, I was a communications major.  Every exam was essay based, I didn’t have one “scan-tron” test and certainly didn’t need a #2 pencil. 

With 15 students on average per class, all lectures were discussion based with open debate based on assigned reading or current events of the day.  If you went to class unprepared, you were embarrassed by the Professor and other students.  You had to digest large amounts of information, have a clear point of view and defend it.  In short, it was analogous to sales: take in large amounts of information, ask a lot of questions, listen and understand other people’s points of view so you can come up with solutions to their problems. 

After university I was in film and television production in New York City — communications.  Oddly enough, my old babysitter and family friend opened the door to get me into the business and I worked on feature films and commercials.  I didn’t like the industry.  I got into the business because a friend put in a kind word to her contacts and helped me get interviews.  I quickly understood that to move up in the film industry it was all about networking and ultimately, nepotism.  I enjoyed the networking and was too idealistic at the time to appreciate the nepotism!

One successful film producer who liked me took me aside and we had a heart to heart talk.  Basically, in a kind way he told me that if he had to do it all over again, he wouldn’t.  Chasing film work destroyed 2 of his marriages, his family life was in shambles and he had no free time.  Being an idealistic 22 year old who was on the fence about film, this talk reinforced my beliefs.   I have no doubt I could have worked the system and been successful, but I didn’t want to sell my soul in the process to get there.  An interesting aside:  my family friend who introduced me to the business was an accountant on motion pictures.   She has been incredibly successful and has produced the “Sopranos” and “Girls” for HBO amongst other projects. 

With film in my immediate past, I had to look for something else to do.  I was an athlete and I played tennis for my college team.  I wanted to be involved with tennis and I got a job with the largest tennis court and running track surfacing company in the West.  It was Denver based with offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region and Far West.  This is where I learned specification-based selling and where I really started to develop a career.  One thing that has been consistent is that I had a lot of decision making power and autonomy at a young age.  I was able to make mistakes.  At 26, I ran a sports flooring division and was able to create a distributor network of installers in multiple states. To keep this from running 30 pages, the company was eventually purchased by the same group that owned Astroturf.   After the sale, I didn’t think the company had a future as Astroturf had lawsuits pending for patent infringement and subsequently went bankrupt.   My wife had a great job opportunity in Seattle and we decided to move to the Pacific Northwest. 

I had a career in construction specification-based sales and wanted to continue with it.  This led me to Pilkington. 

You’ve had a heck of a career already and you are still pretty young too… can you walk me through what its been like working for the biggest companies in our industry in roles that took you overseas for years at a time?

I started in the glass industry at Pilkington as a territory Manager in the Pacific Northwest, covering that part of the country, the Rocky Mountain Region and Western Canada.  My work history in glass is clearly marked as entering companies during internal transitions or seeing through major economic booms and busts.  I got used to living in a blurry world and have always been able to cope well with change.  As a newcomer to a company, change is easy to deal with as you aren’t defined by historical constraints or enamored with certain totems from the past. 

When I joined Pilkington, there was major restructuring right before I started.  There were employee layoffs in many departments, a new CEO was hired and my boss, Steve Weidner was transitioning back into a Sales VP role.  I was hired because of my sales and specification experience.  At this time the PNA sales reps had a role change and were being asked to make sales calls and architectural presentations. 

Our North American division was successful under Steve’s guidance.  As a result, PNA was asked to send people to attend a 2-week Pilkington global management identification training program in the UK.  I was picked.  This was a turning point for me.  At this program I was identified as someone with leadership skills and the temperament to work and lead people from other cultures. Working for a multi-national, these were desired traits.  Steve Weidner was an excellent person to work for and he took my career development seriously.  In late 2004 he gave me a chance to work in another culture to help grow our overseas sales efforts.  The Country?  India.

I was one of the first North American employees to be sent to India for the architectural business.  I had a simple mandate, which was: “figure it out.”  At the time, we had one direct sales rep and an independent agent.  India was booming and figuring out a sales and marketing plan was easy once culture shock wore off.   I visited 5 cities over 3 weeks, met with glass processors, architects, glaziers, took part in a trade show in Bangalore and subsequently went back to India to work with the team 2-3 more times for similar durations in 2005.  Because of our efforts, we restructured sales and marketing and divided the country into 4 zones with direct sales coverage as well as establishing a central office in New Delhi.  We established new routes to market, created a team of sales people and technical reps – in other words, duplicate what made us successful in other parts of the world and localize it appropriately.  It was an amazing experience.  The team was our new local employees, our export manager from the UK and myself running a program comprised of enthusiastic people, all in our 20’s and 30’s, running around India like a bunch of headless chickens.  We got our glass specified in projects, sold tons of glass into premier buildings throughout the country, while upsetting a global competitor who had major operations in the country.  We were a small focused machine with a narrow highly profitable target segment –  a nice position to be in.   Working overseas we had a lot of autonomy, which continues throughout my career.  I always end up in positions where I must “figure it out.” 

What was exciting for Pilks in India is that we were identifying sites to build a float line in the country and my team and I were establishing routes to market once we had a float.  As I stated earlier – I enter companies during transitions. NSG bought Pilkington.  The float project was scrapped.   

From the success of the Indian experience, Pilkington was looking to extricate from our Hong Kong Office and I was chosen to lead our Commercial efforts based in Shanghai, China.  I was the first commercial employee based locally new office in 2006.  My role was to help grow sales in China to a broader customer audience, learn more about our JV partner, SYP, and sell products from our global facilities throughout all of Asia. 

You asked what was it like working overseas with large players in our industry? 

It truly accelerated my learning curve because I had access to our global leadership team, took part in presentations to the Board of Directors and was part of the decision-making process at the highest levels for our efforts in Asia. Coming from flogging float in Seattle to understanding the dynamics of working in China where one city, Qinghuangdao has more float plants than the whole of North America really tested my strategic abilities, helped me put convoluted routes to market in perspective, and understand channel strategy/segmentation as a very small player in such a complex and ever changing environment were our keys for growth.

In addition, being close to Japan, I had the pleasure of taking part in the first commercial interactions between Pilkington and our NSG counterparts.  I was our commercial face to the market in Asia.  My intellectual curiosity helped me learn and understand as best I could an ancient culture.  I asked a million questions, learned the language, experienced many other points of view and synthesized the information overload into action.  Bringing this full circle, my “history/communications” major uniquely helped prepare me for these roles.   

One of the most interesting, challenging and rewarding roles was the National Sales Director for Pilkington China.  I was in charge of sales and marketing from our Changshu float and coating factory.  Without getting too specific, I was the leader of a domestic Chinese sales and marketing team who were technically employed by SYP but worked with me.   Fortunately, China wasn’t really affected by the financial crisis, or as the NSG employees in Japan called it “the Lehman shock,” whose 10-year anniversary is today. It was an amazing time to be living in Shanghai – a true economic powerhouse that was undergoing a tremendous rate of change.  To be involved in many prestigious projects in the country, working with the major Chinese domestic and foreign curtain wall companies was eye opening and humbling.  For people involved in the building industry, China was candy-land.  Working with our JV partner certainly wasn’t without major challenges, such as training a domestic Chinese sales force about corporate compliance and anti-corruption as expected by a multi-national company.  I’m proud that I was the “bridge and shield” between our respective organizations and that we had cultivated a local team capable of working anywhere in the world. 

I was in China for over 6 years and was going to transition back to the USA with Pilkington in 2012.  The Guardian Asia team found out about my role change and contacted me – they were looking to buy a large float and coating company in China and they offered me a role I couldn’t refuse.  Sales and Marketing Director for all of Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong.  We lived there for four years.  I was specifically tasked with growing the coatings business in the region as well as helping qualify new investment opportunities.   Guardian Asia had a traditional sales link to our UAE facility for coatings, but my team helped to further open sales from Europe and the USA.  We were involved in hundreds of very large jobs, some we won – the new Abu Dhabi airport terminal, Apple’s R and D headquarters in Japan, as well as some we lost – the 2 spectacular buildings at Changi airport in Singapore, to name a few. 

In addition, there was more change to work through – within 3-4 months of starting this role, Koch Industries became Guardians partner.  I remember being in one of our Reps cars in Perth, Australia huddled around the speaker on his mobile phone to listen to the global announcement about Koch.  Again, change management and flexibility were required skills.  I joined Guardian post Russ Ebeid and I had the privilege of working under Scott Thomsen through the start of the Koch transition.

This role was interesting because we had teams from New Zealand through all of Asia and I was truly a road warrior.  If you saw the George Clooney movie, “Up in the Air” that lifestyle wasn’t far from my work life at the time.  From this role, I was asked to eventually move to Bangkok, Thailand to take the lead for all sales in Asia Pacific, including float from our Thailand factories, managing the inside and outside domestic Thai sales teams as well as the architectural teams throughout the region.  This gave me a broader industry view as we had a challenging Thai domestic market to work through as well as exports to all the countries throughout the region.  I got to make sales calls in diverse economies, like Myanmar, where tinted glass was a big purchase to promoting and writing code for the most sophisticated triple silver coatings and laminates to the governing energy departments in Singapore.

What I liked the most — it was a different challenge every day.  On Monday I could be in Seoul specifying triple silvers for the Hyundai headquarters curtain wall and the next day we would be at the Hyundai auto factory negotiating the tinted auto glass buy for the new Genesis.  The glass industry has a myriad of challenges, a lot is self-inflicted.  Yet, there are so many applications for the product, every sale presents its unique aspects, therefore it never gets boring.  Moreover, I had interactions with key Guardian leaders, including Kevin Baird, Chris Dolan, Joe Butler and Bruce Milley, whom I’m still friends with today. 

I was very lucky those eleven years abroad – I lived in (3) of the world’s great cities: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangkok, traveled to over 30 countries for the role;  and because I was always with local people, had an open mind and enjoyed travel, food and karaoke in different cultures, my life was like an Anthony Bourdain episode of “No Reservations” every day I was on the road.  My wife and I could have been “lifers” in Asia, but I lived away from family and friends for almost 30 years and it was time to come home. 

How has the transition into the commercial fabrication world with Solar Seal been- this is newer territory for you correct?

My transition to VP of Sales and Marketing for Solar Seal has been fun.  The role change takes me from working with the major float companies calling on processing customers to going to work directly for a processing customer.  While I understand the industry, products and how the parts fit together, learning the personalities, the challenges of working downstream, and our operational constraints is certainly difficult.  That stated, my approach to leadership and how we treat customers remain the same.  The over-riding theme for me is to project to the customer that we are taking an outside-in approach to their business – trying to be the best solutions provider for them in their marketplace that we can be.  Which really is the essence of marketing and what being a true partnership supplier is all about.

LINKS of the WEEK

Rough things happen when you abandon a dog.
Sorry.  This is idiotic and a waste of time by so many
Drunk man goes to parents home and sleeps- except it wasn’t his parents home anymore.  Uh Oh
VIDEO of the WEEK

This is a compilation of some crazy sports endings.  Amazingly I did not see or do not remember a bunch of them.  Good stuff…

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Asmus Toys 1/6th scale The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) collectible figure

The Hobbit is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the 1937 novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, with large portions of the trilogy inspired by the appendices to The Return of the King, which expand on the story told in The Hobbit, as well as new material and characters written especially for the films. Together they act as a prequel to Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The films are subtitled An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013), and The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

The films take place in the fictional world of Middle-earth sixty years before the beginning of The Lord of the Rings, and follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch).

Asmus Toys 1/6th scale The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) 12-inch collectible figure features: Authentic and detailed fully realistic likeness of BILBO from the movies: The Lord of the Rings | Approximately 20 cm tall Asmus Toys T3 male body with Over 26 points of articulation | authentic likeness of Bilbo from the film | pair of relaxing posture hand | pair of weapon holding hand | pair of fist posture hand | pair of ring hand | contract holding hand | pointing hand | Bonus Feature: Specially designed scaled Hobbit body with hairy feet

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Special features on Clothing: white long sleeved shirt, trousers, green vest, red jacket, neckerchief. Special features in weapons: Die-Cast Sting, The one ring that rules it all

Accessories: backpack, pipe, contract, self portrait, Thorin’s map, Red Book of Westmarch, Asmus Toys figure stand

Est. Shipping Date: Q4 2018

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Threezero Game of Thrones 1/6th scale Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister (Season 7) figure

Tyrion Lannister, also referred to as “the Imp” or “the Halfman” and later by the alias Hugor Hill during exile, is a fictional character in A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. The character is portrayed by American actor Peter Dinklage in the HBO television adaptation Game of Thrones.

Tyrion is a dwarf and member of House Lannister of Casterly Rock, one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. In the story, Tyrion uses his status as a Lannister to mitigate the prejudice he has received all of his life, even from his family. Knowing that no one will ever take him seriously, he soothes his inadequacies with wine, wit and self-indulgence.

Threezero’s officially licensed Game of Thrones series of 1/6th scale Tyrion Lannister (updated version, as seen in Season 7) features: Highly-accurate realistic likeness to the character’s appearance in the hit HBO television series | 8.8 inches (~22cm) custom designed action figure body | head sculpt features a realistic likeness of actor Peter Dinklage. Tailored cloth costume: Doublet, Vest, Hand Of The Queen brooch, Trousers, Belt, Boots, Exchangeable hands – pair of fists, relaxed, opened, left hand for holding jug, right hand for holding goblet

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Accessories: Jug, Goblet

Deluxe version includes: Map markers x 9

Threezero’s officially licensed Game of Thrones series of 1/6th scale collectible figures continues with the an updated version of Tyrion Lannister, as seen in Season 7. Pre-orders for Tyrion, Hand of the Queen, will begin on August 23rd at 9:00am HKT at www.threezerohk.com; priced at 178 USD / 1385 HKD with worldwide shipping included. A deluxe version will also be available, and will include nine 1/6 scale map markers. The deluxe version is priced at 198 USD / 1545 HKD and also includes worldwide shipping.

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DC Collectibles Batman Black & White series 8.5-inch tall White Knight Batman Statue

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Artist Sean Murphy creates the White Knight statue in the Batman Black & White series.

The Batman Black & White line brings to life interpretations of the World’s Greatest Detective and select Gotham City characters from the comics industry’s brightest stars.

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“Batman: Black and White” Mignola inspired statue posted on my toy blog HERE
Seen at NY Toy Fair 2017: Cool Batman statues I’ll love to get my hands on – Jonathan Matthews Black & White Batman, Batman vs Harley Quinn (pics HERE)

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Easy & Simple Tier 1 SMU Part VII Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Company Figure

The 75th Ranger Regiment’s Regimental Reconnaissance Company (formerly known as Regimental Reconnaissance Detachment/RRD) is an elite special operations force that is rumored to be the newest operational member of the Joint Special Operations Command. The unit is believed to have become part of JSOC in 2007 due to its extensive training and unique capabilities to conduct special reconnaissance and close target reconnaissance (CTR) operations, and advanced force operations (AFO). It is often referred as a Special Mission Unit (SMU).

Easy & Simple Tier 1 SMU Part VII Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Company 12-inch Figure Features: Real like Head Sculpt, ES-Buddy 2.0 Body, Multicam G3 Combat Jacket, Multicam Advanced Combat Pants, Shirt, 0612A Rigger’s Belt, Multicam LV MBAV Plate Carrier, Multicam LV MBAV Chest Rig, Multicam MBITR PRC 148/152 Pouch AOR1, Multicam Triple Revista Molle Pouch, Multicam SFLCS Medic Quick Pull Pouch, Multicam SOF Hand Warmer Sleeve, Multicam SOFLCS Frag Grenade Pouch, Multicam SFLCS Ultility Pouch, Multicam Roll up Dump Pouch, MOLLE Weapon Catch, MK17 7.62mm Assault Rifle with 5.56mm Lower Receiver, Extended Rail System, 553 Holographic Sight, G32 Magnifier, LA5-PEQ Indicator, Weapon Remote, WMX 200 Tactical Light, Tactical Foregrip, SCAR 5.56 mag, Multicam 2500BZ AOR1 Tactical Sling, M3 MAAWS Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle, Updated Rail Adaptor, DR Spectre 4x Optic Sight, LA5-PEQ Indicator, Anti-Structure Ammo, Heavy Padded Sling, Beavertail Modular Assault Pack with PRC Yote, G-17 Pistol, 6354 DO ALS Holster, X300 Weapon Light, FAST Maritime Cut Helmet, NVG Shroud, L4G24NVG Mount, PVS-31 Night Vision Goggle, Remote Battery Pack, XA Pro 3D Boots, Ironsight Gloves, COMTAC3 Headset & PTT, Headset ARC Rail Adaptor, PRC-152 Radio, Foretrex 401 GPS, SS V-lite Manta Strobe, SI Frame Goggle, M-18 Smoke Grenade, M-67 Frag Grenade, IR Light Sticks, Safety Sling, Blast Gauge, TAC Tourniquet, Watch, Patches

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