Apemania.com/Planet of the Apes costumes/prosthetics

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Jon8712, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Jon8712

    Jon8712 Well-Known Member

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    I'm thinking about buying some classic POTA props, costumes and prosthetics from APEMANIA.COM. Although their stuff is quite pricey, the website and merchandise seem to be top-notch.

    Has anybody here on the board dealt with them? I'm interested in knowing about their turnaround times and product quality.

    Thanks,

    Art
     
  2. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I certainly like the look of their stuff. Their prices have kept me from wanting to * anything up.

    They've been around a long time. I'm sure there are plenty here who own some.
     
  3. UFO

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    ART. long time, no see.
    shoot me an email sometime bro... i'd love to hear from ya.
    hope all is well.

    Matt
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Well-Known Member

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    I've dealt with them and it was a genuine pleasure.

    This was about four years back and I ordered the head of Professor Milo from Escape. I telephoned them and spoke with somebody really helpful. I didn't have room for the whole head and shoulders display so they agreed to just sell me the head. After some discussion I settled on the acrylic eyes. Over the next three weeks I received regular emails with photos of my bust in progress.

    And then it arrived ...

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    It's gorgeous. It really un-nerves a lot of people. I have more room to display things now and am thinking about going back to them for the shoulders to display it properly (I never got around to making the collar and shelf I was going to make :rolleyes )

    Bottom line; highly recommended.
     
  5. Jon8712

    Jon8712 Well-Known Member

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    That Milo head rocks.. Glad you had such a smooth transaction. :) Thanks for posting your experience with them.

    Matt, how's it going? Will try to e-mail you off-board soon. Take care, my friend.

    Art
     
  6. BrundelFly

    BrundelFly Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I know Brian, they are top notch.

    Great guy and hell of an artist.

    Frank Cerney
     
  7. Jon8712

    Jon8712 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Frank. A recommendation like that combined with your reputation in the prop-collecting/making community makes me feel much more secure in spending some $$$$ with Apemania.

    Anyway, wish me luck with my order, and if anybody's at DragonCon this year, look for the chimps. :)

    Art
     
  8. GeorgeL

    GeorgeL Well-Known Member

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    I know Brian as well and he is top notch to deal with...I've got 2 custom Jeepers Creepers heads from him and it was probably the best transaction I've ever made. Have no fear.
     
  9. monstermaker

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    Wow. Thanx for all the nice words everyone. We do aim to please.

    Between ongoing apes projects, movie prop restorations, and the ever-ongoing Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, the past 18 months have been really busy for both the studio and for me personally.

    We are amazed at how popular the classic Planet of the Apes films remain to this day, and are even more amazed at how many calls the APEMANIA troupe still gets for public and promotional ape-pearances.

    We thought for sure interest would die off back in '98 after the 30th Anniversary, but obviously we were wrong. Interest in the classic POTA is stronger than ever and we get all sorts of requests all the time.

    Our Ursus wardrobe made an ape-pearance on the TV sitcom "Still Standing" as a centerpiece of a memorabilia collection and MTV rented a bunch of stuff from us a few weeks ago for some skit they were doing, so everyone still seems to have a need to GO-APE... We are really eager to see what zaneyness is in store with future requests.

    Anyway, thanx again for all of the kind words here. Now, back to the bananas...

    Brian Penikas
    Make-up & Monsters Studios
    Keeper of the glue and faith for APEMANIA.com
     
  10. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice to see you made it here Brian.

    Welcome Aboard.. :)
     
  11. GoldCylon1

    GoldCylon1 Well-Known Member

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    I have talked with a few times about doing a restore job for me, but the price was going to be more than I was willing to pay. I have talked with other people that have worked with them, and said they do some great work., but they were sometimes a bit harsh on the methods they used for a restorations. Then they did follow up with the comment the out come and the quality of the work they did was great.Last time I talked with the guys at Apemania they were wrapping up with new Johnny Depp "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. They is some great effects on that movie, so let that help be a judgment on there work.
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  12. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I had a Creeper mask...looked amazing.
     
  13. monstermaker

    monstermaker New Member

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    Hoo-yah. You'd be surprized what some collectors bring to us "begging" us to save or resurrect. Always a challenge at every turn.

    We've done about a dozen of the background/stunt pull over ape masks over the years. Nothing like trying to get a bag full of cracker crumbs to look like a mask again.
    Stunt mask
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    That ape sarcafagus was another jim-dandy. "Let's dig up a chunk of foam that's been burried on a ranch for 30 years and see if Bri's guys can restore it to original specs."

    Sometimes I feel like we're on one of those "Wrecks to Riches" or "Overhaulin" shows. "Do you hafta paint the whole car? But it's original. Rust, dents, holes, and all."

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  14. Jon8712

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    Also glad to see you found the RPF, Brian.

    I've ordered the Cornelius and Zira costumes and prosthetics from Apemania, and they should be ready by the beginning of August. I'll be sure to post pics when we get them. Feel free to post any in-progress pics as well, Brian. :D

    Art
     
  15. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Jon8712 @ Jun 29 2006, 09:23 PM) [snapback]1271122[/snapback]</div>
    Get ready for some funny looks.

    Bill Blake made me up as a Chimp in the mid 70's and people really freaked when we went out on the streets.

    Some thought I was a real chimp and was amazed at how tame I was. :lol
     
  16. AlpineDarthMaul

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    Hey Brian,

    Glad to bump into you here. Sorry that I missed you at Rocky point this year. I would liked to have seen your presentaion on your Pirates work.. Maybe I'll have the chance to catch up with you at a later date. Take care, and I'll perhaps drop you a line soon.

    Shawn (rocky point make-up guy)
     

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