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Unlimited Run Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - Europe only

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by dday, May 18, 2015.

  1. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have noticed a major hole in our ability to display costumes in Europe.

    I have been in contact and finalized the details for importing black cloth covered flexible mannequins that are 180cm tall. If you want the female version, she is about 170cm tall.

    These mannequins are fully flexible in the arms, fingers, legs and so on. Internally it is made up of PU foam and covered in a black cloth.

    Male:
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    Female:
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    (Mannequins shown are white, but ours will be black)

    They are supported on a base plate with a metal pole that attaches in the lower back. The bar will fit in between the butt and kidney parts of your TK armor.

    With these you can easily dress the mannequin due to the movable arms and legs and then pose it exactly as you like once dressed. In order for the internal wiring to hold an object without moving over time you will want to externally reinforce the arm with a bent coat hanger and tape it into place under the costume parts.


    Some questions and answers:


    Q: Is this stable enough to carry full TK armor and resin blaster WITHOUT the base plate and metal pole?
    A: I'm not 100% sure, but as long as the legs are straight and you have something securing it to the wall, I was say yes. A TK is light weight. Holding the blaster can vary. When holding a blaster you may need to reinforce the arm with a bent coat hanger and use clear/black tape to attach it to the mannequin to ensure it stays in place over time. The hanger is easily hidden from view and the tape will not be seen under the armor.


    Q: Is a metal skeleton integrated (picture?) or what exactly provides the stability inside the body parts?
    A: Correct, the flexibility comes from the flexible foam body and the wire skeleton underneath it.


    Q: What is the height of the pure mannequin WITHOUT the base plate?
    A: Pure mannequin, no base is 181cm. Generally speaking 177-178 is the agreed upon sizing for a naked TK, 183cm in costume.


    Q: Is an additional undersuit recommended for a TK, or can the armor be added straight onto the black cloth?
    A: The black cloth covering is as such that you do not need a undersuit, simple place the armor on top and you're done.


    Q: How are the 5 body parts connected to each other? Pictures?
    A: There is the head, torso/legs and 2 arms. The legs are permanently affixed to the torso and the arms separate at the shoulder from the torso.
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    Q: Any options for adding spacers at belly and shoulders to build a mannequin for a Vader display from this?
    A: Not by default. It would require cutting and custom mods. I have plans to offer a custom Vader sized mannequin as well though.


    Q: Any close ups from the hands? These look a bit strange, but it might just be the photos…
    A: [​IMG]


    Q: Do the fingers contain wires to the tips, so that a blaster can be held realistically?
    A: Wires through the entire finger all the way to the tip. I would suggest like supporting the arm, you use external wiring under the gloves to ensure a fixed position. The wire holds its position well but if you want to hold a blaster, I would use the external wiring to ensure it holds tight.


    Q: If body parts (like legs or arms) are often moved (for example for adding and removing the armor or changing the appearance of the display), can the internal wires break after a while/a few years?
    A: I can not speak to the longevity of these since this will be the first time I am using them. This exact mannequin is used in the USA quite extensively and sold by Jim Sauter (www.voicebooster.com) who sells the Aker/IComm and I have heard no bad things about them. I would imagine as long as you did not change the position dramatically every few hours you would never have a problem with the wire. If you bend it 120deg, then back 120deg the other way a lot... who's to say. But I would consider this use outside of the norm.


    Jim of www.tkproductsllc.net has graciously allowed me to use some of his photographs of the mannequins as well as the videos he made assembling the mannequin and dressing in a TK suit. If you are in the USA/Canada and interested in one of these mannequins, please get in touch with Jim via his website. He is very responsive and has a great set of products. I'm really happy to be able to work with him to bring his products to our European Troopers.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0jR7cj7CE0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ7gj-muyq4


    Availability: Available now for the next round.
    http://goo.gl/forms/OAPc2E022E

    When stock gets low I will order more, so it should be a pretty continuous availability.


    Pricing: 170EUR, plus shipping (Europe only! Package is too large to send anywhere else. For USA orders please head to www.voicebooster.com)
    Shipping: 20 Euro in Germany, 30 Euro outside of Germany
     
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  2. Nils

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Interested!
     
  3. pnag

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Potentially interested, but don't suppose they can be in any way taller? 180cm is just that bit too short for a Vader :)
     
  4. razorsharp192

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    interested in one of these
     
  5. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    If you're going for a vader, don't go for this one. I will be working up a vader sized one in the coming months.
     
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  6. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    I have added lots of new details as well as a question and answer session to the main thread.

    Please review again. Payments are due very soon in order to get in on a cheaper price.

    IF you want these but are in the USA, head over to www.voicebooster.com. Jim sells these for USA/Canada and I am very pleased to be working with him to bring these into Europe.
     
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  7. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Last few days to get in on the lowest price. List has been updated with deposits and interests
     
  8. ataru72ita

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Interested!

    Regards,

    Alberto

    I'll be interested in a proper sized vader as well!!!
     
  9. Sarednab

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Interested for one!
    It will be perfect for my new home!
     
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  10. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only


    Hi Guys, I"m sending you a PM now, thanks!
     
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  11. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Quite a few new people who jumped on the order since the last post. Will update it soon.

    I'm still open for preorders for another 48 hours.
     
  12. jkno

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Very nice. I own a Morplan flexible mannequin which is very close to these ones. It is pretty solid, I like it a lot due to its versatility, but will not hold a Stormtrooper armor with resin blaster without the supporting pole. But with the pole and base you can bump into him and will not fall over.
     
  13. RoCKo

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Glad i found this in time to order for the lower price, please put me on the list for one male mannequin!
     
  14. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Message sent
     
  15. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Updated the listing. T2 pricing is still available for people who want to join the run.

    The mannequins have been ordered and the factory is making them now. I have ordered 30 total, so there is still space for more people to order.
     
  16. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    I've added a few new parties to the list. T2 pricing still available for another few weeks.
     
  17. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    I've added a few new people to the list, but there is still room for more. T2 Pricing still available.
     
  18. dday

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    Re: Black Flexible Mannequins for costume display - EU only

    Still some time for T2 pricing left.
     
  19. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi folks, we're getting closer to the date where the company will ship to me.


    They have given me some production photos.


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  20. dcutugno

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    Hi, i would be interested is it possible to have a 170 cm male version?
     
  21. dday

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    Hi, it might be possible, but not for this run. The mannequins are already under manufacturing and are nearing completion and final shipping.

    Under armor, there is no way to know it's a male vs a female, so if you're looking for 170 and want it for sure, I've got 1 female that is not spoken for yet. After this it will need to wait for the next run. PM me if you want to get this female reserved.
     
  22. dcutugno

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    So no difference in male vs female?!


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  23. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There is a difference. Take a look at the photos posted above nd in the main thread.

    But once there is armor on them, it will be nearly impossible to know it's a female mannequin. I guess it depends on what you will put on them to display.
     
  24. dcutugno

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    Not good for me, i need it for my Lycra suit.
     
  25. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Agreed, if using a a body suit, the female will look like a female, probably not the best. If it's a lycra suit, will it not stretch to fit on the taller one?
     
  26. dcutugno

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    Maybe yes, but I need a mannequin that is my size roughly to tailor an exact suit


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  27. spuj

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    I'm in for one male if I can get the T2 price!

    Do you know if the same manufacturer also has affordable display heads/busts for helmets etc?
     
  28. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ok, then this one will not work out the right way for you unless you cut his feet off.


    PM sent. It is possible, but a normal head is easy enough to find locally... well here in Germany at least. Where are you from?
     
  29. dday

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    Some payment still outstanding and a few extra mannequins available still. It's almost the last minute for the 160 Euro price before they go up to 180 normal price.
     
  30. dday

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    List updated, still on waiting on the additional payments from those who put down the deposit.


    Also, in order to keep the interest going for people who want to save ome money, I've added a different tier for payments. If you decide you want to buy one of the mannequins before I get them, I will offer then at 10 Euro cheaper vs normal price. This deal will last until they are delivered, around the end of July. After this, it will be the normal price for these.
     
  31. dday

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    Under 3 weeks now before these arrive. Still available for T3 pricing 10€ off the normal price.
     
  32. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Bump.

    Just around 2 weeks before they arrive.

    Save €10 by ordering now.
     
  33. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Mannequin arrival is a little behind from my last details. Looking like first week in August now, the ship had some delays leaving the port.
     
  34. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Still waiting on news from the ship and hoping for word every day. I've asked the manufacturer to check for an ETA.
     
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  35. VaultUK

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    Hi I'm interested in one male if o have one
     
  36. spuj

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    Any news?
     
  37. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hi Spuj,

    I sent out an email to everyone on the list via the email used for payment. Good you posted here because I"m needing some details from you.

    Please check the payment email for my message. Thanks!
     
  38. dday

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    Mannequins will be delivered to me finally on Monday!

    I will work to turn them around the same day to everyone who has ordered!
     
  39. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have these in hand now and available 11 males and 1 female. Pricing in the first post.
     
  40. dday

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    18.09.15 - All mannequins are shipped out. 19 in total so far. The shop was not ultra happy to take so many at once but I called the day before so they were at least ready for me.

    No more then 5 business days and they should all be delivered!
     
  41. Sarednab

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    Many thanks! :)
     
  42. ataru72ita

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    YEAH Baby!!!!!(y)cheers:popcorn

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  43. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    3 mannequins already delivered to guys in Germany...fast like lightning!
     
  44. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I got a photo from one of the new mannequin owners. Looks pretty awesome if you ask me!


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  45. Sarednab

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    Got it! Fantastic! Thanks! :)
     
  46. ataru72ita

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    The mannequin arrived,:cheers:D

    Will soon be dressed as well!

    Regards,

    Alberto
     
  47. dday

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    Guys, awesome news!

    I'm looking forward to dressed photos :cheers
     
  48. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    30.9.15
     
  49. pnag

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    Any hope of some Vader sized ones on the horizon? :)
     
  50. dday

    dday Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's still on the horizon :D
     

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