Thank you for the very kind letter. I am between things and will answer as fully as I can. And Eric is a great friend, any friend of his is a friend of mine too.
We are currently reworking all the 25-inch Ultimate Sharks.
They will be available in the coming weeks as we get them done, molded, and assorted tasks completed such as paint-masks, photo-shoots, figuring out correct rpms etc.. They will be slightly more affordable, detail levels greatly increased, all fins molded on and a few other cool changes. They will be numbered and limited edition runs although we have not settled on all details due to another "floating" start date on a film pre-production yet to be nailed down.
We replace molds as we fill orders when I feel they are getting long in the tooth. I like the last shark collectible owner to have the same crisp detail as the first since this is what our photos advertise, and how I feel business should be done. It’s what we want so this is what we try to provide.
Our sharks are not brittle Polystone [a.k.a. "floor sweepings"] but we roto-cast each on our own homemade equipment out of pure-undiluted resins. Very high quality and very expensive, but worth every penny. We use many resin types in many layers; more so with the larger sharks getting metal or wood spines also depending on their needs. They are also backed by an extremely high density resin foam as well. As we learn of new materials and techniques we implement them. Our goal is for our sharks to be inherited or at least to end up in antique stores. We made them well back in 2009 when we started this shark thing, but today’s sharks are much thicker, heavier and made in many more layers with vastly improved resins.
Yes, we can certainly place you on a contact list. In fact I would like to post this letter on our Facebook and Sales site Blog as it answers many questions that have been common these last few weeks. I am thinking that we need to perhaps mass email all our current contacts as we release our 2015 sharks in the coming weeks.
We are reminding that although we are working hard to list all our 2015 sharks for order or at least Pre-order that we are facing a floating start date on a film unless it is pushed back yet again. As we have done in the past for the SyFy channel FX work, when it becomes too much we’ll turn off the ‘Buy Now’ buttons on the sales site for whatever time is needed to fulfill the film’s needs while filling all current due orders as we have done in the past. I wish the film-world was run by those that planned further ahead so that we could know for sure if and when this may be needed this year. But all that order sharks get their sharks.
Our first 25 inch Ultimate Bruce to be re-released perhaps even next week will be the All New Revised Ultimate Bruce 3D Enraged Big Mamma Attack pose shark. We released her months back but everyone wanted the mouth posed open-wider so instead of continuing to spend hours extra on every single shark I remodeled the prototype to have all the correct facial expressions of the final scenes Big Mamma in her most severe attack pose. Romain Neophyte of the Jaws 3D fansite will be revealing his #1 Custom Edition with Joe Alves at the End of Feb at his Jaws and Jaws 3 Special Screening in France.
This became a much longer letter than intended but I think answers your questions and should make for a good shark update to FB and our site. Thank you for writing us. Contact us as needed and we will contact anyone else that wants a heads up in the email of our upcoming releases too. I look forward to building your shark and it’s great to meet a new shark friend!