Today, June 28th, is the anniversary of the moment Mike Morhaime announced at the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals in Paris, France that Diablo III was in development and presented Jay Wilson and his team. Time really goes fast. I remember being there in front of the stage when Blizzard unveiled the Diablo III Cinematic and gameplay video onscreen.
We have seen the Diablo III Art Controversy, which died pretty fast. We have seen the Witch Doctor and the Wizard Class, several updates on the Bestiary and lore at the official website. Bashiok (Diablo III CM) has kept us informed throughout the year with some juicy details. He’s done an awesome job thus far, and hope to continue to see him active in upcoming years. We have seen Jay Wilson in various interviews after the announcement, and Diablo III feature in some of the BlizzCast podcasts.
About a year ago, before Diablo III was announced, Blizzplanet had run a teaser countdown. I was newsposter of the Diablo3.com website for a few months before the domain name was transferred to Blizzard Entertainment. Many fans may remember my countdown to May 1st, 2008 which heralded the announcement that Diablo3.com domain name belonged now to Blizzard Entertainment. A very-strong sign that Blizzard would announce Diablo III at the 2008 Blizzard Worldwide Invitationals.
Many gaming sites linked to Blizzplanet and Diablo3.com wondering what was the countdown mystery about. David, I remember added the text:
It is AMAZING !!! The Diablo III fans have gone insane and fell in love of the fully-painted Diablo III OVERTHROWN Statue. The Limited Edition which includes the helmet has been surprisingly SOLD OUT across the board. It’s been only four days since it was unveiled. This reminds me how fast BlizzCon tickets sold out these past two years. There are very passionate fans out there, I tell ya.
The question is, will there be enough Overthrown Regular Edition to meet the demand? Rush in and get one if you were hesitating dude, because they are going faster than hot bread in the morning on a busy bakery. They are sweet !
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||We sold through our Sideshow Exclusive Diablo III OVERTHROWN Diorama during our June 18th re-launch of the painted piece, which was showcased in our weekly E-Newsletter, with an Edition Size soon to be announced! Please note that a Regular Edition of this piece, which comes WITHOUT the interchangeable helmeted head, is now available to pre-order Diablo III OVERTHROWN Statue while supplies last. There is also a Wait List open for the Exclusive.
The Painted Diablo III Overthrown Polystone Diorama screenshots are now available, and better yet, you can pre-order this awesome statue here. It is slated for delivery on Q4 2009. Impress your friends and fellow employees by displaying this diorama on your desk or living room. If you think for $299 it is too pricy, it indeed is. However, the FlexPay option allows you to acquire it in three easy payments:
Oct 10, 2009 $100.00
Nov 10, 2009 $100.00
Dec 10, 2009 $99.99
Click the Pre-Order text within the image and choose the normal diorama or the limited edition which includes the interchangeable helmet. Select the FlexPay link from the pre-order page if you prefer to pay in three easy installments.
Within the world of Sanctuary in the Kingdom of Khanduras, barbarians are an ancient class of legendary warriors. Barbarians are known for their immense size, relentless fury and two-weapon fighting techniques and dwell upon their sacred Mount Arreat. Though once misunderstood to be simple and aggressive invaders, they are a noble, proud people, upholding great tradition – protecting Mount Arreat and the mysterious artifact it holds.
Sideshow Collectibles and Blizzard Entertainment are proud to introduce the Diablo III Collectible series with this epic first release. The Barbarian Statue depicts the warrior class in fine form, wielding dual-axes in the heat of battle. Each piece is hand-cast in high quality polystone, individually finished and hand-painted to exacting standards, complete with individually assigned edition numbers on the bottom side of the base. Don’t miss this opportunity to begin your Diablo III collection with the limited edition Barbarian Statue.
If you placed a pre-order when we displayed the unpainted prototype of this item, you do not need to place an additional order.
License: Diablo III
Product Type: Polystone Diorama
Product Size: 18” H (457.2mm) x 12.5” W (317.5mm) x 13” D (330.2mm)*
Product Weight: 15.00 lbs (6.8 kg)*
As promised last week, Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled the fully painted version of the Diablo III Overthrown Polystone Diorama and it just looks awesome. The pre-order pages have been disabled, but they plan to re-launch them on June 18 with various photos of the diorama from different angles. Stay tuned for further updates on our front page. In the meantime, Sideshow Collectibles is offering a Wallpaper in four sizes. Read our recent interview with Sideshow CEO Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges.
The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out. However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity. Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active. Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk with Sideshow Collectibles CEO and president Greg Anzalone and Production Manager Brant Bridges. Sideshow will debut the fully painted Diablo III: Overthrown Diorama very soon. We will share these photos with you when they are available. Last week, I reached Sideshow, and they are committed to let us know in advance when the fully painted Overthrown is finished to alert our visitors. Additionally, they expect to produce new StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Dioramas by 2010.
Although they weren’t able to go into detail, nor confirmed nor denied it—personally I have a feeling it will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con through JULY 23-26. If my track-record hunch accuracy and detective work means anything to you, that’s probably it. A couple of years ago, I digged the plans for a World of Warcraft comic book that would be unveiled at the San Diego Comic Con at least 10 days before even DC Comics launched the press release announcing its existence.
The development team is excited to announce that the Diablo 3 statue, Overthrown, has recently received full approval from Blizzard, and the finished piece will be debuted soon on SideshowCollectibles.com! We are in discussion with Blizzard about future Warcraft and Starcraft releases. Although you won
The second and last batch of BlizzCon tickets are now sold out. Zippo. No more on sale. Is that your last chance to get a ticket? Not at all. The family of fansites of the IncGamers Network still has some giveaways of FREE BLIZZCON TICKETS courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Visit the following fansites to read the rules and how to participate. Participate on each of them to increase your chances.
Blizzard Entertainment listed other fansites that started giveaways too. Check them all out here at the official WoW Forums.
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||The second batch of tickets for BlizzCon 2009 has now been sold out. If you weren
Leord: In addition to StarcraftWire’s and BlizzPlanet’s contests for BlizzCon 2009 tickets, Diii.net has now joined us in giving away the precious invites to Blizzard’s massive event.
If you have a copy of Diablo II, start planting your own item garden to see if it will result in entry at the Anaheim Convention Center!
The Echoes of War: Music of Blizzard Entertainment was so very welcomed by fans that EMINENCE produced a new round of copies for sale. Pre-orders are now available with $ 5 discount savings if you do so before June 16th.
I wrote a review of this product a few months ago if you want to check out what this product contains. We had a giveaway of the Legendary Edition. The publisher EMINENCE will provide us new copies to giveaway to fans. Stay tuned for details on how to participate.