Posted by Curto on July 22, 2004 at 12:51 AM CST
Hello to our loyal Collectors' Club.

Gentle Giant would like to give you a quick update live from San Diego Comic-Con. Hopefully, you have seen our 6 foot tall Boba Fett “maxi-bust”, our 3 foot tall Clone Wars Yoda maquette, or our newly debuted Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise mini bust. For the moment, we would like to inform you about what is going on with the distribution of our exclusive product the Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper Disguise mini bust and Spirit of the Rebellion Bust-Ups 4-pack. As was originally posted several months ago, our intention was to sell these products on a first-come, first-serve basis. Unfortunately, Comic-Con officials have instituted a policy that forbids this type of sale on exclusive product and, for the safety of attendees and exhibitors alike, have mandated a raffle system.

Details regarding the raffle system will be posted at Gentle Giants booth (2813H, in the Star Wars Pavilion) during the show. Raffle tickets will be handed out, free-of-charge, at the start of the show, and a drawing will be held in the afternoon for winning tickets. Winning ticket holders will be able to redeem their tickets for purchase of the appropriate exclusive. Unique tickets will be handed out for each exclusive. Additional measures will remain in effect, such as badge punching and 1 per person limit.

Regarding distribution of the exclusives at Wizard World Chicago and to our Collectors Club through our online store, all previous announcements are still in effect at this time, but are subject to change per the whim of show management.

We would like to apologize on behalf of Comic-Con for the timing of this announcement being made, as we know many of our loyal fans have planned on arriving at the show early with the intention of purchasing our exclusives.

For further information, comments, suggestions, or questions regarding Comic-Con's policy of sales of exclusive product, please contact Comic-Con directly at:

By mail:
Comic-Con International
P.O. Box 128458, San Diego, CA 92112-8458
By phone: 619-491-2475
By fax: 619-414-1022
By e-mail: cci-info@comic-con.org

We at Gentle Giant are aware that not all companies have chosen to abide by Comic-Cons mandate, but we accede to Comic-Con's decision regarding the safety of the shows attendees.

Sincerely,
Gentle Giant

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