Are Sideshow Collectibles a Good Investment in 2021?

Sideshow Collectibles are not only the sole distributor of Hot Toys in the United States and many other continents and countries, but they have also been producing 1/6 scale collectibles, statues, and other high-end pieces for over 25 years. Let’s see if their collectibles are a good investment.

Sideshow collectibles are a good investment depending on the product in question. As with Hot Toys, they make sought-after high-end collectibles, which to purchase are expensive. Due to their industry status and clout of more than 25 years, the way they design, and produce their collectibles, they are considered to be an investment.

We’ll take a look at Sideshow collectibles history, giving you an understanding of why their collectibles could be considered an investment. We’ll also compare them to Hot Toys, going over limited edition runs and how they are made.  

Who is Sideshow Collectibles?

Suppose you are new to the world of 1/6 scale collectibles, statues, action figures, etc. Then the names Hot Toys and NECA might be the companies that you know of that produce some of these types of proprietary collectibles. However, another company called Sideshow CollectiblesOpens in a new tab. is a specialty manufacturer of collectibles, statues, and high-end film and television pieces.

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They are even the exclusive distributor of Hot Toys in the United States, North and South America, Europe, Australia, and many Asian countries. Their headquarters are based in Thousand Oaks, California, in the United States, and the company was founded in 1993.

They are recognized as one of the leaders in the field and have been highlighted in national trade and specialty toy publications. Their 1/6 scale (12 inches) collectibles and their polystone statutes have been awarded “Best of The Year” on numerous occasions.

They produce both licensed and original products, and 90 percent of their collectibles range are that of licensed properties from favorite media such as Marvel Comics, Lord of The Rings, Disney, Predator, DC Comics, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and G.I. Joe.

Comparing Sideshow Collectibles to Hot Toys

Hot Toys, arguably, are the best producers of 1/4 and 1/6 scale collectibles from media such as movies, television, video games, comic books, anime, and celebrities worldwide. This is due to their collectibles having fantastic articulation as well as the realism that they can produce in their collectibles that other companies just can’t seem to replicate. Most collectors will agree on this, and one example of this can be seen hereOpens in a new tab. where laya from Star Wars doesn’t quite capture the realism that perhaps it should. However, this does not mean that they do not make great collectibles in general.

If you scour through their website, you will notice that most of their collectibles are on the same level in terms of quality as any Hot Toys collectible you can find. We know that Hot Toys are an investment and that the ROI (return of investment) on them is approximately 25 percent.

If you don’t know this, then you can check out my other articles, Will Hot Toys Go Up In Value Or Be A Waste Of MoneyOpens in a new tab., and Hot Toys As An Investment Ask The Man Who KnowsOpens in a new tab. to understand why they are so expensive and can be classified as an investment.

If we take just the aspect of them being on a relatively similar level as Hot Toys, we can assume that they will be an investment. However, let’s look at some factors in more detail to get a clearer picture of why they could be a good investment in 2021.

Limited production runs

As with Hot Toys, Sideshow collectibles have limited production runsOpens in a new tab. when it comes to their collectibles, which means any-one series is limited to 5000 to 10 000 units. However, more often, a run only consists of between 2500 to 2000 units. This makes them rare and rare means valuable and can mean they qualify to be an investment.

How Sideshow collectibles are made

Without getting into too much detail because I have an article covering how they are made hereOpens in a new tab., the amount of work, time, and skill involved in creating their collectibles and statues is enormous.  It starts with conceptual art, which may be several layers deep, then the collectibles are sculpted by hand, and digital rendering programs are also used in production. A sculpture pool is to bring in additional layers, and they are also painted by handOpens in a new tab..


We find that due to the fact that Sideshow collectibles are produced in a similar way to Hot Toys and that have been around since 1993, they have some clout in the universe of high-end sought after collectibles. This would alone make them valuable and worthy of their collectibles being an investment.

Hot Toys have taken the collectibles market by storm over recent years, but this does not mean that Sideshow collectibles have fallen by the wayside. In fact, You could say because Hot Toys have brought the collectibles market into the mainstream public eye, that Sideshow Collectibles are even more valuable now than they used to be.

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Sideshow Collectibles Behind the Scenes: Sculpting and PaintingOpens in a new tab.

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