Clearing the air on terms such as hollow, solid, egg shell etc
Friday, November 13, 2015
There have been some discussions going on in a particular social group on whether XM Statues are hollow, Egg-shell, solid etc.
At XM, we believe in integrity and openness to collectors and friends. So to clear the air, this is our official response to this topic, along with our definition and understanding of these terms.
To illustrate and visually explain our points, we went to the warehouse and enlisted the help of our most recent product, 1/4 scale Thor (one poor fella would receive his Thor abit later). We wanted to demonstrate this via an actual shippable product and not prototypes.
We used a heavy hammer on him to crack apart the statue - those who have tried to smash our statues (for replacement purposes) can attest that it's not an easy task. Below are the images but before we start viewing, let's run through our definition of the terms.
HOLLOW VS EGG SHELL
We noticed these 2 terms are often used interchangeably. Some believe them to be the same while others think differently. Take me for instance, I think of them being the same in most context - e.g. That statue is hollow, i.e. it's light, it's not very solid/sturdy and it's prone to cracks and damages easily because the integrity of the statue is compromised.
Similarly, Solid can be interpreted differently as well. When we say that statue is a solid piece, we refer to the piece being sturdy, well balanced and a qualty piece. Some define solid as being 100% dense.
SO ARE OUR PRODUCTS SOLID, HOLLOW OR EGG SHELL? THE ANSWER IS BOTH YES AND SOMETIMES NO;
- Yes: Our statues are designed to be strong, sturdy and quality finish. All contact points which are usually feet and legs (lower body) are the foundation of any statue's display durability. These parts are "full solid" and dense - because they need to be. If you refer to the Thor feet and legs, you will be able to see this.
- Sometimes No: When it comes to the upper body and arms, depending on the character designs, pose and body types, our engineering team finds the best balance of weight vs practicality. A too heavy upper body at an angle means increased pressure to lean over time. A huge body (like Thanos or Thor) that is 100% densed will be heavy for the contact points to support safetly. A large arm that is 100% densed will be heavy for the magnets to secure them in switch out poses. Depending on the factors, we carefully balance the density of the piece - because ultimately, the overall composition needs to be sturdy. So take Black Widow for instance, with her slim build and composition, her body is more densed solid than say Thor's upper body. So it's a no for Thor if we go by 100% solid. However if you refer to the photo's cross section thickness, we wouldn't call it Egg shell either.
Perhaps we should be careful of the term Hollow in this regards - we doubt there are any large sized statues on the market that are 100% dense - it just isn't practical nor needed. Would anyone really, I mean really want a 100% dense solid Lockjaw that will increase their shipping substantially? (to be fair, we did share this publicly and did not attempt to hide it)
If the point was to say XM is wrong in using the term hollow in the wrong context, perhaps so and we will be more careful in the future. This isn't a malicious intent from us to mislead collectors. At the end of the day, we believe in creating products that are sturdy via the optimum balance of weight and structural integrity of our statues. You can call it anything; egg shell, hollow, semi hollow, semi solid etc As long as collectors smile when they pick up an XM piece, like the weight, appreciate the quality, sturdiness and craftsmanship.
So far, we've only heard collectors being concerned that their display cabinets cannot support heavy XM statues - if we start receiving feedback our statues are too light - we can always make them heavier. :)