Westlake Village, CA—July 15, 2003: Sideshow / Weta Collectibles is pleased to announce that it return to the enormously successful Lord of the Rings Pavilion at this year’s International Comic Convention in San Diego, California. The Comic Convention, held at the San Diego Convention Center will run from July 17- 20, 2003, with a special Preview Night on July 16, for pre-registered professionals, press and four day attendees.

This year The Lord of the Rings Pavilion will feature New Line Home Entertainment and seven of New Line’s LOTR licensees, including Sideshow / Weta, Houghton Mifflin, Electronic Arts, Games Workshop, Decipher, Sabertooth Games, and the Noble Collection. The LOTR Pavilion will also feature fan site TheOneRing.net, forged by and for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien.

With crowds expected to swell to well over 65,000 for the weekend, this show will be action packed to accommodate the fans. The Sideshow / Weta booth returns with its impressive display of Lord of the Rings merchandise, showcasing their new Return of the King products and large limited edition figures, environments, prints and bronzes. Sideshow’s exhibit will be at booth #2529 in the LOTR Pavilion. Middle Earth will be re-created at the Sideshow Collectibles booth with looming Cave Troll display and life-sized figures of the Ringwraith on Steed, Gollum and a Goblin.

On hand this year will be Academy Award winner, Richard Taylor, Director of Weta Workshop, the special effects facility that brought Middle Earth to life on film. Richard Taylor will also be accompanied by several of the highly talented artists whose work also appears in the trilogy. The Weta crew will be performing a make-up demonstration on Saturday afternoon during a special presentation given by New Line Cinema. There will also by a costumed Sideshow / Weta employee who will be available for photo opportunities at the Sideshow booth (#2529).

The Lord of the Rings Pavilion will feature raffles and giveaways throughout the weekend. Tabletop gaming and electronic gaming stations will be available as well as New Line’s 20-ft. screen, which will feature clips and sneak peak from “Return of the King”. Don’t forget to stop by the Sideshow / Weta booth to enter for a chance to win the coveted sold out, Balrog statue!

Sideshow Collectibles will be showcasing their core product lines including T3, The Simpsons, Star Trek, James Bond, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Universal Classic Monsters, Muppets and more. They will also debut upcoming products including a 1/4 scale Frankenstein figure, WW1 figures, Civil War figures, World of Froud Faeries, Live by the Sword -Pirates and more! The famed Creature from the Black Lagoon 12 inch figure will debut at this show, along with Q and JAWS from the action packed James Bond line.

**For more information, please feel free to contact us directly at PR@sideshowtoy.com.

**For more information about San Diego Comic Convention, please visit the convention website at http://www.comic-con.org

**New product images will be posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2003. Please visit our website at www.sideshowcollectibles.com for daily coverage of the show.