"Be obsessive, be a little bit crazy. But, definitely, look at the world slightly differently and, then, you'll be able to work here." Susan Damon, on-air talent and social media ambassador for Sideshow Collectibles
Susan Damon is the on-air personality and social media ambassador for Sideshow Collectibles. Susan joins our show to talk about the journey of Sideshow - how they started out building prototypes and model kits and are now the premier manufacturer of figures and statues spanning all of pop and geek culture. Dustin and Jeff got to tour the Sideshow Collectibles facility in Los Angeles and sit down with Susan to talk all things geek and pop culture and collecting all those things. This is Part One of a two-part episode from Sideshow Collectibles, tune in to episode 97 to hear more from some of the creators of their amazing Court of the Dead series.
This week meet the masked fan, Brian Pe, in the Death Star segment on the show below:
jeff: I wanna start by just saying that this place is incredible.
Susan: Isn't it?
jeff: What is it like to come to work at a place like this every day?
Susan: It's pretty much like fantasy land, or wonderland, or any mythical place that you don't think exists. Then, it turns out, oh, it does and it's here, and I get to come here everyday to work.
Dustin: Does it ever wear off a little bit?
Susan: It absolutely does not wear off at all. When you're a lifetime geek girl like I am, it'll never wear off. Even if it starts to be like, "Oh, I've seen that statue before", all of a sudden, they'll flip something out and you're like, "Oh, I haven't seen that, that's amazing." Yeah.
Dustin: You're a lifetime geek girl. Where did you start to grow into ... what is your favorite franchises?
Susan: How long do we have?
Dustin: A long time, long time.
jeff: We've got half an hour.
Susan: Well, it all ... for me, it started with Star Wars really.
Susan: Star Wars was my first fandom and, then, I grew up in the time of Batman: The Animated Series.
jeff: Oh, yeah.
Susan: I'm a big Batman geek, big DC Comics geek, big Marvel Comics geek. I've collected comics since I was eight years old, collected statues basically since I could afford them.
Susan: Working at Sideshow is pretty much a dream job for me because I collected Sideshow before I worked at Sideshow.
Dustin: Yeah, yeah.
Susan: It's crazy to be here. Yeah, I guess it all started with Star Wars. I also watched Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica. What else? Everything else.
jeff: When did you start working for Sideshow?
Susan: About five years ago. I just hit my five-year a couple months ago, a month ago.
jeff: Congrats, congrats.
jeff: For our listeners and viewers, what is your role here at Sideshow?
Susan: I am the Social Media Coordinator, so I run all of their social, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Then, I also host Sideshow Live at 11:00 AM on Wednesdays everyday across our video channels.
Dustin: Nice. What do you do on that show?
Susan: Oh, gosh. I get to unbox stuff that we do for the first time, I get to introduce new products and get to talk to our Creative Director a lot. I get to talk to different people in art direction and in sculpt. We get to interview and talk about the process that we go through to make all these amazing things that you see here.
jeff: That's so cool. Did you have a background in any of this before starting working at Sideshow?
Dustin: This is where you shit talk your old employers by the way.
Susan: Because I have a background in performing arts.
jeff: Okay. Yes, you do.
Susan: Yes, yes.
jeff: You do have.
Susan: Yes. Yeah. So, that's where I came from is acting, dancing for a long time and, then, hosting and talking about this stuff was just so natural because I already love all of it.
Susan: All I really need to do is expand on that knowledge and figure out how we do things and it's really cool to see all the artists, so many different people, work on everything.
jeff: Let's talk about that a little bit.
jeff: We walked through this facility and it's mind-blowing to see the amount of detail, and focus, and creative drive that was in there.
Dustin: And, top secret things. Here's the list, starting from the top.
jeff: Yeah, speak a little bit about what that process even entails because I think a lot of people who see the-
Susan: Oh, my gosh.
jeff: The finished product, they don't really understand.
Susan: Well, in any given piece, it could be in production and development from anything from six months to two years just to make sure that we get it right.
Susan: Because, here's the thing about Sideshow is that, we're all geeks.
Susan: We all care so much about everything that we are putting out there for everyone that we want to make sure it is the right version of that character. We take our time, so we're not just gonna put out a piece because we're gonna put out a piece, we have a people who do the concept art and they go through several different designs sometimes. Sometimes, they just do a design and everybody loves it, and that's how it goes, but there's that stage. Then, they get into production, which is getting everything approved and, then, getting into sculpt and, then, going into paint and, then, going into out put. Well, it's output first, then paint, then all the project managers who walk everything through from start to finish ... and, if there's cut and sew elements, we need the cut and sew team involved.
Susan: Then, photography comes in and takes all those gorgeous pictures that you see all over our website, that you see on our Instagram. Photography's involved from the beginning as well because they're taking pictures of it going through the entire process as well.
Susan: You can see. We can have that content. Once we have a production sample or a prototype, we can put that ... we usually try to put the prototype on the live show. That way, we can show it off and what this is gonna look like and, then, something goes up for pre-order. Then, there's the life cycle of the pre-order. Do you see what I mean?
Susan: There's a whole different thing, there's at least ... I can't even begin to tell you how many people go into just one of those pieces and how much love from each member of the team goes into making all those pieces from the initial concept all the way through when it goes home to everybody.
Dustin: Yeah. It seems like the person who would be like, "Oh, you got the colors on Boba Fett's blaster wrong", probably work here.
Susan: Oh, yeah.
Dustin: Is there a lot of people calling out like, "Oh, I don't think you got that quite right. I've watched the movie a thousand times."
Susan: We do have that and we are dealing with a lot of passionate fans all the time, and the thing is is that we try to go with, a lot of times, something that is the idealized version of the character rather than necessarily something that's 100% screen accurate. When you're looking at a character like Deadpool, it's not necessarily gonna be the Deadpool that you saw in the Deadpool movie, but it is gonna be the Deadpool that you're most likely to see if you pick up anything that is recognizable as Deadpool.
Dustin: Right. But, sometimes, you do do movie accurate figurines. I've seen a Robert Downey Jr. face that haunts me in my sleep.
Susan: Yeah, that's our talented sculpting right there.
Susan: They're doing the likenesses of all these actors and it's crazy.
Dustin: It's just the blaze of the eyes.
Susan: I know and the way you feel that it's looking at you, I can't have these likenesses anywhere near where I sleep because it's like-
Dustin: It's the next level of grandmothers' creepy doll.s
Susan: Oh, yeah, except this is six scale Robert Downey Jr. that's just gonna-
jeff: It's the next level of fandom, too, because you guys work with so many incredible properties and have created a fandom within that. There is the Sideshow fans as well.
Susan: Yeah, absolutely.
jeff: That, now, tailors, too, a lot of the subjects that you're creating. Is that surreal? When you're making Robert Downey Jr.'s Ironman or Michael Rooker as Yondu or something like that, these people are so jazzed about having themselves immortalized?
Susan: Well, it's funny you bring up Michael Rooker who has actually crashed the live show before to talk about his own Yondu. It's pretty spectacular to have that type of feedback come from someone who portrayed that iconic character. Yeah, it's surreal. It's such a compliment and it makes everybody feel so lucky that they had a part in this piece no matter what it is because they're bringing a character to life in that way.
jeff: Yeah. From any of your fandoms, has anybody walked through those doors that you fangirled out about a little too hard?
Susan: Oh, man. Okay, I'm pretty good about keeping it together. However, when I met Kevin Conroy for the first time, I held it together. I held it together and, then, he walked away and I sat on the floor underneath just in case he could still see me and cried. My little-
jeff: "It's Batman."
Susan: Yeah, I was like ... my little eight-year-old Susan in me was just like, "Oh, my god. You just met Batman, that is the coolest thing in the whole world." Yeah.
Dustin: That is so, so cool. Sideshow, as a whole, has created this incredible industry standard now for this type of collecting. I wanna talk a little bit about the early days of this company, that wasn't really the case in the beginning, right?
Susan: The early days of the company was we started doing model kits a lot and so, I think one of the first pieces we ever did was a Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein model kit.
Susan: It wasn't ever necessarily meant to be something that was a piece of living art you have in your own. It was something more that you were supposed to build together and put your own creativity into it.
Susan: In a way, the collaborative mentality has existed since the beginning. Yeah, that's it. It also started in this ... not even a warehouse, it was like a garage in Westlake Village.
Susan: They would put molds next to a pool.
Susan: That was the story that I've heard from one of our owners.
Dustin: Wow. How did it grow into this obsessive attention to detail, next level-
Susan: Really, really smart people who are better at this than I ever could be. It's hard to describe other than it just was fueled by passion, passionate people who were willing to take risks and do jobs that they weren't necessarily trained for or were in their comfort level, but they did it anyway. Look at how awesome all this became. One of our owners started out being a Graphic Designer. Now, she's head of an entire department of the company and runs all this. We have our amazing CEO who just every step of the way new exactly how to take the company and took risks creatively as well as in business.
Susan: They created a standard and a name for themselves, and you guys are gonna talk to Tom Gilliland a little bit later. He might be able to answer some of these questions a little bit better than I can since he's been here since the beginning, but he's our Creative Director. He's part of that initial group of people that just started the company and took it from this garage to what you're seeing right now.
jeff: Wow, and I think that that's the testament for any company that really can do incredible things is to have that passion to just try anything and go for it.
Susan: Oh, yeah, yeah.
jeff: You know what I mean? Look where it's gotten you guys. You have some of the most sought after properties that you deal with at this point and creating your own properties, like the Court of The Dead and all that stuff that you guys are able to do. Like we talked about earlier, what I think is so exciting about a company of creative people like this is you do create things that are movie specific or person specific and straight off the page of a comic book, but the stuff that you create that you just allow your artists just to really go into it on is incredible. It's incredible. On top of that, at the other side of this company, with you and with all of the lives that you guys, and all of the print publication, and the graphic design, and everything, it's a powerhouse of awesome. I don't know how to describe it other than that.
Susan: Thank you so much. Everybody in the company works really hard at what they do and we're all very, very ... we all have different skillsets, but I think they all come together in this really unique way that no one else can match in that sense. We have our marketing team who these are some of the most brilliant minds that I get to talk with every day about, "Well, here's a different way of looking at a character that we've all seen a thousand times." How do you ... everyone knows who Wolverine is.
jeff: Right. Yeah, yeah.
Susan: How do you make Wolverine new again?
Susan: Yet, somehow, they bring that to the table and can come through with all these different ideas via emails, and live shows, and all these different things that they do themselves. Then, we have our customer support team who they also can support every single ... they can answer all these questions about everything.
Susan: If you go into our customer support area, they have every single figure that is current, that is unboxed. That way, if someone has a question and calls in about like, "Oh, I don't know how the cloth fits on Wolverine," they can go and test it themselves so they will know the exact problem that any customer's having. Even down to that, we try to approach things in a way that other people don't look at them and I think that that is what Sideshow does in general. How can we look at this thing a little bit differently to give it a little more of a creative spin and take a classic character and make it something that's a piece of art that can live in your home?
jeff: That's so cool.
Dustin: It seems like it would be difficult to keep that mindset with every single person that works here.
Susan: You would think. But, somehow, we all have this-
Susan: I don't know.
Dustin: Is there an intro video? You sit them down and like, "This is how you work at Sideshow. Be obsessive."
Susan: I don't know, I have no idea. Be obsessive, be a little bit crazy. But, definitely, look at the world slightly differently and, then, you'll be able to work here. Yeah, but I don't know how we find everyone. But, we somehow have managed to collect the right people.
jeff: That's incredible.
Susan: It's so fun.
jeff: From someone on the inside, where do you think is the future of Sideshow?
Susan: Oh, man.
jeff: Where do you think this company is headed in the next handful of years?
Susan: Well, I think that we've been really lucky to have hit an age where everything that we already loved forever is now mainstream.
Susan: Moving forward, obviously, we're gonna be able to explore that a lot more. But, also, on the other hand, we have Court of The Dead and we have these amazing IPs that we want to develop. Court of The Dead has now become a board game.
Susan: To think of this thing as like, "Oh, look, it existed in Tom's head." Then, it became a statue and books, and there's a series of novels. There were comics on the internet that now became comics that are actually comics being published. There's a board game. To me, that's the next step as well, to just expand on the creativity of the people who work here and things that we think of that are-
jeff: Yeah, yeah.
Susan: That, to me, is the next step.
jeff: Wow, that's exciting.
Dustin: Do you get into movie making after this, Court of The Dead movie?
Susan: That would be amazing. We keep joking about Court of The Dead, a Netflix series.
Susan: Wouldn't that be amazing?
jeff: It'll happen.
Dustin: Oh, my god.
jeff: It'll happen.
Susan: That would be so cool.
Dustin: Sign me up.
jeff: I see it happening.
Susan: You could just binge the history of the war between heaven and hell..
Susan: Oh, my gosh. I think that would be so cool.
jeff: It's gonna happen.
Susan: Yeah, I hope so.
jeff: On this show, we always come to this question and I want you to answer this two separate ways.
jeff: First of all, as yourself.
Susan: As myself?
jeff: Yes. What fuels you to keep coming in and kicking ass every day at a job like this?
Susan: What fuels me? Okay. Well, what fuels ...
jeff: I know. It puts you on the spot, it does.
Susan: Wow, that's a tough question.
jeff: It does.
Susan: It's actually like, "How do I answer this in a way that doesn't sound cheesy?" Because, honestly, it's passion, the passion for everything that we make, the passion for the fandoms. For me, it's stuff like I feel like I work with my friends everyday, too, it's not just-
jeff: That's awesome.
Susan: It's not just, "These are my coworkers." It's like, "These are the people that I want to spend time with." But, mostly, it's the passion for pop culture. It's the passion for the creative minds of the people that I work with because that is what energizes me, stuff like, "Oh, I didn't think of it that way." I keep mentioning people looking at things differently and I love hearing how everybody else sees things. That's not the way I see them and that's phenomenal because you can ... a lot of people have to be in a work environment where everyone's supposed to think the same way. We're encouraged not to. That, to me, is something that would fuel me every day, that can't be replaced in my mind.
jeff: That's inspiring, so same question but as the company. As Sideshow Collectibles, what do you think ... what is it that fuels Sideshow Collectible to continue to just be amazing? I can't even put it into words.
Susan: Oh, my god. What fuels Sideshow to continue to be amazing?
Dustin: You have to speak for everybody now, no pressure.
Susan: Oh, my gosh. Well, one, I know ... it's not like PR is staring at me right now like, "Don't F this up in any sort of way." I think, at Sideshow, what fuels us moving forward is the way everything we love is coming to life. Everything we love is being reborn right now. We get to see a character like Doctor Strange who is one of the more ... he's a sideline character a lot in Marvel.
Susan: But, we got to watch him be reborn as an Avenger in a very mainstream way.
Susan: We get to see the new Star Wars movie like Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out and so, we get to see Han Solo in a different way and get to reimagine him all over again. Then, if you even take something like Court of The Dead, we get to see the classic heroes journey but told through a way where death is the hero or antihero, depending on how you look at it. I think what really fuels Sideshow as a company is that ability to take something that we think we've seen all of and make that thing new again and look at it through a different lens or slightly askew or just upside down if that's what it takes.
Susan: That, to me, is what fuels Sideshow.
jeff: Oh, so cool.
Dustin: We've seen this crazy explosion of this culture of Star Wars, and Marvel, and DC.
Susan: Oh, yeah.
Dustin: It's really incredible, it's being a kid collecting comics into this world today. Do you see this continuing, do you see it exploding, do you think there's an end to it?
Susan: I hope there's not an end to it, I love that, I love that the kids who collected comics now get to go to the movies and see that same character.
jeff: Or, they're making that movie. Yeah, yeah.
Susan: Or, they're making the ... you're right. Or, they're making them, or they're making the figures out from the movie.
Susan: It's insane how cool it is to be able to see that. I hope it doesn't end, I hope that it keeps going, I loved the idea of introducing a new generation to these characters but in a completely different way.
Susan: I like to think about ... and, this blew my mind the other day and I don't know how I feel about it, but it's, at the same time, like, there's some kids out there who ... the young Han Solo is gonna be their Han Solo.
Dustin: Oh, that's so weird. Yeah.
Susan: Isn't that weird?
Susan: Because it's like, for us, it's Harrison Ford and, then, someone else is gonna think of Donald Glover as Lando.
jeff: Yeah, that's so strange.
jeff: There're kids out there who ... I thought about that when Force Awakens came out. There're kids out there that will gravitate so hard to Rey and that will be their Jedi forever. Just like when I grew up, I wanted to be Mark Hamill. I wanted to be Luke Skywalker and it's like, that is this generation's Luke Skywalker, and that's incredible that we live in a ... I love the future. I love the future.
Susan: Yeah, I love the idea of passing all this on to some ... Star Wars even says it. You're supposed to pass on what you've learned.
jeff: Yes, for sure.
Susan: That's the whole point, so Luke passes onto Rey.
Susan: Now, there's an entire generation who Rey is their Jedi.
Susan: It's crazy to think about-
jeff: It really is.
Susan: And so wonderful.
jeff: It's so wonderful. In your time working here at Sideshow, and this might be a tough question to answer-
Susan: Right, because all of these have been easy.
Dustin: You've done pretty well so far, you're doing alright.
jeff: Has there been a piece that has came out that you were the most excited for since your time here, something that just tickles you still to this day that you were a part of this company when it came out?
Susan: Oh, my gosh. Well, actually, what's really funny is she's about to come out. She debuted in San Diego at Comic-Con this year.
Susan: It was the X-23 Premium Format figure.
jeff: Oh, so cool.
Susan: I am so obsessed with Laura Kinney, so obsessed with her. She's one of my favorite characters of all time. The fact that my dad was a big inspiration to get me into all this stuff and he always loved Wolverine and the fact that she's like ... now, her lineage has changed, but-
jeff: Right, right. Comical lineage, yeah.
Susan: Yeah, but she's the daughter of Wolverine. I really attached to her. Now, we have this amazing ... it's a dynamic pose.
jeff: It's so cool.
Susan: She has both ... all of her claws are out, her foot claws' out and she's jumping out of a sentinel's hand. It's the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life and I just love, love, love that that piece is coming out and that Sideshow's doing it. It's this beautiful, beautiful premium format figure. I'm so excited for it.
jeff: Oh, I know. I'm a big fan as well. One of my good friends who runs our local comic shop actually is a huge X-23 fan-
Susan: Oh, really?
jeff: And saw it premiere at San Diego. He's like, "That's mine. I'm going to have that. It will be mine. Yes, it will be mine."
Susan: Oh, yeah, no.
jeff: That's exciting.
Susan: I was walking up the stairs and someone was like, "Oh, I think that was X-23 in paint." I just immediately without saying a word to her [inaudible 00:21:30] and walked back into paint. Then, Kat Sapene, one of our painters, she was painting her and I just was crying. I was just like this, I was like, "I'm not gonna cry. It's fine, it's fine." Then, I didn't even see her put together. Because, in paint, we have to have them in pieces in order to get all the details that we need. I didn't even see her put together until I came down to San Diego.
jeff: Oh, wow.
Susan: Then, I got to do the same thing, I guess, that every other fan in San Diego did-
Dustin: Oh, that's so cool.
Susan: To be like, "Oh, my gosh. She's real."
jeff: Yeah, yeah.
Dustin: It must be so cool to see it from the very bottom to that finished product.
Dustin: Then, on top of that, to be authentically excited about it with everybody else must be just top notch.
Susan: Oh, yeah, it was so fantastic. I loved it.
jeff: I love the way that you guys do reveals at this company, too. I think it's just so well thought out and well done, and it gets everybody excited about it. Obviously, the two big ones are San Diego and New York, their Comic-cons, when you guys really get to showcase everything.
jeff: I have to bring it up, too. The other big ... one of the big reveals at San Diego is you're wearing it on your shirt was that Carrie Fisher, Leia, is-
Susan: Oh, my god.
jeff: You wanna talk about crying? I shed a tear when I saw that, when I saw the video come out of that, because it's like, that's her. It's really her.
Susan: It looks so much like her and we had the absolute pleasure of being able to show it to her brother and have him help us with the reveal of it as well. He was like ... it was great to see his reaction as well because he ... you get so nervous-
Dustin: Yeah, I imagine.
Susan: Because this is such an ... not only does she mean everything to us-
Dustin: It's so personal.
Susan: But it's his sister.
Susan: To have him react positively, that meant the world to us.
jeff: Oh, that's so, so exciting. Finally, let's talk about where Sideshow is gonna pop up next throughout the end of the year. Probably, the biggest thing would be New York Comic-Con, right?
Susan: New York Comic-Con, definitely.
jeff: Can we talk about anything that you guys got planned for that? There's probably some secret stuff we can't talk about.
Susan: There are some secret things that I ... well, first off, I do a lot of these interviews and I obviously host the show.
Susan: Sometimes, they don't tell me things because I'm not the best secret keeper. PR guy is staring at me once again ... because I get excited and I want to share.
jeff: Yeah, of course.
Susan: The things that I can talk about is we will have another exclusive pin just like the Thanos pin-
Dustin: Awesome, awesome.
Susan: That happened in San Diego. It was so popular that we decided to do it again.
Susan: The New York Comic-Con, obviously, it's not the exact same because that's at San Diego.
jeff: Well, yeah, you gotta do something different. Yeah.
Susan: Yeah, it's a little different. We will be doing that, that's the thing I can tell you about and just that we have more things to show you that have not been seen before-
jeff: That is excellent.
Susan: And some things that we do want to share with the attendees of New York because it is a different audience.
Dustin: Oh, totally.
Susan: It's a totally different audience over there, so we wanna make sure that they don't miss out on having not been to San Diego.
Dustin: Do you ever have to push around your deadlines to make reveals for the Comic-Cons?
Susan: I don't know what I'm allowed to say about that, I will say that sometimes things are basically still wet when they get personally driven down to San Diego.
Susan: They leave paint and have to dry on the way to the show.
jeff: I believe it, though.
jeff: The amount of stuff that you guys do ... and, obviously, you don't wanna miss the ability to be able to show the fans and to showcase it at-
Susan: Oh, yeah, absolutely.
jeff: Such a giant stage like that.
Susan: Yeah, yeah. For Court of The Dead, Tom personally paints the prototypes sometimes in order to get them ready.
Susan: He takes such an active role in that whole property that we've had to go backwards and match his paint from the prototype.
Dustin: Is that tough? There must be a lot-
Susan: You'd have to-
Dustin: Of pressure there, right?
Susan: There's someone in the paint department who is very, very good at it.
Dustin: He's the guy you-
Susan: He's the guy.
Dustin: [crosstalk 00:25:25]
Susan: It's like the Tom paint. He can do it, he's pretty good at it. That's a shout out to Casey Love right there.
jeff: Wow, that is so cool. Well, hopefully, we will also be appearing at New York Comic-Con again. We've been down there the last couple years and we'll be doing some fun stuff together hopefully, which is gonna-
Susan: Awesome, yeah. Your truck saves our lives.
jeff: We're getting a brand new one this year.
Dustin: The paint will be drying on that one, too, on the way to New York Comic-Con.
jeff: Yeah, pretty much.
Susan: Yes, you're doing it Sideshow style is what you're saying.
jeff: Yeah, definitely.
Dustin: Yeah, yeah.
jeff: Definitely, so that's how we'll have fun.
Dustin: Hopefully, hopefully. That's the best case scenario.
jeff: For our listeners and viewers, if you're not getting tickets to New York Comic-Con, which I know they're tough to get sometimes-
Susan: Just a little.
jeff: The great thing about Sideshow Collectibles is everything you guys are doing will be online through your social media channels.
Susan: Yes, yes.
jeff: Are you gonna be there specifically?
Susan: I will be there specifically-
jeff: You'll probably be doing lives and-
Susan: And so, we're gonna be doing live shows from the floor to be able to show everybody what we have at the booth. That way, they can see the live reveals at the show because it is very difficult nowadays with the explosion of pop culture to get into these shows.
jeff: It's crazy.
Susan: We wanna make sure our online audience has the same experience that anybody at the show could have.
jeff: That's excellent. To follow you, people obviously can watch you every Wednesday, you said?
Susan: Wednesday at 11:00 AM on facebook.com/sideshowcollectibles.
jeff: Excellent, I'll put that in the show right here. I'll also put in obviously all the tags for Sideshow. You specifically, is there any ... do you use social media, do you wanna throw any of that out there for people to follow you?
Susan: I do social media, but you don't need to follow me.
Susan: You can follow Sideshow and it's probably the better place to follow anyway.
jeff: The better place.
Susan: I talk about my cats.
jeff: People love that.
Dustin: Jeff never shuts up about his cat.
Susan: I love my cat. My cat's amazing, but you guys probably just ... you should probably just go follow Sideshow.
jeff: Yeah, totally.
Dustin: Unless you like cats.
Susan: We have cats on Sideshow as well. Our Photography Manager also has included her own cats in our Catwoman environment.
jeff: That's adorable.
Susan: It's pretty awesome.
Dustin: That's hilarious.
jeff: That's adorable. I can't thank you enough for sitting down and talking with us.
Susan: Of course, anytime. It's awesome.
jeff: It has been an eye opening experience being at something like this.
Dustin: I don't even ... I'm gonna have such weird dreams tonight.
Susan: Think about if Toy Story's real.
jeff: Oh, my god.
Dustin: Oh, no.
jeff: [crosstalk 00:27:44] No one would survive.
jeff: We would all be ... because the amount of aliens, and Hellraisers, and people with sci-fi weapons that are just dawning in Westworld, dead instantly. But, look, come on.
Susan: Vader's right behind you right now.
Dustin: It'd be worth it by the way, it'd be worth it.
jeff: It'd be worth it, though. Yeah, hell of a way to go.
Susan: Yeah, exactly. That's exactly what I was about to say.
Dustin: That's the kind of movie making you should get into.
Dustin: Night of Museum Sideshow.
jeff: Oh, my god. Million-dollar idea.
Susan: I can't even imagine me ... but that licensing nightmare.
jeff: It's true, that is a nightmare.
Dustin: You guys are probably good at that by now.
Susan: Sure, sure. I'm sure that wouldn't be any work for our licensing department. It's a snap.