Tintin, Tintin Merchandise

It is interesting to think that today, Tintin is ten years older than Hergé was at his death. Hergé’s son has not only outlived him, but grown a decade older than him.

I feel the urge to celebrate somehow. How should one celebrate Tintin turning quatre-vingt-cinq? Maybe I’ll bake a cake. I at least hope to pull out some albums, play my Tintin Mille Bornes, and rewatch the Tintin movie one more time.

But more than anything I would love to visit Madrid’s new Tintin shop, which Google tells me opened just this past week. I have now been to the official Tintin shops in Brussels and London, so when I found out one was in Madrid, I was ecstatic. I understand most of you English readers aren’t in Madrid, or even Spain, but in case you ever drop by, this is their website: http://www.laestrellamisteriosa.com/mapa.html (not much at the moment, but they are still pretty new).

The shop is interestingly called “La Estrella Misteriosa” (literally, “The Mysterious Star,” which is actually the literal translation of what we know as “The Shooting Star” in English). I assume they chose not to call their store “The Tintin Shop” or something similar to avoid conflict with the other shop in Barcelona, which I have not been to. However, this one, if I cannot visit today, I will soon.

What about you, Tintinophiles? Doing anything special for Tintin’s birthday? As always, feel free to leave a comment. We’re happy to hear from you.

Source: El Mundo





Tintin Merchandise

Visitors to Comic-Con this year will be met with a giant statue of Captain Haddock.

While obviously Tintin won’t have the presence he had last year, Tintin books and merchandise is for sale at a comic stand along with some other comics at the Last Gap booth. Judging from the pic below, some new collectible items from Weta are coming out. They don’t have these online yet that I could find, but I see busts of Haddock screaming and Tintin laughing in the background.

Though I can’t see it too well, Haddock’s face looks really intense with rage. I hope to see more of that side of Haddock in the next film. Tintin, in contrast, looks almost too happy for something I’d want on my shelf.

Sorry if these things are old news and I somehow just missed them on the net, it’s the first time I’ve seen them.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150924705276500&set=a.327760841499.163752.12936316499&type=1&theater

Herge, Moulinsart, Tintin, Tintin Merchandise

I found this on one of the Tintin Facebook fan pages. Apparently a Porsche decorated with Tintin and Snowy on the side one first place in a race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2012! It seems only appropriate, with Hergé’s love of cars and putting them in his albums, for Tintin to actually be on the side of a modern race car.

This leads to the inevitable question: what was Tintin doing on the side of a Porsche in Asia? And some of us familiar with Moulinsart might also ask: how did Moulinsart ever allow this? Relax. They didn’t just put it on the side of the car’s door because Tintin and Snowy look cool there (though they DO look cool there). Like most every other sticker on race cars, it’s an advertisement from a sponsor. To be precise, an advertisement for the Tintin shop in Singapore.  To me, it’s interesting that the shop felt it worthwhile to advertise their store (and it’s website) in these races, as it must have been rather expensive (not they don’t have the money). But I’m glad they did, and I’m very glad the car one.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150930090251500&set=a.327760841499.163752.12936316499&type=1&theater

Tintin Merchandise

If you happen to have 89 US dollars or whatever the euro or pound equivalent is (those of you euro people may want to take advantage of the current exchange rate..ha ha) you can pre-order a beautiful new bust of Sakharine to go along with the rest of the statues from Weta you either bought or couldn’t afford. Here are some pics:

From Weta’s site:

Availability:Pre-order Now – Shipping August/September!Edition Size:750Dimensions:9.1″ x 4.1″ x 3.5″ (H x W x D)
23 cm x 10.5 cm x 9 cm
Weight:1.6lbs (720.00 g)


Very cool find, Thierry. Compared with what Moulinsart is selling busts of Tintin, etc for, 89 dollars is a bargain. Sure, he’s not the biggest character, but you’ve gotta love the detail on him. I like the expression on his face.

Check out more here: http://www.wetanz.com/sakharine-bust?utm_source=Weta+News&utm_campaign=76ff559a91-17_May&utm_medium=email


By the way, for those of you like myself who are also Hobbit fans, you can buy a super cool replica of Sting on the same site! Or, like myself, you can just drool over the pictures and dream because it costs 5,500 dollars.






Tintin Merchandise

I have the 3D Blu-ray disc/Blu-ray disc/ DVD / Digital Copy of the movie! It finally came in the mail! Unfortunately today was a very busy Monday, and I haven’t had a chance to open it yet. But it looks like this and within the next few days, if not tomorrow, a Tintinology DVD movie review should be out.

I’m very excited about this as it will really be the last big post related to Tintin 1. It’s sort of bittersweet really…

Photo source: http://www.amazon.ca/Adventures-Tintin-Blu-ray-Digital-Combo/dp/B00721WDEG



Tintin Merchandise

”Tintin” is out on DVD! Well, in the USA at least. As far as I know it’s not out in my country yet, and I’ve already pre-ordered the mega-combo of 3D-Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy from Amazon. It’ll be shipped to me sometime at the end of the month, so unfortunately there won’t be a detailed review from the site on the DVD until then( at least…). But as soon as I get it I’ll have hours of fun with it and post up a full review. If anybody is interested, the ”deal” I thought I was getting (pay 30 dollars before it comes out instead of the ”full price” of 50 dollars it would have supposedly cost in stores) is still pretty much in effect. The set still costs 30 dollars, only now it’s ”on sale” for that price instead of it’s ”old” price of 50 dollars. I don’t know how much it costs to buy the same thing in a real store, but I still felt 30 dollars was reasonable for what it was, especially to a collector like me.  There are sets out there with the Weta figurines too, but I didn’t want to pay quite that much…If you’re interested in what I got, here’s the link:


Anyway, back to the news. Tintin´s DVD release is doing well in the US! It  was the second best-selling DVD in the US last week, behind Happy Feet 2. From The Hollywood Reporter:

On the overall sales chart for the week ending March 18, Warner Home Video’s Happy Feet Two, which earned $64 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1. Paramount’s The Adventures of Tintin($77.6 million) bowed at No. 2, and 20th Century Fox’s The Descendants ($82 million) arrived at No. 3.

It’s interesting that the order in which these 3 movies appear on the charts (so far) is from the least grossing movie to greatest. Not so with the Blu-ray DVDs:

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, all three films also captured the top three spots, albeit in a different order. The top-selling Blu-ray Disc was Tintin, with Descendants at No. 2 and Happy Feet Two trailing at No. 3.

As a matter of fact, ”Tintin” did much better on Blu-ray than the other two films:

Nielsen research shows Tintin generated 50 percent of its sales from the Blu-ray Disc format, compared with 32 percent for Descendents and just 23 percent for Happy Feet Two.

That doesn’t surprise me one bit. Out of the three, Tintin is, in my opinion, the one I would most enjoy seeing in a high definition because it’s so visually stunning. I also bet the enormous amount of special features only available on the Blu-ray copy (to the despair of non-blu-ray owners) could only help increase the sales.

I’ll keep looking to see how the DVD does in the future. I sincerely hope that, regardless of bad timing and a lack of families going to see the film, many people will buy this movie so that the whole family, and especially the kids, can watch it over and over again.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/happy-feet-two-adventures-of-tintin-descendants-dvd-sales-302979

3D, The Secret of the Unicorn, Tintin Merchandise

In less than one month Tintin will be on DVD and Blu-ray (actually, nowadays ¨Blu-ray and DVD” would be more proper), and the press release has come out giving us all the details as to what will be on it. I was a bit worried at one point because there were a lot of “making of” videos online, and I wanted some new stuff to be on the DVDs. Of course, I needn’t have worried. From “SuperHeroHype”:


THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack include over 90 minutes of special features that take viewers behind-the-scenes with Spielberg and Jackson to discover how the filmmakers brought the characters to life, learn about Tintin’s origins, delve into the design and animation processes, explore the creation of Tintin’s faithful dog, Snowy, and much more. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD. All Blu-ray and DVD releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.


THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:

-Feature film in high definition
-Toasting Tintin: Part 1
-The Journey of Tintin
-The World of Tintin
-The Who’s Who of Tintin
-Tintin: Conceptual Design
-Tintin: In the Volume
-Snowy: From Beginning to End
-Animating Tintin
-Tintin: The Score
-Collecting Tintin
-Toasting Tintin: Part 2

Feature film in standard definition

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes all of the above, plus a Blu-ray 3D presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray 3D includes the feature film presented in high definition and 3D.


The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description, and with English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition, plus The Journey of Tintin and Snowy: From Beginning to End.

Ninety minutes of extra features!!! I am SO buying this! Not sure what it plans on saying about Tintin’s origins…It’ll probably just cover the album’s history, not make up a background for Tintin. I’m looking forward to this a lot…I have always loved watching special features, and motion capture films and animation films (or however you want to call them) often have some of the most fascinating special features, in my opinion.  We even get a section on John William’s score!


Captain Haddock, Moulinsart, The Secret of the Unicorn, Thomson & Thompson, Tintin in Tibet, Tintin Merchandise, Uncategorized

About a month ago I was bummed out that McDonald´s was doing Alvin and the Chipmunks instead of The Adventures of Tintin, and mentioned that on this blog. I never dreamed I would get any thin out of it, but after reading my post somebody who occasionally comments on this site,Soheil, left me a message saying he had picked up a few and wanted to send me some! Of course I was thrilled and I promised him that, if he should send me those toys, I would definitely post about it. He was true to his word, and now I’m true to mine.

Soheil sent me three separate McDonald’s toys, all still in their plastic bags. The Thom(p)sons with a pencil and a ”briefcase” that folds out to write on, Captain Haddock with a frame that can hold puzzle pieces that make people’s faces, and Haddock’s spyglass with the Unicorn on the side. I felt just like a little kid again opening these and putting all the parts together! He even went so far as to send a few things not from McDonald’s, Red Rackham from the Moulinsart figurine collection! I was so glad to see that Soheil as I have a number of the figures in that series and it goes wonderfully with them on my shelf. The three new characters from McDonalds are just about the same size to stand next to them as well, and go together quite nicely. And finally, he even sent me two postcards, a very appropriate ”Secret of the Unicorn” album cover postcard, and a cool one made from a panel in Tintin in Tibet. I also have a collection of postcards framed on my wall, and these will go great with them!!! I’ve never seen the Tintin in Tibet postcard before for sale…

Thank you so much Soheil, I really was very, very excited when I opened this. It’s one of the best ”late Christmas presents” I’ve ever had. I love them all.

Here’s a picture of them all together. I had to upload the pic to another site (I’ve unfortunately uploaded more pics than wordpress can hold), and then copy and paste it into this one. I’m doing this on Google Chrome, so I hope other browsers can see it OK. Let me know if it’s not so.

Again, thank you Soheil! It’s great to see Tintinologists from all over the world comment on this blog and help each other out.






3D, Tintin Merchandise

Up until not that long ago, your only chance of seeing a cool 3D movie in 3D was going to see it in when it came out in theaters. With the exception of a few DVDs that used old fashioned blue and red 3D glasses that, if the 3D worked at all, made it hard to take the movie seriously, there wasn’t much in the world of 3D DVDs. Almost just within the past year all that has been changing with new 3D TVs that work with glasses just like you use at the movies and 3D Blu-ray players to play everything from Thor to The Lion King in 3D…in your living room. Lucky for Tintin fans, that change came just in time for Tintin to be released in a limited edition 3D Blu-ray disc. Click here to check out it’s page on Amazon.
Of course I should say that it´s lucky for Tintin fans with a 3D TV and a 3D Blu-ray player, as not all of us have the money to spend on something so expensive. But at least, according to Amazon, Tintin on 3D Blu-ray DVD will only cost 17.99 pounds, not that much more (if more at all) than it will cost on ordinary Blu-ray disc. On top of that, the box says it includes a 3D Blu-ray disc AND a normal Blu-ray disc. So if you´re thinking of buying it for Blu-ray, which if you can I would highly recommend, you probably want to pick up this ´´limited edition´´ copy. Even if you don´t have a 3D TV (like me) you´ll at least have a copy of it in 3D in case you ever do get one. Maybe some friends of yours have 3D TVs or might get one and you can watch Tintin at their house.In any case, it would be a pity to want it in the future and not have it and have to fall victim to the people on Ebay that could seriously overcharge you for this kind of thing. Or maybe (hopefully) the disc will hang around and be easy to buy in stores or at least online so that, when and if the year comes that we ALL have 3D TVs, Tintin is a part of our collection.
Of course, if you don´t like the 3D in the movie or just 3D in general this isn´t huge news for you. But maybe at least this will be: in France a special limited edition set of the blu-ray disc, DVD disc and a Snowy figurine will be sold in a box for 50 euros. The figurine is currently being sold at Weta´s site for 40 dollars, so you save…well, not all that much. But at least you can get it ordered from Amazon for probably lesser shipping costs. You can check out that page here.