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This Agreement contains the terms and conditions that apply to an individual's or entity's participation in the Sideshow Collectibles Affiliate Program.

  1. Affiliate Enrollment

    In order to process your enrollment, you must completely fill out and submit the "Sideshow Collectibles Affiliate Application" found on our website Additionally, you must verify your email address through a link sent in our automated response email. After your email address has been verified, we will evaluate your affiliate application and notify you of your acceptance or rejection. Submission of the online application form constitutes your acceptance of this Operating Agreement.

  2. Eligibility

    To be eligible for approval, a web site must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be content-based and not just a list or referrer of links.
    2. Be fully functioning and not under construction or offline.
    3. Be updated at least on a monthly basis
    4. Receive a minimum of 3,000 unique page views a month.

    You acknowledge that we will send you, as a participant in the program, email updates about our program and products. By participating in the program, you consent to our sending you these email updates. You must provide us an active email address in order to be accepted into the program.

  3. Rejection of Application

    Sideshow Collectibles expressly reserves the right to reject any application, regardless of whether the applicant meets the guidelines for eligibility. Sideshow may not be accepting applications from sites representing specific genres at any giving time, due to market saturation or other reasons.

    We will not accept an application if we determine (in our sole discretion) that your site is unsuitable for our Program. Unsuitable sites include those that:

    1. Promote sexually explicit materials
    2. Promote violence
    3. Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age
    4. Promote illegal substances or activities, or
    5. Violate personal rights, intellectual property rights, or copyrights.
    6. Uses existing or future software products and services that will block, alter, direct, redirect, substitute, insert, append itself to, or otherwise intercept or interfere in any manner with any click through or other traffic-based transaction to

    If we do not accept your application, you may re-apply to the Affiliate Program at a later date. If Sideshow accepts your application, and we subsequently determine (in our sole discretion) that your site is unsuitable for the Program, we may terminate your participation in the Affiliate Program without prior notice to you.

    Participation in this Affiliate Program is limited to parties that lawfully can enter into the program and make contracts under applicable law. For example, minors are not allowed to participate.

  4. Site Links

    When we notify you that your site has been accepted into the Sideshow Collectibles Affiliate Program, we also grant you, solely for purposes of facilitating referrals from your site to, a revocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license for the duration of your participation in the Affiliate Agreement. We also provide for your site one or more of the following types of links to

    1. Product Links: You may select one or more Products to promote on your site. A "Product" is any product listed on the site that is fulfilled by us or on our behalf. For each selected Product, you may display a pre-made banner, a text link, or a branded image as a uniquely coded reference to our site. You will be responsible for the content, style and placement of these references. You may add or delete Products (and related links) from your site at any time without our approval.
    2. General Link to You may provide a general link on your site to our homepage,, or to any page on our site that offers current content or published material.
    3. General Link to a Category. You may provide a general link to a specific product category (e.g., Lord of the Rings, James Bond, Star Wars, etc.)
    4. Link to a Campaign. You may provide a link to a specific campaign posted by Sideshow Collectibles for a product, series of products, or promotion.

    You acknowledge that, by reason of your participating in the Affiliate Program and placing any of the above links within your site, we may receive information from or about visitors to your site or communications between your site and those visitors. Your participation in the program constitutes your specific and unconditional consent to and authorization for our access to, receipt, storage, use, and disclosure of any and all such information, consistent with the policies and procedures set forth in the Privacy Policy on the site.

    In addition, affiliates must refer users to our site within a 90 day period. Any affiliate who does not show linking or commission activity on their account for a 90 day period may be cancelled from the program at Sideshow's sole discretion. It is the affiliates responsibility to inform the affiliate program manager of any site construction that may cause inactivity which might relieve the site from the responsibilities stated herein.

    Except for the limited license mentioned above, you do not obtain any rights under this Agreement in any intellectual property, including, without limitation, any intellectual property with respect to link formats, technical specifications, graphical artwork, or with respect to the domain names operated by Sideshow.

    As an affiliate, you may become aware of information that has not been released publicly by Sideshow. This information may or may not be password-protected and may include, but is not limited to, descriptive product information and other content, product names and new licenses. You may not disclose such information or any other information represented to you by Sideshow as private or protected for a specific audience via your website, your mailing list, forums or any other means prior to its publication by Sideshow. If we determine to our satisfaction that you have breached this confidentiality requirement, we may, in our sole discretion, terminate your Affiliate account.

    You acknowledge that as a participant in the program you will not modify, edit or alter any content in a manner that discourages referral clicks and sales, and will not sell or sub-license any content. You agree to promptly delete any Content that is no longer displayed on the site or that we notify you is no longer available for your use.

    As a participant in the program you may use product images from for marketing purposes on your own website and/or email marketing campaigns. You acknowledge that you will not modify product images from their original form. You may not remove or obscure the Sideshow Collectibles watermark or copyright information from any Sideshow Collectibles image. You may add your website logo to our imagery, but acknowledge that your logo will not appear larger than the Sideshow Collectibles logo, and will not obscure the product in the image.

    You may not encourage users to click on advertising banners to earn cash, points, prizes, rewards or lottery entries unless expressly approved by Sideshow Collectibles.

  5. Affiliate Code

    We will provide you with guidelines and banner artwork to use in linking to our home page, product, and/or category listings. To permit accurate tracking, reporting, and referral fee accrual, we will provide you with an "Affiliate Code" to be used in all links between your site and our site. You must ensure that each of the links between your site and our site properly utilizes such special link formats. Sideshow is not responsible for Affiliate code miscoding, which can result in inaccurate tracking of fee accruals.

  6. Referral Fees

    For a Product sale to be eligible to earn a referral fee the following must occur:

    1. The customers must click-through the Affiliate link from your site to our site and add a Product to his or her shopping cart during a session.
    2. The order must be completed and the customer sent a confirmation notice.
    3. Product must ship to the customer.

    Sideshow has a unique Pre-Order system for many of our products. We will only pay referral fees on any Product after order, payment and shipping have occurred. Items that we have on “pre-order” or “pending” status will be paid only upon completed shipment of the Product. We will pay referral fees for 90 days on any Products that are added to a customer's Shopping Cart and purchased after the customer has re-entered our site if the customer previously followed a link from your site to our site, as long as the customer has not manually or inadvertently cleared or overwritten your referral code. We will not pay referral fees for Products that are purchased through any device (an “Internet Access Appliance”) that provides Internet access, but does not present our site, or permit users to access and interact with our site, in the same manner as a desktop computer (e.g., mobile devices such as cellular telephones or PDAs that may access only limited or modified versions of our site).

    If you are an active affiliate referring sales from a variety of customers, you may purchase our products through your own affiliate links. You may not use our affiliate links principally for the purpose of purchasing products for yourself. You may not purchase products through your own links for resale or commercial use of any kind. If, in our sole discretion, Sideshow Inc. determines that an affiliate is using its site to abuse this agreement, we will charge back and/or disallow any and all commissions to the affiliate. Additionally, this activity may result in the termination of this agreement.

  7. Referral Fee Schedule

    You will earn referral fees based on Qualifying Revenues according to referral fee schedules to be established by us, in our sole discretion. “Qualifying Revenues” are revenues derived by us from our sales of Qualifying Products, excluding costs for shipping, handling, gift-wrapping, taxes, service charges, credit card processing fees, Customer Reward Point redemption, coupon redemption, returns and bad debt. The current referral fee schedule is:

    1. 5% of Qualifying IN STOCK Revenues from the sale of eligible products priced below $1999.99, unless otherwise specified.
    2. 5% commission on all orders from NEW Customers
    3. 2.5% commission for Pre-ordering products and returning customers
    4. $100.00 commission cap applies to the sale of any eligible product, unless otherwise specified.
    5. 0% of any referred sale for Sideshow Apparel, any sale in which a Sideshow Gift Card is redeemed, and/or any sale in which a coupon is applied with the value of $15.00 or higher. Any future products ineligible for Affiliate commission will be announced via the Affiliate Weekly Newsletter and on the Affiliate Homepage.
    6. 0% of any newly referred sale for Star Wars sixth scale items, including Figures, Environments, Stands and Accessory Packs. This restriction includes sixth scale Star Wars items made by any manufacturer.

  8. Referral Fee Payment

    Sideshow offers its Affiliates a monthly payment plan, with a $50 minimum payment threshold. You may select a higher Payment Threshold, but our system automatically sets your account to a $50.00 Payment Threshold when it is opened. Approximately 31 days following the end of each calendar month, we will send you a check for the referral fees earned. However, if the referral fees payable to you for any calendar month are less than your selected Payment Threshold, we will hold payment until the total amount due is at least the value of your selected Payment Threshold. In calculating your referral fees, we will deduct the corresponding referral fee from your current amount due if a customer has returned a product that generated the referral fee. If there is no subsequent payment owing to you, we will send you a bill for the referral fee.

    If we terminate this agreement when an affiliate is owed referral fees, whether more or less than their selected Payment Threshold, we will send payment approximately 31 days after the end of the month in which all referred orders in the account have been either shipped to the customers or cancelled. It is the terminated affiliate's responsibility to have an active email address and accurate contact information on file with the Sideshow Affiliate Team. Referral fees will be rescinded in the event that Sideshow is unable to contact a terminated affiliate within 30 days or our written correspondence. You agree to forfeit your earned referral fees if your Earned Commission Balance is less than $10.00 after all referred orders have been shipped or cancelled. Sideshow Inc reserves the right to charge back and/or disallow any and all commissions to an Affiliate who violates this agreement.

    You agree to forfeit your earned referral fees if your Earned Commission Balance is less than $10.00 after all referred orders have been shipped or cancelled. Sideshow Inc reserves the right to charge back and/or disallow any and all commissions to an Affiliate who violates this agreement.

  9. Cookie Retention Advantage

    When a customer uses an Affiliate's link to jump to the Sideshow Collectibles site, a cookie will be installed in that customer's computer. This cookie will identify the customer as having been referred by the Affiliate. Orders placed during that visit, and for up to 90 days afterwards, will be credited to the referring Affiliate unless the original cookie is altered, deleted or overwritten during the 90-day period. Sideshow expressly disclaims any responsibility for the actual length of time that cookies generated by Affiliate referrals remain in customer computers since, for example, cookies can be erased purposely or inadvertently by the customer or another Affiliate's subsequent referral of the same customer. In addition, Sideshow will not be responsible for any loss of referral fees due to the deletion, alteration or malfunction of customer cookies.

  10. Order Processing

    We will process Product orders placed by customers who follow the assigned "Affiliate code" links from your site to our site. We reserve the right to reject orders that do not comply with any requirements that we may establish periodically. We will be responsible for all aspects of order processing and fulfillment. Among other things, we will prepare order forms, process payments, cancellations and returns and handle customer service. We will track sales made to customers who purchase Products by using your assigned Affiliate code from your site to our site and will make available to you reports summarizing this sales activity through your Affiliate account. The form, content and frequency of the reports may vary from time to time at our discretion.

  11. Policies and Pricing

    Customers who buy products through this Affiliate Program will be deemed to be customers of Sideshow. Accordingly, all Sideshow Collectibles rules, policies and operating procedures concerning customer orders, customer service and product sales will apply to those customers. We may change our policies and operating procedures at any time. Product prices and availability may vary from time to time. Because price changes may affect Products that you have listed on your site, prices reflected on your site must be stated as "subject to change". We will use commercially reasonable efforts to present accurate information, but we cannot guarantee the availability or price of any particular product.

    Sideshow Collectibles may at any time:

    1. Cancel production of a Product causing the loss of potential Affiliate referral fees. If this occurs Sideshow Collectibles will notify the Affiliates of the removal of product and commissions via e-mail. Sideshow will not pay referral fees for any sales not completed due to cancellation of product.
    2. Sideshow may increase prices of its products at any time. In doing so, Sideshow will not be liable to increase established Affiliate referral fees on said product.

  12. Identification as an Affiliate

    You may not issue any press release or other communication with respect to this Agreement or your participation in the Affiliate Program; such action may result in your termination of your participation in the program. You may not in any manner misrepresent or embellish the relationship between us and you or express or imply any relationship or affiliation between us and you or any other person or entity except as expressly permitted by this Agreement (including by expressing or implying that Sideshow supports, sponsors, endorses or contributes money to any charity or other cause).

  13. Keywords and Search Engines

    As an Affiliate, you expressly agree to observe Sideshow Inc.'s exclusive rights to the names of its properties, including but not limited to Sideshow, Sideshow Collectibles, and Sideshow Toy within all pay-for-placement and other search engine advertising. Additionally, you may not, in any context including but not limited to pay-for-placement or other search engine advertising, represent that you are Sideshow, that you are in any manner related to Sideshow or that you represent Sideshow for any purpose. Violation of this agreement will be result in the immediate termination of your Affiliate account. Sideshow Inc reserves the right to charge back and/or disallow any and all commissions to an Affiliate who violates this agreement.

  14. eBay Policy

    Affiliates are not permitted to use Sideshow affiliate banners on eBay or any other auction website to promote the sale of Sideshow products, including a pre-order, in-stock or made-to-order items. In addition, Affiliates may not promote the sale of Sideshow products on any auction site by inflating the value of pre-sale, in-stock or made-to-order items in order to encourage sales through their own affiliate links. These rules apply even if the auction site permits such practices.

  15. Promotional / Review Sample Program

    In special cases, an affiliate may qualify for our promotional / review sample program. To be considered for this program, an affiliate must at a minimum meet the following criteria and requirements:

    1. An active affiliate of Sideshow
    2. US$1000 commissionable sales in the last 30 calendar days.
    3. A prominent banner / logo placement above the fold on all pages of the affiliate website / entity, linking to
    4. Articles concerning the sampled or gifted product can only contain links and/or banners to Sideshow. Any other retailer links / graphics that may sell similar products, are not allowed to appear on this page.

    These conditions may change without notice at any time. If an affiliate fails to meet the above, or revised conditions, their participation in the promotional / review sample program may be immediately suspended, without notice. To request consideration for this program, please contact the affiliate team at

  16. Responsibility for Your Site

    You will be solely responsible for the development, operation, and maintenance of your site and for all materials that appear on your site. For example, you will be solely responsible for:

    1. The technical operation of your site and all related equipment
    2. Creating and posting Product descriptions on your site and linking those descriptions to our catalog
    3. The accuracy and appropriateness of materials posted on your site (including, among other things, all Product-related materials)
    4. Ensuring that materials posted on your site do not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party (including, for example, copyrights, trademarks, privacy or other personal or proprietary rights)
    5. Ensuring that materials posted on your site are not libelous or otherwise illegal
    6. Ensuring that your site accurately and adequately discloses, either through a privacy policy or otherwise, how you collect, use, store and disclose data collected from visitors, including, where applicable, that third parties (including advertisers) may serve content and/or advertisements and collect information directly from visitors and may place or recognize cookies in visitors' browsers.

    Sideshow disclaims all liability for these matters. Further, you expressly agree to indemnify and hold us harmless from all claims, damages, and expenses (including, without limitation, attorneys' fees) relating to the development, operation, maintenance, and contents of your site.

  17. SPAM Compliance

    Affiliates must comply with all applicable laws (federal, state, or otherwise) that govern marketing email, including, without limitation to the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 and all other anti-spam laws. Affiliates may not send Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (SPAM) mentioning, promoting or advertising the Sideshow Collectibles Affiliate Program or its products. Any violation will result in termination of your Affiliate account. You will also be liable for any damages awarded by a court of law. Affiliates may not violate rules of newsgroups, message boards, chat rooms and other systems by posting product information or links relating to the Sideshow Collectibles Affiliate program.

  18. Term of the Agreement

    The term of this Agreement will begin upon our acceptance of your Affiliate Program application and will end when terminated by either party. Either you or we may terminate this Agreement at any time, with or without cause, by giving the other party written notice of termination. An emailed notice of termination from any Affiliate must originate from the email address listed within the account. Upon the termination of this Agreement for any reason, you will immediately cease use of, and remove from your site, all links to our site, and all Sideshow Collectibles trademarks, trade dress, logos and other materials. You are eligible to earn referral fees only on our sales of Qualifying Products that occur during the term of this Agreement, and referral fees earned through the date of termination will remain payable only if the related orders are not canceled or returned. We may withhold your final payment for a reasonable time to ensure that the correct amount is paid.

  19. Modification

    We may modify any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement at any time, in our sole discretion, by posting a change notice or a new agreement on our site. Modifications may include, for example, changes in the scope of available referral fees, referral fee schedules, payment procedures and Program rules. IF ANY MODIFICATION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO YOU, YOUR ONLY RECOURSE IS TO TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM FOLLOWING OUR POSTING OF A CHANGE NOTICE OR NEW AGREEMENT ON OUR SITE WILL CONSTITUTE BINDING ACCEPTANCE OF THE CHANGE.

  20. Relationship of Parties

    You are an independent contractor, and nothing in this Agreement will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, and sales representative or employment relationship between the parties. You will have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on Sideshow's behalf. You will not make any statement, whether on your site or otherwise, that reasonably would contradict anything in this Section.

  21. Limitation of Liability

    We will not be liable for indirect, special or consequential damages (or any loss of revenue, profits or data) arising in connection with this Agreement or the Affiliate Program, even if we have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Further, Sideshow's aggregate liability arising with respect to this Agreement and the Program will not exceed the total referral fees paid or payable to you under this Agreement.

  22. Disclaimers

    Sideshow may use the facilities of a third-party provider to host or administer the Affiliate Program. While Sideshow will devote a commercially reasonable effort to ensure the safety and backup of all Affiliate information by itself or any third-party provider, Sideshow will not be responsible for injuries, claims, damages, losses, costs or expenses of any kind (including without limitation attorney's fees) resulting from or alleged to result from technical failure of servers, equipment, and/or back-up systems, ISP mismanagement, electronic issues, security breaches (hacking), power outages, acts of God, any action, regulation, order, or request by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action, regulations, order or request proves to be invalid), equipment failure, terrorist acts, earthquake, war, fire, flood, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, international carrier issues or any other.

    Sideshow makes no express or implied warranties or representations with respect to the Affiliate Program or any products sold through the program (including, without limitation, warranties of fitness, merchantability, non-infringement, or any implied warranties arising out of a course of performance, dealing, or trade usage). In addition, we make no representation that the operation of our site will be uninterrupted or error-free, and we will not be liable for the consequences of any interruptions or errors.

  23. Independent Investigation


  24. Termination of Account.

    Sideshow Collectibles reserves the right to terminate an Affiliate at will. Termination notice will be provided by e-mail and be effective immediately. Sideshow Collectibles is not responsible if an Affiliate does not receive the notification for any reason. All referral fees owed to a terminated Affiliate will be paid approximately 31 days after the end of the month in which all referred orders have been either shipped to customers or cancelled. You agree to forfeit your earned referral fees if your Earned Commission Balance is less than $10.00 after all referred orders have been shipped or cancelled. Sideshow Inc reserves the right to charge back and/or disallow any and all commissions to an Affiliate who violates this agreement.

  25. Miscellaneous

    The laws of the United States and the state of California will govern this agreement, without reference to rules governing choice of laws. You may not assign this Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our prior written consent. Subject to that restriction, this Agreement will be binding on, inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable against the parties and their respective successors and assigns. Our failure to enforce your strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of our right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provision of this Agreement.