I would have to disagree about the Big Kick being an Ellison brand. The Big Shot was originally marketed under Ellison. The Big Kick was developed under the Sizzix label. When I bought my Big Shot it is was on a separate website at Ellison.com. All the first dies for it were blue, green or purple. When the legal stuff with Provo Craft was settled then the items at the Ellison site were discontinued and names for the products changed. The Big Kick came out just after the Big Shot but on Sizzix.com. Then dies went to the black color they are now. The Big Shot is now a Sizzix product.The Big Kick is still on the Sizzix website, too. I used to visit the Ellison almost twice a week for a while. This is how I remember things to have happened I could be wrong but I don't think so.
I have been a big fan of Sixxiz and have followed it's progress closely.