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Hot Toys has sent over images and details for its upcoming Batman: Arkham City Batman. The figure apparently includes two interchangeable lower face pieces, alternate hands, a Batarang, Batclaw with hook, and more.
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Hot Toys' Rocket Raccoon and Groot collectible set adds what may be a spoilers-y bonus by Scarecroodle
I'll be honest: I almost always wait to see Marvel movies until after they leave theaters these days. The whole movie theater experience, with its ever-increasing ticket prices, over-priced snacks, often sticky floors (or worse, sticky seats!), and inability to stop the film while I run out to the bathroom, is something of an expensive inconvenience when compared to the amenities of home.
As such, I haven't seen The Guardians of the Galaxy (despite a few rave reviews from friends... who also thought The Avengers was fantastic) and can't tell you if the newly revealed added bonus item for Hot Toys' Rocket Raccoon and Groot collectible set entails a spoiler. If it does, well, then it won't be the first (or last) time a toy spoiled a major plot element for me.
Hot Toys' 1/6-scale figures were featured at Sideshow's booth as usual. This year they had a couple of vehicles, some figures from The Dark Knight and Avengers, and lots of Iron Men. So many Iron Men.
You should know the drill by now: hit the jump to see my impressions and favorites.
Hot Toys has just dropped an awesome bomb with the massive reveal of its upcoming Optimus Prime (Starscream version), which features the Autobot leader with Seeker-like wings and a limited edition Starscream head. It's a bizarre combination that I never knew I wanted!
While the 30-cm tall Hot Toys Optimus is non-transforming, it features LED light-up eyes, a removable LED light-up Matrix of Leadership (which can be stored in his chest), and what appear to be fully articulated fingers. In addition, he sports an awesome battle-worn paint job. However, the biggest selling point might be the optional Starscream-deco'd Seeker-like wings AND an exclusive Starscream head [UPDATE: Apparently the Starscream head isn't meant as an alternate head, which reduces much of my interest). The Starscream head is only available in a special edition which is listed as being for Ani-Com pre-orders and selected markets only.
The figure also features a set of wheels that can be mounted onto his back, a ground base/diorama, two Seeker-like Rifles that can be attached to his forearms or shoulders, and a cannon.
Hot Toys' 1/6-scale Guardians of the Galaxy Groot and Rocket Raccoon are currently available for pre-order. Rocket Raccoon is suitably small at 6-inches tall while Groot measures a towering 15-inches in height.
While both figures look awesome, the pricing is a little odd. Groot has a US$200 MSRP while Rocket Raccoon, under half his height, is listed for US$160. Sure, RR comes with his gun, but it still seems a little unfair!
For those interested in both figures, there's a special collectible set available for US$360 which includes both figures and additional parts for Groot: an interchangeable angry head and a pair of partially clenched hands (you know, because Rocket Raccoon wasn't already getting the short end of the stick on this one).
Groot seems to look the cooler of the two but part of that ties into the alternate head only available in the collectible set. I love the detailing and paint, as well as the sculpt. Rocket Raccoon, who I had been hoping might be listed for under US$100, seems a decent rendition. That said, it's a little disappointing that he doesn't feature an opening mouth.
Hot Toys' Groot and Rocket Raccoon are slated for a March release.
Hot Toys has revealed the rest of its previously teased 1/6 scale The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro, currently available for pre-order.
The goofy facial expression is rather unfortunate, especially considering that Hot Toys on...
We've already seen a teaser for this illustrious dragon-lady, but we should always see another don't you think? The Mistress of All Evil, Maleficent, is looking quite shadowy in this silhouette, but I guess that's the point o...
Hot Toys has released a teaser image for its upcoming 1/6-scale Electro, based on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (full teaser in gallery). Electro will be the third Amazing Spidey 2 figure produced, following Spider-Man himself and Rhino.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Hot Toys is on fire right now and they can't contain their excitement over hitting 200,000 fans on Facebook! Now they're ready to let it spread by announcing a contest that gives you a chance at some big prizes. Entering is simple: Just grab your first Hot Toys figure and take a picture of it, make a post right here on Facebook with the image and write a short blurb about your feelings on the figure, then sit back and cross your fingers. Be creative because you'll be going up against some stiff competition; even before the contest has been up for a day it has already seen some potential winning entries.
But your hard work could be rewarded with one of these big prizes:
Batman (1989) – 1/6th scale Batmobile Collectible Vehicle
Iron Man 3 – 1/6th scale Tony Stark (The Mechanic) Collectible Figure
Man of Steel – 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure
Not bad at all. You don't have a lot of time, just until May 7. After that they'll have a shortlist of favorites picked on May 9, but remember, it's not just the photo, writing counts in this case! Good luck!
While you're at it you can try your luck with Hot Toys' the Amazing Spider-Man 2Instagram contest which doesn't require you to own any Hot Toys figures to enter. Just take a picture of a local Spider-Man 2 move promotion and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #SpotSpidey to win one of 10 prize packages. Contest ends May 6 and you can enter as many times as you want so it doesn't hurt to give it a shot.
[UPDATE: Additional images!]
Hot Toys has sent over some images of its upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Rhino which, as Spidey fans are aware, is a giant mechanical suit in the film (kind of like the Ultimate Rhino except fo...
[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open]
Hot Toys has released some photos of its new 1/6-scale Spider-Man based on the character's look in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2; these photos include an image of director Marc Webb holdi...
Don't let the date fool you folks, this is the real deal. Come on, we wouldn't lie about the DO WANT. It's the feature that lets you know what we want the most from the last month. To fib on such a sacred occasion would be tantamount to taking the last cookie and leaving the box behind. We wouldn't dare.