All hands on deck! Batten down the hatches because Funko has unleashed a flood of collectibles for Marvel's upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Rarely do we see this much merchandises for a franchise, let alone all at once but Funko intends to inundate collectors with selections from FIVE different lines in March (and a little of April).
See all the Avenger-y details after the jump.
Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield.
The custom appears to be kit-bashed from a Transformers "Hunt for the Decepticons" Leader-class Starscream and an Iron Man Legends Ultron. While I can't identify the torso piece, it reminds me of something that I may have seen on one of Hasbro's Iron Man figures. It's topped off by a pretty awesome paint job on figures which originally had unremarkable paint apps.
The concept is pretty cool. Movie Starscream's design was a horrific mess that works well as a clunky Hulkbuster build. The overall design also looks surprisingly menacing and, because it's a leader-class, it's large enough to stand over most Hulk figures (be they Marvel Legends (seen in gallery) or Select).
The custom's starting bid is US$150 and, in fairness, the HftD Starscream alone is pretty expensive on the aftermarket these days (although, if you were lucky enough to catch him at TJ Maxx/Marshall's a few years aback, he was only US$25).
While I mourn for poor ol' Starscream, I can't help but think that Michael Bay did far worse to the character. Be sure to check out all of the images in the gallery.
Diamond Select Toys has given MTV News an exclusive first look at its Marvel Select Ant-Man, based on the character's appearance in the upcoming Ant-Man film where comedian Paul Rudd will play the titular role.
The release will apparently include a smaller, static (ie, non-articulate) version of Ant-Man which replicates his shrunken form. While the mini Ant-Man won't necessarily be in scale to his movie counterpart, there's only so much you can do without compromising detail. The figure also includes two alternate pairs of hands.
While I won't pretend to be an Ant-Man fan (my friend Julian, on the other hand...), but I imagine it should be an amusing film. DST has done some pretty new work here, given the source material and all. Frankly, I'm just impressed that DST can even keep up with all of these Marvel movies. I know I've been struggling.
Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted twoimages of Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man. This marks the first Marvel character released in the Variant Play Arts Kai line.
Square-Enix has always excelled at producing armored characters/robots and the VPAK Iron Man is a neat example. Although the design isn't drastically different from versions of Iron Man that we've seen in the past, the figure sports a black deco (in addition to his usual gold/yellow and red combo) and his arc reactor is now a crystal. It's both very Iron Man and yet fairly distinct. Although I'm not as much of an Iron Man fan in recent years (the explosion of popularity combined with the inundation of merchandise has curbed much of my enthusiasm), I think I like this design.
The tweets don't list where these photos were taken, but I'm guessing (from the timing) that it was probably at NYCC so we may have our own coverage soon.
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.
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.
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa...
Kotobukiya has released a teaser image for what appears to be a Marvel Bishoujo Wasp sketch along with the caption, "HI! I'm the Wasp! And you've just been STUNG!"
The Wasp is best known for her Avengers affiliation, as she was a founding member of the group and a regular on its roster (despite having yet to appear in film...). More recently she was one of the starring characters in the short-lived Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (subsequently replaced by Avengers Assemble, which features more of a movie-verse cast). Her powers have included shrinking to about the size of a wasp, growing (up to 40-feet tall?), bio-electric stingers, and the ability to control insects.
This will be the character's first appearance in the line.
Diamond Select Toys has released a Marvel Select Savage Hulk and, as part of a timed exclusivity, the figure is currently available at MarvelShop.com but will become available through Disneystore.com after July 7th in addition to gradually appearing in Disney Stores across the U.S. and Canada.
The Savage Hulk presumably references the upcoming comic book series of the same name. At first glance, the Savage Hulk looks similar to DST's most famous Marvel Select Hulk (which has seen a few retoolings, including being adapted into a Red Hulk) although there are some significant differences between the two (including bicep joints, changes to the top of the pants, a new (or retooled) torso, new hand, open-hands, and the such). Standing roughly 9.75-inches tall, he should make for a nice display piece (although my favorite MS Hulk will always be the highly articulate, critically acclaimedThe Avengers Hulk) especially given that the double open-hands will allow for throwing and grappling poses.
DST's Marvel Select Savage Hulk is available now for US$25. Be sure to check out the photo gallery.
From the Halls of Asgard to the Fires of Muspelheim, all sing the song of Thor. Thus verily should it come to nobody's surprise that Max Factory's upcoming figma Thor has received additional images.
While I like figma Thor, I...
The folks over at Akiba Hobby had a look at figma Captain America, and I thought I'd share a few images here - just a small selection, really, so check them out for the full look. If you can block the extravagant asking price...
figma Captain America's popped up in quite a few places recently, from the Miyazawa Model Exhibition to a Figsoku blog, but now he's finally been placed onto the official Good Smile site, which means we get lovely high quality preview images to pore over.
I think Cap looks great and Max Factory have done an excellent job of capturing all the detail in his outfit (check out those zips on his legs) while giving it the necessary tough, armour-like look. The face is super bland, but it's not a disaster and overall I'd classify the figure as a real looker.
Unfortunately (and exactly like past entries in the Avengers range), nobody is really going to talk about the figure when you could talk about the price - a whopping ¥6,111. That's the cheapest in the line yet but still utterly bonkers for a figma, and one which only comes with a single accessory (the shield) at that. Sadly I suspect that'll limit the sales of what looks to be a real smart toy, but if you've gotta have him pre-orders are open now.