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8:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Bandai rolls out another Iron Man in the fight against Ultron

Are you hyped for Avengers: Age of Ultron? I certainly hope so, otherwise this post will mean nothing to you. Since Marvel Studios probably has a directive to always be cranking out new Iron Man armors, the upcoming film will...

Tianxiao Ma



Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix photo
Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix
by Scarecroodle

Wanted a better look at the upcoming VPAK Spider-Man and Thor? While Square Enix's promo images may have been a little dark, Keith was able to snap a few photos which give us a better look at the designs.

Thor looks better than I had thought while Spider-Man... well, at least he can get into some good poses! Spidey will come with some webbing accessories. However, Thor really steals the show with the sculpting, colors, and super-shiny helmet.

Other items on displayed included a Play Arts Kai Arkham Knight and Harley Quinn (Batman: Arkham Knight; the headshot of Arkham Knight looks great) as well as an unpainted prototype for what I assume is a Metal Gear character.

Be sure to check out the gallery for all of the images.

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Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro - Marvel Legends photo
Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro - Marvel Legends
by Scarecroodle

Ultron, Rhino, Wasp, Kraven, Chameleon, Ghost Rider, Hulkbuster Iron Man, and Vision were among the slew of Marvel Legends that Hasbro showed off in its press briefing. It's hard to appreciate the massive glut of figures shown (including some slated waves for guys I thought were MIA) but appreciate them you shall!

Join me after the jump.

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Hot Toys' Ultron Prime almost looks CGI photo
Hot Toys' Ultron Prime almost looks CGI
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders have opened]

Is it possible for a figure to look too much like its movie counterpart? Hot Toys just now released a photo gallery for its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron Prime (not to be confused with cousin Optimus) and, well, the figure almost looks like it's CGI.

Some of the close-up shots of the body confirm that this is indeed a figure (and not some computer representation of a character or figure), but that head-sculpt is absolutely uncanny. It almost looks like it was ripped from the film (or trailer, as the case may be... or stills from the trailer. The important thing is that the detail is crazy).

Aiding in this effect, of course, is a LED light-up head and upper torso which makes the silver pop even more. Ultron is listed as being 41-cm tall (that's roughly 16-inches) and he features FULLY ARTICULATED HANDS! That's right, no hand-swapping here: Ultron is individually jointed at the knuckles and middle-segment of the finger (and possibly also right before the finger tip?). It's a cool touch that we don't always see in the Hot Toys line.

Given the listed size and lighting effects, I expect that Ultron will probably go for around the same price as that awesome Hot Toys Thanos.

UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open. Hot Toys' Ultron Prime will run you a sizable US$375 which is US$40 cheaper than Thanos (probably due to Thanos' bulk and the fact he comes with a throne). He's scheduled to ship between January and March of 2016.

[ Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles ]

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8:00 AM on 02.02.2015

Lego S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier images crash onto the scene

After months of rumors, Lego has finally shown the world its Marvel Super Heroes Helicarrier. Though, I have to say I'm on the disappointed side. It certainly looks big, and at nearly 3000 pieces is a hefty set; but including...

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Feel the sting of Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Wasp teaser photo
Feel the sting of Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Wasp teaser
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has posted a teaser for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Wasp along with caption, "We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like... the Avengers!"

True believers (and Kotobukiya fans) will recall that the Bishoujo Wasp's artwork was unveiled last year (following a teaser). While there's no guarantee that Wasp will turn out awesome, I have some hopes for when the figure is fully unveiled in the near future.

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Funko enters the Age of Ultron with, well, everything; Mystery Minis, Pop!s, keychains, Fabrikations, Wacky Wobblers, etc photo
Funko enters the Age of Ultron with, well, everything; Mystery Minis, Pop!s, keychains, Fabrikations, Wacky Wobblers, etc
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Starscream mutilated for neat custom Hulkbuster Ultron photo
Starscream mutilated for neat custom Hulkbuster Ultron
by Scarecroodle

Pack Rat Studios has crafted a custom "Hulkbuster Ultron" and, if you like it, you can bid on it via ebay right now (or rather bid within the next 4 days).

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.

[ Buy/bid at ebay ]

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DST's Marvel Select movie Ant-Man unveiled photo
DST's Marvel Select movie Ant-Man unveiled
by Scarecroodle

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.

Full image in gallery.

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Marvel at Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man photo
Marvel at Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: New image]

Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted two images 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.

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition
by Scarecroodle

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.

See many of my favorites after the jump.

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7:30 PM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - Hot Toys

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.

Tianxiao Ma