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9:30 PM on 03.23.2015

Anime Japan 2015: Max Factory

Tian rounded up Good Smile's offerings at Anime Japan 2015, but Max Factory was there, too, with a few figma to show off at the very least. Yep, that's Iron Man Mark XXI, and sure, that robot figma is Shidonia no Kishi's...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 AM on 02.20.2015

Sideshow features the brutish Igor in their video showcase

Iron Man 3 had a veritable smorgasbord of armors, which of course means plenty of fodder for Hot Toys' 1/6-scale line of Iron Man figures. Sideshow has recently uploaded a video of the Mark XXXVIII (38 to you non-Romans) arm...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 02.15.2015

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro gives us a look to the future

To coincide with its appearance at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro was nice enough to show some pictures on its official news Twitter. It is giving us who aren't fortunate enough to be there a look into its plans for the n...

Soul Tsukino

Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix's VPAK Thor and Spider-Man photo
Toy Fair 2015: Square Enix's VPAK Thor and Spider-Man
by Scarecroodle

Square Enix tweeted several images of the Marvel Variant Play Arts Kai figures on display at its booth, a selection which notably included Thor and the Spider-Man which we saw in an illustration at last year's NY Toy Fair.

Unfortunately, the images are really dark which means we don't get a great look at Spider-Man. However, enough of Thor is visible to see that not only does he look good, but the design chosen by SE is... well, surprisingly conventional. The company gave Spidey an armored look and opted for a somewhat different color deco on Iron Man (besides giving him a crystal arc reactor), but Thor seems fairly in-line with other appearances. I wonder if Square Enix ran out of unnecessary flourishes?

That aside, Thor looks pretty cool. His massive arms look a bit more buff than other incarnations, the greaves are stylish, and the rest of the armor also looks good.

From what I can see of Spider-Man, he seems to have come out okay. The figure seems to come with some webbing accessories that snap onto his wrists along with a black-deco'd web shield (sure, it matches his outfit, but it doesn't match the rest of his webbing). Hopefully we'll see some better shots of him soon. If not, Tomopop will have one of its photographers at Toy Fair on Monday and *hopefully* we'll receive some great images then.

See the full images in the gallery.

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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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Sabretooth has had his better days... meet the MS Zombie Sabretooth photo
Sabretooth has had his better days... meet the MS Zombie Sabretooth
by Scarecroodle

Marvel Select Sabretooth is back... from the grave? Diamond Select Toys has decided to give Wolverine's most popular nemesis the ol' Walking Dead treatment with a new MS Zombie Sabretooth. snagged an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming figure (who will be shown at Toy Fair). While I'm not a fan of the Marvel Zombies... well, I'm not sure how to finish that sentence because I'm not sold on the design. Sure, there's some awesomely gory detail between the hunk of flesh missing at the shoulder and wide gash at his midsection/ Plus his head looks wickedly evil. However, I continue to have a hard time thinking of Sabretooth as a zombie which might be keeping me from enjoying this design.

Sabretooth follows on the heels of the Marvel Zombie Magneto released late last year (which I thought was pretty awesome-looking). Zombie-lovers may also appreciate the previously released MS Zombie Hulk and MS Zombie Spider-Man.

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PackRat's custom 'Movie' Deadpool is crazy. Crazy awesome! photo
PackRat's custom 'Movie' Deadpool is crazy. Crazy awesome!
by Scarecroodle

PackRatStudios has unleashed a killer new "Movie Concept" Marvel Legends Deadpool.

The figure appears to be a fairly by-the-numbers redeco of a Marvel Legends / Infinite Series "Mandroid wave" Stealth Suit Captain America with some minor kitbashing, etc. While it might be relatively basic, the end result is incredible which has given me a new appreciation for what I had previously considered a lackluster Hasbro mold (when, in reality, the original figure's problem may have just been lackluster paint). As strange as it might sound, this *might* be the coolest Deadpool action figure I've seen (taking into account the Toy Biz, DST, and Hasbro versions).

PRS's Deadpool is fully loaded with an array of weapons which includes Deadpool's signature katanas, multiple guns, and even a rocket launcher. It's the kind of thing you wish would see a mass release. However, fans may have an opportunity to pick *one* of these up since PRS usually puts his customs on ebay. In the mean-time, be sure to check out the gallery.

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8:00 PM on 02.04.2015

From left field, it's Marvel Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Well, this is something I didn't expect whatsoever. Kotobukiya has had its weird concepts for its popular Bishoujo line. Sure, there's the oddball, at least to me, of Freddy and Jason, not to mention the MiB Agent. The latest...

Andres Cerrato

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...


Suit up for SE's VPAK Iron Man pre-orders photo
Suit up for SE's VPAK Iron Man pre-orders
by Scarecroodle

Pre-orders have opened for Square Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man.

First seen back in October, the VPAK Iron Man has some of a stealth vibe; eschewing the bright, metallic red & gold design widely associated with the character for one with heavier tones of black (which is presumably intentional rather than the accidental over-shadowing so often associated with SE's PAKs/VPAKs). It's a really neat effect that looks like something that Marvel itself could have run with.

VPAK Iron Man comes fully loaded with optional bits including repulsor effects, rockets, and what seem to be stabilizer wings. It's a good amount of stuff, but VPAK Iron Man comes has a sizable ¥12,960 list price. He's slated for a June release.

[ Pre-order at AmiAmi ]

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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 launches new subscription service photo
Funko launches new subscription service
by Scarecroodle

Not content to simply be packaged in other peoples' Loot Crates and so forth, Funko has announced plans to launch its own bi-monthly club.

The "Marvel Collector Corps" subscription box service apparently consists of six shipments (at US$25 each, not counting taxes and S&H) which arrive every other month and will contain "exclusive themed items valued at over [US$50] in every box."

The service is apparently available in both a basic "Collector" level package as well as a premium "Founder" level. The difference, as near as I can tell, is that the Founder package charges you the full US$150 for the year upfront and includes some extra goodies (including an 8-inch commemorative statue; see gallery).

The Founder package is obviously the better value although I expect that not everybody may be willing to commit to a year sight-unseen (and that totally awesome statue is contingent on a subscriber remaining in the club for a full year).

While the contents and themes of upcoming boxes may be a mystery, we at least know that the first box will have an Avengers: Age of Ultron theme and include a premium 6-inch Pop! Hulkbuster Iron Man. It's a wacky adorable figure which may entice at least a few subscribers into the club. Also included will be a t-shirt, a stylized vinyl accessory, and two "premium accessories."

[ Order at Funko's Marvel Collector Corps page ]

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