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Of all the Hulkbuster collectibles rolled out before and after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron — and there have been a lot — this may be my favorite: the Iron Man-Hulkbuster remote-control power lamp from infoThink.
Designed to resemble the Hulkbuster’s helmet (it even says “Hulkbuster” across the back), it features five modes: Fade, Smooth Breathing, Flash, Multi-Effects and Soothing Sleep. The visor even opens and closes by remote.
While offering an update on the delayed Two-Face action figure, DC Collectibles debuted a first look at two more entries in the DC Comics Greg Capullo Designer Series: The Flash and Survival Suit Batman, based on the designs by the acclaimed Batman artist.
Set to arrive in the second half of 2016, they’ll join a lineup of figures in the Designer Series that already includes Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, The Riddler, Talon, Mr. Freeze, the Red Hood and Thrasher Suit Batman. Oh, and of course Two-Face, which is targeted for release in December.
In Dragon Ball Z, two characters can fuse, creating a single being with their combined powers and attributes. But what would happen if fusion spilled over into other universes — like, say, those of Marvel and DC Comics?
French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir has a pretty good idea, which he explores in a series of illustrations called “Fusion” that merges DBZ with some well-known comic book heroes. Whether it involved a Fusion Dance is anybody’s guess.
Although Harley Quinn debuted about a decade too late to be part of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line of action figures, Dr. Quinzel is getting a shot at that 1970s glory, courtesy of Figures Toy Company.
As revealed by 13th Dimension, the fan-favorite anti-heroine has been reimagined in a retro style, so the doll will fit in perfectly with the toymaker’s reproductions of the other classic comic book heroes and villains from Mego.
Metropolis has Superman, Gotham City has Batman, and now Ohio has a superhero of its very own. However, some critics it were somebody else — anybody else.
Meet Buddie, the caped crusader enlisted by ResponsibleOhio to aid in the fight to legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State. You’ll recognize him by his green-and-white costume, marijuana leaf-like gloves, washboard abs, half-closed eyes and blinding smile. Oh, and by the enormous marijuana bud that serves as his head.
Granted, John Williams’ soaring Superman score could make even footage of paint drying enjoyable. However, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to watch hours of streaming video of this Man of Steel action figure flying over London. Or anywhere, really.
Photo retoucher Barry Craig duct-taped the toy to a drone for a flight over Victoria Park. Asked on Reddit why the figure is moving so much, Craig explained that while the camera is attached to a gimbal, which stabilizes the footage, Superman is taped to the landing gear, so he shakes with the movement of the drone.
Although New York City had hoped to enlist Disney and Marvel in a crackdown on troublesome costumed characters in Times Square, the police commissioner insists the entertainment giants “want no part of it.”
The New York Daily News reports that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton singled out the two companies for refusing to take action against the performers — long a thorn in the sides of local businesses and politicians — for unlicensed use of their trademarks.
You may recall Lianne Moseley, the self-trained makeup artist who turns fans into faithful recreations of superheroes. However, she’s not the only one using cosmetics to make people look as if they stepped out of a comic book.
A hairstylist and freelance artist for MAC Cosmetics, Argenis Pinal uses makeup and body paint to similarly impressive effect, transforming ordinary (if well-sculpted) mortals into the likes of She-Hulk, Superman, Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, Carnage, Green Lantern, Wolverine and Cyborg Superman. Heck, even J. Jonah Jameson — now a blond! — spends some time beneath the brush.
You’re unlikely to see a better trailer for a comic book — ever — than this one for Raising Dion, the superhero drama by Dennis Liu and Jason Piperberg. Wait, to call it a trailer does it a disservice; it’s a wonderfully produced, and wonderfully uplifting, short film.
While many superhero stories feature parents (whether alive or dead) as inspiration or a guiding force, Raising Dion offers a twist: It’s told from the perspective of single mother Nicole, who’s trying to raise her superpowered 7-year-old son.
Boing Boing certainly knows how to craft a difficult-to-resist pitch for its “three-day extravaganza of hands-on wonder”: Start with a name like “Weekend of Wonder,” add guests like Disney veteran John Edgar Park, puzzle designer Michael Borys and hot-rod artist Coop, and top it off with a musical performance by Adventure Time‘s Hunson Abadeer the Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen (or, rather, Martin Olson and Olivia Olson, who play them). See?
Although Masashi Kishimoto brought his signature creation to a close after 15 years, Naruto continues to inspire, as Vietnamese artist Nguyen Quang Huy demonstrates with his “I Am Naruto” series.
Using everyday objects, from flowers to a peach pit to a conch, the 25-year-old artist recreates Naruto characters in whimsical illustrations. He previously took a similar approach with Marvel characters. “I’m interested not only in super heroes,” he explains on Bored Panda, “but I’m also fond of comics and manga.”
As strange, and slightly disturbing, as it may have been to see the Scooby-Doo and the gang dropped into the world of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s nothing compared to this recreation of the Pokémon opening.
Created by YouTuber Merfish using an assortment of GTA V PC Mods, if the video doesn’t make you nostalgic, it will at least leave you viewing Pikachu in a decidedly different light.
Faced with an angry Superman, every Tom, Dick and Dark Knight knows to break out the Kryptonite (it’s usually next to the bandages and antiseptic in the first-aid kit). Likewise, if cornered by Electro, most of us might make sure we’re well-grounded, and then reach for the nearest water hose. But what about those myriad other superheroes and villains?
Glad you asked! MorphSuits, which ruffled so many feathers with its breakdown of Marvel’s most badass female characters, now scrutinizes the Achilles’ heels of costumed characters, probing for a weakness that might help out in a pinch.
After watching Transformers: Age of Extinction last year, Wang Liansheng’s son wanted his own giant robot. Unable to afford the large toy model the boy had his eye on, the Chinese shipyard welder instead built a life-size replica.
China’s People’s Daily Online reports that, with help from his brother, Wang gathered abandoned car parts from a car factory and recycling center near his village in Jiangsu province and went to work in August 2014. A year later, they now have a nearly 16-and-a-half-foot Bumblebee standing in their yard.
Strangely enough, when you remake the trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice using action figures, construction paper and actors in homemade costumes, Zack Snyder’s vision for DC Comics’ greatest superheroes suddenly doesn’t seem so grim. Or desaturated.