Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

This stunning Hulkbuster may have all those other figures beat

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Due to its big-screen debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, there have been a lot of collectibles based on Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor — a lot. However, few are quite as cool-looking as this Re:Edit Hulkbuster figure from Japanese collectible company Sentinel International.

Like the Marvel Select figure, this one eschews the Age of Ultron design, and instead draws inspiration from the comic books. But while Diamond Toys stayed true to the armor’s roots, Sentinel gives the suit a bit of a makeover, adding plenty of LED lights, and what looks to be exhaust pipes (rocket launchers? I don’t know). As a bonus, the head opens to reveal Iron Man inside (alas, not a full, second figure.)

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Dispute over ‘Comic Con’ name is heading to court

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Settlement talks have stalled between the organizers of Comic-Con International and Salt Lake Comic Con, which means the dispute over the “Comic Con” trademark may end up being resolved in federal court.

According to the Deseret News, a judge has given the two parties until the end of the month to schedule pretrial hearings. However, Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Bryan Brandenburg says a settlement is still possible.

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Custom-painted Batman sneakers are all the rage in Gotham

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E.V. Kwun (aka Geektrooper) pays tribute to Batman: The Animated Series with these hand-painted high-tops featuring the Dark Knight and Killer Croc.

The attention to detail is pretty amazing, with Batman standing against the Gotham skyline and Killer Croc at home in the city’s sewers. The tongues of the shoes also reference the logo of the beloved cartoon, with each of the characters shown in silhouette against a red circle.

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After 23 surgeries to look like Superman, ‘Man of Plastic’ meets his Kryptonite

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Herbert Chavez, the Superman fanatic who’s undergone 23 surgeries to make himself look more like the Man of Steel, may have discovered his Kryptonite: his doctors.

Over the past 18 years, the Filipino man has spent thousands of dollars in hopes of achieving his goal — liposuction, eye surgery, skin lightening, cheek and jaw augmentation — you name it. “I hope to become the Man of Plastic,” he says.

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Alfred is fed up with all of those bats in the Batcave

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Sure, an early encounter with a bat inspired Bruce Wayne’s costumed identity, and they undeniably add much-needed ambience to a subterranean lair. However, as Alfred Pennyworth tries to explain in this animated short from Dorkly, keeping thousands of the winged mammals creates some serious problems, not the least of which is the guano the devoted butler must clean from every surface.

“We are running out of Robins rather quickly,” he informs the Dark Knight. “They keep coming down with Ebola for some reason.”

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Kotobukiya debuts its ARTFX+ Magneto statue

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Kotobukiya marches ahead with its line of ARTFX+ statues inspired by the X-Men of Marvel Now!, with Magneto soon poised to take his place alongside the previously revealed Cyclops and Emma Frost.

Standing nearly 8 inches tall, the 1/10th-scale Master of Magnetism is based on a design by artist Adi Granov. Kotobukiya again promises the rest of the Uncanny X-Men team are “coming soon.”

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New ‘Legend of Zelda’ manga in the works by Akira Himekawa

zelda-phantom hourglassThe creative team of Akira Himekawa has announced a return to The Legend of Zelda manga series following a seven-year absence.

“2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga series returns! Please support it!” the duo wrote on their website, as translated by Anime News Network. “Which version of me can you meet this time? Look forward to finding out!!” They also posted a new piece of art, below.

Akira Himekawa produced serialized adaptations of The Legend of Zelda video games, from 1999’s Ocarina of Time to 2009’s Phantom Hourglass. They returned to Hyrule in 2011 with a stand-alone prequel to Skyward Sword.

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U.S. company challenges Japan to a giant-robot battle

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After introducing the MegaBot Mark II, “America’s first fully functional giant piloted robot,” there was really only one thing left for MegaBots Inc. to do:  Challenge Japan to a giant-robot battle.

Seriously, if you had a mecha what would you do? Build public-works projects? Hell no, you’d fight other robots! For America!

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‘Samurai Jack’ returns in striking animated fan tribute

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If you’re wistful for Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky’s beloved 2001-2004 animated series, this beautiful fan film may make the years seem not quite as long.

Created by YouTube user Avemagnadude, the loving tribute manages to capture the spirit of the original even as it avoids aping Tartakovsky’s signature style. If there’s any complaint to be lodged, it’s that the film — at 1 minute and 21 seconds — is just too short.

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Batman interrupts Joker & Harley’s tango in new Alex Ross piece

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Alex Ross has debuted a new original painting featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, which will be among his exclusives next week at Comic-Con International. Titled “Mind if I Cut in?,” it’s a sequel to his famed 2003 piece “Tango With Evil,” which debuted as the cover of 1999’s “Batman: Harley Quinn.”

The artist’s booth (#2419) will feature limited-edition signed prints, sketchbooks, comics, variant covers and, of course, original art.

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Mondo’s Comic-Con lineup includes TMNT figure, Ant-Man poster

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We debuted Mondo’s First Hellboy statue, based Mike Mignola’s original drawing of the character, earlier this month, but this morning the collectible art boutique revealed more of its offerings for Comic-Con International.

They include a limited-edition Ant-Man poster by Kevin Tong, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios film, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo collectible figure, and a vinyl edition of the Aliens soundtrack and a die-cut single of the themes from Superman: The Animated Series. (You may recall that last year Mondo released Batman: The Animated Series on 7-inch and 12-inch die-cut vinyl).

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Mattel brings ‘Batman v Superman’ toys to Comic-Con

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Following in the footsteps of Funko and LEGO, Mattel has unveiled its own Comic-Con International-exclusive toys for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Debuting this morning in USA Today, the lineup includes a two-pack of 6-inch action figures based on the likenesses of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill ($30); a Hot Wheels Batmobile with limited-edition packaging ($25); and a 12-inch Wonder Woman Barbie based on Gal Gadot’s likeness (Batman and Superman will also be part of a new Barbie line).

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Why, yes, Colonel Sanders has his own SDCC-exclusive comic

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Amid the avalanche of variant covers, action figures, art prints and statuettes, the true must-have exclusive may be … KFC’s one-shot The Colonel’s Adventure Comics. At least we think it’s just a one-shot, and not the launch of some fast-food franchise universe-spanning event.

“If you love comics and fried chicken and subliminal marketing,” KFC states in a Facebook post, “then you’ll love this free exclusive #SDCC comic about me.”

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Aquaman reclaims his crown as Internet’s ‘Most Toxic Superhero’

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Sure, he’s the King of the Seven Seas, a founding member of the Justice League and, if all goes as planned, the star of his own 2018 movie. However, for the second time in three years, Aquaman is also the “Most Toxic Superhero.”

That’s according to Intel Security, which today released its third annual list of online superhero searches that are most likely to lead you to bad links, viruses, malware and websites containing malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information. The information is compiled using McAfee Site Advisor, which rates sites by risk level.

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This Asgardian Iron Man armor is better than anything Tony Stark has

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Samuel Lee of Prince Armory is behind such mind-blowing costume and armor creations as the medieval versions of The Joker, Loki and Darth Vader. Now he’s back, this time with a gorgeously detailed Asgardian Iron Man.

The one-of-a-kind suit, made from leather, with brass hardware, isn’t for sale, but he’s always willing to discuss custom orders. However, you may need to have Tony Stark-sized bank account to afford it.

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