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Looking at Darth Vader, Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper from Square Enix’s Variant line of Play Arts Kai figures, I’m reminded of Marvel’s 1977 adaptation of Star Wars, with its frequently wildly off-model characters. Here, of course, the deviation is purposeful — the Variant collectibles are all reimagined — and it works pretty well.
Sure, all three original designs are classic, but it’s kind of fun to see each of these armored warriors souped up, their looks taken more in a mech-infused direction (although as Star Wars reimaginings go, it’s tough to top Bandai’s samurai-styled Darth Vader and Stormtrooper).
Hot Toys shows no signs of letting up with its line of Marvel collectible figures, which continues with this exclusive 1/6th-scale Iron Man Mark VII in Stealth Mode.
Just how exclusive is it? It’s a movie promo edition that will be available for preorder during stops on “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” which will tour Asia from April through July.
Arrow, Black Canary, the Dark Archer, Deathstroke, Flash, Reverse Flash and Captain Cold are among several characters from the shows that can be found in this ReAction figure lineup, which models its look on the popular action figure format from the ’80s and ’90s.
On the teeny-tiny heels of those Guardians of the Galaxy figures, Funko and Vinyl Sugar have announced a Batman Dorbz series that manages to make even Killer Croc look cuddly.
Set for release in July, the series of 3-inch vinyl figures also boasts Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Harley Quinn and the Penguin, all sporting that irresistible smile. The Joker is curiously absent, but maybe he’ll pop up in a later wave.
On the heels of Black Widow, Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th-scale Hawkeye collectible figure.
Based on actor Jeremy Renner’s likeness — would you expect anything less? — the 30-centimeter figures boasts a newly developed head sculpt, new costume, improved articulation and newly designed bow and arrows.
Leave it to billionaire playboy Tony Stark to engineer gold Mark XXI armor, and leave it to Max Factory’s Figma line to issue the appropriately titled Iron Man “Midas” variant.
As Toybox helpfully breaks down for us, the 7-inch articulated figure boast wrist-mounted rocket launchers in each gauntlet, FX attachments to make it look as if Iron Man is firing repulsor blasts or flying through the air, and, of course, a stand.
Fans of Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja & Co. at long last can get that figure they’ve been longing for: Pizza Dog. OK, sure, Hawkguy’s included, but … Pizza Dog!
Apparently, this Marvel Select Avenging Hawkeye figuring has been cropping up in Disney Stores, but now it’s available for order online from the Marvel Shop. Fully poseable, the 7-inch figure features “his classic black costume,” a bow, six arrows, a gun, interchangeable left hand, and two interchangeable heads (one with sunglasses, the other with a bandaged nose, of course).
We frequently marvel at — or else are unsettled by — the uncanny realism of the figures from Hot Toys and other high-end collectibles companies, but they may have found a rival in artist Xiang Zhang.
Based in Shanghai, China, he works with 1/6th-scale models, creating photorealistic likenesses of Heath Ledger’s Joker, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and more. Make notes that Zhang is so skilled at repainting and implanting hair, that he’s frequently accused of using Photoshop to fudge the final results.
If ever there were an appropriately named toy line, it’s the pint-sized Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz series from Funko and Vinyl Sugar. Dorbz!
Showcased last month at Toy Fair and now available for preorder, the collection of 3-inch vinyl figures not only includes the team from Marvel’s 2014 blockbuster — Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, Groot, Drax and Star-Lord, with and without mask — but also Ronan, Nebula, Korath, The Collector and Yondu (who resembles Sam the Snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). That’s a refreshingly broad lineup, even without Thanos or, say, Nova Prime (come on, who doesn’t want a Glenn Close collectible figure?).
Hot Toys has at long last unveiled its 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow collectible figure.
Based, of course, on Scarlett Johansson’s likeness, the movie-accurate figure stands about 28 centimeters tall, and boasts 28 points of articulation, four pairs of interchangeable hands (including one for holding pistols and another for batons), two blasters, two batons, one pistol and one dagger.
When you realize this painstakingly detailed 38-inch model of the Millennium Falcon is made almost entirely of paper, you’ll understand why it took Bernard Szukiel four years — four years! — to build.
As you can see from the photos, Szukiel didn’t gloss over anything; there are even teeny-tiny lights in the instrument panels of the cockpit and gun tub.
While Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch figures have been conspicuously scarce in the buildup to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, we get an honest-to-goodness glimpse of the twins in newly release art created by Touma for Hot Toys’ new Artist Mix Collection.
Mind you, it’s not the actual figures, but it holds the promise that fans will eventually see the two alongside the Avengers, Vision and Ultron. Hot Toys also revealed 3D renderings of Tony Stark in his Mark XLIII suit, the Incredible Hulk and Thor, part of Series 2.
LEGO has unveiled its next Simpsons set, the 2,179-piece Kwik-E-Mart, arriving in May as part of the 25th-anniversary celebration of the animated series.
Priced at $199.99, the Kwik-E-Mart comes complete with six minifigures: Apu, Homer, Bart, Marge, Chief Wiggum (with patrol car) and Snake.
After revealing the first series in its new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby bobbleheads last week, Hot Toys is back to tease the next two waves, which, yes, include Black Widow and Hawkeye.
There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Standing 9 feet, 10 inches tall, the statue is a match for the equally imposing Hulk figure that the company will also produce. The Hulkbuster also has the ability to light up in certain areas, like the mask’s eyes. Both the Hulkbuster and the Hulk are part of a wider line of “Avengers”-themed pieces that Beast Kingdom will release.