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Hot Toys’ reputation for realistic collectibles is well earned. But with the newly revealed unmasked head sculpt of its previously announced Ant-Man figure, the company may have crossed over into sorcery. Seriously, it’s as if the toy not only captures the likeness of Paul Rudd but also his (undeniably charming) soul.
Arriving in early 2016, the 1/6th-scale Ant-Man figure features interchangeable hands, a 2.8-centimeter miniature Ant-Man, bombs, discs, chemical tubes and a display stand.
Marvel Studios had a super-sized budget for its film about a tiny superhero, but Cinefix’s Homemade Movies cut more than a few corners for its low-cost, shot-for-shot remake of the Ant-Man trailer.
The result, which employs lots of cardboard, action figures and construction paper, is actually pretty impressive, with Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes that wouldn’t look out of place at a comic convention. (Seriously, Yellowjacket’s helmet is downright cool.) The jury’s still out on the soundtrack, however …
There he had a sleek Mike Allred-designed costume — perhaps the best Ant-Man costume of them all – and was Reed Richards’ hand-picked choice to lead a temporary, back-up Fantastic Four and a school for young super-geniuses, The Future Foundation, in case something should happen to the team while they were exploring (something does). Ant-Man began dating Johnny Storm’s ex, the beautiful young pop star Darla Deering, and went on to plan and execute the defeat of Doctor Doom, the world’s greatest villain.
Wait, scratch that. That was the last place I saw Ant-Man Scott Lang in comics. The actual last place I saw him was at the movie theater, where he was a down-on-his-luck, good-hearted ex-con trying to do right by his daughter using his shrinking powers.
Guess which one of those two takes the new Ant-Man comic more closely resembles?
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Where would Scott Lang be without his trusty carpenter ant/steed Antony? Grounded, that’s where. Recognizing the winged insect’s invaluable contribution to Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, Hot Toys has unveiled its latest miniature collectible: Scott Lang atop a flying ant.
Antony measures about 4 inches in length, which may give you some idea of his wingspan. I’m sure someone with a ruler and polished math skills could figure that out, but I’m not that guy.
Good things come in small packages, or so they say, and YouTuber Toscano Bricks has taken it upon himself to prove that’s true by recreating the trailer for Marvel Studio’s “Ant-Man” film entirely in LEGO (via ComicBook.com).
At 2 minutes and 18 seconds in length, the video is a shot-by-shot remake, replacing popular actors like Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll with their LEGO lookalikes. With aid from computer graphics, the video makes good on the promise that heroes don’t get any bigger than this.
We live in interesting times, Dear Reader. When I went to the late-night screening of Ant-Man, a line had already formed a half-hour before showtime. It wasn’t a big line, mind you, but it was still 30 people or more than I expected to be excited enough to turn up early. And they weren’t merely hardcore comic fans, but Marvel movie fans, Paul Rudd fans, and assorted interested parties.
There’s a second-act cameo that caused a group of teen girls behind me to gasp and cheer, a huge coup in making comic books more mainstream. Pop culture always used to sound like soda pop, the delight of the young looking for sugar, and now it seems we might just be popular after all.
WARNING: Spoilers! Nothing too direct, but to talk about the movie, you have to talk about the details, so go out and see Ant-Man, and follow along!
While multitudes of moviegoers will flock to theaters this weekend in order to take in Marvel Studios’ latest release, as best as I can tell, only those attending a showing at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX will get the full “Ant-Man” experience.
Alamo is more than a movie theater; it’s a full-fledged restaurant, where patrons eat and drink while enjoying a night at the movies. For “Ant-Man,” Alamo has replaced its usual menus with special theme-sized copies, complete with a magnifying glass.
One of showbiz’s greatest and oddest current traditions is that whenever Paul Rudd appears on a Conan O’Brien-hosted talk show — dating back to the “Late Night” days on NBC — when throwing to a clip of whatever movie he’s ostensibly there to promote, he actually plays a scene (the same scene, every time) from 1988’s “Mac and Me,” an otherwise forgotten “E.T.” ripoff that featured heavy McDonald’s product placement.
But surely that streak would have to end with Rudd promoting “Ant-Man,” a big-budget superhero film that’s part of Disney’s massive Marvel Studios franchise, on last night’s “Conan,” right? Well, yes. And no. As seen in the clip, Rudd was able to keep tradition alive while also (kind of) giving “Ant-Man” its proper exposure.
Donuts are always great — whether they’re giant-sized or “Ant-Man”-sized. And while getting ahold of the former isn’t that big of a feat, there isn’t exactly a huge market for the miniature. However, worry not because Fandango.com has you covered.
In a very fun little write-up, the website gave readers instructions on how to make “super tiny Ant-Man donuts.”
“Even in tiny form, you can’t squash a love of donuts,” the article explains with a delightful tongue-in-cheek tone. “Now through the use of Pym Particles (or cereal) you can make your own miniature version of the glazed and sprinkled sweets. Tiny for your fingers but big on cuteness, these mini donuts are made to look just like their larger counterparts.”
Check out the site for instructions on how to make those tiny tasty treats and check out “Ant-Man” when it arrives in theaters July 17.
Proving once again that we live in a fascinating world full of nearly infinite possibilities, here is a photograph of Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of the 1987 classic “Wall Street,” fist-bumping Marvel superhero Ant-Man inside the New York Stock Exchange building earlier today.
Of course, it was promotion for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” opening this Friday, with Douglas ringing the NYSE Closing Bell. In the film, Michael Douglas plays long-running Marvel character Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man of comic book lore. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, Marvel Comics’ subsequent Ant-Man — though unfortunately, it likely wasn’t Rudd inside the costume at the NYSE; perhaps the one thing that could make that photo even more improbable. Fingers crossed that in 2016, we’ll get Doctor Strange high-fiving Tilda Swinton inside the United Nations Headquarters.
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).
Stan Lee was reportedly rushed to the hospital Sunday, but that certainly didn’t stop the 92-year-old from appearing last night at the Hollywood premiere of Ant-Man.
According to TMZ, Lee called 911 Sunday morning, complaining that he didn’t feel well, and was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A representative for Lee wouldn’t confirm the report, but pointed EW.com to the comics legend’s attendance at the movie premiere.
Following a couple of waves of Avengers: Age of Ultron stylized figures, Hot Toys has revealed the next release in its Artist Mix line: Marvel’s Ant-Man.
Designed once again by Touma, this series of 13-centimeter-tall bobbleheads features Ant-Man and the villainous Yellowjacket. The Deluxe Set will include a special third figure, Ant-Man (Black Out Version).
On the teeny-tiny heels of Hasbro’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Ant-Man box set, Marvel and Diamond Select Toys have unveiled a new Scott Lang action figure, available only from MarvelShop.com and Disney Store.
Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and based on the upcoming Marvel Studios film, this Marvel Select Ant-Man kinda-sorta looks like star Paul Rudd. Standing 7 inches tall and featuring 16 points of articulation, it comes with two interchangeable heads (helmted and unmasked), six interchangeable hands, a 1.75-inch shrunken version, and a display stand.
Hasbro is gearing up for the July 17 release of Ant-Man by unveiling its final two Marvel exclusives for Comic-Con International in San Diego, both featuring the shrinking hero.
The first is a .75-inch non-articulated Ant-Man figure, based on Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. Priced at $9.99 (yeah, I know), it comes in a Pym Technologies matchbox.