PREVIEWS: "Civil War II," "Punisher" & More Marvel Comics on Sale June 1, 2016
If you’ve been busy sketching your idea for the perfect Ant-Man costume, just throw away whatever you have, because it’s going to be difficult to beat this one. I know cosplay isn’t a competition (except when it is, of course), but this kid’s Ant-Man and Antony costume clearly wins … everything.
Before anyone grouses about spoilers, remember that LEGO let this very large cat out of the bag months ago with its Captain America: Civil War “Super Hero Airport Battle” set. Hot Toys is merely casting a giant-size spotlight on it.
Yes, it’s a Civil War Cosbaby collectible set that features both a 9-inch Giant Man figure — the largest Cosbaby yet — and a 1.5-inch miniature running Ant-Man. Those are in addition to the regular-size Ant-Man, and its variant. Clearly, Hot Toys likes Ant-Man!
Clearly Ant-Man is the must-have accessory for the spring, at least among Avengers. First, Hawkeye sported one at the tip of an arrow, and now Black Widow has her own, slightly larger, version.
This 3-centimeter-tall Scott Lang comes with Hot Toys’ newly unveiled Captain America: Civil War Black Widow 1/6th-scale action figure, which of course boasts many other features (although it remains unclear why Ant-Man would be with someone on Team Iron Man).
Although Hot Toys has already given us a tiny glimpse of Scott Lang — seriously, he was riding one of Hawkeye’s arrowheads — the toymaker has now unveiled its Captain America: Civil War 1/6th-scale Ant-Man action figure.
It was only a year ago that Hot Toys debuted its Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th-scale Hawkeye figure, which was greeted with mixed reaction from fans, some of whom didn’t think the head sculpt was exactly “movie-accurate.” Now the Hong Kong-based toymaker has debuted the Captain America: Civil War version, with a newly painted head sculpt that shoots closer to the mark.
However, that’s probably not the big selling point. In fact, what will likely win over fans isn’t “big” at all — it’s the interchangeable arrowhead with a miniature Ant-Man, which will allow you to recreate the crowd-pleasing sequence from the Civil War trailer. See? You want this figure now, Jeremy Renner’s likeness be damned.
Hot Wheels is commemorating Women’s History Month by debuting four die-cast cars inspired by Wonder Woman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Black Widow from Captain America: Civil War, the Wasp from Marvel’s Ant-Man sequel, and Maz Kanata from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
SH Figuarts’ “Captain America: Civil War” line has added an Ant-Man figure to its roster — sporting the character’s costume he’ll be wearing in the Captain America threequel.
The Scott Lang/Ant-Man figure comes with a more streamlined helmet than the one we saw in the “Ant-Man” movie last summer, and features more prominent red striping around the side of his legs, along with bracers on the forearms.
To top it off, the figure comes with a miniaturized 15 mm tall version as an accessory.
Toshib Bagde has gone where few other artists dared with his series “Super-Heroes Poop Lab,” envisioning what the excrement of some of the world’s most famous do-gooders might look like. Hey, it’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it.
“I love superheroes,” he explained on Bored Panda. “They are just like us but, yeah, with powers. So I wondered, how would the poop of superheroes look? I think it should represent the characters.”
Toy Soul 2015 is proving to be a treat for collectors, even if they aren’t in Hong Kong. Following the first look at 1/6th-scale figures from Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hot Toys has premiered the prototypes for its line of Captain America: Civil War collectibles.
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!