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Who needs LEGO’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Superman playset when you can create your own brick homages to classic comic book covers? Well, as long as you have the creativity, and the right LEGO pieces.
Luckily imgur user Corsairsteel has both, as demonstrated in this gallery of LEGO dioramas recreating covers ranging from Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 to The Incredible Hulk #125 and Batman: The Killing Joke. Most of them even include the trade dress, word balloons and blurbs.
Following Funko’s Pop! vinyl two-pack, we now have a look at the second toy tied to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the LEGO DC Super Heroes New Batmobile.
Based on the vehicle from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, the playset will be displayed next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but The Wall Street Journal reports it won’t be available for purchase until Jan. 1.
Funko may have saved the best for last, concluding 10 waves of Comic-Con International exclusives with the debut of the first toys tied to next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
They’re a Pop! Heroes two-pack, featuring bobblehead figures of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel (the former with a Batarang, the latter in flight). Funko isn’t offering a preorder option this year, so collectors will have to wait in line at the convention, and hope supplies hold out.
The next time Bruce Wayne is hurled into the far-flung past (come on, you know there’s going to be a next time), he may want to invest in one of these: a medieval-style Batman cowl, ideal for the battlefield.
The piece was created by William Selby over the course of three days using 720 scales. There’s no word whether he plans to make the rest of the suit, but that would definitely come in handy if Batman were to come face to face with, say, this terrifying medieval Joker.
After countless defeats at the hands of his arch-nemesis over the past 75 years, The Joker finally discovers the secret to defeating the Batman: more firepower. Or does he?
In this amazing stop-motion short, created by counter656 over the course of 20 days using nearly 3,500 images, S.H. Figuarts versions of the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime go at it, mano a mano, until the supervillain calls in the big guns — a trio of Gundams.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Tazmanian Comics, located at 3618 East Hastings St. in Vancouver, British Columbia. We spoke with manager Jen Costello.
Note: this whole post is about a MAJOR SPOILER from “The Big Burn,” a 2014 Batman and Robin arc which, coincidentally, has just been reprinted in paperback. As such, I recognize that it might be new for some folks. If you don’t want to be spoiled, come back next week for a 30-years-later look at Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. I’ll understand. I mean, I still haven’t finished Gone Girl.
Now then …
Just a day after its launch, Warner Bros. last night suspended Windows PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight. The move comes in the wake of thousands of negative user reviews for the highly anticipated finale to the Rocksteady Studios trilogy.
The game has been removed from sale on Steam, although the listing remains.
Complaints about the technical performance of the PC version began to flood social media and Steam shortly after Arkham Knight’s debut on Tuesday, with many users and observers dubbing the launch a “disaster.” Rocksteady’s initial statement on Tuesday referred to “our external PC development partner,” which led to the determination that the PC port was outsourced to 12-person developer Iron Galaxy Studios.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Everyone undoubtedly has a favorite Batmobile, whether it’s the one from the 1966 television series, the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan movies or any of the numerous comic book incarnations (I’m fond of the one created by Frank Quitely for Batman and Robin #1). However, there’s something undeniably special about the Batmobile designed by Anton Furst for Tim Burton’s Batman. It’s probably those glorious wings.
Whatever the case, it continues to inspire more than 25 years later, as we can see with this incredible custom motorcycle trike created by Game Over Cycles in Lubaczów, Poland. It even has a seat for Robin.
Who needs the World’s Greatest Detective when you have the Loughborough Police?
While conducting a raid last week, police in the English town uncovered the Gotham sign stolen in March 2014. Although Batman fans had been the prime suspects — they frequently visit the sleepy Nottinghamshire village to have photos taken beside the sign — BBC News reports the culprit appears to have been a local man.
In case that jumbo Deadpool just isn’t big enough for your tastes — or your spacious shelves! — NECA has released official photos of its upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight 1/4th-scale action figure. I’ll save you the math: It’s a whopping 18 inches tall.
Unlike that retro Deadpool figure, this plus-sized Batman is thoroughly modern, with more than 25 points of articulation. Arriving in July, it comes with interchangeable hands, a Batarang, a grapnel gun and a fabric cape.
Within just 10 years, Batman fanatic Somchai Nitimongkolchai has amassed the largest private collection of Dark Knight memorabilia in Thailand, and (he thinks) quite possibly the world.
Nitimongkolchai fell in love with the superhero after watching Christian Bale’s performance in 2005’s Batman Begins. “His acting was so good that it made me feel like Batman was real,” he told Coconut Bangkok.
Just days before the June 23 release of Batman: Arkham Knight, WB Games has abruptly canceled the $200 Batmobile Edition.
The highest-tier collector’s edition offered, it came bundled with an 80-page art book, a limited-edition comic, an exclusive New 52 skin pack and a transforming Batmobile statue. Kotaku reports that a problem with the latter, produced by Project TriForce, led to the last-minute cancellation.
An enormous bat that walked on four limbs stalked the ancient rainforests of New Zealand 16 million years ago, scientists reveal in a finding that at long last grounds Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1 in historical fact.
Three times larger than today’s average bat, the mystacina miocenalis is even being referred to as “Batman,” at least by the Daily Mail. (What is it with British newspapers and Batman, anyway?) Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains near Central Otago in sediment from a prehistoric body of water known as Lake Manuherikia, part of a subtropical rainforest.