CBR's Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2016
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than with a tribute to the greatest of all tree-like aliens (Flora colossus), Groot?
With the closing of its Marvel-themed Super Hero HQ earlier this month, Disneyland is without a permanent home for its superheroes, leaving Captain America and Spider-Man to wander Disney’s California Adventure. However, that could be changing.
Disney Parks news site WDW News Today reports Disney is looking to opt out of the licensing fee it pays for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and use a Guardians of the Galaxy-themed overlay in its place.
It’s not a Merry Marvel Marching Society membership card, but this new Marvel credit card may be as close as you’re going to get.
Partnering with Synchrony Financial, the company has introduced the Marvel MasterCard, available in five designs: Marvel heroes (the Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy), Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America’s shield, and a more subdued gray version, featuring icons of some of the characters.
If there’s one member of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy you don’t want to provoke, it’s undoubtedly Drax the Destroyer. Nevertheless, Hot Toys has teased its Drax 1/6th-scale action figure for quite a while, leading fans to wonder whether it would ever be released. But now, finally, the Hong Kong-based toymaker has revealed official photos and details for the collectible, which will enable collectors to complete their Guardians of the Galaxy lineup.
Seizing upon the two films’ shared “misfits” theme, Robert Jones has created a note-perfect mashup trailer that combines dialogue and footage from Guardians of the Galaxy with audio — primarily Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — from the latest Suicide Squad trailer. It’s a match made in … well, somewhere.
Sideshow Collectibles is releasing a fierce new Gamora Premium Format Figure, based on the character’s comic book design, after she received a cosmic upgrade from the Black Vortex.
Sporting a hooded cloak, belt and gold skull decor, the upcoming Gamora figure is being sold with its own Godslayer blade, while an exclusive edition also comes with swap-out knives for a dual-wielding display.
Pop quiz: When the disembodied voice of a space pirate asks “Who are you?,” how do you respond? a.) “I’m no one; b.) “I am Groot!”; or c.) “Star-Lord.” In this stellar Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars: The Force Awakens mashup trailer, the correct answer is “C,” Star-Lord, although we’d give partial credit for B.
The work of Alex Luthor, whose mashups should be familiar to regular readers, the video rather seamlessly combines the two space operas, recasting the mysterious Kylo Ren as a devotee of Thanos, placing Peter Quill in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and an X-wing, and putting a lightsaber in the hands of, well, quite a few people.
When Rocket Raccoon declared “Ain’t no thing like me except me,” he clearly hadn’t met 6-year-old Chase, who was a dead ringer for the tough-talking, furry Guardian of the Galaxy for Halloween.
Created by Chase’s mother, artist Christina Borchardt, the painstakingly hand-made costume has become a social-media sensation, garnering attention from the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band transformed into the Merry Marvel Marching Society on Saturday, saluting the Marvel Universe during halftime of the game against Michigan.
During the six-minute-plus choreographed performance, the band gave musical nods to Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers and, yes, even the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon.
If you haven’t already started working on your Halloween costume, let’s face it, you probably weren’t planning anything elaborate. So forget that bright idea you had back in August of dressing as Groot or Rocket Raccoon: With only a couple of weeks left, you’re going to the party as Star-Lord.
ThinkGeek makes it easy with this Star-Lord hooded T-shirt with LED mask. It allows you to maintain your not-so-secret identity as Peter Quill until you reach the party (the shirt mimics the lines of his leather jacket, but otherwise looks like a regular V-neck).
Amid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of “liberal bias.” As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy’s slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)
However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies’ plan, as five categories that were identical to the group’s nominations slate –Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form — ended up being given “No Award.” According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com’s full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.
While we know we’re not supposed to touch Lola, Funko is making it tough to resist with this upcoming addition to its Pop! Rides line.
Arriving in October, the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. collectible features Director Phil Coulson with his prized possession, the high-flying, flamethrowing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette better known as Lola. And, yes, Director Coulson, we realize Lola’s not just a collectible.
Just when it seemed we might never see an Avengers: Age of Ultron Quicksilver collectible figure from Hot Toys, a prototype has been spotted in the wild — or, rather, at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong — alongside Nick Fury and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax the Destroyer.
There’s no word yet when the 1/6th-scale Quicksilver figure, based on the likeness of actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will be available, but considering the recently revealed Scarlet Witch isn’t expected to ship until the end of this year or the beginning of the next, we may be waiting a while.
Whether you’re off to save the galaxy or simply heading to class (or, y’know, a convention), this Rocket Raccoon Backpack Buddy seems like the appropriate — and appropriately adorable — accessory.
Sold exclusively by ThinkGeek, the officially licensed backpack features plush head, arms, feet and tail, and a zipped compartment that measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Although it’s not intended to hold electronics, the website notes the backpack can fit an iPad2.
The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.
Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.