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Hot Toys teases ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Vision figure

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In the buildup to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hot Toys has been wowing fans by revealing one movie-accurate collectible figure after another, from Captain America and Ultron Prime to the Incredible Hulk and War Machine. However, the company has been holding back one at least one character, whose introduction in the Marvel Studios sequel is eagerly anticipated: The Vision, as played by Paul Bettany.

This morning, however, Hot Toys unveiled a tantalizing teaser:

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In Iraq, anti-ISIS fighters make The Punisher’s symbol their own

 

Writing for Time, Rebecca Collard examines how the iconic “long-fanged” skull logo of Marvel’s Punisher has been appropriated by Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite militia fighting against ISIS.

The use of the skull is so widespread that Italian journalist Daniele Raineri last week tweeted photos of the emblem — on a vehicle, on a flak jacket, on pouches — from several locations across the country. The Punisher may be a distinctly American creation, but the Iraqis have made his symbol their own.

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‘Spider-Verse’ descends on Toronto in impressive cosplay team-up

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Photos by Alexa Tomaszewski

It’s not every Sunday afternoon that you walk down the street and bump into nearly a dozen people dressed as assorted Spider-characters, from Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Girl to Venom and Carnage. However, CBR contributor Alexa Tomaszewski was leaving work yesterday in Toronto — it wasn’t even a convention weekend! — and stumbled upon what could’ve been mistaken for the cast of Marvel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline.

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DC says goodbye to New York, Marvel responds perfectly

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When DC Comics bid farewell this morning on Twitter to New York City, its home since the founding of National Allied Publications in 1934, it may not have expected the touching reply from its biggest competitor.

“Thanks, NYC, for being part of DC Comics’ history for so many years,” the publisher tweeted as the last of its staff makes the move to Burbank, California. “And special thanks to everyone who’s worked here over those years.”

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Hot Toys opens fire with ‘Age of Ultron’ War Machine Mark II

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After teasing the figure in photos last week from its “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition” in Hong Kong, Hot Toys has unveiled promo photos and details of its 1/6th-scale War Machine Mark II.

Based on the likeness of actor Don Cheadle, the 31-centimeter collectible figure features diecast material, interchangeable heads (the helmeted version with LED light-up function), more than 30 points of articulation, LED-lighted arc reactor, seven interchangeable palms, a rotatable machine gun and a stand.

The Hot Toys exclusive is expected to ship in the second or third quarter of this year. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1.

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Famous album covers get a DC and Marvel remix

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Music and comics are frequently overlapping, from the storied creation of Marvel’s Dazzler to numerous comic biographies and comics about musicians, but artist Uwe de Witt is taking it one step further.

Evocative of Cliff Chiang’s appropriation of Prince’s Purple Rain  for a Batgirl illustration, de Witt has taken popular album covers from the past 40 years and reinterpreted them with Marvel and DC Comics characters. De Witt, who has worked for German comics publisher EEE, goes for the deep cuts, with the Doctor Doom variants of Doctor Dre and Pink Floyd covers being particularly striking.

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Comics A.M. | ‘One Piece’ Vol. 77 sells 1.67M copies in first week

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Manga | The first printing of One Piece, Vol. 77, may have dropped below 4 million, but its sales aren’t slacking. According to Japanese market research firm, the latest volume of Eiichiro Oda’s hit manga has sold nearly 1.67 million copies since its release on Friday, more than seven times that of the No. 2 title on the weekly sales chart, the 67th volume of Tite Kubo’s Bleach. That’s marks a new weekly sales record for the year, surpassing the 67th volume of One Piece, which sold 1.6 million copies upon its release in January. [Crunchyroll]

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Greet the ‘Age of Ultron’ in style with New Era’s ‘Avengers’ caps

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If you’re just not sure what to wear to the premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, don’t worry — New Era has you covered. Literally, because the company makes caps.

Launching today, the “Marvel x New Era Avengers: Age of Ultron 59Fifty Collection” boasts undeniably bold cap designs featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Vision, Ultron, Black Widow and War Machine (although I’m having trouble finding listings for the latter two).

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Trace the evolution of Daredevil’s costume, but skip the ’90s

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Artist Kate Willaert, who has created graphics comparing the heights of Marvel characters and chronicling the evolution of Wolverine, now turns her attention to Daredevil, just in time for his Netflix debut.

Noting that the Man Without Fear “hasn’t had as many costume changes as other heroes,” Willaert nevertheless traces Matt Murdock’s sartorial journey (for Shirts.com), from his original yellow-and-red threads to his classic outfit to his Netflix look.

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What would happen if Quicksilver ran by you? The Muppets are on the case

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In a bit of corporate synergy, Muppets Gonzo, Rizzo, Beaker and Constantine give a promotional boost to Avengers: Age of Ultron with cameos in this latest video from Vsauce, which tackles the question of what would happen if Quicksilver simply ran past you.

It turns out that, for all of his volatility, the Incredible Hulk may not be the most destructive Avenger. Or, I don’t know, maybe he is, but “Hulk smash!” may be preferable to what happens when you’re caught in Quicksilver’s wake.

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Ultron rises in ‘Avengers’ holographic display from Hot Toys

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Hot Toys has debuted a video of “Ultron Rises,” a holographic showcase on display in Hong Kong as part of its “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition.”

As the title suggests, the specially designed visual traces the path of the film’s antagonist, from dormant peacekeeping program to homicidal robot, all in the course of 55 seconds.

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Life-size Hulkbuster and Hulk statues face off in Hong Kong

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Sure, we already spotlighted some of the life-size statues from Hot Toys’ “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” but on the eve of the tour’s first stop in Hong Kong, the company has revealed a peek at the incredible Hulkbuster vs. Hulk.

Measuring about 13 feet tall, the display — it’s outside Hysan Place in Causeway Bay — features not only the aforementioned life-size statues, but also the expected debris, and, yes, even smoke effects.

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These Avengers razors are more dangerous than any villain

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It’s no longer April Fools’ Day, but we can still enjoy this absolutely perfect video trumpeting the advances in shaving forged by a partnership between Gillette and Stark Industries.

Originating on Gillette Korea’s YouTube page as an Age of Ultron promo, the trailer boasts mind-blowing — and, frankly, dangerous-sounding — Avengers-inspired technology, like the Repulsor I razor with its own arc reactor, the XL Gamma with its unstable molecular structure, and the Gillette Thunder with micro-lightning (“Keep Out of Reach of Mortals”).

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Bandai officially reveals its ‘Age of Ultron’ Figuarts line

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Bandai has officially unveiled its Figuarts line of action figures for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which apparently doesn’t include Black Widow or Hawkeye. However, along with the previously revealed Iron Man Mark 43, there’s those stalwarts Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, as well as the Iron Man Mark 45 variant.

The fully poseable figures come with interchangeable heads and hands. Iron Man Mark 43 arrives next month, but you’ll have to wait until August for the variant. Captain America and the Hulk go on sale in July, followed by Thor in September.

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Hot Toys unleashes life-size ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ statues

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If you think Hot Toys’ 1/6th-scale figures are mind-bogglingly — maybe even unnervingly — realistic, you should see the life-size versions.

As part of its “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Exhibition,” which tours Asia from April through July, the company is producing full-size statues “that will embody the meticulously crafted details” fans are accustomed to seeing in the collectible figures. Those include replicas of Captain America and Thor that could easily be mistaken for Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, and entire teams of  nearly 10-feet-tall Hulkbusters and 8-feet-tall Ultron Primes.

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