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At long last, Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figure of the Scarlet Witch, Hydra operative turned Ultron ally turned one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
As with all the previous releases from Hot Toys, the 1/6th-scale action figure is “movie-accurate,” and based on the likeness of actress Elizabeth Olsen. Standing about 11 inches tall, the Scarlet Witch features 28 points of articulation, eight interchangeable hands (including some with red translucent fingertips), two power-using effects accessories, two necklaces, a display stand and, as a bonus … Ultron’s heart.
Disney today unveiled a line of toys and wearable accessories that’s billed as “the next step in the evolution of play.”
More than two years in the making, Playmation uses motion sensors and wireless technology to encourage children to be more active during playtime, sending them off to run, jump and shoot as they set off on missions and battle their opponents.
Hot Wheels, whose relationship with Marvel dates back to 1979, is teaming with the publisher for a Comic-Con International-exclusive Secret Wars Character Car 3-Pack.
Available for preorder at MattyCollector.com, it features die-cast cars representing Miles Morales, Superior Iron Man and Sam Wilson’s Captain America, each with is own window-box display with custom art by Jim Cheung, plus a book-style slipcase.
Dear Mr. Andrews,
Forgive the Victorian formality of this letter as, while we have never met in person, I have been a great admirer of your work for a few years now. Your wonderful covers for the Incredible Hulk saved me from a rough time when Bruce Jones was writing the series.
It’s funny how we tend to blame the creative team when the book is “bad,” but can often seem like we’re praising the characters when the book is “good.” I don’t assume that’s always the case, but it goes a long way in explaining the fear readers have when there’s a creative change to a title, whether that’s the artist and writer of a comic, or an actor or director on a movie. In the hands of someone we don’t trust, don’t like or who simply doesn’t fit our “vision,” we can fear for the character’s safety more than we do the story the change might lead to.
When Electronic Arts shuttered EA Chicago in late 2007, the plug was pulled on an unfinished Marvel fighting game that had languished in development for some time. The big selling point of the game, as Polygon recounted in this 2013 overview, was the ability for players to wreak havoc on their surroundings, bringing down buildings, statues and elevated trains as the characters exchanged blows. It was so big, the rumor was that the game would be called Marvel: Destruction.
If neither Cerebro nor the Eye of Agamatto can provide the information you’re looking for, it’s time to turn to iMarvel.
Following a week-long buildup, Samsung this morning officially debuted its Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, a collaboration with Marvel to celebrate the “technological innovation and creative visual storytelling in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
As expected, the smartphone goes beyond a mere red-and-gold color scheme; there’s an Iron Man helmet etched on the back, a wireless charger designed to look like an arc reactor, 64GB of storage, and customized software with new icons and fonts.
Sorry for the absence, but I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, in and out of the country this month, which has taught me a valuable lesson: the English language makes no sense.
English is complicated, difficult to learn for non-native speakers (and heck, even some native speakers!); it’s a mishmash of other languages just kind of thrown in a blender with a hope for the best. It’s amazing it’s gotten us so far, but it’s also easy to see why communication gets so tangled up between people when the words we use can be so imperfect.
Take, for example, that English doesn’t have a standard plural for “you.” In the United States, we have regional forms of a plural “you,” but there’s not a standard one taught that I know of. That makes direct speech all sound personal, when the speaker might be generalizing more to a group rather than than the person sitting down to read this right now (hi, Mom). I can say something like “You read comics” and, for the most part, be correct; if you’re visiting this site, you probably read comics in one form or another. But if I say “You also watch Game of Thrones,” that’s a lot more hit-and-miss.
A mere week after tantalizing fans with an image of the glowing box, Samsung has unveiled a new teaser for the Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge, accompanied by the words “Coming Next Week.”
The shadowy image provides a slightly better idea of what to expect when the smartphone arrives: It’s, of course, red and gold, and — like the glowing box — boasts an image of Iron Man’s helmet. We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out whether it features its own J.A.R.V.I.S.
With its Variant Play Arts Kai line, Square Enix reimagines familiar characters, ranging from Darth Vader to the Dark Knight. After teasing the prototype in February at Toy Fair, the company today officially unveiled its new take on Thor, and seldom has Marvel’s god of thunder looked so pumped, so angry and so metal.
This action figure isn’t a radical departure for the character (a Dark Ages-inspired makeover might’ve been fun), but it’s definitely interesting, with bulging veins, armor for days, and a hammer that’s half Thor’s height. The swinging Mjolnir attachment and lightning effect are nice touches.
I’d never really thought about it, but considering Daredevil’s blindness and sonar vision, it would’ve made way more sense for the Man Without Fear to be named “Batman.” Well, except for those pesky trademark issues, and the Caped Crusader’s 25-year head start.
Dorkly’s Andrew Bridgman makes the case in this funny animated video that finds the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen struggling to rationalize his costumed identity, only to find his shaky argument further undermined by the appearance of Ghost Rider. Sorry, Matt, from now on you’re “New Batman.”
David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.
As promised, Hot Toys has unveiled a new wave of adorable Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby figures that not only includes the Vision but also — brace yourselves! — Black Widow.
They’re joined by 3.75-inch bobblehead versions of Ultron Prime, Ultron Mark I, Iron Man Mark XLV, War Machine II and, in the collectible set of seven, Tony Stark, holding a teeny-tiny helmet.
Even as we eagerly await details about Samsung’s Iron Man-edition Galaxy S6 Edge, ColorWare has unveiled a custom iPhone 6 Black Widow that’s not only pricey, but also not the Black Widow phone Marvel fans were hoping for.
Sure, it’s black and red, and sports the hourglass emblem. But it also featured raised web details, signaling that it has nothing to with the Soviet super-spy turned Avengers (or even Spider-Man, for that matter). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice-looking phone; it just strikes me as a bit misleading (yes, I’m aware of the black widow spider, but I call shenanigans).
Although you may not be ready to save the galaxy, you will be able to save your change in this Green Lantern battery vinyl bank from Diamond Select Toys.
Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the bank is based on the Green Lantern power battery shown in the Justice League animated series. There’s a coin slot and top and and access door in the base. Presumably you’re required to recite the Green Lantern Oath each time you take own money. Set to arrive in October, it’s available for preorder now.