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Those impressive life-size Marvel Cinematic Universe statues will soon be available in North America, for the right price.
Bluefin Distribution has announced an exclusive agreement with Taiwan’s Beast Kingdom Toys to offer a lineup of 1:1-scale fiberglass replicas that includes the Hulkbuster, Hulk, Iron Man Mark XLIII, War Machine and Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Mark XLII and Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3.
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.
After revealing the first series in its new line of Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby bobbleheads last week, Hot Toys is back to tease the next two waves, which, yes, include Black Widow and Hawkeye.
There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.
Last year we spotlighted a pretty stylish Dark Knight-inspired motorcycle helmet, but what if you prefer, say, The Punisher, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Wonder Woman to Batman? AirGraffix has you covered.
The Mattoon, Illinois-based company specializes in custom-painted helmets that can transform the rider into everyone from Goku and Deadpool to Iron Man and Spawn. It’s not all superheroes or comic books, either; there’s an assortment of Star Wars, Transformers and Power Rangers designs, for starters.
Although many of us are lucky if our empty soda cans make it as far as the recycle bin, Japanese artist Makaon has found another purpose for them: as raw material for incredible sculptures of pop-culture icons, ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Sgt. Frog and the Catbus.
As you can see from the photos below, and from even more images on the artist’s blog and website, Makaon doesn’t take shortcuts; he even tracks down peach-colored labels for Mario and Luigi’s skin tones.
Considering James Rhodes’ impressive resume and references (Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, the President …), to say nothing of his multibillion-dollar armor, you’d think he would have a pretty great day job. However, as the video “War Machine at the Office” demonstrates, he faces many of the same problems other nine-to-fivers do: boorish co-workers, an insufferable boss and a troublesome photocopier.
On the plus side, he is, quite literally, a war machine, and is better equipped than the rest of us to handle that daily grind …
Marvel’s turning over a new leaf, so to speak, as it enters the Marvel NOW! era. But in that amid the flurry of new titles, new line-ups and new creators, we’re finding some notable absences — notable to us at least. While some missed heroes like Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Mockingbird have popped up in cameos here and there, there are still a significant number of popular players waiting to be brought onto the field. In this installment of “Six by 6,” we suss out six such characters and zero in on their last whereabouts, and where some of them might show up next.
Even if you’re not into cosplay, you have to admire the time and skill that went into creating this War Machine suit, which comes complete with opening and closing helmet, motorized weaponry and a glowing arc reactor. If you’re curious how the costume was made, Stefano Chiechi walks through the process on his YouTube page.
“Rhodey’s new armor, an upgrade to become Iron Man 2.0, emphasizes stealth, recon, infiltration, and combat readiness when boots hit the ground. The War Machine of tomorrow is lighter, leaner, and more adaptable, with the ability to bulk up and fortify for direct confrontations favoring strength over slyness. And it packs quite a few surprises when things get really hairy,” the book’s editor, Alejandro Arbona, told the site.