As a character who has had more than his fair share of costumes over the years, trying to nail down a definitive look for Wolverine might seem impossible. While the blue and gold tiger stripe motif might have been more frequently used throughout the years, fans have always held his brown uniform in high regard.
Debuting in the '80s, the brown costume gained significance not just from the comics, but from its prominence in animated and video game X-Men adventures. Though Wolverine hasn't broken out the classic duds himself for some time (his son Daken did for a hot minute), Sideshow Collectibles is taking a dip into the nostalgia pool for its next premium format figure.
Though we've known Hot Toys was planning on making Ant-Man figures to tie into the upcoming feature film, nobody was expecting the first full reveal to be part of the Artist's Mix line. Based on designs by Japanese artist Touma, the Artist's Mix got its start with Avengers: Age of Ultron. While that series has seen multiple waves already announced, we're probably only going to get this one set of three figures from Ant-Man.
The Artist Mix line is unlike Hot Toys' bread and butter sixth-scale collection, and offers highly stylized interpretations of characters is static poses. While Hot Toys has hinted that other artists might be taking part in the line in the future, so far both Avengers and Ant-Man have been handled by Touma. Where I wasn't particularly crazy about the Avengers designs, I actually dig the Ant-Man figures a little bit more. That's mostly due to the fact that all the faces are hidden by helmets.
Following suit with the Batman: Black and White and Superman: Man of Steel signature designer statue lines, Wonder Woman finally got her own line last year. Dubbed Wonder Woman: The Art of War, the series presents full-color depictions of the Amazonian warrior from some of the most iconic artists in DC's employ. These interpretations don't have to be tied to any specific era or version of the character, and merely allow creators like George Perez, Jill Thompson, Cliff Chiang and more to put their own spin on the most powerful woman in comics.
While I'm not personally a fan of Finch's often over-rendered pages and inconsistent character models, the good thing about a statue is that you can't over-hatch it. Thanks to the deft craftsmanship of sculptor Clayburn Moore, the Wonder Woman: The Art of War by David Finch statue manages to be inspired by Finch's work without being held back by the artist's own shortcomings.
Remember a simpler time in the Marvel Universe when there weren't all kinds of multiverses flying around, there were just a bunch of different colored Hulks punching each other in the face? Kotobukiya remembers. Announced as the third and final San Diego Comic-Con exclusive from the Japanese collectible company, the Red She-Hulk Bishoujo recalls a time when the formerly departed Betty Ross was resurrected by the Leader after being in cryogenic stasis, and then imbued with the same powers that turned her father, Thunderbolt Ross, into the Red Hulk.
As Red She-Hulk, Betty gained some really outrageous strength and power; so much so that she could punch through dimensions. Think about that. Take your time. Hey, at least Jeph Loeb is consistent...-ly questionable. Anyway, Red She-Hulk actually makes a pretty decent variant figure on the existing She-Hulk Bishoujo, and when you factor in the new sculpting incorporated to further differentiate her beyond the level of gamma-irradiated melanin in her skin.
The summer of San Diego Comic-Con exclusive announcements continues ahead of this year's show with another impressive effort from Lego. After already announcing a few Star Wars sets and a Marvel exclusive or two for SDCC, Lego finally unveiled a DC Comics selection for the big event. Commemorating the first appearance of Superman, the Lego DC Super Heroes Action Comics set will be available for the first time in a limited quantity at SDCC 15.
The exclusive was unveiled on Collider, as were the first details of how much it'll cost, and how incredibly arduous the process will be in trying to obtain one for yourself. The set comes in at a surprising 145 pieces, which seems like a lot until you look at just how many bricks are being used in the car alone. It's actually a very nice recreation of Joe Shuster's original cover, minus the panicked man in the corner, the guy Superman almost crushes beneath the car, and the cowardly criminal already speeding off into the sunset.
Since the dawn of time, mailaway action figures have been a staple of the scene. That is, if you consider the dawn of time to be the day Kenner started releasing Star Wars figures. Though the trend has died down significantly in the era of the Internet, exclusives are still a very important part of toy collecting. As one of the final companies to offer mailaway incentives, the now defunct ToyFare magazine was one of the last bastions of trend.
Say what you will about the Wizard magazine empire, but for a long time, it's brand of geek culture coverage was all many of us had. ToyFare in particular was a great place for collectors to see what was coming, learn the history of industry, and to see how the sausage was made. What made the magazine even more special were the brand partnerships that allowed ToyFare to offer a variety of different collectibles based on Marvel, DC, animation and indie comic characters. Plus, you didn't have have cash and a dozen UPCs to send in to get your hands on something as rudimentary as a William "Refrigerator" Perry figure.
While it was a tad controversial when Emma Frost got her new black costume in Uncanny X-Men, she's completely owned the look, as she has with all of her costumes through the years. As one of the most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe, her confidence knows no bounds. That attitude is captured perfectly in the new statue from Kotobukiya.
As part of the planned Uncanny X-Men line, which is designed by Adi Granov, the Emma Frost statue realizes the teacher's full potential in 3D form. The line follows a similarly-styled series based on Granov's take on the Avengers from Marvel Now. A complete team including Cyclops (due in October), Magik, Wolverine, Magneto, Beast and Rogue is planned, but so far only the mutant power couple has been shown beyond concept art.
Many of us have been fans of the numerous limited collectibles Mondo's released since the company got its start. Over the years, there have been countless movie posters, soundtracks, VHS tapes and other niche items offered by Mondo, with more and more seemingly coming each and every day. Recently, Mondo started dipping its toes into the figure/statue game, with a fully-articulated Iron Giant and a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turltes pieces already on the way.
Today, Mondo took another step towards obscure geek memorabilia masters with the announcement of the First Hellboy statue. Before appearing in his own self-titled series, Hellboy existed merely as a sketch done by creator Mike Mignola at a convention in the early '90s. This First Hellboy shared a few things in common with his eventual successor, but lacked the trenchcoat, Right Hand of Doom, killer sideburns and proclivity for pamcakes. Now, nearly 25 years later, the First Hellboy is finally getting his due.
Despite the numerous Lego-fied versions of the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that clogged YouTube just days after Batfleck questioned the Man of Steel's hemorrhaging capabilities, there's been little word from Lego itself about potential sets based on Warner Bros. 2016 tentpole film. There was little doubt the block maker would release tie-in sets based on the success of its DC Super Heroes line, as well as the fact that Man of Steel got three sets of its own a few years back. However, today, the Lego Group confirmed that there would indeed be BvS:DoJ collectibles coming in 2016.
Batman's starred in his fair share of Lego sets. Actually, he's been in pretty much every single DC set Lego has produced since 1949, as well as numerous video games and movies. Lego loves Batman. Superman has been less of a favorite (last) son for Lego, but he's also been abundantly present in the Lego catalog in recent years. Getting the two of them in a set together isn't the most amazing news, but that these sets will be based on the movie does bode well for our chances of seeing more Justice Leaguers like Wonder Woman and Aquaman as Lego characters.
Ever wanted your own butler, but didn't have the vast resources of an orphaned billionaire playboy genius? Well thanks to Kotobukiya, you'll finally have a chance to take home an Alfred of your own... albeit one that comes at 1/10 scale, and doesn't really do much but stand there and look dapper.
The Alfred Pennyworth ArtFX+ statue is the first of three San Diego Comic-Con exclusives Koto will have on hand at this year's show. The most famous butler in the known world will fit in nicely with the rest of the previously released Batman family ArtFX+ statues, all of which come in 1/10 scale (~8").
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