On a brisk afternoon in January, a collective of custom action figure creators banded together to present their works to a captive audience in a tiny gallery in Manhattan. An art show on a weekend is nothing new for the Meatpacking district, but it's rare for the likes of Aragorn, Wolverine, Mr. Freeze and the Mario Brothers to be the stars of the show.
The custom creation side of the hobby has been around almost as long as action figures have been in existence. In recent years, however, the do-it-yourself-ers that were once relegated to sharing their work on forums and chat rooms have found a larger audience thanks to the advent of better social networks and sharing options on the Internet. The rise to prominence of Instagram and Tumblr have given these artists a way to share their unique takes on familiar faces or even wholly original creations with more people than ever.
If you thought Hot Toys was only going to release sixth-scale faithful recreations of the Avengers roster as it exists in Avengers: Age of Ultron, you were wrong. The Chinese toymaker just announced a new line of designer figures, which will debut with a collection of six characters from the upcoming Marvel sequel.
The Artist Mix line is a new way for Hot Toys to offer a bit more diversity in its catalog, while also allowing the company to partner up with designers and artists that provide a style radically different from what we're used to seeing from the high-end manufacturer. For this first wave, Hot Toys has teamed with toy designer Touma to craft mini, bobble head versions of Iron Man, Captain America and Ultron.
Seems like you can't check the internet these days without a new monthly mystery box subscription being announced. From geeky flavored subscriptions like Loot Crate and Nerdblock, to lifestyle selections like Birchbox and The Gentleman's Box, there's something for everyone.
Typically filled with a random assortment of goodies based around a theme, these boxes have offered subscribers a way to try new things without spending too much cash. However, we've rarely seen a single brand put out a box based solely on its own goods. That's where Funko's and Marvel's new Collector Corps hopes to stand out.
The Mad Titan finally gets his sixth-scale due from Hot Toys later this year. Based on his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, the big bad behind the scenes in Marvel's cinematic universe, Thanos, will soon be able to join the rest of the incredibly elaborate rogues already released as Hot Toys, like Loki, Red Skull and Iron Monger.
You know, it really seems like this should've happened before now, but next month, Barbie is finally becoming a superhero. On Wednesday at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, Mattel revealed the next line of Barbie dolls, featuring Super Sparkle, the super-powered alter ego of Princess Kara (who is also Barbie), who got incredible super-powers from being kissed on the cheek by a magical butterfly.
For what seems like an eternity, Lego and Marvel fans alike have been looking forward to the brickmaker's take on SHIELD's iconic mobile headquarters, the Helicarrier. After years of waiting, the dream came true. This March, Lego will release a massive scale replica of the high-flying fortress, complete with the world's first ever Maria Hill mini-figure.
Coming in at just under 3,000 pieces (2,996 to be exact), the Lego SHIELD Helicarrier isn't just going to be a beast to put together, at 31 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 11 inches tall, it's also going to be one of the largest Lego sets in the Marvel Super Hero Line (though it's still a bit smaller than the Lego Super Star Destroyer from Star Wars). It should be noted, the Helicarrier being released is going to be based on the first Avengers film, and not Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, the mini-figures included are all based on the costumes Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury and Maria Hill are wearing in the latest film. And yes, you read that right; there will be two female figures included, even if it will cost you $349.99 to get them.
DC fan-favorite Li'l Gotham might not be around any more, but that doesn't mean it's been forgotten completely. After already getting the action figure treatment from DC Collectibles late last year, now Kotobukiya has announced plans for its own unique take on the characters from Derek Fridolfs' and Dustin Nguyen's alternate Bat-verse.
The deluge of Avengers: Age of Ultron merchandise is almost upon us, and in some places, it's already begun. We got our hands on some of Hasbro's Age of Ultron All-Star Series figures ahead of their scheduled release, and while they lack the articulation of the Marvel Infinite series, they get the job done well enough.
Funko's had its hand in just about every major license on the planet since its wildly successful and lucrative Funko Pop vinyl figures became a hit. So it should come as no surprise to learn Funko has a whole range of Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles planned.
In standard Funko fashion, you can expect to find Pop! vinyls of all your favorite Avengers... provided of course that they're the male members of the team. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Hawkeye (and his ridiculous trenchcoat) will all be available this March. Joining them for the first time will be Ultron and the Vision, with a very atypical magenta and grey color scheme.
Revealed earlier this year at Toy Soul, Hot Toys' Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America finally got the spotlight this weekend with a host of new images. The first official pictures of Hot Toys' upcoming Captain America, the eighth such figure of Steve Rogers, show off his new Avengers uniform in great detail, as well as the all-new shield he'll equip in the sequel this May.
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