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Hot Toys Iron Man MK XLIII Makes Me Eat My Words [Review]

Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man MK XLIII Limited Edition

I give Hot Toys a lot of grief over the amount of Iron Man figures its released since the first movie arrived back in 2008. Over the course of the last seven years, there have been more than 40 different Iron Man sixth-scale figures (including Tony Starks) crafted by Hot Toys. New armors or variants seemingly get announced every week, and with Iron Man set to appear in at least a few more Marvel movies over the next four years, it's a trend that will likely continue, too. However, in all that time, I've only ever purchased one figure based on the license, and even that was a Tony Stark figure, not a true Iron Man suit of armor.

Given just how many armors have been released by Hot Toys, you'd think it would be hard to craft a piece that truly stands out among it peers. To an extent, that's true enough of the Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man MK XLIII sixth-scale figure. Just like its movie counterpart, the Hot Toys MK XLIII is a repainted MK XLII from Iron Man 3, which swaps the red and gold color arrangement. But that's just on the surface. Where this figure sets itself apart is in the little details, and sometimes that kind of attention to minutiae can make all the difference.

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Hot Toys Announces a New Iron Man MK XLV Figure, Sun Rises, Sky is Blue

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Hot Toys

Did you know Hot Toys makes Iron Man figures? This week, the company announced its 51st Iron Man collectible. Just for a frame of reference, there have only been around 310 Movie Masterpiece figures (its most recognized series). Forty-nine of them have been sixth-scale Iron Man armors or Tony Starks, which means 16% of all Hot Toys figures are Iron Man in some capacity. Think about that.

The company's quarter-scale line hasn't been quite as robust, but in two out of the six are also Iron Man pieces. We've already seen the Iron Man MK XLIII 1/4 figure, but now the MK XLV will join him. Fresh from its silver screen appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the MK XLV armor is just the sixth quarter-scale figure Hot Toys has ever developed. It's got all the bells and whistles you're likely accustomed to seeing from Hot Toys at this point, but this week has officially pushed Hot Toys' Iron Man collection into Fatal Attraction levels of obsession.

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Pepper Potts Finally Gets Her Hot Toys Due

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Hot Toys

Pepper Potts is finally getting hers, and it only took seven years and four dozen other Iron Man figures for Hot Toys to finally make its way to one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most powerful women.

I was never a huge fan of Pepper Potts until a few years ago. Prior to Matt Fraction's and Salvador Larocca's run on Invincible Iron Man, I didn't much have a feeling about her one way or another, save for her appearances in the Iron Man films. I didn't even read Iron Man regularly enough before Invincible to have a firm grasp of her history. None of that mattered though once she became Rescue. Though Rescue's time in the comics was relatively short, the impact on fandom was long-lasting.

We never got the Rescue figure from Hasbro the company teased as part of its Iron Man 3 line a few years ago, and I've been steadily complaining and questioning why, after so many Tony Starks, Hot Toys hadn't delivered so much as an alternate head sculpt for Pepper Potts and the MK XLII. Today, I couldn't be happier. We're finally getting the Pepper figure we've so desperately needed.

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Joe Phillips’ ‘Silver Screen Heroes’ Imagines an Old Hollywood Take on Superhero Movies

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Joe Phillips' table in Artists' Alley is always an essential stop for me at San Diego Comic Con. The former Heretic and Superboy artist is one of the only guys at any comics show who can always be counted on for a great selection of quality beefcake pin-ups that rival the cheesecake that's so prevalent on other artists' tables. If you're in the market for a coquettish Angel, or a stripping Steve Rogers, Joe Phillips is your man.

But this year Phillips had something new on his table --- and so incredibly camp that it may appeal to much of the same audience that loves the hero beefcake. Phillips has taken some of the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood and cast them as some of the biggest names in superhero comics, to give fans a vision of what these movies might have looked like in another era.

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ESPN Magazine and Marvel Team Up For A Superhero ‘Body Issue’

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If you needed any further proof that Marvel is now fully a part of the Walt Disney Company family, look no further than a new collaboration with ESPN (also a subsidiary of Disney).

A group of Marvel artists --- Alex Maleev, Sara Pichelli, Emanuela Lupacchino, Lenil Francis Yu, Frank Cho, Russell Dauterman, Mike Deodato, Jim Cheung and Greg Land --- have contributed original art of Daredevil, Captain Marvel, Medusa, Luke Cage, She-Hulk, Iron Fist, Iron Man, The Hulk and Ant-Man to a "superhero edition" of ESPN Magazine's famous "Body Issue," an annual celebration of athletic physiques (with lots of pictures of naked people).

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The Great ComicsAlliance and ScreenCrush Funko Pop Giveaway

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Hey, hey! It looks like it's time for another Funko Pop giveaway. ScreenCrush and ComicsAlliance are teaming up to offer up another selection of the collectible figurines fans just can't help but gobble up. From movies and comics to television and video games, Funko's reach knows no bounds, and neither does the adoration of collectors around the world from all walks of life.

Fortunately, we're going to make it a tiny bit easier for fans of characters like Deadpool, Wolverine, Boba Fett and Ant-Man to get their hands on these coveted cuties. For the next few weeks, we'll be tossing up these little heroes on Twitter, so if you aren't already following either @ComicsAlliance or @ScreenCrushNews, it might behoove you to tune in to our feeds if you hope to get your hands on one.

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All New, All Different Marvel: Your Guide to the Avengers Solo Books

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We've covered the X-Men, and the Avengers teams. Now we're into potentially the biggest group, the Avengers solo titles, which includes some heroes getting their own ongoing books for the first time. In fact, this group is so sprawling, we've held a couple of characters who are technically Avengers for a later post. Everyone is an Avenger now. Jonathan Hickman made it unwieldy. So here are just eight of the infinite solo Avengers titles.

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New ‘Ant-Man’ Posters Include Some ‘Avengers’ Cameos

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Marvel

Marvel needs all the help it can get in promoting Ant-Man, a superhero who’s not nearly as well known as Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. So, how do you give the film a boost? Well, you call in some help from Captain America, Thor and Iron Man.

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Iron Men Can’t Jump (or Avenge the Rim): Adidas Releasing Avengers Retro Basketball Sneakers

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Adidas

Everyone wants a piece of the Avengers pie. When a movie with a global audience this large is at stake, there's no brand deal that doesn't make sense to at least attempt. We've already seen Under Armour, Samsung and Gillette, among others, team up with Marvel and Disney to produce a few Avengers-themed goods. It would seem however, that Adidas, already responsible for Quicksilver's sneakers, isn't content with just running shoes with Avengers designs.

According to Chinese sneaker site Dunk, Adidas is planning on revisiting some of its more well-known basketball sneakers from years past, albeit with a comic book twist. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor will all get retrofitted onto kicks from the Adidas catalog, though your mileage may vary as to how attractive these shoes really are. Though I guess it doesn't really matter given that comic book-themed footwear for adults is rather limited outside of Journeys.

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Hot Wheels Enters the Secret Wars With SDCC Exclusive

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Mattel

For years, Mattel's Hot Wheels line has been bringing the very best comic book and superhero vehicles to life. We've gotten dozens of different Batmobiles over the years, and characters like the Avengers and Spider-Man have gotten their own vehicles with cool designs and paint jobs for almost as long as Hot Wheels has been in existence. At this year's San Diego Comic Con, that trend will continue with an exclusive Secret Wars-themed three-pack.

Featuring Captain America (Sam Wilson), Superior Iron Man, and Spider-Man (Miles Morales), the Hot Wheels Marvel Secret Wars Character Car 3-Pack will give each of these characters their own new model of sophisticated auto-weirdness. They'll also all come in a window box display, showing the cars in action as if they were the heroes themselves. For reasons.

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