For years, Hot Toys has been releasing licensed figures as part of its Movie Masterpieces line. Anticipation for what the 300th figure in the long-running collection would be started peaking earlier this year as the number of new announcements drew us ever-closer to the magical tricentennial collectible.
If you've been following the company's release slate for the past seven years, you'd know Hot Toys has a certain affinity for Iron Man. As such, it came as little surprise to learn that Hot Toys MMS 300 would be yet again another Iron Man figure. Hey, at least it's an all-new design this time.
After not so subtly teasing a special variant edition of its new Galaxy S6 Edge for the past week, Samsung has formally unveiled the Iron Man edition of the new smartphone. As part of a brand partnership with Marvel, Samsung has already released a handful of Avengers themed goods like phone cases for the Galaxy S6 and a wireless charger that looks like Captain America's shield. All of those goods however, pale in comparison to a phone designed to put Iron Man right in your pocket. Sort of.
The second wave of Hot Toys' Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby figures was announced this week, this time giving some love to the under-appreciated true stars of the film, Vision and Black Widow. Seven more figures will join the line, which already includes the likes of Thor, Captain America and Ultron, all of which are rendered in adorable chibi fashion.
We've already seen the rest of Bandai's planned offerings from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the Hulkbuster was teased not that long ago. Now we've got our first official look at the magnificent beast, and it is glorious. And expensive.
There are currently very few ways to get a standalone Hulkbuster action figure, and there are even fewer ways to get one at a reasonable price. While the price point on the upcoming SH Figuarts Hulkbuster is likely to turn many of you away, it is still quite a bit cheaper than the Hot Toys version. It'll also be just a tad bit more expensive than trying to hunt down all the figures in Hasbro's Hulkbuster BAF wave coming this summer.
Whenever you watch a major action set piece in a modern movie, you are watching a sequence that probably came together months before the cameras started rolling. Complicated effects-driven scenes are often assembled in an early rough form so that the actual shooting of the scene can go smoothly. Avengers: Age of Ultron was no different; to watch the animatic of the massive battle between Iron Man and the Hulk is to watch how an action scene can change from origin to execution.
While we've been seeing the core team's new Hot Toys incarnations over the course of the past few months, Vision is the first new Avenger we've been deemed worthy enough to get a look at. He's also the perfect example of how ideas are sometimes better as a concept than in execution.
Beware, faithful readers, there be some light spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron in the images.
The Avengers are very famous indeed. After the success of their second movie as a team — and the tenth movie to feature any of the members — the Marvel heroes have a presence and profile in our culture like never before. It's a strange new reality to adjust to for those of us who remembers when co-workers, cousins and schoolmates had no knowledge of Iron Man or Black Widow, and perhaps only the vaguest idea about Captain America, and they thought of the Hulk as a sad man named David with flared trousers and a haunting piano theme.
Now millions know these characters and could probably pick them out of a line-up. But the non-comics audience knows slightly different versions of the characters than the ones we might be used to. Sometimes the changes made from page to screen are for the better, sometimes for the worse, and sometimes they're... just different. In the best cases, the movies offer brilliant new takes on the characters that inform and refresh their comic book counterparts. So with that in mind, where does Avengers: Age of Ultron leave the best-known versions of these heroes?
This article contains extensive spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's been out for almost two weeks; you should have seen it by now.
Ever wanted to just rip open every single blind packaged figure in a box? We sure have. This week, our desire reached critical mass, and we splurged on box of Funko's Avengers: Age of Ultron Mystery Minis to see if we could get the whole set.
Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie-going world has now been introduced to one of the stranger Marvel heroes, the synthetic android Vision, played onscreen by Paul Bettany. A sightly spooky kinda-robot with feel feelings (sometimes) and a crush on a witch, and a mechanical dad and magic babies (but not really), he's a confusing character to get to grips with, which makes him the idea subject for the recurring feature we call Comics, Everybody! Cartoonist Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Again and colorist Jordan Gibson are here to educate you about Vision's complicated history of upgrades, downgrades, and reboots.
This week, the agents and the Descendants are on a collision course; everyone tries to trick, manipulate, and position everyone else; and someone doesn't make it out of the episode in one piece. 'Scars' was directed by Bobby Roth and written by Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc. The episode and this recap contain spoilers for Age of Ultron.
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