One of the key sequences of Marvel's blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron was the knock-down, drag-em-out fight between the Hulk and Iron Man. For months, Marvel had teased the big throwdown in commercials and trailers, and the final fight in the film definitely delivered on the carnage and chaos one would expect of such a massive slugfest. While the version we got to see in theaters featured a slightly hazy-eyed, green Hulk doing all that damage, that wasn't always the plan. In fact, Hulk was supposed to turn a bit grayer when under the influence of Scarlet Witch.
Though that version never made it into the film due to the creative team finding it too jarring for audiences to see the Hulk drastically change color like that, the spirit of that change lives on through Kotobukiya's Avengers: Age of Ultron statue set. Already, Koto has released the normal versions of the Hulkbuster and Hulk set it produced, but a variant version of the Hulk is being offered as an exclusive through Entertainment Earth. Courtesy of the online retailer, we have an exclusive version of the Kotobukiya Avengers: Age of Ultron Rampaging Hulk ArtFX statue to give away.
Just because there's not a new movie on the slate for a few years doesn't mean you've seen the last of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Avengers, my friends. Aside from guest-starring in each others movies at an increasingly exponential rate, there's still an endless array of collectibles based on these silver screen heroes coming, too. Kotobukiya's been steadily putting out Avengers: Age of Ultron collectibles to bolster its already impressive Marvel line-up, and next up the company will be bringing Iron Man's latest armor to life in 1/6 scale.
While there have been a multitude of Iron Man pieces over the past seven years, the collectible market is always just a tiny bit behind when it comes to the most recent incarnation of Tony Stark's armor. Very rarely are the most current suits available when they first appear on film. However, just as the Age of Ultron is about to hit home video, Koto has announced pre-orders for its Iron Man MK XLV ArtFX statue. Even though it won't be actually available until January 2016, this first look at the piece does show plenty of promise in Iron Man's new duds... which will be outdated just a few months later in Captain America: Civil War.
Black Panther hasn't quite gotten his fair share of collectibles, but with the ruler of Wakanda about to step into the spotlight in a major way, that looks to change dramatically in the coming year. Though he's been a mainstay of the Marvel comic verse for some time now, and particularly in the past few years with a prominent role in what was the Marvel Now phase that Marvel is abandoning after Secret Wars, there's been very little for fans of the character to purchase to show their adoration beyond the page.
Teased at San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, Kotobukiya will be bringing T'Challa to life in an absolutely amazing statue that perfectly captures the spirit of the character. The Black Panther Fine Arts statue looked impressive in its prototype form when we saw it back in July, and it doesn't appear to have gone through many changes since. That's a good thing.
With the New 52's arrival a few years ago, Tim Drake moved out of the Batcave and shed his Robin uniform for a new home and new duds. Taking up the Red Robin persona, Drake has focused primarily on being the leader of the Teen Titans, though he still finds the time to aid Batman when the call is made. No matter how far from home the bird flies, he'll always be a part of the Bat-family, and his inclusion in Kotobukiya's growing Batman ArtFX+ statue line was a no-brainer.
Coming in at 7" tall, the piece (sculpted by Naoya Muto) captures Tim Drake in his cocky glory. So far the other characters in the series have all been relatively serious, with the exception of Damian Wayne who's always looking to stir up trouble. Red Robin's pose is a bit intimidating, but for reasons beyond a grim stature. Instead, you know just by looking at him that Tim Drake knows all your secrets, and will wipe the floor with you before you can even twitch.
Marvel's Deadpool is so insanely popular he got his own team book full of other Deadpools. That's a real thing that happened. One of those Deadpools just so happened to be his female incarnation from another dimension, Wanda Wilson. She's got all the abilities and powers of the standard 616 universe's Deadpool, minus the horrible recurring cancer (hers was completely healed). As such, she's actually not a scarred mess under the mask. She boldly sacrificed herself to save the universe from Galactipool, who was part of a massive evil Deadpool invasion of sorts. Now her memory can live on thanks to Kotobukiya and its bishoujo line.
Ilyana Rasputin has been a part of the X-Men family for decades, but her most recent incarnation as a member of Cyclops' Uncanny X-Men team has elevated her prominence in the Marvel Universe. She's had an incredibly complicated history, which is often a prerequisite for membership in the X-Men, but to be fair, she really came into her own in the Marvel Now era.
Now, after the success of the the ArtFX+ Avengers line, Kotobukiya has been filling out the roster of the Marvel Now X-Men. To this point, Cyclops and Emma Frost have been fully revealed, with Magik previously only being teased as a prototype at SDCC 2015. This week, Koto officially unveiled the painted prototype of the Adi Granov-designed statue, showing Illyana in her bad-ass splendor.
It's easy to get lost in the sea of companies offering statues, figures and other collectibles at San Diego Comic-Con, but it's awful hard to miss Kotobukiya's bright green banners wherever it sets up. With a display full of statues, the company's SDCC 2015 showings introduced new items a range of sizes and from a variety of licenses.
Yes, dear friends, July has arrived, and we draw ever closer to the ultimate comic book convention in the US, and quite possibly the world, San Diego Comic-Con. While many will venture the halls in hopes of seeing the first footage from the current crop of highly-anticipated blockbuster features, or to catch a fleeting glimpse of the hottest stars appearing in iconic roles, the real challenge of SDCC is reserved for the collectors. Yes, once a year, nearly every major toy, statue, replica and plush manufacturer releases a limited edition piece that can only be found on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center.
Devoted fans, aficionados and (unfortunately) re-sellers have been eagerly awaiting the chance to be one of the fortunate few who are able to obtain some of the rarest and most-coveted collectibles to release in a calendar year. Now, with just one week to go, we've gotten almost every last company to reveal its biggest secrets. Collected here for you is a comprehensive list of not just what will be available, but where it will be available, and how much it will cost you (should prices have been provided). This is every comic book toy and collectible exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
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.
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.
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