It certainly looks like Iron Man, all right - but with the red, gold and silver even more diffuse than ever. And the damaged Ultron Mark I it comes with indicates that perhaps evil was born when Tony Stark's usual sense of color coordination just fell the fuck by the wayside.
The figure is made of diecast metal, and
...specially crafted based on the image of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Mark XLIII in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted Tony Stark helmeted head sculpt, metallic red, gold and silver armor with weathered effects, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama base with a damaged Ultron Mark I. A special edition will be available for selected markets which includes a LED lighted battle damaged helmet as bonus accessory.And if you think this'll be expensive, just wait till they do the Hulkbuster suit. Enjoy your window-shopping boner while it lasts.
With the first of these hitting stores now, mostly to popular acclaim (though there has been talk of brittle ankles that need hairdryer treatment first), MTV News just revealed the next series, due out in July. It includes perhaps the most iconic version of Batman from the animated shows, plus Riddler, Penguin and Batgirl.
I've never been one for the animated style, but even I kinda want that Batman. So they must have done a pretty good job.
Check out the other figures over at MTV.com.
h/t Justo Fajardo
One of the critical hits of this year's movie award season has been Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). It's about a movie star best known for playing a superhero called Birdman back in the '90s. Two decades later, this guy, played by Michael Keaton, is struggling to mount his own stage adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, at Broadway's St. James Theatre.
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the talented Mexican behind Amores Perros, 21 Grams and others, Birdman is an impressive piece of filmmaking. It also has its "meta" aspect, in its loose parallels with the career of Keaton, who more than two decades later is still associated with his starring role in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman and its sequel Batman Returns (1992). Although Keaton has worked prolifically, often to critical acclaim, in the years since, he is, perhaps, perceived as never quite having fully shaken off the cowl and cape.
Birdman has changed that; this week it racked up the SAG and Golden Globe nominations, and it will almost certainly land Keaton an Oscar nomination, and his won't be the only one. But for all the movie's undeniable merit, I find myself lagging behind the critical bandwagon; I can't bring myself to jump all the way on. Certain aspects of Birdman have been irritating me since I saw it, and more than a couple of them are nerd-relevant.
He's the toy I always wanted at age 14.
Well, okay, technically I might have had more fun with the 4" scale one from Mattel as he would have been in scale with GI Joes...and also an acceptable sculpt by 1989 standards. But for 2014, this is the guy I want. With the exception of one detail, I'm quite happy.More >>
Sorry, Penguins of Madagascar...smiling and waving won't cut it with this guy. He's cute, but don't mistake those fearsome flippers for happy feet. This peng-wing (TM Cumberbatch) may not be able to take to the air, but he can fly your ass to the slammer, because in Antarctica City One, he is the law. The very, very cute law.
Oh, and since he's not articulated, he can't actually point the gun at you. Unless he's lying down, looking up at the stars. Don't count on them distracting him.
Following an initial series of ads featuring '80s toys, Honda follows up with a holiday themed set, featuring the likes of Jem, GI Joe, and of course Eternia's two greatest foes. Entitled "Jingle Bros," it's mainly Skeletor rapping about how he and He-Man are pals now, and showcasing what they do together. It really doesn't have anything to do with selling cars - Skeletor rides off on Panthor rather than a Battle Ram or anything - but it does feature a disturbing moment when Skelly and He-Man both get matching She-Ra "heart" tattoos.
I guess it's cool that bone-dome loves his niece and all - but the artwork just makes me think of something more than familial, especially since no canon has ever made clear that Skeletor knows he's related to her.More >>
Listen: it is fantastic that Sigourney Weaver finally agreed to let Alien and Aliens figures be based on her specific license, rather than a generic female sculpt. Especially since she allowed the subpar-at-best Avatar figures from Mattel to kinda-sorta look like her.
But without diminishing that, why aren't more people celebrating the first lifelike Tom Skerritt figure? Star of Alien, M*A*S*H (the movie), Top Gun, The Dead Zone (movie AND TV show), SpaceCamp, Picket Fences and so much more...the man has been acting since 1962, and at last he is immortalized in a pink samurai spacesuit. As a character with the manly name of Dallas.
Skerritt. Real man wearing pink. Toy. This is awesome, you guys. Bow down.
Evidently, they fight for love.
Hey, remember when your brain said a Commando John Matrix figure was the last thing Hot Toys would make? It lied. So let off some steam and pick this baby up. He comes with every accessory you'd ever need, except for a deer to feed and an ice cream cone to cutely smash into his face.
It is my contention, and always has been, that aside from the genuinely great movies Schwarzenegger somehow finagled his way into (Conan, Terminator, Total Recall, etc.), Commando is his best - the prototypical super-Schwarz movie that has him doing things like picking up a phone both with his bare hands. And there were a couple of really bad tie-in figures in the '80s, but this is the first since then, and the only one you need. Well, maybe...a Vernon Wells Bennett would be great too, but nobody's gonna pay $250 for it.
For quite some time now, the "Pony Cum Jar Project" has been going down in the shadows, with one anonymous man collecting all of his ejaculations in a jar, containing a Rainbow Dash toy. This week, the man was horrified to find that the jar, which had been stored too close to a heat radiator, had evidently caramelized the glucose in his semen. The resulting stench was reportedly too unbarable to continue the "project".Okay then.
I cannot add to this. Just...how?
I will never sleep again. Or eat. Or sexually function. Tell my wife kids ain't happening, if you please. It's monastery time.
National holidays don't often yield a ton of news, but we have 14 fun fragments here for your amusement, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112 and troi.More >>