However you like your superheroes, this week’s collectible news and reveals probably has something you’ll dig. Whether you enjoy reading comic books, playing video games filled with four-color characters or watching them on the big screen, heroes of the super variety were well represented this week. We’re talking about an “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Vision from Hot Toys, DC Collectibles’ “Batman: Arkham Knight” figures and even a “Red Son” Superman from Sideshow! And that doesn’t even take into account new Star Wars figures from Hasbro and Hot Toys or Mezco’s Comic-Con International exclusives!
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON | In addition to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” also introduced the larger world to the synthezoid hero Vision. This green, yellow and pink take on the character from Joss Whedon’s film easily made the cut when Hot Toys was looking for figures to add to their line of 1/6 scale offerings. This one comes with a special stand, Thor’s hammer and the Mind Stone!
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT | Gamers are anxiously awaiting the June 23 release of the final game in the current Batman series, “Arkham Knight.” The series features open world environments and utilizes the Dark Knight’s stealth skills, but the latest line of action figures based on the series will shine the spotlight on some of Batman’s allies. The latest line, which debuted over on MTV and ships in November, includes Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing, Catwoman and Robin. Each toy is based on digital scans from Rocksteady provided to Gentle Giant so they’re as game-accurate as possible!
SPIDER-MAN | Square Enix continues to offer unique representations of some of our favorite heroes in their Play Arts Kai line. U.S. distributor Sideshow Collectibles showed off this Spider-Man Variant which stands 10-inches tall, features plenty of articulation and comes packed with extra appendages and web formations.
SUPERMAN: RED SON | Speaking of alternate versions of well known heroes, Sideshow also has this “Red Son” Superman statue in the works. The 25-inch-tall piece was designed to look like it flew right off the page of the Mark Millar-penned Elseworlds series. Also notice the “Red Son” version of Wonder Woman previewed in that last shot. We’ll let you know about that once more details are revealed. Superman ships next spring.
MEZCO SDCC EXCLUSIVES | As always, Mezco has a lot of solid summer exclusives scheduled for this year. So far, they’ve unveiled a Sub-Zero Ice Clone from the Mortal Kombat X line and two pieces to go with the “Breaking Bad” toys: a 12-inch Heisenberg and a Saul Goodman complete with office diorama, business card and bag of money. These can be pre-ordered online or picked up at the company’s various con stops.
STAR WARS | Star Wars fans might have to wait until September 4 to see all of the “Force Awakens” collectibles unleashed on the public, but until then Hasbro will still release Black Series action figures based on the existing films. As Entertainment Earth points out the 6-inch versions of Han Solo and Tauntaun and Luke with a Wampa ship in July while the 3 3/4-inch line will add Captain Rex, Dagobah Test Vader, Princess Leia, Jon Dutch Vander, Chewbacca, Clone Commander Doom, C-3PO, Mosep Binneed, Commander Thorn, Han Solo and Jawas to the mix the same month.
STAR WARS | If you like your Star Wars figures larger and shoulder-padded, then Hot Toys has just the piece for you: the 1/6 scale Sandtrooper. The piece is specifically based on the Squad Leader seen on Tatooine in “A New Hope” and features a weathered look, survival pack, patrol droid, and three different blasters.
FABRIKATIONS | Last year moviegoers fell in love with a pair of adorable Marvel characters: Groot and Baymax. Come July, those same people will be able to scoop up the Fabrikations versions of both characters from Funko. The “Big Hero 6” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” stars both ship in July.
SUPER POWERS | Kotobukiya is not slowing down when it comes to showing off their takes on the Kenner Super Powers figures. Now the Dynamic Dup are on board! Part, of the company’s ARTFX+ line, these statues of Batman and Robin are made to look like the old school toys, but boosted up to 8-inches and lacking articulation. The Dark Knight and Boy Wonder fittingly ship the same month: November.
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