He may have only been born a day ago in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but there’s nothing naive about the Vision in that flick. Easily one of the best additions to the massive cast of new heroes, and an exception to the rule of genocide-hungry robots who want to punch your brain into extinction, the synthetic creation and evolution of J.A.R.V.I.S was fantastically translated onto the big screen. And he looks adorable as a sixth-scale figure.
Outside of the batsuit worn in the 1989 Batman movie, I’ve got a ton of love for the threads of Batman Returns. With more money came a bigger budget to craft a Batman sequel, and director Tim Burton didn’t disappoint as he unleashed a newer, sleeker and more machine-like Batman to pulverise criminals. I freaking love that costume. It’s simple, but elegant. It’s got the beauty of the art-deco movement, moulded into crime-punishing muscles. And that look is getting recreated. To scale of course.
By the time you read this, I’ll be getting ready to go and watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can’t see it, but I have a smug grin that’s this big right now, considering that many of you will have to wait until the next weekend to go see it. But that’s cool. Because while you wait, you can make your own Avengers movie, with some neat action figures. Like this prototype Ultron, strings not included.
Back in Iron Man 3, the Mandarin boasted how Tony Stark would never be prepared for him. How the armoured Avenger would never see him coming. Well invisibility is a two-way street! And if Tony Stark had worn this armour instead, his third movie would have been a helluva lot shorter. Prepare for the Jaime Foxx Iron Man armour!
If there’s something hulking in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? If there’s something green and it looks like it may be filled with rage so catastrophically monstrous that it can f***ing brain-punch a gigantic Chitauri Sky war-worm to death with a single blow, who ya gonna call! Someone else! Or maybe, the Hulkbuster!
Good ol’ Obi-Wan Kenobi. The man was a hero of his time, a general in the brutal Clone Wars and the kind of Jedi you’d look up to in the darkest of times. Especially when said times involved leaving your freshly-amputated protégé to burn to death after a spectacular lightsaber battle. Yeesh, talk about going bat-Sith crazy. Made famous by the late Sir Alec Guinness, Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been an integral part of Star Wars. And now it’s time for the old man to finally get an eerily realistic figure based on his first appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope.
I’ve had a run-in with that Thanos bloke before. Nice guy, really friendly and actually fantastic to chat to once you get over the whole “having a gigantic gaping hole blasted into my chest with lightning eyes”. I think he came across as a bit of a bad guy in last year’s Guardians Of The Galaxy movie,a purple-skinned tyrant who threatened to smack the universe with an Infinity Gem that was basically a concentrated extinction-level event waiting to happen. It’s time to get to know the real Thanos.
I find your lack of Star Wars toys…disturbing. 2015 is pretty much 1999 all over again, although hopefully minus the annoying KFC ads and Jar Jar Binks. Star Wars returns with a vengeance as The Force Awakens, but you can bet that something else is going to rise up as well: MOICHENDISING! And if I’m going to throw some Republic credits down, it’ll most likely be for a collectible of epic scale.
Arnold Schwarzenegger made a career out of movies which starred his hamfists as they beat exposition into various thugs. Which he did, a lot. But which was the finest film of his career, worthy of a brand new highly detailed action figure? Terminator? Nope, we’ve got plenty of T-800s. Pregnant? Not unless you want to club in for a Danny Devito figure. No, that honour belongs to Commando, a movie which ate green berets for breakfast and crapped out memorable one liners. And now you can finally own a John Matrix figure.
Transformers toys aren’t exactly rare, but then again, you get a specific niche in the market for figures which are a cut above the rest. And much like my bank account when I saw this particular version of the fabled Autobot leader, one shall stand and one shall fall when you see what perhaps too much money gets you.
Look at your empty shelf. See all that dust? That ain’t collectible! And what’s this nonsense that I hear about wanting to save money and put away for things like food, insurance and medical assistance? Balls to that! I say blow your money! Live dangerously! Live flashy! Buy pieces of sculpted plastic with your hard-earned bucks!
I don’t think it’s possible to not enjoy some aspect of Star Wars. Whether you make voosh soosh sounds when you hold a stick and pretend to be a Jedi, or veg out on your couch and start speaking Huttese, there’s something for everyone. And for me, that’s cool Clone-Trooper collectibles.
I’m back! Strangely enough, I’ve never owned a Terminator action figure. Not for a lack of trying mind you, but I’d rather terminate myself than own anything related to Terminator: Salvation. Time to change that.
Man, I love me some action figures. Not that I unwrap them from their mint on card packaging and play with them or anything. Nope nope, that ain’t me. But damn, some figures are gorgeous, and even though Whiplash here sports the face of Mickey
Rooney Rourke, that Mark II armour made me do a double-take.
Let’s be honest here. There are only a handful of superhero movies out there where the main villain didn’t steal the show. One such character that stole scenes and hearts? The Asgardian trickster god, Loki. Without Tom Hiddleston around, the two Thor movies and the Avengers film might have been very different flicks in the end. And ol’ Loki is back, albeit in a much smaller package.