Friday, July 19, 2013

SDCC 2013: Hot Toys Reveals! Iron Man Armors! Chitauri! Sixties Batman and MORE!



The Hot Toys facebook page has revealed a gallery of their new and upcoming figures, currently on display for those lucky enough to battle the crowds San Diego Comic Con. While there's plenty of things we've seen before, there's a couple of significant new reveals - and beyond that, I'm also just as intrigued by what they're NOT showing. Sound cryptic?


Sure, these pictures are popping up elsewhere, but we've got the most insightful commentary, right? Because we only speak nerd truths. So, if you're a fan of Iron Man, The Avengers, Batman 1966, G.I. Joe and more (which covers everything ever invented, right?) then join me... after the jump!


So, as you probably know, the Batman 1966 merchandising license finally became available and we've been flooded with new products. But if you're the discerning and distinguished collector then Hot Toys is always where it's at. If you're a sixties fan then you won't be able to go past this 1/6th scale Batman and Robin, or their to scale giant convertible Batmobile...


Personally, I'm not a massive fan and find this to be a little bit of an odd choice. I understand the nostalgic attachment to these versions of the characters, and I know that they single-handedly cemented a lot of crotchety oldster's love for the Batman, but it seems like a strange item to get the high-end treatment. I lean this way simply because Hot Toys are known for their extreme levels of realism and detail and these figures, with the exception of the head sculpts, just don't have costumes that project that trademark Hot Toys quality. Compare them, for example, to the crazy wardrobe and armour of a figure like Loki. The simple sixties outfits look awfully doll-like and yet I imagine that these will still attract the Hot Toys higher price. I feel like these would be better suited as retro releases, reminiscent of the classic Megos.

Iron Man 3 is more my speed, and we have a couple of new armors on display here. Standing on the left there is the Iron Man Mark 33, dubbed "Silver Centurion". It's a little too similar to the Mark VI and VII for me to have a lot of interest with that one, but holy crap, check out the hulking blue Mark 38 on the right...


That hunched monstrosity was originally thought to be the Hulkbuster armor but was later revealed to be "Igor", a heavy lifting suit. It has to be the most uniquely proportioned of all the new Iron Man armors and, although it will probably also be the most expensive, I think it's one of the most desirable. I'm not yet sure if this will be part of the diecast line, Movie Masterpieces, or limited articulation Power Pose line (although my guess would be the latter as it would be more cost effective).

And it doesn't end there. Here's a 1/6th scale Mark 39, also known as the "deep space" armor, or "Gemini"...


Gemini is an especially weird one as multiple companies have merchandised the shit out of it, and yet I'm not sure it actually appears in the film. There were rumours of an additional post credit sequence where Stark donned it to exit earth's atmosphere but those never came to fruition. It's got a distinct look, I guess, but I'm not sure how many people will pay hundreds of dollars to add it to their collection based on the concept alone.

The Avengers were out in full force and it's very cool to see them fully assembled. All I'm waiting on is Hulk now (oh, and Coulson) and then I can do the same...


There's one new addition though and that's our first look at the fully painted Chitauri figure. They are the faceless, somewhat generic aliens that Loki forms into an army at the end of the film...


They're not particularly memorable characters and this is probably the first Avengers figure that I'll actually skip. Make a Thanos though and you've guaranteed a sale!

Also shown for the first time is an even more controversial villain...


The treatment of Ben Kingsley's Mandarin in Iron Man 3 has caused a whole river of nerd tears, which I personally find to be bewildering. I love what they did with Mandarin and will never be able to comprehend that fans would prefer a two-dimensional, generic foreign terrorist instead of amusing/biting political satire.  I guess it's easier if things are black and white, right? Some people need a tangible villain to rally against, a point that the film was making but seemed to sail right over a lot of heads. Anyway, I dig this figure. We don't get a close enough look to really see the details here, but it's one I'll be keeping an eye on as we learn more in the coming months.

This one isn't new, but it's still cool to see the Henry Cavill Man of Steel Superman on display...


I like that film more the more I think about it (despite it's heavy-handedness and reckless ending) and I'd like to see this version of the character continue and evolve. This is a nice piece.

And this one might be a little bit optimistic...


Although I'm yet to see the film, I haven't heard a lot of buzz for The Lone Ranger, and especially haven't heard much good about Johnny Depp as Tonto. Audiences seem to be tiring of his schtick which makes this figure a pretty niche release.

Does G.I. Joe Retaliation have any appeal? It didn't for me, but it certainly has its fans. And I do love Bruce Willis who gets to make his debut appearance here in this exclusive figure of Joe...


It's a solid likeness up close and if nothing else it will fuel desire for a John McClane Die Hard figure.

And now let's talk about what they DIDN'T show. I felt pretty assured that we'd see our first Prometheus figure at SDCC instead all we got was the following tease...


I know a lot of people despised the film, but I enjoyed it for what it was, and I especially appreciated the design work. That's clearly a masculine figure they're teasing so it's pretty safe to assume that it's Michael Fassbender's android character, David. I guess he's still a while away though.

But even more noticeably absent is the X-Men First Class figures! What happened there? They showed us James McAvoy's Professor X at Toy Fair earlier this year, and Magneto was said to be coming, but now neither have shown up at SDCC. Is this still even happening? The film is quite a few years old now already. Maybe they've been postponed to align with the sequel next year? I'd been keen to find out more info as they are on my most anticipated list.

There's your first taste. I know even more was on show like a Mark II Whiplash, so I expect more pictures to emerge as the weekend plays out...


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