Soapbox Sunday: Marvel and Fox Need to Reconcile… For the Sake of the Toys

Deadpool, X-Men, and Fantastic Four - Marvel characters licensed by Fox

Imagine this – it’s the Avengers versus the X-Men and Fantastic Four. At first, Spider-Man is with Wolverine and Reed Richards, but at a pivotal moment, he switches sides and joins Captain America and Iron Man. Is this the plot for next big comic book crossover event? No, it’s another case of life imitating art – it’s what’s really happening today with the movie licensing business at Marvel.

Marvel has been trying to regain control of the characters it licensed out years ago to other movie studios, before they had their own movie business. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios and Sony penned a peace treaty that gives Marvel some say over what Sony will do with Spider-Man. But with Fox, who continues to own the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, the not-too-subtle war has no end in sight. And we’re suffering for it.

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Weekend Toy Run: Marvel Legends Iron Man, Star Lord, and Spider-Man on Sale at Target

Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man, Star Lord, and Superior Spider-Man on sale at Target

If you’re looking to fill out your Marvel Legends collection with figures from previous waves, Target might be able to help. They’ve got several figures from the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spidey, and Captain America waves on sale online. Here’s the best of the deals:

If your purchase is over $25, Target will give you free shipping. If you’ve got the Target REDcard, you get free shipping plus 5% off for any online purchase. Happy shopping!

Weekend Toy Run: Pre-Order the Sideshow Exclusive Hot Toys Stealth Iron Man Mark VII

Hot Toys Avengers Stealth Mode Iron Man Mark VII 01

There were so many Iron Man armors during the “House Party Protocol” finale to Iron Man 3 that I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch, and this Mark VII is in stealth mode, after all. But this exclusive from Hot Toys is labeled as a movie promo version for the Avengers, where the Mark VII debuted, and I don’t recall Iron Man fighting Loki or the Chitauri with stealth mode activated. So let’s chalk this up to Hot Toys milking the Iron Man cash cow for all it’s worth. :D

If I sound cynical, it’s just that the re-deco looks pretty awesome, but I’m already stuck wondering if I can afford the Hot Toys Hulkbuster Iron Man. But iif you’re building your Iron Man armory, this will be a more limited release – Hot Toys has announced some Asian outlets, but like with their other exclusives, you can pre-order the Marvel Iron Man Mark VII Stealth Mode Version Sixth Scale Figure in the U.S. at Sideshow Collectibles.

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Hot Toys Reveals Hawkeye from Avengers: Age of Ultron

Hot Toys Avengers Age of Ultron Hawkeye 01

Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is the latest Avenger from Age of Ultron to get a Hot Toys figure. Like Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, and Black Widow, Hawkeye’s been updated with his costume look from the movie, sporting the long sleeve tunic that looks more appropriate for those cold weather sequences in the movie. His headsculpt looks better to me this time around, and yes, he still comes with those cool shades. He’s also armed with a baker’s dozen of arrows and nine interchangeable arrow heads – if you ask me, that still doesn’t seem like enough when you’re being overrun by a horde of Ultron drones.

I skipped the first version of Hawkeye when the original movie came out, but feel compelled to complete my Avengers with him now. You can pre-order the Marvel Hawkeye Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

This just leaves Thor and Nick Fury for the major characters that may get re-dos for the sequel, and the mutant Inhuman twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, for their first Hot Toys figures. Avengers Assemble!

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Take on the Winter Soldier with the Hot Toys Falcon Giveaway

Hot Toys Falcon Giveaway

Sideshow Collectibles is back with another Hot Toys giveaway, this time for the Falcon from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Falcon comes with his flight backpack with LED lights, which you can configure with fully extended wings. He also comes with interchangeable hands, a pair of submachine guns, and those awesome flight goggles.

The entry period for the contest ends on March 30, but you can hedge your bets and pick up the Marvel Falcon Marvel Sixth Scale Figure directly from Sideshow. After all, you might have to take on three SHIELD Helicarriers plus a crazy Russian super-assassin from the Cold War today.

The Falcon appears next in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in just over a month. On your left!

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