Playmates has revealed San Diego Comic-Con exclusives for two of its fan-favorite franchises. First, a diecast set of lions that form an 8-inch Voltron from Dreamworks’ acclaimed Voltron: Legendary Defender. You can get the lions individually, but we all know you will get all five. No word on price yet, but to give you an idea, ToysRUs has a 16-inch Voltron set available now for $99.99 – but in this set the lions are plastic, not diecast.
They will also have an exclusive version of Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo, perhaps best known for his cross-over with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and animated series. For $30 and limited to only 350 to be sold at SDCC, the rabbit ronin will come with 3 interchangeable heads, 2 comics, and even his pet lizard, Spot. As Spot would say, EEP!
Hot Toys revealed its latest figures from Avengers: Age of Ultron – a pair of Iron Man figures. The Mark XLV armor was introduced late in the movie without the typical fanfare we’d have seen if this were from a solo Iron Man flick. It’s the latest Diecast release, and in addition to the normal accessories, it comes with several blast effects and a damaged Ultron Prime as part of its base. The Mark XLV is my favorite look for Iron Man thus far in the entire franchise. The curves give it a more organic look than the previous armors, and I think it strikes just the right balance of red with a touch of gold.
In contrast, the Iron Legion figure looks wholly like a machine. There’s no mistaking that there’s not a person in that suit of armor. In many ways, the design reminds me of clunkier toys like the defunct Sigma Six G.I. JOE figures. This particular Iron Legion is identified as “03” – I don’t know if that’s significant to the creation of the Ultron Mark I, but I’d think it would have been cool if Hot Toys provided number decals so you could recreate more of the Iron Legion. I bet someone supplies decal kits in the aftermarket.
The Hulkbuster Mark 44 will clock in at nearly 10 inches tall. While it’s 1/12 scaled, some may find it a bit small if you’re looking to add it to a Marvel Legends collection. The Hulkbuster will also include some diecast parts, and have LED light-up features. And it looks to have some serious articulation. Some Figuarts figures include interchangeable hands – this one might have jointed figures allowing everything from fists to a repulsor blast poses.
This won’t be cheap though. The pre-order price in Japan is about $285. We’ll keep a watch out for pre-orders for the States.
Iron Patriot gets a makeover, reclaims the War Machine name
I’ll be surprised if Rhodey gets a lot of screen time armored up as War Machine in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It hasn’t been featured in any of the big action sequences revealed thus far. Despite this, Hot Toys is jumping on the opportunity to make another exclusive Iron Man armor. They can do this because War Machine Mark II looks like it’s a repaint of the Iron Patriot diecast figure from Iron Man 3.
If you’re disappointed Rhodey’s armor didn’t get an upgrade, get ready for a little more. Marvel Studios originally had the War Machine repaint ready to go for IM3, but it ended up on the cutting room floor. So if War Machine has more than a brief cameo in AOU, then they really cheaped out on him. How do I know this? Hasbro had a Marvel Legends War Machine Mark II ready to go to support the Iron Man threequel a couple of years ago. (It hasn’t made it to shelves yet.)
When Playmates first revealed prototypes at San Diego Comic-Con last year for Shredder and Krang in their 6-inch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics line, I heard a lot of comments about their small stature compared to the turtles. While I can concede the point, about Krang especially, I think Shredder may still fit in nicely with the turtles from NECA’s Turtles, who are slightly smaller than the ones from Playmates.
Now I’ve come across pictures of an upcoming import figure of Krang, said to be coming from First Gokin (Tong Meng Ex) in June this year. It has a huge 10-inch mechanical body – Krang can be removed from the cockpit in its torso, and the cockpit has an internal light-up feature. The body looks like it has a decent amount of articulation, comes with interchangeable hands / axes, and has some diecast metal parts.