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.
Marvel did a great job of teasing the reveal of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, both in the marketing campaign and the movie itself. So it’s not surprising that Hot Toys held back revealing their 1/6 scale figure of Vision until now, after the movie has been in theaters a couple weeks. This way, there shouldn’t be too many folks wondering what that is in his forehead, or why he comes with Mjolnir, Thor’s mystical uru hammer.
I think Vision has a great head sculpt, but I’m wondering about the clothing folds in his “suit” – isn’t the movie Vision made out of Vibranium?
Michael Keaton Batman available solo or with Bruce Wayne in set
I know a lot of Batman fans that have a special place in their hearts for the Michael Keaton Batman. I’m fond of those movies and how they heralded the return of a more serious approach to the character on the big screen. But I can’t say I was a fan of Keaton in the role – he didn’t fit my image for an action movie star, and he didn’t fit my image for Bruce Wayne.
I’d love to take a tour of Sideshow Collectibles giveaway storage room – they’ve always got great contests and giveaways underway! This week has been no exception. Leading up to the Avengers: Age of Ultron opening today, they’ve been running Avengers-related giveaways for most of the week. In case you’ve missed any of them, I’ve collected them here:
These contests require that you follow Sideshow’s social media accounts, so be sure to like and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
They’ve also got a Captain America Premium Format Figure going up later this morning on Facebook. I’ll send an update out later today (probably in the afternoon after seeing the movie), but if you can’t wait, just keep an eye on the Sideshow Contest and Giveaway page.
In addition, they’ll also be hosting more Avengers giveaways via social media, starting this afternoon. We’ll be tracking those too, so please follow AFP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the heads up on those giveaways. Good luck!