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Hero Collector blasts Into retail with the announcement of NEW Marvel Heavyweights Wave 2 figurines

After a successful reveal at New York Toy Fair earlier this year, Hero Collector – designers, manufacturers, and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the worlds of pop culture – is proud to announce Wave 2 of their Heavyweights collection featuring the world-famous Super Heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), captured in full cast metal!

These hand-painted figurines will be the second wave of the Hero Collector Heavyweights range, and faithfully reproduce the likenesses of the MCU’s most beloved costumed characters at 1:18 scale (approximately 4-5 inches tall) atop a metal base. Each figurine comes in a stylish collector’s tin, emblazoned with the character’s logo and movie of origin.

With the first wave scheduled to hit retail in September, this second wave will follow in Q1 2021, and feature characters including:

  • Ant Man, the smallest hero around! Scott Lang, ex-con and single father, was hand-picked by genius scientist Hank Pym to keep his awesome technology out of HYDRA’s clutches. The figurine is clad in his iconic shrinking suit from Ant Man, complete with his insect-like helmet.
  • Captain Marvel, the mightiest Avenger of all! Gifted with incredible cosmic powers by alien technology, Carol Danvers spent years as an amnesiac Kree warrior – only to reclaim her past on Earth. The figurine is cracking her knuckles after the battles she faced in Captain Marvel.
  • Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy! Abducted from Earth as a child, Peter Quill has roamed the galaxy ever since as a legendary outlaw… at least, that’s what he says. The figurine poses with the guns he used to fight Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • War Machine, the armor-plated patriot! Frustrated by Tony’s irresponsible antics in Iron Man 2, Colonel James Rhodes stole and modified an Iron Man suit to become an armored Avenger in his own right. The figurine is wading into battle with all guns blazing – and that’s a lot of guns…

This is all part of Hero Collector’s concerted push into retail with new products, new packaging, and new concepts, designed to reach a larger mainstream audience. The Hero Collector Heavyweights will be available from September 2020 at Hot Topic, comic shops, and specialty retail, and direct from the Eaglemoss shop online.

More Print Comics Go Digital as Marvel Announces a New Round of Releases

While Marvel comics return to stores today, the publisher announced a new round of comics that are going digitally only for single issues. The comics include those previously announced as well as new series added to the program.

These comics will only be available as digital comics for the time being; however, they will be available in print collections later this year for fans looking to add them to their Marvel bookshelves. More information about these comics will be shared at a later date.

To jump into these new issues or start from the very beginning, download the Marvel Comics app for iOS or Android or visit comiXology!

Marvel Comics Release Schedule (Digital-First):

Wednesday, June 3:

  • AVENGERS OF THE WASTELANDS #5
  • REVENGE OF THE COSMIC GHOST RIDER #5
  • 2020 FORCE WORKS #3
  • SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE #6

Wednesday, June 17:

  • VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER #10
  • ANT-MAN #5
  • 2020 IRONHEART #2
  • GHOST-SPIDER #10

Wednesday, July 1:

  • HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #6
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: THE BLACK CAT STRIKES #5
  • RAVENCROFT #5
  • STAR #5

Marvel Announces New Digital Only Releases for May 13 and May 20

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As True Believers await the return of new Marvel comics later this month, fans everywhere will now be able to start diving back into some of their favorite Marvel series next week! On May 13th and May 20th, Marvel will release a select number of brand-new digital-only comics for fans to enjoy as everyone continues to practice social distancing.

Over the next two weeks, new issues for series like Ant-Man, Ghost-Spider, Hawkeye: Freefall, and more will be made available digitally for readers to access from their own homes. These comics will only be available as digital comics for the time being; however, they will be available in print collections later this year for fans looking to add them to their Marvel bookshelves. More information about these comics will be shared at a later date.

To jump into these new issues or start from the very beginning, download the Marvel Comics app for iOS or Android, or visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop as well as comiXology!

Marvel’s in-store comic book release schedule will resume Wednesday, May 27.

Marvel Comics Release Schedule (Digital Only):

Wednesday, May 13:

Wednesday, May 20:

Around the Tubes

DC's Crimes of Passion

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Reviews

Newsarama – Ant-Man #1
Geek Dad – DC’s Crimes of Passion
But Why Tho Podcast – Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity #3
Geek Dad – Martian Manhunter #12

Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: Catwoman, Swedish Chef and the Real Ghostbusters!

It’s New Toy Day, and this week DST is shipping some highly-anticipated items to comic shops across the country! Select action figures of the Real Ghostbusters and the Muppets’ Swedish Chef are the definition of anticipated, with tons of fans waiting for them to make their appearances. And comic fans are anxious to get their hands on Gallery PVCs of Ant-Man, Wasp, Catwoman and a resin statue of Magneto!

DC Comic Gallery Catwoman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! How purr-fect is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas has an unauthorized visitor, as Catwoman breaks into the breakout series of collectibles from DST! Perched atop a massive Egyptian cat-headed statue, Selina Kyle steals the spotlight in this 9-inch-scale diorama, wearing her modern, curve-hugging black costume. Made of a high-quality plastic, and featuring a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, it comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Shawn Knapp, sculpted by James Marsano! (Item # JUL182493, SRP: $45.00)

Ghostbusters Select Action Figures Series 9 Real Ghostbusters Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to get real! The Ghostbusters get animated in the newest assortment of Select action figures from Diamond Select Toys, with figures based on the classic Real Ghostbusters cartoon! Egon, Winston and Slimer make up the assortment, with the two ’Busters wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer coming with a support stand and three interchangeable faces! Plus, each figure includes pieces to build a larger diorama – collect all 15 figures in Series 6-10 to construct the firehouse headquarters’ sign front doors! Designed by Yuri Tming, and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #8441JUL182490, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Marvel Movie Gallery Ant Man and the Wasp PVC Dioramas

A Diamond Select Toys Release! These PVC Dioramas are not actual size! If anything, these 9-inch scale sculptures of Ant-Man and the Wasp are much bigger than the characters will appear in their highly anticipated 2018 superhero sequel. Featuring the heroes launching themselves into action on a penny and a pair of wings, respectively, each sculpture features detailed sculpting by Dave Cortes. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Ant-Man Diorama (Item #JUL182499, SRP: $45.00)

Wasp Diorama (Item #JUL182500, SRP: $45.00)

Marvel Premier Collection Magneto Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Magneto, the Master of Magnetism, is sure to attract a lot of attention when you unbox this 12-inch scale statue! Measuring approximately 16 inches tall, this piece depicts the X-Men’s greatest foe-turned-ally hovering over a rocky promontory, summoning a translucent sphere of magnetic energy from the very ground beneath him! Limited to only 3,000 pieces, Magneto comes packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted by Phil Ramirez! (Item #MAR182430, SRP: $150.00)

Muppets Action Figures Swedish Chef Deluxe Gift Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bork bork bork! The Muppets are bork, with the first ever action figure gift set in the Muppets line from DST! The Swedish Chef does the honors, with a massive number of accessories, including a table, pans, pots, food (talking and non-talking) and even a chicken, to make Chicken in the Basket. Packaged in a full-color window box, this figure is in scale to all Select action figures. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN182316, SRP: $29.99)

Movie Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

ant-man-and-the-wasp-posterThis is the palate cleanser we needed after the heaviness of Avengers: Infinity War, and like the first Ant-Man, guaranteed to leave you smiling ear to ear. However, as a film, and grading on the curve of what we expect from recent MCU movies, it falls a bit short of the recent genius of Black Panther or Thor: Ragnarok. 

But is that really fair? Do we judge the sorbet, pickled ginger, or simple fruit compared to the course before it? If you eat some apple slices after a particularly hearty main course, shouldn’t you just compare it to other apples? Ant-Man and the Wasp is a particularly good apple, even if it’s a lesser part of the feast of the MCU.

Our story centers back on Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, finds himself in the last few days of a two-year house arrest, during which time he has had no contact with Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) or Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). They are reunited after he has a vision of Janet (Michelle Pfieffer) whom Hank and Hope have been trying to rescue from the quantum realm, avoiding detection by the authorities with a truly “mobile” lab they can shrink to a rolling suitcase.

Unfortunately, their activities have also attracted the attention of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) a former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, who needs their tech to fix her condition which allows her to phase through solid matter, but is also extremely painful. They’re also being pursued by billionaire Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins) and FBI Agent Woo (Randall Park) and aided by Scott’s friends from the previous movie, led by Michael Pena. And we get a glimpse into Hank Pym’s past with the introduction of Dr. Bill Foster (Lawrence Fishburne) who previously used Pym’s technology to grow larger and become “Goliath.”

It’s a lot of characters. And most of the movie ends up being a giant game of keep-away with the lab/suitcase while our stars tell jokes and superhero wackiness ensues. While the first Ant-Man played like a generic heist film, this is more reminiscent of the specific sub-genre of a 60’s caper film which was as much about the romantic chemistry of the two leads as its plot.

Full of sight gags and visuals of little things turning big and vice versa, the film plays with its main conceit of being able to shrink and grow at will, sometimes almost to a fault. It also uses its setting of San Francisco to great effect. The film also depends on the audience being willing to accept a lot of super convenient plot turns to keep everything moving, including the biggest deus ex machina of the entire MCU to resolve its central conflict.

One of the biggest impressions we’re left with from this film is “women do it better.” Hope Van Dyne’s Wasp is infinitely better at her job than Scott is at being Ant-Man, and Ghost as an antagonist is infinitely better than Corey Stoll’s super-weak Yellowjacket in the last Ant-Man film.

The other important thing here [possible spoiler alert?] is the idea that this film exists without a singular villain, continuing Marvel’s recent spate of complex villains with an actual beef and moral weight to their arguments. While Ghost is certainly the antagonist, she is a person acting out of severe pain from her “powers” and more akin to a terminal patient looking to do anything to get palliative medical care. And Goggins, while always fun to watch in a villain role, really doesn’t do enough to qualify as a “villain” in the true sense– other than just being a greedy capitalist.

So this movie has a lot of heart, spectacular visuals, great jokes and performances from its supporting cast, and some nice character moments, but falls short of some of the spectacle, fun, and other recent MCU films.  But as a palate cleanser? It works really well.

Until [again, possible spoiler alert, but this is predictable] in the post credit scenes we see what happens in this corner of the universe when Thanos snaps his fingers. Then it leaves that ashy, sad taste in our mouth again. If you want to preserve the fun and good feelings this movie gives us, you may want to leave at the credits, just this one time.

This is a fun movie which should keep you smiling for almost the entirety of its runtime. While not as good as, say, Incredibles 2, it’s worthwhile just as some fun escapism from the heat and the stresses of summer 2018.

3.5 out of 5