(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Jason Masters (CA) Alex Ross Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“THE LEGEND OF STEVE” CONTINUES!
As Steve Rogers continues to try to prove his innocence and remain one step ahead of the pursuing Nick Fury, he and Mockingbird journey to Iowa, where a town is held in the thrall of the mysterious group known only as -THEM!
The History:Alex Ross established himself as one of the great artists in comics long ago. His reputation on that score is pretty unassailable. His first classic, delivered with writer Kurt Busiek, was, of course, Marvels. It’s only fitting that he lends some designs and package art to the Big Three of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. Today, we’ll be looking at Cap and Tony. Hasbro provided these figures for free for review.
As you know, Cap is the Living Legend of World War II.
Frozen in ice after a climactic confrontation with Baron Zemo (comics, kids;
not movies), Cap only emerges years later when he’s found by the Avengers. The
hero learns to adjust to modern time while becoming one of the greatest
Genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark is Iron
Man. One of the smartest guys in the room with the smartest mouth, Stark
co-founded and bankrolled the Avengers, lending them funds and HQs from the
start. Though he’s battled his personal demons as often as villains, not much
keeps him down for long. Not even The
Both of these Ross-inspired figures are classic
interpretations, but it’s easy to see that they fall into the later
1960s-to-1970s era that Ross admires and frequently returns to in his art.
Let’s take Cap first.
Captain America: Man,
these are good-looking figures. The color on Cap in particular really, really
pops. A lot of detail work went into sculpting in terms of the costume
presentation; the scales are defined, the boot cuffs are sharp . . . even the
belt loop and buckle details are vivid. There’s also a shiny quality to the
figure (maybe a glossier or pearlescent paint wash?) that echoes the highlights
that Ross incorporates into his paintings of the character. The figure excels
as a representation of both Cap and Ross’s art. Poseability, as you might
expect, is top-shelf.
We’ve also had the opportunity to see many versions of Cap’s
shield in figure form in the past few years, and this is one of the best. It
employs the familiar switchable peg-and-clasp for affixing it to either the
figure or the throwing effect, but it’s also particularly well-colored. The
figure has a peg-hole on its back so you can attach the shield. The other
accessories include the throwing effect piece, extra hands (there’s a claspy
set and a fist set), and an alternate head (with one expression being more
angry or grim than the other).
In terms of design and feel, this figure really says ‘70s to me. It reminds me of when I first started reading The Avengers (the first issue I remember buying from the spinner rack was #187 in 1979). This Cap would fit really well with a display from that era, particularly with the Iron Man that we’re about to discuss. There are a lot of Cap figures, but this is a legitimately great Cap figure.
Iron Man: THIS
ONE. Okay, look. Everyone has their favorite Iron Man armor or their
sentimental favorite. This is what Tony was wearing when I started reading.
It’s also similar to the armor of both the ‘70s Mego Iron Man figure and the
later Secret Wars Iron Man figure.
When I think of classic Iron Man, this is the version of the two-tone that I
personally think of. And it’s just about perfect.
Seriously, just look at that. Shiny metallic paint.
Attention to detail in the trunk and gauntlets. Power pods! The face slits!
Man, it’s just good. It’s good in just so many ways.
The accessories are appropriate; we’ve got an extra helmet
head, a Tony head, two sets of hands (one set of fists, the other palms-out for
repulsor blasting), and four repuslor effects (two pairs). You can attach the
repulsor effects to the palms or boot-bottoms; you can also attach the blast
extension inside the flare for a double-effect.
For me, personally, this feels like the version of Iron Man that I’ve always wanted. Yes, they’ve had takes on this look before (going all the way back to the very first assortment with Tony, Cap, Hulk, and Toad), but this is a big winner in my book. Like Cap, it’s perfect for a Classic Avengers display.
Where To Get: Cap is listed as a Wal-Mart exclusive, but I’ve seen him for sale at other fan channels. The SRP is $24.00, which is slight more than the regular ML price. Iron Man is available at HasbroPulse.com, in stores, and a variety of other outlets; it carries the same SRP, as does the Thor figure.
Recommended: You’ll love them 3000.
What’s Next?: I’ll see you soon with the Retro X-Men wave. Outback Dazzler, kids!
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Jason Masters, Sean Izaakse (CA) Alex Ross Rated T+ In Shops: Aug 28, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“THE LEGEND OF STEVE” BEGINS!
On the run from the law and pursued by a dogged Nick Fury, Steve Rogers and the Daughters of Liberty begin to take the fight back to the Power Elite and their insidious minions! First up, it’s a trip to the border with the White Tiger to uncover the secrets behind the group known only as THEM!
It’s a new week and we’ve got the regular news and reviews for the morning as we recover from Gen Con. While you kick off your day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Alex Ross Rated T+ In Shops: Jul 31, 2019 SRP: $3.99
“CAPTAIN OF NOTHING” CONCLUDES!
Captain America is a fugitive! So Captain America must disappear! But that doesn’t mean that Steve Rogers has to give up the fight to prove his innocence and bring the true murderer to justice! It’s time for Cap to try something new!
This August, ring in Marvel Comics’ 80th Birthday with a celebratory selection of variants! Each 80thAnniversary ‘Frame Variant’ features a character headshot from their titular series, framed by a host of characters that represent the present and future of the Marvel Universe! Depicted by an all-star roster of artists, these unique covers pay tribute to the modern face of Marvel!
Peek at a select few now, and stay tuned for more updates!
San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is upon us, and Diamond Select Toys has lots of new items out for display. Check out some of what has been revealed at this year’s show below.
Bruce Lee Gallery Smoke PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Bruce Lee is the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times in this new gallery PVC Diorama from DST! Wearing his famous yellow tracksuit, launching a blistering kick with its very own smoke trail, this approximately 10-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192658, SRP: $49.99)
DC Comic Gallery Wonder Woman PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! This Wonder Woman has us tongue-tied! The Amazonian warrior breaks out her golden lasso and a sword in this all-new PVC diorama from the DC Gallery line. Based on her comic-book appearance, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192663, SRP: $49.99)
DC TV Gallery Teen Titans Go Beast Boy PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! The wise guy of the Teen Titans team is the newest PVC diorama in the DC Gallery line! Based on his appearance in Teen Titans Go!, this approximately 9-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #JUL192662, SRP: $49.99)
Godzilla Gallery King Ghidorah 1991 PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! From the distant future, a new line of Gallery PVC Dioramas rises! Starring Godzilla, his allies and his enemies, each diorama features exacting sculptural and paint detail. The second offering features King Ghidorah in his 1991 appearance, from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, and measures approximately 10 inches tall. Connect it with Godzilla to form a larger diorama! Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. (Item JUL192661, SRP: $69.99)
Marvel Animated X-Men Cyclops Resin Mini-Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Scott Summers kicks of a new line of busts based on the classic X-Men animated series! Depicting Cyclops with a gleam in his visor and his fists at the ready, this approximately 6-inch resin bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Joe Menna. (Item # JUL192665, SRP: $59.99)
Marvel Comic Gallery Beast PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! Welcome to the Danger Room! The bouncing blue Beast artfully dodges projectiles launched by the X-Men’s training facility in this dynamic new diorama in the Marvel Gallery line! This 10-inch diorama is made of high-quality PVC with detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Sam Greenwell. (Item #JUL192666, SRP: $49.99
Marvel Comic Milestones Ghost Rider Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! Gaze into his penance stare! The original Spirit of Vengeance pulls off stunt worthy of the daredevil he is in this dynamic new statue from the Marvel Milestones collection! Seen as he swings a chain from the handlebars of his motorcycle, this approximately 15-inch resin statue is limited to only 1,000 numbered pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, sculpted by Mat Brouillard. (Item #JUL192672, SRP: $299.99)
Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers: Endgame War Machine PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! From the ashes of Endgame, rises an all-new PVC Diorama for the Marvel Gallery line! James Rhodes in his War Machine armor levels an arm cannon at the forces of Thanos in this sculpture crafted in high-quality PVC, with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #JUL192668, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers: Endgame Rescue PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! With the Endgame behind us, here comes an all-new PVC Diorama for the Marvel Gallery line! Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor soars into action against the armies of Thanos in this sculpture crafted in high-quality PVC, with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item # JUL192667, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Movie Gallery Avengers: Endgame Captain America PVC Diorama
A Diamond Select Toys release! From the Ashes of Endgame, rises an all-new PVC Diorama for the Marvel Gallery line! A very worthy Captain America holds aloft Mjolnir in this sculpture crafted in high-quality PVC, with detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192669, SRP: $49.99)
Marvel Movie Collector Black Panther Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Black Panther strikes! Perched on a tree branch and prepared to pounce, this resin statue of the King of Wakanda is based on his film appearance. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item #JUL192671, SRP: $124.99)
Marvel Select Avengers Endgame Hulk Action Figure
A Diamond Select Toys release! Because you demanded it! The first Marvel Select action figure based on Avengers Endgame is none other than the heroic Hulk! Wearing his new outfit from the blockbuster film, this approximately 9-inch action figure features 16 points of articulation and interchangeable hands and fists. Packaged in display-ready Select action figure packaging with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios. (Item # JUL192664, SRP: $29.99)
Legends in 3D Marvel Movie Thor Ragnarok Hulk 1/2 Scale Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! This bust burns like raging fire! Based on his appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, this resin bust of the Hulk is in 1/2 scale, and measures approximately 10 inches tall atop a movie-inspired base. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192670, SRP: $174.99)
Rocketeer Premier Collection Resin Statue
A Diamond Select Toys release! The Rocketeer returns! The retro, rocket-fueled superhero strikes a pose atop a building in this new Premier Collection resin statue! Based on his appearance in the classic Disney film, this approximately 11-inch statue is limited to only 3,000 numbered pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item # JUL192660, SRP: $150.00)
IT Chapter 2 D-Formz Pennywise Mini-Figures 2-Pack
A Diamond Select Toys release! Because two clowns are better than one! This two-pack of D-Formz mini-figures based on the new IT movie shows Pennywise the clown in his muddy human form as well as his monstrous demon form. The pair of mini-figures comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. (Item #JUL192659, SRP: $15.99)
Over recent years, Mondo has been upping their game when it comes to collectible toys/action figures and at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, they have an impressive display of upcoming figures as well as what’s coming soon.
Check out some of the sites from the convention floor including figures from Masters of the Universe, Batman the Animated Series, two mecha figures, and more!
Roger Langridge (w) • Craig Russeau, Matteo Lolli (a) • Clayton Henry (c)
Four tales for
the price of one! Captain America, living legend of World War II, battles spies
in Hollywood and M.O.D.O.K.’s predecessor P.R.O.D.O.K…. but nothing prepares
him for spending the next few decades frozen in ice! When he comes to in the
present day, Hydra strikes and Cap learns the action hasn’t let up—the Marvel
Action, that is!