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Diamond Select Toys In Stores Now: The Sinister Skrull!

The Marvel Comics Gallery Diorama line is heavy on heroes, but the villains are making their move! Popular baddies like Venom, Carnage, Mr. Sinister and Doctor Doom will soon be joined by a bevy of Spider-Man foes, like Green Goblin, Vulture and Kraven. But this week, one of Marvel’s most insidious villains makes his appearance at comic shops, and he’s armed and ready to attack – he’s a shape-shifting Skrull alien, and he’s the newest Gallery Diorama!

Depicting a green-skinned, purple-clad Skrull warrior, weapon at the ready, the Marvel Comic Gallery Skrull PVC Diorama stands approximately 10 inches tall atop a high-tech base. Crafted in high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. This piece was designed and sculpted by Paul Harding!

Get it now from Entertainment Earth and more.

Diamond Select Toys’ Spring Preview: Power Rangers, Marvel and Star Wars!

It’s almost September, which means it’s almost time for a new Previews Catalog to hit! In that catalog you’ll find five new items from Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd., all of which are slated for Spring 2022 release. From Marvel to Power Rangers to Star Wars, there’s something for every type of collector! It’s the best of all worlds!

Legends in 3D TV Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Red Ranger 1/2 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s Morphin’ Time! DST kicks off their Power Rangers product line with an all-new Legends in 3D bust, of the Red Ranger from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers! This ½ scale, approximately 10-inch bust features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and sits atop a detailed pedestal base. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Salvador Gomes!

Bust     SRP: $175.00

Marvel Comic Gallery Skrull PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The enemy is revealed in this all-new Gallery Diorama spotlighting one of Marvel’s most insidious alien races – the Skrulls! Depicting a Skrull warrior, weapon at the ready, this shape-shifter stands approximately 10 inches tall atop an architectural base. Crafted in high-quality PVC, it features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed and sculpted by Paul Harding!

Diorama            SRP: $49.99

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Bishop Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! From a grim and distant future comes the X-Man out of time – Bishop! Formerly of Xavier’s Security Enforcers, Bishop is now the latest statue in the Marvel Premier Collection. Wielding a blaster and gathering up a charge in his other hand, the energy-absorbing mutant stands approximately 12 inches tall. This comic-based statue is limited to only 3000 pieces, and comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra!

Statue   SRP: $250.00

Star Wars A New Hope Luke Skywalker (Pilot) Legends in 3D ½ Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Red-5, do you copy? Luke Skywalker joins the Legends in 3D bust line with this all-new sculpture of him in his X-Wing pilot uniform and helmet! This ½ scale, approximately 10-inch resin bust sits atop an X-Wing-themed pedestal, features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 1000 pieces. It comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella!

Bust     SRP: $175.00

Star Wars Clone Wars Captain Rex Premier Collection 1/7 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Captain Rex takes command in this all-new sculpture of him in his Clone Wars armor! This 1/7 scale, approximately 10-inch resin statue shows him ready for action, with his blaster raised, and it comes with alternate helmeted and unhelmeted heads. It features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3000 pieces. It comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra!

Statue   SRP: $175.00

HeroClix Online Releases Marvel’s The Avengers Movie Set


Provides Codes for Virtual Figures Within Physical Sets

Hillside, N.J. & Cary, N.C.—April 26, 2012— Wizkids/N.E.C.A., the makers of HeroClix Online today announced the arrival of the game’s latest Marvel collection, Marvel’s The Avengers , which adds 16 new figures to the online game and are also available through codes in physical sets.

Joining the current line-up of Marvel characters, Marvel’s The Avengers Starter Pack figures include Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye and HulkThor, Hulk, Nick Fury, Captain America, Iron Man, Agent Coulson, Skrull Infiltrator, Hawkeye, Tony Stark and Heimdall are also available as Single-Figure Boosters.

Offering players an alternative way to collect, free codes for the virtual Marvel’s The Avengers Starter Pack can be found in physical Marvel’s The Avengers HeroClix Starter Packs. Additionally, codes for individual, random, virtual Gravity Feed Singles can be obtained through physical Gravity Feed Single-Figure Foil Packs or Booster sets.

For more information on HeroClix Online, visit http://hco.heroclix.com/.

For news updates and announcements, follow HeroClix Online on Facebook and Twitter.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 250 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Sneak Peek – Marvel Universe Skrull Soldier

Official Press Release

Marvel® Universe Skrull Soldier™

MVL Skrull SoldierMVL Skrull Soldier Packaging

Though the Skrull Empire had vast resources and powerful technology, the backbone of its all-conquering armies was made of these humble soldiers. Each one was trained to use his shape-shifting abilities to create confusion among their enemies, making them vulnerable to the surprise attacks and sabotage that were the Skrull Empire’s signature. For a thousand years, these soldiers were what allowed the empire to bring an entire galaxy to its knees.

Intricately detailed down to the last muscle, this articulated Skrull Solider action figure is ready to fight! Send him into combat with his weapon accessories to fight for the fate of the world or leave him posed for action on his stand as a warning against evil-doers everywhere. The battle is just beginning and the power is in your palm of your hands!

Figure comes with weapon accessories and a classified file with a secret code.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Articulated action figure comes with weapon accessories and a stand for display after you’re done enacting all of your fiercest good-versus-evil battles! Figure comes with a classified file with a secret code. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Ages 4 and up.

MARVEL, all related characters: TM & © 2009 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Licensed by Marvel Characters B.V. All rights reserved.
®* and/or ™* & © 2009 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

Choice Quotes

Secret Invasion #8

Teddy – Kate, even with the little I know about my heritage, I know this isn’t what the Skrull empire stands for.  The was extremism.  This was terrorism.

Kate – I don’t understand why they want the Earth so badly.  Didn’t you say they have a dozen planets?

Teddy –  They do.

Skrull – We do not.  Tragedy has decimated our people.  Our planets no longer exist.  Our faith was our last chance.  This was our last chance.

Skrulls Issue a Press Release

Official Press Release

To all of Earth, we are the alien race you know as Skrulls. We wish to offer a few words to you about recent events. You have so much potential. You have so much to offer. Your future can be bright and without war, poverty, and fear. All you have to do is let us help. We come not as an alien armada. We are not invading your lands as conquerors. We are here to help you. We can cure all that is wasting this world. We bring with us a message, one that can be easily translated into any language. Please share this with your brothers and sisters, for it is a simple message that can help us all in the days to come: EMBRACE CHANGE.

Last night we made our appeal to you on ESPN2. Today, MTV embraces the change that we offer and have chosen to re-air our groundbreaking television commercial. You can find it at this link.

To learn more about our message, please visit http://www.embracechange.org. There you will find the tools to help create a better tomorrow. You will find the path to Embrace Change.

With those simple words, and the actions that they entail, all can be resolved– we can finally put an end to aggression, violence, and strife. Remember, He loves you all so very much.

The Skrulls are a displaced race of aliens, whose homeworld has been destroyed, and have come to Earth as part of their prophecy that the Earth is their planet by divine right. With the ability to mimic any human, language, or power, these shape-changers have resources of over 5,000 characteristics, and are focused on utilizing these to bring forward a message of change to those around the world. Areas of emphasis include containing disease, disarmament of all countries, elimination of international debts and poverty, food and shelter for all citizens, and cessation of bigotry and violence. Rooted in their scriptures, theirs is a belief of change and the knowledge that “He” loves you. Their current advances into Earth have been chronicled by Eisner Award-Winning writer Brian Michael Bendis, and rendered by artists Leinil Yu, Mark Morales, and Laura Martin and published by Marvel Comics. Although their actions seem skewed through these Earthling’s lenses, the Skrulls’ strategy is to leverage its message of change in a growing array of opportunities around the world. For additional information visit http://www.embracechange.org.

Secret Invasion a Parable on Iraq?

We’ll explore this idea further in a more fleshed out post, but the parallels are something I noticed in the latest issue of Secret Invasion.  It seems I’m not the only one.  In a round up of Secret Invasion #6, Wizard Magazine has this exchange with it’s writer Brian Michael Bendis:

Despite the recent drawbacks the Skrull Queen still seems rather confident of their campaign.
BENDIS: They’re still on the winning side of the fight. Obviously, she’s not being stupid about it, but don’t start whining that it’s over because it’s not over. It’s hard. As they said, “We’ve done this before. This is what it feels like.” And I think we can all relate to invading a country taking a long time and having ups and down and debating of whether or not we should have been there in the first place.

That does sound familiar.
BENDIS: Huh? What?

Choice Quotes

A very light week for quotes.  There is one thing that consistently crossed my mind reading all of Marvel’s Secret Invasion tie-ins this week.  I couldn’t help but notice similarities between the motivation of the Skrulls and a certain real world religion.

Secret Invasion: X-Men #1

This is Holy war we’ve embarked on.  A crusade.  Only the very best — The bravest, the strongest, the most radiant in virtue — are fit to fight in a crusade.

To break it down more the Skrulls seem to be split into two factions who don’t get along and one is much more extreme and on a quest to liberate humanity from the oppression it views the super human community brings it.

Invading Skrulls = Al Qaeda?

Super Humans = the West/U.S.?


Are Obama and McCain Skrulls? Can We Trust Them?

From Secret Invasion #5, this spread depicts the Skrulls informing Earth that they’ve been invaded for their own good.  Marvel made sure to include some of the important politicos of our time, Barack Obama, John McCain, and even Steven Colbert (notice the Colbert ’08 sign in the center).

IGN asked Marvel’s Executive Editor Tom Brevoort about this:

IGN Comics: There’s generally been a trend in comics not to show politicians for fear of dating comics to a particular era. Yet the double-page spread shows many real life people, including Barack Obama and John McCain. Any particular reason for this or was that simply the preference of Brian Bendis and Leinil Yu?

Brevoort: I certainly understand the concerns about not wanting the work to date, but at the same time, if you’re trying to tell a story set in the here-and-now, and one with some relevance to the world the readers live in, you’ve got to represent that world accurately, as it is.  Those specific character choices were Leinil’s—Brian’s script was more general.

Have fun looking at the spread and all of the individuals depicted!

The Enemy Within

Last week Marvel comics launch it’s 8 month epic series Secret Invasion. Secret Invasion #1The political subtext leading up to this 3 years in the making event goes further than the “Colbert 08” t-shirt snuck into one of the panels in issue number 1.

Secret Invasion is the continuation of a story started 3 years ago involving the invasion of Earth and replacement of some of Marvel’s most powerful heroes by alien shape shifters call Skrulls. This feeling of sleeper cells amongst us was no accident. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the series writer Brian Michael Bendis said:

The Skrulls were invented back in the day when Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the Cold War were a big part of the [Marvel] universe. And we’re kind of back in that: The subtext of this story is not knowing if you can trust your friends or family. Years after 9/11, we go on a plane and start scanning the crowd…we can’t help it.

As Bendis describes above the original story of the Skrulls focused on Cold War hysteria, this new story updates it for the post 9/11 era, just replace Skrull for Al-Qaeda and you see where I’m going with this. Following the events of Marvel’s previous event Civil War, covered here, as well as the limited series Secret War, dealing with super power terrorism, Secret Invasion leaves the Earth’s protectors wondering who they can trust. Much like Civil War’s dealing with restrictions on liberty and freedom, Secret Invasion focuses on the paranoia of the unknown. Not knowing if you’re neighbor or friend is really a terrorist preparing to strike. The first issue saw numerous sleeper agents activated resulting in a global orchestrated terrorist strike, and calling into question various actions by some major characters over the past 3 years (ugh, I’m going to have to go back, re-read, and dissect).

The series takes on extra meaning with the recent news of convictions of a Chinese sleeper agent who had been the United States for two decades. An interesting time frame since (spoiler) the final panel of issue 1 reveals many of Marvel’s super heroes returning in their late 70’s/early 80’s uniforms. Weird coincidence, of course they could just be Skrulls as well.

Now this is just the first issue and judging by it, there’ll be tons to dissect over the next 8 months (at least). Bendis will make sure of that.