Archief voor March 2012

After Nick Fury, Hawkeye is Hot Toys second announcement of collectible figurines from the Avengers movie, coming out this april 26th.
With an incredible likeness of Jeremy Renner, again this is a hit-and-run from Hot Toys.
The figure is pretty straight-forward. But I love the costume, and I can expect Hot Toys to be keen on the detailing.
However, the figure is not as iconic as Iron man, Thor, Captain America or even Black Widow. And he little resembles his comic book counterpart. Not that’s mandatory, but still…
I’m more likely to pick up this figure before Nick Fury, but just barely.
With Fury being released in June and Hawkeye in July, I’ve gotta think with my economics in mind. Around the same price tag as Fury, €180, It’s still expensive. I have Iron Man mark II coming up this april and an Iron Monger and Iron Man mark 1 in September. So I gotta take it easy.
It would be nice though, to see Avengers figure announcements every month from Hot Toys.
Who do you think will be next? Black Widow? Captain America? Except for the Hulk, the other Avenger members all had their releases already. I bet Hulk will be announced last.
However Hot Toys doesn’t seem to waste any time over this line. We are still waiting for the complete announcement of Bane from the new Batman film. The Dark Knight Rises.
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The mini site for Lego’s newest theme just went live for the US.
Although not much activity on the page, you’ll get a nice look at the minifigs of the Avengers and Marvel Superheroes by clicking on them.
So this should mean, the pre-ordersfor those living in the states are not far  behind.

Check out the page!

As a follow up to the previous post. It’s now official; LEGO has just officially announced the newest addition from the Ultimate Collector Series, everyone’s favorite astromech droid R2-D2. Artoo comes out next May. It will cost you 180 USD or probably 180 EUR.
You’ll get 2,127 parts for that kind of money.
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Check out this new Japan trailer for the Avengers
It shows a good amount of new footage including some really good looks at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarier as well as the otherworldly beings attacking New York City…
Ow, and Gwyneth Paltrow!

So just for the fun of it:
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And some awesome new Character posters:
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I’ve just learned the much anticipated  UCS R2-D2 has been revealed on YouTube too early.
The video is now set on ‘private’. But for those, like me who couldn’t wait, Brickfanatics have added a low quality version of  the video in their own channel just in case Lego decide to pull it as they indeed did.

This build is 31 com high and 18 wide and has amazing details.
2D is set to be released in may, but the pricing is yet to be announced.
This set is very beautiful and surely one of the best official Star Wars sets.
But unfortunately I don’t think it will fit within my collections.
I’d have to think about it, because, hey, it’s R2!

Check out the video with the designers:
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Last Saterday Legandary Illustrator Ralph McQuarrie has died at age 82.
Ralph McQuarrie’s amazing illustrator work shaped many of the classic characters, starships and alien landscapes we all know and love, and most importantly, remember.

Whether it’s Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, or the many other classic films he was a part of, it is fascinating to see the origins of the iconic imagery we’re used to watching.
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Last monday game publicer Ubisoft officially announced Assassin’s Creed III, the next chapter and aera in the popular franchise.
The game’s story is set during the American revolution with a new protagonist, Connor.

Connor is half British, half indian. Connor’s battle with the Templars gets caught between the clashing British and American armies led by George Washington.

Ubisoft claims this their biggest project ever. Nearly Three years in development by Ubisoft Montréal in collaboration with six other studio’s, the game will be released for pc, Xbox360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo’s new console WiiU

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However pretty cool and teasing, I find this trailer less as strong as the E3 trailer for Assassin’s Creed Revelations with Woodkyd’s powerfull Iron song.

Lego Shop@Home in the US has some pretty cool promotional deals in March.
Firstly, US costumers get double VIP points for all purchases in-store and online March 1st-15th.
They’ll also get free shipping on orders of $75 or more from March 12th through 31st.
Finally, If they spend $35 on Star Wars LEGO US costumers receive a free poster and if they spend $50 on Star Wars, they’ll get 30% off the Imperial Royal Guard Magnet.

BUT! we got our own March promotional deals!
Spend €55  or more on Lego Star Wars and the FREE LEGO Star Wars Mini TIE Fighter™ will be automatically added to your bag!
Also, we’ll get DOUBLE VIP Points on all LEGO® purchases March 1-15!

How’s that for a promotion?

As mentioned a few months back, Lego announced it’s new Superhero theme.
While in the meantime, Lego already released the DC heroes sets in the US, the marvel hero sets were shrouded in mystery.

February the 12th, published an article with official promotional pictures of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers sets after some photo’s surfaced from the UK toy fair and the Lego Toy Fair.

While nothing official yet, Brickset already put new images of the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets online.
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What a great news! Hot Toys will be releasing figures based on the Avengers movie, coming out this april (Europe).
First of the line is SHIELD director Nick Fury, performed by non other than Samual L. Jackson.
This is a fairly basic figure, so I am not sure I’m willing to pay €180 for this figure. Sure it as some accessories, I just don’t find the figure that exciting. I feel the head-sculpt of Jackson could be better. His head is too thick. It would be ok just to see the figure as Nick Fury instead of Jackson. But if I am paying this kind of money, the likeness should be more accurate.
But he is initiator of the Avengers Initiative and director of SHIELD. And that would be great if you get figures of Agent Coulson and Maria Hill. However, I think that would be unlikely.
So that leave to the one really plus: One (1) silver suitcase with light-up Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) and patterns inside (battery operated).
I love the Avengers and I am already assembling them with my Hot Toys collection. So it would be cool to have Nick Fury besides my Black Widow and maybe Hawkeye, Coulson and Hill.
I feel I can wait with pre-ordering for more announcements being made and just make that decision when this figure gets released.

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