Preview new Minimates from Diamond Select!

Diamond Select Toys recently released Series 4 of its Marvel Animated Minimates collection, the latest assortment in an exclusive mini-figure line only available at Walgreens stores. Now they’re ready to unveil the next assortment in the line! This upcoming fifth series of figures features all-new two-packs from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble, including new variations on your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains, as well as two never-before-made characters!

Series 5 will hit in Summer of 2017, and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:

  • From Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Girl faces off with Hulk Carnage! May “Mayday” Parker is the daughter of Peter Parker from an alternate Earth, while a Carnage-possessed Hulk ravaged New York City in “The Symbiote Saga.” Spider-Girl includes a webline accessory.
  • Also from Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel battles Kang the Conqueror! Teenage Inhuman superheroine Kamala Khan comes with an interchangeable stretching arm and giant hand to challenge the master of time himself! This is the first Marvel Minimate of the new Ms. Marvel!
  • From Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Iron Man’s Mark II armor goes up against Proxima Midnight, a super-strong lieutenant of Thanos. Iron Man eatures a removable helmet and flight stand, while Proxima comes with her spear. This is the first Marvel Minimate of Proxima Midnight!
  • Also from Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Bruce Banner puts on his very own Hulkbuster Armor to take on the gamma-irradiated genius The Leader! The Hulkbuster Armor is removable, and Bruce includes alternate parts so you can display him in his Stark Industries T-shirt!

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also feature a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.

Look for Series 5 to arrive in all Walgreens stores in Summer 2017. Series 4 is shipping to stores now, with Deep Immersion Spider-Man and Anti-Venom, Green Goblin with Scarlet Spider, Speed Energy Hulk with Speed Demon, and Iron Skull with Doctor Spectrum! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!

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Assemble your holiday surprises with the 2017 Marvel Gift Guide!

written by Maggie Klimentova

What happens when the Avengers do a gift exchange?

Tony Stark probably brings a cutting edge tech gadget. Natasha Romanoff likely picks out some super spy gear. Steve Rogers hand knits socks.

And even though Iron Man, Black Widow, and Captain America might not hang out in your home on their days off from work, Marvel’s 2017 Holiday Headquarters and Gift Guide will still provide you with a collection of goodies worthy of the world’s greatest super team!

We’ve put together a few thoughtfully chosen gift ideas for all the Marvel fans in your family, so check out the highlights below. And head to the Holiday Headquarters for more curated collections!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Feature Dancing Groot

Rock out with this groovy dancing Groot!

Nearly the same size as his movie counterpart, this Groot can play music himself—or even detect external tunes. When he hears a song playing, Groot starts to boogie, so put on your favorite album and join him with some dance moves of your own!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) Marvel Cinematic Edition

To see Groot and the rest of the galaxy’s most dysfunctional family in action, pick up “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2” in 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray! Gather the whole family on the couch and relive every moment from the smash hit film!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition

Band together with your family to defeat Kang the Conqueror in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2! This action-packed video game will have everyone begging to play for “just five more minutes!”

LEGO Black Panther Pursuit

 

Create and control your own adventure with this Black Panther Pursuit LEGO set. Will Black Panther capture the Winter Soldier? Will he join Captain America? Will they race? Or will they create a giant structure out of their vehicles? You decide!

Spider-Man App-Enabled Super Hero by Sphero

Make a high-flying addition to your super team by snagging a Sphero Spider-Man this holiday season! Hang out with this voice interactive Web-Head as his emotive expressions and quick wit provide you and your family with hours of fun!

To discover even more holiday gift ideas, stop by Marvel’s 2017 Holiday Headquarters!

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Conquer the holidays with these perfect kids’ gifts!

written by Maggie Klimentova

December has arrived! A month of such short days and long to-do lists that even Quicksilver would have trouble getting ready for the holiday season.

But fear not, True Believers! Finding the perfect present may sound like a super power only found in a comic book, but our 2017 Holiday Headquarters and Gift Guide grants you that ability with just a few clicks!

We’ve put together a few thoughtfully chosen present ideas for all the Marvel fans you know, so check out a few highlights of our children’s gifts—for The Young Champion in your life—below. And head to the Holiday Headquarters for even more ideas!

“Thor: Ragnarok” Hulk Smash FX Fists

These Hulk hands promise gigantic fun for the lucky young fan! Smash to activate special sound effects and Jade Giant roars. If running around with these green gauntlets doesn’t sound like a good time, we don’t know what does!

“Thor: Ragnarok” Rumble Strike Hammer

With this hammer, the worthy Thor in your life can harness the power of the God of Thunder! Wield Mjolnir to hear some epic sound effects—all inspired by the new film, “Thor: Ragnarok”!

Marvel Spider-Man Mega City Playset

Return from Asgard to the home of Spider-Man: New York City! With this giant playset featuring Peter Parker’s secret lab, your young scientist—and super hero alike—can study radioactive spiders and fight crime all at once!

Marvel Spider-Man Blue & Red Quilt Sets

 

Peter Parker may be one of the coolest super heroes around, but the winter season demands bedding that’s a little more warm. Have your little hero curl up in this Spidey quilt set, featuring images of the world’s greatest web-slinger!

Lockjaw Plush

Give the gift of snuggles with this Lockjaw plush! While this version of the Inhuman’s trusty pup doesn’t actually teleport, he’ll still transport anyone to a land of cuteness and cuddles with a single hug!

Captain America vívofit® jr. 2

Even super heroes need some guidance and inspiration! Help your little Cap track their steps, sleep, and activities with one of these high tech, swim friendly Marvel-themed vívofits!

Keep swinging, Spidey! Become the hero of this holiday season by harnessing the power of Marvel’s 2017 Holiday Headquarters!

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You can now pre-order this fearsome new figure of an unleashed Logan.

A new Wolverine Premium Format™ Figure is coming from Sideshow, featuring the iconic X-Men ready for battle. This polystone statue stands 20” tall, with Wolverine lunging forward atop a severed Sentinel hand base.

Wolverine has a savage portrait complete with a snarling expression and his iconic yellow and black mask. He is clad in a textured yellow and blue costume with a red X-Men insignia belt buckle and weathering from battles past.
Full to the brim with anger and Adamantium, Wolverine has unsheathed metal claws prepared to shred any other Sentinels that might stand in his way. His arms are sculpted with impressive musculature, bulging veins, and painted hair detail, attesting to his sheer strength and ferocity.

The Exclusive edition of the Wolverine Premium Format™ Figure includes an alternate unmasked portrait with his cowl drawn back, revealing Wolverine’s furious face, sporting his iconic wild hairstyle. Check out the gallery at the top of the page to see images of the figure, including the unmasked portrait.

The Wolverine Premium Format™ Figure is now available for pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles.

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Spider-Gwen, Black Panther, more are coming to Walgreens in Series 8 of Marvel Animated Minimates!

It’s time for Diamond Select Toys is ready to unveil the next batch of Marvel Animated Minimates, featuring new Super Heroes, new Super Villains and new versions of old favorites!

Series 8 will hit Walgreens stores on or around April 1, 2018, and will include four all-new two-packs. The assortment includes:

• From “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Stealth Suit Spider-Man takes on Screwball! The Internet personality with a mean streak is ready to humiliate Peter Parker in front of millions so Peter has donned his all-black stealth suit to stay below her radar. Spider-Man includes a webline accessory and leaping support stand, while Screwball has her pouch full of gear. This is the first Minimate of Screwball!

• Also from “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Spider-Gwen, a.k.a. Gwen Stacy, tangles with the Jackal! The web-slinger comes with a webline accessory and leaping support stand, while her uncle, Professor Miles Warren, makes his debut in the Marvel Minimates format!

• From “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” / “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars,” The Wasp is menaced by MODOK! The size-changing heroine includes a removable helmet, detachable wing accessories and a transparent flight stand, while the super-smart, super-sized AIM leader floats on a support stand.

• Also from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” / “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars,” the Black Panther strikes at the evil Madame Masque! The warrior from Wakanda must defeat the beautiful criminal from Iron Man’s past. Black Panther includes a removable mask, while Madame Masque includes an interchangeable unmasked head and hair piece. This is the first Madame Masque Minimate ever made!

In the meantime, a new batch of Marvel Animated Minimates are currently available. Spider-Man and Captain Marvel headline the recently-released Series 7 of the exclusive mini-figure line, only available at Walgreens stores.

Series 7, in all Walgreens locations now, captures the worlds of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution” in an assortment of four packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. Sets include Spider-Man and Scorpion, Kid Arachnid and Vulture, Captain Marvel with Red Hulk, and Captain America’s Hulkbuster with Baron Zemo.

Walgreens also has an exclusive assortment of Minimates based on “Thor: Ragnarok,” as seen below!

Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com.

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New Funkos of Howard the Duck, Venompool, King Groot and more coming in February!

The mobile fighting game “Marvel Contest of Champions:” is coming to Pop! As you assemble your ultimate team of champions look for the Funko Pop! versions of some of your favorite characters.

This series includes Cosmic Champion King Groot, the mystical Guillotine, Tech Champion Civil Warrior, and Venompool. Rounding out the series comes a 6” version of Tech Champion Howard the Duck!

Exclusives include a glow version of Civil Warrior at Hot Topic, a glow version of King Groot at Target, Venompool holding a phone at GameStop, and Punisher 2099 at Walgreens.

Check out the gallery above to see them all!

The Funko Pop! “Marvel Contest of Champions” figures will be released in February.

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Add new Diamond Select Minimates to your collection now!

The sixth series of Marvel Animated Minimates has arrived in Walgreens stores! Spider-Man and the Inhumans headline the latest assortment of the exclusive mini-figure line only available at Walgreens, and now Diamond Select Toys is ready to unveil the next batch! This upcoming seventh series of figures features the first two-packs from the new cartoon “Marvel’s Spider-Man” as well as more characters from “Avengers Assemble,” including new editions of classic Super Heroes and Super Villains who have never been done in the animated style!

Series 7 will hit Walgreens stores on or around December 1, 2017 and will include four different two-packs, each containing two 2-inch Minimates mini-figures. The assortment includes:

  • From “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Spider-Man faces off with the Scorpion! Criminal Mac Gargan wears a full scorpion suit with an articulated tail, while Spider-Man includes a webline accessory.
  • Also from “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Kid Arachnid, a.k.a. Miles Morales, tangles with with the Vulture! The villainous Adrian Toomes features wings, a removable helmet and a transparent flight stand, while Kid Arachnid comes with a webline accessory.
  • From “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain Marvel teams up with the Red Hulk! Kree-powered super-heroine Carol Danvers includes energy effects that attach to her hands and a transparent flight stand.
  • Also from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” Captain America puts on his own Hulkbuster armor to stand up to his old foe Baron Zemo! This is the first Minimate ever made of Steve Rogers’ red, white and blue Hulkbuster armor, and it includes a shield accessory and a hinged helmet. Classic Avengers villain Zemo comes with his sword.

Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts, so you can trade accessories and create custom looks. Minimates also feature a standard 14 points of articulation, to strike a variety of poses, and each Minimate comes with a clear disc base that pegs into the character’s foot to support dynamic poses.

Look for Series 6 in all Walgreens stores now, with Spider-Man and Iron FIst, White Tiger and Iron Patriot, Vision with Abomination and Black Bolt with Medusa! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!

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Get the scoop on the new Funko Pop! line and Episode 4, out now!

This week, we returned to our favorite ragtag group of galaxy savers and their struggle with the Eternity Forge in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.” In the latest episode—Who Needs You?—the team must overcome their own fractured relationships and in-fighting to escape the Sacred Shrine alive. Players will help Star-Lord lead the team to safety while exploring the past of another team member—Drax the Destroyer.

Not only are the Guardians of this story gracing phone screens, televisions, and PC monitors around the world—but soon they’ll appear in vinyl as Funko releases a new set of Marvel Gamerverse Pop! collectibles. Gamora, Rocket, Lylla, and Hala the Accuser will all appear in this latest set—created in collaboration between Telltale and Funko!

We sat down with Justin Lambros—Executive Producer on “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series”—to learn what we could about the series’ penultimate episode and about the developer’s work with Funko on this new set of collectibles.

Marvel.com: Episode 3—More Than a Feeling—left players with a serious decision about what to do with the Eternity Forge. With the artifact either empowered or destroyed, what state is the team in when we pick up here in Episode 4: Who Needs You?

Justin Lambros: This was our biggest choice of the season so far, and as per usual, the various Guardians had very different ideas of what to do with the Forge. Groot and Gamora sided pretty heavily with destroying it, while Rocket and Drax were very interested in using its power to bring back loved ones. Combine that with two very different versions of Hala to deal with, and you’ve got the Guardians in the middle of a crisis. I don’t want to spoil anything, but pretty quickly in the episode this will come to a head, and you’ll have to start picking up the pieces as Peter. Some of your team will support you, and others, well let’s just say will be less than helpful. This episode is really about trying to keep these cracks in the group from being full fractures.

Marvel.com: The fate of the Eternity Forge also has an impact on Hala. What threat does she now pose to the Guardians and the galaxy at large—either with or without the ancient artifact?

Justin Lambros: One of the things that’s so fun (and challenging) about creating Telltale games is having branched states for characters, and we’ve done a whopper with Hala. You’ll either be facing her as the leader of a resurrected Kree empire with a fully operational armada of ships, or a living grim reaper/undead Kree Accuser who has nothing left to lose. Neither of these things seems like a good place for our heroes to be, but it has very different potential solutions to figure out how to save the galaxy.

Marvel.com: What lurks in these caverns that the team will have to contend with as they make their escape? Hala is one problem, but it sounds like there are many more hiding in the shadows.

Justin Lambros: An early decision we made with episode 4 was to really focus on the characters of the Guardians themselves to help make the current state of the galaxy a more personal issue for the team and the player. So, we’ve got an story here that puts even more internal pressure on the team directly before they can even begin to address the “saving of the galaxy” that they are supposed to be doing. Our creative team came up with a new and exciting set of problems, which will keep the pressure on the Guardians while they are sorting out their differences. It’s one of the great things of the IP that we wanted to show off in this episode: new space creatures and fantastical environments.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen glimpses of the past for Star-Lord, Rocket, and Gamora so far, with Drax up next this episode. What element of Drax the Destroyer’s backstory will we explore?

Justin Lambros: What we’ve talked about from the earlier creative meetings for this project was to dig into a different side of Drax in his flashback. His backstory in the comics is quite different from the movie, but we wanted to merge them a bit, trying to show Drax in a more normal family life, rather than digging into his history as a fierce warrior. I’m hoping players find it as compelling as we did in making it.

Again, one of the real goals of this project was to round out a more complex version of each of these amazing characters from the Guardians, and Drax is surprisingly complex when you start to dig into his past and what he has done to deal with it. We hope it makes some of the big choices later in the episode very challenging for the player.

Marvel.com: There’s just one episode remaining, what can you tell us about the upcoming finale? Is there any one part of the story’s conclusion that you’re most excited to share with players?

Justin Lambros: I couldn’t be more excited about the final episode. The team building it worked on the early episodes of the project, so they’re carrying a lot of passion and knowledge for what’s come before in the series. It’s a very complex, branched episode that really aims to pay off on the character choices and consequences from the series in a big way. And without spoiling anything, I’m most excited about how we’ve kept the big final choice that we had planned from the early stages of pre-production and also added some more branched content and new moments that we didn’t even conceive of at the earliest points. So, I’m hoping that whatever content the players get, they feel a strong emotional attachment to what they’ve decided for these characters, and, hopefully they get to save the galaxy as well.

Marvel.com: We teased last month that the Guardians as we know them here in “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” are getting the Pop! vinyl treatment from Funko soon. What has the collaboration been like with Marvel and the folks at Funko to help bring Telltale’s game designs to life?

Justin Lambros: This has been an amazing collaboration for the team and me personally. Not just because I’ve been collecting Funko Pop! vinyl for years and have a ridiculous collection of Marvel Super Heroes (and especially the Guardians), but also they’ve done an amazing job of representing the unique design elements that we have brought to our characters into their trademark stylization.

It’s been a blast for us to put our unique Telltale art style on the main Guardians, but it’s been in bringing the lesser known supporting characters to life in our game that we’ve really been able to shine. And Funko has put together a mix of those characters for us and really blown us away with their work. It’s a terrific mix of cute and bad ass that we couldn’t be more excited to have applied to some of our game characters.

Marvel.com: Hala and Lylla are sure to have Marvel + Funko fans excited, as these characters are joining the company’s collectible line for the first time! How do you feel about helping to bring them into the Funko fold?

Justin Lambros: I’ve had the privilege to work on a number of Marvel projects in my career and one of my favorite aspects is drilling down into the lesser known realms of the Marvel character library and bringing those characters to life in the interactive medium. And when the game version of these characters then comes to life in other ways, it’s really satisfying for the team members who work so hard on concepting, modeling, texturing, and animating these vibrant personalities to see others inspired by and adapting their creative work.

Lylla is an old comics character that has a very minor reference in the first Guardians film, so it was great to be able to have her play a major role in episode 2 of our series. And the undeniable cuteness of that Funko Pop! has really made our creative team proud, as Lylla held a special place in the hearts of our writers and designers. And Hala is a more recent comic creation, so we were happy to get some more awareness for this truly imposing character from the comics in our game and beyond.

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Get the behind-the-scenes guide to the movie from Titan and Marvel Studios!

Titan Publishing is thrilled to announce “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition”—celebrating the making of Marvel Studio’s hotly anticipated new movie, “Thor: Ragnarok“! From exclusive cast interviews to concept art, this is fans’ all-in-one guide to the God of Thunder’s latest celluloid adventure, which hits cinemas on November 3, 2017!

In Marvel Studio’s new film, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself imprisoned and in a lethal gladiatorial contest against his former ally, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

On sale November 7 and available in US stores in both softcover and hardcover editions, Titan Publishing’s deluxe “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” will allow fans to go behind the scenes of Marvel Studios’ new far-out fantasy epic. Presenting unseen making-of photos, stunning concept art, secrets from the set, with star interviews including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, and Mark Ruffalo, “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” is the essential movie companion for fans of one of Marvel’s mightiest heroes!

Marvel Studio’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” one of 2017’s most talked about movies, listed as fans’ most anticipated movie for 2017 on entertainment site Fandango. “Titan is very excited to publish ‘Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition,’” said Titan Publishing Director, Chris Teather. “The God of Thunder’s latest adventure looks to be his most thrilling yet, and our aim is to give fans exclusive access into Asgard from concept to cast!”

Stay tuned for more information on “Thor: Ragnarok The Official Collector’s Edition” from Titan Publishing very soon.

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ECHL announces Marvel Super Hero Nights for the 2017-18 season!

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the 2017-18 Season will feature Marvel Super Hero themed games throughout the hockey league’s 27 Teams—including specialty jerseys, character appearances, co-branded ECHL/Marvel merchandise, and other in-game promotions during the designated events.

At a press conference broadcast from the famed comic book store Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, representatives from the ECHL, Marvel, MeiGray Group, and the AMC series “Comic Book Men” discussed the relationship and the excitement for the upcoming games.

“Marvel is thrilled to work with the ECHL to provide all of their fans and ours with a one-of-a-kind in-game experience by bringing together the power of the Marvel brand with the energy and excitement of professional hockey,” said Marvel Vice President, Digital Media & Marketing Solutions, Jonathan Parkhideh.

Over the course of the season, each ECHL team will adorn a special Marvel Super Hero theme jersey featuring one of several characters including Captain America, Ironman, Thor, Hulk, or collectively as the Avengers, with the ECHL team’s own logo intertwined. Several ECHL Marvel Super Hero Nights will feature these characters against each other with both teams wearing a specialty themed jersey.

“The ECHL is proud to partner with Marvel, one of Disney’s most popular brands, in their first ever North American league-wide partnership,” said Brian McKenna, Commissioner of the ECHL. “We would also like to thank Barry Meisel and the MeiGray Group for their participation to bring these Super Heroes to the ice by way of the specialty jerseys. The ECHL takes great pride in providing new and creative ideas to entertain our fans and expand our audience and Marvel is the ideal partner to continue this trend.”

As part of this first-of-its-kind league-wide program, all ECHL-Marvel themed jerseys will be auctioned off to the public through The MeiGray Group. For complete details on the ECHL-Marvel Super Hero Night in the ECHL market nearest you, please see the schedule below—or contact your ECHL team directly.

ECHL – MARVEL Super Hero Game Nights

ECHL Team                                        Game Date

Adirondack Thunder                           November 25, 2017
Allen Americans                                 January 15, 2018
Atlanta Gladiators                               December 2, 2017
Brampton Beast                                  November 19, 2017
Cincinnati Cyclones                            February 9-10, 2018
Colorado Eagles                                  March 18, 2018
Florida Everblades                              November 18, 2017
Fort Wayne Komets                            April 7, 2018
Greenville Swamp Rabbits                 March 6, 2018
Idaho Steelheads                                 March 24, 2018
Indy Fuel                                             November 18, 2017
Jacksonville IceMen                           November 17, 2017
Kalamazoo Wings                               January 20, 2018
Kansas City Mavericks                       November 11, 2017
Manchester Monarchs                         January 20, 2018
Norfolk Admirals                                March 3, 2018
Orlando Solar Bears                            November 25, 2017
Quad City Mallards                             January 19, 2018
Rapid City Rush                                 February 10, 2018
Reading Royals                                   December 30, 2017
South Carolina Stingrays                    November 18, 2017
Toledo Walleye                                   November 4, 2017
Tulsa Oilers                                         March 25, 2018
Utah Grizzlies                                     October 28, 2017
Wheeling Nailers                                November 10, 2017
Wichita Thunder                                 November 25, 2017
Worcester Railers                                March 2-3, 2018

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