Thanos comes face-to-face with his legendary creator!
Sideshow, who are famous for their high-end, luxury pop culture statues, memorabilia, and collectibles, have unveiled an all-new interpretation of Thanos.
Recently, following the red carpet premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” in Los Angeles, Sideshow’s creative team were able to share their vision of The Mad Titan with comic-book legend and Thanos creator Jim Starlin!
Jim spent a day at Sideshow HQ, hanging out with the creative team, poring through the countless concept designs and sketches, and checking out the final prototype of Thanos on his throne.
Sideshow’s Art Director, David Igo, said: “The Thanos on Throne Maquette was a labor of love that went through years of design and development. We aimed to give our fellow collectors ‘an ultimate Thanos,’ combining aspects of all of our favorite iterations of the character as he appeared in paintings, comic books, movies and more–and it looks like Jim likes him as much as we do!”
Sideshow Sculptor Will Harbottle added: “[His gesture is] an homage to the cover of INFINITY GAUNTLET #4. It’s one of my favorite moments in all of comic book history. He’s on the cover, floating in space and he’s saying, ‘Come and get me’! We wanted to reference that awesome moment.”
When asked about his first impression of Sideshow’s huge new Maquette, and that hand gesture in particular, Jim said “The first thing I saw was this finger, beckoning, and I went ‘They got it right!'”
He added: “It’s just a gorgeous looking piece of work entirely. Currently, I think this new statue [is] my favorite.”
David Igo added: “Jim is a constant source of inspiration to us, and it was our pleasure and privilege to share this moment with him. The whole experience has been a dream come true, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to work with Marvel, and to explore this amazing character.”
The Thanos on Throne Maquette was met with praise from critics and fans alike, and the super limited edition Sideshow exclusive variant sculpt–with a second, grinning portrait–sold out in minutes!
Funko Pop! kicks off the new line with ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite’!
Enter the Marvel Gamerverse! With this new line, Marvel and friends bring fans a whole new way to level up their collections with exciting products and collectibles inspired by Marvel gaming favorites—bringing the epic characters and in-game storytelling you love to life. With “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” releasing next week, get set for a new wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles based on the crossover video game series.
Two universes collide with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.” This Funko: Pop! Games series features the high-flying Captain Marvel, the martial arts master Chun-Li, the laser-blasting and wise-cracking Rocket Raccoon, the successor to Mega Man, X, and the most dangerous woman in the galaxy, Gamora. In addition, the ninja agent Strider Hiryu, the maniacal mechanical Ultron, and the power-hungry tyrant, Sigma, join the lineup!
We sat down with a few of our friends at Funko—Director of Marketing Mark Robben and Project Manager Erin Macke—to get an inside look at the process of putting this set together.
Marvel.com: Fans of the Marvel vs Capcom franchise are sure to be pumped about these new collectibles. How did the team decide which characters would join the Funko Pop! family in this set?
Mark Robben: We partnered closely with Marvel during the character selection process. As with most of our projects with Marvel, it’s equal parts input from Funko artists and product design as well getting feedback from the team at Marvel. For MVCI, we definitely wanted to showcase the most visually striking characters from the game up front, and we always try to make room for our personal favorites and the favorites of our fans. But we definitely wanted to keep some in our back pocket for future waves!
Marvel.com: Some of these characters have been seen before in past Marvel and Capcom sets from Funko. How have their looks been updated and adjusted for the “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” line?
Erin Macke: In general, we tried to use premium alternate costumes found in the game and this is actually the first time anyone has seen these alternate looks. While the costumes we selected may not be those that fans will think of first when they picture a character from the game, we think that will make for a very exciting and fresh take on these beloved characters.
Marvel.com: Gamora, in particular, rocks a look in MVCI that hasn’t been seen much in collectibles: a classic comic-inspired uniform. Does the team have more fun working on completely new looks for characters you’ve seen in the past?
Erin Macke: Absolutely; it’s definitely fun and challenging to flex our creativity with new looks or new takes on known characters. It’s a personal challenge for the artists at Funko to reflect the characters as fans would know them, but then to also infuse that special Funko style that we’ve become known for.
Marvel.com: X—the successor to Mega Man—and Sigma—one of X’s primary antagonists—join Strider Hiryu as characters who get the full-size Pop! treatment for the first time here. What was the design process like for them?
Erin Macke: We worked closely from reference art provided by the Marvel Games and Capcom [teams] to ensure we’re doing the characters justice; we definitely want to ensure we’re reflecting them properly and showcasing the designs from the game itself. But again, the real trick is then adding those special tweaks that bring out the Funko look and feel. Any fan or collector should be able to look at a character and easily know who it is, but at the same time recognize it as a Pop! vinyl because of the art style.
Marvel.com: This set presents a nice spread of familiar and fresh faces. How do you strike that balance of characters you’ve worked with previously vs those that are new to the Funko family?
Mark Robben: We really don’t tend to think about characters in terms of old versus new. Instead, we just tend to look for great character design and pay attention to the characters, stories, and games that fans love. Everyone loves new characters, but fans also have a great deal of nostalgia for the characters they grew up with. We want to make sure every line has a little of both.
Look for the Marvel Gamerverse “Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite” wave of Funko Pop! vinyl collectibles to hit shelves in November! But this is just the beginning for Marvel Gamerverse and Funko. A certain ragtag group of galaxy-savers are next to get the Pop! vinyl treatment—straight from the gameplay of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series!”
Preview New Thor And Hulk Figures from Diamond Select Toys
Published Sep 12, 2017
By Blake Garris
The Mighty Thor returns to the Disney Store and Marvel Shop with a new exclusive Hulk figure!
As the highly anticipated film ‘Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok’ heads towards theaters, fans have been hungry for more Thor products. Now with Ragnarok looming, Thor makes his prophesied return, alongside a brand-new Disney Store-exclusive Marvel Select figure by Diamond Select Toys! That’s right, Thor has brought a friend from work back with him, and Planet Hulk is landing on Earth in October!
This exclusive figure of Planet Hulk depicts him in his gladiator armor from the character-redefining “Planet Hulk” storyline in The IncredibleHulk comics. Rocketed toward an extra-terrestrial paradise by Marvel’s greatest heroes, Hulk instead crash-lands on the cruel planet Sakaar, where he is forced to fight in the arenas for the enjoyment of the crowd. The figure stands approximately 10 inches tall (11.5 inches with his feather crest) and features 16 points of articulation, allowing him to strike a wide variety of combat-ready poses. Accessories include an 8-inch-long battle axe and a 5-inch tall spiked shield.
Wearing his Marvel NOW! outfit, the Mighty Thor comes with his hammer Mjolnir, an alternate unhelmeted head and a larger accessory piece representing his spinning hammer. Plug it into his hand to make it look like he’s about to hurl Mjolnir into battle – or hurl himself into the air! The Asgardian God of Thunder stands 8 inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Both figures were sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and both come packaged in display-ready packaging with comic artwork down one side, for handy shelf reference.
Pre-orders will open on September 12, 2017 at marvelshop.com and disneystore.com, and figures will be available at U.S. Disney Store locations by October 2. Later in October, the figure will also become available in European Disney Stores, as well as through disneystore.eu.
Mighty Thor and Planet Hulk join the roster of exclusive Marvel Select figures at the Marvel Shop and Disney Store, including Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Gamora with Rocket, Spectacular Spider-Man, Avenging Captain America, Black Widow, Black Panther and Bleeding Edge Iron Man.
Marvel Entertainment Launches 'Marvel Super Hero Adventures' Program for Preschoolers
Published Sep 7, 2017
By Christine Dinh
Program includes animated shorts, chapter books and expanded line of merchandise debuting this Fall!
Little True Belivers, this one’s for you! Starting this Fall, we’re gearing up for the brand new school year with “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” – a multi-platform content program targeting Marvel’s youngest fans through animation and publishing. Through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, preschool kids and young readers will have a gateway into the Marvel Universe. This new program will be supported by new offerings across comic books, graphic novels and merchandise including toys, lifestyle and apparel.
Marvel Animation will launch a season of 10 short-form episodes for the pre-school audience. The 3.5 minute animated episodes will feature Spidey in an epic team-up with other inspiring and brave Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Ms. Marvel and more. Platforms and launch date for this short-form series will be announced at a later date.
Debuting in September will be a series of early-reader chapter books joining the existing line of popular Marvel Super Hero Adventures activity books and storybooks from Marvel Press. The first chapter book, “Deck the Malls!,” written by MacKenzie Cadenhead and Sean Ryan, illustrated by Derek Laufman, features Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen in a fully illustrated adventured with a bonus one-page comic. Three more chapter books and an expanding publishing program will continue through 2018 and beyond.
The Super Hero Adventures merchandise is led by a toy collaboration with Hasbro, featuring new character tie-ins and play experiences inspired by Marvel Animation. They’re a perfect way for preschoolers to celebrate their young passion for Marvel in their daily lives. Further merchandise rollouts include wide offerings across toys and apparel with supportive collaborations from Mad Engine, Jay Fanco, GBG, Jakks Pacific and others–all representative of the major categories for Marvel preschoolers. Additional Marvel Super Hero Adventures products will debut throughout October during Marvel Mania, Marvel’s celebratory campaign spanning marquee retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.
Parents and fans around the world can share the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure program with young fans as it expands even more in Spring 2018.
Preview this limited edition Grey Matter piece by the artist, Florey!
Grey Matter Art under license from Marvel, is proud to present a new officially licensed, limited edition screen printed poster for the classic comic characters, Spider-Man and Vulture, by the very talented artist, Florey. Below are details regarding the poster and release information.
Spider-Man Vs. Vulture by Florey
18″ x 24″ hand-numbered screen print – $40
Edition of 150
Printed by Lady Lazarus
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Night Light Alarm Clocks
Published Aug 3, 2017
By Blake Garris
Preview the brand new 5.5 inch alarm clocks, coming this September from BulbBotz!
With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just days away from its Digital and Blu Ray™ release, BulbBotz are excited to present their latest range of night light alarm clocks.
The newest release from BulbBotz sees the galaxy’s mightiest heroes, Groot and Rocket Racoon in signature BulbBotz form: pint-sized and bulb-shaped in appearance character light up alarm clocks.
Featuring a night-light, simply push down on their heads to make them light up. Their hilarious sound effects are triggered simply by pressing the sound button on their torso. Whilst Groot’s vocabulary may be limited, this won’t hold him back from waking you from your slumber. As Guardian of the Keystone Quadrant, Rocket Racoon will never leave your side in a moment of need, but don’t let this comical hero’s furry demeanor deceive you! The genetically modified space menace stands a chance of delivering some serious tail kicking!
Standing at 5.5 inches, with an easy to read backlit LCD screen, alarm and snooze function, Groot and Rocket Racoon are undoubtedly well equipped to protect the Galaxy from the enemies of the cosmos.
For more from BulbBotz, be sure to visit their website.
Preview the next line in the series, available at Walgreens soon!
Diamond Select Toys is ready to unveil the next assortment in their mini-figure line! This upcoming sixth series of figures features all-new two-packs from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Avengers Assemble,” including long-awaited and fully updated editions of some classic super heroes and super villains, as well as one never-before-made character!
Series 6 will hit in the 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-Man teams up with Iron Fist! Wearing his K’Un-Lun Armor, Spidey acts as a second in battle to his S.H.I.E.L.D teammate Danny Rand, the mystical martial artist known as the Iron Fist. Danny comes with a removable mask and unmasked hair piece, while Spider-Man includes a webline accessory.
Also from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man,” White Tiger teams up with the Iron Patriot! Spider-Man’s amulet-powered teammate Ava Ayala comes with armored hero Norman Osborne, attempting to undo his wrongs as the Green Goblin. Both characters feature removable masks, and Ava comes with an alternate unmasked hair piece.
From “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” the Vision faces off with the Abomination! A synthezoid, or artificial person, the Vision must adjust his density to take on the Gamma-powered brute, Emil Blonsky! Vision includes a clear flight stand.
Also from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” the royal family of the Inhumans has arrived! Vocally destructive Black Bolt comes with his wife Medusa, and her living locks of hair! Blackagar Boltagon comes with an alternate shouting head, as well as a sonic scream accessory. This is the first Minimate ever made of Medusa!
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 in all Walgreens stores now, with Spider-Girl vs. Hulk Carnage, Ms. Marvel vs. Kang the Conqueror, Iron Man Mark II vs. Proxima Midight, and Bruce Banner in Hulkbuster Armor vs. the Leader! Find your nearest store at Walgreens.com!
Preview the new Gentle Giant exclusive based off the art of Skottie Young!
Gentle Giant Ltd. celebrates Marvel’s flagship character with the Spider-Man animated Statue. This convention exclusive statue shows everyone’s favorite wall-crawler in the adorable animated style, in action, suspended over his base mid-swing, doing whatever a spider can! Spider-Man is the 12th character in their popular and adorable Marvel animated statue line.
The Spider-Man Animated Statue was digitally sculpted and carefully printed on state of the art 3D Systems printers. The high-resolution prints were then used in the creation of prototypes needed to produce this animated collectible. Each animated statue is hand-cast, hand-painted and hand-numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity.
Artist Skottie Young will be at Gentle Giant booth #3513 at SDCC signing for an hour each day starting at 2:00pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am on Sunday. If you’re not attending SDCC or don’t want to wait in line, you can join their Premier Guild collector’s club at www.GentleGiantltd.com and have an exclusive pre-order window for this SDCC collectible.
Preview new Hasbro toys based off the upcoming film!
Fans can amass a worthy collection with this Legends Series assortment! Featuring impressive deco, extensive articulation, and detailed accessories, each figure comes with a different Build-A-Figure piece. Collect all the figures in this wave to complete the incredible Build-A-Figure. Includes characters from the comic books and ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ such as Thor, Hela, and Loki. Each figure sold separately. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com. A Thor & Marvel’s Valkyrie 2-Pack is also available exclusively at Target.
Preview all the upcoming Hasbro toys based off the upcoming film!
Gear up for other-worldly adventures with a thundering cast of super heroes and super villains as ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ hits theaters in November 2017! Fans can recreate their favorite movie moments with Hasbro’s new line of Thor and Hulk electronic figures and innovative role play.
New ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ products for Fall 2017 include:
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thor Rumble Strike Hammer — Wield Thor’s hammer and channel the powers of the Asgardian god of thunder! With each swing, kids can feel and hear the hammer rumble and shake to better act out their favorite Thor moments. The hammer has foam edges and lightning deco.
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hulk-Out Mask — Kids can easily pretend to transform into the mighty Hulk with this chin-activated mask! The mask has movable eyebrows and mouth so kids can change Hulk’s expressions. The wider kids open their mouth, the angrier Hulkappears!
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hulk Smash FX Fists — Hulk Smash! Battle like the Hulk with a pair of Smash FX Fists armed with gladiator deco. The right fist includes accelerometer technology that can detect different movements and responds with sound effects. Kids can move the right fist up and down for certain action sound effects or repeatedly smash a surface to increase the sound of Hulk’s roar. Requires 2 AA batteries, included.
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thor Electronic Figure — Kids can imagine Thor summoning lightning with this 12-inch electronic figure that has 5 points of articulation and movie styling! With the push of a button, Thor says signature phrases and there are action sound effects. Includes 1 hammer. Requires 3 AA batteries, included.
Marvel’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hulk Gladiator Interactive Figure — Smash into action with this 13-inch electronic Hulk figure! With the push of a button, kids can hear Hulk’s signature phrases and sound effects. This electronic Hulk figure recognizes and interacts with the electronic Thor figure (sold separately). Includes movie-inspired gladiator deco and battle accessory. Requires 3 AA batteries, included.