Takara/Tomy Metalkore Marvel Figures

metalkoremarvelJust dropping into retail in Asia is Takara/Tomy have added more figures to their Metalkore Marvel line-up.  Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor and the Hulk join in on the action.  The figures have very limited articulation, just the arms move, but if you like a mix of plastic, diecast and for display, these figures are a nice pick-up.

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Kids Nations Plugy Series 005 Avengers: Age of Ultron

kidslogicageofultronKids Logic is back with more cute-like bobble-head type figures, this time is the Kid Nations Plugy Series 005 Avengers:  Age of Ultron.  You can only buy this a 5-set package which features: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man MK43, Iron Legion and Hulk Buster.  The figures mearsures 3.5-4″ tall, comes with a headphone strap and keychain strap and LED lights on certain figures.

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Marvel Legends 6″ 2015 Series

Marvellegends6Last year I enjoyed buying and collecting all of Marvel Legend’s Guardians of the Galaxy 6″ action figure series.  Now for 2015, Marvel will take a look at Thor universe of characters.

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Figma Marvel Action Figures

figmacover00I’m a big fan of the Marvel Legends 6″ action figure series since it’s affordable and detailed enough to collect and play with.  And when you want to move up to the next step yet can’t afford the Hot Toys pricey $200 per figure, then I would suggest the Figma action figure line-up from the Good Smile Company.


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Interview with Sharky! author Dave Elliot

 sharkycoverDon’t know the name Dave Elliot?  Well, he’s worked at DC, Marvel, 2000AD and Heavy Metal, just to name few places.  Over 25 years in the comics scene, our Retrenders team catches up with Dave Elliot about his new Sharky! graphic novel published by Titan Comics.


RTNDR:  You have worked with artist Alex Horley on many projects, what is the work relationship like when you guys do a project together?  Is there much collaboration on story building and character designs?Dave Elliot:  Both Alex and myself have very similar influences.  Kirby, Frazetta and John Buscema are all at the top our lists.  We have had enough of those fevered fanboy chats late into the evening that even before we started we both knew what the other wanted to do.  For Sharky some of the character designs were set but Alex made them his own and then we built from there.

We wanted to do something that was a tribute to those creators as well, so in true Kirby style we wanted to come up with as many ideas as possible and then throw them in.  I think after all the decompressed storytelling of the last 15-20 years Sharky must read like a roller coaster ride.  I think we managed to get enough ideas for 20 comics in those original four issues.

RTNDR:  As you mentioned in the Sharky! graphic novel a origin story of Gunmetal is coming, can we also get a story arc on Thor Stormhausen (Max to her friends)?

David Elliot:  You’ll see Thor again in issue 256 of Heavy Metal this month. She makes a brief appearance with Sharky in a new Maximum Force story where Sharky tries to get Max Carnage to get back in the game and help him build a new team.

RTNDR:  How about a kick-ass team-up of Thor Stormhausen and Vampirella?
Dave Elliot:  That would be awesome and a lot of fun.
RTNDR:  In Sharky! Volume 1:  When Titans Clash! there are lots of special guests like Savage Dragon, The Mask, Madman and Wildstar.  How did you come about grabbing these characters?

Dave Elliot:  I knew all the creators so I just asked them for permission and they said yes.  It was just a brief use and all for fun.  Those creators got that.  Sharky has since gotten to team back up with Mister Monster as well as meet El Zombo in Monster Massacre.

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Sharky! by Dave Elliot & Alex Horley

sharkycoverI got a glimpse of the off-beat muscle-bound Sharky and his friends in the graphic novel anthology Monster Massacre Vol. 1, and now we get a full Sharky graphic novel from writer Dave Elliot and artist Alex Horley.  Why does Tank Girl have to get all the crazy fun?  Sharky gets in on the action too.  If you’re looking for Shazam!, well this isn’t it bitches!  This is Sharky!

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Marvel’s The Avengers PVC Set

If you just can’t enough Marvel’s the Avengers, check out this neato PVC 3″ figure set featuring – Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther and Ant-Man with The Wasp.


MSRP:  $19.50USD

Buy it @ Marvel.com – Avengers PVC Set.

Medicom Toy Avengers figures

Just in time for the holidays, brick action figure company Medicom Toys will be releasing Marvel’s Avengers action figures starting with a battle damage Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk.  The figures will hit stores around December 19, 2012 and will cost around $20 bucks.

For more info, go to:  Medicom Toys – Marvel’s Avengers.

Target Exclusive: Marvel’s Avengers Team Set

Can’t find Hawkeye or Black Widow action figures just yet? Well, this Target only set from Marvel collects the whole team.  This action figure gift set includes:  Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and the villian Loki.

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Mr. Marvel Stan Lee Print by Camilla d’Errico

Check out this cool homage to Mr. Marvel Stan Lee by illustrator Camilla d’Errico.

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Viral Video Friday: LEGO Avengers vs Justice League

legosuperbricksThe battle has begun!  The two big comic giants – DC Comics and Marvel Comics – duel it out in this short, but sweet LEGO battle.

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The Mighty Avengers as Knights

Here’s a cool what-if concept art – how would Marvel’s Avengers look like in medieval times?

Art by theDurrrian

Art by theDurrrian.

Check out his page over @ Deviant Art – the Durrrian.

Custom LEGO Avengers Weapons

LEGO has put lots Marvel’s Avengers LEGO toys on the retail shelf, but how about some custom “real life-size” Avengers weapons used by the superheroes in the movie?  Ken Robichaud made his Avengers tribute with LEGO.  The Hawkeye bow and arrows look amazing.

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Avengers + Cologne = Where Geek & Sex Meet

This not an April’s fool joke.  It’s the Avengers’ Cologne set by JADS.  The Marvel set includes:  Patriot Cologne for Captain America, Mark VII Cologne for Iron Man, Smash! Cologne for the Hulk, and Worthy Cologne for Thor.  Question, where’s the Black Widow perfume?

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