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Kotobukiya surprised the collecting sphere at New York Toy Fair 2019 in February when they launched their new line of high-quality, high-priced Marvel ARTFX+ Premier statues with four characters right out of the gate. They’ve been going strong with the line since, with no signs of slowing down. And at SDCC 2019, they debuted their next four entries: ARTFX Premier Loki, Black Panther, Black Widow and… Cosmic Ghost Rider!?

I’ve been highly skeptical of Kotobukiya’s 1:10 Scale, $150 and up ARTFX Premier line of statues, but Koto is definitely starting to slowly but surely wear me down. I didn’t feel much temptation to snap up any of their first five entries in their Avengers Premier lineup, but that Doctor Strange they showed earlier caught my attention.

And with this latest batch of new reveals at Comic Con, they’re got guaranteed incoming dollars from me for the first time for this series!

If there’s one modern Avengers character Koto could have picked to ensure some bucks from me, it’s definitely the young adult version of Loki. The details on this PVC are off-the-charts awesome, and it’s terrific to see a version of this character rarely merchandised getting some love here.

Sometimes the “God of Lies” and sometimes the “God of Stories”, I’m a big fan of the modern interpretation of Loki. He got his own ongoing comic book series and his first ARTFX+ Statue this week. Way to go, Loki!

The next two reveals are a bit more mundane: ARTFX Premier Black Panther and Black Widow. We’ve had copious amounts of T’Challa merch over the last year and a half because of the Black Panther movie, and consequently I’m a little more indifferent to the new Premier Black Panther than I otherwise might be.

Last year’s ARTFX+ Black Panther didn’t look all that dissimilar from the new version, and it also retailed for about half the cost of what the one debuting at SDCC will. An okay addition to the lineup, but a pass for me for sure.

Black Widow isn’t exactly thrilling me either. She looks “fine”—and is clearly an improvement over the last Natasha that Koto produced over half a decade ago—but her pose feels a bit too passive and dull to me.

The last of the new reveals, however, is one nobody is going to find dull. For whatever reason, Kotobukiya has chosen to complete the modern Avengers ARTFX Premier Statue series not with the Robbie Reyes version of the character (who is actually on the Avengers team), but with the Frank Castle COSMIC GHOST RIDER. What the—?!

This is a humongous head-scratcher as far as organically building the actual Avengers team this series is based on goes, but there’s no denying the popularity and buzz for Cosmic Ghost Rider. This is easily the most eye-grabbing Marvel PVC figure that Kotobukiya has designed in quite some time, and it very well may be the biggest sales star of all the reveals.

The first six Kotobukiya ARTFX Premier Statues are available for order online now, with these latest four additions expected to be available for pre-orders within the next month or so. I’ll send out alerts via the Marvel Toy News social media once these are ready to launch for those who are interested.

What do you think of this new quartet of Koto Premier ARTFX+ PVC statues, Marvel collectors? Are you excited by fresh faces like Loki and Cosmic Ghost Rider, and what family of Marvel characters would you like to see Kotobukiya move on to next?

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It’s the night before San Diego Comic Con 2019 Preview Night, but Sideshow Collectibles isn’t waiting until SDCC officially begins to unleash their big guns! Following in the footsteps of the hot-selling Iron Man Mark III Statue from 2017, their next movie armor is (literally) flying onto the scene: the 21″ Sideshow Iron Man Mark VII Maquette is now up for order! And while the pose may not be everyone’s jam, those light-up features are out of this world…

After Robert Downey Jr.’s swan-song from the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers Endgame this spring, MCU Iron Man merch is hotter than it’s ever been. So it’s no surprise that Sideshow Collectibles is prepped and ready to capitalize on the latest Iron Man fandom wave.

But rather than going to the well from the most recent movie, Sideshow is looking to capitalize on a nostalgic favorite instead: the iconic Iron Man Mark VII from the first Avengers movie!

Now, I have to confess that the Mark 7 isn’t even in my top 10 favorite armor permutations (I’m a sucker for the House Party Protocol), but even I can appreciate how popular and recognizable of a choice this is as far as Iron Man armors go. If Sideshow wants to easily sell folks one armor for their collection other than the Mark III, this is a safe and reliable choice.

The sculpting and paintwork on this piece looks downright incredible, but I’m not altogether in love with the pose. From a front-on view, the armor looks a bit too much like it’s getting ready to ease back into a rocking chair (although the pose looks drastically better from other viewpoints).

But what the maquette may lack in pose points, it makes up for in spades with the light-up electronic features! The eyes, chest, repulsors, missile and even the whole base light up brightly and beautifully!

While I think this statue looks nice with the electronics off, turning the lights on brings it to another level. This is just some gorgeous stuff, care of the partnership between Sideshow and Legacy Effects.

Since this is both a quarter-scale statue and a licensed movie piece, many were wary of what the price-tag on this maquette was going to be the moment it was first teased. And, well… those folks were right to be worried, as this is an expensive piece.

At 21” tall and full of electronics, the Mark VII Iron Man maquette isn’t the worst value ever at $795, but it’s definitely a pricy piece that’s going to turn some folks away because of the cost.

The whole hobby of statue-collecting is getting more and more expensive, so I can’t condemn the price on such a complex piece as this one specifically (especially not when Juggernaut is clocking in at $1400), but it is unfortunate how many fans are going to be priced out of the market on a statue that otherwise would have some great mass appeal.

The Sideshow Collectibles Iron Man Mark 7 Statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in early 2020. With a price-tag like his, I expect the Mark VII to be open for orders for quite a while, but it may be worth reserving early if you want to use the popular 6-month payment plan.

What do you think of Sideshow’s latest movie Iron Man maquette, Marvel collectors? Is this their best effort to-date as far as electronic light-up features go—and do the fancy electronics warrant the nearly $800 price-point on this statue?

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Batted down the hatches, because San Diego Comic Con 2019–and the onslaught of new Marvel toys revealed there each year—are now just days away! But aside from a plethora of new action figures being announced, Hasbro also has three exclusive Marvel figures for the show. The SDCC 2019 Exclusive Marvel Legends Vintage Hulk figure is already pre-selling for $70-$80 on the aftermarket, but is he worth that inflation? Well, Hasbro sent over an early sample for me to review, so let’s bust this monster open and find out…

While most fans (including me) were psyched out of their minds when Hasbro announced the 80 Years of Marvel Legends Hulk vs. Wolverine two-pack, there were some collectors disappointed that the comic book Hulk coming our way was going to be more on the classic side and not a modern interpretation.

But fear not, modern fans: Hasbro had a plan for you as well, as they’d already slotted in a more modern/90s Hulk as one of their 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives!

And sweetening the deal, this exclusive Hulk is in the throwback “Vintage styled” Toybiz packaging. This Retro Marvel Legends packaging is a big selling point of this release, so Hasbro wisely decided to protect the cardback in a sturdy white box.

The outer box is pretty plain with the Incredible Hulk logo on both sides and some artwork of the character on the front, but it’s more about functionality than aesthetics in this instance.

The SDCC 2019 Marvel Legends Hulk exclusive packaging looks and feels exactly how you’d expect, giving me that nostalgic 90s feeling of being a kid and seeing first-time-ever Marvel figures in stores.

The cardback is sturdy, but it’s also humongous next to typical 2019 ML box packaging!

The classic look and feel of the back of the card looks awesome as well.

There is a real bummer here, though: the package has to be basically destroyed in order to open it up and get at the action figure! Yes, that’s how it was back in the good ol’ Toybiz days, and that’s what we have to deal with with the mass retail Vintage Marvel Legends as well—but dangit, for a limited exclusive like this one, it’s a real drag to have to ruin the package. Sigh.

I may end up picking up another of this figure in the post-San Diego Comic Con Hasbro Pulse online sale if I’m able to, but for the sake of this review I had to rip the package for this figure irreparably. Qué sera.

Thankfully, the actual toy here is as much of a joy to play with as it is to look at on its cool retro cardback! This figure is selling for the $34.99 at the convention, and it’s easy to see why: he’s as big, heavy and impressive as any Build-A-Figure we’ve gotten in recent years!

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Hasbro has been blindsiding Marvel Legends collectors with surprises all summer long, and that continues this week with one of a different sort! The movie-inspired Captain America shield role-play prop replicas have been hot sellers for years now, and now Hasbro is ready to give us a Cap shield of a (slightly) different color: the Marvel Legends 80th Anniversary Captain America Life-Size Shield Comic-based variant is now up for order! But… what’s the difference? Let’s take a look…

After sitting around patiently waiting for Hasbro to announce this week’s addition to their 80 Years of Marvel Legends series, I was definitely a bit befuddled initially when this week’s item was actually announced and shown off.

Another life-size Captain America shield? Was this just an 80th Anniversary repack of the plastic version of the shield that kicked off the whole Marvel Legends prop replica/role-play items series years ago? Well… no. Not quite.

While it’s true that this is the same 24” size and circular shape (obviously) as the past shields (and presumably the straps on the back of the shield are unchanged, although there are no images of the back yet to verify this assumption), this one actually does have a couple characteristics that make it unique from the more realistic, MCU-inspired iterations: the paint colors chosen are totally different from what we’ve seen previously.

While I briefly thought that Hasbro had omitted making the star on the shield raised this time in order to further differentiate between the comic book and MCU versions, upon a quick glance it’s obvious that this is just a repaint of that original mold. Even so, I gotta admit: I really do like the bright red and blue selected for this shield, as well as pure white replacing the silver on the movie-based shields.

Is there a market for this sort of paint variation? Of course! I actually have talked to quite a few collectors who said they were holding out for a more true-to-comics red-white-and-blue Captain America shield over the past few years, and I’m sure they’ll be delighted about this 80th Anniversary Marvel Legends variant. While the MCU reigns king over the world right now, there are still a lot of long-time fans who prefer the classic comics over the modern movies.

The Marvel Legends Captain America Shield Comic Version variant is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in October 2019. It carries the standard $99.99 MSRP of almost all items in the ML prop replica series, and is almost certainly going to be a limited-time run without reissues since it’s specifically part of the 80 Years line.

It’s a shame that Hasbro missed the chance to show this off on the 4th of July by a week! But that disappointment aside, what do you think, Marvel collectors? Does this more classic comic book version of Cap’s iconic weapon have a place in your future collection? And if Hasbro went all-out and made a metal version in these colors for a couple hundred bucks: would you buy it?

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We’re under a week out from San Diego Comic Con 2019, so I would ordinarily hesitate to proclaim anything as the weirdest Marvel collectible that Sideshow Collectibles has revealed this year just yet. But, well… I have a hunch nothing is going to top this on the bizarro-meter! Following in the footsteps of the Premium Format Deadpool and Lady Deadpool figures, the Sideshow Kidpool Premium Format Figure is now up for order! And, uh, yes… Kidpool is in fact in a kiddie pool…

While Sideshow Collectibles has revealed some eagerly-expected (and hotly demanded) Marvel statues such as X-Men Colossus and Gambit in their lead-up to SDCC 2019, they’ve also now fully-revealed and put up for PO a character that I’d bet money no one genuinely expected to ever get a Premium Format Figure: Kidpool!

Yes, the kid Deadpool Wade Wilson of Earth-10330 is here in high-end Statue form! Whoever had that in the betting pool is now a rich man!

…But speaking of pools! In a move that caused my face to fall into a crazy half-cringe/half-smile/half-jaw drop (I know that doesn’t add up, but whatever), Sideshow has posed Kidpool in an actual kid pool. As in, like, an inflatable kiddie pool.

…No, seriously.

Seriously.

Okay, now that we’ve had a chance to contemplate the lunacy of this piece, let’s actually look at it. And… craziness aside… I think this is kind of a neat release.

Sideshow’s designers clearly had a blast with this piece, as they’ve integrated a Deadpool mask-wearing Duckpool rubber ducky in the pool, a pair of lightsabers (sorry, “laser swords”—and yes, he does actually wield these in the comics (they have green blades like ROTJ Luke Skywalker, FYI)), and even a Fin Fang Foom innertube. Freaking clever and adorable!

Against the odds, perhaps the most obscure character to ever get a Premium Format Figure actually does look, well… fun! This is wildly creative and an altogether different release from anything else that Sideshow has done since… ever!

The killjoy that wipes some of the smile off my face from this release is the price-tag: $250 MSRP. For a statue that’s 7” by 8” by 8”, that feels rather extravagant. In a world where mini busts sells for $120 and up, I’m not flabbergasted by this kind of a price, but I do think it’s probably still about 50 bucks too high to be a good value.

In addition, I’m not convinced that this is going to scale properly with the previously-released Deadpool and Lady Deadpool statues, as the dimensions just don’t seem quite right to me for this figure to be true 1/4. I wonder if that’s why Sideshow omitted any comparison photos of this with their other Deadpool Corps members?

The Sideshow Kidpool Premium Format Statue is now up for order, and is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020. I’ve never read a comic with this character, but I do get a kick out of this. If it gets discounted, I may give it a serious look. Deadpool Corps fans will hypothetically enjoy it more than me, though.

Thoughts on perhaps the zaniest Sideshow Collectibles Marvel Statue ever? Is anyone hardcore into Deadpool Corps and contemplating snatching up this pool-loving kiddo? And is anyone else secretly hoping for a Premium Format Dogpool Statue to complete the “core” Corps?

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Hasbro brought the goods at New York Toy Fair 2019 in February, where they debuted dozens of new Marvel Legends figures. But believe it or not, in just the last under five months since then, almost every single one of those toys has gone up for order except the 80th Anniversary Series and a lone Riders set. But we can now cross the latter off the list—the Marvel Legends Ultimate Captain America & WWII Motorcycle set is now up for order!

When the first wave of Marvel Legends Ultimate Riders sets with Black Widow and Ghost Rider didn’t exactly explode off of store shelves and ended up getting mightily discounted, I feared for the future of the sub-series.

But the line has done a sharp U-Turn with the Wolverine motorcycle last year and the Professor X Hoverchair/Deadpool Scooter this year, and now seems to be a hit in its own right! And so, the just-released newest addition to the line may in fact not be the last addition as I previously worried…

After debuting at the 2019 Toy Fair, Hasbro went radio-silent on this Captain America motorcycle set and I legit started to have trepidations it might not actually happen. But that was premature, as it opened up for POs this week via many online retailers.

While this may look like a straight-up World War II Captain America that would fit right into a classic Marvel Comics display, this is actually Ultimate Captain America from the now-defunct line of Ultimate comics.

I was never into the Ultimates myself, but I do think this is a pretty rad design for Cap. I dig it.

And with loads of accessories like a removable helmet, pistol, a machine gun that he can wield two-handed surprisingly well, and a “retro” shield, this turns out to be a figure that far exceeds my expectations.

But the real winner here for me (and I suspect many others) is this WWII Motorcycle! Cap’s motorcycle has an awesome vintage military vibe to it, and is really going to grab some eyes on display. I love the leather saddlebags, and the holster on the front to hold the machine gun is the coolest. This design is a huge win for Hasbro, and I hope the sales for the box set back that up.

The Marvel Legends Riders Captain America and Motorcycle set is now up for order, and seems to be in-stock for shipping right now from the Hasbro Pulse. Other fan-favorite sites like BBTS and EE have it up for order as well, although it still seems to just be a “pre-order” on other collectibles sites rather than actually being in-stock. I never saw the Wolverine cycle in a store at all, so I’ve taken to ordering these vehicle sets online myself.

What do you think of this sixth entry in the Ultimate Riders sub-line, Marvel Legends collectors? Which releases from this series have you picked up to-date, and will you be snagging Cap? What vehicles that could fit into this price-range and packaging style would you still like to see done?

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Sideshow Collectibles has spent the majority of the past year expanding their X-Men Premium Format Figure series primarily with female members of the roster, but it looks like they’re finally ready to start delving into the core male X-Men as well! We’ve all got hopes and dreams of seeing characters like Gambit, Cyclops and Archangel debut at SDCC 2019 next week, but the first new Comic-Con addition to the roster has already been revealed: the Sideshow Exclusive Colossus Premium Format Figure is now up for order–and he comes packing Lockheed!

Everyone has their own personal favorite members of the X-Men team that they’d most likely to see Sideshow Collectibles tackle in their modern 1/4 lineup, but there’s three men on the team I see on almost every single wish list: Cyclops, Gambit and Colossus.

It’s almost unthinkable that we won’t be seeing the former duo sooner than later, but we don’t have to speculate regarding Piotr Rasputin–because in under a week, Sideshow has gone from announcing him to fully revealing him and soliciting him for online pre-orders!

There’s been a lot of hype and fanfare for the XM Studios Colossus that was recently revealed, but I’m going to be that person in the room and come right out and say it: while they do incredible work, I don’t like this particular XM. While he looks stellar from a distance, the XM Colossus has a strange texture on his suit that doesn’t appeal to me and I hate the way that the steel plates on his body don’t line up consistently.

But while I was suprised by how much I disliked XM’s take on Colossus (I generally love their art), I was equally taken off-guard by just how much I prefer Sideshow’s interpretation of the character. With smooth, clean lines and a shiny, brushed look to him, this just may surpass the Bowen Designs version as my pick for the best Colossus statue ever.

Sideshow previously did a 1:4 version of this character way back in 2012, but that statue incorporated a mixed media soft goods costume, whereas this new edition is 100% fully-sculpted. There’s always something to be said for the classics, but I think the old Colossus PF Figure feels really dated next to this updated one.

At my first glance I was a little bit unsure about this 21.5″ figure of Pitor Rasputin, but once I saw more angles of the statue revealed in the official glam photos this week, I was sold.

Some folks are put off by the more muted colors of this sculpture, but I think that ultimately this darker red and yellow are going to fit in much better with the modern X-Men statue lineup than the eye-searing bright red and yellow would have.

To keep costs low (thank God), Sideshow didn’t do any kind of insane pose or immensely exaggerated base–instead, we get a confident, striding Colossus walking through a simple (but pretty) Danger Room base in the same style as Rogue’s.

Elaborate bases are wonderful and all, but if making this piece a mite simpler than the Juggernaut means he can literally cost $700 less (despite being almost as big), then I’m all for that.

As usual, there’s a Sideshow Exclusive edition, and this time out, you get a whole other character for 15 bucks more: Kitty Pryde’s purple dragon, Lockheed. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the Juggernaut EX extra is Kitty Pryde herself and Colossus EX comes with Lockheed–more like some clever long-term planning on Sideshow’s part.

I can’t remember Lockheed ever riding into battle atop Colossus, but I do love the little dragon and I’m..

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Hasbro has been on a roll this year revisiting fan-favorite characters that haven’t been done since the Toybiz days, and that trend continues with today’s review. Marvel Legends Hydro-Man seemed like a shoe-in to be a quick sellout online with his unique design and appearance in Spider-Man Far From Home, but he’s stuck around longer at MSRP longer than I would have predicted. Are people overlooking a hidden gem with this Hydro-Man Legends figure, or has Hasbro misfired with this release?

Ever since he overachieved as a villain in the 90s Spider-Man animated series, I’ve been a big fan of Hydro-Man. To this day, the 5” Toybiz Hydro-Man based off of that cartoon is one of my very favorite figures of the era.

Over two decades later, Hasbro has decided to upgrade that costumed version of Morrie Bench to modern standards as part of the Spider-Man Far From Home Marvel Legends Molten Man Series. I’ve been keenly anticipating this release since the first leaked rumors hit, and now he’s finally mine. But is he all I dreamed of…?

Unfortunately, no—he’s really not. Hasbro very clearly put in a plethora of effort and new tooling for this figure, but he doesn’t doesn’t work out in the manner that I’d hoped.

While Hasbro has successfully copied and updated the “giant water effects arms” that Toybiz used way back in 1996, the arms are super heavy and tip over the figure frequently. In addition, the articulation at the elbow is almost rendered completely meaningless by the fact that the joints can barely bend the tiniest degree because of the engineering of the effects.

Some folks have been scandalized by the lack of swap-out “normal” arms for Hydro-Man, and I agree that that would have been a worthwhile feature if this had been a Build-A-Figure that could have come with even more parts. The translucent blue water hands look spectacular, but they really do limit display and play options for this action figure.

Whereas Toybiz gave the original Hydro Man toy a super-cool water base that fully supported the figure in a standing pose, Hasbro gives us some clip-on water pieces for the lower legs instead.

In theory these allow for more poseability, but since the pieces don’t have flexibility for ankle rockers, they really restrict anything but the most basic poses.

The clip-on parts also only cover the front of the legs, so they look ridiculous from a rear view. Personally, I much preferred how Toybiz executed the lower body effects 23 years ago. I’m not sure that Hasbro could have cost that in for a single-packed figure, but again—I think this character was better suited to BAF status.

In totality, his articulation scheme includes an ab crunch (that’s not strong enough to hold up the upper body, unfortunately), ball-hinge head, wrists, elbows and shoulders (although the shoulder and elbow hinges on mine are immensely restricted), swivel thighs and waist, ball-jointed hips, double-hinged knees and hinged ankles with rockers (that are rendered moot by the water parts). As you might have surmised, the articulation has some issues.

But wait, I’m not done griping yet: although this figure’s head sculpt is all-new, I absolutely do not like it. At all. Morrie Bench’s head looks far too stylized, and the goofy sh*t-eating grin expression on his face doesn’t help matters. Poor Morrie looks like he’s trying to force a smile for the camera rather than wreaking havoc as a notorious super-villain.

It’s not all bad, mind you: this is a very unique, aesthetically pleasing figure on a shelf, and the churning translucent water effects truly do look fantastic. It can just be a little bit difficult working with him to get him into a fun pose that can be achieved and that’s actually stable.

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Just when it seemed as though the Toy Fair Exclusive Scarlet Spider sixth scale figure was a lock for “Fastest Hot Toys Sell-Out of 2019” after going to Wait List in under 12 hours, Hot Toys dropped a bombshell this week when they revealed an MMS that’s likely to blow poor Scarlet Spider’s sales out of the water! It’s so “out there” that many collectors never even considered it could happen, but the EXCLUSIVE Hot Toys Stan Lee in Spacesuit 1/6 figure is now up for order!

After Hasbro ended up cancelling a Stan Lee Build-A-Figure (which was never officially announced at all) a couple years back, fans worried that it would be a long, long time—if ever—before we saw a new super-articulated Stan Lee action figure.

And while to-date there’s been no indication whatsoever that Hasbro has a new Stan Lee in the works, high-end collectors have something world-shaking to look forward to as one of this year’s Hot Toys Summer Exclusives: a Stan Lee 1/6 figure in his spacesuit from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Now, figures of Stan Lee’s various movie cameos aren’t totally unheard of—Funko was actually able to release several of them not that long ago—but this is the first time there’s ever been a major, super-articulated action figure of one of them. And the fact that it’s a movie figure of Stan Lee as himself from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, well… that’s just gravy.

Of all his MCU movie cameos, Stan’s cameo in GOTG Vol. 2 is probably my favorite since it depicts Stan in a retro-looking spacesuit, surrounded by Watchers. “Hey! I’ve got so many more stories to tell!” is almost certainly going to go down as the most memorable Stan Lee quote in any of the Marvel Studios movies.

But is the figure any good? Uhhh… yeah! Frankly, it’s a masterpiece. If you’ve ever wanted an action figure of Stan Lee in a Spacesuit, well… this is the one. The yellow Spacesuit looks bang-on perfect, and the portrait likeness is as phenomenal as you’d expect from Hot Toys (particularly since they did a non-MCU “civilian” figure of Stan a few years back).

Typical Hot Toys accessories bells and whistles are also present. Want the space “bubble” helmet to be removable? Done. Interchangeable hands? Plenty of them. Removable sunglasses? Yup.

Perhaps the most impressive additions to this 1:6 figure are the “diorama” pieces, though. Not only has Hot Toys absolutely nailed the space rock that Stan Lee sits on in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (in lieu of a generic figure stand), but there’s even a way-cool lenticular effect space backdrop included. Rockin’!

Simply put, this is an awesome figure all-around and almost certain to be the best Marvel Studios Stan Lee action figure ever made. It’s a pity this is going to be a limited exclusive, because I think otherwise the sales potential for this would be out-of-this-world for Hot Toys.

The Hot Toys Stan Lee Spacesuit Toy Fair Exclusive figure is expected to go up for order this afternoon, and should ship out this fall. After the lightning fast sell-out of Scarlet Spider last month, I don’t think I need to remind anybody that these Summer Exclusives are limited and there’s likely to be unprecedented demand for this Stan Lee. Wait on this one at your own peril.

Sound off, Marvel collectors! Was this Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Cameo Stan Lee Movie Masterpiece Series figure a must-have for you the moment that you saw it? Would you be interested in toys of any of Stan’s other cameos from the Marvel movies, or is this the only 1:6 cameo figure of “The Man” that you’ll ever need?

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For whatever crazy reason, Bandai Tamashii didn’t have enough faith in the SH Figuarts Infinity War Thor figure to mass release it. It was a limited web exclusive in Asia, and didn’t get a domestic release at all. Consequently, that Thor Figuarts is hugely expensive and difficult for U.S. collectors to obtain now. But Medicom has wisely stepped up to bat to come to the rescue and fill the void with their own 6” scale import of the Avengers 3 God of Thunder: the MAFEX Thor Infinity War figure is now up for order!

Of all the movies that Bandai Tamashii Nations could have decided a Thor action figure didn’t need to be mass-released from, Avengers Infinity War was clearly NOT the correct choice. But despite the uproarious demand for the Infinity War Figuarts Thor figure, it was a web exclusive and won’t be getting reissued anytime soon (and probably not ever).

Thankfully, Medicom Toy has noticed the pent-up frustrations of collectors, and are on the case with their own Infinity War Thor action figure—and man, what a figure it is!

Medicom has really gone above and beyond with this MAFEX Thor figure, giving it every accessory you could ask for and details that blow every other non-Hot Toys Thor option out there out of the water.

Want Thor with or without his eyepatch or with the lightning-charged eyes? Boom! MAFEX Infinity War Thor has got all three options available as interchangeable heads, and they all look tremendous.

Want sleeved or sleeveless arms for the Odinson…? Yup—those are both here too!

Fabric cape…? Present! (And looking good!)

Even if what you’re looking for is a swap-out torso with attachable electrical effects pieces, those are here too. Medicom Toy has gone all-out with this release to make it what’s got to be considered the ultimate Infinity War Thor 6”’scale figure. Bravo, Medicom!

There is a dark cloud, of course, and it may be a deal breaker for many collectors: Medicom Toy doesn’t have the license to distribute this MCU movie figure in the United States themselves, so stateside collectors will need to either import it directly or purchase it from a US importer.

Fan-favorite Japanese retailer AmiAmi has already sold out of their allotment of this figure, so it’s looking like the retailer of choice for those still wanting it will be BBTS, who are able to compete with overseas sellers thanks to their no-penalty cancellations and cheap $4 shipping. Even so, this figure will end up costing just short of 100 bucks shipped—a hefty investment for those not used to import figure prices.

The MAFEX Infinity War Thor figure is now up for pre-order at BBTS, and is scheduled to be released this winter. If past trends follow true, this is likely to sell out well before it ships and inflate in price on the secondary market, so if this is your Odinson jam, you might want to reserve a no-deposit one of your own early on just to be safe.

What do you think of Medicom’s 6.3” Thor MAFEX Avengers Infinity War figure, Marvel collectors? Is this action figure worth its lofty price-tag, and are you considering replacing your own default IW Thor in your collection with this iteration…?

The post MAFEX Avengers Infinity War Thor Figure Up for Order! appeared first on Marvel Toy News.

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