Monthly Archives: March 2014

Captain America’s Uniform Revealed during Avengers 2 filming!

Early this morning a video popped up online showing what appears to be a stunt double for Chris Evans wearing the Captain America uniform on set in Seoul, South Korea for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron! It’s not the best quality, but this video gives us our first look at Steve’s new uniform! Check out the screencaps!

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The video shows Cap standing on the back of a truck driving down a busy highway. Not much in the way of spoilers, unless you weren’t aware that Cap does actiony things. At one point he runs to the end and begins to hang down the back of the trailer, which is labeled “U-GIN Genetics Infinite R&D”. Obviously with no context to put it in this name means nothing, though I’m sure once more gets revealed about the movie we’ll certainly understand its significance.

Now on to the meat and potatoes of this post- the new Cap uniform! Luckily it seems they’ve decided to keep the helmet, opting for this look over the one from the first Avengers movie. Yeah, I know, the cowl in more comic-accurate, but I just really didn’t like the way it looked.  Also it looks like we’re keeping the dark blue from his S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, but with the added red, especially since they’ve incorporated the classic striped abs into this new look. We also see the fingerless gloves get carried over from that “Winter Soldier” design as well. New things to note are the addition of elbow pads, knee pads, and and interesting new shoulder pad design.

So what do you guys think? Like the new look? Hate it? Indifferent towards it? Personally I’m not a big fan of changing a character’s design this much from film to film, preferring them to keep the same basic uniform with minor adjustments here and there (CA:TFA to his “Golden Age” look in TWS, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man costume). We’ll just have to wait until we get more clear pictures of the uniform before I can really weigh in.

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Gah! I missed the Pre-order!

Well that sold out quick. Yesterday I received an email from Sideshowtoy.com about pre-ordering the Hot Toys Golden Age Cap figure, a figure I had worried about being able to find for a reasonable price. Well I rushed over to the website to pre-order only to find out that it was already SOLD OUT! GAH! Curse you, other people who are quicker than I. Curse you all.

So it looks like I’ll have to end up scouring the eBay search engine for this bad boy anyway. Since that was my original plan I guess it doesn’t really change anything for me, but it sure would have been nice to snag one in a slightly easier manner.

Hot Toys Golden Age Captain America from The Winter Soldier

Looks like Hot Toys is keeping the ball rolling on Cap figures, and I’m loving it. Next up is “Golden Age” Captain America as seen in the trailers for the new movie.

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This figure is some sort of promotional exclusive, so it’ll probably set me back a pretty penny or two just to snag one, but it looks so damn cool that I can’t pass it up. I have no clue where to grab it, but since it has a planned released of 2nd-3rd quarter of this year I guess I’ll just have to keep my eyes on eBay. Check out the specifics.

The 1/6th scale Captain America (Golden Age Version) Collectible Figure specially features:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in his Golden Age costume in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
– Approximately 31 cm tall
– New helmeted head sculpt
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
– Newly developed body with over 30 points of articulations
– Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of palms for holding shield
– One (1) pair open palm
– One (1) pointing right palm
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:
– One (1) dark blue and grayish-white uniform with red and white stripes on midsection and star emblems on chest and arms
– One (1) pair of dark blue, gray, and red suspenders
– One (1) pair of dark blue pants
– One (1) brown leather-like belt with pouches
– One (1) pair of brown boots

Weapon:
– One (1) metal circular shield with distressed effect

Accessory:
– Figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by So Young, Lee & Yong Kyum, Kim
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

Release date: Q2-Q3, 2014

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Cool Swag I Forgot I Had: Imperial Godzilla

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I’m in a Godzilla mood. Maybe it’s the new Legendary Pictures Godzilla movie on the way, or maybe the slew of new S.H. Monsterarts figures currently being released by Bandai Japan, but I’m just in a Kaiju state of mind. Actually, I think I know what it is. While digging through my parents’ shed the other day I stumbled upon something wonderful.

For some reason unbeknownst to mankind, parents, both mine and many other kids’, had this rule I refer to as “The Culling”. The idea was basically that if a child refused to clean their room, or failed to complete the task by a pre-determined time, the parents would enter the room with a big black garbage bag and “clean it for them”. The idea, if I understand correctly, was to teach kids that if the toys were valued at all they wouldn’t just be left lying around. Unfortunately I was a very messy kid and I never really learned that lesson, so many of my favorite childhood toys were lost in these culls.

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Somehow, due to either voodoo or luck, one of my favorite toys survived all those years of action figure prosecution. While identical pieces bought off eBay, from comic stores, or garage sales have helped me fill the gaps in my collection left by The Culling, this Imperial Toys Godzilla remains one of, if not THE single, oldest toys in my personal collection.

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Normally this is where I would start talking about Imperial Toys, or how they ended up producing toys of Godzilla, King Kong, or why they boxed them together with the Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster, but truth be told I don’t really care about the collectability of this toy. What stands out to me is that I got it in 1985 or ’86 back when I was 3 or 4 and somehow I’ve been able to keep it all this time. It hasn’t always been in the spotlight, and hell, there were plenty of times I thought I lost it, but somehow Godzilla has endured.

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It’s amazing how much history one toy can have. I remember when my parents first bought him for me from a Child World (do you remember those stores?) and it was instantly the coolest toy I owned. I almost immediately lost his tail at my grandmother’s house one summer just to find it a year later at a family Barbeque. He used to take trips to my cousin’s place where my brother and I would fight over who’s “dragon” was better (my brother owned some 2-headed thing) and the left side of Godzilla’s head still bears the scar from a surgery I forced my father to perform on him when I randomly decided his head was uneven and needed to be fixed (yep, even at 4 years old I was customizing things).

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I remember the countless number of pictures I drew of this toy- every Godzilla picture I did, in fact, used this guy as a reference point for what Godzilla looked like. In fact, I recognized this figure as “the one true Godzilla” so much that I was convinced for the better part of my childhood that Godzilla had a silver chest just like the toy, and I never understood why the movies “couldn’t get it right.” Maybe that’s why the 1968-1972 “SoshingekiGoji” design is my favorite Godzilla suit- this toy has a pretty good likeness for what it was (minus the silver chest and bizarre “Joker lips”, of course). I don’t think Imperial was shooting for a screen-accurate Godzilla when they produced this toy, but they gave us one of the most influential Godzilla designs 80’s kids would get for years and it matched up well enough with what was in the movies that we knew exactly who it was supposed to be.

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I don’t know if I love this toy because it’s Godzilla, or if I love Godzilla because of this toy, but I know my life-long love of the King of the Monsters had to start somewhere, and this is a good place to start. I don’t know what the future holds for ImperiGoji here, but for now he has taken his rightful place in the toy room, and I can’t imagine anything that could de-throne him as King of my collection.

I don’t understand this eBay auction…

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I feel like I must be missing something here. This is one of the least desired He-Man variants from the ill-fated 200x relaunch, one that is easily available on eBay and averaging for around $15.00-20.00. So why is it that this seller is asking for $91.64? Somewhere in the universe this has to make sense, but for the life of me I don’t know where to start looking. At least there’s free shipping.

DC Comics He-Man Redesign

wpid-IMAG1986-1.jpgOk, so obviously this isn’t a completed picture, but I just drew it to test something. While looking at the DC Comics redesigns for He-Man and the gang from Masters of the Universe I realized that I might not hate them as much as I originally thought. Instead I think I may just dislike the way the artist chose to draw the characters, so what I did was I drew He-Man in a more classic-style and then threw him in the new armor. And you know what? I actually like it. Still not my first choice in He-Man variants, but it really isn’t as bad as I originally thought it was.