Nightcrawler

With tendrils of purple smoke curling at his feet, it’s clear we’ve caught Nightcrawler mid-BAMF in this awesome 8-inch figure from Marvel Select.

As with the other Marvel Select figures, it boasts even more detail (check out that face!) and some amazing articulation. If you’re a fan of the X-Men or just Nightcrawler wherever he pops up, be sure to pre-order this guy! He ships in June.

DEATH

Despite their popularity and massive critical acclaim, Vertigo characters don’t usually get their due as action figures, statues or any other such merch, but at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, you could at least get your hands on a brand new rendering of DEATH.

Some envision Death as a grim reaper or dark angel to be feared. But as created by Neil Gaiman for DC Comics’ line of Vertigo comics, the Sandman`s older sister is pretty, perky and always gets the job done. She’s been around since the beginning of time and is exactly the kind of girl you’d want to follow into the unknown. Our 8” figure of Death wears her trademark ankh necklace and comes with a skull-themed display base. The dioramic window box packaging and separate shipper box are dressed with artwork commissioned by Vertigo artist Jill Thompson.

CLASSIC LION-O

ThunderCats leader LION-O is featured here sporting his classic look as a dynamic 8-inch figure! An SDCC 2011 Exclusive, it’s a great throw-back for those who have loved the character and his world for a long time or a great place to start if you’re a new fan of the 2011 show.

The figure is from Bandai and is highly-detailed, featuring a full 18 points of articulation to allow for some pretty awesome poses. What sets this one apart as an exclusive, though, is its selection of accessories: a sword stand for the Sword of Omens (in two sizes), the Claw Shield and an additional hand. There’s also the paint job, which gives Lion-O’s armour a great metallic shine.

The Classic Thor Exclusive

Straight outta Asgard and looking every bit the hero, The Mighty THOR joins the Marvel Select collection as this Classic Thor Exclusive figure. It was made just for the Disney store, which you might recall is now also technically a Marvel store since the House of Mouse scooped up your favourite heroes and villains a little while back.

He stands about 8 inches tall, sized as a deluxe item, and comes with the great hammer, Mjolnir. Grab it now!

NEW AME-COMI FIGURE: ARTEMIS

ARTEMIS, one of Wonder Woman’s nearest and dearest as well as a powerful warrior in her own right, stands tall and fierce as a new 8-inch anime-inspired Ame-Comi figure. Featuring the amazing sculpting and a totally new design for the character, she is a proud addition to the line and a figure that any Amazon fan will want to snag.

Also newly arrived is the new purple-suited Catwoman, a recoloured version of the original!

New 8-Inch GAMBIT Figure by Marvel Select

X-MEN’S GAMBIT is the latest Marvel character to be given the Diamond Marvel Select treatment, which, as usual, means a classic look given new life with brilliant sculpting, a background for display and the accurate accessories you’d expect–nay–demand from a deluxe 8-inch figure. Take a look!

Sculpted by the incredibly talented Jean St. Jean, he features not only accessories but multiple hands that allow for dynamic posing. Plus, the Danger Room backdrop allows him to be combined with Cyclops to form a diorama ideal for display. He joins the likes of Deadpool, Magneto, Sabretooth, Wolverine and more in the Marvel Select collection. Check him out!

And there’s more good news for X-Men fans, actually, with the upcoming Wolverine 2 starting to get people–including its star–talking! AndPop.com has the news…

X Men Origins: Wolverine 2, is in the works and Hugh Jackman is raving about it. [Jackman] has seen the script and said it’s going to be a lot darker than the previous film.

The film is a sequel to Wolverine, which is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script for the new film and Darren Aronofsky, (Requiem for a Dream) is set to direct. That already seems like a winning team.

With Aronofsky directing, the film is sure to be a lot darker and more obscure. However, Aronofsky does seem like an odd choice to direct the film. He usually stays within the boundaries of artistic dramas and psychological thrillers, Wolverine is definitely new ground for the director to cover. Additionally, Aronofsky’s new film, Black Swan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was praised by nearly all critics. The success of Black Swan will only bring good publicity to Aronofsky and his future films.

It will be interesting to see a more artful take on a superhero franchise. Christopher Nolan attempts to do the same with Batman, but the films lack intriguing dialogue and are drowned with action. Perhaps, Aronofsky and McQuarrie can bend the lines of the superhero genre with Wolverine 2. We’ll just have to wait and see…

The film is set to begin production next year.