INVINCIBLE IRON MAN

We’ve seen a heck of a lot of Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man lately, with the excitement over the Avengers and the upcoming Iron Man 3. So it’s almost like a throwback, now, to take a look at a more classic look. The bust is made of high-quality fiberglass and is handpainted, but what really impresses are the helmet articulation and the LED light-up eyes and unibeam. It makes a pretty impressive addition to a Marvel collection, or as a striking piece in your home theatre set-up.

Kotobukiya’s Classic Iron Man

Before sporting the sleek look he has today, Iron Man looked a little something like this:

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! Created in 1963 by a group of comic book luminaries (including Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), Tony Stark was a rich playboy whose capture during the Cold War led him to create a technologically advanced powered armor suit bristling with weapons and science-fiction gadgets. Best known for fighting enemies such as Mandarin and Crimson Dynamo, Stark would over the years combat his own personal demons as well, making him a very nuanced and interesting character popular the world over. While he would continue to improve and upgrade his armors, the brilliant industrialist/hero would also help found the premiere Marvel superhero group which inspires his latest appearance: IRON MAN CLASSIC AVENGERS!

Coinciding with the Avengers film in 2012, this series celebrates the classic versions of some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Wearing his classic red and gold armor, Iron Man fights alongside his fellow Avengers to defend the Earth and humanity. Standing on uneven terrain Stark lunges to his left with his arm outstretched to unleash a powerful Repulsor Ray blast at his unseen enemies!

The technological wonder of the Iron Man armor is intricately sculpted with all of the classic components you know and love from the stoic faceplate to the circular generator on his chest, distinctive hip pods, and the bands on his extremities. The suit’s armored chest piece ripples with muscles, while its upper arms and legs conform to Stark’s athletic physique. Iron Man’s paint scheme is resplendent in metallic red and gold, and it really stands out when displayed next to the other Classic Avengers.

Included with the statue are two heads so you can display your Iron Man with his helmet on or bare-headed to reveal the determined visage of Tony Stark! Sculpted by Kotobukiya master artist Erick Sosa, the Classic Avengers Iron Man stands nearly 14 inches tall (1/6 scale). His rocky terrain base matches those on the other Classic Avengers, the previously released Thor and Captain America! Collect your Classic Avengers team just in time for the new film!

Sideshow & Hot Toys’ CLASSIC PREDATOR

Standing 12 inches tall and looking every bit as terrifying and intimidating as fans would demand comes a rendering of the CLASSIC PREDATOR, the original from the massively popular film franchise. Completely movie-accurate and featuring a brand new head and body sculpt for the Sideshow line, he wears amazingly detailed body armour and comes with a detachable light-up mask.

Once again, though, we can look to the massive list of features to show you exactly the kind of effort and awesomeness you get with this figure.

* Authentic and detailed likeness of Classic Predator from the movie Predators
* Realistic and accurate 1/6th scale (approximately 14 inches tall)
* Over 22 points of articulation
* Newly developed head sculpt and upper body
* Net on body and left hand
* One (1) interchangeable expanded mouth
* Six (6) interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) pair of open palms
* One (1) left relaxed palm
* One (1) right palm with pointing forefinger
* Articulated shoulder cannon
* Leather-like skirt with waist band
* One (1) pair of forearm armor with expandable metal blade on right side, and LED light on left side
* One (1) left chest armor and back armor
* One (1) right shoulder armor with straps
* One (1) pair of thigh armor
* One (1) pair of leg armor
* Detachable battle damaged face mask with LED light-up function
* Classic face mask
* Display stand features forest scene with bone trophies and tree trunk

Pre-Order: GOLDEN AGE GREEN LANTERN by DC Direct!

I recently mentioned the current increase in Green Lantern’s popularity thanks to the upcoming film and the starring role he boasts in the Blackest Night/Brightest Day DC Comics events. But as his future unfolds before us, why not take a look into Green Lantern’s past?

Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, was the first to discover the power of the green flame.

Saved from death by a mysterious green metal lantern fashioned from a meteor, it flamed with power, fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Upon its instruction, Alan Scott formed a ring from the lantern’s metal, touching it to the lantern to charge it – and a new hero was born.

The figure stands about 12 inches tall and features 28 points of articulation, impressive on a DC Direct display item and perfect for any fan who wants to add some dynamic posing to a brilliant, classic character.

Classic Green Lantern Figures from MATTEL!

There’s a brand new Green Lantern Classic Figure Series out and available for pre-order over at CmdStore.com! It’s a six-figure series you can snag as a set or individually and collecting them allows you to construct the Build-a-Figure Arkillo, the vicious slaver of the Sinestro Corps. Each one stands 6 or 7 inches tall (it happens when you get a bunch of different species together) and features the smooth craftsmanship that DC Direct and Mattel seem to have mastered.

It’s a good time for Green Lantern, really. Blackest Night and Brightest Day are leading the charge in terms of DC events and the upcoming Ryan Reynolds film seems to be quite promising, so it’s no surprise that DC Direct is pulling out all the stops and unleashing a torrent of GL merchandise. Here’s a look at the first series of the Classic Green Lantern collection!

GREEN LANTERN KYLE RAYNER

SINESTRO CORPS’ MONGUL

BLACK HAND

MANHUNTER ROBOT

SINESTRO CORPS’ LOW AND MAASH

BLACK LANTERN ABIN SUR

SET OF ALL 6

Masters of the Universe: Classics

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is one of a handful of fandoms that seems to have grown stronger with time, twenty and thirty-somethings as enamoured with the nostalgia as with the original show. But fans need not dig up all their old merchandise from their parents’ basement: the folks at Mattel have been creating new figures and reissuing old ones.

Coming soon, six new figures will join the line of “Classics”, adding to ranks that already include the likes of He-Man and She-ra, Man-at-Arms. Clamp Champ, Skeletor, Mer-Man and more. The new guys are: He-Man and Skeletor re-issues, Zodak, Teela, Scareglow and Webstor.

You can check ’em out, along with the rest of the figures, over in our Masters of the Universe section!