IRON MAN 2: 12-Inch ArtFX War Machine

The 12-inch ArtFX War Machine statue is the latest ArtFX pre-order we’ve got and it’s as nice a piece as any they’ve ever offered. As per usual, the look is sleek, clean, but perfectly detailed and the pose manages to be brilliantly dynamic even frozen on your display shelf.

Adding to the brilliant look of the statue, War Machine boasts a number of LED lights positioned in the eyes, chest and arms, as well as in the base, built not only to stand on, but in the image of a Repulsor Transmitter (meaning he’s lucky he’s not going flying). Unlike a lot of the other statues on offer, ArtFX has chosen to work in high-quality PVC, which actually looks pretty impressive and has a sheen that the others don’t. Fans of the film or the character on his own should definitely check it out!

Sideshow’s Iron Man 2 Mini-Bust

If there is one thing to be grateful for in seemingly all of Sideshow’s Iron Man offerings, it’s that they haven’t been afraid to go the extra mile, be awesome and make sure that every item is true to the character’s literal brilliance by using LEDs to light up the eyes and arc reactor. It gives the figure something that truly captures the spirit of the character and the look that Jon Favreau’s films have achieved. Now Sideshow brings us a new addition to the collection with the same awesome features, but priced so that even casual fans can get in on the collecting. Presenting the Iron Man Mark IV 9.5-inch bust:

A truly impressive item, the metallic paintwork is stunning, as are the light-up effects, and the whole build of the statue presents a kind of quiet power that is the antithesis of the man behind the mask, billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr. in the films). This item is available for pre-order now and ships in June while its counterpart, the similarly-sized War Machine Bust (see below) ships in the 3rd quarter of this year.

War Machine

They’re just two of a huge collection of Marvel Sideshow collectibles ranging from Carnage to Psylocke, Silver Surfer to Emma Frost, Captain America to Ghost Rider and many, many more. Check ’em all out!

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark: Mech Test from Sideshow

There’s a new, stunning Sideshow 12-inch figure that’s just arrived and is in-stock following a too-long wait for it to be released. You may already have snagged this one on pre-order, but if you haven’t, or if you’re new to the figure altogether, here’s a look:

Standing 12 inches tall, clad in real fabrics and featuring an uncanny (really!) likeness of Robert Downey Jr., Sideshow’s brought us a rendering of playboy Tony Stark down in his Stark Industries workshop and testing out the inner workings of his Iron Man costume, arc reactor glowing brightly as he powers up his signature weapon, the Repulsor.

Naturally, though, and as is the way with seemingly every Sideshow figure yet released, there are a ton of accessories and alternate parts that come with this item.

* All new head sculpt, hand-painted with authentic likeness of Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark as IRON MAN
* TrueType figure body with newly designed chest, forearms and legs with 34 points of articulations
* Two pairs of interchangeable hand palms
* LED-lighted heart device, hand gauntlet and boots (battery operated – batteries included)
* Realistic mechanically wired gloves and boots
* Articulated mechanical robot with fire extinguisher
* Belt with pouches
* Knee pads
* Realistic leather shoes
* 6″ x 6″ square black figure stage
* Cardboard backdrop imitating Tony Stark workshop setting from the film

New Pre-Order: Iron Man 2’s Black Widow from Sideshow

Shipping in the 4th quarter of 2010, get ready for Scarlett Johansson’s red-headed femme fatale, Black Widow, to hit our shelves as part of Sideshow Toys’ stunning Marvel Iron Man collection. Naturally, the beauty the sculptors have managed to capture is impressive on its own, a show of both their talents and the the fact that Scarlett’s features as Natasha Romanoff seem a work of art in themselves. Add to that the fact that it boasts a ton of great features and this is one item you’ll definitely want to pre-order in a hurry. Here are a couple notes:
* Real fabric hair implantation
* Newly developed female TrueType body
* Approximately 28 cm tall
* Over 28 points of articulations
* Two (2) pairs of interchangeable gloved palms (one (1) pair of relaxed palms; one (1) pair for holding pistols)
* One (1) extra right gloved palm for posing on waist
* Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
* One-piece tight dark blue colored jumpsuit with one (1) belt included
* One (1) extra greyish black colored belt with pouches and pistol holster
* One (1) pair of leather-like greyish blue colored platform boots with buckles
* Two (2) pistols
* One (1) pair of bracelets with multiple-bullet design
* Figure base with Black Widow nameplate and the movie logo

Naturally, she looks pretty impressive alongside the rest of the team, from Stark to Rhodes, but lest we forget, she’s not the only new character deserving of a deluxe 12-inch rendering, but fortunately the wizards at Sideshow are already on it. We don’t have anything concrete yet, but take a look at this tantalizing preview image and click to pre-order:

A couple of the features include “a LED chest light (white light, battery operated, battery included), a metallic electricity generator with light-up function at the back, a brown jumpsuit with burning effect and holes, plus a hydraulic exoskeleton with brown-colored leather-like harness” and those are just the beginning. Naturally, when we get a look at the figure itself, we’ll be posting it right here. Until then, look forward to it!

And one more thing: If you’re looking for the original film to catch up before Iron Man 2 hits DVD and Blu-Ray,here are the Amazon links you’ll need to snag it!

Iron Man (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray]

Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition)

Iron Man 2 Mini-Mates and Miss Marvel Joins The Avengers?

Those are the newest additions to our still-growing Iron Man collection: a pair of Mini-Mates renderings of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Scarlett Johansson as Natalie Romanova as they appeared at the Stark Expo in this year’s Iron Man 2.

The toys stand about 2 inches tall and are exclusives from Chicago’s C2E2 Comic book and media convention. So if you missed the big show, be sure to snag these!

And meanwhile, there’s actually more news from the Marvel Universe.
From The HD Room, here’s some info about what we might be able to see in the upcoming Avengers flick.

Ms. Marvel Joins Rumored The Avengers Movie Characters

Is Ms. Marvel going to appear in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers movie? How about the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier? The answer to both could be “yes” depending on how quotes from an insider are interpreted.

Director Joshua Wexler showed up at Saturday’s preview for his new 3D CGI animated film that is part of Madame Tussauds London Marvel 4D experience. Shadowlocked was on hand to ask the director about the film and grab some Avengers tidbits the same time.

Ms. Marvel

Frank Cho's Ms. Marvel #1 Cover

“We worked with Marvel and did a lot of work here [in London] and in LA.,” Wexler said. “We had literally hundreds of people working on the development and the animation of the film solidly for the past six months. Certain things like the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier were made more modern than in the comics in order to fit in with designs they are working on for the Avengers movie.”

The S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier is a ginormous flying aircraft carrier. Can you imagine Iron Man taking off from that in a live-action film?

Sensing Wexler was open to discussing The Avengers, Shadowlocked asked the director pointblank if Ms. Marvel would appear in the live-action film. He responsed with an “unmistakably knowing ‘Maybe…'”

I do not profess to be fluent in the rich Marvel universe so off to Wikipedia I went for some Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel education. Turns out Ms. Marvel was born after a fusion of alien Kree and human genes. Kree.. the same alien species referenced a few weeks ago as potentially appearing in The Avengers movies as enemies of the invading Skrulls. It could be that Carol Danvers is introduced in The Avengers and goes through the fusion process to become Ms. Marvel in the final act.

If there’s to be an invasion from space that The Avengers need to take care of, what better way to patrol our skies than with the S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier. Or a S.H.I.E.L.D helicarrier with Carol Danvers aboard it.

Ant-Man, Wasp, Hawkeye and now Ms. Marvel. The more Avengers rumors that surface make it more likely that Iron Man, Thor and Captain America will have a lot of help come 2012.

I’m definitely excited about this one. It should be very interesting to see if they can pull off such a superhero-filled picture!

Marvel Universe’s IRON MAN: HALL OF ARMOR

Marvel Universe has just released a three figure series based on Iron Man 2. Welcome to the Hall of Armor.

Featuring Iron Man Mark IV, Iron Man Mark VI and War Machine, this exclusive series boasts some beautifully-rendered 3 3/4-inch figures standing atop light-up platforms that cast a brilliant glow on the armour, keeping it looking sharp in Stark Laboratories while Tony and Rhodes take a time-out.

Each base takes 3 AAA batteries, but fear not! The batteries are mercifully included so you needn’t worry about that miserable moment when you take a toy home only discovered it’ll take a trip to the store to finally get to playing.

Check ’em out!

And while you’re here, if you haven’t managed to catch the flick yet, here’s a review from The Onion AV Club:

The primary challenge for all blockbuster franchises is to be big yet fleet. Iron Man is as good a model as any, thanks largely to Robert Downey Jr.’s flamboyantly narcissistic Tony Stark, plus filmmakers who valued pacing and character as much as superhero hardware. But sequels, in their quest for more and bigger action and colorful new villains, tend to take on weight, and suddenly Streetcar Marlon Brando turns into a marble-mouthed beast with an ice bucket on his head. The exceedingly busy Iron Man 2 comes perilously close to that tipping point—call it the Spider-Man 3 axis—but much like its predecessor, it’s a clean, efficient, somewhat generic piece of storytelling, and most of the additions aren’t subtractions. This passes for success in the summer movie season.

Exalted worldwide as a one-man peacekeeping force, Downey’s preening Stark has become so busy erecting monuments to himself that he hands over Stark Industries to Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and devotes his energies to Iron Man full time. But he faces serious adversity from within and without: Rogue countries and private competitors like Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) have begun testing their own weaponized robot suits, the Armed Services Committee (led by smarmy Senator Garry Shandling) wants to bring Stark under federal control, psychotic Russian physicist Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) looks to carry out a decades-old family vendetta, and the arc reactor in Stark’s chest cavity is slowly killing him. And oh yeah, there’s his mysterious new assistant Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and a bigger role for military buddy Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle, replacing and upgrading Terrence Howard).

That’s at least two sequels’ worth of incident packed into one, but director Jon Favreau and screenwriter Justin Theroux treat most of the scenes with a light, glancing wit that keeps the bloat at bay. Downey is reliably funny in his runaway egotism, and Rockwell’s Hammer proves the ideal adversary, a creature of equal vanity whose haplessness constantly undermines his raw, nefarious ambitions. The long stretches between action beats would be a problem for other movies of its kind, but as with the first Iron Man, the splashy effects sequences—which ring with the dull clang of metal on metal—are by far the least compelling in the film. The less money on the screen, the better the movie becomes. Is the Dogville set available for Iron Man 3?

New Pre-Order: Sideshow’s WAR MACHINE Bust

There’s a stunning new bust on its way from the brilliant sculptors at Sideshow: Iron Man 2’s War Machine. Portrayed by Don Cheadle in the film, the character is Tony Stark’s best-friend-turned-sidekick and a formidable crime-fighting force on his own. With film opening in wide release this Friday, Sideshow is offering up the bust for pre-order for a shipping date somewhere in this year’s third quarter.

The War Machine bust stands a full 12 inches tall and Sideshow boasts the following features:

* Iconic likeness of War Machine from Iron Man 2
* Approximately 9 inches / 23 cm tall
* LED-lighted eyes and heart (battery operated; AAA batteries not included)
* Shoulder-mounted gatling gun
* Metallic grey flat colored painting on armor
* Specially designed square-shaped stand supporting the bust and featuring the War Machine nameplate and movie logo