DC Collectible Premium Format Superman Red Son statue figure now available

Prepare to see red! Here’s the DC Collectible Premium Format Superman Red Son statue figure, another amazing offering from Sideshow Collectibles. Here, Superman is cast in tangible form as the hero of the critically acclaimed Elseworlds mini-series by Mark Millar.

He comes loaded with awesome features — standing 25 inches tall, his red and gray costume recalls Soviet aesthetics typical of the Cold War era in 1/4 scale. This is one for both history buffs and comic-book fans. Click on the button below to see him up close!

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KICK ASS Figures from Mezco + The Reviews are in!

Kick Ass and Hit Girl are the first KICK ASS figures available for pre-order over at CmdStore.com. Shipping in September, they’re awesome renderings of the film’s leads and stand about 6 inches tall and feature film-accurate weapons.

The movie, based on Mark Millar’s graphic novel, has been trickling into theatres slowly, but will see a wide release on April 16th. Already there are some review coming in, so here’s a look at what the Sydney Morning Herald has to say:

SHOOT the well-worn conventions of your standard superhero movie through the prism of media-savvy geek culture and you get Kick-Ass, an extremely funny, extremely violent, gloriously foul-mouthed and decidedly adult comic-book adventure that offers the most refreshing reboot of the genre since 2008’s Hancock.

Directed with verve and frictionless pace by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake), the film is a jokey thrill ride of cartoonish excess as we follow the loopy trajectory of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a typical teen nerd who decides to make up for his shortcomings by becoming a superhero.

His initial attempt doesn’t go so well and lands him in traction where selective nerve damage raises his pain threshold to near-superhero levels and metal plates reinforce his fractured skeleton. Being a dweeb, he, of course, notes the Wolverine parallel half a second before we do, though thankfully the film’s frequent riffs on superhero lore never ferment into parody.

On his next crime-fighting venture, Dave, dressed in a self-designed suit, dispatches a gang with the aid of his new found ”powers”. The event is captured on a mobile phone, is promptly uploaded to YouTube and Kick-Ass is born.

Thing is, the city already has two self-appointed crime fighters: Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his tweenage daughter Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz in a fabulous film-stealing performance). He’s an ex-cop eager to bring order to the city that claimed his wife. She’s a boisterous kid who enjoys killing bad guys.

It’s when Kick-Ass gets in over his head while dealing with a stumblebum mobster (Mark Strong) and his morally conflicted son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) that the daddy-daughter duo enter the fray, with Hit-Girl relishing the opportunity to slice, dice and shoot her way through the film’s villains.

All too predictably, a low-rent controversy has been stirred up over the film’s MA15+ rating, which some groups think is too mild for a film that features a tween girl shooting, killing and saying the C-word. The fear is that the classification, which allows kids under 15 to see the film with adults, potentially exposes the film to children.

What nanny-state nonsense. The rating highlights the film’s ”strong violence, coarse language and sexual references” and unambiguously signals that Kick-Ass is not suitable for children. The suggestion that only a hard R rating can make that clear sadly highlights the need for people to take full responsibility for what their kids see.