Origin of Captain Britain:
Born and raised in the small town of Maldon, Essex and educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh, Brian was a shy and studious youth, living a relatively quiet life and spending a lot of time with his parents and siblings (older brother Jamie and fraternal twin Elizabeth). The family were an aristocratic one who were no longer rich enough to fraternise with their former academic peers, leaving Brian (too proud to fraternise with lower classes) a lonely child who immersed himself in the study of physics.
After the death of his parents (Sir James and Lady Elizabeth) in what seemed to be a laboratory accident, Brian takes a fellowship at Darkmoor nuclear research centre. When the facility is attacked by the technological criminal Joshua Stragg (alias “The Reaver”), Brian tries to find help by escaping on his motorcycle. Although he crashes his bike in a nearly fatal accident, Merlyn and his daughter, the Omniversal Guardian, Roma appear to the badly injured Brian. They give him the chance to be the superhero Captain Britain. He is offered a choice: the Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might. Considering himself to be no warrior and unsuited for the challenge, he rejects the Sword and chooses the Amulet. This choice transforms Brian Braddock into Captain Britain.
There is a Marvel Legends figure of Captain Britain and we are expecting a new 3.75 inch figure of him from the upcoming Captain America Movie Figures which is supposed to be released in June of 2011.
For anyone unlucky enough to miss these figures the first time around, we’ve just gotten a re-stock on four of the most popular items from our Marvel Select collection. Check ’em out!
THANOS Marvel Select Figure
“Cosmic Villain” Thanos sold out quickly, likely due to the renewed interest in Iron Man brought by the film (Thanos featured heavily in a number of IM storylines). Or maybe it’s because his incredible powers and insanely muscular design are just the thing, it seems, that comic book and action figure collectors are seeking.
Dr. Doom Marvel Select Figure
The unfortunately-named Victor Von Doom, arch nemesis of the Fantastic Four, is one of Marvel’s best-known villains and it’s no surprise that collectors are after every Doom figure they can get their hands on. He’s got a cool design and this Marvel Select rendering is particularly nice, even featuring an interchangeable hand for when he needs to celebrate with a goblet of something from his evil vineyard.
Captain America Marvel Select Figure
Everybody loves an unmasked variant, but there’s just something special about the classic design of a character and those tend to be the ones that fly off the shelves first. Fortunately, we’ve now restocked everyone’s favourite American hero and you can snag Captain America once again!
Black Cat Marvel Select Figure
Well, there are some things that don’t need any analysis: why was this sold out? Because hot action figures of women in tight costumes are always the first to go. Here’s a Black Cat re-stock for anyone who missed the first round.
Two Marvel posts in a row! I don’t know if this will really do anything to balance my obvious DC-bias (Batman for life!, but here it is anyway.
The cute-ified versions of your favourite Marvel Universe heroes and villains have added to their number with the first wave of brand new figures for 2010.
Iron Man and M.O.D.O.K., Spiral and Wolverine, Captain America and…a motorcyle! Those are the six little figures included in this series, whose success has been especially impressive to me, as I dared to doubt Wolverine fans’ appreciation for all things super-cute…not that Hugh Jackman isn’t occasionally adorable…
Although that’s totally not the point of this post, I swear! In fact, here’s a link to our Superhero Squad section over at CmdStore and a pic of one of the new figures that’s just found its way onto our shelves!
Three new items have been added to the Superhero Squad section of Cmdstore.com in the Mega-packs and box sets subset. All three of the new packs are based on Wolverine, whose recent television and film appearances seem to have officially cemented him as the true star of the X-Men license/franchise. The first in the trio is the ‘X-Cutioners Song’, which includes some very cute renderings of Wolverine (yellow costume), Stryfe, Marvel Girl and Cyclops.
Since the beginning, I’ve always wondered why Hasbro went in such an adorable direction for such fierce, powerful characters, but in this and dozens of other Superhero Squad packs, it’s tough not to see at least some of the appeal. It’s definitely present in the next set, which includes Dark Beast, Havok, Wolverine and Wolvie’s motorcycle under the title ‘Doom of the Dark Beast’. Even the vicious villain of the story is made to be endearing, a smile on a usually snarling face.
Finally, we’ve got the Wolverine Evolutions set (see below). It features four versions of Wolverine based on the comics and film, all without the classic mask and modeled more on the Logan we’ve seen of late. These ones are definitely a great addition to the collection of any Wolvie fan.