Own the Iron Man II Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series Whiplash Mark II!

This new offering is like no other. Here’s the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series Sixth Scale Whiplash Mark II from the Iron Man 2 film experience. And if that title isn’t enough to floor you, wait until you get an eyeful of this 13-inch figure’s best features! The diecast format makes him more realistic than ever, especially considering that he’s designed in the likeness of actor Mickey Rourke as Whiplash Mark II.

An interchangeable helmeted head with LED light-up eyes as well as a distressed metallic exterior bring Whiplash to life. He comes complete with whip weapons that also boast LED light-up functions. The Whiplash Mark II is truly a feat of figure design, so go ahead and make him the centrepiece of your collection!

Now watch me Whiplash. Now watch me Nae Nae.

Now watch me Nae Nae. Now watch me Whiplash.

Hot Toys and Sideshow’s Iron Man 2 12-inch Figure: WHIPLASH

This summer’s hugely successful IRON MAN 2 introduced several new characters and actors, but perhaps the coolest (and most gleefully over-the-top) newcomer was Mickey Rourke as WHIPLASH. And, of course, where there is an awesome character, there must be an awesome figure and this new one from Hot Toys and Sideshow more than fits the bill…

As per usual, the combination of the companies behind the figure have brought it to life in the coolest possible way. Standing 12 inches tall, the figure has a level of detail you’ve gotta see to believe and comes with enough accessories to all but guarantee that you’ll enjoy a pretty unique experience when it comes to both playing and posing. Add that to the fact that the thing even lights up and you’ve got yet another amazing item that should make fans and collectors drool. But if you want even more proof, look no further than the impressive feature list given by Sideshow…

* Stands approximate 30 cm tall
* Over 30 points of articulation
* Authentic and detailed likeness of Mickey Rourke as Whiplash
* Newly developed head sculpt with realistic facial expression, wrinkles and beard
* Multi-layered stereoscopic hair sculpture
* Newly developed upper muscular body and arms
* Highly detailed patterned tattoos on neck, upper body, arms, palms and fingers
* Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms
* One (1) pair for holding metallic whips
* One (1) pair of fists
* LED chest light (white light, battery operated, battery included)
* Metallic electricity generator with light-up function at the back
* Brown jumpsuit with burning effect and holes
* Hydraulic exoskeleton with brown-colored leather-like harness
* Brown leather-like belt with accessories
* One (1) pair of brown-colored buckled boots
* Necklace with cross-shaped pendant
* One (1) pair of metallic whips with realistic flashes and wires
* 12-inch figure stand with Whiplash nameplate and Iron Man 2 movie logo

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)

Conans: The Barbarian + O’Brien

There’s a brand new arrival over in our Conan the Barbarian section on CmdStore.com, which comes as a surprise to me given the distance between this and the ending of the films. The titular Barbarian, after all, has become Governor of California and seems very far removed from his axe-swinging past. Nevertheless, fans can snag this 6-inch NECA Cult Classic figure of Temple of the Serpent Conan.

A likely explanation for the renewed interest in the franchise, though, comes with the all the recent news about the Conan the Barbarian reboot film (Hollywood sure is creative!). The most recent info informs us that Mickey Rourke might be playing Conan’s father, but we shall see whether any of that pans out come 2011.

There’s also the story of another newly-arriving Conan. Namely, this one:

He’s on Twitter! Find him at @ConanOBrien to add him to your twit-list. Here’s the news from Zap2it:

Conan O’Brien, who made fun of Twitter a whole bunch during his “Tonight Show” stint, has joined Twitter.

The sum total of his output (Twitter has verified it’s actually O’Brien) as of 11 a.m. PT Thursday is a single tweet: “Today I interviewed a squirrel in my backyard and then threw to commercial. Somebody help me.” But that single update — funny, and also a little bit heartbreaking — has been enough to collect more than 260,000 followers — more than three times as many as the official NBC/Jay Leno page (@jayleno).

Now, a big Twitter following has very little to do with TV ratings. We just found the numbers interesting, and perhaps an indication that members of Team Coco are still thinking about their guy. Plus, the profile picture is a good one, with O’Brien sporting his hiatus beard and a chimpanzee hanging onto his neck.

As part of his exit deal from NBC, O’Brien has to stay off the air until September. There have been rumblings about him doing a live stage show, but no concrete plans for it have emerged.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures Toys!

Now in-stock, we’ve got a ton of Iron Man animated series action figures! Fans of the cel-shaded series should enjoy Hasbro’s first wave of figures based on the show. Crimson Dynamo, Silver Centurion Iron Man, Mandarin, Original Iron Man and Stealth Iron Man are the first five to hit our shelves, with more sure to come in the future. Check ’em out!

And here’s some more Iron Man news, this time about Jon Favreau’s upcoming sequel to last year’s awesome film. This news comes from Worstpreviews.com

Many of you have already seen shots of Mickey Rourke as the villainous Whiplash from the upcoming “Iron Man” sequel. But the suit he’s wearing is one that will eventually become a bit more advanced. But what exactly will it look like?

While we don’t know for sure, Marvel’s new four-issue of “Iron Man vs Whiplash” comics series may give us an idea. It shows the character in a full-body suit, including a mask, battling Iron Man. Check out the shots below.

The first issue is due out on November 4th and the “Iron Man” sequel, directed by Jon Favreau, is set to hit theaters on May 7th, 2010.

IRON MAN 2: Images + New Iron Man Figure!



Entertainment Weekly’s second annual Comic-Con preview issue features Iron Man 2 on the cover, and inside it’s packed with exclusive first looks at highly anticipated TV shows, comic books, and movies.

The first Iron Man blasted Robert Downey Jr. back to stardom, and the superhero franchise is readying to return to the big screen on May 7, 2010. Iron Man will battle new villain Mickey Rourke, size up Scarlett Johansson (exclusive photo of ScarJo as Black Widow, after the jump!), and, hopefully, prove that the success of the first movie wasn’t a fluke. Downey knows the movie isn’t an underdog this time around. “There are a lot more invisible eyes on us now,” he says.

When Marvel Studios first announced the sequel, no one was sure what the movie would be about. Downey, director Jon Favreau, screenwriter Justin Theroux, and the rest of the creative team struck upon the idea of introducing two very different foes for Stark. On one side is Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a fast-talking weapons manufacturer who fancies himself the next Tony Stark; on the other, Vanko, who, while incarcerated in a Russian prison, creates his own battle-suit, which shoots devastating, whip-like beams. Hammer and Whiplash join forces to take down Downey’s character, Tony Stark. Rourke, for his part, wanted to instill some lightness into the role of the heavy. “I told Favreau, ‘I don’t want to just play him as a one-dimensional p—-,'” he says. “He let me have a cockatoo, who I talk to and get drunk with while I’m making my suit.”

Just as the deals were being hammered out, Terrence Howard — who had played Stark’s best friend — fell out of the sequel in a public salary dispute. The role was re-cast, with Don Cheadle stepping in. “We had to make some tough deals,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “When they got public, you go, ‘That sucks. Okay, you want a peek behind the curtain? Here you are!'” Says Cheadle, “Terrence and I couldn’t be more different. We address it head-on in the movie in one exchange. We’re not trying to fool people.” (Cheadle admits he didn’t know much about Marvel’s superhero before the first movie came out: “I always thought Iron Man was a robot.”)

Adding more flesh and blood to the new movie, Scarlett Johansson joined the cast as Stark’s mysterious new assistant, Natasha, who has an alter ego of her own, Black Widow. That introduction inevitably sparks romantic tension between Stark and former assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s been promoted to CEO of Stark Industries. “The men want it to be, like, ‘Ooh, the girls are fighting over Tony,’ but it’s not as standard as that,” says Paltrow. “There’s a weird male catfight fantasy. Downey agrees. He believes what differentiates the franchise from other superhero series can be summarized as follows: “We’re horny. Not, like, can’t-bring-your-kids horny, but just…horny.”

The question remains whether Iron Man 2 will soar like the first film or show signs of rust when it hits theaters. “People are going to be more critical,” says Downey. “That’s their prerogative….In a way, there’s no way to win, except to win. Big.”

For more on Iron Man, as well as a first look at the hottest movies and TV shows heading to Comic-Con, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday July 17.

Also new from the world of Iron Man is a Kotobukiya Iron Man Mark II statue that’s just come in. You can check it out over at our online store by clicking the pic below!