CAPTAIN AMERICA: BATTLE AT RED SKULL LAIR

Joining the ranks of the Superhero Squad is this brand new 3-pack, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER – BATTLE AT RED SKULL LAIR.

Beyond a mouthful of a name, this awesome collection consists of Captain America himself, Bucky Barnes and Red Skull as cute-ified versions of the characters you’ll be seeing in the upcoming summer film, Captain America: The First Avenger.

And speaking of the film, a new trailer’s been released so you’d best check it out!

Super Hero Squad Figures: 2010 Wave 2 is HERE!


Reptil & Dr. Doom, Abomination & Thor and Spider-man & Scarlet Witch are the three newest arrivals in our Marvel Superhero Squad collection. They’re the adorable versions of all your favourite Marvel heroes and villains and make great miniature collectibles for kids or anyone who likes their toys stylized.

Of course, these guys have also hit the airwaves as part of the Superhero Squad TV show, which features the voice talents of everyone from Cheryl Hines (Curb your Enthusiasm) to Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), the later of which spoke to CBR about his part on the show. Read the whole interview over on the site, but here’s an excerpt.

CBR News: Tom, how did you get started on the pop culture friendly path of your voice acting career? Where did that interest come from?

Tom Kenny: The easy answer is that I was a part of that pop culture world and I’ve loved it all ever since I was a little kid. I loved comic books and monster movies and all the standard issue geeky stuff. Just being able to mess around with my voice has given me a nice way to be involved in this world that I’ve always enjoyed as a consumer and reader, and now as an artist.

I messed around in rock and roll bands when I was a little kid, and I still do. Then I kind of stumbled my way into standup and sketch comedy. Eventually, I became employed in that while doing the occasional voiceover, but the whole time I was doing those things, I thought that voiceover was the thing I was best at. I wished that could be 98% of my pie instead of two percent. It’s kind of a tough nut to crack. I made a living as a standup for many years and eventually the voiceover thing was able to supplant a lot of that stuff. It turns out that I was right – voiceover is better. [Laughs] Voiceover is the best-kept secret in entertainment.

From an outside perspective, I imagine it’s got to be fun to have a job where one minute you’re Iron Man or Captain America, and the next minute you’re M.O.D.O.K.. It doesn’t get any more different than that.

Yeah! Captain America, M.O.D.O.K. and occasionally Juggernaut and Colossus when they make their brief appearances. Iron Man as well. It’s a perfect job for what you would call the shy show-off, you know what I mean? The person who doesn’t exactly want to be famous and deal with all of the horrific stuff that being an on camera celebrity brings to your life, but you still want to make a living as an actor. If you’re not driven by wanting to see your face on the cover of “People Magazine,” then being a voice actor is the best. It’s all of the fun of being an actor without any of the mess.

Right, it’s not the type of thing where someone is going to see you in a coffee shop and go, “Hey, that’s Captain America!”

You know, it happens just enough that it’s a nice little validation, but it’s rare. If somebody comes up to me and knows that I’ve done the voice of Iron Man or Captain America, it means that they’re a super fan, so that’s cool. They’re predisposed to liking the show. One of the things that I love about voice acting as a profession is, as you just mentioned, the characters are famous and iconic, but your face isn’t. You never wind up in that dysfunctional relationship with your character, something like Sean Connery with 007 or Bob Denver with Gilligan. You’re SpongeBob one day a week, then later on you’re Captain America, then you’re Rabbit from “Winnie The Pooh,” or you’re a robot on “Transformers.” If you’re a shy showoff with ADD, it’s even better. [Laughs]

Looking at “Superhero Squad,” you said that part of the reason you got into this world was that you grew up as a fan of the culture and comics…

Oh yeah. Comics were huge for me as a kid, particularly the Marvel stuff. My parents weren’t particularly thrilled about me reading comics. “Why can’t you read a real book?” I did that as well, but I also liked to read comics. Unwittingly, they created a comic book freak monster because I loved any and all genres of comic books. Superheroes, humor, war, horror, all that stuff. I got really into it. I was able to look at the history of those characters and I just thought the characters and the world were so rich. The drawings blew my mind and probably a lot of other people’s minds, too. When you look at Stan Lee’s writing and Steve Ditko’s weird drawing – those early “Spider-Man” issues still make me crazy when I read them. There’s so much undiscovered stuff that you’ve never heard of still getting reprinted. It’s fantastic! I can’t believe there’s still great stuff that I’ve never seen and also great new stuff coming out. It’s been a lifelong addiction for me.

MORE Marvel! Superhero Squad 2010 Wave 1

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!

New Superhero Squad Figures!

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.

Ryan Reynolds talks Deadpool Movie

From the Coventry Telegraph. . .

RYAN REYNOLDS has promised fans of Deadpool they will see a faithful version of the comic book character in the proposed spin-off.

The actor starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as sword-spinning Wade Wilson, who becomes the masked mercenary Deadpool.

Reynolds has now given an update on the project and assured comic book enthusiasts that there will be an accurate portrayal of the character.

He said: “I love it, because I get to be involved. And I’m such a huge fan of the character. I get to be the authentication police, in a weird way.

“To their credit – the studio’s credit – they want to make an authentic Deadpool movie; they want to make it as close to the source material as possible.”

Speaking to MTV, he said: “He’s going to be the Merc with the Mouth, [we’re going to give] all those answers that everyone wants. He’s going to have the scarred-up face, he’s going to be in the suit – and, it’s going to be incredible.”

The 32-year-old actor continued: “Right now, it’s just a question of trying to figure out what is the spine of the story,” he added. “Who is the villain? What does Wade and/or Deadpool want?

“And how do you tell that story? Are we going to see flashbacks to his old life, flash-forwards, present-day? We’re just trying to figure that stuff out.”

He and the studio are in the process of seeking a writer and director for the solo adventure.

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And for more, check out the awesome Deadpool figures we’ve got in-stock, including the X-Men Origins Deadpool, the Superhero Squad adorable Deadpool or the rare Marvel Legends Deadpool for collectors.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine and…Deadpool?

When fans of the X-Men film franchise (those who hadn’t yet downloaded the film’s leaked workprint) first saw the movie Deadpool action figure, it’s safe to say that there were very few people pleased about this:

(image from ToyFare) I’ve never been the type to cry foul when Hollywood has to make changes to comic canon (sometimes things have to be done to translate this stuff for a wider audience), but this (and what we see int he film) does seem like they went a little far. Despite some vague efforts to get the eye patterns to resemble the Deadpool we know and love, fans of the wise-cracking, fourth-wall breaking one-man army (who, by the way, has no problem speaking) are going to have to wait for a new Marvel movie to get a treatment of the hero who seems to have been inspired by Hellboy’s Karl Kroenen or a toothless version of Moral Kombat’s Baraka. Which is either a plus or a shame, because Ryan Reynolds does seem like he could have carried off a far more comic-accurate version of the character. But we’re here to talk about figures, so here’s a look at the complete collection of Wolverine Origins items we’ve not got in stock. It includes Wolverine in his high-tech skivvies as Weapon-X and the Baraka-style Deadpool. Fortunately, it also includes the classic Deadpool, Wolvering AND Gambit for purists.

And hey, for anybody still needing that Deadpool fix without the dreaded “Origins” tag, we’ve got you covered in two ways. First, there’s the Marvel Legends Series 6 Deadpool, which comes with a full-length comic and an alternate head that actually manages to look pretty compared to that of his latest incarnation.

The above Marvel Legends Deadpool is a pricey piece, and definitely one for collectors, but the next item is very much “for all”: the Superhero Squad Deadpool and Punisher. Two characters very much unused to being adorable, they pull it off nicely in this 2-figure set from Hasbro. Of course, there’s nothing Hollywood likes like a sequel. So who knows what’s next for our beloved Wade Wilson? You never know: maybe next time they’ll get it right.