Kotobukiya’s ArtFX line has recently selected Marvel as their next targets, and what better way to inaugurate a new series of fashionably and artistically rendered figurines than with the Avengers roster? Here, Hawkeye is 7 inches tall in perfect 1/10 scale, set to join Captain America, the Hulk and Black Widow on the Avengers ArtFX team. Conceptually designed by talented figurine artisan Adi Granov, Hawkeye AKA Clint Barton is the sleekest and most modern he’s looked since 1964. Vibrant, royal purple and black help this former-criminal-turned-good-guy take cover and shoot from his quiver with ultimate precision. Justice is served.
Sometime after the events with the Avengers conspired, a steely hero-suit of venerable proportions was created by Tony Stark. We’re talking, of course, about the legendary Silver Centurion ensemble, which fans will recognize from the epic struggle between Tony Stark and Aldrich Killian. Tony, with the help of the Silver Centurion’s concealed blade, slices the arm of scheming initiator. We love that the head is sculpted to resemble Robert Downey, Jr. in the film, making the silver and red Enhanced Energy Suit Upgrade detail jump out even more. This figurine is from Hot Toys’ Movie Masterpiece Series and boasts interchangeable battle-damaged chest armor and palms, forearm blades and LED light-up functions, along with 36 points of articulation. Phew. And we’ve got it!
Based on the look he sported in THE AVENGERS, a new THOR figure is being released by Sideshow. As usual, the detail is incredible, the accessories are perfect and the figure as a whole is an amazing addition to any fan’s collection. You can pre-order now and he’ll will ship out in January 2013. Check this guy out:
Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Chris Hemsworth as Thor in The Avengers movie
Approximately 32 cm tall
Muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles, skin texture and beard
Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of relaxed palms
One (1) pair for holding hammer
Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
One (1) detachable red cape
One (1) dark blue costume with red stripes and silver patterned long sleeves
One (1) upper body armor with silver circle plates
One (1) pair of dark blue pants with red stripes
One (1) pair of black, dark blue and silver boots
One (1) pair of forearm pads
One (1) authentic metal mjolnir with patterned holder and leather-like strap at the end
Figure stand with Thor nameplate and the movie logo
BY LISA RICHWINE AND RONALD GROVER, REUTERS
‘The Avengers’ proved that five superheroes are better than one by bursting into Hollywood’s record books with a massive $200.3 million in ticket sales over its opening weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters, kicking off Hollywood’s summer movie season with a bang.
The domestic debut for the big-budget, effects-filled movie from Disney’s Marvel studios sped past last summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2,” which opened with $169.2 million in its first weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. In March, “The Hunger Games” opened with $152.5 million, the fourth largest opening in box office history.
“The Avengers,” which reunites Marvel comic heroes Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Black Widow, has collected $641.8 million since it opened in international markets on April 25.
“We keep thinking we have a sense of what this movie can do, or will do, and every time we get a report it does even better,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice-president of distribution. “This is very satisfying, to say the least.”
Disney’s aggressive marketing, which included promotions aimed at women that included sending stars to “The View” daytime talk show, resulted in women making up 40 percent of the audience for the action film, according to Disney’s survey. Half the audience was also over 25 years of age, the studio also said.
Winner of the past two weekends, Sony’s romantic comedy “Think Like a Man,” slipped to second place with $8 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters, according to Hollywood.com.
“Hunger Games,” from Lions Gate Entertainment, took the No. 3 spot in its seventh week in theaters, with $5.7 million, and has collected $380.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters during its run.
Warner Brothers’ “The Lucky One” landed in fourth place with $5.5 million, and the animated film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” from Sony finished in fifth place with $5.4 million.
The undisputed success of “Avengers” brought Disney the type of redemption that Hollywood loves to put on screen. In March, Disney released the expensive sci-fi adventure film “John Carter,” one of the biggest flops in box office history. The company said it expects to lose up to $200 million on that film.
“Avengers” is the first Marvel film released by Disney since the media and theme park giant purchased Marvel Entertainment Inc in 2009 for $4 billion, a move to expand its appeal to boys with a stable of superheroes.
Disney would not say whether it plans to make a sequel. Sequels to films based on the Thor and Iron Man characters are scheduled for next year and Captain America in 2014.
About 52 percent of “The Avengers” ticket sales came from higher-priced 3D tickets, Disney said. The film sold more than $15 million in tickets on 275 digital-only large-screen IMAX theaters, IMAX said, which it said would tie it with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2” for its highest grossing opening weekend.
The first weekend in May kicks off Hollywood’s summer movie-going season, a four-month period typically filled with big-budget action movies and sequels. Coming movies include Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Men in Black 3,” and “Battleship.”
We just took off work (don’t worry, we packed up all the orders before we left) and watched the Avengers movie this afternoon. It was a very good Marvel movie. Audiences have rated it an extremely high 9.0 on IMDB, and 96% of critics like it or love it. I could definitely watch this awesome flick again, expect significant repeat viewings after a huge weekend opening.
Who is my favorite character? Legolas….no, I meant Hawkeye.
**SPOILER ALERT** The Avengers end credit scene introduces us to Thanos, who smiles when he’s told that to attack Earth is to “court death”. Thanos in the comics is fascinated with death and nihilism. He kills millions on his home planet with nuclear bombardment before travelling to earth. He is capable of superhuman strength and can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy, enough to obliterate planets. His most famous storyline sees him gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet, recently glimpsed in the Thor movie (in Odin’s trophy room). Each gem of that gauntlet grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the universe: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, or Power. We know that Thanos is not a villain in Iron Man 3, and appears unlikely for Thor 2. So it’s fairly safe to assume the set up is for the next Avengers movie. So maybe exepct to see Warlock somewhere too….
The upcoming superheroes blockbuster The Avengers from Marvel Studios will be launched on Apr 26th in Hong Kong! To celebrate this, Hot Toys has just launched its first-of-its-kind The Avengers Assemble exhibition in Hong Kong. The exhibition is held from now to May 13th at The ONE shopping mall, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Place mall in Causeway Bay. Here are some details on the display:
The ONE Shopping Mall
Date: From now to May 13th 2012
Time: 12noon to 10pm
Address: 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Date: From now to May 13th 2012
Address: Causeway Place, 2-10 Great George Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
The mall has been decorated with the movie theme of The Avengers. Three 5 feet tall Cosbaby statues (Iron Man Mark VI, Captain America and Thor), designed based on Hot Toys’ Cosbaby form, are showcased at the entrance of the mall. I have also included some pics of large billboards outside and near the mall advertising this Avengers movie display in the mall. If you are in Hong Kong, check it out and share some photos!