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Diamond Select Gives Sneak Peek Of NY Toy Fair 2019 Line-Up: DC, Marvel, Kingdom Hearts, Bruce Lee and More

It’s that magical time of year, when toy companies from around the world descend on New York City for the International Toy Fair! Pictures of the newest toys splatter across the Interwebs, and we all get to go gaga over products that may not see the light for many months.

Diamond Select Toys is one of those companies, and here are some images of products that will be on display, and are currently up for pre-order, but won’t hit stores until summer or fall. And be on the lookout for more DST reveals leading up to the show!

Bruce Lee Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Bruce Lee returns to the Minimates mini-figure line! One of the original Minimates licenses when the line first began, the acclaimed martial artist makes his 2-inch debut in this all-new box set! The many looks of Bruce Lee are on display here, as his Dojo, Clawed, Track Suit and Casual looks make up the four-pack. Each has interchangeable parts and accessories, and the set includes bonus accessories to create alternate looks. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192441, SRP: $24.99)

DC Comic Gallery Batman PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The guardian of Gotham City has arrived! This highly anticipated entry in the DC Gallery line depicts a modern comic-style Batman atop a Gotham City rooftop, his cape flaring out behind him. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this PVC diorama features detailed sculpting by Alterton based on a design by Caesar. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192439, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Gallery Shazam PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Shazam! Newly powered teenager Billy Batson transforms into the hero Shazam in this new PVC Diorama based on the upcoming feature film! With lightning arcing from his chest, this sculpture features the likeness of actor Zachary Levi, and features detailed sculpting and paint. Packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Rocco Tartamella! (Item #FEB192438, SRP: $49.99)

DC Movie Vinimates Shazam Vinyl Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! What are your super powers? Billy Batson is ready to find out in the new Shazam movie, and this smiling Shazam vinyl figure is ready to join the DC Vinimates line! Standing approximately 4 inches tall, this vinyl figure is sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192440, SRP: $9.99)

Kingdom Hearts Minimates Series 3 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Kingdom Hearts Minimates line moves into the all-new third game in this all-new assortment of 2-inch mini-figures! Three two-packs based on Kingdom Hearts III make up the assortment, featuring Toy Story Sora with Wreck it Ralph, Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow with Pirate Donald, and Mickey Mouse with Maleficent! Each two-pack features fully interchangeable parts and accessories, and each comes packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192442,SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Legends in 3D Comic Marvel Iron Man Half Scale Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Tony Stark is a legend in his own time, and now he’s a Legend in 3D! Iron Man joins the half-scale line of resin busts with this shiny portrait of the Avenger, measuring approximately 10 inches tall atop a technological base. Limited to just 1.000 pieces, this bust features detailed sculpting by Joe Menna based on a design by Joe Allard. Packaged in a hand-numbered box with a full-color image and a weblink to additional images. (Item #FEB192444, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery Dazzler PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Disco never dies! The mutant Dazzler has had a number of looks over the years, but her most famous look is still her disco outfit from 1980. In her silver jumpsuit, the pop starlet has a microphone in one hand and her trademark light effect emanating from the other. And who can forget her roller skates and disco ball necklace? Measuring approximately 9 inches tall, this PVC diorama was sculpted by Alejandro Pereira based on a design by Uriel Caton. Packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #FEB192445,SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Mystique Resin Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The shapely shape-shifter revealed! A frequent X-Men foe and member of the Brotherhood and Freedom Force, Raven Darkholme joins the Marvel Premier Collection with this gorgeous statue, hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore based on a design by Caesar! Standing approximately 11” tall, this detailed piece is limited to an edition of 3,000 pieces, and comes packaged in full color, hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity. (Item #FEB192446, SRP: $150.00)

Marvel Minimates Series 77 Spider-Man 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The record-breaking 77th series of Marvel Minimates is here, and it’s dedicated to the friends and foes of the Spectacular Spider-Man! Four two-packs feature Black Costume Spider-Man with Kraven the Hunter, Miles Morales with Prowler, Mysterio with Hydro-Man, and Vulture with Molten Man. Plus, if you buy all four sets, you get the parts to build the Spider-Slayer! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features fully interchangeable parts and accessories. Designed by Barry Bradfield! (Item #FEB192443, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

Marvel Movie Gallery Black Panther Okoye PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Her kingdom for a Starbucks! Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje and protector of T’Challa, defends her homeland against incursion from the outside world – and other worlds entirely – with her impressive spear. Preparing to let loose with her chosen weapon, Okoye stands approximately 9 inches tall and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson. (Item #FEB192447, SRP: $49.99)

Marvel Video Game Deluxe Gallery Rhino PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Let the wild rampage begin! Classic Spider-Man villain The Rhino charges into the Marvel Gallery line, pushing over a pillar in his pursuit of the wall-crawler. Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, this Deluxe sculpture is based on his appearance in the new Spider-Man video game and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. (Item #FEB192449, SRP: $69.99)

Marvel Select Psylocke Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! You don’t have to be psychic to know that Marvel Select have been requesting a Psylocke action figure for a long time, and now DST has delivered! Joining the legion of X-Men Select figures, Psylocke measures approximately 7 inches tall and comes packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #FEB192448, SRP: $29.99)

Marvel TV Gallery Netflix Defenders Iron Fist PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Face the power of the Iron Fist! Danny Rand unleashes his energy-packed punch on a New York City rooftop in this PVC diorama based on The Defenders on Netflix! Standing approximately 8 inches tall, this detailed sculpt features collectible-quality paint applications, and comes packaged in a full-color window box with an opening front panel. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella based on a design by Nelson X. Asencio. Previously a GameStop exclusive. (Item #FEB192450, SRP: $50.00)

Also joining the line-up is a statue of Okoye from Black Panther, and new minimates of Mysterio, Prowler, Hydro-Man, Kraven, Vulture, and some other cool Spider-Man characters, just in time for the release of the new movie.

DST is not the only company dropping reveals ahead of Toy Fair, as Mezco has shown off a new Captain Marvel figureMego announced new 14″ Star Trek figures, and a new line based on characters from Stan Lee’s vault, and Neca debuted a great looking Shredder and Karate Kid set.

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NYCC 2017: Alex Ross art exhibit

While the man was not there, Alex Ross had plenty on display at his booth during NYCC 2017. Showing off reproductions of his work available for purchase, the Alex Ross art booth included works based on Marvel and DC characters, as well as his new line of Universal Monsters.

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NY Toy Fair 2017: Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective – DC & Marvel, Star Trek, Ghostbusters

Continuing our coverage of NY Toy Fair with Mezco Toyz‘s pre-toy fair event, Pierre Kalenzaga takes us through the upcoming releases and brand new debuts of figures from their amazing One 12: Collective.

These highly detailed, super articulated, and incredibly fashionable six-inch action figures took the market by storm last year, and 2017 will be another big year for the line. This video features figures from all of their lines, including Star Trek (with Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu, and the debut of McCoy), Marvel Comics figures like Daredevil, Punisher, Deadpool, Wolverine, Spider-man, Dr Strange and Iron Man, Netflix’s Daredevil, DC comic figures like Green Arrow, Shazam, The Joker, Batman, Deathstroke, The Flash, Darkseid and Superman, DC movie figures of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman from Batman VS Superman, zombies from Night of The Living Dead, Space Ghost, Popeye the Sailor Man, Evil Dead, and The Ghostbusters.

Don’t forget to check out our video of Mezco’s other figures and collectables from horror and movie franchises, as well as a spotlight on the One:12 Collective items shown here with even more photos and footage of everything seen here.

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NY Toy Fair 2017: Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Spotlight

You may have already seen the tour of the new One:12 Collective figures from Mezco Toyz during their pre-toy fair event, but here is your chance to see the extended version! This video is nothing but all of our b-roll with every figure on display, featuring much more footage than the other videos.

This video features figures from all of their lines, including Star Trek (with Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu, and the debut of McCoy), Marvel Comics figures like Daredevil, Punisher, Deadpool, Wolverine, Spider-man, Dr Strange and Iron Man, Netflix’s Daredevil, DC comic figures like Green Arrow, Shazam, The Joker, Batman, Deathstroke, The Flash, Darkseid and Superman, DC movie figures of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman from Batman VS Superman, zombies from Night of The Living Dead, Space Ghost, Popeye the Sailor Man, Evil Dead, and The Ghostbusters.

Don’t forget to check out our video of Mezco’s other figures and collectables from horror and movie franchises, as well as the official tour of the One: 12 Collective with Pierre to learn more about what these figures do, as well as teases of some items coming out later this year.

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Spiderman joins Mezco’s One: 12 Collective

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings into the One:12 Collective!

When young Peter Parker is inadvertently bitten by a radioactive spider he is infused with spider-like abilities; super strength, the ability to cling to surfaces and climb walls, and a “Spidey Sense” that allows him to react to impending danger. Utilizing his famous, self designed Web Shooters as well as his amazing powers Spider-Man vows to protect his fellow man after the untimely death of his uncle at the hands of a common thief, quickly rising to the responsibility of using his great powers to be the hero we all know and love.

Assembled on an all new One:12 Collective body developed specifically for this figure, Spider-Man features over 30 points of articulation. This figure also features a meticulously tailored outfit with intricate silk screened details and includes multiple interchangeable parts and accessories.

The Spider-Man One:12 Collective Figure features:

Two (2) newly developed head portraits including:
Large eye head
Classic small eye head
All-new slender, sinewy One:12 body
Hand painted authentic detailing
All new One:12 Collective developed body with over 30 points of articulation
Approximately 17cm tall
Eight (8) interchangeable hands including:
One (1) pair of web-shooting hands
One (1) pair of fists
One (1) pair of holding hands
One (1) pair of posing hands
Weblines that loop over the figure’s wrists for posing

Costume:

Acrylic eye lenses
Spandex outfit with web detail and spider insignia
One (1) pair of web-patterned gauntlets
One (1) pair of articulated web-patterned boots

Accessories:

One (1) of webline style A
One (1) of webline style B
One (1) of webline style C
One (1) of webline style D
One posable webline
One (1) One:12 Collective display base with Spider-Man logo
One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each figure is packaged in a deluxe, collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind; there are no twist ties for easy in, and out of package display.

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“Captain America: Civil War” Review

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to “Captain America: Civil War” for some time, a film that fans were yearning for years ago before they even knew how it could be set up. While the movie was not as encompassing as the comic event was (since the cinematic universe is much smaller in scale), “Civil War” had a huge amount of hype behind it, and the early reviews were not wrong – for the most part.

Heralded by many as a “game-changer” for the film series, I could not disagree more and simply see it as a chapter closing in the tale of Cap and The Avengers, one that will likely be glossed over by the time the next film rolls around.

Don’t mistake my snarkiness for dislike of the film. “Captain America: Civil War” is the ideal Summer blockbuster, loaded with action, astounding special effects, great acting from an ensemble cast of superstars, and one of the best plots that Marvel Studios has given to us so far. It was an easy two and a half hours to sit through and I was very excited by the end of it and enjoyed it, but once the initial shock and awe of the surprises wear off, I came back to revisit what I saw to figure out how I really felt about it all.

WARNING: HERE COME THE SPOILERS

I still liked it a ton and rank it high up there with my favorite Marvel movies, but there were some big problems that left me unhappy – a pattern very common with this series. They build me up with hype, and while they usually deliver, there is always some lingering downside that makes one wonder what could have been.

Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have some very complex storylines going on in this film, especially Tony who has arguably the strongest emotional and character arc of the entire series. Robert Downey Jr. goes through a ton of ups and downs in this movie, something that has been growing ever since the first Iron Man film and finally gets dealt with in Civil War. This is a character wracked with guilt – guilt over not being able to have a healthy relationship with noticeably absent Pepper Potts, guilt over the innocents deaths that he inadvertently has caused, and guilt over not being able to do something to prevent them. Top that off with trying to come to terms with his parents demise, and you have a character in serious turmoil. This is almost Tony’s movie more than it is Captain America’s.

Meanwhile, Captain America is working through his issues with Bucky, who can not seem to keep himself in control and was caught at the scene of a massive crime later in the film that leads to the death of the King of Wakanda. Enter Black Panther, but we will get to that later. After the events of “Age of Ultron”, the evil US government has decided to create a checks and balances system with The Avengers, giving control of the team to the UN and allowing them to dictate where the heroes will go and who they fight. Cap disapproves, Iron Man is all for it. Strife ensues, punches fly, and things get broken.

The story of Civil War is as complex as the characters, and in terms of balancing all of the characters, this team movie got it right. Directed by the Russo brothers, who also did “Captain America: Winter Soldier” (another favorite of mine), and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, this movie beats all of the Avengers film in terms of keeping all of the characters in as equal of a spotlight as possible. They never feel shoehorned or doing things that are out of place, and considering how many of these characters do not show up until act three, the amount of what they do and how they do it was spot on. Frankly, this was the perfect balancing act between A-plot characters, and the B-plot characters who both intertwine into the main story and have their own things going on.

449337-captain-america-civil-war-spider-man-shield-official-cropThe Black Panther is the stand-out here, played by Chadwick Boseman, and makes a big impact in his on-screen debut. He looks awesome, he fights awesome, and goes toe-to-toe with the best of the Marvel movies. I look forward to seeing much more from him in the upcoming movies, and he will add a lot to the team once they get his stories moving along.

Likewise, Tom Holland as Spider-Man was quite enjoyable and much less annoying that I anticipated. I was against the idea of such a young Peter Parker, but Holland was funny, exuberant, and a good casting choice – plus, how he is brought into the film was excellent. No time wasted on origin stories, we just jump right into using him as part of the main story, and it works. I was a fan of James Garfield’s version of Parker (even if those movies should never be discussed), but Holland brings the character into modernity and offers a younger version of the character that should be interesting to see how he grows up.

Scarlet Witch and Vision get a little time to develop their potential romance, which was nice to see and while it was quick, felt like the perfect amount of time because of how well-written it was. Ultimately, everybody had something to contribute to the story, and that is the keyword. “Contribute.” No one is just there to drop a one-liner, every character moves the story along and also has time to develop who they are. It was very refreshing to see this, especially after how disappointed I was with “Age of Ultron” when it came to ineffectively trying to accomplish that.

There is so much action in this movie, I thought I would feel over saturated with it by the end of the movie. That proved to be far from the truth, as every scene was unique in appearance and also in tone. Every action sequence had a reason behind it and a deeper emotional investment from the characters. There were stakes on the line with each fight, and you could feel those stakes more than just battling an army of robots.

As you can see, I have plenty of good things to say about “Civil War”, but here is where the bubble bursts.

Let’s talk about the villain, if you can really call him that. Daniel Bruhl had the dubious task of playing Baron Zemo, a classic Cap baddie that ends up being a sympathetic heel more than a maniacal madman. It is a very subtle role and a welcome change to the usual bad guys we have seen in past movies (ie., crazy guy from “Ant-Man”). Bruhl was excellent at creating a character that is devoured by guilt (much like Stark) and hungry for revenge, but gets pushed into the background a bit to make more room for Cap VS Iron Man.

Zemo is the puppet master behind the entire conflict, and I wanted more of him. To me, it felt like there were scenes missing when it came to his story, although I stand by what I said about everyone having just the right amount of time overall. Still, I wanted more of Zemo and felt he could have been like The Joker in Nolan’s “Dark Knight” movie. A cerebral bad guy that is pulling the strings and always one step ahead of the good guys. Unfortunately, things had to be squeezed around to fit so many characters and especially to push the Tony VS Steve feud, so it was surprisingly the main villain that has to take a back seat in the plot.

Speaking of that, Zemo’s plans were to defrost a bunch of other Winter Soldiers that were put on ice by Russia in 1991 to kickstart a new world order, which was a tantalizing tease at what could have been a whole bevy of villains from the Marvel comic universe that would have been immediately tossed into the mix. Instead, they end up dead and that story goes nowhere. It was a disappointing wrap-up to something that could have panned out to be huge, but the focus once again goes back to Tony VS Steve and less about shaping up the future of their bad guys. This reinforces how little importance the villains really had in this movie, despite being the driving force behind the entire struggle.

Also, can we talk about how lame Crossbones’ appearance was? Another bad guy brought in to the series, and he gets killed at the start of the movie. Add him to the ranks of Batroc the Leaper, Arnim Zola, and other villains who could have been recurring, but instead are one and done.

Captain-America-Civil-War-movie-image-jpg_8305667_ver1.0I also had some problems with the tone of the movie, especially with how jokey it was. Whedon’s film always had his sense of humor smothered all over it (whether you liked it or not), and I prefer the comedy in the Cap movies, but I felt perhaps the mandate from Disney meant adding more laughs where it was not needed. In particular, I am taking about the epic fight scene between all of the heroes at the airport that was mostly spent with everyone having more fun than fighting seriously. This is where the stakes of the movie fall apart and basically reset themselves. The result of the battle changes the direction of the protagonists, but it felt like a sparring session more than a civil war.

This is the scene where Spidey makes his debut, and I have to add that I really enjoyed the big battle. I just believed that it should not have been as soft. Everyone is making cracks at each other and other than Cap, Bucky, Iron Man and War Machine, no one is taking the fight too seriously. This is bothersome since it leads to a hugely important and serious moment – when War Machine gets shot down.

Was the scene epic? Yes. Could it have felt heavier instead of everyone playing around and once the battle is over, probably sharing a plane to get home? Yes, and that is what I wanted to see. The effects of having to fight your friends over something that you have a strong belief in, but when you look at things, some of these characters did not even have a feeling about the stakes and therein lies the problem. Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and Spider-man all have no relation to the Sokovia Accords, and Black Panther is still just in it to fight Bucky at this point. 1/3 of your combatants do not even matter to the overall plot and were just brought in as ringers and have no idea what they are fighting for. Literally. Spidey says Tony told him that Cap was wrong and that was it.

The biggest letdown for me is the “game-changing” element of the film. As I said before, this was hyped up as “OMG EVERYTHING WILL CHANGE AFTER THIS MOVIE”, but I disagree. Things will change, but by the next time we see these characters, very little of the results of this movie will matter. The proof is in the past movies. “Age of Ultron” in particular neglected to explain a lot of what happened in between movies, and I am hoping that this will not be an issue by the next film but I have a bad feeling it will be. War Machine is already walking around and should be recovered more or less by the next movie, the only major difference will be that most of the band is broken up, and unlike “Age of Ultron” where everyone is mysteriously back together, they will need to address the inevitable reunion on-screen to make me feel better.

In the grand scheme of things, these complaints are not a big detriment to me and I still walked out enjoying “Captain America: Civil War” and thinking it was one of the best Marvel movies to date. The struggle between Iron Man and Cap went the distance and was a real roller coaster ride, and fleshed out these characters to depths I did not expect the series to go. I liked the debut of Spidey and can not wait to see how they handle him in his own movie, much like Black Panther who has given me a lot of interest in a character that I liked in the past but was not super-fascinated by. I want to see where all of this goes next and how it will lead up to the inevitable interstellar battle with Thanos, and don’t know where things will go from here – and that is one mystery that I like having and can not wait to be resolved.

Also, next time just let Bucky buy his damn plums.

 

 

 

 

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Bluefin Announces “Samurai Spiderman” Meisho Manga Realization Figure

Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, proudly announces the newest addition to the hit Meisho Realization figure series from Tamashii Nations as the company reimagines famous superheroes starting with the release of the Samurai Spider-Man later this year.

Scheduled to debut to retailers in late-Summer/Fall, the highly detailed, 7-inch figure pays homage to the Samurai aesthetic and artfully takes Spidey back to feudal-era Japan, casting him in distinctive, web-like black and crimson warrior armor. The figure is exquisitely constructed with hybrid materials and features up to 15 points of articulation to create endless posing possibilities. Meisho Manga Realization Spider-Man will carry an MSRP of $91.99 from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Preorders are available now.


Meisho Manga Realization Samurai Spiderman
Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $91.99
Leave it to top sculptor and designer Takayuki Takeya to take Spider-Man back to Feudal Japan in full, web-like Samurai warrior armor. True to the feudal spirit, Samurai Spider-Man’s ninja kaginawa-style grappling web hook is crafted as chain-like firing mechanism. Like the preceding Meisho Movie Realization products before it, Samurai Spider-Man is crafted with semi-soft materials that allow for superior articulations and dynamic posing. Set includes interchangeable hands (x3), Japanese katana set, and kaginawa web hook set (left and right wrist parts).

Collectors also can enjoy several notable figures from the Tamashii Nations Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars product line – available now from Bluefin – that include the “Ronin” Boba Fett, “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper, and the Samurai General “Taisho” Darth Vader and Samurai General “Daisho” Darth Vader. Each is clad in a unique set of armor and comes with an array of weapons and other accessories. Additional new figures will be announced in coming months.

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Analyzing the new Spider-man costume from “Captain America: Civil War”

SPOILER ALERT: The big reveal from today’s new trailer for “Captain America: Civil War” was not just all of the action and dialogue from the movies plot, but was the surprise appearance of Spider-man at the very end. This is the first time that Spidey has appeared in any of the Disney/ Marvel Studios films since they snatched the rights away from Sony, and while the rumors were that he would be featured in the movie in some way, few believed we would see him this early on.

With the suit revealed, let’s take a look at what we have seen and try to figure out this new version of ole’ webhead.

Let’s tackle that grand entrance in the trailer before we dig too deep into the outfit. What we learned towards the end of that clip is that there will be a big battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man at an airport runway. Why that location? We still don’t know, but what we do know is there all sorts of action that will happen there, one of which being the showdown between the rival factions.

“Alright,” Tony says, sans mask, “I’ve run out of patience. Underoos!” Suddenly, the familiar thwip of a web shooter is heard and the webs are seen, and the next thing you know, Spider-man is towering above everyone in his signature pose holding Cap’s shield like a boss. His first line, a deadpan “Hey everyone.” I have to say, seeing Spidey jump onto the scene and posing was spectacular, but hearing his voice… yikes. Played by Tom Holland, he is the youngest actor to portray Spider-man in all of the films thus far, and I am doing my best not to come into the movie with a bad feeling about his performance, but that one line was just so… eh.

Based on Spidey’s appearance and the look of all the characters when he shows up, this happens early in that fight scene. Where that battle fits into the whole movie however, is still uncertain. The trailer also shows us fights with Tony, Bucky, and Cap in some kind of concrete area near mountains, so my guess is that Spider-man shows up towards the end of the second act, and that battle will result in Cap surrendering and being captured – leading us to that other fight scene at the end of the movie. I also am guessing that based on the film offering more time with Spidey that we will not see in the trailers, but that could be wishful thinking.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War
Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland)
Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

The costume itself is an homage to several looks for Spidey. Seeing the pose, how the clothes pull on his skin, and the way the light hits him, I can’t help but see a resemblance to the paintings of Alex Ross. The lines on his webbing are thinner, and the costume is not dark like previous incarnations have been, making this a much more subdued look for him, which is a great idea since the last two film franchises overdid the suit in many ways.

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Ross took his influence from many Spidey artists, one of which was Steve Ditko. It’s very clear to see that Ditko was also an influence on this film’s version of Spider-man, specifically in the eyes. The logo of the costume as well is also closer to Ditko’s, being smaller, although it also bears elements of how John Romita Sr. drew the logo when he took over the title.

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With all of these references to classic comic design, it’s easy to look past the new additions to the outfit that they have added. Thankfully, the majority of the costume is the same design that we have loved for decades, but there are some new elements to it. A closer look at the waist of Spidey shows that he seems to be wearing some kind of belt outside of his underoos, which we can assume hold his spare web shooters and other gadgets that he has occasionally used (spidey tracers, that light in his belt buckle, etc).

Most importantly, and exciting to comic nerds everywhere, is that Spidey’s eyes actually move! If you listen closely, you will hear his eyes shutter closed, meaning there is some machine inside controlling them. Chances are, this costume was designed by Stark and not handmade by Peter, which alters his origin story greatly, but it adds some more realism in this high school kid learning how to sew tights. With his eyes being animated, this means we will get a very expressive Spidey for the first time in any of the movies, and that adds some hope to the kind of humor he will bring. It worked for Deadpool, it will certainly work for Spidey.

I don’t know about you, but I am still excited to see New York’s friendly neighborhood you-know-who, and seeing him in action this early on has made me even crazier to see this movie! This costume is easily the best we have in a Spider-man movie, keeping classic influences with a slightly modern take. Only ever so slightly, though, since how can you change perfection?

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A Boy and His Blind Box: Marvel Munnyworld Zipper Pulls

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It’s a big year for Marvel Comics, with Captain America 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy all making waves in the movie world, and an overwhelming avalanche of Marvel Now! debut issues flooding the market. Kidrobot has been riding the wave of Marvel’s popularity for awhile, and we got a hold of one of their many licensed products, but this one is a twist.

The Marvel Munnyworld Zipper Pulls combine your favorite comic characters with Kidrobot’s distinct Munny design, which is normally a build-and-paint figure that customizers flock to. However, in this case we have pre-made zipper pulls that look so cutesy, your brain might explode.

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There are 10 zipper pulls in total, which feature two bad guys, seven good guys, and one Deadpool, because Deadpool does whatever he wants. The selection is popular core characters, like Venom, Spidey, Captain America, Thor, and the aforementioned Merc with a Mouth.

The box art is simple but incorporates the zipper pull gimmick cleverly into the packaging, with Spiderman descending on the pull like it’s one of his webs. The art clearly shows you what you are getting, in their very Munny way.

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Each tiny box comes with a silver bag to ensure the secret identity of your blind box figure remains well-kept from the public. It also features the Marvel Munnyworld logo, which is cool but will not matter after you tear into the packaging. Speaking of, SNIKT!

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I bought three Marvel Munnyworld Zipper pulls, and I ended up with The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and Spiderman! Each zipper pull stands about 3/4 of an inch tall, and is essentially identical to each other in terms of sculpting. That is how a Munny figure works, though, as it is all about customizing. What separates them apart is their paint job, which is smooth and clean and makes it easy to identify each person.

These little figures capture the iconic elements of each Marvel character, whether it’s Hulk’s scowl, Wolverine’s mask, or Spidey’s expressive eyes. Simplistic but effective, they may not be super detailed in any way whatsoever, but more is less with these little dudes, and I think they do the job of explaining the character in one glance extremely well. Plus, these are less than an inch tall, and for this scale, the paint job is perfect.

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Each Marvel Munnyworld Zipper pull costs $3.99, which is a hefty price for a small zipper pull. However, you are paying for the license, solid construction, and a good-looking and well painted little figurine. This is a blind box that I say is worth buying, but with some trepidation. If you plan on actually using this zipper pull, get it – if you plan on collecting it for the sake of collecting, skip it and get their other Marvel Munnyworld items instead.

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