Hot Toys Captain America: Winter Soldier Captain America and Falcon now available!

While it’s a bit later than originally expected, both “Stealth Suit” Captain America and Falcon from the incredible Captain America: Winter Soldier Hot Toys line are available at Sideshow Collectibles now.

I received my Falcon a little over a week ago, and it’s quite simply one of the finest action figures I’ve ever held in my hands.  I’ll have a review posted this week, but trust me, it’s astounding.

Check the links below to grab these excellent figures!

Hot Toys Captain America: Winter Soldier Falcon

Hot Toys Captain America: Winter Soldier Stealth Strike Captain America

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Hot Toys Captain America up for Pre-Order on Sideshow Collectibles!

Okay, I know I usually stick to the G.I. Joe side of the house, but I am absolutely in love with these Hot Toys Avengers figures, and I figure other Joe fans might be, too.  Pre-Orders just went live for Captain America!

Check out the mirrored image below.

Online reveals of Avengers toys provide potential custom fodder, fandom panic

Yes, panic is a strong word.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen any real panic from anyone yet, but I do think what we’re seeing already from some Avengers toys being shown on Toys “R” Us Canada’s website might be something we want to keep in mind as we prepare mentally for Toy Fair in a couple of weeks.  I will admit, I did panic a little bit myself, mostly over articulation concerns, but in all honesty, I don’t think we have much to worry about with the mainline G.I. Joe releases.

As for the product itself, the first thing is the appearance of a clear image of the Avengers Quinjet:

Originally there was some hypothesis that maybe the Quinjet was retooled from the canceled Sigma 6 Thunderhawk and Rise of Cobra Phantom X90, but upon closer inspection that’s not the case.  The surface is completely different, and while there are some structural simularities, I think the vehicles themselves are different molds.  If you look at the cockpit area, the surface is much smoother on the Quinjet without the vents near the rear, and the wing assembly looks like it’s all one piece, and not modular like on the other planes.

Regardless of the construction, the Quinjet looks pretty neat, and could make for some potentially cool custom fodder.

Next up, is this weird Ground Assault Vehicle:

This thing is actually pretty darn cool, design-wise, as long as it’s larger than the picture indicates (I think it probably is).  If it’s close in size to the RHINO or even a bit smaller, it could make for a pretty awesome Cobra vehicle, with some fresh paint applications.

Another potential source of cool custom fodder is revealed with the appearance of Captain America:

Yes, the figure looks great, the webgear looks awesome…but…  where’s the articulation?  We’ve got single-joint knees and no torso joints whatsoever.  Curious…  I know some folks were wondering about this last week when Marvel leaked a few early images of the Avengers figures, but now seeing a finished model looking the same way is a concern.  Granted, if your only worried about the accessories, this isn’t a big deal, but it is somewhat disappointing, especially considering it won’t necessarily match aesthetically with the rest of the Marvel movie figures that have been revealed so far.

Granted, Marvel figures aren’t necessarily known by their extensive articulation, but still…  I have an Ultimate Captain America, Iron Man, and Nick Fury all in this format already, it is kind of too bad the Thor and potential Hawkeye figures won’t match it.

So even beyond folks being excited for G.I. Joe toys in 2012, the potential is there for some awesome customizing above and beyond the Retaliation brand.  More info will come in a couple weeks from Toy Fair, and GeneralsJoes will be there as always to cover it!

Sponsorship News from Past Generation Toys

With today marking an onslaught of new product releases, GeneralsJoes sponsor Past Generation Toys passes along the below exciting announcement!

Coming soon – a brand new Past Generation Toys website!!  Details coming soon!  Lots of preorders listed!  Check them out below!

Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon – Over 60 items available for PreOrder!!

Star Wars Saga Legends – Incudes Boba Fett, Death Star Trooper, Mace Windu (E3), Destroyer Droid, Obi-Wan Kenobi (E3), Spacetrooper, Stormtrooper, Super Battle Droid (E3).

Captain America – We have PreOrders for Series 2 of the Deluxe Series and Waves 3 and 4 for the basic Action figures line!

Gentle Giant Statues and Busts – Tons of Marvel (yes, we said Marvel!) and Star Wars PreOrders!

Marvel Universe – Series 14 and Super Hero 3-Pack Team Packs are available for PreOrder (Very Cool).

More info and episodic greatness from Avengers cartoon series

With G.I. Joe: Renegades not hitting until Thanksgiving (allegedly) I’m focusing all of my animated attention on Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which most of you know by now.  Reason?  I think it’s awesome and I want to talk about it.  So, 788, go ahead and click away now.  ;)

The New York ComicCon just wrapped up, and revealed some more details about the series… apparently those awesome Micro-Episodes running on DisneyXD right now are in actuality the first five episodes of the animated series, broken down into smaller chunks.  That does explain a lot…I thought it was kind of weird that those microsodes were so high quality and would be in addition to normal content, especially since they’re actually revealing the origins of some of the key players.

Also revealed at New York ComicCon was that the “pilot” for Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would pick up where the Microsodes left off and show a veritable Super Villain rebellion, with widespread escapes from the various super villain prisons around the country.  Certainly a story that’s been done before, but if the quality of the series even comes close to matching what we’ve gotten for the microsodes, we are in for a damn treat.

I’ve already professed my love for Hawkeye, and I’ll also admit that I’m a huge Captain America fan as well.  Granted I haven’t read the book in a number of years, but the 90’s era Captain America stories were among my favorite comic stories ever written.  Steve Rogers’ leaving his post, becoming The Captain while John Walker became the new Captain America…that whole storyline and how it tied into Ultimatum and the Red Skull.  Diamondback, Crossbones…all of this made for some fantastic Marvel Comics memories.  So while much of the nuances of The Avengers may be lost on me, I can certainly appreciate it when they focus on some of the more key characters.

One question I had was how would they handle Captain America’s origin?  The answer?  Pretty damn well.  I’ve embedded a series of three microsodes below the jump, which feature the origin of Captain America…and also some very cool familiar faces.

We see Fury and his Howling Commandos, including one very familiar commando who is only called “Logan”.  Not only that, but in one of the latest microsodes, Nick Fury also references the Mutant Response Division, and even calls them “Marties” a terrific reference to the unfortunately canceled Wolverine and the X-Men series, indicating that this series ties in with that one.  A very cool, rich Marvel animated universe is starting to form, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.  Click the “read the rest of this entry” link below to check out Captain America’s animated origin!

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G.I. Joe: Cobra co-writer Christos Gage gets exclusive Marvel contract

Part of the news in New York ComicCon is the information that G.I. Joe: Cobra co-writer Christos Gage has received an exclusive contract from Marvel Comics, which means he will be moving on from the fantastic IDW title.  His co-writer Mike Costa will remain on the book.

Announcing it via his Twitter feed, he expressed regret that he had to leave the book, but confidence that Costa can continue on fine in his stead.

As a humongous fan of G.I. Joe: Cobra, I’m sure Mr. Gage’s influence will be missed, but I wish him the best of luck, and a huge congrats on the Marvel deal!  Part of the Marvel deal is also doing the writing for the upcoming Captain America: Super Soldier video game from Sega (to launch in conjunction with the film) so I know we’ll all be sure to check that out!

More Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coolness

So, is anyone getting tired of me posting information about Avengers?  I hope not, because I’m going to keep doing it.  Feel free to skip by if you’re not interested.  I’m extremely fired up to see this cartoon, so I fully intend on posting about the videos as they’re uploaded.

The latest five-minute short focuses on The Hulk…  DisneyXD.com is the first place to post it (which doesn’t allow embedding for some weird reason).  It’s on the same video page that the Iron Man one was posted yesterday.

Along with that, Marvel.com has also begun posting their own content, including very short snippets of the origins of the Avengers.  First two are Thor and Captain America.

Thor

Captain America

Along with those, Marvel.com also has hosted the Iron Man Micro-Episode, so it’s embeddable now!

Iron Man Micro-Episode

This cartoon really looks great.  It has a very “realistic” feel to it.  Sure, the animated style is the typical distorted look, but the dialog is very mature and natural, the action is very well choreographed…it really rocks.  October 20th…I’ve marked my calendar!

Hasbro winz at teh SDCC!

The San Diego ComicCon has moved into a whole new stratosphere in recent years.  Initially merely a large comic convention, it somehow migrated to a Geek Mecca where Hollywood, Comics, and Toy Companies collide to give us glimpses at what cool new things are on the horizon for our nerd pleasure.  It is pretty astounding to see just what it has become.

Of course as part of the allure of ComicCon, there are the SDCC Exclusives…toys that are launched at SDCC and for sale initially only at SDCC.  This has always created a conflict between the “haves” and the “have nots” which has sometimes generated some hostility not just in the fandom, but directed back at the manufacturers.  But Hasbro seems to have found a balance.  By offering the items through SDCC, but also at HasbroToyShop, they seem to be able to please everyone, and in recent years there hasn’t been an obvious shortage of opportunities to get what you want.

This is not the case with Mattel, who year after year generates mountains of frustration among their fans with a strange voucher pre-order system that doesn’t even guarantee you a figure if you travel all the way to ComicCon.  Not to mention when they post items for sale after the fact, MattyCollector.com gets so hammered that nobody can access the retail store.  In general, it seems like a mammoth cluster…  you get the idea.

Now not only does Hasbro seem to have the system at least somewhat ironed out, but the numbers of cool exclusives they are getting out there is amazing.  Now, most of this is probably because they’re far and away the #1 Boys Toys brand in the market, but it really is incredible just how many cool toys they can get into collectors’ hands through SDCC.  Anyone reading this right now already knows about Sgt. Slaughter:

I mean, look at this figure!  Sure there are complaints about the lack of musculature and the placement of the torso joint/USA logo (which I can certainly appreciate) but there is a metric ton of new tooling, great accessories, and even new points of articulation.  Any long time fan who has been clamoring for Slaughter is gonna be loving this.

And while I haven’t been keeping up with the Marvel stuff as much as I’d like to, I can’t help but drool at what Hasbro has there as well:

Before I go on…let me say one thing.  Yes that is a TWO FOOT FREAKING TALL CARDED ACTION FIGURE.  How awesome is that?  Not to mention the bad ass WW II Captain America and an impressive Thor figure to tie into the upcoming movie as well.

Hell, even Star Wars has my interest this year!

Bet you thought Darth Maul was dead, eh?  Hell, I’m an uber-geek and even I thought Darth Maul was dead.  What the hell is this?  It’s Darth frikken Maul with cyborg horse legs.  ROCK.

So yeah…for G.I. Joe fans or for toy fans, Hasbro has got it going on this year.  Maybe one day I’ll make it to SDCC…but until then I’ll sit back and enjoy it vicariously through the hundreds of thousands of others.  Can’t wait to hear what’s on the horizon!

New Captain America costume pictures have me optimistic

It amazes me that it really took this long for someone to dream up a real life, full fledged “film franchise” based on existing characters and an existing universe.  Throughout the years there have been television series, films, cartoons, and a wealth of media for comic characters, but never once has someone really tried to weave it all together.

Well, Marvel Films, buoyed by the success of their Spider-Man and X-Men franchises finally bit the bullet, created their own movie company, and decided to finally tell a tale that crosses between films and creates a whole new universe in Hollywood.  And so far, I’ve been loving it.

The Incredible Hulk was really the film that kicked it all off, featuring a cameo by Robert Downy, Jr as the enigmatic Tony Stark.  This, of course, spiraled into the Iron Man film, with another nice little cameo of Nick Fury.  Then, as we all know at this point, that catapulted into Iron Man 2 where the whole Avengers Initiative really started to evolve, and we got a peek at Thor’s hammer as we ramp up for Thor in 2011.  Of course, Cap’s trusty shield made it’s own appearance as well.

I’ll be honest…I was pretty worried about how “The First Avenger” would be treated in Hollywood.  The Hulk is a big green monster…  Iron Man is a guy in a high tech suit of battle armored plate.  Those things can transcend comic pages and make a nice impact in the “real world” look.  Well, Captain America really doesn’t.  On the comic page you can see a guy in blue spandex, and it doesn’t look all that out of place.  But making that work in Hollywood?  Yeah, I was having a hard time seeing how they would work it in.  After all, in the 70’s we saw them give it their best shot, and that really wasn’t all that pretty.

Well, thanks to JoBlo and Aint it Cool News, we have some artwork of what promises to be the actual costume that the film version of Captain America will wear.  And Good Lord is it awesome.  It certainly seems to use the Ultimates uniform as a base (which is no surprise, considering how much the Hollywood Marvel universe seems to at least sort of follow the Ultimate logic) but it looks like it will translate nearly perfectly on a three dimensional real world plane.  Yet, it also manages to pay perfect homage to the actual uniform appearance in the comics as well.  They really seem to have captured the best of both worlds.

During my formative years collecting comics, Captain America was one of my favorite heroes.  I had nearly an entire run of his books from the 60’s through to the early 90’s before I moved away from comics, and I still have a place in my heart for Steve Rogers.  I was thrilled to see that Marvel Films is trying to hard to keep these characters grounded in reality, yet still pull so much influence from the printed page.  Awesome stuff.

So, why all this attention on Marvel cartoons on a G.I. Joe site?

Well, first of all…because it’s my site, dammit.  :shifty:

In all seriousness… it’s safe to say I’ve been a fan of Marvel cartoons since day 1…actually, Marvel TV shows and movies in general.  Channel 56 out of Boston would show a “Creature Double Feature” on Saturdays every weekend, and I would ALWAYS make sure to tune in, because sometimes, just sometimes, they would show the old school 70’s Amazing Spider-Man TV show.  Yeah, you know the one.

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