Guardians of The Galaxy Team Pack Review

Guardians of The Galaxy Team Pack Review

A few days back MUReview gave you the scoop about two new Team Packs that hit eBay, the Guardians of The Galaxy, and Fantastic Four FF packs. Tonight, we will take a look at the Guardians of The Galaxy team pack, the first “all new” figure team pack released to this point.Packaging:

Bright colors, nice art, all of the figures are snug and secure.  On the back is a nice little blurb about the GotG, as well as a buy it for the Fantastic Four Team Pack (non-variant).  You also have the 2010 / 2011 Commander Steve Rogers artwork.

Figures

Starlord

Starlord is a pretty figure, excellent paint app.  Very nice articulation, moves at the neck / head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, nice tight hip joints.  He’ll bend at the knee and twist at the ankle, but does not feature that added tilt articulation on the newer legs of figures like Cyclops.  I appreciate the matted difference in the paint on the helmet vs. the body / uniform paint.

My one complaint with the Starlord figure…no holsters! The man’s got guns! Any man with a gun needs a place to put it!  Hardcore fans may agree, or disagree with the red / blue palate, and the decision not to give Starlord his spats.  I don’t mind though.

 

 

 

 

 

Rocket Racoon

This little fella comes with one moving part, his tail, and it’s a good thing too.  Without the tail, he’d spend his days on his a$$ or his face.  No articulation at all here.  He comes with one gun that makes him about twice as wide, and the shape of his gun hand makes a good hold on the gun a little tenuous.  The paint application is good, but standing next to Starlord, he looks less glossy overall, especially the striping on his uniform.

 

 

 

Drax

As far as an accurate visual representation of the character as per his days in the Guardians, Drax is spot on.  The paint is excellent, but where I find fault is the size / scale.  It’s probably just me, but I feel like they could have used a Skaar / Hulk body for Drax, maybe with skinnier legs.  It’s not really how he is, but it’s how I picture him.  Otherwise, he’s got two knives that look great when held, but ridiculous when holstered.  It looks like the back belt holster openings weren’t made far enough apart, so you can’t make the knives fit underneath each other.  As well, when holstered, the handles stick very far out from the body making Drax looks like he’s got little wings.  I think what I  just said may have been totally contradictory…but I want the knives to fit, and I don’t want them to look silly holstered…Hasbro should do that.

Groot

Groot is one of the most enigmatic characters in the Marvel Universe.  He’s a tree.  He’s fairly bad@$$, and he only says “Groot!”.  Outside of Nova he might be one of my favorite characters, simply because I find him saying Groot to be totally entertaining…and he’s a tree.  However, I feel like he’s the biggest miss with this box set.  Hasbro had a chance to make a truly interesting figure at full scale.  I pictured branches all over the place, not really a “whole” figure, but that was my vision.  What we have though is Groot as a sappling just beginning to extend out of a flower pot.  No articulation, and limited detail, which is expected for something of the size, but I was really hoping for fully grown, fully uniformed, GoTG Groot!  For now he’ll hang out in the same case as Drax and look menacing.   (side note, yes…Groot IS mooning you).

You can snag yourself a GoTG Team Pack at our sponsor, BigBadToyStore.

 

 

 

Man of Steel Close Up!

Man of Steel Close Up!

We have some great shots of Henry Cavill as Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel movie set to release June 14th, 2013 courtesy of ‘Kal-El.9859’ and ‘wacots’.

You will see from the shots below that Snyder has decided to coincide his costume design with the upcoming reboot of the DC Universe.  I was hesitant at first, but I love these new shots.  Cavill looks like he is ready to kick some serious butt.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Mmm Avengers Promo Art

Mmm Avengers Promo Art

Thanks to SpiderMedia.ru we have two new Promo Art images to share with you for Marvel’s The Avengers.

The Avengers is set to release May 4th, 2012.

 

Green Lantern Blu-Ray Release Info

Green Lantern Blu-Ray Release Info

Straight from Warner Bros. here is all you need to know about the Green Lantern Blu-Ray and the new Ultraviolet tech:

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight… take the oath to serve and protect when “Green Lantern” flies onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 14th from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Starring Ryan Reynolds (“The Proposal”) in the title role, DC Comics’ legendary super hero soars to the edges of space, where a war has been raging between those who rule with fear, and those who protect life: the Green Lantern Corps.

Warner Bros. is proud to be the first studio to announce titles available with UltraViolet Digital Copy. Ultraviolet Digital Copy allows consumers to instantly stream their movies from a digital cloud to computers, tablets and smartphones. All DVD and Blu-ray discs of “Green Lantern” will include a bonus Ultraviolet Digital Copy, which will give consumers easy access to the movie anytime, anywhere.

Additional details for the ecosystem requirements and general information on UltraViolet are available at the end of this press release.

Featured on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is an Extended Cut of the film featuring new scenes not seen in theaters.*

In addition, the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the Blu-ray Combo Pack will offer Sony PS3 users an access code to unlock the Sinestro Corp Batman Skin for the highly anticipated “Batman: Arkham City” video game. The skin will give users the ability to fight crime with the help of the yellow power of fear, giving Batman a unique yellow costume in the story campaign and in the challenge maps.

Directed by Martin Campbell (“Casino Royale”), “Green Lantern” also stars Blake Lively (TV’s “Gossip Girl”), Peter Sarsgaard (“Knight and Day”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”), Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”) and Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”). Also featured are the voice talents of Oscar® winner Geoffrey Rush (“Shine”) and Oscar® nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile”).

SYNOPSIS

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. Warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan (Reynolds).

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal’s humanity is one weapon no member of the Corps has ever had, and if – with willpower, determination and the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Lively) – Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax… he will save the Earth and all of mankind from certain destruction.

“Green Lantern” will be available on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, featuring a 3D hi-definition, a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the theatrical film, for $40.99, Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition and a digital copy of the theatrical film, for $35.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98. The extended cut will be in hi-definition on the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack only.

On October 14th, “Green Lantern” extended cut can be purchased for permanent download and the theatrical film can be rented on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

It will also be available to rent via kiosks and subscription on November 8.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack:

Theatrical Film (3D & 2D)
Extended Cut (2D only)
Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods
The Universe According to Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern
Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Additional Scenes
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series
BD-Live

Blu-ray Combo Pack:

Extended Cut*
Theatrical Film
Maximum Movie Mode with Picture in Picture Pods
The Universe According to Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds Becomes Green Lantern
Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Additional Scenes
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series
BD-Live

DVD:

Preview of the Justice League #1 Digital Comic
Preview of Green Lantern: The Animated Series

*Extended Cut included only on 2D Blu-ray Disc

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

“Green Lantern” will be available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

ULTRAVIOLET

UltraVioletTM is a groundbreaking new way for consumers to collect and enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows at home and on-the-go, across a wide range of devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones.

The UltraViolet Digital Copy includes a Standard Definition Digital CopyTM of the 2D theatrical version of the film. Special features are not included. Consumers must enter redemption code by October 14, 2013 to redeem offer. Digital Copy now includes streaming and 3 downloads. If the offer is redeemed prior to the deadline, delivery of streaming and downloads will be available at no additional charge for 3 years from date of redemption. NOT COMPATIBLE WITH ALL DEVICES. Compatible devices subject to change. See packaging for restrictions and details.

BASICS

PRODUCT SRP

Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack $40.99
Blu-ray Combo Pack $35.99
Single disc Amaray (WS) $28.98

Standard Street Date: October 14, 2011

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Subtitles: ESDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Brazilian Portuguese

Running Time: 114 minutes (Theatrical) & 120 minutes (Ext. Cut)

Rating: PG-13 (for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references); Extended Cut Not Rated

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The X-Perts: Iceman

The X-Perts: Iceman

By Ben Morse (Marvel.com)

X-MEN: SCHISM has kicked off a startling metamorphosis in the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe that will split the Children of the Atom and lead to Regenesis in the fall along with two new ongoing series, each featuring its own distinctive team: UNCANNY X-MEN and WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN.

With change in the air, here on Marvel.com we’ll be regularly gathering the creators and editors responsible for guiding the X-Men’s destiny to dissect each of their charges to examine what makes them tick and perhaps lend some insight into where they will find themselves once the Schism ends and the Regenesis gets underway.

This week, we focus on Iceman, a founding member and mainstay of the X-Men. He grew up with Cyclops and the rest, but did he fall behind in that maturation process somewhere along the way? Has he yet to hit his best days? And what affiliations could best unlock his potential?

How would you describe the core of who Iceman is and what is most important to him?
Jason Aaron (writer of X-MEN: SCHISM, upcoming writer of WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN): Bobby is a wily vet of the X-Men at this point, and like any veteran of any war, what’s most important to him are his friends and the relationships he’s made along the way.

Kieron Gillen (writer of UNCANNY X-MEN): You know the old power [equals] personality super hero trope? So the character’s ability in some way illustrates something about their true nature? It’s best shown in its classical sense in the X-Men with The White Queen turning into a diamond. Well, the X-Men have a tendency of inverting that particular flourish. They lean towards irony. While they can play along, they can flip. So you get things like the primal Beast being by far the most erudite, and relevantly, arguably the most openly, shamelessly, warmly human of the original X-Men turns into ice.

And it’s easy to spin that one off into a “the X-Men are about prejudice and prejudice is about believing you know everything about someone just by a surface appearance, hence their powers tend to deconstruct that” argument. Another time, eh?

What’s more important to him? Friends, really. Without friends and human connections, it’s all pointless.

Victor Gischler (writer of X-MEN): I think Iceman wants to belong someplace. He’s spent most of his Marvel history joining the X-Men then leaving to be a Champion or a Defender and then coming back again. I think he’s just trying his best to be comfortable in his own icy skin.

What is Iceman’s view of how the mutant race should conduct itself moving forward? How does this contrast or conflict with others?

Victor Gischler: He’s very much about preservation.

Jason Aaron: Bobby’s always been more of a follower than a leader, and a guy who doesn’t always speak out enough, so I don’t know that we really know his views on this—though that may soon change.

What are the biggest changes Bobby Drake has undergone from when he first set foot in Xavier’s School through to today?

Kieron Gillen: Puberty.

I’m joking, of course, but there’s a special pressure on the youngest in any social group. It always changes people, and how people respond to it says a lot. Some people overcompensate to it. I look at my brother, who hung with me a lot, learned everything I was good at, and basically ended up as Me V2.0, Improved, with all the bugs removed. And hair. So, in another world, you could imagine Iceman ending up just as stiff as Scott.

He didn’t go that way. I think as much as he’s grown, what’s most surprising is how much of the youthfulness he’s managed to hold onto. When you’ve suffered as much of the X-men have, that’s actually an achievement.

Jason Aaron: Well, he doesn’t look like a snowman anymore, for one thing.

Victor Gischler: On a practical level, he’s learned to be more innovative with his powers. He’s also grown up a little bit although it is sometimes a slow process.

Where does Iceman rank among the X-Men as far as respect of his peers? Is he viewed in the same light as the other founding members?
Jason Aaron: I think he’s one of the most respected and loved of the X-Men. He’s everybody’s favorite uncle. But I don’t think he’s looked at in quite the same light as the other founders. And that’s mostly his own fault, for never really living up to his full potential.

Victor Gischler: I think Bobby would be the first to say he needs a little more respect.

Kieron Gillen: I think he’s respected more than he realizes. I think that he doesn’t realize it is one of the reasons they respect him.

Has Iceman come close to achieving his full potential? Why or why not?

Kieron Gillen: I don’t know where the idea that Bobby doesn’t live up to his full potential has come from. He’s got a degree in Accountancy! Yes, Jean became a psychic creature that devoured entire worlds, but she’d be useless if you needed some carefully balanced double-entered books.

Really though? I’m a little reticent about the idea that he hasn’t reached his full potential. As if someone’s powers were the only reason they exist. Bobby has made good friends and he’s stayed loyal to them. This is no small thing.

Victor Gischler: There’s a lot of potential there. The right writer is going to make it happen. I’ve heard through the grapevine there is some cool stuff headed our way with Iceman. I’m looking forward to it.

Jason Aaron: No, he’s hasn’t, either power-wise or in terms of leadership ability. Bobby has [mostly] just preferred to be a follower and to keep to the fringes of the X-Men. He’s never really stepped up like he’s capable of doing. And we’ve been teased for years now that he’s a mega-powerful Omega level mutant, but we’ve only ever seen glimpses of that. Again though, that may soon change. In the wake of Schism, Bobby will be forced to step up like never before.

Has Bobby Drake ever fully grown up? Does he want to?

Victor Gischler: If you fully grow up, then you get an extra dose of responsibility. Not everyone wants that.

Kieron Gillen: I think a Bobby Drake who doesn’t at some level think it’s funny to throw a snow-ball at someone isn’t a Bobby Drake I’d like to have around.

How has Iceman’s relationship with Cyclops evolved over the years? Does Bobby believe in what Scott is trying to achieve with Utopia?

Kieron Gillen: I think Bobby has his doubts. The first time I wrote Bobby was in the second issue of [the Fear Itself tie-in], where his first instinct was to try and save Colossus from falling—which Cyclops tells him off for wasting his time, and then Bobby immediately “apologizes” for still having human feelings. I think that scene says a lot about where he is right now.

I think he believes what he’s trying to achieve on Utopia. I don’t think he’s entirely convinced by Cyclops’ methods.

Jason Aaron: I think Bobby still believes in Xavier’s dream and figures this is the closest thing to it right now. He also trusts Scott. He’s been following Scott for most of his adult life at this point, from the X-Men to X-Factor and back again. At this point, I think he’s a bit settled and never even thinks about going a different direction. But then, schisms have a way of changing that.

Do Iceman’s past issues with Emma Frost strain his friendship with Cyclops?

Victor Gischler: Bobby does have the ability to hold a grudge as we saw when Polaris went for Havok instead of him. But he has the ability to eventually get over a grudge too.

Kieron Gillen: I think Cyclops is straining his relationship with Bobby enough by himself.

Who among the X-Men is Iceman closest to? Who does he trust most?
Jason Aaron: The rest of the original X-Men, particularly Beast and Angel. But then, Bobby has no idea what Warren’s been up to lately with X-Force, does he?

Who does Iceman believe should lead the X-Men?
Jason Aaron: Read Kieron’s X-Men: Regenesis special and find out.

Does Iceman have any desire to lead the X-Men himself? Would he be capable of doing so?

Victor Gischler: As alluded to before, he might have just a little more growing up to do first.

Jason Aaron: I think that’d be interesting to see, but I don’t know that he’s ready for that just yet.

Kieron Gillen: Last time we talked , I believe I said that Psylocke would have no interest in running the X-Men, but would probably do a decent job of it if she did. I think Bobby has no desire to lead the X-Men, but also think that he’d be terrible at it if he did. I also think that while he’s just temperamentally uninterested in it is a bit part of not wanting it, also knowing he wouldn’t be much cop at it plays into it.

X-MEN: SCHISM #4 hits stores September 21, Regenesis commences this fall, and the X-Perts reconvene soon right here on Marvel.com! And be sure to visit our X-Men: Schism event page!

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