A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-MEN BLUE #1!

A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-MEN BLUE #1!

New York, NY—March, 16th 2017 — This April, the original X-Men unite once more to protect a world that hates and fears them. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside X-MEN BLUE #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina! With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?

“Without these original five there would be no X-Men,” says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “The adventures Cullen Bunn and company have in store for them will excite fans of any X-Men team, touching on familiar themes and fresh twists on classic villains.”

Plus – don’t miss a special backup tale from Cullen Bunn and Matteo Buffagni that features the shocking return of an ultimate fan-favorite X-character! It’s all happening on April 12th in X-MEN BLUE #1!

X-MEN BLUE #1 (FEB170767)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JORGE MOLINA & MATTEO BUFFAGNI
Cover by ART ADAMS
Corner Box Variant by LEONARD KIRK
Variant Covers by JIM LEE (FEB170770), BILLY MARTIN (FEB170769)

SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB170773) and NEAL ADAMS (FEB170768)

Hip-Hop Variant by RAMON VILLALOBOS (FEB170772)
Kirby 100th Variant by JACK KIRBY (FEB170774)

FOC – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/12/17

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X-MEN BLUE & X-MEN GOLD Remastered Variant Covers  Recruit Legendary Artist Jim Lee!

X-MEN BLUE & X-MEN GOLD Remastered Variant Covers Recruit Legendary Artist Jim Lee!

Iconic Jim Lee X-Men Artwork – Remastered and Recolored!

New York, NY—March, 16th, 2017 — This April, ResurrXion is taking the X-Men to new heights as the eagerly anticipated X-MEN GOLD #1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 are set to take the comics world by storm. As the Children of the Atom charge forward into the future, we’re celebrating by looking back at one of the X-Men’s most renowned artists. Commemorate the historic launch of X-MEN BLUE #1 and X-MEN GOLD #1 with two variant covers by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee!

“Few artists are as synonymous with the X-Men, and specifically the Blue & Gold era of the X-Men quite like Jim Lee,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We wanted to do something extra special to commemorate these two new titles, and we’re excited to bring Jim’s unique vision of Marvel’s merry mutants back to the fans for these two remastered variant covers!”

Continuing Marvel’s eye-popping tradition of remastered and recolored marvelous moments comes two iconic X-Men images – masterfully recolored by artist Morry Hollowell! Protecting a world that hates and fears them never looked so good! Retailers have an extra week to check their orders (FOC has been extended to 3/20) and are strongly encouraged to do so as demand for these two variants can only increase over time. No fan can afford to miss out on these can’t miss Jim Lee variants – coming to X-MEN GOLD #1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 this April!

Retailers: Please note previous communications had Jim Lee Remastered Variants erroneously listed as featuring art by David Marquez and David Lopez. Please note that order codes FEB170782 and FEB170770 will now be tied to X-MEN GOLD #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT and X-MEN BLUE #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT, respectively.

 

X-MEN GOLD #1 (FEB170777)

X-MEN GOLD #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT (FEB170782)
NEW FOC! – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/05/17

 

X-MEN BLUE #1 (FEB170767)

X-MEN BLUE #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT (FEB170770)
FOC – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/12/17

 

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FANDANGO TO PREMIERE “FANSHOP,” ITS FIRST-EVER CURATED MERCHANDISE DESTINATION DEDICATED TO MOVIE FANDOM — LAUNCHING IN APRIL

FANDANGO TO PREMIERE “FANSHOP,” ITS FIRST-EVER CURATED MERCHANDISE DESTINATION DEDICATED TO MOVIE FANDOM — LAUNCHING IN APRIL

 Fandango FanShop Will Feature Hand-Selected, Exclusive Merchandise and Experiences for Hot New Releases and Beloved Franchises, Debuting with Offerings from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Despicable Me 3,” Among Others

 LOS ANGELES (March 16, 2017) – Fandango, the leading digital network dedicated to serving consumers with all of their movie needs, announced today the debut of Fandango FanShop (FandangoFanShop.com), its first-ever online merchandise store, offering a curated collection of unique and exclusive wearables, collectibles, experiences and events tied to theatrical releases and beloved movie franchises.  Launching in April, FanShop’s initial offerings will feature gear from the highly anticipated movies “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Wonder Woman,”  “Despicable Me 3,” and many others.

 “At Fandango, we are building a digital ecosystem dedicated to super-serving movie fans with all of their needs throughout a film’s life cycle,” said Fandango President Paul Yanover. “With Fandango FanShop, we will immerse and activate fans at home and on mobile devices with new merchandise, experiences and related content they’ll want to share, beginning at the first trailer drop, building excitement for theatrical, and then extending through the home entertainment release.”

 Leveraging its ongoing movie fan research, Fandango is differentiating FanShop from other merchandise sites and apps by curating select products and experiences that are handpicked by studios, filmmakers and fans.  New merchandise and experiences will be introduced throughout a movie’s life cycle, so there is always something new for fans to discover.  In the coming months, FanShop will also feature dedicated hubs for beloved franchises. 

 Fandango plans to promote FanShop across the company’s digital network, and connect consumers directly to the store to peruse and purchase merchandise.  In the near future, fans will be able to purchase movie tickets and merchandise in the same transaction on Fandango, and buy merchandise with Digital HD movies on FandangoNOW, the company’s video on-demand service.  Fandango also plans to offer movie ticket and merchandise bundles as special promotions, gifts with purchase, and other events. Some of the movie ticket bundles will also include promo codes for merchandise on FanShop.

 Fandango’s digital network is a fully integrated ecommerce and content business dedicated to movies, featuring best-in-class properties that reach more than 60 million movie fans per month.  Fans can discover movies on Fandango Movieclips, the No. 1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube, and decide what to watch by using Rotten Tomatoes’ critic reviews and Tomatometer scores.  Fandango and Flixster are the go-to destinations for purchasing movie tickets, while FandangoNOW enables fans to buy or rent movies at home and on the go. FanShop is a natural addition to the network, giving fans a destination to celebrate their favorite movies, characters and franchises through unique and exclusive merchandise and events.

 Fandango’s expanding digital portfolio is driving record-breaking ticketing growth, sending more and more consumers to the theater every year.  The company’s ticketing increased more than 30% in 2016 year-over-year, and is already up 28% to date in the first quarter of 2017.  Fandango continues to pioneer new ticketing innovations on its own site and apps, as well as integrate its ticketing on leading technology and social platforms, such as Messages for iOS 10, Facebook, and others.

 The company has also grown its business internationally in Latin America, one of the fastest growing global film markets.  In December 2015, Fandango acquired Brazil’s No. 1 online ticketer, Ingresso.com, and in December 2016 acquired Peruvian-based Cinepapaya, renamed Fandango Latin America (Fandango.lat), expanding its online ticketing business to Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia.

 About Fandango

Fandango is the ultimate digital network for all things movies, serving consumers with best-in-class movie information, ticketing to 28,000 screens, movie trailers and original video content for movie discovery, and home entertainment.  Its portfolio reaches more than 60 million unique visitors per month, according to comScore, with 205 million app downloads, and includes popular movie properties Flixster, Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer™ rating, and Fandango Movieclips, the No. 1 movie trailers and content channel on YouTube.  Its new premium on-demand video service, FandangoNOW offers new release and catalog movies and next-day TV shows on a wide variety of connected, over-the-top (OTT) and mobile devices.  Also part of the Fandango family are South America’s leading online ticketers, Ingresso.com and Cinepapaya. Movie fans can find Fandango on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fandango, Twitter @Fandango, and many other social platforms. 

Injustice 2 Introduces Firestorm

Injustice 2 Introduces Firestorm

We here at MUReview have been closely monitoring the fun coming down our street with Injustice 2 for PS4 and Xbox One.  We were HUGE fans of the first game that pits DC hero against DC hero (or villain) in arena style combat with over the top action and amazing visuals.

Today, we got word that Firestorm has been added to the roster…watch the video and keep reading!

 

Now, while I’m a big fan of Firestorm (he’s one of my favorite DC Icons figures!), Doctor Fate is a long time favorite number one on my DC Roster…and he’s in the game too!!

 

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.
 

Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon

Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon

Marvel Select Gamora and Rocket Raccoon 

Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, a two-fer-Thursday!  But wait… Rocket and Gamora?  Doesn’t Rocket come with someone else?  Maybe we’ve been conditioned to accept that as an inalienable truth, but Diamond Select Toys is breaking the mold here and we’ve got the Green One with the Grumpy Furry One, and I’m not complaining.  This is a really nice set of figures and probably the most articulated Rocket to date.

Gamora | Rocket Raccoon | The Rest | Availability | Photos

Gamora

The Good

  • So. Many. Weapons.  Gamora comes with 2 sets of guns, monster sword, knife.  All fit perfectly in her hand.
  • Diamond Select really nailed her short hair look.
  • Stoic face captures about 75% of all Gamora expressions, looks fantastic.
  • Gamora features a ton of great articulation allowing for fun action poses.  It’s really rare that a figure gets a two handed sword that they can get two hands on, and that happens here with ease.  She can even manage to swing it above her head!
  • The frame for this figure is perfect, slender yet strong, really adds to the character feel.

The Bad

  • Gamora came with a few sets of hands and just a cache of weapons, which is great, but I’d trade at least half for an alternate head, she’s stone faced here, and that’s one of her expressions, but she also gets very mad, and she has a big sword…see where I’m going with this?
  • On all of the figures of this series the paint has been very clean.  I’m not sure if it’s the dominant white paint on the figure but there is a lot of stray paint here if you look closely.  It’s fine for shelf display, but discerning collectors probably won’t be thrilled about this if it’s prevalent on all Gamora figures and not just a QC issue on mine.
  • Not sure if it’s an issue with just my figure, but I am unable to get any good 

Rocket Raccoon

The Good

  • I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am, this is run away the most articulated Rocket Raccoon figure in the history of Rocket Raccoon figures.  He can move arms, legs, elbows, ankles, head, tail, get into all sorts of fun action poses!  He’s even got tiny ab-crunch!
  • Rocket has a pair of guns all his own.
  • His outfit looks comic great.
  • Expressive angry Rocket face is well captured.

The Bad

  • Like his package mate, Rocket suffers from some stray paint.

The Rest

With this package, you get two complete, desirable action figures that are high quality, that means value.  For the same $24.95 MSRP as the other 3 figures in the series, it’s a literal two for one and that should make mouths happy.  While getting over the stigma of Rocket and Groot being in a different package could take a minute, I realized and you should as well, that Groot on a single card is pretty massive, and at the very least it was probably easier to package Rocket with Gamora due to space reasons more than anything else.  Either way, this set is a must buy, especially since, you’ll want to complete the dio-base, though we have two figures here, we get one base piece with clips.  

Availability

 Big Bad Toy Store has them for purchase.  DisneyStore.com also has the set, and I’ve said it before, keep your deal radar up, because it starts at $24.95 at Disney, but coupon codes and sales will save you tons here. 

The Pictures