Hot Toys – Monsters University: Mike, Sulley & Archie Vinyl Collectible Set


To celebrate the launch of the upcoming Disney Pixar’s Monsters University movie, the prequel to 2001’s smash hit Monsters, Inc., featuring the voices of actors Billy Crystal as Mike, John Goodman as Sulley and Frank Welker as Archie in the movie, Hot Toys is proud to present the Deluxe Vinyl Collectible Set of the leading characters Mike and Sulley in Monsters University jacket and the scare pig, Archie, from the movie.

~ MMS Vinyl Series ~

Monsters University: Mike, Sulley & Archie Vinyl Collectible Set (Deluxe Version) special features:
– Mike in detailed sculpture which stands approximately 5 inches / 13 cm tall with Monsters University jacket and textbook piled under his feet
– Sulley in fine sculpture which stands approximately 9 inches / 23 cm tall with Monsters University jacket
– Archie in detailed sculpture which stands approximately 2 inches / 5cm tall
– Specially designed movie-accurate paper backdrop featuring Monsters University

Release date: Q3, 2013
**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice

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© 2013 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

ARCHAIA PREVIEW: ‘Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe’


On sale in comic book shops on July 10, bookstores on July 23

Several years in the making, this third collected hardcover volume of David Petersen’s epic series includes all six issues of the Black Axe miniseries; the 2010 Free Comic Book Day story (which serves as a Prologue); a preface written by Monty Python great Terry Jones; 22 pages of assorted extras, including maps, cutaways, and guides; and a gallery of Mouse Guard pinups by the likes of Alex Sheikman (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths), Sean Rubin (Redwall), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), Charles Paul Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), and Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart (Hellboy). Below is the solicitation information for the book:


Collected Edition Hardcover
Retail Price: $24.95
Page Count: 208
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 8″ x 8″, full color
Genre: Fantasy
On-sale date: July 10 in comic book shops, July 23 in bookstores
Written, illustrated, and cover by: David Petersen
Rating: E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)
Synopsis: This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series, Mouse Guard, serving as a prequel to the two previous volumes. Set in 1115, this is the story of how the Guardmouse Celanawe’s paw first touched the legendary weapon, the Black Axe. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands, all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic axe. This hardcover collection includes an introduction by Monty Python great, Terry Jones; a gallery of pinups; a 22-page section of maps, guide pages, and cutaways; as well as a reprinting of the 2010 Free Comic Book Day story that serves as a prologue to the tale.

“Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” — first official clip & Comic-Con premiere


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the first official clip to “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”. The clip — which falls within an alternate, fractured timeline — features Cyborg and his “team” trying to recruit Batman to help put a halt to a potentially apocalyptic war.

The film will have its World Premiere at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday, July 19 from 7:30-9:30pm in Ballroom 20. The premiere/panel description with anticipated participants is below. Panelists are subject to change (which could include additions!)

Fans can also meet and get autographs (on a Comic-Con exclusive mini-poster) from the panelists on Saturday, July 20 from 11:00am-Noon at the Warner Bros. Booth.


“Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” will be released as a Blu-Ray
Combo Pack and DVD on July 30, 2013.

Here is the premiere/panel description:
Friday, July 19
7:30-9:30 World Premiere of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Animation invite you to be the first to experience Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the highly-anticipated next entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies. When time travel allows a past wrong to be righted for Flash and his family, the event’s temporal ripples prove disastrous, creating a fractured, alternate reality where the Justice League never formed, and even Superman is nowhere to be found. Amidst a new world being ravaged by a fierce war between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans, Flash must team with a grittier, more violent Batman and government agent Cyborg to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline. Come for the film, but stay for the star-studded panel that features Grey’s Anatomy stars Justin Chambers and Kevin McKidd as Flash and Batman, respectively, along with C. Thomas Howell (Southland), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Sam Daly (The Daly Show) and a few surprise voice cast members, plus the filmmaking team of producer James Tucker (Superman: Unbound), director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), dialogue director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice). Moderator Gary Miereanu will add to the fun with a special announcement of the 2014 DCU movie slate, as well as exclusive, cast-autographed prizes for a few lucky fans. Based on the landmark mini-series by Geoff Johns & Andy Kubert, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will be available as a digital download on July 19, 2013 and a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack on July 30, 2013. Ballroom 20


Marvels_Avengers_AssembleIt’s the most anticipated new animated series to launch this year, reuniting Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow & Falcon!

It’s the team that took the world by storm in Marvel’s The Avengers, so no fan can miss the action-packed adventures of Earth’s Mightiest as they protect the Marvel Universe from the biggest threats they’ve ever seen – all while working together as a team. The world’s most dangerous Super Villains don’t stand a chance when the Avengers Assemble! In this blockbuster season premiere, the rookie Falcon stands alone to save his team and stop a full-scale invasion of Earth after the Avengers fall victim to the body-swapping Space Phantoms!

Don’t miss the action packed premiere episode of MARVEL’S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE this Sunday at 11a/10c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.



Following the Sunday premiere of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Deadpool takes over Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man as only he can. When the Merc with the Mouth’s penchant for making things “unalive” brings Spidey to face him head on, Deadpool knows just what to do…. DANCE! Don’t miss Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man DEADPOOL this Sunday at 11:30am/10:30c inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.



Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #15 – the FIRST ISSUE of all-new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and acclaimed artist Lee Garbett (X-O Manowar: Enter Ninjak)!

Aric of Dacia has returned to Earth with his mind set on one thing and one thing alone – reclaiming Dacia, the ancestral homeland of his people. Now, the code of a fifth century Visigoth is about to clash with the militaries of the modern world, and the only one who may be able to convince Aric to stand down is someone from his past – Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior!

For his land. For his people. For the future. X-O Manowar’s next brutal year in the Valiant Universe starts here on July 10th as two soldiers from another age begin a crash course in modern warfare – only in X-O Manowar #15!

For more information on X-O Manowar and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter and at


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AVATAR- The Last Airbender Digital Comics Now Available On All Platforms!


Earlier this year, Dark Horse released Avatar: The Last Airbender comics through its standalone comic-reader app and digital store. Beginning today, the hit series of comics are available across all reader platforms, inlcuding Amazon Kindle, Google Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo & Apple’s iBooks!

The New York Times Best-Selling Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Promise and The Search, which pick up at the end of the hit animated series, have been read by thousands of digital-comics fans. The expanded digital release of the graphic novels is the latest development in an ongoing partnership between Nickelodeon and Dark Horse to bring fans the very best in Airbender books at their fingertips 24/7!

Avatar: The Last Airbender is the latest addition to Dark Horse’s digital comics line. Combined, The Art of the Animated Series, The Lost Adventures, The Search and The Promise have sold well over one hundred thousand copies. Readers can jump on board digitally at any time to join Aang, Sokka, and Katara as they embark on exciting new adventures, direct from the Dark Horse Comics!

Dark Horse Comics launched its standalone comic-reader app and digital store on April 27, 2011, and has received incredible support from the continuously growing digital-comics fan base.

Since then, Dark Horse Digital has grown significantly in numbers and readership, featuring its most popular, best-selling titles, including Star Wars, Buffy, Serenity, Hellboy, Conan, and Mass Effect, as well as exclusive, digital-only comics, such as Falling Skies, Prototype 2, and Dragon Age. Dark Horse Digital also provides sales and discounts for its reader base on a weekly basis. It currently offers thousands of comics and is continuing to increase the digital availability of the Dark Horse back catalog.

Dark Horse Digital is available through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.

Hot Toys – Man of Steel: 1/6th scale Jor-El Collectible Figure


Man of Steel has finally hit the theatres in many countries worldwide and has a successful box office record. Every story has a beginning, and Man of Steel unfolds it by showing the audience the origin of Superman. Foreseeing the inevitable doom of Krypton, Jor-El sends his new-born son to Earth to preserve the Kryptonian race. A caring father even after death, Jor-El’s artificial consciousness guides Clark Kent to bring hopes to mankind and leads to the rise of the iconic superhero.

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of the Academy Award winner, Russell Crowe, as Jor-El in the movie which features a meticulously-made costume and accessories with great details.

The 1/6th scale Jor-El Collectible Figure’s special features:
– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Jor-El in the movie
– Head sculpt featuring authentic likeness of Russell Crowe
– Real-like facial expression with detailed wrinkles and gesture
– Detailed hair sculpture
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– Body with over 30 points of articulation
– Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
n One (1) pair of relaxed palms
n One (1) pair of fists
n One (1) pair of gun holding palms
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume :
– One (1) set of one-piece blue costume with embossed pattern
– One (1) brown robe with detailed tailoring
– One (1) chest and shoulder armor
– One (1) dark red cape
– One (1) pair of black boots with embossed pattern

– One (1) Kryptonian gun

– Diamond shaped figure stand with Jor-El nameplate and movie logo





– Head Sculpted by Im Jung Hyuk
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by Yulli

** Prototype shown is not final, pending licensor approval
** Product details could be subjected to change without further notice

Release date: Q1, 2014

TM & © DC Comics.
© 2013 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

DVD Review: Wolverine: Origin (Shout! Factory)

Over the years, there’s been a lot of titles with the words “Origin” and “Wolverine” in it.  We’ve got a movie, a video game, and at least two comics using those words (or variations of them) in the title. So when you do an internet search, choose wisely!  Today, though, we’ll discussing one more title you’ll have to sift through in your internet searches, Marvel Knights new release Wolverine:  Origin.

Based on Marvel’s 2001 6 issue series, Origin, this straight to DVD release was written by Paul Jenkins.  Who, along with Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada, wrote the original comic.  It also features the original artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.

what's it to ya, bub?!?!?
what’s it to ya, bub?!?!?

Right off the bat, you’ve got to keep something in mind here when you’re about to sit down with your popcorn and watch this feature.  This “animated” movie is really a “motion comic”.  It’s not a traditionally animated feature.  It’s produced by Shout! Factory, which has done a few other Marvel titles, like Ultimate Wolverine v Hulk and Marvel Knights:  Inhumans.

If you’re not familiar with motion comics, it’s basically like you’re watching the comic book come to life.  I mean that literally, not figuratively.  There’s very limited animation.  Which, in the case of Origin, makes a bit of sense, because the video is almost word for word faithful to the book (although, now that I’ve said that, I do believe the video delves a bit more into the “relationship” between “Cooky” and “Logan”.  But, that’s more a fault of the original story, not the DVD release.) and it keeps intact the original style of the artwork.

Because I knew I was going to be watching this feature, I went back and revisited the original comic series.  If you haven’t looked at the artwork in awhile, you should.  Andy Kubert (pencils) and Richard Isanove (colors) artwork is interesting to say the least, especially for a Wolverine book.  But, I suspect, that’s done intentionally.  The art is very much reminiscent of an old children’s picture book, with a colored pencil feel.  Not what you would expect from a Wolverine origin story.

is that...sabreooth?!?
is that…sabreooth?!?

I’ll tell you what, Andy Kubert is an interesting artist.  He’s definitely not afraid to explore outside what he’s famous for.  And I say that not as a fanboy of his or anything.  I’m not some crazed, every issue collecting, X-Men superfan. I say that as a fan of comics and comic art, in general.

original cover
original cover

Much like it’s comic book predecessor, the Origin animated feature is also done in installments.  I’m not sure what the intention is behind that decision.  It’s as if it was made to run on television as a mini-series.  But, from what I’ve been able to gather, it hasn’t (as least not yet).  Since that’s the case, it probably would’ve served the story much better if it ran as one hour long movie, rather than broken up into parts.  Going through the credits after each “episode” takes away from the “animated feature” aspect of it all.

All this being said, since the comic and the new DVD are nearly one and the same, what it all boils down to is the story at the heart of both:  Wolverine’s origin (and that, kids, is how they came up with the title!).  Specifically, whether or not his story really needed to be told.

Your friendly neighborhood jman goes back and forth about this one.  It’s reminiscent of Darth Vader’s story being told in the prequels.  When it comes to characters like Vader and Wolverine, people love them so much, they want more and more of them.  But, that’s a double edged sword.  Because the more that’s told about these characters, the more the veil of mystery is pulled away and the more water downed they become.

did you care at all about this kid?!?!?
did you care at all about this kid?!?!?

Much like Vader’s back story, Wolverine’s starts out as with the protagonist as an innocent child.  I understand what the writers are intending; how an innocent child can turn into such a monster.  But, for once, can’t we just see a kid be the monster that he is (Marvel flirts with that very notion in Thanos Rising.  Which I highly recommend)?!?!  Wouldn’t have Vader’s story been that much better if he was just a bad seed right from the beginning?  Is it less dramatic that way?  Would you care less for Vader if he was?

As a tale in itself, the story in Origin, is a solid one. There are a few things that they should’ve went a little deeper into, like what was the deal with the scratches on James/Logan’s mother (Mistress Elizabeth)?  They made such a big deal showing them, how did she get them?  Was it from Thomas?  Was it from James/Logan’s brother?  Or from James/Logan himself?

I know that the intention with Mistress Elizabeth was to keep the reader guessing about what really happened to her, but they didn’t give us enough to care.  And let me ask you this, how could Master “soft” John be so flippin happy-go-lucky with an insane wife, an overbearing father, a dead son and another son who should’ve been living in a bubble?

this guy deserved some bone claws to the gut!
this guy deserved some bone claws to the gut!

But, that’s really here nor there.

The question remains:  is the origin of Wolverine (or Darth Vader or Thanos) necessary?  I say yes.  We all care too much about these characters not to know everything about them.  What matters the most, is not that the origin story is told, but how it’s told.  And, if you’re a fan of the original Origin story or the art, and you keep in mind this is a motion comic, you won’t be disappointed by Wolverine:  Origin.



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First of 2013 Toy Fairs Exclusive – Captain America (Star Spangled Man Version) Limited Edition Collectible Figurine


It’s summer time again where some of the biggest toy fairs will be hosted. To celebrate the start of this bustling season, Hot Toys is thrilled to share with you a first glance at one of the Toy Fairs Exclusive items this year – the Star Spangled Man Version of Captain America Collectible Figurine.


Please stay tuned for the pre-order information of the “Star Spangled Man with a plan” as well as the reveal of more Hot Toys 2013 Toy Fairs Exclusive items.