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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Avengers Twitter Q&A

Had to use Hulk Texting again..because I love him so.

Before we know it, the Avengers will be in theaters and we'll breathe a content sigh and say..OK..what's next?! Until that time, most of you are jumping around like you have to pee. I CAN'T WAIT!!! Sam Jackson, Clark Gregg and Tom Hiddleston teamed with Joss Whedon to poke at fans, answer questions and generally geek out over their amazing good fortune. Check it...color coded so you can find your favorite Avengers with ease...

What was your biggest challenge in playing Loki and Fury in the #Avengers - Sam Jackson - losing the weight to fit my costume & keep it off. @twhiddleston - The biggest challenge was magnifying his menace without losing touch of his emotional truth. Keeping his chaos honest!

To Mr. Whedon, how many #Avengers comics did you read as reference for this movie? - JW: "I had already read them all."

How much of your portrayal is based on comics Nick Fury and how much of Nick Fury is based on you? - @SamuelLJackson there's a lot of Nick Fury in me already

Were the stunts more difficult this time around in The Avengers as opposed to Thor & how'd u prepare for them? - @twhiddleston More stunts. More training. Day in, day out. Running, jumping, flying, twisting. We worked like athletes. It was really fun.

For JW, was there an Avenger you wanted to put in the movie but couldn't make it work for whatever reason be it budget or time? - JW: "I'm a fan of the Wasp. She's goofy and sting-y."

Is the movie's plot going to reference any classic Avengers stories or be a more "ulitmate-ized" story? - JW: "It's a combo platter: classic, Ultimate, plus a little "Richie Rich" & "Mastering the Art of French Cooking."

Will we get to see any background on Fury? - @SamuelLJackson - not yet.

for JW: what about the Spiderman cameo in # Avengers? - JW: "There is no Spider-Man cameo. But the Avengers do turn off the dark."

"Coulson's the fan dubbed chuck norris of @avengers" due respect, but Coulson crush walker tex ranger...w/ a bag of flour

You’ve said that in you listened to Prodigy for Loki. What did you listen to this time to get rdy for the #Avengers? - Hiddleston - "Archangel", by a band called Burial. And not a little of Hans Zimmer's soundtrack compositions.

Hiddleston - Sometimes you wake up feeling warm and sunny, but the scene requires hatefulness and spite.You have to reach deeper. And stay aware of the fact that the emotions are true, but they're not mine.

Question for JW: Most Difficult and Best things about filming (part) of The #Avengers in NYC? - JW: "Who gets the last bagel."

@SamuelLJackson are we going to see you kick some ass?! - Fo Sho!

funniest moment on Avengers set? - @twhiddleston - Getting the giggles when the Hulk smashed. Joss got the giggles too. I was hopeless

Might we see a more mischievous (rather than mostly just evil) Loki in the #Avengers ? - Hiddleston - ENTIRELY. More mischievous. More evil. More hubristic. More delusional. More damaged. More badass.

For @SamuelLJackson Who's your favorite Avenger? - Black Widow is my pick!

For JW: Everyone always asks what the hardest part of directing the movie was. What was the easiest? - W: "Controlling the meat puppets...I mean, actors."

Care to share the best of the #Avengers bloopers with us? ;) - JW: "Not when @SamuelLJackson says them."

@SamuelLJackson How much of your own stunts did you do? How did you prepare for all the physical work? - As much as the insurance company allowed. I prepped by working out a bit?

what was ur first reaction to getting the chance to direct the #Avengers - JW: "What moron would take a job that hard? Show me this moron, so that I may mock him.

For JW Any big lessons learned from filming/one thing you wish you could do over? Also, Clark Gregg/Joss Whedon TV series? Please? - Gregg - Great idea. Asking him now. Joss????

will the female characters, esp. Black Widow, remind the boys how strong they are, and how? - JW: "The females will spend their time whimpering and baking and being befuddled by math."

Has the ante been upped on Easter Eggs? And if so, how attentive will movie goers have to be to stop them? - JW: "There will be actual dyed eggs. Try to find them all!"

Agent Coulson is one of my favorite characters! In the #Avengers do we get to see a lot more of him in action? - Oh hell yes...Everybody sees more action in the avengers, hell, the audience even has to fight bad guys

JW is: can we expect some bromance Between captain america and iron man? - "Not as long as there's two of them and only one bagel. Heroes need carbs."

JW- Can you enjoy #Avengers without seeing all the other films? - JW: "You don't need to see any @Marvel movies to enjoy #Avengers! But you need to see Steel Magnolias, like, six times."

@SamuelLJackson, who was your first favorite superhero? - The Flash

@twhiddleston in Thor Loki was looking for Odin's attention and approval, now is he looking for revenge? - He doesn't want revenge so much as identity. Belonging. Purpose. Self-esteem. Through delusional dreams

For JW: How long did it take to shoot the movie? - JW: "I started when I was 12 and should be done by May 3rd at 11:59 pm."

@clarkgregg Will we see you with flour bags again? - Coulson never kills with the same cooking ingredient twice

What do you consider your character's theme song for The #Avengers? - Jackson - Born Free/ Hendrix.

Who was the jokester on the set? There is always one on every movie shoot. - JW: "I had the jokester put down on day 3."

Loki's costume looks great, but so terribly intricate. How long did it usually take getting everything on? - Hiddleston - About forty-five minutes to an hour, depending on how energetic I am feeling. Kudos to Bob Moore Jnr. Bob Moore Jnr. from the costume department. Dressing was a two man job. But we had a great playlist & we laughed a lot.

For Clark Gregg. What do u like best about Coulson? - --the bulletproof dolce suits

For @SamuelLJackson Nick Fury or Mace Windu? - Jedi or mortal? You be the judge!

@twhiddleston what did you do to get into character - Learn lines. Run five miles a day. Get dressed and go through the works. Turn up on set. And play.

Feels like every question has already been asked...so how was catering on set? - JW: "I stayed away from catering. But it smelled good from far away."

Funniest experience with a fan? - Clark Gregg- May have signed some large boobs at NYCC

Scariest moment on set? Any injuries? - Hiddleston - I smashed my elbow when facing down the great green incarnation of rage. I guess the Hulk really does smash.

@twhiddleston Who was the funnest #Avenger to fight? - Brother-to-brother is intense. Hemsworth is a giant, but we trust each other implicitly as actors...

@ Clarkgregg, please tell me what happend Can With The wasp? thank you.- Coulson and Wasp broke up. It was very painful.

Five years ago, would you have believed that you would play the most badass villain in superhero movie history? - Hiddleston - Bless you. And no!

Shakespeare quote to describe Loki? - Hiddleston - "Stand up for bastards!" (King Lear)

@clarkgregg Will you have an action figure released? If not, are you jealous. - No coulson action figure, very jealous

@clarkgregg Have you ever wanted to wear Iron Man suit ?#avengers -- wearing it now

@twhiddleston Will we see you pole dancing again in #Avengers?just like we did in Thor:) - Ahem... (clears throat)... er... well... I don't think so. Joss?

Nick Fury OUT MAVENGERFUQQAS!

Meeting some skrull friends for lunch. Thanks for the all the support! Coulson out!

And now for the Super Bowl Teaser!!



After watching it a couple of times we've identified one of the things streaking above the NY streets in front of the explosions is Loki on some flying vehicle. God bless if you can identify what is behind him! So what have we learned? No Spidey in the Avengers, Joss doesn't like to answer questions...like..at all..and prefers to talk about bagels, Clark Gregg needs a Coulson figure in a big bad way, Sam Jackson is still my favorite geek and Tom Hiddleston is shy when talking about his pole dancing skills. ...And now you know.

THE AVENGERS drops May 4th, 2012!!

CLICK HERE for our latest look at Avengers movie toys!

Toy Fair 2012 : LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

We've just started showing off the latest DC Super Heroes sets now hitting shelves at your favorite toy shops, so we thought it was a good time to show you what LEGO has on tap for the first wave of Marvel goodness! Here's the run down...

Captain America's Avenging Cycle
Wolverine's Chopper Showdown
Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape
Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout
Quinjet Aerial Battle
Spider-man's Doc Oc Ambush

...and more of those larger scale roboty figures with...
Captain America
Hulk
Iron Man





















I'm most psyched for LEGO to get clear of the Avengers movie hype and start making us sets based on awesome throw downs in Marvel Comics History! Just imagine..the first appearance of Wolverine...Deadpool vs the Skrull Invasion Force...First Appearance Avengers...X-Men vs The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants...Fantastic Four vs Galactus!!! My mind goes into overdrive with the possibilities.

CLICK HERE for a full breakdown of LEGO Monster Fighters!

Toy Fair 2012 : Mattel's Batman: Dark Knight Rising Toys

Getting tired of this Avengers / Dark Knight news barrage? No worries..there's almost nothing left to reveal and honestly, we are tired of it too. Onto some new news after this one! Batmannews.DE (click here for more of their eye candy) got the scoop on a whole bunch of Mattel's new Batman movie toys..again..from a catalog. WHO IS PRINTING THESE THINGS??!! Here's a breakdown of the merch (translated from German)...

Quick-Tek Batman figures (Batman and Bane) € 13.38 each:
Super cool! Super fast! Figure put in the box and press the button. In seconds, Batman is equipped with armor and weapon!


Batman Basic Figures (Batman and Bane variants) € 8.81 each:
To re-enact the movie's most thrilling moments and build an impressive collection! With all the familiar Batman characters (ie; 30 Batman, 2 Bane and MAYBE a Catwoman).

Bat Pod € 32.22:
The bike will have a button to fire a projectile and reinforce changes in the blink of an armor.
(which is German for "it has transforming features that armor up the bike")

Batman Quik Tek vehicle & figure:
Pressing a button, and immediately turned the car and is ready for use (eg vehicle in plane) (these also seem like transforming vehicles, but on a small scale like the Star Wars figure w vehicle packs)

There's also a flash of a 10 inch Batman action figure that looks to have some nice posability and two remote control vehicles; Bane's Tumbler and the Bat Pod. Cool Toy Review has also reported on 6 inch Movie Masters action figures with a Build-a-Bat Signal theme. The signal is supposed to be able to project the Bat symbol on your wall! Collectors are now squinting at Mattel for two reasons..

1. Mattel is notorious for cranking out Batman figures in their Batman lines and not much else. What will they fill a movie masters line with? Would you buy 12 different Batman figures at 16 bucks each just to build a Bat Signal?

2. Mattel's last attempt at a colossal Build-a-something was Parallax in the Green Lantern Movie Masters line. Though fans were excited to add more Lanterns to their 6 inch collection, retailers were less than enthusiastic about carrying the final wave after sitting on heaps of the first stuff, leaving many of us with an incomplete monster..or in my case..a bunch of fairly useless bendy tentacles.

I'm always psyched for more 6 inch Batman figures, so I hope Mattel seizes the opportunity to make all the Bat-Baddies we've always wanted. Other wise, I see most collectors just going over to DC Direct this year for some killer sculpts! Make us proud, Mattel!!!

CLICK HERE to check out the Play Arts Kai Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn and Armored Batman!

CLICK HERE to see all of DC Direct's Batman: Dark Knight Rises & more from DC Comics and Batman: Arkham City!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Toy Fair 2012 : More Avengers Toy Images

Will there be anything left to see when Toy Fair 2012 actually starts in 2 weeks? Doesn't look like it right now, does it! I'm sure there will be the odd new surprise product here and there, but with all the major properties spilling out from a crack in the proverbial damn, it certainly will be an underwhelming show! I hold out hope for some new, killer toys though. Until then, LET'S LOOK AT SOME MORE AVENGERS STUFF!! Today, Hasbro spilled the beans on a crate full of their upcoming Avengers movie toys. Let's just jump right in...

The Avengers 3.75 inch figures - Earth's Mightiest Heroes...Assembled! A movie event five years in the making, THE AVENGERS brings together MARVEL big-screen heroes IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, HULK and more for the ultimate Super Hero action spectacular! Kids and collectors alike will want to assemble the whole team from Hasbro's line of THE AVENGERS 3.75-INCH Action Figures. These figures are fully articulated, movie accurate, and packed with exciting accessories.

3.75 inch Comic Series Marvel's Hawkeye with a snap out bow that fires three different projectiles. Projectiles can be mounted on the figures back.He also comes with a small crossbow and two guns that fit in hip holsters.

3.75 inch Concept Series Rocket Grenade Captain America with launcher featuring a pop-up blast shield, projectile and shield.

3.75 inch Comic Series Super Shield Captain America with Pop Out Rocker Booster pack/shield accessory

3.75 inch Concept Series Heavy Artillery Iron Man with Plasma Claw launcher and projectile

3.75 inch Concept Series Sword Spike Thor with Battle Spike launcher, projectile and hammer

3.75 inch Comic Series Battle Hammer Thor with Expanding Hammer Head weapon and
hammer














































Deluxe Figure Range


3.75 inch Power-Up Mission Pack Comic Series Iron Man with a launching disc jet pack and 4 discs

3.75 inch Power-Up Mission Pack Comic Series Captain America with working parachute, shield, hand gun and rifle


Stark Tek Assault Armor - Iron Man & Captain America - The ultimate weapon for the ultimate battle! Each hero is ready for any threat with these heroic suits of battle armor, each with launching projectiles and a 3.75-inch figure to fit inside.



















Stark Tek Battle Vehicles


Comic Series Goliath Assault Tank with Captain America - Sometimes super powers just aren't enough against the menace of LOKI! Each STARK TEK Battle Vehicle comes with a 3.75-inch AVENGERS action figure and features launching projectiles.

Comic Series Firestrike Assault Jet with Iron Man action figure and two projectiles

The Avengers Quinjet with Hyper Attack mode and Supersonic Stealth modes, 2 launching missiles and an Iron Man figure



















Mighty Battlers - These 6-inch Super Heroes each feature an amazing battle move, activated by squeezing their legs, for kid-friendly play and collector-friendly detail! Thor, Captain America & Iron Man.













Ultimate Heroes 10 inch Action Figures

Ultra Strike Captain America - The electronic 10" movie figure replica of the First Avenger...Captain America! Pull back his shield-wielding arm to throw the famous shield and defeat any enemy. (we need to start calling this "Cap on Ice" as he looks like a frikken ice dancer in package. Dig it below..)

Repulsor Strike Iron Man Mark VII - This is an electronic 10" movie figure replica of the Armored Avenger...Iron Man! Raise his arms to mount weapons and activate sounds! Also fires projectiles.

Hammer Strike Thor - The electronic 10" movie figure replica of the Mighty Avenger...Thor! Pull his arms back and overhead and watch him throw his hammer to defeat any enemy! (out of package pic at start of the article)






















The Avengers Accelerators - Captain America and Iron Man - Accelerate into adventure! Each AVENGERS ACCELERATOR motorcycle toy has an exciting action feature and a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes riding it













Iron Man Mission Mask
- Kids can pretend to be their favorite armored AVENGER with this fun mask! Based on IRON MAN's latest look in the upcoming feature film THE AVENGERS, the IRON MAN MISSION MASK features light up eyes and electronic sound effects! Batteries included

Iron Man Tri-Power Repulsor - Armor up and have a blast! Worn on the wrist and palm, this projectile blaster is based on IRON MAN's latest MARK VII armor from the upcoming movie THE AVENGERS, and features three great play patterns! It's a role-play version of IRON MAN's famous repulsor blasters, it features an electronic light-up repulsor pad and movie sound effects, and also comes with six darts which can be launched up to 20 feet! Batteries not included.

















CLICK HERE for a look at the S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier!
CLICK HERE for a look at the 6 inch action figures!