Posts Tagged ‘Ant-Man

15
Jul
12

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 270: San Diego Comic-Commentary

Comic-Con weekend is here, and although Blake and Erin aren’t in San Diego, that’s not going to stop them from pontificating about all the news from the con. The aftermath of Avengers Vs. X-MenNeil Gaiman returns to Sandman! A slew of new Image comics, the titles and release dates for Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase 2…” and is it possible the greatest Marvel villain of them all could be… Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz? Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

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08
Jul
12

2 in 1 Showcase Episode #269: The Ultimate Top Ten Avengers

It’s time for another Showcase top ten! This week, Mike, Kenny and Blake count down their top ten favorite Avengers, then tabulate the votes sent in by you, the listeners, to construct the Ultimate Top Ten Avengers! We also chat briefly about Marvel Now! and the upcoming changes to the Avengers family. In the picks, Mike digs Batman #10, Kenny’s been playing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, and Blake chooses Monkeybrain’s new title Edison Rex. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Episode 269: The Ultimate Top Ten Avengers

19
Jul
09

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 128: Spotlight on Robert Kirkman

It’s time once again for a creator spotlight! This week, Mike sits quietly while Blake and Chase talk about his work from Battle Pope through Invincible, zombies from Marvel Zombies and The Walking Dead, his work at Marvel and how the gauntlet he threw down as an Image partner has helped generate at least one of the best new comics of the year. In the picks this week, Chase loved Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1, Mike goes with Batman #688 and Blake plays the music for The Muppet Show #4. This week’s graphic novel pick is the new hardcover edition of Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?. Don’t forget our “Give Mike a Title” contest! Contact us with comments, suggestions, “Ask Chase Anything” questions, or anything else at showcase@comixtreme.com!

2 in 1 Showcase Episode 128: Spotlight on Robert Kirkman
Inside This Episode:

Plus: In your Week in Geek, the guys discuss the current state of magazines about comics and the second episode of Warehouse 13. Yeah, that’s it. Oh yeah — and they go beat-by-beat in their discussion and review of the first issue of DC’s most anticipated event in years, Blackest Night. Spoilers abound, so if you haven’t read the issue yet, wait to listen to this episode! Also, stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out how you can submit your original horror movie to the second annual Drunken Zombie Film Festival at http://www.drunkenzombie.com!

Week in Geek #26: Blackest Night Begins

07
Nov
08

Iron Mini-Mates!

There wasn’t much chance to discuss my little Mini-friends during the Halloween Party, but I have picked up a few more over the last month or so that I thought I’d review for you guys. It’s a few months late, but we got a line of Mini-Mates based on the awesome Iron Man movie. (Intriguingly, we also got some toys based on The Incredible Hulk. The toys came out before the Iron Mantoys, but the movie came out later. How’d that happen?)

Anyway, let’s take a look at some of these toys:

Pepper Potts and Iron Man Mark III

Pepper Potts and Iron Man Mark III

First up, we have Gwynneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and the Iron Man Mark III two-pack. With Mini-Mates, it’s not really an issue to try to make the toy look like the actor it’s based on. Which bodes well for the upcoming Mini-Mates based on The Spirit.

Tony Stark and the Iron Monger

Tony Stark and the Iron Monger

Also available, the two-pack featuring Iron Man’s alter-ego Tony Stark, and his arch-nemesis, the Iron Monger. Now if these things were built to scale, of course, Iron Monger should be much bigger. But what the hey?

One of the cool things about Mini-Mates is how often they come with alternate heads or body parts that allow you to customize the various versions of the character. Here are a few examples from the Iron Man Mini-Mates:

Unmasked Iron Man and Iron Monger

Unmasked Iron Man and Iron Monger

Both of these toys come with “human” heads under the iron ones. Iron Monger is fine, but Iron Man is a tad disappointing. It looksgreat, but in terms of functionality, it’s not that hot. The faceplate of the mask detaches, which is cool, but it comes off WAY too easy. I dropped it while I was setting up this shot and nearly lost it in the couch cushion nether region along with years of forgotten Cheetos and $8.27 in change. He also comes with alternate legs — I guess these are supposed to be prototype legs, but they don’t even fit. The hip sockets are too big. “A” for visuals, “C” for playability.

I also got the four-pack of Iron Man and three of his teammates in the original Avengers!

The Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp and Golden Iron Man

The Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp and Golden Iron Man

Here are four of the five original Avengers, all of whom I am now noticing are leaning slightly to the right in this photograph. I have no idea how that happened. Let’s just pretend this picture was taken on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise just after it got hit by a photon torpedo. Anyway, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp and Iron Man in his second suit of armor — the one with the gold paint and the skirt — first came together in Avengers #1, along with the mighty Thor, who no doubt is sitting around pouting somewhere because they only make Mini-Mate sets in four-character units and someone decided to ditch him. Like the Iron Man toys, several of these came in alternate versions.

The Wasp and Giant-Man

The Wasp and Giant-Man

Not long after they joined the Avengers, Ant-Man figured out how to make himself grow instead of just shrink, so he ditched his helmet for a mask and took on the name “Giant Man.” His wife, the Wasp, made a small modification to her costume as well. I’m just noticing here that the Ant-Man and Wasp Mini-Mate figures are actually life-size, while Giant Man is on a much smaller scale.

Tony Stark, Janet Van Dyne & Hank Pym

Tony Stark, Janet Van Dyne & Hank Pym

And finally, three of the figures came equipped with hair to add to create their civilian identities: Tony Stark (who also came with a golden battering ram for no apparent reason), Janet Van Dyne, and Hank Pym. I’ve always had a soft spot for the original Avengers, and I’m thinking of picking up the original Invaders set they’ve put out just to go along with these so I can have an early Captain America too. Now is there a Mini-Thor available anywhere?

NaNoWriMo Update:

The story is coming along swimmingly, friends. I’m only 500 words short of today’s goal, and I’ve got no doubt I can make that in the next hour or so. Don’t forget, yesterday’s post will give you a running count of where I stand on NaNoWriMo for the whole month!




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