Monthly Archives: April 2010

The KOTOBUKIYA Iron Man MK IV ARTFX Statue

I recently attended the 2010 WizardWorld Anaheim ComicCon and one particular item at the convention really caught my eye. It was a very realistic Iron Man Mark IV statue at the KOTOBUKIYA booth. The stance and pose of the figure was both imposing and impressive. The statue looked just like the actual Iron Man from the movie and not a cheap poorly made imitation.

I contacted the company and they were very kind and responsive so you can imagine my excitement when Fed Ex arrived today asking me to sign for a package from Tokyo, Japan. The solid well made statue was carefully packaged in a protective box that was a piece of art on its own. Within the confines of the box was an easy to assemble pre-painted, snap-fit ARTFX Statue of ol’ Shellhead.

Sculpted by Ryoichi Ito, the Iron Man figure stands approximately 13 inches tall (1/6th scale) atop an exclusive cylindrical Repulsor Transmitter base.

The red and gold Mark IV includes actual working LED lights in the eyes, chest, fists, and base (batteries are included)! My pictures do not do justice to the statue; you really have to see it for yourself.

Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2 next week. The hero will be fitted with a new and improved sleek cutting edge armored suit. Do yourself a favor a take a piece of the movie home with you with this impressive figurine that will be the cornerstone of your collection!

The awesome KOTOBUKIYA Iron Man MK IV ARTFX statue can be ordered HERE for $119.99.

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No Go On Paramount’s Anchorman 2

Writer/director Adam McKay has just twittered that the studio turned down a proposal for a sequel to the comedy, even after McKay had confirmed that Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would take paycuts. Plans had been underway to start production in February.

Here is McKay’s Twitter: “So bummed. Paramount basically passed on Anchorman 2. Even after we cut our budget down. We tried.”

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First Official Still From The Thor Movie

Here is the first official still from Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Thor featuring Chris Hemsworth.

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Marvel Artworks New Release Party At Every Picture Tells A Story On Thursday May 6th

Just hours before the opening of the new Iron Man film,

Every Picture Tells A Story officially debuts the newest limited edition prints from its stellar line of Marvel ArtWorks with an intimate reception on Thursday, May 6th from 6-7:30 PM.

Join them for a first-look at new art from Alex Ross, Mike Kungl, Steve Ditko, Gabrielle Dell’Otto, a chance to win a Marvel Classic Cover and refreshments.

If you can’t be there in person, you can preview all the new releases online. For more details please call 310-451-2700.

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Gideon Slife’s LOST Poster Series

LOST fans everywhere will appreciate the major task that Gideon Slife is undertaking. His goal is to create an art poster for every single episode of LOST.

His prolific collection is both minimalistic and humorous.

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Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series To Be Directed By Ron Howard?

Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to create a movie trilogy initially for the big screen and then follow up with a TV series based on King’s “The Dark Tower” series. Universal Pictures is in talks to distribute.

Ron Howard is slated to direct the script written by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code). Howard’s Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.

At the age of 19, Stephen King wrote an epic that incorporated “The Lord of the Rings.” The “Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone” and a poem written by Robert Browning entitled, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”.

The seven book series was written and published separately over a period of 22 years.

The first book entitled “The Gunslinger,” introduces the heroic character Roland Deschain of Gilead as he pursues the “Man in Black” through the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in an apocalyptic world that is similar to our own world.

The series was once developed by J.J. Abrams and his “LOST” team of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse but they realized they wouldn’t be able to do an adaptation justice, and they gave the rights back to King.

Stephen King commented on The Dark Tower movie on his site today:

“It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it.”

I’ll wait to report further about this film until I receive confirmation from the best reliable source.

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Free Comic Book Day Is Tomorrow, May 1st, 2010

Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores scheduled on the first Saturday of May.

The event will be on Saturday May 1st, 2010.

On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues and other items to anyone who visits their establishments.

Check HERE to see which comic store near you is participating.

Here are some of the free giveaways this year!

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A Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks

Introducing Xylocopa’s Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks ($38.95). These lovely blocks contain many carefully engraved illustrations of the equipment, training, and activities that a budding mad scientist will require, combined with a clever alphabetic introduction to the concept depicted.

Each block measures 1 3/8 inches square and depicts six mad science concepts and the appropriate letters. The set includes all 26 letters of the alphabet on five blocks (six illustrations per block).


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The 2010 TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People List

TIME Magazine has just published their 100 world’s most influential people list for 2010.

Some of the people you’ll encounter on this list are influential in the traditional sense — heads of state like Barack Obama, corporate leaders like Robin Li, CEO of the Chinese search-engine company Baidu. But the magazine also sought out people whose ideas and actions are revolutionizing their fields and transforming lives — like Matt Berg, who is using text-messaging technology to improve community health monitoring in Africa, and Rahul Singh, whose organization GlobalMedic was among the first on the ground after January’s Haiti earthquake, providing millions of gallons of water to those most in need. You might not have heard their names before, but their innovations and efforts will help change the world for years to come.

The 2010 TIME 100 boasts some innovations too. The issue has multiple covers, wrapping front and back around the magazine. The list is now consolidated into four categories — leaders, artists, thinkers and heroes.

You can see the list HERE.


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Kindle 2.5 Software Update Coming At The End Of May

Amazon just announced a 2.5 software update for its Kindle and Kindle DX readers. At the moment, it’s rolling out the update to a “limited group” of Kindle users with a general release coming at the end of May. Enhancements include the ability to organize books and documents into “collections,” pan and zoom within PDFs, Kindle password protection, two additional fonts, and just what you’ve always wanted: the ability to “share book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter.”

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