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SDCC Exclusive: Battle for Asgard

Recreate legendary battles between the Nine Realms with the Marvel Legends Series Battle for Asgard 5-Pack! This mighty set comes in premium packaging with original artwork by Tyler Jacobson, and includes 6-inch scale Malekith, Marvel’s Bor, Ulik, Marvel’s Odinson, and Thor figures. Each figure features multiple points of articulation, premium design, and character-inspired sword and hammer accessories. Includes 5 figures and 5 accessories. The Marvel Legends Series Battle for Asgard 5-Pack will be for sale at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

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SDCC Exclusive: Marvel Legends Daredevil Figure

Protect the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen from ever-impending danger with the Marvel Legends Series 12-inch Daredevil Figure. This impressively detailed figure features more than 30 points of articulation for heroic poses and display, and comes in premium red packaging with braille on the back and original artwork by Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada. Maximize this figure’s potential with its 12 character-inspired accessories, including an alternate head, alternate hands and a baton. Includes 12-inch scale figure, 12 accessories and 2 posters. The Marvel Legends Series 12-inch Daredevil Figure Figure will be for sale at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. Following the convention, a limited number will be available on HasbroToyShop.com.

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Jim Starlin Meets Sideshow’s Mad Titan

Sideshow, who are famous for their high-end, luxury pop culture statues, memorabilia, and collectibles, have unveiled an all-new interpretation of Thanos.

Recently, following the red carpet premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” in Los Angeles, Sideshow’s creative team were able to share their vision of The Mad Titan with comic-book legend and Thanos creator Jim Starlin!

Jim spent a day at Sideshow HQ, hanging out with the creative team, poring through the countless concept designs and sketches, and checking out the final prototype of Thanos on his throne.

Sideshow’s Art Director, David Igo, said: “The Thanos on Throne Maquette was a labor of love that went through years of design and development. We aimed to give our fellow collectors ‘an ultimate Thanos,’ combining aspects of all of our favorite iterations of the character as he appeared in paintings, comic books, movies and more–and it looks like Jim likes him as much as we do!”

Sideshow Sculptor Will Harbottle added: “[His gesture is] an homage to the cover of INFINITY GAUNTLET #4. It’s one of my favorite moments in all of comic book history. He’s on the cover, floating in space and he’s saying, ‘Come and get me’! We wanted to reference that awesome moment.”

When asked about his first impression of Sideshow’s huge new Maquette, and that hand gesture in particular, Jim said “The first thing I saw was this finger, beckoning, and I went ‘They got it right!’”

He added: “It’s just a gorgeous looking piece of work entirely. Currently, I think this new statue [is] my favorite.”

David Igo added: “Jim is a constant source of inspiration to us, and it was our pleasure and privilege to share this moment with him. The whole experience has been a dream come true, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to work with Marvel, and to explore this amazing character.”

The Thanos on Throne Maquette was met with praise from critics and fans alike, and the super limited edition Sideshow exclusive variant sculpt–with a second, grinning portrait–sold out in minutes!

But don’t despair, a Collector Edition of the Thanos on Throne Maquette is available for pre-order now!

For a more detailed behind the scenes look at Sideshow’s Thanos on Throne Maquette, check out this behind the scenes video:

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Jim Starlin Meets Sideshow’s Mad Titan

Sideshow, who are famous for their high-end, luxury pop culture statues, memorabilia, and collectibles, have unveiled an all-new interpretation of Thanos.

Recently, following the red carpet premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” in Los Angeles, Sideshow’s creative team were able to share their vision of The Mad Titan with comic-book legend and Thanos creator Jim Starlin!

Jim spent a day at Sideshow HQ, hanging out with the creative team, poring through the countless concept designs and sketches, and checking out the final prototype of Thanos on his throne.

Sideshow’s Art Director, David Igo, said: “The Thanos on Throne Maquette was a labor of love that went through years of design and development. We aimed to give our fellow collectors ‘an ultimate Thanos,’ combining aspects of all of our favorite iterations of the character as he appeared in paintings, comic books, movies and more–and it looks like Jim likes him as much as we do!”

Sideshow Sculptor Will Harbottle added: “[His gesture is] an homage to the cover of INFINITY GAUNTLET #4. It’s one of my favorite moments in all of comic book history. He’s on the cover, floating in space and he’s saying, ‘Come and get me’! We wanted to reference that awesome moment.”

When asked about his first impression of Sideshow’s huge new Maquette, and that hand gesture in particular, Jim said “The first thing I saw was this finger, beckoning, and I went ‘They got it right!’”

He added: “It’s just a gorgeous looking piece of work entirely. Currently, I think this new statue [is] my favorite.”

David Igo added: “Jim is a constant source of inspiration to us, and it was our pleasure and privilege to share this moment with him. The whole experience has been a dream come true, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to work with Marvel, and to explore this amazing character.”

The Thanos on Throne Maquette was met with praise from critics and fans alike, and the super limited edition Sideshow exclusive variant sculpt–with a second, grinning portrait–sold out in minutes!

But don’t despair, a Collector Edition of the Thanos on Throne Maquette is available for pre-order now!

For a more detailed behind the scenes look at Sideshow’s Thanos on Throne Maquette, check out this behind the scenes video:

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Replica Collectibles

Ready for your chance to save the galaxy? Part of the ANOVOS Marvel Armory Collection, the highly detailed small-scale format ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Star-Lord helmet, Quad Blasters and jacket are now available for pre-order. Click here for more!

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Guarding the Galaxy: Emperor Quill

Celebrate this incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s tenth anniversary while also prepping for the May 5 release of the new film with these gems from Marvel Unlimited!

After the events of Secret Wars—which we covered last time—the Guardians looked a bit different than before. Stalwarts like Rocket, Groot and Drax remained as well as newer additions like Venom, but two major pick-ups made their presence known as soon as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti re-launched: Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, and Kitty Pryde, now calling herself Star-Lord.

Of course, that left one big question for readers: where’s Peter Quill? Well, as the title hinted at, he took over as the Emperor of Spartax, but not having a great time of it. There also seemed to be some bad blood between the former Star-Lord and his former team that came to light as the latter landed on Spartax just in time to see a beaten Gamora crash to the surface. The most dangerous woman in the galaxy apparently ran afoul of Hala, a Kree warrior who first appeared in the GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE series. She blamed the Guardians for the destruction of the Kree home world, which Mister Knife actually planned during the Black Vortex crossover.

Not interested in understanding their side of things, Hala smashed the Guardians before trapping Peter in a satellite so he could watch her destroy one of his planets before moving on to Earth. The people of Spartax had something to say about that, though, which gave the Guardians enough time to cause their specific brand of chaos. After getting Quill back, the team then faced Hala once again and put her down.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #1

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Instead of having time to celebrate, though, they found themselves faced with yet another challenge—and another GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE character—in the form of Yotat, who dubbed himself the destroyer of destroyers. Another huge battle ensued, this one also ending in a victory for the team, but a big hit for Quill. As it turned out, the people really in charge of Spartax didn’t appreciate their planet coming under fire from two ridiculously powerful beings on the same day. As a result, they kicked Peter off planet, which actually suited him just fine as he rejoined his pals and went off to save Angela…but that’s a story for the next entry!

Transmissions from Knowhere

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 featured a flashback to three months prior and the events of the main story set on Knowhere. While familiarizing Ben Grimm to the outer space lifestyle, Kitty, Flash, Rocket, and Groot all ran into Yotat for the first time. Our heroes jumped into the fray, but another group actually took over: the Guardians of Knowhere. This squad consisted of Cosmo, Bug, Moondragon, Mantis, and Prism. The first four characters have clear connections to the Guardians, with many being former members. They’ll show up one more time before this wild trip comes to a close!

Next, newly reunited, the team runs a multi-pronged attack on the Brotherhood of the Badoon to get Angela back! 

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Secret Empire: Uncovering the Underground

War makes strange bedfellows and that might not be any clearer than in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE: UNDERGROUND by writer Jeremy Whitey and artist Eric Koda. The tie-in coming June 7 brings together the likes of Quicksilver, Hercules, Sam Wilson, and Ant-Man under the leadership of Mockingbird. This unique contingent finds themselves accepting a potentially deadly, but necessary mission to the Savage Land in the ongoing war against Hydra as led by Steve Rogers.

We talked with Koda about bringing these disparate characters together, playing them off of one another, and tweaking some designs where appropriate.

Marvel.com: You’ve drawn team books in the past, but what sets the characters in UNDERGROUND apart?

Eric Koda: The guys and gal in UNDERGROUND are less flashy than the projectile-throwing, airborne firebrands that I have drawn in the past. They obey the laws of physics a little more.

Marvel.com: Did any of the team members, or maybe the adversaries showing up give you any trouble when getting a handle on their looks and styles?

Eric Koda: I would say [villains] Vertigo and Whiteout simply because I was tasked with giving them—and Lupa—an updated look. I wish I had more time to really give them a true revamp, but deadlines.

Marvel.com: Sam Wilson obviously has a huge tie to Steve Rogers. Has he changed his look at all since Cap came out as the head of Hydra?

Eric Koda: Yes: constant brooding. Also a more basic, military-inspired costume, which I didn’t design. I was going off of the great Elizabeth Torque’s [CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON] cover. She and I go way back to DeviantArt—she probably doesn’t remember though.

Marvel.com: In drawing these characters together, have you found any nice surprises about how they physically play off of one another?

Eric Koda: I really liked Mockingbird’s reactions to the hyper-testosterone filled environment that was constantly at play. Lotta eye-rolling.

Marvel.com: How fun is it drawing these classic heroes in the Savage Land?

Eric Koda: Crazy fun. The issues of UNCANNY X-MEN featuring the Savage Land were a huge inspiration to me growing up. First with [Chris] Claremont [and John] Byrne and then Claremont/[Jim] Lee. People still cosplay as characters in their Savage Land costumes!

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Jeremy so far?

Eric Koda: Jeremy has been great: super helpful, accessible, and supportive. His writing is on point and he has an amazing sense of humor. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we work together!

Travel to the Savage Land and join the resistance in SECRET EMPIRE: UNDERGROUND, coming June 7 from Jeremy Whitley and Eric Koda!

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Star Wars Spotlight: Starfighter – Crossbones

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids.

Many think of Han Solo as an iconic swashbuckler in the Star Wars Universe, but he doesn’t hold a candle to STAR WARS: STARFIGHTER – CROSSBONES star Nym! Based on characters introduced in the 2001 video game “Star Wars: Starfighter,” this full-on three-issue pirate adventure from 2002 comes from the minds of writer Haden Blackman and artist Ramon Bachs.

The action began six years after the events of “The Phantom Menace” on the planet Maramere in the Karthakk system as a Neimoidian Trade Federation ship came under fire from a local pirate by the name of Sol Sixxa. After successfully sinking their ship and making off with some mysterious cargo, the ne’er-do-wells disappeared.

Fearing for the safety of her people as the Trade Federation set Sixxa and his pirates in their sites, Ambassador Loreli Ro of the Mere set out to find Nyx. At the time, the one-time hero of the Battle of Naboo fought in a clan war on Rodia that ended with plenty of dead Greedo lookalikes, but also more than a few double crosses.

Though initially uninterested in helping out the people of Maramere, Nym agreed after Loreli offered him the one thing he seemed to care about: money. Not long after Nym and his crew arrived on Maramere in his ship, Havoc, and immediately drew attention from both the Trade Federation and Sixxa’s people. To get some information on his prey, he went on a diving expedition to see what kind of weaponry they had, but ran into a sea monster called a Relix and lost a hand in the process.

Star Wars: Starfighter - Crossbones (2002) #1

Star Wars: Starfighter – Crossbones (2002) #1

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After escaping from the beast and finding a protocol droid’s head, Nym and company set sail for their battle with Sol Sixxa. Now outfitted with a small laser cannon to replace his missing hand, our hero led his people against his rival’s with bravery and cunning. The sea battle raged both above and below the waves, but it soon became clear what invention Sol Sixxa stole initially: a highly effective cloaking device.

The two groups of pirates ended up joining forces to fight the Trade Federation droid forces that showed up and Nym made a sneaky deal with Sixxa that helped solve the immediate problem, but also set up an alliance to stick it to their shared enemies even further!

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As mentioned above, Nym and Vana Sage—who appeared in a few pages of the first issue of CROSSBONES—made their debut in the “Star Wars: Starfighter” video game from 2001. The game allowed players to take control of Nym, Vana, and another pilot named Rhys Dallows as they performed various missions defending the Senate from the Trade Federation forces and other threats. Between the game and CROSSBONES we know that Nym caused enough problems for the Trade Federation that they put a huge bounty on his head that eventually lead to his downfall. He quickly escaped, tried to save defend his base on Lok, but ultimately failed. Fueled by his hatred of the Federation, he joined the Royal Security Force and fought in the Battle of Naboo, defending the planet itself while the others attacked in space. After that, he refused official pardon from the Senate, a reward, and membership in the RSF to head back out on his own and get back to that pirate lifestyle.

Next week the Star Wars Spotlight spins back around to the original series from Marvel Comics!

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Do You Want to Hang with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of the latest ‘Avengers’?

As Robert Downey Jr. gears up to bring “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to audiences, he and his philanthropic organization Random Act Funding, are partnering with OMAZE for another philanthropic campaign. Watch the video above, enter for your chance to hang with RDJ here, and becoming a real-life superhero for a deserving charity!

The winner of the campaign will:

  • Receive unprecedented access with Robert Downey Jr. on the next “Avengers” set for you and a friend
  • Work with RDJ to hcoose one of the charities to get a Random Act Funding grant
  • Grab a bite to eat with RDJ
  • Get flown out and put up in a 4-star hotel

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to life and watch those Avengers assemble before your very eyes! Enter now!

With just a little more than two months to go until Iron Man joins Spidey in theaters, keep your eyes peeled right here to Marvel.com for all the latest!

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Next Big Thing: Defenders

Coming June 14, DEFENDERS unites Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist as Marvel’s street level team supreme! Get all the info on the comic to come in a special live blog with writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist David Marquez, and editor Tom Brevoort–dive in below!

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