As the summer movie season winds to a close, it’s safe to say that this was the year “dinosaurs roamed the Earth”, as Jurassic World ruled the box office. However, that doesn’t take away from the achievement of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they saved the world once again in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For those card carrying members of the M.M.M.S.*, just seeing the Avengers on the big screen may not be enough. So if you’ve got the budget, Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys have the remedy for you. Since 2000, Hot Toys has been the premiere brand for high end collectibles. Their licenses include Marvel, DC, and Star Wars. Their focus is on the 1/6 scale figures, which means roughly 13 inches tall for normal sized figures, and then proportionally bigger or smaller based on the character. With multiple points of articulation, these figures are so lifelike it feels like they just took the actors and sprayed them down with Pym Particles. The quality does come at a price, as the toys can range from $220-$899.
In the Avengers: Age of Ultron line, Hot Toys has created a total of 16 figures so far. Take a look at some of my favorites:
Here is the Hulkbuster armor, or Veronica as it was known in the movie. It acts as as Tony Stark‘s failsafe should the Hulk ever get out of control. The biggest figure out of the collection, it stands 21 inches tall, and is big enough to fit the regular Iron Man figure inside it! You can’t actually DO that, but it’s still cool to think about. What is also great about this figure is that it comes with a miniature version of its launching satellite so you can recreate your own Iron Man/Hulk battle.
This Steve Rogers figure is sporting my favorite MCU costume. It’s an amalgamation of all three suits Cap has worn since 2011. The figure’s stand also makes it possible for you to pose the figure throwing the shield. They got my money two seconds after finding that out.
I’ve always had an affinity for archers, regardless of whether or not they are wearing purple or green. The fact that this Hawkeye figure has a retractable bow for awesome poses will make anyone’s diorama scene that much better.
The Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite figures for two reasons. The first is how it matches Elizabeth Olson’s likeness TO THE FRAME. It’s spot on. The other reason is for what this figure represents. Not only is Scarlet Witch in this line, but Black Widow and Maria Hill as well. With the recent issues fans have had with toy companies “rewriting” plot points when creating their playsets, Hot Toys not only included these figures, but gave them the quality and respect they deserve.
So, what do you think? What is your favorite figure from this toyline? Are you already starting to search the couch for loose change? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.
H/T: Hot Toys
IMAGES: Sideshow Collectibles
*Merry Marvel Marching Society