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MAFEX No. 020 Hulkbuster

Medicom Toys’ MAFEX line is going head to head with Bandai’s S.H. Figuarts line with their very own 1/12 scale Mark 44 (AKA Hulkbuster) based on its appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  MAFEX looks like it’s going to try and one up S.H. Figuarts in almost every aspect starting with its height of approximately 270mm putting it slightly taller than Bandai’s version at 250mm. It’s also got an awesome feature where it looks like the head and top armor can be moved to reveal Iron Man himself inside.  If that’s not enough, it’s also priced very competitively at 27,500JPY compared to Bandai’s 34,560JPY list price. Articulation looks to be about the same for both although it’s not known if MAFEX’s will have light up features or die-cast which the S.H. Figuarts’ version has.  MAFEX Hulkbuster will be released in September 2016.

Source: Medicom Toys website

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Chogokin X S.H.Figuarts Iron Man Mark 44 Hulkbuster

Bandai has finally revealed their SH Figuarts Hulkbuster figure after first teasing it back in March. It will stand at about 25cm(over 9 feet!) and feature die cast parts (hence the Chogokin in the name) and LED lighting. It will be available for pre-order at Bandai’s Tamashii Web Shop as an exclusive on May 29 at the price of 34,560JPY with availability on January  2016.

Check the gallery below for images and visite Bandai’s SH Figuarts Avengers page for more pics and info (Japanese).

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S.H. Figuarts Avengers: Age of Ultron

After revealing their S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mark 43 – based on his upcoming appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron – Bandai’s Tamashii Nations, has finally revealed the rest of their Avengers line up. And boy do they look good. Captain America sports his new and improved costume, Thor is an improvement – in my opinion (although wish the cape was cloth and not plastic) – over Figma’s release and Hulk is just glorious and towering. Finally a hulk that isn’t riddled with veins! And if that wasn’t enough, they added another killer teaser in the form of a silhouette of what could only be a gigantic Hulkbuster figure. No release date or prices announced yet.

S.H. Figuarts Avengers

 

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Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Titan Class Devastator

After being leaked through grainy pics during the Nuremberg Toy Fair last January, Hasbro finally revealed their much awaited Combiner Wars Devastator at Toy Fair 2015. Purportedly designed with the help of acclaimed Transformers Masterpiece designer Hasui, this humongous figure is breaming with G1 inspired goodness. It will be available Fall 2015 with a retail price of $149.99.

Official description:

TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR
(Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $149.99/Available: Fall 2015)
TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS COMBINER WARS figures form some of the largest TRANSFORMERS robots ever seen, and this one tops them all. This mega-pack unites all six of the CONSTRUCTICONS in one place. Each figure is rendered in incredible detail and features impressive conversion from robot to construction vehicle and back. But that’s just the beginning — the six Voyager Scale figures combine to form the ultimate DECEPTICON weapon: the mighty CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR, the largest TRANSFORMERS COMBINER robot figure! 

 

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Mondo’s The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure

Mondo is releasing a 16-inch Iron Giant deluxe figure based on the titular giant robot from the movie. Here’s the description from the figure’s product page where you can preorder it for $299USD:

The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure is the most highly detailed Iron Giant collectible to date! Created using the actual digital files used in the film, the figure features over 30 points of articulation, two interchangeable heads with a light up feature, magnetic “S” that can be detached from its sign and attached to his chest, switch-out “War Arm,” Hogarth mini-figure, and a girder to munch on! In addition to this, the figure also includes a sound feature, with Iron Giant quotes from the film!

IO9 has an article with more details about the figure and awesome clip of Iron Giant director Brad Bird gushing over the figure.

Mondo’s Iron Giant is expected to ship 3rd Quarter of 2015.

 

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Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron Captain America

Hot Toys has updated their website showing off their upcoming 1/6 scale Captain America based on his appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I must say this is probably my favorite version of his suit so far and way better than the one he wore in the first Avengers movie. Aside from the new suit, it looks like Cap’s shield got a bit of an upgrade as well. No longer does it have the straps to wrap around his arm. It’s now just a retractable handle and some magnets that keep it in place. I wonder if this reflects on the film. I can totally see Stark making this upgrade as he looks to be bankrolling the Avengers now after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse.

From Hot Toys’ product page:

The 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure specially features:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron
– Newly painted helmeted head sculpt
– Newly painted unhelmeted head sculpt
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
– Body with over 30 points of articulations
– Approximately 31 cm tall
– Magnets embedded in figure’s forearms and back for holding shield
– Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of shield holding palms with magnets
– One (1) shield throwing right palm
– One (1) shield catching left palm
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume:
– One (1) blue embossed patterned uniform with star emblem and red and white patterns
– One (1) pair of blue embossed patterned pants with pouches, knee pads, and red trims
– One (1) brown leather-like back shield holder and body strap
– One (1) brown leather-like belt with pouches
– One (1) pair of black and brown boots

Weapon:
– One (1) magnetic metal circular red and blue Captain America shield with retractable handles

Accessories:
– One (1) 1/6th scale Captain America helmet
– Specially-designed figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo

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Ch-ch-changes at Ch-ch-chodenji

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably noticed this website doesn’t look exactly like the one you were looking at yesterday or maybe a couple of days/weeks/months/years ago. I have switched to using WordPress to power this blog as opposed to before, where I was hand cranking  posts using what’s called a static site generator called Middleman. While great in that you get an awful lot of control with how I build my blog, it’s also a lot of work as you have to, well, build everything yourself. I wrote my posts on a text editor, generate static HTML files for them and then upload all the changes to the website. There are also a lot of features that’s just either impossible or would take to much work to implement such as comments and image galleries.

With this new WordPress-powered version of my site, posting should now be easier for me, thus hopefully accelerating my output and I should be able to put in some fancy new stuff like the aforementioned comments and galleries. I’m currently working off a default WordPress theme right now, but hopefully as I learn more about how to work this thing, I’ll be able to get it looking more to my liking with the Chodenji logo back at the top and looking much spiffier.

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ThreeA Transformers Megatron

ThreeA has announced their next figure in their Transformers line and it’s none other than Deception leader Megatron based on his appearance in the third movie, Dark of The Moon. Pre-orders will be going up at www.bambalandstore.com on January 30 at the hefty 430USD. You do seem to get a lot for your money though just by looking at the images.

More specs and info from ThreeA:

  • Figure Stands 18.5-Inches (47cm) Tall
  • Fully Posable With Over 70 Points of Articulation, Including Articulated Fingers
  • Highly-Detailed Sculpt and Paint Application
  • Featuring Realistic Weathering Effect
  • Metal Chains Wrapped Around Torso
  • Brute Shotgun Weapon Included
  • LED Light-Up Feature on Eyes

BAMBALAND EXCLUSIVE EDITION INCLUDES

  • Matrix Of Leadership Accessory
  • Tattered and Weathered Cloth Cloak

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Materials Used – ABS, PVC, POM
  • Requires AG1 X 3 Button Cell Batteries (Batteries Not Included)