When we think of our favorite fictional characters, we often associate them with an item, or talisman, that is every bit as iconic as the characters themselves. In many cases, this item is a weapon. Weapons come in many forms; there are guns, swords, and everything in between. They can be as amazing as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber or as unique as the Fat Man from the Fallout video game franchise.
As we know, huge robots, mobile suits and such like are a big thing in Japan. With this in mind Japanese artist Aburaya Tonbi 油屋とんび has illustrated a series of Marvel / Gundam mashups including the current Avengers line-up of Captain∀merica, Wing Gundam “Thor”, Hulk Unicorn, Gelgoog Marine Hawkeye, Gerbera Black Widow and Iron Man Type 100. If it was an animated series, I’d watch it.
You can find more of Aburaya Tonbi’s work over on Pixiv. The artist deletes sketches from his account and uploads new versions, I’ve got several more deleted Marvel Gundam illustrations for another post (coming soon).
Who likes cats and kittens? How about Avengers vs Capcom, Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, Super Smash Bros. , Kingdom Hearts or Final Fantasy? If you said yes to any, or all, of the above then you will certainly adore these sweet kitteh parodies by suzuran, full of charm and feline related puns. I’m particularly fond of Catpool and Meowtroid but Kitty Pride isn’t anywhere to be found.
Fabric stickers and magnets made from cotton twill and poly/cotton blends by Alysha Crist. Working from home, and selling at local craft markets, Alysha has now launch her first Etsy store with these cool hand-made designs featuring Marvel and DC Comics Superheroes & Villains, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, Super Mario Bros, Star Wars and Doctor Who. Check out her ETSY STORE HERE
Have you ever woken up and wished there was a giant Autobot statue in the corner of your bedroom? Perhaps you’ve always been after an Alien Queen light for your bathroom or a Predator for the lounge. You might want to impress the neighbours with a freaking huge Incredible Hulk statue on the front lawn. Well guess what? You’re in luck! Kreatworks, based in Bangkok, produce individual art pieces built from scrap metal auto & machine parts and recycled materials then coat them in a rust resistant lacquer.
Every statue, table, light or sculpture is unique as they use whatever materials are available at the time. They have clearly done their fanboy (or girl) homework and produce close, but no cigar, versions of Alien, Predator, Transformers, Superheroes and more original creations like Dragons, Pirates and Skeletal Warriors. Those big statues must weigh in at a hefty shipping cost but if you want something this amazing it’s not going to come cheap. Prepare to be amazed………..
Just received the May Marvel Comics themed Zavvi ZBOX (don’t click that link yet!), it’s a mixed bunch of fun things lovingly picked out for you and sent directly to your doorstep for only £19.99. Does this represent good value for money? Let’s find out….
The box arrived late afternoon, well packaged in a mailer bag that was tough and sturdy (requiring scissors). It was at this point I whipped out my camera and filmed an Unboxing video which can be found HERE on YouTube . Upon opening I was greeted by the mighty Captain Iron Pool and a smorgasbord of delights (see below), then I made my video and the items ended up magically displayed like this……
Marvel Funko Pop! I got Black Widow which is good considering the general lack of female toys doing the rounds at the moment. She looks great and wobbles nicely (steady on boys).
NECA Scalers Silver Spider-Man that seems to have taken up pole dancing as a new profession. Attach the little fella to headphones or another cable and you’re guaranteed to look like a swinger.
Topps Avengers Hero Attax tin and unpunched cards (see unboxing video for my terrible pronunciation problems). I’ve never played this game but the cards and tin are very nice.
The History Channel – Stan Lee’sSuperhumans Season One DVD set. Five and a half hours of super human documentary goodness.
Marvel Secret Wars 001 ZBOX exclusive variant cover. The multiverse is dying. Only two universes remain. Today, Earths collide.
June Issue 232 of Total Film featuring the Incredible Hulk on the cover. Movies, comics, games, TV and more in a slick looking glossy magazine plus a special subscription offer if you’re feeling that way inclined.
Marvel Comics temporary tattoos, which I might take to a party tomorrow night and see what happens after a few beers.
Spider-Man candy sticks, edible white things with a fun little sticker inside.
The ZBOX Marvellous magazine.
An all together impressive array of all things Marvel Comics for a reasonable price. Next month sees Cops as the theme and we’re already promised a Judge Dredd item, which it all rather exciting. You can place your order for the next Zavvi ZBOX here and watch my YouTube Unboxing Video here.
Alternative clothing and costumes from Frockasaurus on Etsy – Stand out from the sartorial herbivores. Victorian gowns, Adventure Time and The Walking Dead dresses, Horror skirts and amazing cosplay creations, handmade in the UK by Kaz Hall. As all garments are made to order production times may vary depending on workload and availability of materials.
Speaking of time… first up is this Femme Sixth Doctor ‘Colin Baker’ Cosplay comprising of jacket, corset-waistcoat, neck-tie and skirt.
“In my very distant past I worked for Bermans and Nathans Theatrical and Film Costumers in London, where I made wonderful and interesting things such as elf costumes for Santa Claus the Movie, Egyptian mummies for Young Sherlock Holmes and accessories for Indiana Jones. Later I worked as a seamstress with the designer John Galliano.”
Two versions of the new poster for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron have hit the net today.
Possibly as a pre-cursor to Civil War we have either Captain America or Iron Man leading the pack of superheroes. Nice artwork and some interesting names on the credits including Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgard and Danny Elfman. Wait a minute, Danny Elfman? Mmmm my Spider Sense is tingling.