Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Avengers Assemble! SDCC 2011 Exclusive: Mini Muggs Avengers Review II

Part 2 of my review of the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2011 exclusive: The Avengers Mini Muggs 5-pack: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Giant Man (Giant Man is in the traditional Mighty Muggs size) - that was released earlier this year. See my previous post for Part 1 Review.

Two words: "Avengers Assemble!"

Click for the enLARGEd view ;p

Here are group shots of all 4 mini muggs Avengers figures (Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man) plus one standard mighty muggs figure (Giant Man) making up the SDCC 2011 Avengers 5-pack! Too bad the Wasp was left out of the lineup.

This is not the lineup for next year's much anticipated "The Avengers" movie. For the movie lineup figures, check out my earlier post HERE

The team made its debut in The Avengers #1 (Sept. 1963), and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, following the trend of super-hero teams after the success of DC Comics' Justice League of America. Labeled "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", the Avengers originally consisted of Iron Man (Tony Stark), Ant-Man (Dr. Henry Pym), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Thor, and the Hulk (Bruce Banner).

This is the Mini Muggs Iron Man figure. It would have been great if the helmet was also removable like Thor's so that we can see the man behind the mask, Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark, billionaire playboy, industrialist and ingenious engineer.

Nonetheless, it is a rather cute figure :) everyone in this family has his / her favorite superhero figure. These Mini Muggs Avengers figures are just adorable and the way they are packaged is a definite talking point. If you haven't seen how the packaging looks like, check out my previous post for pictures.

Of all the Iron Man armor suits that Tony Stark has created / invented, this classic red and gold suit (Iron Man Armor Mk V) is the most recognizable :)

In The Avengers #1 Marvel comic, Tony Stark was wearing the Iron Man Armor MK II, which originally was gun-metal grey, like the original but Stark created a gold-colored version (so that it would appear less frightening to the general public) with a wide array of improvements over the original.

Captain America was discovered by the team only in issue #4, trapped in ice, and he joined the group when they revived him. The rotating roster has become a hallmark of the team, although one theme remains consistent: the Avengers fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand". The team, famous for its battle cry of "Avengers Assemble!", has featured humans, mutants, robots, gods, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains.

Captain America was the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum in order to aid the United States war effort.

The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover-dated March 1941), from Marvel Comics' 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period.

Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with an indestructible shield that can be thrown as a weapon. Unfortunately, Captain America's shield cannot be removed from this Mini Muggs version.

Accidentally involved in a plan by the Asgardian god Loki to draw out his sibling Thor, Ant-Man (Henry Pym) and the Wasp join the superhero team the Avengers, with Pym becoming Giant-Man after the first mission. It is revealed in flashback that Pym adopted the identity of Giant-Man out of feelings of inadequacy when compared to team mates Iron Man and Thor.

Pym goes on to assume other superhero identities, including the size-changing Giant-Man and Goliath; the insect-themed Yellowjacket; and, from 2009 to 2010, the Wasp.

Henry Pym is due to appear in a forthcoming Ant-Man film.

At the San Diego Comic Con in 2010, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) confirmed that his script is an origin story, and that doesn't work for Marvel's chronology to include Ant-Man in The Avengers.

UPDATE May 6, 2012: Check out the Hasbro The Avengers Movie Mini Muggs posted HERE (all six of them)!