Saturday, February 7, 2015

Kotobukiya ARTFX+ "Avengers: Age of Ultron" the Hulkbuster vs. Hulk statues are Awesome!

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya’s hit Marvel Comics ARTFX+ series has brought fans Avengers straight out of the comics, and now it turns to the big screen with the upcoming mega-blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. Two mighty characters start the new collection in a true battle of titans: the massive Hulkbuster Iron Man and the angry green monster Hulk!

A fan-favorite design from the comics that’s coming in the Avengers sequel, the Hulkbuster is a specially-designed upgrade to the Iron Man armor created by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to combat the Hulk if he should go berserk. Classified as the Iron Man Mark 44 armor, the Hulkbuster suit really tears it up! Based on its appearance in the film, the huge armor looks as if it leapt straight off the screen. Iron Man strides forward to grapple with the green-skinned Avenger, leg pistons cranking and his right arm stretching out to make contact. While the resemblance to the classic Iron Man armor is readily apparent (especially in the bright metallic red and gold), the Hulkbuster takes it to a whole new level with a towering frame, thick armor plating, and a stout shape. Best of all, that huge shape means a ton of surface area for amazing sculpting featuring all of the technological details of the Iron Man suit including surface armor, interior electronics, layered components, repulsor units, integrated weaponry, and much more!

Don’t make him angry! The fully powered version of gamma-irradiated Bruce Banner (portrayed in the Avengers films by Mark Ruffalo), the Hulk is an unstoppable titan of rage and ferocity who’s just as much a threat to his allies as he is to his enemies. Unrestrained and fully unleashed, Bruce Banner has left the building and the Hulk is in control. The massive green-skinned monster hurtles into battle, thick legs pumping and his enormous hands squeezed into fists to pummel anything that tries to stop him. The Hulk conveys a huge presence with his heroic proportions and rippling physique that stands out with every muscle on display. The Avenger is fantastically detailed with intricate anatomy down to his sinews and veins, all topped off by a fierce facial sculpt that captures the character’s never-ending rage! This time around the Hulk does things a little differently, wearing high tech red-striped purple shorts rather than the traditional tattered pants.

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Sculpted by the same master artist who’s responsible for the Avengers Marvel Now series, Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), Hulkbuster Iron Man stands a towering 11 ½ inches tall while the Hulk reaches 9 ½ inches (both in the ARTFX+ 1/10th scale). Both massive combatants stride across the field of battle, destroying a brick street under their epic weight. While each Avengers: Age of Ultron ARTFX+ is an incredible display piece on its own, they’re even better together as their bases join to create an amazing battle scene!

Kotobukiya does some nice statues and this is certainly one of those! Great job in interpreting the characters and the first impression is just mind blowing! They really made these look good. The Hulk vs Hulkbuster Iron Man in the Avengers movie sequel is definitely a step up from Hulk vs Thor in the first film. Looking at these two statues just makes me want to see the movie sooner LOL can't wait for it to be released. IMHO these just beat the crap out of Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Artist Mix Figures Designed by Touma (posted earlier HERE). This is what statues are supposed to do - strike a power pose and make those sculptors work, not just stand upright looking idle and nonchalant. Kudos to Kotobukiya :)

Available August 2015.

Kotobukiya Batman posts:
March 28, 2012 – Kotobukiya DC Comics The Dark Knight Returns: Batman VS Joker Statue previewed HERE
June 2, 2013 – Kotobukiya Batman Arkham City Collectors Edition 14 cm (5.5") Statue posted in my toy blog HERE
July 6, 2014 – Kotobukiya presents First Appearance Batman by Bob Kane Limited Edition ARTFX+ Statue (pictures HERE)

Related posts:
March 27, 2012 – Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo collection 1/7th scale Wonder Woman 9-inch statue Reviews HERE and HERE
February 9, 2014 – Review of Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo collection 1/7th scale X-Force Psylocke 8-inch Statue HERE and HERE

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