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By TJ Dietsch and Blake GarrisMarvel's "Iron Man 3" soars into theaters and IMAX 3D this Friday, May 3, and after you see the film you're probably going to want an Iron Man suit of your very own. And if an action figure isn't enough, Muckle Mannequins and Section 9 Entertainment has you covered with a life-size Mark 42 figure!
In anticipation for the film and statue, we spoke with Stephan Lokotsch, CEO of Section 9 Entertainment, US distributor of the life-size Iron Man about the creation process, Robert Downey, Jr.'s reaction when seeing it and much more.
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Marvel.com: While you've done other Iron Man pieces, how were you looking to make this one different from the others?
Stephan Lokotsch: This time around, we decided to go for a more aggressive and dynamic pose. If you look at previous versions as "ready for battle" stances, this new Mark 42 would represent full fight mode.
Marvel.com: The piece looks just like what we've seen of the movie so far, how did you achieve such an accurate look?
Stephan Lokotsch: A grueling schedule actually ended up helping us out in that respect. Traditionally, most of our statues had been sculpted free-hand, based on reference provided by style guides, but given the extremely tight schedule to produce this prototype and assure delivery of statues in time for the global release of the film, that free hand approach was an impossibility to begin with. Also, considering the immense detail in this new suit, the decision was quickly made to work with original data straight from production. We ended up working directly with Marvel's design team and utilized the 3D data created for the film's Visual FX. The file, originally in T-pose, was then positioned into the action pose you see here, and all the parts were created via 3D rapid prototyping. This way, we could assure perfect accuracy, while saving a lot of time over a physical sculpture, and managed to get the statue to market in time for the film's opening. In fact, it became a display element for a number of the international screenings of the movie.
|Robert Downey, Jr. in Korea with the life-size Mark 42 from "Iron Man 3"|
Marvel.com: Were there any particular difficulties or surprises when sculpting the Mark 42?
Stephan Lokotsch: Due to our use of 3D data to re-create the armor, there really weren't any sculpting issues, per se, but when re-positioning the armor, we suddenly noticed important detail missing below the arms and in other areas. In the end, we found out that these details were not created by Marvel, but by Visual FX company Digital Domain and, once we received updated data, everything worked very smoothly. Once the files were swapped out, we managed to make up for time lost and finished the project in the nick of time to begin the overseas manufacturing process. So, while sculpting ended up not being the issue, we did have to go through some learning curves in regard to molding the rapid prototype pieces. One of our early concerns was a heat resistance issue to avoid any warps in the pieces while being molded, the process of which causes the silicone around the parts to heat up. After some R&D, we identified and, subsequently, utilized a specific type of silicone that cured at a lower temperature, which solved that particular issue.
Marvel.com: We've seen a lot of new armors revealed for this movie, will there be any variants on this piece?
Stephan Lokotsch: We are currently discussing an Iron Patriot and a new War Machine. If customer demand warrants it, these are possible follow-up statues.
Marvel.com: If you had your way, is there a particular armor you'd like to see in the line?
Stephan Lokotsch: The sub-orbital Mark 39 and the "Heartbraker" Mark 17 are also very strong designs and personal favorites of mine. I would love to see a life-size "Hall of Armor" set-up, as seen in Tony Stark's house with faux concrete wall displays and the whole nine yards. One can dream, I suppose…
Marvel.com: Robert Downey, Jr. posed next to the piece in Korea, did he comment on it at all?
Stephan Lokotsch: He certainly seemed to pay attention to the statue and was quite playful with it, but I personally have not been given any notes as to him commenting so far. We are discussing a charity event right now though, for which we would donate one of these statues, and in which case, I would hope that we can get him involved and add his signature.
Marvel.com: Was there ever talk of doing Downey, Jr.'s likeness under the helmet?
Stephan Lokotsch: Yes, we did discuss, but for timing reasons it was not possible to add to this. That said, we may yet re-visit and create an alternate version or offer a Tony Stark head as an accessory.
For all collectors interested in further developments and products, please visit www.ironmanstatue.com, where you can also sign up for updates on future versions and/or accessories. On that site, currently in preview-mode, you can "Open J.A.R.V.I.S.," which allows you to sign up for updates. The full site will go live shortly.
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Marvel's "Iron Man 3" has become the talk of the town just one month before movie launches. Hot Toys has specialized in highly detailed and movie-accurate Iron Man collectible figures and established an indivisible relationship with Iron Man since his first movie. Now, Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Iron Patriot Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the "Iron Man 3" movie from the MMS Diecast Series, coming Q4 2013!
Leading the MMS Diecast Series is the iconic "Iron Man 3" Series, in which the collectible figures are made of diecast material specially designed to more closely resemble the realistic Iron Man characters in the movie. The MMS Diecast Series will bring fans to the next level of authenticity, focusing on the materials, fine details and engineering of the Iron Man collectible figures, while some of the parts can be shared between our MMS and Diorama Series for displaying together in 1/6th scale. More collectibles from "Iron Man 3" will be coming from the MMS Diecast Series!
The movie-accurate Iron Patriot Collectible Figurine is highly detailed and fully deployed, specially crafted based on the image of Don Cheadle as Iron Patriot in the movie and highlighting the extremely detailed head sculpt, the metallic red, white and blue star spangled armor, light-up functions and rotatable machine gun.
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The 1/6th scale Iron Patriot Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:
- Authentic and fully realized likeness of Don Cheadle as Iron Patriot in "Iron Man 3"
- Head sculpt with helmet and authentic likeness of Don Cheadle as Iron Patriot in the movie
- Alternate helmeted head with light-up function
- Approximately 30 cm tall
- Over 36 points of articulations
- Contains diecast material
- Metallic red, white and blue star spangled armor
- LED-lighted eyes and RT on chest (white light, battery operated)
- Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair with improved articulations, movable fingers and light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated); one (1) pair of open palms with light-up repulsors (white light, battery operated); one (1) pair of fists
Weapon: One (1) rotatable machine gun at the back
Accessory: LED light-up figure stand with Iron Patriot nameplate and movie logo (white light, battery operated)
Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
Product details could be subjected to change without further notice
Battery included for collectible figure, button cells are required
Battery not included for figure stand, 2A batteries (2 pieces) are required
Release date: Q4, 2013
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes continues building adventures in the second year of this LEGO theme! In addition to the great cast of characters from "Marvel's The Avengers" introduced in 2012, joining the LEGO world in 2013 are characters based on Marvel's "Iron Man 3." These LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets will launch March 7 in the United States.
Also, as a bonus see a special episode of LEGO's 'Behind The Bricks' featuring a life size figure of The Hulk!
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Written by Joshua Sky
Earth’s mightiest are back! In 2013, the battle for good continues in a new animated series, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble! Your favorite heroes return as Hasbro launches an all new toy line dedicated to our favorite ever lovin’ team! Fly into action with the Avengers Assemble 3.75 Inch All-Star action Figure Assortment! Fully armed with weapon accessories and five points of articulation, featuring Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk!
If that’s not enough avenging for you, try the 6-inch Mighty Battlers Action Figure Assortment, featuring Arc Strike Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Stealth Iron Man, Gamma Slam Hulk and Red Hulk -- each with their own special battle moves!
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Advance your adventure, and check out the 10-Inch Ultra Strike Captain America and Gamma Smash Hulk figures! If you want action on a taller order, there’s no substitute for the Titan Hero Series Captain America and Hulk 12-Inch figures! And when you’re ready to scale down the battle, whip out the Micro Muggs Multi-Pack 2-inch figures!
Wait! Don’t just play like an Avenger, become one! Assemble your friends and pick a Hero Mask, strap a Captain America Flying Shield to your arm to deflect the bad guys or don a Hulk Light Up Mask, along with a pair of Gamma Green Smash Fists to crush your opponents! Endless fun awaits. Hero up!
To learn more visit: www.hasbro.com
By Joshua Sky
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Unmasked are the Assembler line of Iron Man 3 action figures featuring a new interchangeable armor system that can be swapped between figures to create hundreds of incredible combinations!
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