I seriously peed my pants here, I am no ashamed to admit it … the reason: TOUMA DOES THE AVENGERS, and that's all you need to know! And oh yes, Hot Toys is making them too … here's a tissue to wipe away your drool/pee-stain (I can relate…). Further availability details will be updated when I have them, and I am SERIOUS gagging for these - having been (and still is) a fan of Touma-san's designs, with this Super-Deformed adaption of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulkbuster and the cutest human-enslaving robot ever depicted here: ULTRON! LOL
For folks in the know, Touma is known for his distinctive character design style (http://touma.biz/) and have oft been featured on this humble blog of mine … and for folks who are as yet familiar with his work, you might remember his versions of Power Rangers, and Godzilla for Bandai a few years back, and his Ultraman Capsule designs are the stuff of toy-dreams. Bonus points for you if you also own his AVP×TOUMA: Alien & Predator :)
TOUMA is brilliant, and you should get to know his work soon, if you do not already have. Check out images and press featured below, or head on HERE on Facebook to see them in their individual splendor!
HOT TOYS PRESS: "Hot Toys is expanding its product line yet again to bring more diversity to fans, and today we are very excited to present the new Artist Mix Collection series! As the name suggests, Hot Toys will collaborate with different artists and designers from various spectrums to re-imagine movie characters in a special art form with unique style.
To kick-off the Artist Mix Collection, Hot Toys is joining hands with famous Japanese toy artist Touma* and introducing a number of Artist Mix Figures based on one of the biggest movies of 2015 - Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron!
This first series will include Iron Man Mark XLIII, Captain America, Hulkbuster, Ultron Prime, and two versions of Ultron Sentry! Each Artist Mix Figure has a bobble-head and stands approximately 14cm tall (Hulkbuster stands approximately 20cm tall) and perfectly combines the movie characters’ designs with Touma’s distinctive art style!"
HOT TOYS PRESS: "In celebrating the launch of this new collectible series, a deluxe set will be available that includes the powerful Hulkbuster and Mark XLIII (Battle Damaged Version) which is exclusive to this figures set. These Artist Mix Figures will look great on your shelves or desk, so don’t miss the chance to expand your Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collection!"
ABOUT TOUMA: "Touma is a Japanese toys character designer. He started his career at a video game company 10 years ago. In 2001, he established his own workshop and started to become a figurine artist. He had his solo exhibitions and autograph sessions not only in Japan, but also in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and America. He collaborated with many major brands such as MONSTER HUNTER, STAR WARS, TRANSFORMERS, AVP, GODZILLA, POWER RANGERS, and more.
Recently, Touma and his 3D animation partner Shiroma collaborated with Hot Toys for the first time to ignite the Artist Mix Collection series to further expand the diversity of mini figures collection. The series is based on the 2015 Marvel Studios blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which perfectly blends the iconic characters with Touma’s unique design style."