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AICN Toys: Léon from THE PROFESSIONAL, Mark IV Iron Man with Gantry, Marvel Legends, Lego Super Heroes , And More!!

John Ary here with a quick look at a few action figure lines that are making headlines...


1/6 Scale Léon from The Professional by Enterbay

In 1994, Jean Reno starred in the French thriller Léon. The film is better known by most Americans as The Professional and would launch the career of an 11 year-old Natalie Portman. Enterbay has paid homage to Mr. Reno with this 1/6 figure. It features 30 points of articulation, 6 guns, six grenades, a switch blade, 10 interchangeable hands, a brown pleather work vest for holding weapons and tools, a movie-accurate cloth costume, houseplant, figure stand and more. He’ll run around $230 when he arrives in the fall.

The Professional Leon, the Professional The Professional


1/6 Scale Mark IV Iron Man with Gantry by Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys have teamed-up for this 1/6 scale Suit-Up Gantry with Mark IV armor from the Iron Man 2 movie. The set features five mechanical arms, a Mark IV limited edition figure with 36 points of articulation, a Robert Downey Jr. head, helmet, LED-lighted eyes and ARC reactor, detachable chest armor, three pairs of interchangeable hands, figure stand and much more. That’s up for pre-order on the Sideshow Collectibles website. You may need Tony Stark-like pockets to purchase him though. This set will cost you $499.99.

Iron Man 2 Mark IV Gantry Set from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Iron Man 2 Mark IV Gantry Set from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Iron Man 2 Mark IV Gantry Set from Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys


Marvel Legends 2012 Wave 1 from Hasbro

It was sad to see the old Marvel Legends line shrivel up and die. Toy Biz started this series of 6-inch figures back in 2002 with great articulation, sculpting, paint applications and industry-changing innovation. When Hasbro acquired the license in 2007, many felt the quality began to slip. Eventually, production slowed down and the product line faded away. 2012 will mark the resurrection of this celebrated toy line. Here are a few of the slides Hasbro presented at it's San Diego Comic Con panel showing off the new figures.

Steve Rogers Hope Summers Extremis Iron Man Klaw

Constrictor Ghost Rider Heroic Age Thor Terrax (Build-A-Figure)


Lego Super Heroes

Lego will bring both Marvel and DC Super heroes to toy shelves in May of next year. Construction sets, minifigures and buildable characters will feature fan favorites like Spider-man, Superman, Captain America, Batman and more. Lego has already launched a website for the new wave of figures at, but so far it only features three DC heroes (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) and information about several of their Super Hero-themed contests. Here are some pics courtesy our good friends over at From Bricks to Bothans of a few of the figures shown off at San Diego Comic Con.

Lego Super Heroes - DC

Lego Super Heroes - Marvel


DC Universe Online Series 1 by DC Direct

DC Direct will base this new set of 7-inch scale figures on Sony Entertainment’s MMO game. Based on the art of Jim Lee, Batman, Catwoman, Cyborg and Wonder Woman will each come with accessories and 4-color clamshell blister card packaging. These will go on sale March 21, 2012.

DC Universe Online Series 1 by DC Direct


Voltron by Mattel has announced a new Voltron subscription for it’s 2012 wave of figures. Much like the Masters of the Universe Classics subscription, collectors will get first dibs when the Voltron figures go up for sale every two or three months. They will also receive several perks for being a subscriber. Here’s how is explaining the subscription:

Lance, the Blue Pilot

Overview of Club Lion Force

  • When you buy a membership to 2012 Club Lion Force, you’re guaranteed to get all the official club figures released during the year – a total of 5 pilot figures in 3 ¾” scale and 5 Lion figures. That means you’ll own all 5 lions needed to build the colossal 23″ Voltron robot and all 5 pilots needed to complete the Voltron Collect and Connect™ ultra blazing sword!
  • You’ll also receive a club-exclusive item…
  • Approximately every 2-3 months in 2012 (starting in early 2012), you’re automatically shipped a Club Lion Force Lion figure and its corresponding Pilot. Figures are not billed until they are shipped. Only the sign-up fee is billed when you purchase the subscription during the on-sale period

The 2012 Voltron line includes five Lions (black, green, yellow, blue, red) that form robot Voltron. The five Pilots include Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Allura, and Keith.


The Red Lion

Here’s how much the subscription will cost you:

Subscriptions are available from until August 5, 2011.

    • Red Lion and Green Lion @ $35 each = $70
    • Blue Lion and Yellow Lion @ $40 each = $80
    • Black Lion = $50
    • Pilots: 5 @ $15 each = $75
    • Club-exclusive item/sign-up fee: $15 (billed at signup)
    • TOTAL $290 plus shipping/taxes/fees (varies by your location & shipping method chosen)


And finally, to celebrate the return of the National Football League, here's a video review of McFarlane Toys new wave of Playmakers action figures. These hit retail shelves a little over a week ago.


Have a great week and keep collecting!


John Ary is host of the action figure web show Articulation Times. For more toy updates and action figure reviews, follow the show on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

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  • July 31, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by cymbalta4thedevil

  • July 31, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Where does He get those Wonderful Toys?

    by cymbalta4thedevil

  • July 31, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by matchesmalone2380

    It's hard to tell if the Hulk is angry in the Lego's collection!

  • July 31, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Will Leon come with a little Natalie Portman doll

    by thelordofhell

    Y'know, for kids................

  • July 31, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Who buys this shit?

    by Sardonic

    I mean really?

  • July 31, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    7-inch scale of Wonder Woman...

    by bubcus

    is now on my want list.

  • July 31, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by MooseMalloy

    Got the Mark Sanchez Playmakers still in package. Guess I'll have to get the Tebow as well even though I pretty much hate those helmets.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Why does Terrax keep coming back?

    by Triple_J_72

    To quote the Joker: "Why can't he ever stay dead?"

  • July 31, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    New Video Games

    by Maxx Delusional

    I hope this Lego Partnership means that we get a whole bunch of new Lego video games with these characters.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Does the Tim Tebow figure...

    by Mike

    ... come with tiny little circumcision instruments, so that he can help before male genital mutilation on unsuspecting Filipino kids? What a complete cunt.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    by Mike

    before = perform. Edit tool, please.

  • Oh...and while we're at it, how 'bout Lego James Bond? How kickass would that be?

  • July 31, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Hulk LEGO figure is awesome!!

    by moonlightdrive

    Hulk smash...LEGO.

  • July 31, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Wolverine's hair = Joker's old hair.

    by RobertoInfinite

  • July 31, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    It will be awesome to take apart the DC Lego people...

    by Jaka

    ...and put them back together incorrectly. Superman legs on Wonder Woman. Joker head and Catwoman legs on Batman body. Etc etc

  • July 31, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    TELLS women, not telss.

    by jrb

  • July 31, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Why is Lego Wonder Woman's underpants on backwards?

    by Optimus Prime

    Rejecting the sexy Lego thong... How pro feminism, Diana!

  • July 31, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    STILL no hot toys Reeve Supes figure? you suck

    by MST3KPIMP

    i mean did you see that video from comicon?

  • July 31, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Really? Somebody wanted a fully articulate figure of THE PROFESSIONAL, complete with little plastic guns and stuff? Theres a market for $230 during a horrible recession? Dont get me wrong, I have a couple life sized busts in my office along with some classic posters, but for christs sake, who the hell wants a figure from some obscure movie (great movie too)? Is somebody making a full line of articulate toys from 100,000 BC (the emerick one), or a complete line of figure from the movie Cloverfield? There are some seriously repressed geeks out there who never escaped childhood.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    by k85_h33_scil_24d, if you think that Iron Man is expensive...

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Wait until they're sold out and see what they start going for on the secondary market. The IM Mark 1 has tripled in price. Seems ridiculous, but if you want the absolute best 1/6 figures it's worth it. Hot Toys is leagues above any other figure maker. Their head sculpts are so realistic it's scary, and I guarantee you that gantry will be like having the real movie prop shrunk down. They're also coming out with a Batman 89 Joker. Go look at and see what mini Jack Nicholson looks like. A-fucking-mazing.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Marvel Legends multi-piece figure gimmick

    by MST3KPIMP

    remeber that shit? you had to buy a bunch of mediocre figures so yu could have a big sentinel or galactus. and i did notice that the marvel legends line got lame but i was relieved as i ddid'nt feel any desire to buy them.. last one that intrested me was man-thing

  • July 31, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Jean Reno action figure? Leon the Professional???

    by D.Vader

    Shit. Now THAT's something I might have to buy.

  • Man, I remember making our own Star Wars and Marvel heroes LEGOS. Awesome that kids today (and kids at heart) are finally getting the real deal.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    sardonic and uberman

    by Ye Not Guilty

    Adult males make up about 40 percent of the action figure market. It's not really any different than buying baseball cards or sports memorabilia.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    @uberman - Cloverfield

    by Partyslammer

    Believe it or not, there was a pretty big Cloverfield articulated monster toy released in limited numbers that cost about 200 bucks. Robot Chicken used it in one of their skits.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Modern Lego sucks

    by Symposium

    why the fuck have they shrunk the torso, head and hands? they looks shit.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Great 2d Toy review John...

    by Franck, that it, nothing more, no hating, no bitching, pure love.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Captain America Lego

    by buggerbugger

    Is he so small because of all the cuts? Poor fella's shorter than Wolverine Lego and **that** guy's a fucking midget.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Another opportunity for us to scream at Luc Besson to make Mathilda.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    It'll be a thousand times better than that Connery/Zeta - Jones pic, which wasn't that bad at all.