When we were kids, we loved to have superhero battles with action figures. Now you can bring that same superhero battle action to your chess board with these chess pieces and collector magazines from Eaglemoss Publications.

Each character is cast from a specially formulated metalized resin and painted by expert model makers. Plus, they include a 16-page magazine with comic artwork and chess tips.

With characters from both the Marvel and DC universes, you can cast some of your favorite characters as key pieces and battle.

Head after the break to see more of the upcoming pieces in the collection.

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Avengers fans, listen up! We’ve got some potentially spoiler-y news for you about a possible change that could occur for a Marvel character in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. We also have your first look at the Funko Pop! figures for the film.

An image from reveals that a Hot Topic exclusive figure of the “Savage Hulk” will premiere alongside the new lineup of Avengers 2 figures. There have been rumors about a Savage toy floating around the Web since December, but this is the first time that any details about the toy have popped up.

For the uninitiated, the “grey” Hulk is a more cunning (and crueler) version of the Hulk that Bruce Banner can sometimes transform into. He’s not as powerful as his green, smash-‘em-up cousin, but he’s definitely got a lot more going on upstairs.

Keep in mind that Hot Topic gets lots of Funko variants, so this could mean nothing—much like the Deep Space suit figure from Iron Man 3 had nothing to do with the movie.

Check out some close-ups of the Avengers 2 Funko Toys after the break along with the grey Hulk image…

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The folks over at IGN have a pretty strong love for all things X-Men—so much so, in fact, that they made a video timeline infographic called “Every X-Man Ever” that provides in-depth info about all of the mutants who joined up with Professor Xavier. If you’re a fan of the X-Men, then you’ll definitely need to check this video out.

From IGN:

Yes, we love the X-Men. Who doesn’t? But there are so many of them… It’s hard to keep track! And that’s one of the reasons we put together this video timeline and infographic (watch it above!) detailing the long and storied membership of Professor Xavier’s merry band of mutants. This was no easy task, as there have been so many offshoots and side teams and kinda-sorta-teams over the course of the X-Men’s 50-plus year history. But we channeled our mutant power of OCD and did our best to nail down a complete membership history of the core X-Men team (in the comics only). Oh, and we’re also including a written version of this feature below for those of you who don’t have video capabilities in your X-Mansion yet…

Check out the video after the break…

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What happens when you get Marvel loving, RC plane piloting nerds together? An RC Helicarrier that you can land RC planes on of course.

While it’s not always pretty, it does actually work and you can tell that the guys from FliteTest had a blast.

Watch the video after the break.

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Marvel’s first new Star Wars comic debuted this Wednesday and it is selling like crazy. If you’re a collector, you’re going to want to get your hands on the variants. This Han and Chewie Star Wars #1 variant cover by acclaimed artist Gabriele Dell’Otto is one of the best, and it is headed out exclusively to Loot Crate subscribers in the January “Rewind” box.

You can signup for a subscription here and save 10% off your order with the code “NERDAPPROVED”

Better hurry though, signups for the “Rewind” crate end on January 19th!

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When you have a lot of nerdy toys and art, it can be hard to know what to display and how to display it. A couple of Redditors had the same idea recently and matched their figures with posters on the wall. The above picture features Spider-Man, Hulk, and Iron Man. Apparently Redditor HotDog804 doesn’t own any Iron Man toys so he improvised. It works.

See a similar concept but with Nintendo ladies after the break.

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD will return from its midseason break in March, and they’ve added a new cast member: Edward James Olmos. In other news, SHIELD just got 100% more awesome. Olmos will play Robert Gonzales. didn’t reveal anything more specific about the character, just that his debut “will have massive repercussions for Director Coulson and his team.”

I don’t care much what his role is because Olmos can make anything good. I just hope he sticks around for more than one or two episodes.

(via CBR)


The new Daredevil series coming to Netflix has a release date and it’s earlier than what initial reports predicted. We only have to wait until April 10th for debut of the 13-episode series. The official synopsis states:

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero “Daredevil” in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods), the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.

The series was originally set to debut in May, so think of this news as a nice mid-winter surprise.

See the poster in motion after the break…

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Artist Phil Noto recently blew us away with his Star Wars: The Force Awakens art and now he’s doing it again with these incredible Marvel variant covers for February.

From Black Widow to Thor to Uncanny X-Men, each cover is a unique retro-style tribute to our favorite Marvel characters.

Head after the break to see more of the upcoming covers.

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We will probably be getting a new Ant-Man trailer next week (rumors suggest that it will premiere with Agent Carter on January 6th). No one knows who we will get to see, though Ant-Man, Hank Pym, and Pym’s daughter are all good bets. What we probably won’t see is the villain Yellow Jacket who will get a big reveal during the movie. That’s okay, because licensee Aykroyd and Sons gave us an early look at the character in a new banner.

He looks wonderfully menacing as he’s swooping down toward Ant-Man with a slew of ants in the background. You’ll be able to see Ant-Man this summer when it opens in theaters on July 17th.

See the Yellow Jacket images after the break.

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