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Marvel’s teamed up with Dragon Models to get another Baby Groot toy on the market. We’ve seen the cute Funko POP! version, but this seven inch tall pre-assembled model kit is a more screen accurate version of the tiny dancing tree creature. They used official 3D character scans to get everything just right. The bad news that this Baby Groot doesn’t dance, but the good is that the toy is available for pre-order and will ship in November.

Product Page ($79.99 via /Film)

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Everything’s coming up Deadpool these days and that’s just fine with me, especially when it means we get things like this Deadpool Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

This fully articulated figure comes with all sorts of swappable stuff, knives, guns, and even Big Boomin’ Balls. But, my favorite feature is the optional plug-in Word Bubbles, complete with a sheet of “Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words”.

Head after the break to see pictures and a full description.

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Now that the Deadpool movie has been greenlit, it’s time to start the rampant speculation on all sorts of things.

In this case, it’s the question of whether or not Deadpool will get a PG-13 rating or if it will get the R rating that many fans would expect.

The rumor originated with this comment from the Schmoes Know podcast:

“I heard from the director [Tim Miller] that they finally figured out the script, and it was right before this was announced, that they figured out, and you guys are all going to hate this, that they figured out how to make it PG-13 and therefore not lose its soul – that’s a quote – of the script so they can make it.”

Keep in mind that a PG-13 rating allows for quite a bit of violence these days, so it might still be possible to make a Deadpool movie that won’t “lose it’s soul”. And, let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely that Marvel would ever risk limiting the audience with an R rating. However, I have a feeling that the fan world must have spoken its mind on the news and rather loudly, because Deadpool writer/producer Rhett Reese weighed in on Twitter.

Check it out after the break.

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You might think all of the movies featuring Marvel characters have their own, unique endings. You’d be wrong. Sure, the characters and locations may change, but in many cases, the same thing happens every single time.

(Cheezburger via Geeks are Sexy)

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Funko mines all sorts of sources for their Pop! series, and they’ve recently taken a trip into the past to visit the classic X-Men. A new vinyl figure collection focuses on six iconic X-Men characters including: Cyclops, Professsor X, Magneto, Mystique, Colossus, and Storm. You’ll be able to pick up the superheroes and villains in stores this November/December.

See more mutant toys after the break.

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If you’ve purchased a LEGO set recently, you’ve been instrumental in helping LEGO Group beat out Hasbro and even Mattel and their Barbie franchise to become the world’s top toymaker based on revenue and profit.

LEGO has seen double digit increases due in large part to the popularity of the LEGO Movie along with wildly popular sets like the Research Institute set (aka the Female Scientist set) which sold out in a weekend.

The question will be if they can keep the momentum going throughout the year. LEGO says they see the bulk of their sales in the period leading up to the holidays, so the big question will be if the LEGO power stays strong or if Hasbro and Mattel come back towards the end of the year to take the lead.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Marvel is bringing in their superheroes to enforce a message of positivity. They’re working with the STOMP Out Bullying organization throughout October to raise awareness by presenting variant covers with anti-bullying messages. The following issues will have special STOMP Out Bullying covers:

Rocket Raccoon #4
Guardians of the Galaxy #20
Avengers #36
Inhuman #7
Hulk #7
Captain America #25
Legendary Star-Lord #4

Marvel’s released a look at five of them, and the art makes my heart melt.

See more of the variant covers after the break.

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Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun movie, but there’s more to it than humor and action. The film was clearly made by people who care. They way they portrayed Drax was especially interesting, and Tumblr user merryweatherblue talked about how Drax’s inability to use metaphors affected his autistic little brother. He says he realizes that Drax wasn’t intended to be autistic, but he appreciates that his brother has a hero he can relate to.

Director James Gunn took notice of the post and shared the above screen cap on his Facebook page.

Be sure to click the above image to enlarge it.

(James Gunn via Dorkly)

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It’s hard not to love Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of Loki onscreen, and it often feels like his scenes are two few and far between. One Loki superfan has created a single movie that tells all of Loki’s story using his best scenes from all the films. The film’s creator, Loki Odinson says:

My goal was to chronicle the character development of Loki into a single narrative. You’ll notice I took out a lot fluff and even some beloved fight scenes, only because I was trying to focus the film on Loki and his relationships. I also inserted all of the relevant deleted scenes (you’ll notice that they haven’t been fully rendered and mixed), several of which add great depth to his story and family dynamics. A big challenge was bridging the end of Thor and the beginning of The Avengers, explaining Loki’s exile and involvement with the Tesseract *before* he portals to earth. I created a montage to kinda show all that, even pulling a clip from Guardians of the Galaxy.

There are a few creative liberties I took with my edits that change intent/plot. Noticeably absent are Thor’s and Iron Man’s character arcs. My goal wasn’t to sully these films and their characters, but rather offer a different interpretation that celebrates Loki….so no offense intended.

The opening scene of my edit is a flash forward to a contemplative, imprisoned Loki, spliced with footage from Tom Hiddleston’s screen test when he auditioned for Thor’s character, aptly capturing Loki’s jealousy (the duality between them is really the meat of this film, hence the title Loki: Brother of Thor). Then there’s a bit of a scary awakening from the character that *probably* haunts Loki’s dreams.

The end result is a 2 hour, 15 minute and 48 second tribute to everyone’s favorite mischief maker.

See the video after the break.

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It’s hard to imagine Guardians of the Galaxy as being anything other than goofy and slightly quirky, but artist Justin Sweet posted some of his original Guardians concept art on his Facebook, and it looks like some of the first takes on the film’s characters were fairly dark and gritty.

As you’ll see after the break, most of the images (while absolutely stunning) have a very different thematic tone than the final product. Rocket (pictured above) is a good example of that. In the movie, he looked more or less like an average raccoon with a penchant for firearms, outbursts and walking on two legs. But Justin’s version looks a little older and war-weary, and definitely not as light-hearted as the Rocket we all know and love.

Check out some more concept art after the break…

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