For those of you unaware, Hot Toys is a Hong Kong based toy company with an absolutely stellar reputation for quality and realism in their action figures.
A friend of mine put it best when he said “I don’t understand why they used a picture of Tom Hiddleston instead of showing the actual action figure in their screen shots.” These action figures are so incredibly detailed that it feels like you’re looking at stills from the movie when you see them posed. Seriously, just take a look at these.
They have a good portion of the main characters available for sale or pre-order at the moment, including Thor, Loki, Captain America, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye. They also have Iron Man Mark VI that will be going to limited pre-order soon. This one is limited to a mere 3,000 units and will not be available outside of the pre-order. And finally, they are also working on a Hulk Maquette. No word yet on either a Black Widow, an Agent Coulson, or a Maria Hill figure yet.
Of course, like most things at this unbelievable level of quality and detail, the cost to own one of these is quite steep. Each of the available figures runs between $180 and $210 USD. So save your pennies, boys and girls, and put away all notions of replaying the battles of the film with these particular figures. Your G.I. Joes with kung-fu action grip from the 80s these are not. For those interested in making a purchase or pre-order, the character links above will take you to the order page.
If you want to try your luck, Sideshow Collectibles is hosting a contest to win a prize pack of all five action figures, shipped to you as soon as they arrive at the warehouse, as well as automatically getting an email alert when the Iron Man Mark VI figure goes to pre-order. Note that you are responsible for shipping costs with this contest. Good luck.