By Zack Smith
Anticipation for the new Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot "Man of Steel" is at a fever pitch, and these new super-articulated, super-detailed figures from Play Arts Kai are only going to get fans more excited!
Available for pre-order from Big Bad Toy Store at $79.99 each, these 9.5-inch figures from Square Enix will punch a hole in your wallet...and pretty much anything else they encounter.
Let's get a good look at the Last Son of Krypton!
...goodness, Superman has quite a unit on him.
I can't be the only one that noticed this, right?
Here's some more shots:
And here's his nemesis in the film, General Zod. This here is the runnin' definition of BAD DUDE.
For whatever reason, I really dig the helmet and flowing black cape. It really sells the evil counterpart to Superman aspect of the character, sort of a "Darth Zod."
The figures won't be out until August, two months after the film hits theaters, but look at it this way -- even if it turns out to not be good, you can create your own, vastly-improved version with effigies of the actors. Many of us had to rely on something similar after Superman Returns.
BONUS: If you want to get an idea of what a stone-cold scary BAD ASS Michael Shannon is likely to be as General Zod, check out this Funny or Die video where he does a bloodcurdling reading of the insane sorority girl letter from last week.
If he's that tough on pledges not pulling their weight...just imagine what he'll do to the Son of Jor-El.
Excited by these figures? Willing to make the investment? Strangely distracted by the sculpting of Superman's...pocket full of Kryptonite? Let us know!