One of our readers sent in these photos of a couple awesome pieces of samurai armor. One was obviously inspired by Link from The Legend of Zelda and the other was inspired by ancient samurai warrior Sanada Yukimura. It was created by Etsy seller CoffeeCosplay and as you can see it looks pretty damn cool.
As of right now the armor is available in three sizes, but there is an option to have it custom-sized — it will just take two weeks to do. This is what the creator had to say about the armor:
The entire suit of armor is made with 5/16 inch thick thick EVA foam. The armor can be dissembled for storage purposes—the Haidate and Sode can be adjusted for proper fitting as well.
I started this project after a custom order of my Yukimura Samurai Armor (another listing) and fell in love with the color scheme of Satin Green, Pure Gold, and Navy Blue. When I assembled the entire suit I realized it looked a lot like Link. Hence, I present a Triforce inspired armor. The triforce print can placed to your liking. My next project will be his gauntlets. Stay tune for more and please share if you like my work.
I also included photos of the Sanada Yukimura Cosplay armor set below. Yukimura was a real life Japanese samurai warrior hero. He is also known as “a Hero who may appear once in a hundred years", "Crimson Demon of War" and "The Last Sengoku Hero." If you want to order one for yourself, click here.
We’ve got a bunch of X-Men: Apocalypse goodies for you to check out today. We've got a great clip from the film that features a cage match fight between Angel and Nightcrawler. We have 28 photos that include some old and new visuals of several characters in the movie, such as Jean Grey, Storm, Mystique, Beast, Cyclops, Professor X, Angel, Quicksilver, Psylocke, Magneto, Apocalypse, and more that seems to be set in Egypt. I also included four featurettes that focus on Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and Magneto. Then there’s three promo pieces of '80s-inspired mutant video game art. You can check it all out below!
Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.
Artist Eber Evangelista created this wonderful piece of art that features toddler versions of Vision and Falcon from Captain America: Civil War having a little play date. The piece is called "Children War" and it features the two characters playing marbles. Little Falcon managed to get his hands on Vision’s Mind Stone which probably isn’t very safe to play with.
Alien Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the fruits of other people's labor that made that day so special. There was a shit-ton of Aliens-inspired fan art posted online recently. A lot of the art I’ve come across is from an upcoming art book called Alien Visions by Udon, and here are the artists that provided the art you see below.
The artists whose work you see here include Shane Hillman, Derek Kaufman, Carlos D’ Gonzalo Ordonez Arias, Jaffrey Chamba, Edwin Haung, Long Vo, Tom Whalan, O_8, Livio Ramondelli, Bruce Yan, Ken Christiansen, Jim Mahfood, Whilce Portico, Ray Fawkes, Dan Hipp, John Giang, Seas Dove, Katie Cook, and Pikomaro.
Square Enix has revealed their latest addition to the Batman: Arkham Knight Play Arts Kai action figure line. Nightwing finally gets his own figure and as you might expect from the toy line, it looks incredibly cool. Here’s the description of the figure from Entertainment Earth:
Armed with his acrobatic abilities, Nightwing fights against formidable villains. The Batman Arkham Knight Nightwing Play Arts Kai Action Figure features a meticulous attention to the fine details of his armored suit to render his nimble yet strong physique. The paintwork places heavy emphasis on the texture of each material, from the complexities of the various fabrics to the life-like skin tone. Nightwing comes equipped with his gadgets, including his Escrima Sticks, which can be stowed away on his back using an adapter piece. This figure also has a very wide range of mobility in order to recreate Nightwing’s flashier action poses. The metallic, almost iridescent accent colors in his chest and shoulders shimmer brightly, as if to show off his distinctive identity. The Batman Arkham Knight Nightwing Play Arts Kai Action Figure measures approximately 10 1/2-inches tall x 4 1/8-inches wide x 2 1/3-inches long, includes display stand and is packaged in a window box.
It’s currently available for pre-order for $129.99, so if you want one click here.
Marco D’Alfonso has created a glorious piece of fan art that features all of the film versions of The Joker paying tribute to Prince. The piece was created for last week’s The Line it is Drawn challenge at CBR.
They asked artists to mash comic characters with Prince, to “illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Prince music videos, Prince album covers, comic book characters as Prince movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!”
If you couldn’t already tell, the art was inspired by the classic 1989 Batman scene in which The Joker goes to the Gotham Museum to "lighten the mood." I included that scene below for you to watch, which included the Prince song "Partyman."
I had no idea that the Armored Combat League existed until I came across this short documentary Harlem Knight Fight. It centers around a man named Damion DiGrazia, the captain of the New York chapter of the league.
It’s basically a medieval-inspired fight club in which people dress up in their real metal suits armor and beat the living shit out of each other! This is no joke. These guys are serious and it’s MMA fighting with the contestants wearing heavy-ass armor.
The doc shows off footage of what these fights look like and they are freakin’ intense! A lot of these contestants get seriously injured and I’m surprised no one has died in combat yet. These guys aren’t wielding foam weapons, they are metal axes, swords, and various other things and they are hitting each other freakin' hard!
The doc also tells the story of how DiGrazia, who is a Harvard and Columbia graduate, got into the sport. This is incredibly fascinating and it’s a doc you’ve gotta watch! Here’s the synopsis:
For Damion DiGrazia, joining the Air Force, graduating from Harvard and Columbia and putting together a lucrative career as a management consultant at a top investment bank in Manhattan wasn’t enough. He had one more, slightly less conventional item for the bucket list. When this Sunday school teacher isn’t spreading the Good Word, he prefers a metal fist to the teeth. DiGrazia is the captain of the New York chapter of the Armored Combat League — a sort of medieval fight club whose members smash the hell out of each other while dressed like attendees of the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones. “This is a sport that requires passion,” he explains. “Because there’s no responsible way to do it.” We met with Damion at his East Harlem training studio and followed his team to their regional matchup with New England.
Funny or Die has released an amusing animated comedy sketch called Why Superman is The Most Dangerous Superhero. It’s part of a web-series called Superman v Batman: The Unauthorized Adventures. In this episode, Superman flies into Gotham City and accidentally kills Robin after he and Batman take down The Joker. Here’s a brief description that came with the video:
After once again successfully vanquishing the Joker, Batman and Robin are rudely interrupted by Superman, whose late arrival spells trouble for the Dark Knight's boy wonder sidekick.
Marvel Studios has started quite a powerful trend in the entertainment industry and all the other studios with comic book properties are trying to emulate what Marvel has created. How long will Marvel be able to keep this up, though? There’s going to come a point where actors won’t renew their contracts and something is going to have to happen to those characters if those actors aren’t replaced.
Marvel Comics has been telling the stories of these characters since the 1940s. They’ve also rebooted their comic properties as well. The fact of the matter is Marvel has a ton of stories that they can tell and you never know, there could come a point where the studio reboots the MCU. Regardless of how things turn out, I personally don’t think Marvel will ever stop making movies.
Screen Rant has released a video essay called “Will The Marvel Universe Go On Forever?” and it explores what the future of Marvel might hold. The video comes with the following note:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last eight years, you’ve probably noticed a certain trend in superhero movies: the shared universe. While superhero films used to be treated as independent series that would reset after two or three movies, they now build on top of each other to create an almost overwhelming amount of shared continuity. Case in point: the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, which functions as a follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier, an action-packed reunion of the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast and an introduction to both Black Panther as well as a new iteration of Spider Man!
But how long can this go on? Hollywood’s obsession with fan approval shows that one day a series that seems to be riding strong (Amazing Spider Man, for instance), can bottom out within 9 months of the latest films release. Steven Spielberg has even gone on record saying the superhero film will soon go “the way of the western” and fall out of popularity in mainstream Hollywood.
Is the father of American Blockbuster Cinema on to something? Around 30 characters have already enjoyed multiple appearances across the Marvel films so far, and a library of characters in Marvel Comics continuity that number in the thousands, most of whom can appear and cross over between a number of films and TV series. With a potentially infinite number of combinations, will this cinematic universe collapse under its own weight? Or will the Marvel Cinematic Universe go on FOREVER?