Marvel Studios is riding high on positive vibes this year in the wake of their crowd-pleasing box office hit, Captain America: Civil War. As the third film in Cap’s successful Chris Evans-starring trilogy, (and fifth film, if you count his Avengers appearances), it’s almost hard to remember a time now when Captain America wasn’t a household name brand. The next hero to get the Marvel movie bump: Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game) is set to appear as Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme this November – and if his recently released Comic-Con trailer is any indication, it’s going to be a wild ride.
With such a big new property out, one thing is certain. Related merch is on the way, and for the discerning fanboy or girl, one brand stands above all the rest: Hot Toys. The Hong Kong-based brand is responsible for some of the most incredibly lifelike action figures on the market. Each usually runs between $200-220 USD – no small entry fee. But for fans with the will (and the dough), these figures are some of the best money can buy. Hot Toys has been producing products of on a number of properties in the past years, including DC and Star Wars, but one of their most popular brands is Marvel. (You know what that means.)
With their latest reveal, Hot Toys asks us the question, who among us doesn’t want a twelve-inch tall, eerily lifelike Benedict Cumberbatch in our life? The company’s Facebook page has recently provided updates from the Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong 2016 event, where they have revealed their take on the Sorcerer Supreme.
For additional close ups of the Doctor Strange Hot Toy and his accessories, check out ToyArk, (or CBM ,who has conveniently collated just the Doc Strange images). One thing’s for certain – sixth scale Stephen is looking mighty fine. The figure comes fully equipped with his Cloak of Levitation, the Eye of Agamotto (which may or may not be the Time Gem in the MCU continuity), a weathered spell book, and even a rune for him to cast.
Fans will have to wait and see how wide Hot Toys’ Doctor Strange line will spread. If he sells well enough, there’s a good chance we’ll see iterations of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s “Baron Mordo”, Mads Mikkelsen’s “Kaecilius”, or Tilda Swinton’s “The Ancient One”.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018;Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.