What do you get the filmmaker behind the biggest superhero movie of all time? Perhaps an action figure with a familiar face.
As Joss Whedon celebrates his 48th birthday this week (and his film “The Avengers” closes in on “Titanic” at the domestic box office), the writer-director is being immortalized as an action figure, along with Stan Lee, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles.
The action figure is being released as part of collectors’ edition DVDs of Spurlock’s documentary “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” due out July 10, just in time for the next edition of the San Diego expo.
Whedon, Lee and Knowles appeared in the film, which explores the annual gathering of pop culture creators and fans in San Diego and its unique geek culture.
“This big challenge was figuring out how you cover something as massive and as crowded as Comic-Con and tell a coherent story. And what is that story?” Spurlock said earlier this year. “I think what this film does really well is it humanizes people in a way that is important. What happens over the course of this film is you start to see a little bit of yourself in all of the characters or in their passion or their dedication.”
The Whedon and Spurlock figures will come packaged in an edition to be sold at Toys R Us stores, and the Lee and Knowles editions will be available at various stores and online retailers. A third combo-pack will feature all four figurines. The special editions will retail for $29.99.
— Noelene Clark
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