May 15, 2011
Premium toymaker Sideshow Collectibles has released the first image of a new "comiquette" of Marvel superspy Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm not quite sure what a "comiquette" is, but I'd imagine it's a grandiose way of saying statuette. (Sideshow makes a lot of replicas of maquettes from movies, but obviously these comic-based ones are original creations.) I'm not sure what the scale of this thing is, but I'd imagine it's too big for most spy fans to be able to display. Still, it's awfully cool, so I wish I had room for it! This awesome likeness of Fury is clearly based on Jim Steranko's iconic cover to Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4, also seen as the cover to this collection. Sideshow's Nick Fury comiquette will be fully revealed on their production blog (UPDATE: now live!) on Tuesday, May 17, and be available for preorder through their newsletter on May 19. These editions usually sell out, so if you're interested you may want to consider preordering. That same day, a comiquette of one of Nick Fury's deadliest (and sexiest) enemies, Madame Hydra, will also be available—also based on a classic Steranko design. The Madame Hydra figurine (UPDATE: more pictures here) is particularly notable because, to the best of my knowledge, this release marks the first toy of this character in any scale. Sadly there was never a Madame Hydra Marvel Legends action figure, and I don't think there's yet been one in the Marvel Universe line. Retail for both figures is a whopping $279.99.