Mondo Announces First-Ever 1/6 Wolverine Figure From ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ for SDCC

In a masterful move of marketing, Mondo has announced their newest figure: a 1/6 recreation of the sad Wolverine meme. You know the one. Wolverine lies back on his bed, cradling a frame, staring hopelessly in love at Jean Grey. This is Mondo’s first-ever 1/6 figure from X-Men: The Animated Series, and what a debut! A […] The post Mondo Announces First-Ever 1/6 Wolverine Figure From ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ for SDCC appeared first on /Film.

Mondo Announces First-Ever 1/6 Wolverine Figure From ‘X-Men: The Animated Series’ for SDCC

In a masterful move of marketing, Mondo has announced their newest figure: a 1/6 recreation of the sad Wolverine meme. You know the one. Wolverine lies back on his bed, cradling a frame, staring hopelessly in love at Jean Grey. This is Mondo’s first-ever 1/6 figure from X-Men: The Animated Series, and what a debut!

A Lovesick Logan For Your Shelf

X-Men: The Animated Series spawned its fair share of memes, but none is as pervasive as “Wolverine crush”. It’s a deceptively simple gag: frame one shows Wolverine lying back in all of his yellow-and-blue spandexed glory. The second shows him gazing longingly at Jean, but meme-makers can replace the photo with anything. Here, I’ll show you:

The toymakers behind the figure made the genius decision to let you switch out the photo in the frame. You can actually recreate this vintage meme yourself, with your Wolverine action figure! The future is weird.

The San Diego Comic Con exclusive Limited Edition figure will be available to pre-order on MondoShop.com on Friday, July 23 at 12pm CT. Save your pennies, folks, because this one’s gonna set you back $200 USD.

A Curmudgeonly Cartoon Canadian and his Many Accessories

The creative directors for toys and collectibles over at Mondo, Hector Arce and Michael Bonanno, shared their excitement for the cartoon series and its everlasting meme.

“There were really only a handful of Saturday morning cartoons in the ‘90s that stood out amongst the rest. I think we all remember that first day we watched the first-ever episode of X-Men: The Animated Series…sitting in bed or on our couches, excited and then….THAT song plays…little minds blown everywhere! That intro song hooked us right from the beginning and kept us coming every Saturday for months and months excited to see what happened to Wolverine and the X-Men. We are so proud to present the first 1/6 scale figure for a series that has captured our imagination since our youth. The theme song is still stuck in our heads, years later. Of course you have to launch the series with Wolverine, but we felt that it’d be even more fun to recreate this specific scene-turned-meme. Creating this diorama for our SDCC at Home Limited Edition was truly the most fun we’ve had here at Mondo Toys and Collectibles and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

The Wolverine figure will come with four swappable heads, retracted and extended variants of his claws, a lightning claw energy effect, a glossy photo of Cyclops and Jean Grey (that you can immediately trade out for something funny), and a turkey leg, because of course.

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Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man […] The post Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic appeared first on /Film.

Yasiin Bey Will Play Jazz Legend Thelonious Monk in Upcoming Biopic

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk will have his story brought to life by Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The musician and actor will portray Monk in an upcoming biopic from production company Jupiter Rising Film. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jupiter Rising heads Peter Lord Moreland and Alberto Marzan discussed their passion for the project and finding the right man to play Monk.

Seeing the World Differently

Lord Moreland first became fascinated with Thelonious Monk when he watched Straight No Chaser, the 1988 documentary about the bebop pianist and composer. He researched the musician and started on a working script to document the life of one of jazz’s most recorded musicians.

“My entire life, I have been an artist, a person, and a thinker who seems to have an alternative view of creating, hearing, and seeing the world,” he told Rolling Stone. “There’s no greater personification of that than Thelonious.”

The film will center around Monk’s “struggles for musical success, mental illness, and the spiritual love triangle between his wife, Nellie, and one of the world’s richest women, Nica Rothschild.”

Finding the Man to Play Monk

Finding the right actor to play Monk would be a challenge, as the jazz musician was as eccentric as he was talented. When Bey was brought up as a possibility during a development meeting, the producers knew they had their man.

“When his name was brought up, there was a silence that I will never forget,” Marzan said.

“We all envisioned him. This needed to be somebody that understood Thelonious’ music on an intimate level. It needed to be someone who understood the life and challenges of being a musician, a black man in this universe. Yasiin has Thelonious’ morals and focus on what matters.”

This won’t be Bey’s first time playing a music legend. He also starred as “Johnny B. Goode” singer Chuck Berry in Cadillac Records in 2008. Lord Moreland and Marzan feel confident that Bey will bring an authenticity to the role. After all, more than just Monk’s style of playing the piano was unusual. He was an individualist who went against the grain, something Bey can likely identify with given his own unconventional career.

“The long journey to reach the spiritual place, vibration, and sensibilities of Monk — that it would take for just about any other actor we could think of to portray him — is not necessary for him,” Lord Moreland said of Bey. “He’s already there. His essence is in ‘that place.’”

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