This is the point we've reached now. Hot Toys has made so many eerily accurate replices of Marvel's movie superheroes, they're now turning to a man who played a role in some of their creation stories for toy inspiration. Yes, now even Stan Lee is getting immortalised in plastic. Excelsior!
Funnily enough this isn't Lee's first 1:6 scale action figure -- Das Toyz teased a quite frankly horrifying one earlier this year -- but Hot Toys' take on the legendary comics scribe is already miles ahead of the competition. You know, the incredibly heated competition in the world of 1:6 scale Comic writer toys.
Hot Toys' Stan features the writer in a casual jacket, button up shirt and chinos combo, and comes with a few accessories to give the figure a bit of personality beyond "hey, it's an old man -- wait, it's actually Stan Lee!" Stan comes with a director's chair, printed with Lee's own signature (who's willing to bet he actually owns a chair like that?), a pen and watch, as well as not one, but two different pairs of the writer's trademark glasses. On top of that, he has 7 pairs of interchangeable hands to pose him either with his accessories, doing some finger-guns, or even the Spider-Man "thwip!" webshooter pose.
We really are reaching a tipping point for superhero toy insanity here -- although the idea of being able to surround Toy-Lee with figures of some of the characters he helped bring to life all those decades ago is pretty neat, I'm honestly hoping this is the start of a Hot Toys spinoff that exclusively makes Comics industry veterans in 1:6 scale. Steve Ditko action figure, anyone?
True Believers will be able to pick up Stan Lee for the price of $US200 at Sideshow Collectibles, when he releases in the middle of next year.