The man who brought The Avengers to the big screen, created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and resurrected Firefly from the dead as Serenity has finally gotten what he deserves.
An action figure.
Toy versions of Joss Whedon will be packaged along with collector’s DVDs of Morgan Spurlock’s geek-culture documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, and Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive first look.
Whedon will be one of four collectible figurines (perhaps “action figure” is too strong a word, since the joints don’t seem to move), joining Spurlock, comic book icon Stan Lee, and Internet fanboy extraordinaire Harry Knowles.
Whedon and Spurlock editions will be sold with the DVD at Toys ‘R’ Us stores exclusively when the movie makes its home-video debut on July 10. Another package with all four figures will be put on sale at game stores.
As you can see from the enlarged image here, Whedon is doing that filmmaker thing where you make your thumbs and index fingers into a movie frame, which Whedon totally does in real life. (Either that, or the toy is being mugged.)
The sculptor and painter definitely got his hair and beard right, and the real Whedon also has seemingly greenish eyes — though they’re perhaps less demonic than these radioactive emeralds. Is he about to Hulk out or something?
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope — or, C-CE4AFH for short — is the latest film from Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, exploring the weird, wild world of San Diego’s annual sci-fi and comics convention, the mecca of modern mythology.
Whedon, who recently produced and co-wrote the geek-horror lovefest The Cabin in the Woods, is just one of the subjects interviewed for the project, which was released theatrically and on VOD in April, with Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others sharing their thoughts on the passionate fandom that sometimes loves, and sometimes loathes, their work.
This year’s Comic-Con takes place July 12-15. If Whedon attends again, fans will be able to enjoy him in both life-sized and fun-sized versions.