Discovering Pandora-D23 McFarlane Panel

Discovering Pandora-D23 McFarlane Panel

Huge thanks to Discovering Pandora for allowing me to share this, this features Joshua Izzo, VP of Franchise Development at Lightstorm, and Todd McFarlane, founder and CEO of McFarlane toys. They talk about the first line of Avatar 1 toys that is set to release next month, and we get a special reveal at the end, a view of Jake Sully riding a skimwing from the upcoming Avatar-The Way of Water figures, which will be coming out later in the year. We first saw Jake on the skimwing at the very end of the Avatar-The Way of Water trailer.

McFarlane Toys-Avatar Large Scale Line

McFarlane Toys-Avatar Large Scale Line

Today at D23, McFarlane Toys officially showed off the first wave of the new Avatar action figure line. This is the 7″ scale portion only, and includes the description and photos directly from McFarlane. I’ve included current prices and a pre-order link for each figure.

$24.99-Preorder Amazon Colonel Quaritch

Spearheading the RDA’s Security Operations is Colonel Miles Quaritch. A veteran soldier, Quaritch is relentless in his duty to protect the humans of Hell’s Gate and eradicate the Na’vi. Attacked by a Viperwolf on his first day on Pandora, Quaritch forms an abiding hatred for Pandora’s wildlife as well as its indigenous inhabitants.
* 7-inch scale Miles Quaritch action figure.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Premium sculpt and deco.
* Includes accesories, alternate hands and collector stand.
* Special blacklight-activated biolumniescence.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

$24.99-Preorder Amazon Jake Sully

Born on Earth, Jake Sully is given a unique opportunity to join the Avatar Program, in which humans remotely control human/Na’vi hybrids to safely navigate the alien and dangerous moon of Pandora. After spending time with the Na’vi, Jake becomes fully immersed in their way of life and he falls in love with the moon, the people, and his Na’vi guide and teacher, Neytiri.
* 7-inch scale Jake Sully action figure.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Premium sculpt and deco.
* Includes accesories, alternate hands and collector stand.
* Special blacklight-activated biolumniescence.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

$24.99-Preorder Amazon Neytiri

Neytiri is a fierce warrior, incredible tracker, and next in line to be the clan’s tsahik, or spiritual leader. Willful and decisive in conflict, she trusts her own instincts and abilities, speaks her mind, and leads with her heart. She meets Jake Sully’s avatar in the Pandoran Rainforest, helping him when he’s attacked by a pack of viperwolves.
* 7-inch scale Neytiri action figure.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Premium sculpt and deco.
* Includes accesories, alternate hands and collector stand.
* Special blacklight-activated biolumniescence.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

$39.99-Preorder Amazon Amp Suit

Possessing an intimidating presence and the ability to withstand toxic environments, the AMP Suit is a multi-purpose, human-piloted mech suit that duplicates all the functions of an infantry soldier. A walking, hydraulic, armored, near-invulnerable exo-suit, its capabilities have proven invaluable to the RDA.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Features highly detailed sculpt and deco.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

$49.99-Preorder Amazon Jake Sullys Ikran

Blue and green in appearance, he is the banshee that Jake bonds with during the Iknimaya rite of passage. He is also one of the few mountain banshees to have been ridden by an avatar.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Incredibly high level detail.
* Can be posed to fly and crawl as seen in the film Avatar.
* Works with 7-inch Na’vi figures as riders.
* Features a poseable wired tail and special collector stand.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

$49.99-Preorder Amazon Neytiris Banshee-Seze

Seze is the mountain banshee mount of Neytiri. Graceful, dangerous, and loyal, the banshee is an integral part of Na’vi life.
* Designed with Ultra Articulation with up to 22 moving parts for full range of posing.
* Incredibly high level detail.
* Can be posed to fly and crawl as seen in the film Avatar.
* Works with 7-inch Na’vi figures as riders.
* Features a poseable wired tail and special collector stand.
* Figure is showcased in Avatar Movie window box packaging.
* Collect all McFarlane Toys Avatar Movie products.

D23-McFarlane Toys teaser

D23-McFarlane Toys teaser

Wow, this teaser image released by Avatar today has me stoked for the McFarlane line. It’s been rumored the smaller scale line has a Pandora set piece, is this it? It sure looks like it could be, and it looks amazing! I see what looks to be a link chamber in the far left, then an Amp Suit (with a driver inside, Quaritch I assume), Neytiri on Seze (guessing by the colors and profile), an ikran too far in the background to make a guess, a hexapede front and center, a green ikran that I don’t recognize, Eytukan, Mo’at, and a tapirus.

I cannot wait to see what else is revealed tomorrow at D23!

Avatar-The High Ground Volume 1 Preview

Avatar-The High Ground Volume 1 Preview

Avatar-The High Ground is a 3 Volume comic series based on the original Avatar 2 screenplay by James Cameron. However as the sequels grew and the story changed, his Avatar 2 script was shelved and now lives on as a prequel to Avatar-The Way of Water. Volume 1 is a hardcover book that is 88 pages long, of which we now have a 10 page preview thanks to Amazon.

Volume 1-Release date October 12th, 2022

It has been almost a decade since the humans were forced to leave Pandora—but now they’re returning—with an armada of heavily-armed starships!

After years of peace, Jake Sully has settled down with Neytiri and raised a family, so for him, the stakes are even higher than when he first went to war against the corporate might of the RDA.

During the development process of creating the four Avatar sequels, a lot of new ideas and stories were created and discussed. One such EPIC original story idea that didn’t make it into the sequels was James Cameron’s original story—“The High Ground.” Cameron shared what he had written with Dark Horse Comics and it is now being adapted by award-winning author Sherri L. Smith (The Toymaker’s Apprentice, Orleans), and illustrated by Brazilian artist Guilherme Balbi.

Avatar: The High Ground Volume 1 ventures into all-new territory in the Avatar saga, and is a direct prequel to the highly-anticipated film sequel Avatar 2!

Wow, that was a great start to this series. I love that just like in Avatar, Jake Sully is narrating. We quickly move through what happened at the end of Avatar right into the Sully family, with Jake disconnecting from the memories stored in Eywa, while seated with Lo’ak and Neteyam. Neteyam, the oldest of the Sully children, is giving Lo’ak a hard time, and they are discussing Lo’ak getting his own ikran, which is called iknimaya, a rite of passage for all young Omatikaya hunters. We then learn that when Kiri completed iknimaya she was able to simply bond with her ikran by asking it to be her friend. As Jake, Neteyam, and Lo’ak begin to ride off on pa’li, one of the brothers says not to forget about Spider. Then we transition into a flashback of Neteyam when he was completing his iknimaya, it show’s how dangerous it can be, with him even having his leg bit by an ikran he’s trying to bond with. After which we see Norm in his Avatar body again, going to meet up with Na’vi, with human kids and Na’vi kids all playing and having fun. Next we see Lo’ak as it’s now his turn to complete iknimaya, he seems to easily complete the bond with his ikran, and the whole Sully family is there cheering him on. As the whole family flies on their ikran, Jake and his thoughts are elsewhere, he knows the human threat is only temporarily defeated, they’ll be back. Tuktirey is trying to get Jakes attention, and Neytiri mentions how the skypeople always have their heads in the clouds, but the Na’vi hearts are in the clouds, and with that the family is on their ikran again,  flying high in the clouds.

The mystery of who and what Kiri is exactly only deepens. Norm is back in his Avatar, that makes me really happy for him, I would have hated for it to have been killed. It’s great jumping right in and getting to see the entire Sully family, Jake, Neytiri, Neteyam, Kiri, Lo’ak, Spider, and Tuktirey. I can’t wait to dive into this series!

You can preorder Avatar-The High Ground on Amazon here-https://www.amazon.com/Avatar-Ground-Sherri-L-Smith/dp/1506709095/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=avatar+the+high+ground&qid=1662504933&sr=8-1

Interview Magazine featuring Sigourney Weaver

Interview Magazine featuring Sigourney Weaver

Since Kiri is such a hot topic, I wanted to share excerpts of a recent interview of Sigourney Weaver by Elizabeth Banks of Interview Magazine. If you’d like to read the interview in its entirety just click the link below.

Sigourney Weaver Interview Magazine

BANKS: Can we talk about the biggest movie of all time that you happen to also be in, Avatar? You worked with James Cameron when you were starting out, and he brings you back for this ginormous movie. What are the defining qualities that make James Cameron who he is and what’s your relationship like?

WEAVER: I think many people have a mistaken idea about Jim, that he’s really driven and really serious. Of course, that’s true, but it wasn’t until I was on the road with him hawking aliens that I realized how incredibly funny the guy is. I was like, “Where did this come from, and where was it when we were spending months running around with the machine gun you designed?” I know he’s going to present me with really unique challenges, and he’s not going to be shy about getting what he wants. In many cases, my first reaction is, “I can’t do that.” I don’t voice this, because I know that I’ll get teased mercilessly about what a wuss I am, but I think that everyone enjoys working with Jim because he does demand so much. On Avatar: The Way of Water, I was older than a lot of the other people, and we had to do a lot of parkour. We had to do burpees. We had to do freediving. Don’t you love these jobs where you have to learn some really outlandish thing that you keep with you for the rest of your life? Freediving, especially, I’m grateful that we spent a year doing that.

BANKS: How long can you hold your breath?

WEAVER: Our teacher Kirk Krack, who teaches the Navy Seals, would have us do these still breathe-ups. We were breathing up on, I think, at least 50 percent oxygen. What we’re breathing regularly is 30 percent oxygen, so you have the advantage of more oxygen in your tissues, and then you’d lie very still, not moving and holding your breath. My husband is from Hawaii and he’s a big swimmer and body surfer, so we took the training together, and we both one day held our breath for six and a half minutes.

BANKS: What?!

WEAVER: I know.

BANKS: Sigourney!

WEAVER: Kirk couldn’t believe it. We couldn’t believe it either, but that’s his training. You learn that you’re not going to die if you don’t take a breath. You learn to say to, he called it “the smiling villain” that wants you to breathe, “Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m doing this, see you later.” It’s a whole psychological thing. It’s very, very interesting stuff.

BANKS: What are the other projects that you have coming out?

WEAVER: So Avatar I can’t really talk about, but I would say that it’s the biggest stretch I get to play in every possible way. I think if Jim Cameron didn’t know me really well, he wouldn’t have cast me as something as goofy as this. I had to work in a completely different way to play this character, a very physical way.

Avatar Re-release

Avatar Re-release

We’ve known for some time now that Avatar would be coming back into theaters to help jump start the hype train for the upcoming Avatar 2 (The Way of Water). As we get closer to the release date, not a whole lot has been shared about this re-release. So here is what we know so far, it is releasing on 9/23/22. It will be available in cinemas for two weeks only. Regal Movies shows the run time for the reissue will be 162 minutes, which would make it the same version as the original theatrical cut. The re-release will be in 4K HDR. A trailer has been shared on Avatar’s official YouTube, and it is so beautiful, I cannot wait to see this in theaters once again. As of today I haven’t found any where to buy tickets yet, but I’ll keep checking as I’m sure they will go on sale very soon. Avatar was the first film to reach 2 billion box office gross, and currently sits at $2,847,397,339. So if we can reach another $152,602,661 in worldwide gross in two weeks it will be the first to reach 3 billion. I think it can’t do it.

Oel ngati kameie ma frapo.

The Ultimate Avatar Sticker Book

The Ultimate Avatar Sticker Book

Earlier this week the official Avatar socials announced a new Avatar book coming out, The Ultimate Avatar Sticker Book. It’s 28 pages long, includes 400 stickers, and from the 2 pages we’ve seen previewed, it will include new information on The Way of Water. The book is set to release on 12/16/22, and is currently only $6.99. You can preorder it now on Amazon-

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0744061016/

Discovering Pandora and The Avatar Podcast

Discovering Pandora and The Avatar Podcast

I just wanted to highlight a couple of fellow Avatar fans who have been creating and sharing a ton of content lately. First I’ll start with Gerry of Discovering Pandora. I recently listened to Gerry as a guest on an episode of The Avatar Podcast. While I had been seeing his content pop up on social media, I starting paying closer attention after I listened to the podcast. Discovering Pandora shares a bit of everything, from behind the scenes photos on IG of Avatar-The Way of Water, to videos on his YouTube channel breaking down the newest Jake Sully figure. Discovering Pandora is currently at 499 subscribers on YouTube, let’s help get him to 500 and beyond. You can follow him on his socials at-

https://www.instagram.com/discoveringpandora/

https://twitter.com/discoverpandor4

and on YouTube at-

https://www.youtube.com/c/DiscoveringPandora

The second Avatar fan I wanted to shout out is Albert, creator of The Avatar Podcast. If you are like me and you love podcasts, and you love Avatar, this is content that you’ll undoubtedly enjoy. Albert has wide ranging Avatar content that features lots of different guests, which helps keep the podcast fresh and unique each episode. You can listen to them all here-https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-avatar-podcast/id1520505741

Check Albert out on Instagram for his legendary Avatar countdown posts-

https://www.instagram.com/avatarpodcast/

As both of these creators share new content, I’ll be giving their content another spotlight right here on AvatarSequels.com to help further spread this fun and amazing world James Cameron and his team at Lightstorm have built. We are entering the home stretch for Avatar-The Way of Water, and I can’t wait!

McFarlane Toys: Jake Sully

McFarlane Toys: Jake Sully

Yesterday the official Avatar socials released this picture, Jake Sully in his McFarlane Toys plastic glory. Due to online leaks, and what was shown at SDCC, we know McFarlane is releasing Avatar figures in 2 scales. One is a 7″ scale and the other will be smaller, assuming around 3.75-4″. So my question is the photo of Jake the smaller figure or the larger 7″ scale? I believe this is the larger collector size figure. The reason I think that is this figure is built exactly like the current 7″ DC figures McFarlane is releasing. Same exact articulation points and the giveaway is the black pin used in the foot for the toes. I don’t think the smaller figures will have this level of articulation, this has butterfly joints in the shoulders, double jointed knees, elbows, the toe articulation. It’s hard to give that level of articulation on something that’s only 4″ tall.

The entire line is supposed to be revealed at D23, coming September 7th-10th. I love action figures so keep an eye here for updates and break downs on whats coming from the McFarlane Toys Avatar line.

We recently covered the first reveals from SDCC from the McFarlane Avatar line here- https://avatarsequels.com/mcfarlane-toys-sdcc-avatar-ikran-banshee-reveled/

Check out Discovering Panodra on YouTube for an in depth look at what we know so far about the McFarlane line-