The 1970s were a ridiculous time, and in the world of comics, things were known to go off the rails into new realms of crazy. Along with Spider-Man’s Dune Buggy, the Mad Titan himself – Thanos – had a helicopter. Of course, it wasn’t just enough that a 1979 comic gave the Infinity Stone-obsessed purple baddie a helicopter – no, it had to be bright yellow and actually say “THANOS” in bold black letters on the side. Where would Thanos go to have such a ride constructed? Was the place that 1966 Batman got his Batcopter taking orders? While it’s a notoriously strange vehicle, my fingers are crossed that we see Josh Brolin piloting one of these when the sequel to Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters next year. In the meantime, Mattel is issuing a diecast version at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, complete with comic-inspired packaging and the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary logo!
From Mattel: Packaged inside of its very own Cosmic Cube, Hot Wheels® pays tribute to 1979’s “Spidey Super Stories #39” by recreating one of the most talked-about and unlikely vehicles in the world of comic books, the Thanos Copter. Piloted by the Mad Titan himself, this finely detailed die-cast helicopter has a real spinning main rotor, twin landing skids, and looks ready to take flight at any time and wreak havoc throughout the Marvel® Universe.