I’m overdue on posting this look at Kasual Friday’s Big Screen and Comic Book Superstars. Our long-time pal Scott George sent them to us right before the holidays. Scott launched KasFri a few years ago, after a successful run at Hasbro overseeing Marvel Legends and Marvel Universe. With his experience with licensed properties and toys, Scott picked up licenses for mini-figures and apparel for some of the mainstay pop culture brands – wave 2 and 2.5 of Superstars covers Rocky, Robocop, the Phantom, and Evil Dead.
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Hot on the heels of their first Transformers premium scale figure, Bumblebee, 3A Toys will have the big bad himself, Megatron, up for pre-order tonight. Like Bumblebee, Megatron features a movie-accurate, detailed sculpt, is super-articulated with over 70 POA, and features light-up LED eyes. You won’t be transforming him into a vehicle mode, but with this amount of detail you’d probably need the Allspark itself to pull that off.
Megatron stands over 1.5 feet tall (Bumblebee checks in at 15 inches), so he’s appropriately massive. Want to roll out with Megatron? Check out Bambalandstore at 8PM EST tonight. The Bambaland exclusive Megatron comes with the Matrix of Leadership and a tattered cloak to cover up that battle damage. Can’t wait for more? Expect Optimus Prime and Starscream right around the corner.
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When LEGO Nick Fury makes you a bet, get ready to pay up – because you’re about to get a tour of the newest Marvel Super Heroes LEGO set – the SHIELD Helicarrier from the first Avengers movie. Set in the LEGO microscale, the Helicarrier still manages to clock in at over 2.5 feet long, and almost 1.5 feet wide and a foot tall.
It’s stocked with three Quinjets, three jets, and enough vehicles and 12 microscale figures to support them – this includes 8 SHIELD agents. I think the only thing missing is a monitor with Galaga on it. Also included are five regular-sized minifigures – Nick Fury, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and (taking a cue from Hasbro) an exclusive Maria Hill that can only be found with the Helicarrier set.
Amazed? Time to pay up – only it will set you back a little more than that $10 you owe Fury – $349.99, to be precise. Avengers Assemble!
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In a poll from the “DC Collectibles Vault” this week, DC Collectibles revealed several products that were designed and sculpted, but never made it to shelves. Among them was a series of action figures from DC Universe Online, the MMORPG for PC and PS4, made by Sony Online Entertainment in collaboration with some of the top creative talent at DC. I played the game for a few years from its launch back in 2011, and was always impressed with its visuals. Unlike many games that create their own aesthetics for the DC characters, DCUO was extremely faithful to the mainstream comic book appearances of its heroes and villains. As such, I thought it was a decent marketing opportunity for a video game action figure line that I’d like to buy – but both DC Collectibles and Mattel opted for Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Also left on the sculpting room floor, so to speak, were a series of New 52 action figures in the 3.75-inch scale and a set of Rainbow Batman repaints (presumably in the standard 6 to 7-inch DCC scale). I think it’s too bad their 3.75-inch figures didn’t get more of a foothold – despite some initial quality issues I found their smaller figures better sculpted and articulated than what Mattel currently has on retail shelves. And Rainbow Batman? Despite the nostalgia factor, I’d pass.
Voting in the poll (which also includes some shelved statues and busts) will give DC Collectibles a measure of popularity, but won’t guarantee that any get made. Still, if there’s enough interest, you never know!
Hasbro recently announced they would be asking fans for their input in another edition of the “Fan Built Bot” poll. This time around it’s the “Fan Built Combiner” – fans will be creating a team of Transformers that combine into a single massive new character.
Starting today, fans can download the official Transformers apps (on iOS and Android) to participate in weekly design stages, three in total. In addition, Toys R Us will have a bonus design question on the Toys R Us Twitter feed on February 18. Hasbro will reveal the full results later this year, and the new Combiner will join the Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars toy line, which debut this month.
Transfans, roll out (and start designing!)
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If you are looking to fill gaps in your Marvel Legends collection, or pick up some custom fodder, it’s a good time to check out the sale on Marvel Legends figures at Amazon.com. There’s a few figures with pretty deep discounts, and many more for a couple bucks off that will with the toy budget.
All of the items (these three and the rest) are eligible for Prime shipping – if you’re a member you get free 2-day shipping, and if not, just get $35 in the cart and you’ll get the same. Happy shopping!