With San Diego Comic-Con just over a week away, Hasbro has released details for its Marvel exclusives. While the Collector’s Vault (in Marvel Universe 3.75-inch scale) and the Raft (in Marvel Legends 6-inch scale) have been steadily making the rounds on eBay, we’re glad to finally see the official pics and specifics.
In recent years, Hasbro has leveraged the upcoming year’s Marvel movie slate for its exclusives, like it did with last year’s Marvel Legends Book of the Vishanti set for this year’s Dr. Strange. Likewise, we’ve got the Marvel Universe Collector’s Vault aligned with next year’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy 2 and the Marvel Legends Raft set aligned with next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Since these exclusives are planned up to a year in advance (and therefore up to two years ahead of the movie release), they do not likely reveal characters or plot points for the movies themselves… but it’s still fun to speculate.
As with exclusives in previous years, both the Collector’s Vault and the Raft will be available in limited quantities following Comic-Con at HasbroToyShop.com. We’ll be picking ours up (hopefully) at SDCC next week!
Mattel designers (and twins) Garrett and Darren Sanders were at Power-Con to share the Masters of the Universe exclusive for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the premium Princess of Power She-Ra doll. And while they confirmed that this would be the sole MOTU exclusive for the show, they did present an upbeat discussion of the origins of the She-Ra exclusive and plans for it moving forward.
In the past, I’d separate the Hasbro Marvel reports into Marvel Legends and everything else. At this Toy Fair, Hasbro has completed the consolidation of all the collector-oriented Marvel lines into the Marvel Legends brand. And while this will certainly cause confusion for non-collectors who shop for their collector loved ones, it’s really a testament to the strength of Legends.
Think back to 2007, when Hasbro first started producing Legends. Back then, it was clear that the star of 6-inch Legends had faded; Hasbro was focusing on their bread and butter 3.75-inch scale. Today, however, it’s 6-inch that is propelling the brand forward. Over 8MM units have been shipped since Hasbro first took over the license. Over 200 figures (many more if you count variants) have been produced.
Naruto Shippuden does not have a lot of action figure representation, so when Toynami came out with their 4-inch, articulated action figures a couple of years ago, I was ecstatic! I grabbed all of series 1 and the SDCC exclusives. I was enjoying the line and was disappointed when series 2, which was supposed to be comprised of Sasuke, Gaara and Deidara, never came out.
The Toynami Naruto Shippuden line wasn’t perfect, the size was quite odd being in between 3.75 and 6 inch scales, and the sculpts weren’t perfect, but I did enjoy the articulation that they were able to get into the figures, which was the first I’ve ever seen been done with Naruto Shippuden characters. I quite enjoyed the SDCC Exclusive Toad Sage Naruto and Minato, and I thought their Kakashi from series 1 was an awesome figure.
Now, through OMAKASE’s Naruto Shippuden box (available to pre-order by subscribing before January 23), we get a chance to finally get the Sasuke figure that Toynami had first shown as part of series 2 at SDCC a couple of years ago. Let’s have a look at the figure!