Soapbox Sunday: Marvel and Fox Need to Reconcile… For the Sake of the Toys

Deadpool, X-Men, and Fantastic Four - Marvel characters licensed by Fox

Imagine this – it’s the Avengers versus the X-Men and Fantastic Four. At first, Spider-Man is with Wolverine and Reed Richards, but at a pivotal moment, he switches sides and joins Captain America and Iron Man. Is this the plot for next big comic book crossover event? No, it’s another case of life imitating art – it’s what’s really happening today with the movie licensing business at Marvel.

Marvel has been trying to regain control of the characters it licensed out years ago to other movie studios, before they had their own movie business. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios and Sony penned a peace treaty that gives Marvel some say over what Sony will do with Spider-Man. But with Fox, who continues to own the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, the not-too-subtle war has no end in sight. And we’re suffering for it.

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Weekend Toy Run: Marvel Legends Iron Man, Star Lord, and Spider-Man on Sale at Target

Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Iron Man, Star Lord, and Superior Spider-Man on sale at Target

If you’re looking to fill out your Marvel Legends collection with figures from previous waves, Target might be able to help. They’ve got several figures from the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spidey, and Captain America waves on sale online. Here’s the best of the deals:

If your purchase is over $25, Target will give you free shipping. If you’ve got the Target REDcard, you get free shipping plus 5% off for any online purchase. Happy shopping!

Heads Up: Marvel Avengers Legends Agents of Shield 3-Pack Exclusive In Stock at ToysRUs.com

Marvel Avengers Legends Agents of Shield 3-Pack - packaged

If you’ve been on the hunt for Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill, you’re in luck – the Marvel Legends Agents of Shield 3-pack that’s exclusive to Toys R Us is now in stock. The 3-pack, which could also have been called Directors of Shield, is priced at $49.99, so it qualifies for the TRU free shipping deal.

Considering how prices dropped on the Captain America, Ms. Marvel, and Radioactive Man exclusive at Target, I thought about waiting to order. But I think this might sell a bit more briskly, given the stronger ties to the Agents of Shield TV show and the Avengers movies. Plus, the only repeat here is Nick Fury, who was last available a few years back in the Wal-Mart line. Coulson and Hill have not had figures before and are completely new.

Thanks to Paul again for the heads-up, and happy shopping!

Hasbro Marvel Legends Batroc, Spider-Woman, and Thanos Video Fly-By

Marvel Legends Batroc, Spider-Woman, and Thanos - AFP video fly-by

In my excitement to post pics of Batroc, Spider-Woman, and (part of) the Thanos build-a-figure from the latest wave of Marvel Legends, I forgot to shoot a fly-by video. Allow me to correct that.

Now that I’ve got a few of these on the AFP YouTube channel, would you guys give me some feedback? When I watch video reviews of figures, most of the time I mute the sound, and let the figures speak for themselves. But what do you like? Would you prefer some music, or even some commentary? What else would you like to see? Let me know.

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Marvel Legends Thanos Wave – Batroc, Spider-Woman and Thanos

Although Amazon has moved up its delivery timeframe on the Marvel Legends Avengers Infinite Series, the Thanos wave still isn’t due to ship until late March / early April. I was lucky enough to be in Hong Kong, and even more fortunate that my wife convinced me to stop in the Toys R Us at the Ocean Terminal on our last day there. And even though I had a pre-order already, I couldn’t stop myself from picking up Batroc the Leaper and Spider-Woman.

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