SDCC 2014: Hasbro Marvel Universe Infinite Series

SDCC 2014 Hasbro Marvel Universe Infinite Series

I’ll wrap up my posts tonight coming full circle back to Hasbro and their Marvel offerings – this time here’s a look at their Marvel Universe Infinite Series 4-inch offerings, including the massive diorama that got a very cool update this year (I’ll have to go back to get some more pics of it). The line had become a little too hard for me to follow even back when it was still just Marvel Universe – with the re-issues and often-delayed variants, with my casual interest it was hard to keep up. And it’s even more true now that I’m cherry-picking the line.

But I can say this – the line continues to deliver some obscure figures that please fans of the broader Marvel Universe, and the current crop of base bodies is holding up just fine. I hope the brand refresh to “Infinite Series” can come close to living up to its name. Look for an update after the Hasbro Marvel panel this Saturday.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Star Wars Black (Preview Night)

SDCC 2014 - Hasbro Star Wars Black Preview Night

Fans of Hasbro’s 6-inch lines may be underwhelmed by what was shown for their Star Wars Black Series 6-inchers at Preview Night. No new reveals, but I was happy to see the deluxe figures – both Jabba and the Speeder Bike look awesome – and next wave of single-packed figures on display.

Paint apps still seem to be the weak link in terms of production quality – and it stands out most on the human figures with their G.I. Joe-styled eyes, like on Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Darth Vader looks good, but he does seem a little bloated with the cloth apps. The standout for me is Chewbacca.

Overall, with so little on display tonight, it does hint that the retail channel is a little backed up on this line. But stay tuned – Hasbro’s Star Wars panel is on Friday, so we can hope for a few more reveals then.

SDCC 2014: Hasbro Marvel Legends Preview Night

SDCC 2014 - Hasbro Marvel Legends Preview Night

For those of you wondering what’s in store for Marvel Legends for the rest of this year, it’s going to be limited to retailer exclusives until new waves for the Avengers and Spider-Man hit shelves in first quarter next year. On preview night, we got a glimpse at the previously announced X-Men Legends wave that is exclusive to Previews.

The only thing new I spotted in the case is a three-pack that will be exclusive to Target this fall, containing Captain America (a rehash of the Ultimate Cap with harness instead of vest), Ms. Marvel (in her Warbird costume on the Moonstone body), and Radioactive Man. The good news here is that some of those figures from the Jubilee wave that never made it to mass market retail are starting to make it to shelves.

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Marvel Legends Agent Venom Exclusive Available to Pre-Order at Walgreens.com

A month ago, Hasbro revealed that the Marvel Legends Agent Venom figure would be released as a Walgreen’s exclusive. Originally shown in the Hasbro SDCC display last year, they said Venom would finally be available to pre-order at SDCC this year – and while we weren’t sure exactly how, now we know. The Agent Venom is now up for pre-order on the Walgreen’s website.

Get your pre-order in now – no telling when this will sell out.

SDCC 2014: Recap of Hasbro’s San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

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We’ve already covered Hasbro’s SDCC exclusives for the Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legends and Marvel Universe, but they’ve got so much more.

Included in this update are their exclusives for G.I. Joe, Transformers, Magic the Gathering, and more. Read on!

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Wolverine Alone… Again! (Sort Of) – BillsComics.com

Wolverine is the best at what he does, and what he does… well, you know the rest. But in Bill’s latest comic, you could say his fight with Sabretooth is a cut above “isn’t very nice.”

Enjoy Wolverine Alone… Again! (Sort Of), and be sure to check out more of Bill’s work here on AFP and even more at Bill’s Comics.

Wolverine Alone... Again! (Sort Of) - page 1

Wolverine Alone… Again! (Sort Of) – page 1

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Marvel Legends Agent Venom Finds its Legs as Walgreens Exclusive

Hasbro continues to find ways to bring the Marvel Legends that have yet to find shelf space because of the switch to movie-themed waves this year (see the previous announcement of another wave of Previews exclusive X-Men Legends.)

With this announcement, they’ve revealed that the Flash Thompson Agent Venom will be a Walgreens exclusive. Not sure how pre-ordering at SDCC will work, but we’ll find out.

We are excited to confirm that Hasbro’s Marvel Spider-Man Legends Infinite 6″ Agent Venom Action Figure, previously revealed at Comic-Con International in San Diego last Summer, will be made available this Fall, exclusively at Walgreens in the U.S.

This figure will be available for pre-order next month at SDCC. Fans should visit Hasbro’s display booth during the show for more information.

Friday Freebie: Captain America Marvel Legends Infinite Series Wave 2.1 (Loose)

Marvel Legends Infinite Series - Captain America wave 2.1

It’s time for another AFP Free Stuff giveaway! This time around, we’ve got the second wave of the Captain America Marvel Legends Infinite Series, which ironically ends with this wave. The prize will include all four figures in the wave, shipped loose: Black Widow, the Winter Soldier, and two versions of Cap. They’ll come with any extra heads, hands, and accessories, but will *not* have the SHIELD Mandroid build-a-figure parts. If you’re still looking for Mandroid parts, you can pick up the Captain America Marvel Legends Action Figures Wave 2 Rev. 1 at Entertainment Earth – EE will ship it for free in the US.

We’ll have one lucky winner this time around, and to keep it simple we’ll run the contest on Facebook. Here’s how:

Find the Facebook post for this article on the ActionFigurePics.com Facebook page. It will show up as “ActionFigurePics.com shared a link” with the Friday Freebie title below it. Like that post, add a comment, or share it – do all three if you like, and get three chances to win! And while you’re there, why don’t you give our Facebook page a like, too? Liking the Facebook page is not required to enter the giveaway, but it sure would be nice of you.

We’ll pick a winner next Friday, June 27. Good luck!

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Pre-Orders Reveal X-Men Legends Jubilee Wave as Previews Exclusive

Previews Exclusive X-Men Marvel Legends

New pre-order listings at Entertainment Earth and BigBadToyStore have revealed an upcoming X-Men Marvel Legends wave as a Previews exclusive. This five figure wave features Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Stryfe, Cyclops, with a  Build-a-Figure Jubilee. First revealed a few weeks back in a Japanese magazine, this wave had been widely reported as a Toys R Us exclusive. With these listings, however, it appears that the X-Men will go the same route as the Wolverine Legends wave. As Previews exclusives, these will set you back – $179.99 for a case from Entertainment Earth and BBTS – $22.50 a figure. BBTS has a 5-figure set for $149.99 – a whopping $30 a figure.

It’s great to see the mini-BAF Jubilee that we first saw at San Diego Comic-Con last year and the Stryfe figure teased by the Hasbro Marvel team way back when finally make their way to shelves – but I will be missing the other figures that had been shown as part of the Jubilee wave. With themed waves being the norm now, it’s a challenge to see how those figures will get released.

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SDCC 2014: Hasbro Goes Cosmic with Marvel Exclusives

Hasbro has released the details of its Marvel exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ve got the pics in all their high res glory. Like last year, they’ve got figure packs in both the 3.75-inch (formerly Marvel Universe, now Marvel Infinite) and 6-inch (formerly Marvel Legends, now Marvel Legends Infinite) scales. The figures continue to be comics-based – this is for Comic-Con, after all – but this year there’s a unified Cosmic theme. The Marvel Legends Star Lord we knew was coming shows up in the Legends pack, as well as Hasbro’s second attempt at Black Bolt. There’s heavy reuse on the figures, all fan favorites, but I think they’re all smartly done with nothing to complain about at this stage.

The cosmic theme is a nice tie-in to Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens shortly after SDCC, but with the connections to Thanos on both exclusive packs, it begs the question - is Hasbro tying in to Marvel’s upcoming films in the cinematic universe? Thanos was revealed in one of the after credits scenes in The Avengers movie, but we were surprised that the big bad for Avengers 2 was Ultron. It might be too early to start hyping Avengers 3, but perhaps Thanos could rear his ugly mug in a Guardians sequel. Where do you guys think Thanos is going to show up?

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