ThreeA is jumping on the merchandising juggernaut of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The third figure in their Marvel line, following Iron Man and Doctor Doom, will be Ultron.
We’ll have been basking in the glow of the sure thing hit movie for a week (or more, if you’re outside of the U.S.) by the time the pre-order hits on May 7. We’re sure to see more details before then, like what lights up on this bad boy – better be the eyes and mouth, hopefully in red.
We first saw the Ultron Mark I figure when Hot Toys teased us with a pic from their tour in Asia showing the evolution of Ultron near the start of the month. Now, with Avengers: Age of Ultron opening this weekend internationally, they’ve released the details for their latest version of Ultron, which happens to be Tony Stark’s first step in creating the misguided artificial intelligence.
The Mark I is packed with a crazy amount of detail revealed by the battle damage it suffered at the hands of some as of yet unknown Avengers enemy, but that doesn’t stop it from coming with working LEDs in all the places you’d expect (eyes, mouth, and ARC reactor). One of the accessories that comes with the figure gives another clue as to how Ultron comes into being – if you’ve watched any of the trailers it’s all pretty much laid out, but if not, don’t read the attached description too closely.
A short while ago we came across an Instagram post of this Avengers-themed Marvel Legends 5-pack. With the Disney Store marking, we learned it was to be exclusive to the retail chain, but only in the European Union stores. Since the exclusive is comprised of re-issued figures, its exclusivity outside the United States wouldn’t raise much interest or concern. However, keen observers noted that a new interchangeable head for Tony Stark was included with Iron Man. Hard to imagine that the smallest piece in this pack could be the most sought after, but stranger things have happened.
Hasbro has shared high res pics of the set with us.
For this edition of Border Patrol, we’ve got three Marvel Legends customs. One’s from the small screen, another’s from the big screen, and the third is from our favorite source, the good old comic book.
Marvel Legends Daredevil (Netflix) by glennwebman69: Daredevil on Netflix was awesome, and I’d love to have figures from it. But this applies especially to the masked man in black look, which I liked much more than his final Daredevil costume. With the dark tone of show, I’m not surprised Hasbro passed – but I’ve seen some claims that they’ve found Daredevil Legends in an inventory system somewhere. Your guess is as good as mine. Ends April 19 at 2:11PM PST.
Marvel Legends Hercules by stevidcustoms: Compared to what Hasbro is putting out these days, their earlier effort for the Lion of Olympus was as cheesy as the smile on its face. This custom shows you what should have been. Ends today at 7:30PM PST.
In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!
Marvel Legends Constrictor, Madame Masque, and Bucky Captain America on sale
I think most people would admit that Hasbro has hit its groove with Marvel Legends in terms of character selection and execution, but that still doesn’t mean they’re getting to all your favorites from the Marvel universe. Luckily, Amazon has a variety of Marvel Legends on sale that cover the basic body types for your customizing pleasure.
Marvel Universe Constrictor Figure 6 Inches – $7.90 – Hasbro said they would be retiring this body after its use on Iron Fist. I think the base figure has been unfairly maligned lately. While I think the newer hip style is better, and the thighs have seen better days, remember that this body was derived from the old Toy Biz Bullseye.
Marvel Universe Captain America Figure 6 Inches – $11.80 – This is a go-to body for Hasbro now, and deservedly so. Bucky Cap is a great option for fodder if you don’t mind dealing with boot and glove cuffs. Machine Man at $17 is a completely blank base body, if you don’t mind spending a little more.
I Am Your Fodder highlights action figures that are cheap and would make interesting customizing fodder.