A couple of years ago I picked up a SHIELD ID badge and ID card from EFX, so I was pleased to see what they’ve got in store for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While all are extremely cool, there are some that fall out of my price range, like the replica helmets for Ant-Man, Iron Man, Loki, and Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. (I try to convince myself I don’t have space for them anyways.)
They have more space (and cost) friendly items as well. Among those are the Containment Device and Orb used to carry and conceal the Power Infinity Stone. It uses Star Lord’s Gravity mine as a stand, but when opened, I was a little disappointed but greatly relieved not to see the Power Stone in there. EFX also has a 2-pack of Agent Phil Coulson’s Captain America cards – one set is near mint, while the other is gruesomely bloodied. To top it off, they had a portable power bank in the form of Tony Stark’s Iron Man Mark V suitcase, but smaller, of course.
I have been a fan of Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line for some time, but with price creep pushing single figures to the $100 range and more, I’ve curtailed my purchases somewhat. I may have to go hog wild on some of their newest reveals though. Most notably, Square Enix expanded their DC license to include Batman v Superman, revealing four figures – Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Bats in his armored suit. While I’ve been particularly disappointed by what some licensees (ahem Mattel) have produced, these are the first to really pique my interest.
While Street Fighter has seemingly gone to the wayside, they’ve continued with their mainstays. DC continues with more Arkham and variant figures. The newer Marvel variants add Black Widow and Captain America. And there’s Final Fantasy, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid, and Halo, to name a few more.
Hasbro has shared official pics for their reveals at the ‘Twas the Night Before… Party kicking off New York Comic Con. They’ve included shots from Marvel Legends (both 6-inch and 3.75-inch – we’ll continue to refer to the smaller scale as Marvel Universe), Star Wars: the Black Series, and various Transformers waves.
They have more in store for Star Wars (their biggest reveals were not part of the officially released pics), and highlighted that in 2016, Transformers branding will transition from Combiner Wars to a new theme: Titans Returns, Part 2 of the just-announced Prime Wars Trilogy.
As has been their tradition for the last few year, Hasbro kicked off NYCC 2015 with their ‘Twas the Night Before… Party, revealing new items from their action figure brands. We took a look at their Marvel and Star Wars lines, with a focus on their 6-inch figures in Marvel Legends and the Black Series from Star Wars. And we got to chat with our long-time friend, Jesse Falcon, from the Marvel licensing team.
Bill is back with his latest action figure comic – Power Man and Iron Fist: Revenge of the Wrecking Crew. This is a follow-up to one of his favorite comic stories, in which Iron Fist battles the Wrecking Crew, with a little help from Captain America (in Iron Fist #11and 12, a Chris Claremont and John Byrne classic from way back in 1977).
The Wrecker also had a beef with Power Man, from when Luke Cage took him on during Cage’s debut in the Fantastic Four, replacing a de-powered Ben Grimm (you can check this out in Fantastic Four #168 on Marvel Unlimited, another classic from way back in ’76.)