The last time we saw them, the Avengers faced off against the Hulk in “Angry Man!” In the continuation of that story from Bill’s Comics, now they’re “Doomed!” Like the last comic, this one features a cover by Glenn Turner. Enjoy!
Toys R Us has their exclusive Marvel legends All New X-Men box set available for pre-order. The preliminary info we had (check out more pics of the Marvel Legends All New X-Men box set) had the set due to arrive at stores a the start of this month for $84.99. The pre-order page has it listed with an expected 3/19 ship date and an $89.99 price tag.
A delay in overseas shipping is pretty common, but the price increase is just Toys R Us looking to capitalize on the increased popularity of the current Legends line-up, which has had pretty good sell-through in their stores. I guess the silver lining here is that the Marvel Legends line is selling well.
The Guardians of the Galaxy just got its first official trailer, and flark if it didn’t blow me away. It hits on all the right notes, evoking Indiana Jones (Raiders Indy, not Crystal Skull Indy), Firefly, and even a little bit of the Usual Suspects. I think Marvel has nailed it with its casting again (why can’t Warner Brothers figure it out for DC?), and if this is a smash, Chris Pratt should be catapulted into RDJ heights of stardom. But make no mistake, I think Rocket Raccoon will steal every scene in this movie – both kids and adults will love him.
This is all good news for the toys. The Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends Infinite Series figures should hit shelves in July, and three LEGO Marvel sets for Guardians of the Galaxy should hit in June. The movie opens August 1st.
This year I find myself in the rather odd position of reporting on Toy Fair without actually being there. A casualty of the winter storms Pax and Quintus, I’m warm on the west coast but missing the fun of seeing the figures up close and personal. It’s the first time being on the sidelines since I started covering Toy Fair back in the heyday of Toy Biz’s Marvel Legends run in 2005.
In many ways we’re seeing Hasbro’s (second) run of Marvel Legends entering similar territory. Back then, Toy Biz was making waves with the Marvel Legends Sentinel wave. And yet, macroeconomic factors were causing big changes in the industry, and the next year turned out to be Toy Biz’s swan song, with the announcement that they had licensed the Marvel toy lines to Hasbro. Those same factors – rising costs of raw materials and labor, consolidation of retailers - are still in play today for Hasbro. Rather than shutter the Legends line again, Hasbro’s Marvel team announced a shift in branding strategy at SDCC last year, and with their Toy Fair showing, we’re seeing how that plays out in the Marvel Legends line.
While I am sure there’s many fans who are psyched for the movie-based Marvel Legends figures for Guardians of the Galaxy, I know that there’s also a group who hoped for comics-based versions of GotG. After all, we’ve already gotten Drax the Destroyer and Rocket Raccoon. Drax joined Marvel Legends courtesy of the Arnim Zola wave in 2012, and Rocket Raccoon was the second mini-BAF from last year.
Rest assured, Hasbro has the makings for Star-Lord already produced, and you may already have the proof in your collection.
Our good pal Paul wrote in with the heads up that Hasbro has revealed the Marvel Infinite Legends movie figures for Guardians of the Galaxy through Yahoo. Hasbro will be giving out a teaser poster for the line at Toy Fair starting this weekend – it features Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, and Groot, in a homage to the first teaser image released for the movie.
The figures will be available single-carded, and Hasbro will stick with the Build-a-Figure concept. This time, it’s Build-a-Groot. Look for these on shelves in July for $19.99 each.
Interested in the poster? Yahoo is giving away three of them. Details below.
With the Captain America: the Winter Soldier line-up revealed and Toy Fair coming up this weekend, it’d be easy to miss our big Captain America vs. Spider-Man Marvel Legends giveaway. We’ve got three two-figure bundles from the latest waves of Marvel Legends, each featuring a Cap and a Spidey.
Now we all know Cap and Spidey should be friends, but sadly that pairing won’t make it in the movies until Sony lets the rights revert back to Marvel Studios – and with the success of the Amazing re-boot, that’s not likely to happen soon. So for now, it’s just action figures.
You can enter on the original giveaway page, or for your convenience, the contest widget is below. Good luck!
Their Toy Fair event is just a couple days away (and sadly, weather may prevent me from making it this year), but Hasbro is still sharing high res photographs and product info on the Captain America: The Winter Soldier product line. Winter Soldier is the first ofthree Marvel tentpole movie releases this year, opening April 4.
We’ve now got nice clear pics of wave 2 of the Captain America Marvel Infinite Series 6-Inch Legends line (I’ll call it Cap Legends to save some stress on my keyboard) and the rest of the line, including the 3.75-inchers and role play. While most of the kid-oriented toys are of limited interest to me, I’m glad Hasbro has figured out how to leverage the Marvel movies to get us more 6-inch Legends. So far, so good!
This week I’m highlighting a few Marvel Legends variants that Hasbro had planned (or should have planned) to make, before the variant swaps fell through for the line.
This upcoming weekend we’ll be braving the cold weather in New York City to attend the Hasbro Toy Fair Preview, of which Marvel will be one of the major brands to show – among others, Transformers, Star Wars, and in a limited capacity, G.I. JOE. But we’ve got some catching up to do, so here are some updates to the Hasbro Marvel lines which will bring us up to speed before the big event.
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