Captain America: Trading Places – BillsComics.com

Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet? In honor of the movie (but with an separate plot line, if you haven’t seen it yet), Bill has put together a new comic featuring Cap, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and the Falcon. It’s a fun tale that dips its toes into the Marvel multiverse – enjoy Trading Places, and be sure to check out more from Bill’s Comics!

Captain America: Trading Places

Captain America: Trading Places

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Weekend Toy Run: Pre-Order Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy on Amazon

Captain America may have opened in theaters this weekend with Spidey not far behind, but the toys have been out for months now – so we’re onto the next big Marvel movie. The Marvel Legends line for Guardians of the Galaxy is up for pre-order now at Amazon.com. They’re listed at $21.99 each, showing a steady creep up from when Hasbro first brought back Legends. Don’t forget, though, that you’re getting a full-sized Groot Build-a-Figure!

Amazon has the release date as June 1st, a couple months before the August 4 movie release date. Go get em!

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Watch Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! Deadpool vs the Punisher

Deadpool vs the Punisher

It’s been a while since Marvel has produced a new episode of our favorite Marvel Legends-laden videos. I checked in recently, wondering if the team would put up a video for Captain America: The Winter Soldier – instead, a few weeks back, for no special occasion, they dropped this video pitting the Punisher against the Merc with the Mouth. Why is the Punisher pissed at Deadpool, you ask? Watch the video!

See more videos at the Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?! home page.

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Border Patrol: Marvel Legends Jubilee, Rogue, and Hulkbuster Iron Man

More Marvel Legends in this week’s Border Patrol – two customs of figures that were put on hold when Hasbro’s plans for running change variants were shelved, and one that could be made leveraging an existing Build-a-Figure.

  • Marvel Legends Jubilee by Horton’s Heroes - Jubilee was supposed to be the Build-a-Figure for the first wave of Marvel Legends this year, but retailers opted for the movie-supported Captain America and Spider-Man lines – this is her classic costume, but the planned figure was in her more modern look, with the black suit underneath her trademark yellow trench coat – ends Apr 07, 2014 20:28:42 PDT
  • Marvel Legends Rogue by Babcsan - Rogue was to be the running change variant for Emma Frost in the Wolverine Legends line, but when that went exclusive to Diamond, Rogue and the Phoenix Five Cyclops were shelved – I think I see a little too much of Trish Stratus left in that head sculpt – ends Apr 05, 2014 12:06:35 PDT
  • Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Iron Man by Happy Day Customs - I haven’t found the second wave of Cap Legends to finish my Mandroid and Happy Day is customizing the BAF – argh! – if Hasbro didn’t already have this idea, it’s a decent one for a future BAF leveraging the Iron Monger / Mandroid body – ends this morning, Apr 01, 2014 09:11:36 PDT

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Customizers, the submission deadline for CustomCon 37 is coming up on April 7.

Border Patrol: Marvel Legends Falcon, Electro, and Sunspot

This week’s Border Patrol features two Marvel characters from upcoming movies plus one that would be cool to see in an X-Men movie.

  • Marvel Legends Falcon (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) by Stevid customs – while a bit simplified from the ultra-detailed costume revealed for the Winter Soldier movie, this Falcon nevertheless captures the feel of the movie costume – ends Mar 26, 2014 18:30:13 PDT
  • Marvel Legends Electro by Spidey Customs – made from the movie Electro, this custom attempts to take it back to the comic look with some creative license applied – ends Apr 01, 2014 02:33:48 PDT
  • Marvel Legends Sunspot by Shinobitron – while I was never much of a fan of the New Mutants in the comics, I think a character like Sunspot would have been a better fit for the younger X-Men in the First Class movies, rather than creating a continuity problem by adding Cyclops’ younger brother Havok to a movie set 30+ years earlier – this custom looks sharp but could use some of those sunspots – ends Mar 30, 2014 18:24:05 PDT

In AFP’s Border Patrol, we scour active eBay auctions for customized action figures that you won’t want to let slip by!

Customizers, the submission deadline for CustomCon 37 is coming up on April 7.

Weekend Toy Run: Saint Patrick’s Day Sale at TFAW – Up to 50% Off Toys and More

Things From Another World is having its Saint Patrick’s Day sale, and they’ve got 240 items up to half off in their Toy section. They’ve got stuff from Funko, NECA, Hasbro, Mattel, Diamond Select Toys, and more. I’ve got my eye on this Hanna Barbera Space Ghost – at $10.49 it’s a steal for a six-incher. I’ll need to take a closer look to see what else there is to take home. Happy shopping!

TFAW St Patricks Sale

Don’t get angry: everyone can have the luck of the Irish at TFAW! Now through March 23, you’ll save 20-50% on 1,000s of graphic novels, comics, toys, statues, and more!

However, you’ll have to move fast: our inventory of these items is extremely limited. Once you find the “gold” your collection needs, you’ll need to snap it up before someone else tries their luck!

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The Avengers: Doomed! – BillsComics.com

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!

The Avengers: Doomed!

The Avengers: Doomed!

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Weekend Toy Run: Marvel Legends All New X-Men Exclusive Set Up For Pre-Order

Marvel Legends All-New X-Men - Packaging

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 Trailer Will Blow You Away

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Trailer Pic

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.

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Toy Fair 2014: Hasbro Marvel Legends Report

Guardians of the Galaxy (Photo - CoolToyReview.com)

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.

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