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.
Hasbro’s latest series of Marvel Legends (we’ll just call them Captain America Legends instead of the so hard to remember official name) may already be in the store room of your local Target. Our good pal trs was enterprising enough to purchase a case of these figures yesterday. As you may know, both Cap Legends and Spider-Man Legends (also shortened for simplicity) are due to hit in the New Year. So, if you’re brave enough to venture out on some of the busiest shopping days of the year, you might find these already on shelves – but more likely, you may have to talk to a salesperson about checking in the back.
Thor: the Dark World may be opening in two weeks, but Cap is generating his own hype with the official trailer for Captain America: the Winter Soldier. Looks awesome! I still think that while Chris Evans is great in the role of Cap, he still looks super goofy in the helmet they designed for the movie – and I think Marvel Studios knows it too, which is why it gets so little airtime in the trailer. The Steve Rogers Super Soldier costume from the comics looks great, though I don’t hold out much hope for a better looking helmet if that becomes his Cap costume in the movie (the action figure hints that the helmet will be just like the old one).
All the supporting characters look great – ScarJo looks good as Black Widow with the super straight hair we saw first in action figure form. Thankfully,
Howard Anthony Mackie as the Falcon looks like a badass, and not goofy considering how his costume from the comics might have turned out in live action. And Samuel L. Jackson – looks like rough times for the eye patch are coming.
Captain America: the Winter Soldier is due out in April next year. Luckily, we have a much shorter wait for the action figures, which should be out early first quarter. We got some reveals for the Captain America Marvel Legends line (aka Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Infinity Legends) at NYCC, and Previews had some more details for the Cap line recently. And don’t worry – Cap figures based on the comics will be part of the line too.
This month’s edition of Previews has got some great new details on the upcoming Captain America waves of Marvel Legends. As we heard from the Hasbro Marvel team at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Legends is getting rebranded to the movie properties in 2014. And just as Cap was the “First Avenger,” his line of Legends will be the first rebranded, as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Infinity Legends” – yeah, that’s a mouthful.
And that’s not all. Previews reports a five figure assortment split over two waves, with a Build-a-Figure, starting in January. If this is the group we saw at SDCC, then it’s comic book versions of Baron Zemo and a Marvel Now Captain America (not shown above), plus movie versions of the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Captain America. That leaves the BAF still to be revealed. Price per figure is still creeping up, at $22.99.
Thanks to Mark Hernandez at the Marvel Toylines group for the Previews info.