I’ve been a fan of the Marvel Universe line since it first debuted last year, and have been very pleased to see the line get better with each successive wave of figures. The second wave of 2010 is no exception – I think this is the best wave to hit yet, so I was pretty psyched when our good friends at Hasbro sent over a set of figures for us to review. Plus, our good fortune can also be your good fortune – our Free Stuff giveaway in March will include some of these figures too (read on for more info).
Cool Toy Review just published a great interview with Scott George, Dave Vonner, and Josh Lamb, members of the Hasbro Marvel team, talking about their 3 3/4-inch offerings, Marvel Universe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Secret Wars.
Lots of interesting tidbits. Among them:
- They are considering rebooting the numbering of the line, like how comics have different volumes and restart at issue #1. This hasn’t been decided.
- We may see new artists doing packaging art. Frank Cho has done about 35 drawings (should take us through the end of this year), Joe Quesada did the Comic-Con exclusives, and Bob Layton did the Secret Wars Comic 2-packs.
- Nick Fury (the exclusive currently offered with a subscription to a Marvel Digital Comics subscription) will no longer be #025 in the Marvel Universe line. Electro will be swapped in, so that MOC collectors can have consistent packaging.
- Secret Wars will be out in four waves with three 2-packs each. They’ll go through spring 2010.
Finally, they put up some pictures of the first wave of Marvel Universe Gigantic Battles (Captain America / Skrull Giant Man, Iron Man / Goliath), due out this fall. There will be a blue and red variant Goliath. Click through to the interview for the full-sized pics.
If you’ve been following our teaser reports over the past few days, then you might have been able to fit the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out exactly which character we’re announcing for the first time right here on Cool Toy Review.
Check out the packaging photos of the upcoming Wal-Mart exclusive Gigantic Battles sets of Captain America Vs. Skrull Giant Man and the Iron Man with Goliath, but also for the first time mentioned anywhere…it’s the red & blue costumed variation of Goliath, who will also come with the “pointy mask” Iron Man figure.
Each set will also come with a special reprint comic book, showing the inspiration for the characters in the set.