Though I am unable to attend SDCC this year, there is much I look forward to seeing and hearing about, action figure and otherwise.
I collect Transformers pretty heavily, and at this year’s Botcon several weeks ago, some amazing descriptions for upcoming figures were given by those who attended. I am hoping these figures get shown at Comic Con this year. These include the LONG awaited Generations (Classics) Jazz with pop-out boombox speakers, as well as a few other favorites like Tracks, Perceptor, Reflector & more. Im also looking forward to seeing a new Power Core Combiner themed after the original G1 Dinobots named ‘Grimstone.”
Hasbro is also planning on showing more info about the upcoming Hub television show; Transformers: Prime, so hopefully some video comes from that as well.
Now, I’m going to guess that there wasn’t a lot of rumblings in the market about this deal beforehand, as most news outlets are still just rehashing the press release and not providing a lot of opinion. But I’ve scoured the internet (read: googled it) to bring you some of the early thoughts and opinion from around the interwebs.
The news is so fresh that not many news outlets have made the connection to the Warner Bros. acquisition of DC forty (!) years ago. Kudos to the iPhone Blog of all places for reminding us that a Disney and Marvel would be better positioned against Warner Bros. and DC.
Gawker’s Defamer blog also gets points for mentioning Warner / DC, with the realization that with the Disney / Marvel combination, those two powerhouses had their hands in every major movie tentpole this summer. “What a tangled web” indeed!
Everyone knows that this deal is about the movie business, but what about the rest of the Marvel businesses?
Comics fans, in addition to Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter keeping his job, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada checked in to let his Twitter followers know that all is well in the comics biz. “Everybody take a deep breath, all your favorite comics remain unchanged and Tom Brevoort remains grouchy.”
BudgetTravel notes that this sets up an excellent twist in the Theme Park Wars, since Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, featuring Marvel characters, is DisneyWorld’s biggest competition in Orlando.
And what about the toys? As you might expect, there’s not a single mention that I could find anywhere, but MarketWatch points out what those who already read the fine print already knew – all existing licensing deals will be honored but will be reevaluated when they expire. For those keeping track, that means we still have two more years remaining on the Hasbro / Marvel deal. [Correction: I was reminded that Hasbro and Marvel re-upped their agreement at the start of the year, so their deal lasts until 2017.]
So, how are people reacting to the acquisition?
Gail Simone tried to calm the twittering masses, saying “I have dealt with Disney several times in the last couple years. I think this will probably be a good thing for Marvel and comics.” in under 140 characters.
Update: The guys at Woot list out the Marvel / Disney crossovers they want to see. My favorite is “Esmerelda vs MODOK: Can a hideous creature designed only for killing discover the beauty in himself through the love of a gypsy girl designed only for compassion?”
How do you feel about the Disney / Marvel acquisition?