Weekend Toy Run: Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Wave Available via Amazon.com

Marvel Legends Hulkbuster Wave at Amazon

Amazon has had the Marvel Legends Hulkbuster wave listed for some time, but they were from more expensive third-party sellers. Our good friend Paul gave us the heads up that Amazon has jumped into the game, so you can now pre-order the wave (with War Machine, Blizzard, Vision, Valkyrie, Dr. Strange, Thundra, and the Marvel Now! Iron Man) directly from them for the standard retail price of $21.99 each. It’s not a long wait since Amazon says they’ll ship within the next 2 weeks.

You can find most of them by searching for Marvel Legends Hulkbuster on Amazon. For some reason, the Marvel Legends Vision is also available but doesn’t show up on that search. And the Marvel Legends War Machine is still only third-party seller listings (and more expensive). Since he’s two per case, I am sure you can hold off for now – Amazon will have a bunch that you can pick up later, if needed.

SDCC 2015: Hasbro Marvel Legends – Preview Night

SDCC 2015 - Hasbro Marvel Legends - Preview Night (1 of 18)

It’s Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con, and one of my first stops was the Hasbro booth to check in on Marvel Legends. Hasbro has spent a little to upgrade the display cases throughout its booth, with clear glass cases and spotlights that provide dramatic backlighting that is bright enough to allow for clear pictures. This comes at the trade-off of less display space. What the Marvel team put out on Preview Night was mostly what we had seen and heard about at Toy Fair. But there were a few figures that we saw in person for the first time, and a couple of ones that snuck out that were surprises.

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SDCC 2015: Hasbro Officially Reveals Star Wars, Marvel, and Transformers Exclusives

SDCC 2015 Hasbro Exclusive Special Edition Toys

With less than a month to go before the big show, Hasbro has finally unveiled their San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. Sure, we’d caught glimpses – Hasbro teased the Transformers Devastator on Facebook and shared the Marvel Legends Dr. Strange Book of Vishanti set with USA Today, and we got a sneak peek at the Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper on eBay.

But there’s more… all with official descriptions and prices from Hasbro, with high res photos to boot. Even if you’re not making it to San Diego, Hasbro will offer these exclusives after the show at HasbroToyShop.com. So get your wallets ready!

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SDCC 2015 (and WebSwipe): Hasbro Reveals Exclusive Marvel Legends Dr. Strange Box Set – USAToday.com

Marvel Legends Dr. Strange SDCC 2015 exclusive box set

We’ve been anxiously awaiting news for Hasbro’s Marvel exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con, and USAToday.com broke the news – it’s a Marvel Legends box set built around Dr. Strange. With the Benedict Cumberbatch movie scheduled for November 2016, I’m guessing Marvel will do some teasers at their panel this year, but I wonder if this set may have been better suited for SDCC next year.

The packaging is a novel concept (no book-pun intended) – it’s in the form of Dr. Strange’s Book of the Vishanti. In the pages preceding the figures, the Book will feature artwork and profiles for the five figures included. We’ll get to them momentarily, but first wanted to highlight that included with the book is another prop – the mystical talisman, the Eye of Agamotto. With the Book of the Vishanti and the Eye of Agamotto in your possession, all you need to add is your own Cloak of Levitation, and you could be the next Sorcerer Supreme.

The figures themselves are a strange mix (also no pun intended.) The ones that make sense to me are Dr. Strange, in a translucent deco variant from the one that will ship with the Marvel Legends Hulkbuster wave; Brother Voodoo, who succeeded Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme; and Dormammu, Strange’s arch-enemy and ruler of the Dark Dimension. The inclusion of Hela and Magik (in her Marvel Now Darkchylde armor) seem tacked on. It may be lack of comic knowledge on my part, but I don’t know when Dr. Strange has had any significant interaction with the Goddess of Hel from Thor’s mythology or with the mutant sorceress and ruler of Limbo. While I’m not complaining to get either, I think the box set would have been stronger with Clea and Wong as supporting characters for Strange.

At $104.99, these sets are seeing a small price creep – the Thanos Imperative set from last year was $99.99

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Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro Marvel Legends Video Fly-Bys

Toy Fair 2015 Hasbro Marvel Legends Thanos (2 of 14)

You may have noticed in some of our Toy Fair 2015 coverage a new feature we’re trying out – the AFP fly-by video. I’ve said before that I’m not that big of a fan of video reviews, so the Fly-By doesn’t follow the standard video review approach. No over-the-top voiceovers, no intro theme music, and no frills – just the action figures.

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