Bob Layton Card Art for Marvel Universe Secret Wars

secretwarssketches.jpgAs you may know, Hasbro has been working with Marvel’s top artists to create unique packaging for its Marvel Universe products.  Frank Cho drew all the card art for the first year’s five series of Marvel Universe.  Joe Quesada took on the Invaders and Captain America exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con.  And Mike Deodato is taking over the Marvel Universe main line for 2010, and those figures have been hitting in limited quantities already at local comic book stores and Toys R Us.

For the MU Secret Wars, with four series split over the latter half of this year and the first half of next, Hasbro recruited Bob Layton, the famed artist best known for his work on Iron Man.  Layton also happens to have worked on the Marvel Secret Wars comic book, and designed the original Secret Wars toy line for Mattel.  He’s had several pieces of the Hasbro Secret Wars card art for sale, and recently added a sketch from the original Mattel toy line.

Series 1 (missing – Thunderball)


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How to Fix Marvel Universe Secret Wars Magneto

Spider-Man: Im too tall!  Magneto: Im too short!
(Spider-Man) I'm too tall! (Magneto) I'm too short!

When I got Marvel Universe Secret Wars Series 2, Magneto was one of my wanted characters, so I was disappointed that Hasbro opted to use the Daredevil / Bullseye body from way back in the first series of Marvel Universe figures. That body is plagued by a really short torso, and any superhero-sized character will be too short when using it.

Luckily, Magneto has one feature that is going to make this really easy to fix – his big wide belt. Here’s how to do it.

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Marvel Universe Secret Wars Two-Packs – Wave 1 – loose

Marvel Universe Secret Wars Wave 1 - Thunderball, Spider-Man, Klaw, Captain America, Wolverine, and Human Torch
Marvel Universe Secret Wars Wave 1 - Thunderball, Spider-Man, Klaw, Captain America, Wolverine, and Human Torch

A couple of days before leaving for San Diego Comic-Con, our friends on the Hasbro Marvel team sent me the prize packs for the Marvel Universe Covers Contest (announcement | entries).  Included was a set of wave 1 of the Marvel Universe Secret Wars line.  I took pics of the packaged figures, but it’s been such sweet torture, having them in hand but not being able to open them.

When I got back home, I went food shopping with my wife.  Instead of stopping in the store with her, I went to the local mom and pop toy store around the corner, and I was psyched to find these figures on the shelves.  Thank you, Talbots Toyland!

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San Diego Comic-Con Hasbro Marvel Pics

It’s late (I forgot that I shouldn’t wait in lines on Preview Night – thank you for reminding me, Mattel!), so I’ll be brief with my comments.  Hasbro’s Marvel display had a lot to be excited about.

Update: Added the ML 2-Packs and and a few more pictures in most categories.

Marvel Legends 2-Packs – If the current wave of 2-packs sells, we should see white Ninja / Dum Dum Dugan, Sharon Carter / Stealth Iron Man, and Invisible Woman / Human Torch 2-packs hitting retail.

ML 2-packs - Hand Ninja vs. Dum Dum Dugan (1024x769).jpgML 2-packs - Sharon Carter and Stealth Iron Man (1024x768).jpgML 2-packs - Invisible Woman and Human Torch (1024x768).jpgML 2-packs - Dum Dum Dugan closeup (768x1024).jpgML 2-packs - Sharon Carter closeup (768x1024).jpgML 2-packs - Invisible Woman and Human Torch closeup (1024x768).jpg

Marvel Legends Fan Choice – Wow.  Eclectic choices.  Good looking figures that leverage lots of existing parts.  This will be a tough vote for the Fan Choice poll.

ML Fan Choice - Lady Bullseye (767x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - X-Force Wolverine (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - The Hood (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Bi-Beast (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Nuke (772x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Phoenix (766x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Madrox (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Paper Bag Spidey (1024x769).jpgML Fan Choice - Valkyrie (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Constrictor (1024x768).jpgML Fan Choice - Terror Inc. (763x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Havok (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Ms. Marvel 2 (764x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Warpath (762x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Black Widow (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Deadpool (766x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Fantomex (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - McGuinness Hulk (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Brother Voodoo (771x1024).jpgML Fan Choice (1024x768).jpgML Fan Choice 2 (1024x768).jpgML Fan Choice all (1024x768).jpgML Fan Choice - Deadpool 2 (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Deadpool 3 (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Fantomex 2 (763x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Ms Marvel (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Black Widow 2 (770x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Deadpool 4 (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - The Hood 2 (767x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Havok 2 (769x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Madrox 2 (770x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Brother Voodoo 2 (768x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Madrox 3 (766x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Brother Voodoo 3 (772x1024).jpgML Fan Choice - Madrox 4 (765x1024).jpg

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Marvel Universe Secret Wars Two-Packs – Wave 1 – carded

I hope you folks appreciate this.  Instead of helping my wife pack for our trip to San Diego (Comic-Con woooo!) I am taking pictures and posting.  She’s getting mad!  That’s not supposed to start until Comic-Con!  (For clarity, I mean all three things – the pictures, the posting, and the getting mad! :D)

Here’s a close look at the first wave of carded figures from Hasbro’s upcoming Marvel Universe Secret Wars comic packs.  First, the fronts:

  1. Captain America and Klaw, with Secret Wars #1
  2. Wolverine and Human Torch, with Secret Wars #2
  3. Spider-Man and Thunderball, with Secret Wars #3

Secret Wars #1 - Captain America and Klaw.JPGSecret Wars #2 - Wolverine and Human Torch.JPGSecret Wars #3 - Spider-Man and Thunderball.JPG

The numbering is based on what issue of the comic will be included as the pack-in.  Many people have pointed out that the characters included in the two-packs aren’t necessarily linked to the comic pack-in.  I’m sure that very clever people will figure out a how to pick figures according to issue number, but I’m guessing that for making each wave balanced with heavy hitters, this was probably too hard to optimize for sales.

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