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SDCC | Hasbro marks ROM’s 35th anniversary with collectible figure

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Although Marvel’s ROM: Spaceknight comic, created by Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema, had a long and well-remembered run, the same can’t be said of the Parker Bros. toy on which it was based. A commercial failure, Time predicted the cheaply made figure would “end up among the dust balls under the playroom sofa.”

So who would’ve thought that Hasbro would commemorate the 35th anniversary of the toy’s release with a Mighty Muggs collectible version of ROM: The Space Knight? MTV has the first look at the 5.5-inch figure, which will debut for $22.99 at Comic-Con International. A limited number will be available later through Hasbro’s website.

Some ROM devotees will likely view this as yet another potential sign that an archival collection of the Marvel series — or even a new comic! — lurks just over the horizon. However, this commemorative figure would seem to explain that 2012 trademark filing that got fans stirred up last time.

Still, if it sells like hotcakes (which you know it will), maybe Hasbro will decide that, after 35 years, there’s still some life in the old Space Knight.

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or maybe if the thing does sell well hasbro will sneak in a rom figure in both the marvel legends and marvel universe infinity line. pr maybe finaly work with marvel and untangle the red tape and let marvel at last reprint the rom comic. we shall see

That’s not ROM. Rom is majestic and sleek. I’ll wait for the real ROM, not this ROM-ish $23 mutant. :Þ

Huh. Curious! For some reason I thought IDW had the rights to Rom. There were rumors earlier this year that they’d tie him to the Transformers franchise (perhaps making him a Knight of Cybertron in the More Than Meets the Eye ongoing story).

I guess Marvel still has the rights, then?

IDW snuck a pin-up of him fighting martians into one of their books (Mars Attacks-related, I think). It was without permission. I think the publisher was trying to get a dialogue started about obtaining the license from Hasbro. Gutsy move.

michael mantlo

July 9, 2014 at 7:54 am

Some ROM devotees will likely view this as yet another potential sign that an archival collection of the Marvel series — or even a new comic! — lurks just over the horizon. However, this commemorative figure would seem to explain that 2012 trademark filing that got fans stirred up last time.

Still, if it sells like hotcakes (which you know it will), maybe Hasbro will decide that, after 35 years, there’s still some life in the old Space Knight.

What would REALLY be nice would be Hasbro acknowledging BILL MANTLO’S contribution to ANY of the success the ROM character had, has or will have in the future. At this point, they don’t seem willing to give Bill the credit he deserves for breathing life into their lame toy 35 years ago. Without BILL MANTLO, the dust balls would have long ago buried any trace of ROM. Fans need to remind Hasbro of this…..they will never acknowledge BILL MANTLO without fan pressure.

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