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Ever since Spider-Man’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe via his shield-stealing scene in that “Captain America: Civil War” teaser, everyone has been talking about Spidey’s new suit.
To celebrate its sixth anniversary, Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has partnered with Hasbro to create a special-edition MiPad 2 that’s more than meets the eye.
OK, it’s not actually a version of the company’s bestselling tablet, but rather a convincing toy that merely looks like one. It’s really a a Transformer that turns from a slim, 7mm tablet into the Decepticon Soundwave through a 30-step assembly process. (Yeah, sorry, you can’t go online with this MiPad.)
With “Captain America: Civil War” just a few months away from release, Marvel fans of all ages — just like the movie’s heroes — are being urged to pick a side. Will you stand with Captain America or Iron Man when the superhero civil war breaks out? Now kids can get in on the side-choosing action with a new line of toys from Hasbro.
The “Civil War Hero Gear” line, which was originally revealed in January, features an Iron Man helmet and gauntlet and a Captain America mask and shield. Now these action-packed accessories have come to life in two new TV spots, ones that urge kids to pick between a “shield that fires back” or “armor that blasts.”
Never mind those 3.75-inch and 6-inch action figures, Hasbro is upsizing its Marvel Legends line with a series of 12-inch collectibles, debuting this fall with Captain America and Iron Man from Captain America: Civil War.
As Toybox notes, this would seem to be a bid by Hasbro to tap into the high-end market serviced by Hot Toys and other companies. However, these fully articulated figures won’t come with the high-end price tag: They’re expected to sell for about $50 each.
By the time the new Captain America movie arrives in theaters in May, pint-sized superheroes will be able to stage their own Civil War in the backyard with this upcoming merchandise from Hasbro.
Unveiled by Yahoo! ahead of next month’s Toy Fair in New York City, the toys will allow kids to gear up for the fight between Captain America and Iron Man: There’s a Captain America Blaster Reveal Shield, which fires Nerf darts (that’s probably not in the movie); Iron Man Slide Blast Armor, which also fires Nerf darts; the Iron Man Tech FX Mask, which boasts sound effects; and a Captain America Scope Vision Helmet, with targeting scope and missile launcher.
Hasbro isn’t only showcasing Star Wars: The Force Awakens action figures at New York Comic Con. The toymaker also unveiled the new lines of Marvel Legends figures, with a 6-inch Rogue (in her classic Jim Lee costume) and 3.75-inch Captain Marvel leading the charge.
Dubbed “Marvel Legends Civil War,” to tie in to next year’s Captain America: Civil War, the 6-inch line also features Mockingbird, Sharon Carter, Scourge, Taskmaster, Cottonmouth and Whirlwind.
Hasbro has officially unveiled images of the new wave of 6-inch figures from its Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series, including General Hux and a First Order Snowtrooper. But as cool as they are, they’re nothing compared to what the toymaker showcased last night at New York Comic Con.
At its annual ’Twas the Night Before … Party, Hasbro displayed the very first Han Solo figure from the new film. Although no official photos have been released just yet, some folks were on hand to snap their own.
The game of world domination has its sights set on the Marvel Universe.
Risk, Hasbro’s classic country- and time-devouring strategy game, has released a Marvel Cinematic Universe edition that pits five factions against each other for control of Manhattan — although the board also shows images of Asgard, Washington, D.C., and Tony Stark’s Malibu home. So, they’re fighting for control of something. And there’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier involved.
Twin Ion Engines — or TIE Fighters — will live on in the new Stars Wars movies, and on collectors’ shelves.
At Comic-Con International this week, Hasbro revealed the first toys in its upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy line, starting with a glimpse of what to expect from the movie’s villains: a brand-new, 26-inches tall, $170 TIE Fighter along with, naturally, its pilot.
The TIE Fighter is part of The Black Series, Hasbro’s high-end collectible Star Wars line. The TIE Fighter — which takes the familiar look of the spacecraft and adds some cool enhancements, like that touch of red — belongs to the “First Order” group, which was born from the ashes of the Galactic Empire after the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Hasbro is gearing up for the July 17 release of Ant-Man by unveiling its final two Marvel exclusives for Comic-Con International in San Diego, both featuring the shrinking hero.
The first is a .75-inch non-articulated Ant-Man figure, based on Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang. Priced at $9.99 (yeah, I know), it comes in a Pym Technologies matchbox.
Getting a head start on Marvel Studios’ 2016 movie plans, Hasbro has unveiled a Comic-Con International exclusive that’s certain to be a must-have for collectors.
Courtesy of USA Today arrives the first look at Marvel Legends Doctor Strange collector’s edition, presented in a package designed to look like the fabled Book of Vishanti. Inside you’ll find 6-inch-scale action figures of the Sorcerer Supreme in his astral form, Brother Voodoo, Magik, the Asgardian goddess Hela and the dreaded Dormammu.
No, it’s not a dream. That’s actually set of four hardcover volumes of Marvel’s Rom: Spaceknight. Unfortunately, however, your chances of getting one remain slim.
Despite a cult following, it’s been nearly 30 years since any Rom: Spaceknight has been published. The issue comes down to licensing, and Marvel’s agreement with Parker Brothers (now a Hasbro subsidiary) expired 1986. Certain elements created for the toy-inspired comic, originated by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, remain with Marvel, but the name and signature armor are off-limits — to both new work and reprints.
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.
Hasbro has confirmed that the Marvel Spider-Man Legends Infinite 6-inch Agent Venom action figure announced last year at Comic-Con International will be available this fall, but it’s exclusive to Walgreens.
Although details are slim, the toymaker states that the figure will be available for preorder next month at Comic-Con; more information (presumably including price, and how and where you’ll actually get the figure) will be available at the Hasbro booth.
Comic-Con International will be held July 24-27 in San Diego.