It’s been awhile since my last Marvel Universe review. Truth is, MU and I seem to have had a falling out. Space, budgeting, the return of Marvel Legends, & just finding the damn things have all affected my MU purchases of late. I haven’t bought many, but I did need the
Today, Noisy and I are going to take a closer look at some of our favorite non-Mattel lines featured at San Diego Comic-Con. I’ve got some quick write-ups on Transformers, Star Wars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while Noisy will explore the Marvel Universe and Marvel Legends offerings!
As I mentioned in my last Marvel Universe 2pk Review, the space characters and the 90s X-Men are my two weak spots when it comes to resisting Marvel Universe figures. That means, as sure I picked up Thanos & Adam Warlock, I just had to buy Gambit and Mr. Sinister too.
I’ve gotten a bit behind on my Visual Checklist updates of late, but I just finished up a big update to the 2012 Marvel Universe visual checklist. The page finally has some a card back header as well as an updated shipping schedule and the latest images and information from Hasbro.
Last night I remembered that I run a toy review website. Between a business trip to Kansas City and a quick jaunt to Texas for the eclipse (and a bunch of work in-between), IAT’s been light on my updates the last two weeks. Let’s fix that with a Marvel Universe review.
If you’ve read IAT for awhile, you know I love alternate costumes. Symbiote Spidey. Electric Supes. Black Batsuit. War Machine. Hooked Aquaman. I could go on… There’s just something I find neat about the tried & true looks being experimented with, but what I really like is when they get figures.
Was anyone else surprised by how quickly NYCC has become toy relevant? In years past, there might’ve been some toy news revealed at NYCC, but with Hasbro making a bigger commitment with NYCC-specific exclusives and Mattel trotting out a few reveals, last weekend ended up much more exciting than I’d expected.
Did you get Captain Britain anything for his birthday? No? Well, that’s alright. The good Captain from across the pond turns thirty-five this month and, even if you didn’t get him anything, Hasbro’s got us covered; they’ve just released the first figure of his classic threads in their Marvel Universe line.
I might just be the type of comic fan that long-time comic fans hate. While I love a well written story above all else, I also enjoy changes to the status quo. New costumes? New powers? New torchbearers? I’m there. As such, I’ve found myself drawn to the new Fantastic Four.
If any line showcases just how great of a learning curve toy companies are capable of, it’s Marvel Universe. I love my Marvel Legends, but with each new wave of Marvel Universe figures, I feel more and more pull towards the little line. The figures just keep getting better and better.
This review was originally intended to wrap up our Flags & Spandex Week, but then Preview Night had to go and be all amazing, so we decided to hold off for a few days and start our Armchair Coverage early. The International Patriots 3pk includes Cap, Captain Britain, and Red Guardian.
So let’s take a break from the Mattycollector hullabaloo with another Captain America: The First Avenger review! It’s day three of our Flags & Spandex week and we’re going to make a jump over to the comic book side line with a look at Captain Britain in his New Excalibur duds.