Apparently I missed the news entirely on Hasbro’s Marvel Super Hero Mashers line. I knew nothing about these guys until I stumbled across them at my local TRU a couple weeks ago. Ever since the inception of Xevoz I’ve felt that customizability could be a very big part in the future of action figures, so these Masher figures interested me right away.
The line seems to come in three different price points. The cheapest is about ten dollars and includes the figure and maybe an accessory. Next up is about twelve to fifteen dollars, which includes a figure with more accessories and or armor. Last is the most expensive, twenty dollars gets you a figure with enough accessories/armor to cover most of the body and action or electronic feature. I decided to test out the cheapest level since I didn’t know how I’d like them, and Doom is one of my favorite characters.
All the figures in the line have been given a simplified, almost animated style. Sculpted details like muscles and armor plating exist, but they’ve been downplayed as just general shapes. One thing I definitely like is that the line seems to have a few different “buck” bodies so far. Doom is a bigger figure overall, standing a bit taller and with wider shoulders. Spidey seems to be one of the shorter figures in the line with the thin body style that’s appropriate for the character.
Spidey’s sculpt is pretty smooth all around. He did get a new left hand for web shooting, but his most detailed areas seem to be the accessory ports, which have been sculpted to look a bit like armor attachments. One of the things that intrigued me about this figure is the lack of black spider lines on his costume. They’d definitely clutter up the simple look Hasbro was going for, which I don’t have a problem with. It’s just odd seeing him without that very prominent piece of his costume. Kinda makes him look like he’s half way to being the Scarlet Spider.
Doom has a bit more love in his sculpting, although I have a feeling these parts are being reused from another armored character. The head’s all his own though, and I think they did a pretty good job of capturing his look in an extreme way. He’s got the classic hood and armored face, but the sculpt is asymmetrical. One eyebrow is raised in crazy looking anger, while his chin/lower lip is crooked and jutting out a bit like he’s about to go off on the next person who gets in his way.
As with sculpt, the paint is pretty basic also. I mentioned that Spidey’s lines are already missing, but they did keep his spider symbols on both front and back of his costume. Aside from the white and black eyes, the figure also received blue in the appropriate places.
Doom is a little more advanced. The figure is mostly molded in the proper colors, but there are a few places like his belt, shoulders, and cape clasps that got some attention. His mask is also painted in silver with glowing red eyes, which only makes him look crazier. Continue to page 2…