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Toy Fair ’14: Armchair Coverage
Hasbro Dominates Day One!

Star Wars

Links to Coverage:
AFI Liveblog – Panel Coverage
TNI – Panel Coverage
ToyArk – Panel Coverage
Fwoosh – Press Pics
AFI – Quick Pics
ToyArk – Display
Fwoosh Star – Display
Preternia – Display
Figures – Display

Star Wars had plenty of 3.75″ reveals and while it’s fantastic to hear that Hasbro doesn’t intend to stop that scale, I only have eyes for the 6″ Black Series these days. (Though Disney has already made me fall in love with Chopper…) And black had some great reveals: Chewie looks amazing. I hate that cloth cape on Darth Vader, but he looks really sharp and I knew it’d be cloth already. ROTJ Luke rocks. The Sandtrooper with black shoulder armor. Clonetroopers… and the bigger reveals the Speeder Bike with Biker Scout and Jabba the Hutt! I’m mixed with Jabba, & Vault called him an outright disappointment. For my money, I want to see the slab & Salacious – because where else are we going to get those? The mouth will open and close, it looks like there are some good swivels, and the arms are well articulated, but what about that big slugbutt? Can it move at all? We’ll have to wait and see…

Marvel

Links to Coverage:
AFI Liveblog – Panel Coverage
TNI – Panel Coverage
ToyArk – Panel Coverage
AFI – Quick Pics
ToyArk – Press Pics
ToyArk – Display
ToyArk – Display
Fwoosh – Display
Figures – Display
ToyArk – GOTG Press Pics
Preternia – GOTG Display
Figures – GOTG Display

While G.I. Joe bowled me over and Star Wars Black kept me interested, it was the Marvel highlights that I was really waiting to see while I was at work today. That coverage was really dominated by the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. There were some fun stuff – a new 2.5″ scale line with vehicles and playsets, Rocket Raccoon role play mask (no one ever predicted that happening in the last 25 years). And while we’ve already seen the movie Legends, we did get some more info like Groot being a whopping 9″ tall BAF. I was also happy to see was the Cosmic Armor Iron Man (ok, cool) but I really was happy to see Hasbro finally apologizing for that awful Nova by making an awesome one! The new Nova instantly jumped up to the top of my ML need list. Now we just need redos of Rogue, Captain Britain, Valkyri.. wait, they’re not in GOTG are they? Doh.

The little 4″ guys got in on the action here too with the much rumored Masterson Thor & Death’s Head finally seeing the light of day along with Red She-Hulk, Whirlwind, Deathlok, and Ares!

Some quick hits as we close down for good measure: Figures.com My Little Pony Gallery, Figures.com Potato Head Gallery, and a ToyArk Kreo Cityville Gallery.

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32 comments to Toy Fair ’14: Armchair Coverage
Hasbro Dominates Day One!

  • Brainlock

    TERRORDROME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my only problem with this is the PRICE TAG!! I was just pricing some Lego sets this afternoon. oy.

    I guess that Iron Man is only going to fuel the speculation over the next credits teaser, huh? people have already been saying Quill contacts/comes to Earth, and still insisting that Tony leaving Earth for space was filmed for IM3, and other nonsense.
    WHERE’S NEBULA/YONDU/COLLECTOR/RONAN/GLENN CLOSE INSTEAD??????
    only looking at MU for ERIC (YES!!!!) and Wasp.
    No word on the missing 2013 variants yet? :/

    SWB6 –
    someone said Bespin Luke comes with an alternate shirt??? That torso looks solid, so that would be half a new figure if true!
    I’m also wondering if Chewie’s head is easily popped off? I has a few ideas about him.
    also, first pic I saw of Anakin, it looked like his tabard was “wet” (p)leather? looks to be same body mold as Obi-Ewan? Except for his hand, of course. I really hpe he comes with EpII head and EpIII Darth Anakin heads.

    Dinobots – I weep for my beloved SLAG. and the designs of the classic quintet! 🙁 🙁 🙁
    only a handful of Classic TFs are worth looking at.

  • dwitefry

    must…buy…6″ scale… Jabba…the Hutt…and 4″…Death’s Head…even emotional baggage about superhero figures cannot prevent the need for Death’s Head, yes?

  • Very happy to see new and revisited ARAH product. I was hoping for some of the Concept Case material to make the cut and it’s finally happening at long last. Transformers Generations has a few classics there that may be worth hunting down. Star Wars Black is adding more OT favorites for this year. And a couple of previously announced Marvel Universe characters have surprisingly made their way into the new Infinite series.

    My biggest disappointment so far is the lack of news surrounding the missing Legends variants. Will the Wrecking Crew ever be completed in 6″ (more like 7″) inch size? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Some nifty stuff. the G.I. Joe stuff is almost enough to get me buying again, but not quite. Wake me when they re-release the Terror Drome, Night Raven SP3, and STUN . . . and NOT in that sodding Kreo style.

    I’ll probably pass on the New Animated Star Wars figures (unless they’re cool enough for me to customise in a realistic style), but I might splurge on some of the vehicles, if they’re not horrible and distorted.

    TransFormers: some cool stuff, but a lot of stuff I’ll pass on, too.

  • Battle Catman

    A GI Joe 2-pack of Lady Jaye and Baroness as a TRU exclusive?

    THAT won’t be hard to find…

    • Tim H

      I hear you.

      I’ve changed my mindset such that there are very few figures I buy anymore (with the exception of the Takeya Revoltech buddhist figures).

      These Hasbro, Mattel, what-ever-it toys are much more fun to collect via JPEG image (saving the JPEG image my personal collection, not buying the figure).

      Chasing these impossible to find figures, and ultimately shelling out to Ebay scalpers stopped being a whole lot of fun. Why did Hasbro MU in 2013 announce a North Star companion figure to Aurora if they only intended to manufacture 2 (of which both were sent to a TRU in Nowhere, Alaska, both of which were lost when the shipping truck got caught in an avalanche).

      Hell, these Toy Fairs are close to being more like art exhibits. “Look at all these cool concepts are designers dreamed up for display in the sold-out section of HasbroToyStore.com! Well, see ya next year with more cool concepts!”

    • Yeah, I’m not looking to the inflated prices or the hunting on that front. Eek.

  • dayraven

    for me, i think SWB is definitely where they’re doing their best work… but between that, TF, GI Joe and Marvel, hasbro is tossing mattel’s salad right now. yes, i know, the matty panel isn’t until tonight… there is NOTHING they will unleash for DCU or MOTUC that will rival a vader with two-part helmet. just nothing. we’re getting chewie to go with our han, we have slave leia, we’re getting darth, ROTJ luke (with fold-back chest piece!!) and motherloving jabba!!!! already… and we’ve got our first vehicle too… just get right the hell out.

    TF fans are getting a new scale, and some cool new pieces, collector oriented, and not just the dreck they’ll pump out for the latest cinematic baybortion… and come on, jetfire looks excellent!!

    marvel fans, we’re getting a nice new shiny nova, some nice looking, if not entirely actor accurate GotG pieces, and then that rehash iron man… but the MU lovers are getting two of my favorite marvel C-listers, deathlok and death’s head, only one of whom has shown up in legends prior to this point… however, like clutch, i find the dearth of information on the shown-yet-unreleased legends to be most out-putting. come on man, we want to finish our wrecking crew and friggin BATROC you dumb asses, he’s IN the movie!!!! make the god damned figure, ZUT ALORS!!

    ZUT ALORS!!!!

    • Tim H

      Heh, yeah, Toy Guru claims he will unveil a DCUC final figure that will close out the series with a bang.

      And I’m sure that the announcement, Alfred, repackaged from the Dark Knight line, will be the talk of the con. 😉

    • AmericanHyena

      Someone (Fwoosh?) had up yesterday that upon being asked, Hasbro said all of the unreleased variants and the entire Jubilee wave are in limbo. Basically they are going to start trying to slot individual figures where they can in the new Infinite series or elsewhere, but there (at this point) is no plan to release any of them as a wave or group.

      Which means some of those figures are almost certainly doomed.

      • AmericanHyena

        The sad thing is between Bulldozer, Batroc, Blizzard, Radioactive Man, and Tiger Shark you have a “Masters of Evil” box-set SCREAMING to be made.

      • That stinks. I’m sure we’ll all have our choices, but Bulldozer is a “Duh” must. If I can get Radioactive Man & Batroc, I’ll be happy.

  • Mike Power, Atomic Man brick figure? 4″ scale Deathlok?

    Cripes, Hasbro, just take my money. But let me at least actually FIND these in a store, mmkay?

    I swear, if they make a 4″ Killraven I will explode. I will. I’ll even record it for all to see.

    • They’re actually getting good at this, huh?

      And Killraven is long overdue!

      • Yes, but.

        Give me an Adventure Team Headquarters with helicopter and ATV. I DARE them. Double Dog Dare!

        Killraven would make me giddy. It’s part of my distant past and the early days of comic collecting, when Comic Stores were new and there were TWO main distributors. Of course we can’t be lucky enough to get Killraven’s band, or a Martian, or some of the foes…

  • Templar Punk

    I have a few words to share about the Super Powers reveal, but I am reserving them when you post the proper article. *sigh*

  • Leader class Jetfire? Crap, where am I going to put that thing? Because I definitely want it.

    Skybyte is hilarious. I was just saying a few weeks ago that RiD is criminally under-represented in the Generations line.

    Star Wars Black can take my money. Still no luck on the Boba Fett front. Hopefully there won’t be any more impossible-to-find figures in this line.

    I’m a little ticked that there are no comic-based Guardians in the Infinite line. I love Gamora’s current comic costume, but I think her movie suit is pretty generic. Same with Starlord, and even Rocket doesn’t look as good without his military togs. Groot being a BAF is kind of a pain, especially if I have to buy that ass-ugly cosmic armor Iron Man. That’s one of the ugliest armors the character’s had in quite a while. He’s got a mask on top of his helmet. Nova I don’t particularly care about. I might just try and snag those BAF pieces loose.

    • Recent years seem to be having an increase in “Crap, where am I going to put that thing”.

      Comic-based Starlord has to happen after that AIM Agent. Just not sure where. I’d love to see Gamora in her classic costume as a fig too.

      • I have an aversion to generic costumes, and especially ones that are, to put it bluntly, stripper-esque. Gamora’s classic costume definitely falls in there, as does Black Canary’s Silver age outfit.

        Classic Gamora’s outfit is “green hooker,” her modern costume is “space warrior.”

  • ah, damn, it seems i can’t stop with the MU too soon – the new offerings are awesome! i also kinda am partial on the Legends – the sculpts are just getting better and really digging the proportions on them!
    Reading now that the 5 POA little Galaxy guys are 2,5″ and no awful 4″ figs makes totally sense and .. i’m oddly now up for them, rather than passing on them… we’ll see if they get released on this side of the planet.

  • Ian

    With the Bayformers completely underwhelming me, and TF 3P off the hook expensive it looks like Star Wars Black is my theme for this year.