Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a crossover that sells it self, but the downside of that is that it's been done often enough that it can be difficult to get excited about the next version. Unless, of course, you tell me that it's going to be co-written, drawn, and lettered by Tom Scioli, the man who wrote the line "Robot Dracula is an efficient torturer" and rendered all other comics obsolete. If you do that, you have my attention, and that's exactly what they did when they announced that Scioli and John Barber were kicking off an ongoing series about the two teams, set to launch with #0 on Free Comic Book Day.
To find out more about how the project came together, I spoke to Scioli and Barber about how the project came together, Scioli's massive pitch document, and how their life-long and relatively recent love of the comics influenced their storytelling. Believe it or not, I don't think we talk about Destro at all.
The moviegoing public is pretty divided when it comes to Michael Bay's cinematic Autobot Vs. Deception saga, but the first 35-second trailer for Trans4mers: Age of Extinction released during the Super Bowl managed to unite humanity in its (until then unrealized) love of seeing a sword-toting Optimus Prime ride the tyrannosaurus Transformer Grimlock like a common steed. For that glimmering two seconds it seemed like the movie would offer at least one shining moment worth the cost of admission (or a six-pack of something cheap and the cost of a Redbox rental five months later). But no! The new full trailer has topped it! How would you like to watchOptimus Prime straight up slap a dinosaur?
It's the stuff every supervillain-in-training dreams of: A six-legged remote-controlled spider robot that can fire 25 foam darts in rapid succession (although I guess superheroes-in-training probably dream of it too). Say hello to the upcoming NERF Combat Creatrues Attacknid, the future of pretend warfare.
It seems Hasbro's Constructbots are going to have some mix-and-match company later this year with the arrival of Transformers Mashers figures. The upcoming line of Autobot and Decepticon toys will be fully compatible with Marvel's new Super Hero Mashers figures and give fans the power to remix the robot modes of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Bulkhead, Springer and Drift, plus Dinobots Grimlock and Swoop.
Like robots that punch each other with the intended goal of knocking their opponent's head up a few notches? Like Transformers and Marvel Comics characters? Hasbro's got just what the mechanical chiropractor ordered with its upcoming line of Transformers and Marvel Super Hero Slam Battle Masters action figures and we've got video from Toy Fair 2014 demonstrating their mashy moves.
G.I. Joe turns 50 this year, which means Hasbro's comprehensive toy plans may be just a little too big to simply tack onto the already sprawling Toy Fair 2014. In leiu of launching every single detail of its pending half-century milestone, for now it has comparatively conservatively unveiled a few new Toys "R" Us exclusive 3.75" action figure and vehicle assortments -- essentially redecos of iconic characters like Destro, Baroness, Snow Job and others -- plus new KRE-O building sets. The standout of the official image rollout so far is definitely the KRE-O Cobra Terror Drome, which recreates the 1980s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero playset in loving, blocky detail, right down to all of the play features. You can check out some of Hasbro's upcoming G.I. Joe toys, along with official product info, after the jump.
It looks like there's a Merc-with-a-modular-mouth and a Spirit-of-swappable-vengeance coming to Hasbro's mix-and-match-able Marvel Super Hero Mashers line later this year. Expanding on an initial wave of Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Patriot, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Hawkeye and Doctor Doom toys, Hasbro is introducing new characters as part of its "Battle Upgrade," "Mash Pack" and vehicle assortments.
Though we got a look at the first wave earlier this year, it seems Hasbro was waiting for Toy Fair 2014 to reveal its fuller plans for the 3.75" Marvel Infinite line. Previously known as the Marvel Universe line, Marvel Infinite will deliver scads of comic book style superheroes and supervillains across an initial three waves in 2014. Wave one will deliver The Wasp, "Marvel Now" Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, The Grim Reaper and Hyperion. Wave two will include re-issues of Beta Ray Bill, Yellowjacket and Steve Rogers, plus all-new versions of Death's Head, Red She-Hulk, Thor and Whirlwind. As for wave three? It's not fully fleshed out yet, but so far looks to include Ares, Deathlok (the rad zombie cyborg one, not the handsome Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. one and an Ionic Wonderman. We'll have more images of these toys in the wild later when we visit the Hasbro installation at Toy Fair, but for now you can see official product images of all three waves -- including some carded images -- after the cut.
Following its pre-Toy Fair 2014 preview of its Marvel Legends toys, Hasbro has revealed official product images of its entire Guardians of the Galaxy toy line, which includes more 6" scale figures, loads of 3.75" action figures and vehicles, deluxe figures and roleplay toys (including a Rocket Raccoon mask). You can see several toy versions of Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Dave Bautista (Drax The Destroyer) and Vin Diesel (Groot) after the cut, plus clear images of what actor Lee Pace will look like as Ronan the Accuser as well as Djimon Hounsou as Korath. We've also updated this post with new videos from the Hasbro showroom detailing the full line's figures and vehicles up close.
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