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.
Hey guys, have you heard about zombies? You know, the slavering undead hordes that hunger for brains and also function as a metaphor for consumerism or whatever? Apparently they are very popular these days -- so popular, in fact, that they've become a pretty prominent element of pop culture over the past few years. Well, as far as I'm concerned, you can keep all the movies, comics, video games and concept albums about zombies, because the genre has reached its new apex, and it came in the form of a neon orange toy revolver.
Yes, the 2014 NERF guns are here, and this year, everyone's favorite toy arms manufacturer is lining the shelves with a new line of apocalyptic toys called Zombie Strike. And they are probably my new favorite thing.
Back in 1997 Toy Biz released the first-ever Classic X-Men box set modeled after the team's debut 1963 appearance in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men #1. I loved that set so much that I managed to go through two of them (Angel lost his wings after some dangerous aerial maneuvers, Iceman accidentally shed a few arms, etc.). Some 17 years later Hasbro will assemble action figure versions of the team yet again with its own All New X-Men Marvel Legends Box Set, putting a more modern 6" spin on the blue and yellow-suited lineup of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast.
Fans may be saying farewell to Hasbro's 3.75" Marvel Universe action figure line, but pretty much in name only. This spring the line is reborn Infinite style, with an Avengers subline debuting Marvel Universe compatible versions of The Wasp, "Marvel Now" Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, The Grim Reaper and Hyperion.
As much as we all loved Mattel's Secret Wars action figure line with its lenticular hologram shields, here 30 years into the future, Hasbro maaaaaay just have topped them with its new Marvel Super Hero Mashers. Comprised of removable body parts and accessories, the new Super Hero Mashers toys can be popped apart and reconfigured so that users can "make their own hero mash-up." You want a Hulk with Captain America's shield, Spider-Man's webs, Dr. Doom's cape and a righteous Iron Man helmet? With this line, mixing and matching is the name of the game and encourages just that kind of combo.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That's usually gift card territory. But it doesn't have to end that way! We're here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we've got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.