Hasbro Teases a First Look at New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Toys Coming This Year
I'm not one to get my hopes up for a movie based on the tie-in toys, but dang it, Hasbro is putting out a Spider Racer vehicle that shoots Nerf darts as part of its Spider-Man: Homecoming plans, and now I'm hoping we get to see a Spider-Buggy of some sort in the movie. It's not going to happen. I know that. But the idea has been planted by these toys, and now it's all I want from this movie... aside from two hours of Tom Holland charming the pants off everyone in the theater.
The Spider Racer is just one of a few Homecoming toys Hasbro has teased for the upcoming feature ahead of this year's Toy Fair. Want to know what else is in the works? Then you'll just have to read on, provided you can stop thinking about how awesome a canon Spider-Buggy would be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In addition to that sweet ride, there are going to be a few different action figure waves released for Homecoming, including the standard 6" figure assortment. Now these aren't to be considered part of the Marvel Legends branch, as that will have its own Spider-Man wave, but these are certainly more articulated than some past tie-in figures. Each has more than five points of articulation, and comes with some sort of accessory. The advanced suit Spidey and the Vulture both looks solid, especially for figures that will retail for under $10. They aren't quite as intricate as Legends, but they don't have to be since the target market is much younger.
I do have some slight issue with the "homemade" Spider-Man costume figure though. Not that it's Hasbro's fault at all, but the sweatshirt and swim goggles as a costume trope is beyond tired. I get that it vaguely references the Scarlet Spider, but we know kids these days are capable of so much more, even when working on a budget Peter Parker could afford. Marvel and Sony should know better than to fall back to this boring design.
The standard 6" figures will be accompanied by "feature" figures in the scale. They won't be quite as poseable, and judging by the Spider-Man, will come in more action-ready poses to start with. What makes these a little bit different is the action feature they'll include. Spider-Man will have light-up webbing... for reasons. The Vulture figure will come with wings that spread when you squeeze his legs. I'm not particularly sure how having a light-up feature on Spider-Man makes sense, but toys don't always have to make sense to appeal to kids.
For those of you with a bit more space to plan out your comic movie-inspired battles, Hasbro has two playsets dropping this year. The Vulture Attack Set will be out in May with the rest of the Spider-Man: Homecoming collection, and is compatible with the 6" figure assortment. It also includes one Vulture figure, which makes sense given his prominence in the title of the toy. The 20"-tall set has some "breakable" parts, as well as moving traps and levels to make your tabletop fights that much more dynamic.
Later this year, the Spider Man Mega City Playset will drop, finally giving kids who've been collecting Ultimate Spider-Man animated figures the toy metropolis they've been waiting for. At 4' tall, this set is no joke, and probably just as large as some of the kids who'll be playing with it. There are ziplines, cranes, prison cells, and other playable elements to bring this cityscape to life. As you can see, there's plenty of room for nearly all your figures, even those you think belong in the trash bin. Now all we need is a proper Avengers animated playset to go along with it to create the perfect Marvel Universe in your toy room's corner.
We'll have a better look at what's coming from Hasbro next month when we get a look at all of its offerings at Toy Fair 2017. Judging by everything that's been teased so far though, it's looking like another great year for the Marvel toy collector.