As one of the world’s major toy makers, Hasbro always puts on quite a show when it comes to Toy Fair reveals. This year was no exception as the company unveiled new products based on Marvel’s comic and movie properties, Transformers, “Jurassic World” and Star Wars.
The 6-inch Marvel Legends line will have a huge year with a variety of new lines. The second Avengers wave — which takes a few cues from the May 1-debuting “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — will include Batroc, Captain America, Hellcat, Hulk, Iron Man Mark 43, Spider-Woman, Valkyrie and a Thanos Build-A-Figure, while Blizzard, Dr. Strange, Marvel Now Iron Man, Thundra, Vision and War Machine can all be purchased to form the Hulkbuster Iron Man BAF.
The company also has plans for an “Ant-Man” line of Legends toys which will include an Ultron Build-A-Figure. Movie Ant-Man, Bulldozer, Giant Man, Grim Reaper, Tigershark and The Wasp make up the line, which is partially based on the July 17-opening film.
Ant-Man’s not the only bug-themed star, of course. Spider-Man will be the focus of two different waves. The first boasts Daredevil, Anti-Venom, Spider-Man 2099, Ultimate Spider-Girl, Spider-Girl and a Hobgoblin BAF, while the second swings to life with Ghost Rider, Kraven, Misty Knight, Scarlet Spider, Superior Venom, White Tiger and a Rhino BAF.
A series of multi-packs will also debut this year. An “Avengers: Age of Ultron” 4-pack including Thor, Bruce Banner, Hawkeye and Black Widow will offer some of the first movie-based figures of those characters. Target will also have an “Ultron” pack, this one made up of Hulk, Ultron and a white Vision. The big screen Avengers squad gets rounded out thanks to a Target exclusive 3-pack of Agent Coulson, Nick Fury and Maria Hill.
For more minuscule Marvel merch, Hasbro continues the 3 3/4-inch Infinite Line with a gold Ultron, Chameleon, X-Man Deadpool, Emma Frost, Korg, Scarlet Spider and a movie Ant-Man with a flying ant. Toys R Us will also have exclusive 2-packs based on the Marvel Studios versions of Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man and Nick Fury.
Hasbro’s classic changing robot franchise, Transformers, looks forward to a solid year thanks to The Combiner Wars, a cross-platform focus on the Robots in Disguise that can be combined with their fellow Autobots and Decepticons to form even bigger toys.
The highlight of the line is the Constructicon set that comes with Bonecrusher, Hook, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scavenger and Scrapper to form the massive Devastator. Over in the Deluxe line, the Protectobots — individually known as Blade, First Aid, Rook and Street Wise — will be sold separately, but also join together to make Defensor.
While not a Combiner himself, Ultra Magnus — the car carrier — makes his entrance in the Leader format. He transforms, but also comes with a smaller vehicle that can be driven around by the larger Autobot.
The more kid-friendly Legends line, which requires the fewest moves for a change, brings Warpath, Groove and Viper on board while Cyclonus and Hotspot join the Voyager series. Many of these different toys can be mixed and matched to make new Combiner robots to fight in the war!
Hasbro also displayed a variety of toys based on the upcoming “Jurassic World” film. The basic line of dinos includes Allosaurus, Anklosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex. The T-Rex also comes in Chomping and Stomp & Strike versions, but the Indominus Rex, which was first revealed in January, looks even more fierce.
The Lights & Sounds dinosaurs will include Dilophosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Dimorphodon and Raptor, while a separate Raptor assortment made up of Charlie, Delta and Echo will also find its way to toy shelves.
If you’re hoping for an idea of what the sets and vehicles in the film will look like, scope out the Tyrannosaurus Rex Lockdown Playset as well as the Copter, Gyro and Submarine vehicle battle packs, which come with the vehicle, an action figure and a battle-damaged dinosaur. “Jurassic World” opens its gates on June 12.
Finally, though Hasbro didn’t have as many Star Wars reveals as years past, it did show off a fun new set of lightsabers called Blade Builders. Sets can be purchased with a variety of parts, as can red, blue and green lightsabers in a variety of formats including foam, extending and electronic. The more Blade Builders pieces you get, the more intricate a lightsaber you’ll end up with.
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