Thursday, February 19, 2015

This year's Toy Fare has come and gone, and there were a ton of great reveals and a lot of stuff I'm personally looking forward to getting. Still, I was a little disappointed that more credence seems to have been given to my theory, that Marvel is actively not supporting characters not under the Marvel movie umbrella, like the X-Men or Fantastic Four, who both seemed to miss the proverbial boat this year.

There are pros and cons to that: I freely grant that I don't need another Wolverine figure, and if benching the mutants means getting a Misty Knight or Thundra figure, it may be a small price to pay. (Although, it just occurs to me, I would've thought Thundra would fall under the Fantastic Four characters, which Fox has movie rights to. If they have the Skrulls, why not her?) And in some ways, it seems natural to let some properties lay fallow for a bit while heavily pushing another--this is an Avengers year, no doubt. But just outright refusing support to long-time Marvel mainstays, just to try and undermine Fox? That seems less reasonable and possibly even damaging in the long run.

Checking Comics Alliance's supermovie timeline though, the FF movie is later this year, and the next X-movie May 2016, so maybe the toy pegs will be clogged with X-figures late next year. I don't recall if the 2007 Rise of the Silver Surfer movie figures took off or not; so that could be another reason why there doesn't seem to be figures for the new movie at this time.

All of this is to try and explain why I was so surprised to see a particular Star Wars figure today: from Big Bad Toy Store, check out Hasbro's "2015 Star Wars 3.75" Black Series 01 - Set of 7"--with Clone Commander Doom! The green hood is a great homage to Doctor Doom, from out of left field. Hey, you can order it separately if you like! It seems like a little bit of Marvel/Disney synergy; that oddly makes me feel a little better about things. I'm not sure why either, but there you go.


Dale Bagwell said...

Wow, they're actully going to get away with that Doom-looking clone trooper huh?

What Marvel's doing really does smack of a dick move on a huge level.
But as you say, by giving the X-Men and FF charcters a break toy-wise, this defintiely allows for more diverse and first-time figures to be made.

I guess we'll have to wait a litle longer for any Blink, Dazzelr, and Polaris figures, but hopefully that means we'll get Darkhawk, Jack of Hearts, Sleepwalker,Quasar, and the Enchantress figures instead.

Thundra is defintely an interesting choice indeed. I'm figuring she slipped by, especially sinee she was used in conjuction with the Avengers the last time she showed up, so there's that.

Never thought I'd see a Misty Knight and Thundra figure made before the ones I just listed.

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