I posted a blog a year ago with my Top 10 (well, 11 really…I snuck Stegron the Dinosaur Man in at the last minute!) picks for Hasbro’s 4" Marvel Universe line. Boy, was I off. Way off. Here we are, a full year later and I am a solid 0 – 11.
You can check out that original blog here. But for convenience sake, here’s the list:
5. Planet Hulk
7. Doctor Strange
8. Captain Marvel
9. High Evolutionary
10. Bug from Micronauts.
11. Stegron the Dinosaur Man
Now, a World War Hulk is strongly rumored to be coming soon thanks to some leaked card artwork from Mike Deodato a few months back, but that’s still not the helmet and shield version. Close, but not quite.
A year later not much has changed for me personally on that list. Cable and Apocalypse are still tops in my book. A lot of that is for sheer nostalgia. I haven’t read either of Cable’s last two series, nor have I read an appearance by Apocalypse in over 10 years. But, I really dug both characters back in the day…from Cable’s first appearance in X-Force and Apocalypse’s beginnings in X-Factor to their later appearances on the classic FOX animated X-Men cartoon.
The rest of my list is either old standby’s like Doctor Strange or visually interesting characters like Man-Thing and the High Evolutionary. I think all 11 characters have a shot at getting in to the line. Some, of course, moreso than others. Stegron may be a long shot. Alright, Stregron is a long shot! I’ve really enjoyed how Marvel Universe has given us both modern and classic interpretations of characters such as Ms. Marvel, Thor and Namor. We’ve gotten a classic Bucky, a Bucky as Captain America and, soon, Bucky as the Winder Soldier. That’s fantastic!
Comic Con is coming in around 3 months. That’s likely the next big batch of Marvel Universe reveals outside of, maybe, ToyFare magazine. I’m really excited to see what the rest of 2010 holds for the line.
And I’ve got my fingers crossed that some of my list may finally see the light of day!