- Representatives from Mattel and Hasbro, along with their respective licensees DC Comics and Marvel Comics, today announced what must surely be considered the most remarkable crossover in the action figure world since the days of Mego, when both comics companies had action figures produced by the same company at the same time.
Scheduled for release in late 2012, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the epic four-issue "JLA/Avengers" mini-series written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by George Perez, Mattel will produce one assortment of DC Universe Classics figures under a "JLA/Avengers" theme, featuring DC Universe Classics-styled figures of some of Marvel's most popular Avengers, and Hasbro will produce one assortment of Marvel Universe figures under an "Avengers/JLA" theme, featuring Marvel Universe-styled figures of the Justice League.
The DC Universe Classics figures of the Avengers will include: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, The Vision, Wolvering, with a Collect-and-Connect of Giant-Man, complete with a miniature Wasp figure.
Said Mattel: "We know that Spider-Man and Wolverine weren't Avengers at the time, but they're such popular characters we couldn't leave them out. The Hulk wasn't a major part of that story, either, but he's one of the Avengers' founders."
The Marvel Universe figures of the Justice League will include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, and Captain Marvel, who due to the nature of the agreement, for the first time ever will be marketed under his actual name instead of the "Shazam!" title, which was the main reason for his inclusion.
"We're all agreed that it'd be nice to see him released just once under his real name."
Hasbro stated that they had not yet decided whether the Green Lantern to be included in this set would be Kyle Rayner, who was the primary Green Lantern at the time of the story, or Hal Jordan, who has since returned to prominence, and did play a role in the story. Aquaman's appearance had also yet to be determined.
Note: Please observe the date of this post. Just having a little April Fools' Day fun. Still, I think this would be EXTREMELY cool if it were to ever actually happen...