Hasbro’s July Marvel Q&A Answers
July 2, 2008

As we enter the home stretch toward SDCC 08 the Marvel Team from Hasbro updates us on the answers to our  burning questions that AFI readers have posted in our forums:  


Q1. What are the chances of a 3 3/4 Iron Man in the Hulk movie line? Are there more 3 3/4 figures planned for the Hulk movie line then we’ve seen so far?

 A1) There are a couple of additional 3.75" Hulk movie figures that have yet to be announced.

Q2. Several of the Superhero Squad 2 packs released last year were extremely difficult to locate…especially Rogue/Gambit, Spidey/Kraven and Spidey/Vulture. Are there any plans to re-release any/all of these guys in an upcoming wave/set?

A2) We do have some plans to source some (but not all) of these again in 2009.

Q3. Will Marvel Legends singles return to all retailers or are they just going to be exclusive waves from now on until the line is phased out?

 A3) For 2008, mass retailers will be carrying the Hulk Legends Fin Fang Foom Wave and the Legends 2 packs.

Q4.  I’m new to the Marvel collecting (I’m a DC guy at heart, sorry Hasbro, besides, you get my cash from IJ and Star wars, so don’t feel to bad…) Seeing Fin Fang Foom is what converted me, I cannot wait to get him! (More money for you!) That leads me to my question; Toybiz Build a Figures are expensive on ebay (Apocalypse, Galatctus and the sentinel) what are the odds that they will be re released from the 12" Icons format?
And when might we see more X-Men like 90’s Jim Lee/Animated Jubilee and Jean Gray and hover chair Charles Xavier? Can you make Morph from the show, the new Forge/wolverine body is a great start!

A4) Hey, we all have our favorites, no need to apologize.  Welcome to the Marvel Universe!  We realize that these guys are still sought after by collectors.  There is definitely a chance…make sure to tell your local retailers that this is something you’d like to see! 

Q5. What is the status of the Wizard poll characters that didn’t win? FA Storm, Northstar/Aurora (hello 2pk!), Silver Samurai, etc?  also, what is the status of the (Dark) Phoenix and Nightcrawler Icons?  (HTS exclusives?)

A5) They are still in the archive awaiting a good home!  AOA Sunfire will be available in a couple of months (he’s already available for pre-order) and at that point we’re hoping to kick off another installment of the
Fan’s Choice.  The Icons are already scheduled for a couple of retailers in Spring of 09…specific details and timelines will be disclosed at SDCC.  As for the other characters, those names have definitely arisen in our character selection discussions…so there’s a strong chance you’ll see a couple of them.

You can find our past Q&A’s here. And you can discuss the answers at our Hasbro board.   

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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