Hasbro’s Marvel Q&A for May 26th, 2010
May 26, 2010


The MARVEL Team at Hasbro has once again come through for AFI readers answering your latest Hasbro/Marvel questions.  These questions were submitted by AFI readers via our forums.   


Q1) How strongly do competing, in-house lines (Spider-Man 3.75, IM2, MU) affect your figure choices?
A1) We try to be smart in our decisions to keep figures from overlapping. This works out very well within our Marvel Universe line where we are able to dig deeper and provide more collector-focused offerings to our fans! 

 Q2) Why was the carded deco on Iron Patriot chosen versus the more comic-accurate version we were shown at Toy Fair? Was the TF version the "fixed" version? Will there be a running change to correct it?
A2) We decided to use the "carded deco" on Iron Patriot because we have already featured him in numerous comic stylings. Is this a variant you were hoping to see? Let us know! 

Q3) For the Marvel Universe line-  will there be team packs/boxed sets like Power Pack, Alpha Flight, Original X-men, or Original X-factor?
A3) Oh yes, there will be very exciting groups from differing eras in 2011.

If you have a question you would like to ask the Hasbro Marvel team, you can submit them via this NEW thread for 2010!   New questions are due by:  Monday June 1st.   

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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