As I’ve mentioned here a time or two, Marvel Comics and Hasbro have been planning a new 3.75-inch toy line featuring the characters of the Marvel Universe (also the name of the toy line). This afternoon I stumbled across the first wave of the toys, and I picked up a couple. My thoughts:
As you can see, I picked up the movie stars here, with Iron Man and Spider-Man. Both figures are pretty good. There are tons of points of articulation — the wrists, elbows, shoulders, necks, torsos, hips, knees, and feet — and in Iron Man’s case, there are a few (slightly) movable parts on his armor. The Iron Man sculpt is also great — it looks very true to the comics. Spider-Man isn’t bad, but his head is a little small. I’m actually noticing here that it looks bigger than it really is in that picture, thanks to the shadow.
The toys each come with an accessory too: an energy-blast for Iron Man and some webs for Spidey. Each also as a “Top Secret” envelope from S.H.I.E.L.D. containing a “dossier” on the hero (basically a trading card with the box art, which I think is by the awesome Frank Cho) and a small sheet with some other little bit of intel. The figures are cool, although a little pricy for the scale — although to be fair, the production seems to be a lot better than the other 3.75-inch figures Hasbro has put out in the G.I. Joe, Star Wars and Indiana Jones lines, so a slightly higher price is something I can live with.
Just for fun, I thought I’d pair up the two newest additions to my action figure army with some of their DC counterparts: