Archive for the ‘thor’ tag
My biggest concern with the Avengers movie was what Hasbro would do with the toys. Providing a toy company with all the big names they would possible want could have meant disaster. But instead of turning the Avengers Super Hero Squad line into a bunch of rehashes of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor, they actually showed some restraint. In fact, if you buy all three of the 3-packs, you get the entire cast! Read the rest of this entry »
Packing two hard to find figures together seems like a good idea, but I’m wondering what Hasbro is up to when it comes to this two-pack. With both figures being very minor variants, it seems kind of pointless. Read the rest of this entry »
All of these Avengers Thor Super Hero Squad packs make me think of how Collector’s Pack #4 really should be part of the Thor line. I mean, it gave you a frost giant, three of the Avengers, Loki and Enchantress! Read the rest of this entry »
Since the Avengers movie will tie in Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America into a single continuity, it makes sense for some cross referencing to happen in the toy lines as well. But instead of doing fun things like expanding the offerings, Hasbro is using it as an excuse to repackage old figures. Read the rest of this entry »
As Marvel and Hasbro started getting ready for the release of the upcoming Thor movie, they’re taking a different route with the Super Hero Squad three-packs. Instead of making lines for each of the different Avengers, Hasbro is releasing mixed cases that include Iron Man, Thor and Captain America – each with their own packaging! Read the rest of this entry »
Religion in the Marvel Universe has got to be weird. On one hand, you’ve got characters like Daredevil who are defined by being Catholic. On the other hand, you’ve got Thor, Ares and Hercules fighting alongside Captain America and Iron Man. Even in House of M when Kitty Pryde is teaching a class, she asks who the first mutant was – then clarifies by saying “Don’t say Jesus or Moses, I’m talking about confirmed mutants.” Read the rest of this entry »
The more I think about, the more convinced I become that most of the issues the Avengers face are a result of their own in-fighting. But not all of them can be blamed. Sure, both sides may have been at fault with Civil War, but Iron Man seems oddly paranoid about his fellow heroes. He’s like the Batman of Marvel.
If there’s a trend in the Super Hero Squad Collector’s Packs, it’s that the odd numbered ones aren’t that exciting while the even numbered ones are really good, and apparently impossible to find! Gearing up for the Avengers movie, this six-pack almost makes too much sense as a set.
Stan Lee has always said that he would draw from any sort of inspiration when creating new heroes. Hear something about cosmic rays in space? Fantastic Four! Reading about discoveries in radiation? Spider-Man and Hulk are born! Figuring out there are mutations in nature? X-Men are made and don’t even need an origin story! Running out of ideas for making a new hero? Well, good thing mythology can be used by anyone!
I always love listening to Stan Lee explain how he came up with various ways of giving his heroes super powers. Anything that sounded vaguely scientific would get included, like gamma rays, radiation, cosmic rays and even mutants. But there was one other well he went to for inspiration: mythology! It’s amazing, because in many ways comic books are the same as the mythology of old.