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With a name like Secret Invasion, it’s hard not to be impressed with Hasbro’s commitment to nods at the comics in this toy line originally intended for three year olds. But nods to the comics have been a constant trend in this line. How else do you explain getting Captain America Punisher or a Secret Wars four-pack? Read the rest of this entry »
One figure was oddly omitted from the Iron Man 2 Super Hero Squad – Scarlett Johansson (well, and Happy Hogan too)! What made it even weirder was the fact that there was a Black Widow figure already made! A simple repaint would have made a lot more sense than some of the figures in that line.
Iron Man’s first vehicle, while not very exciting, actually made a lot of sense. Tony Stark is the kind of guy who would have a fancy sports car and then paint it in his iconic colors. So when his second vehicle came out, I wasn’t as infuriated as I was with Spider-Man’s odd collection.
If you leave Tony Stark alone for more than five minutes, he’s either going to start a super hero Civil War, get absolutely trashed or invent a dozen new suits. Or he’ll just repaint some of his old suits and tell you they’re new.
No matter where Tony Stark goes, he never stops inventing. He is a restless thinker, and a constant engineer. Over the years, he has built dozens of battle suits, both for himself and his friends and allies. Every single one is the best of its kind, a top-of-the-line suit of armor designed to seek and destroy evil wherever it hides.
The vehicles in the Super Hero Squad always felt a tad out of place. Aside from Ghost Rider’s motorcycle, most of them fell somewhere along the spectrum of “kind of dumb” and “really dumb.” Sure, one set in particular transcended and went from so dumb that it’s kind of awesome. But what really needed to happen was Hasbro had to start treating the vehicles like an extension of the line – like the mega figures – and not some throwaway toy.
There are certain powers that naturally make sense going against each other, like fire and water. So when it came time to expand Magneto‘s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, packing Pyro up with Iceman made perfect sense. At least until you realize that those two are no where near the same power level.
It seems like someone at Hasbro is a big fan of the Ultimate Universe, because in the course of a year a whole bunch of Ultimate characters got released. The Fantastic Four all wore their Ultimate uniforms, even Captain America and Nick Fury joined in. So with the second wave of mega packs, it followed the same theme by adding two more members of the Ultimates to the mix!
During the mid-90s, I stopped reading comic books altogether. The speculation just got out of hand and the stories just weren’t good. Sure, Age of Apocalypse was fascinating to me but as a whole, I just wasn’t able to buy that many comics. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that my friend told me I needed to read Ultimate Spider-Man. I was hooked immediately and once again found myself down at the shop every Wednesday to get new books, except this time I was only buying Ultimate titles.
The first wave of the Spider-Man Super Hero Squad made a lot of sense. They took four Spider-Man figures and paired him up with the four bad guys that showed up in the film (Green Goblin did make an appearance). But with the second wave, they only had one bad guy from the movies left: Doc Ock. A wave consisting of one pack wouldn’t be too exciting so Hasbro got creative. Drawing from the video game that was a huge disappointment, Spider-Man got some classic villains to face off against.
Alright, I’m two margaritas in at this point of writing this review so I may go off on a tangent or two. Wave 3 of Super Hero Squad paired classic Fantastic Four villains with Ultimate versions of the classic team. But of all the teams to go with the Ultimate versions of, the Fantastic Four were probably the worst to pick, especially when it comes to Mister Fantastic.