Marvel Studios is looking to repeat the great success of 2014 (with the releases of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy) by stacking 2015 with the long-awaited team sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as the Phase Two epilogue / origin film, Ant-Man.
While there is still, admittedly, looming question of whether or not Marvel is in risk of burning fans out on superhero movie adventures, right now the fanbase is more excited than ever for these films – and the epic Phase Three saga (and Avengers: Infinity War event) that will follow soon after.
Toy Fair 2015 was held in NYC this past weekend, and Hasbro took it upon themselves to unveil new lines of Marvel toys inspired by Avengers 2, Ant-Man and the larger Marvel comic book and cartoon universe that surrounds them. As always, details about the films were carefully controlled – but we did get a look at a few interesting things:
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2.5-Inch Figure 2-Pack Assortment
(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $5.99/Available: February 2015)
Join the battle with the heroes of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of ULTRON and stop Ultron! Each figure 2-pack features a 5 point articulated 2.5-inch AVENGERS hero facing off with a two piece Sub-Ultron figure. Kids can collect the drone figures to build their own terrifying Ultimate Drone figure. 15 Figures available, including IRON MAN, THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA, WAR MACHINE, HULK, HAWKEYE,NICK FURY and Ultron, among others.
The playset is obviously just merchandise and not an EXACT reproduction of the movie, but there are a few interesting details. Additional toy Box art highlighted Cap facing Ultron on his new electric Harley – a scene which Avengers 2 trailers suggest COULD occur.
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Cycle Blast Quinjet
(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: February 2015)
Styled just like the jet in the hotly anticipated new film Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the CYCLE BLAST QUINJET includes a CAPTAIN AMERICA figure on motorcycle! The jet has a hidden ramp underneath. Press the tail fin to open the ramp and launch Captain America and his motorcycle into battle! Cockpit can fit up to 4 figures (not included). Compatible with all figures, vehicles and playsets within the 2.5-inch system (sold separately).
The Hasbro sets also build on what we learned from recent LEGO Avengers 2 toy sets – in specific regard to Age of Ultron‘s most marketed sequence (so far): the epic showdown between Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor.
The LEGO set box art helped to confirm that it will be the mind-manipulating powers of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) that send Bruce Banner’s Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) into a mad frenzy – thereby forcing Banner’s friend Tony Stark to breakout the special ‘Hulkbuster Armor’ he designed.
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MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TITAN HERO TECH INTERACTIVE HULKBUSTER Electronic Action Figure
(Ages: 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/Available: Spring 2015)
The ultimate TITAN HERO TECH figure will lead your AVENGERS into battle! When near the Titan Hero Tech Electronic Avengers (each sold separately), this over-sized, movie-inspired Interactive Hulk Buster recognizes and responds to each character with unique speech, sound and light effects! The Interactive Hulk Buster can recognize and respond to multiple figures at one time for an exciting, interactive play experience. He also has a great signature jackhammer punch and repulsor chest lights. Kids can lead their figures into battle against the evil ULTRON and save the Earth!
Reading that product description above, you discover that the Hulkbuster Armor will have a few special functions that could make for some great moments during the Hulk/Iron Man battle.
In both the LEGO and Hasbro toy sets it’s clear that not only does Tony Stark have an armor specifically designed for bringing Banner down: the Avengers have clearly also continued the tradition of having Hulk containment cells on hand, in case the Jade Giant loses it.
That’s definitely going to create some tension between the two science buddies (Banner and Stark), going forward. Or perhaps it’s Bruce’s mental breakdown that led star Mark Ruffalo to tell us that Hulk may not be able to find comfort or redemption by the end of this film.
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