Hey guys, are you a fan of lugging around oversized merchandise at conventions? Then Hasbro has just the thing for you with their over 4-foot-long Super Helicarrier! Imagine all the fun you can have trying to navigate through crowds with that monster. You know, on top of anything else you might buy ... then again, once you plunk down the US$129.99 at Hasbro's booth for this vehicle, there's a chance that you won't be buying much else.
The SDCC exclusive Super Helicarrier (the flying flagship of super-spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which you may have seen recently in The Avengers) includes two 3.75-inch figures in the form of Captain America and former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill (you know, the agent whose largest job qualification for director was having no ties or loyalties to Nick Fury) as well packaging art by Joe Quesada. The two figures are supposedly new, but the Captain America looks like something from the Captain America movie line while Maria Hill supposedly shares parts with a previously released Black Widow. The Helicarrier itself looks okay enough and boasts a good number of presumably spring-loaded missile turrets (super-villain figures and small animals beware!)
More info and photos after the jump.
It's become something of a norm for Joe Quesada to do special packaging artwork for these exclusives. Most notably, he did the artwork for both previous Marvel Universe Masterpieces (Galactus and Sentinel) which turned out solid. This one is really something special, though, with a helicarrier deck brawl taking place between Iron Man and Whirlwind (an aggravating reminder that we have yet to see this guy in either the 3.75-inch or 6-inch line); Captain America, Baron Zemo and Tiger Shark; and Maria Hill, Radioactive Man and Atlas/Goliath. The art is somewhat notable for its inclusion of Zemo, Tiger Shark, and Radioactive Man, as they have their own little SDCC exclusive Marvel Universe 3-pack.
Of course, this isn't the first time Hasbro has given us an overly large helicarrier. IGN previewed a somewhat smaller helicarrier:
This one, billed at being over three feet long (I've heard it was close to 3.5 feet), features fewer missile launchers and a blue deco in contrast to the Super Helicarrier's really neat darker color (either a deep blue or black) and yellow color scheme. To put it mildly, the previous one just doesn't seem as awesome.
I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I'm still not sure if (or where) the smaller helicarrier was actually sold, although the previews were for Toy Fair earlier this year.
At any rate, the Super Carrier can be effectively summed up in just two words: It's big. Or, if you prefer three words: It's really big. So is anybody tempted to buy one of these gargantuan display pieces? Remember, this might be the only time Maria Hill is available in the 3.75-inch scale.
[via Los Angeles Times]
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