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Hasbro's preview night also included a first look at the company's upcoming 6-inch and 3.75-inch Star Wars Black Series figures. None of these selections were anywhere as exciting as the bounty-hunting IG-88 assassin droid set to appear in the 6-inch line.
Fans will recall IG-88's sole (official?) film appearance was on the deck of the Executioner in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where he stood among the assembled bounty hunters, but the character would go on to appear in some cartoons as well as receiving a memorable role in the videogame Shadows of the Empire. Perhaps less well-known is role in the Expanded Universe, where stories revealed that the bounty hunter known as IG-88 was actually FOUR separate, identical droids who operated under that name and shared something of a gestalt consciousness by uploading their data into the other units.
IG-88 previously had a pretty cool figure in the 3.75-inch Saga Legends line, but it lacked both outward arm and leg movement (at the shoulder and hips respectively). Unfortunately, it's difficult to tell whether that jointing has been implemented on this new figure given the vanilla pose but I'm both hoping and expecting that one will in place. Here's to hoping that we see the other bounty hunters (Dengar, Zuckuss, and 4-Lom from the films) before long.
The other 6-inch reveals included a Stormtrooper Luke, a Bouchh Leia, the Emperor, Commander Cody, and a Clone Captain. While I've been inclined to dislike the Stormtrooper variants in the past, I've since come to recognize their value as just ordinary army builders (since with the helmet on it looks like any other storm trooper). The 4-inch selection includes Boushh Leia, a C-3PO, a Jawas 2-pack, Clone Commander Thorn, and Mosep Bineed.
New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...
Hasbro has released some tantalizing images of a few Marvel figures on display at its preview night, as well as information about a few other upcoming figures.
Although these reveals included a few Marvel Legends (or 6-inch Marvel Infinites), the real show-stopper was the 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite line which included a new Doctor Octopus, a first-time-ever-in-the-scale Vulture, Thunderstrike (the Thor stand-in), Shana the She-Devil, and Daredevil. A Miles Morales Spider-Man was also on display at the event, along with a few other previously revealed, upcoming figures.
On the 6-inch front, Hasbro showed off its Valkyrie, a new Hulk figure, and another Captain America. Hulk, Captain America, and a Mark 43 Iron Man will apparently close out the Thanos wave that we saw at SDCC. While I want Thanos, the overall wave doesn't really do it for me.
Otherwise I'm extremely happy to see that Hasbro will be releasing the first half-decently articulated 3.75-inch Doctor Octopus since the time that Toy Biz had its Marvel Superhero Showdown line. When you add in the Vulture (as well as the upcoming Sandman), this completes the original Sinister Six line-up (Doc Ock, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, and Electro) in the 3.75-inch scale. Hooray! Of course, there are still a lot of Spidey villains who haven't appeared in the line so we'll have that to look forward to at some point as well.
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The official Transformers Collectors' Club has announced two new figures that will be in the club store in 2015. The first is Nova Prime, a repaint of the remolded Lio Convoy that will be given to active club members next year. Nova Prime is one of the Primes that came before Optimus Prime and would eventually fall from grace to become the evil Nemesis Prime. TFCC released a Nemesis Prime in their first Subscription service (in the style of Robots in Disguise's Scourge) so this will be a fitting companion figure. It is a little unfortunate, however, that they're using the same mold as two TFCC exclusives at the same time rather than saving one for BotCon like they did with the 2014 Rampage (TFCC) and Shokaract (BotCon). Think I would have rather seen Generations Dreadwing repainted into Beast Wars II's BB to go with the Lio Convoy theme, but whatever, it's a nice looking figure.
Second store exclusive is a surprise G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set featuring Earth Defense Command's Marissa Faireborn and Autobot Technobot Afterburner. Marissa made regular cameos in the later G1 Transformers cartoon episodes and hardcore fans might recall that she is the daughter of none other than G.I Joes Flint and Lady Jaye making this an all the more fitting figure. The figure was mashed together from parts from various Scarlet, Cover Girl, and Baroness figures to make a for a convincing likeness. She comes with jet pack and null-ray as a call back to the episode Five Faces of Darkness. She's partnered with a non-transforming Afterburner motorcycle repainted from a Cobra Wheel Blaster Bike meant to represent her teaming up with the Technobots in the episode Money is Everything. Considering the nature of the figure I'm curious to see if this will also be made available in the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club store as well.
Not bad as TFCC exclusives go, but not exactly exciting either. I like the idea of Marissa as a club exclusive, but I wish she came with a transforming partner. Still, TFCC doesn't give us multiple store exclusives that often anymore so the extra effort is appreciated. Keep in mind that all of these images are digitally painted so the final product will likely vary.
The Official Transformers Collectors Club has announced their 2015 membership incentive figure. They're adding to their tradition of giving Beast Wars characters new Cybertronian vehicle modes with a new figure of Lio Convoy based on the Transformers Generations Orion Pax figure. If you know your TF history then you know Orion Pax would later become the Autobot leader Optimus Prime so it's a bit appropriate that the Pax figure would be used to make another leader. Lio Convoy is the leader of the Maximals in the Japanese series Beast Wars II.
It's interesting that they chose to use the Japanese name Lio Convoy when Hasbro tends to prefer to retcon him as Leo Prime and has released a few figures under that name. It's pretty good representation of the figure, helped largely by the new head sculpt. He'll go well with the previous two incentive figures Rampage and Deapthcharge as well as the figures from the Dawn of Future's Past series that began with BotCon 2006.
I'll be looking forward to this one. They haven't released a lot of details, but typically the membership period to receive new incentives end in March with the figure being released around June.
Great news, true believers! Spider-Man 2099, Agent Coulson, Thanos, Hobgoblin, Maria Hill, and more were featured in a batch of press photos sent over by Hasbro.
While we hope to get some of our own photos of a few of these (some of whom were added to the booth after our visit), these should help to tide you over until then. First, and most importantly (to me, anyway), is the announcement that Spider-Man 2099 will be among the first wave of the 2015 Spider-Man Legends figures.