Marvel Legends That Need to Happen
If you turn on the news you’ll most likely be assaulted with stories about war, presidential policies, violence and disease, but one pressing issue that never seems to gain any coverage is which characters Hasbro is planning to turn into Marvel Legends action figures. This is a hot button topic, yet the media is too scared to even mention it. I might be exaggerating a bit, but let’s talk about it. I’m an avid toy collector/total geek, so Marvel Legends are a pretty big deal. I’ve collected them for years and now that they’ve started to release waves of new toys that correspond to upcoming Marvel films, there’s never been a better time to be an action figure enthusiast. When Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters last year, store shelves were fully stocked with the plastic likenesses of Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, with each character including a body part to help you build your own Groot. I collected all 6 in a matter of months and then eagerly anticipated the imminent line of Age of Ultron toys. Unfortunately, I was severely disappointed when the marketing for Marvel’s latest blockbuster kicked off and I made my way to my local toy aisle. Instead of being greeted with perfectly detailed Quicksilver replicas and badass Ultron figures, I came across a plastic, well-articulated nightmare.
What the hell, Hasbro? As if that weren’t bad enough, the rest of the wave consists of a bunch of figures that have already been made before. I mean, how many Captain Americas do we really need? The only figure that matches their Age of Ultron look at all is Hulk and he isn’t drastically different from the Wal-Mart exclusive Hulk that came out during the first Avengers film. My hopes were raised once again when I heard that there would be a Hulkbuster build-a-figure in a future wave, but they were dashed in a similar fashion when I saw which figures I would have to buy to create the glorious Hulkbuster.
I know Vision is cool, but why bother making another Vision toy if you’re not going to base him off of the wildly well-liked Paul Bettany version? We don’t want this metallic variant bullshit. Perhaps I’m a bit critical because I already own so many Marvel Legends from the days when they came with a comic book, but why would you do such an amazing, movie-inspired BaF in a series that includes Blizzard?! Why have you forsaken us, Hasbro? Rather than just rant about how much I don’t want these new figures, I’m going to talk about what I would do differently. If Hasbro called and told me I was going to be the new CEO, these are the figures that you’d be seeing in stores:
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
mutants enhanced individuals were a big part of the marketing for Age of Ultron, but good luck finding them on the Marvel Legends rack at your local Target. I have no idea why they’ve opted to not include the twins in any of the upcoming waves, but Hasbro is really dropping the ball. The only somewhat logical reason I can come up with is that maybe they weren’t sure if the characters would be popular enough. I guess they didn’t see that coming.
I’m willing to cut Hasbro some slack on this one. Daredevil hasn’t been on Netflix for that long, but they should definitely have at least two figures in the works right now. One of the costume shown above and another of Daredevil in his classic, black ensemble (for all of your hallway fighting needs). Hell, go ahead and throw in some Matt Murdock and Kingpin figures too. You’d have to blind to not want these guys in action figure form. Luckily, a few talented artists have created their own custom Daredevil figures based on the hit series.
Agent Peggy Carter
This one seems like a no-brainer. Hayley Atwell has played Agent Carter in two Captain America movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron, a Marvel One-Shot, two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her very own TV show. She deserves to be immortalized in 6-inch, plastic glory.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2nd wave)
The first wave of Guardians included all of the core team members, but there are so many secondary characters that would make great additions on any collector’s shelf. Nebula, Yondu, Ronan and The Collector are all prime examples of characters that could make badass figures. Funko had the right idea when they released POP! versions of all four. Let’s just hope Hasbro will follow their lead.
There are so many Iron Man toys out there, yet we still haven’t gotten a Marvel Legend that resembles Robert Downey Jr. I think this Iron Man figure in the disappointing Age of Ultron wave was supposed to look like him, but I don’t remember RDJ being cross-eyed. Step it up, Hasbro. I’m not asking for Michelangelo’s David here.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I know I’ve been giving Hasbro a hard time, but they did release a really cool 3-pack of Marvel Legends earlier this year. The set is a Toys R Us exclusive that includes Phil Coulson, Maria Hill and Nick Fury. Why not add to it with some other members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. crew? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just finished its second season and is already set to return for a third, so it’s only right that they get their own line of Legends. You have Skye, May, Fitz, Simmons, Ward, Bobbi, Hunter and Mack. That’s more than enough for a full wave! So far the only other AoS toys on the market are Agent Coulson and Melinda May POPS! Funko clearly knows what’s up.
I know the comic book-accurate figures are cool and I’m just a long-term toy collector whose become jaded, but Hasbro is clearly missing out on some valuable opportunities. It’s okay if you think the Batroc toy is cool, but you have to admit that any of the figures on this list would be a lot more exciting than yet another version of Captain America. And yes, ladies… I’m single.