Thursday, January 12, 2012

Top 25 Marvel Universe Figures We’re Still Missing

Hasbro has seen the wisdom of Marvel figure compatibility. In addition to Marvel Universe, we’ve been given 3 ¾” scale lines for Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and there’s more on the way. In the past few years, we’ve seen lots of Iron Men, Spider-Men, Wolverines, and tons of other characters. Given the vastness of the Marvel Universe, there’s still plenty to go. Here’s a list of the top 25 figures we’d still like to see, not necessarily in order.

ROM - C'mon, he started as a toy, he needs to be a toy once again. It's been my understanding that there might be some licensing issues with ROM, but really, if anyone deserves to be made, isn't it the Spaceknight? And please, put him in a somewhat appropriate scale. If he doesn't tower over Wolverine, I'm not gonna be pleased.

Rogue - She's at the top of the list for X-Men they still haven't touched. We've seen her in the movies, we've seen her in cartoons, we've seen her in video games, let's see her in plastic! They’ve got a good new female buck, and a serious lack of female figures. Let’s put the new buck to good use!

Mysterio - You've gotta love fishbowl head. With the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man movie (and impending toy line), it's likely that the current 3 ¾” is about to take a hiatus, if not disappear all together. Whether this guy ends up in a "comic series" for Amazing Spider-Man, or in the Marvel Universe main line, he needs a figure!

Scorpion (classic) – Yes, the Spider-Man line gave us a Scorpion, but it was the Ultimate version. Nice enough figure, but I wasn't satisfied with that. Were you? Really, you’ve gotta have the ol’ Mac Gargan version, the one that makes futile attempts at simple bank robberies.

Hellfire Club Soldier - The Hellfire Club is classic, and this is just an awesome looking trooper. I'd go so far as to say that he's the Cobra Trooper of the Marvel Universe. Pack in a couple of different weapons, and how can you not buy at least a couple of these baddies?

Kingpin - He's quite nimble for such a big guy. He’s also a great character, and can harass your multiple Spideys or Daredevils. Maybe if you team them all up, they can take him down.

Beetle - Yea, there's a good number of Spider-Man villains in this list, but let's face it, Spidey has given us some great bad guys throughout the years. Besides, I love me a flyin' Spidey bad guy. Classic Abner Jenkins version, please.

Omega Red - The X-Men have also given us some great villains, just like Omega Red. He's big, he's Russian, and he's a badass. Granted, most people that are big and Russian are badasses. Just look at Brigitte Nielsen in Rocky IV.

Jack O' Lantern - Apparently I really like Spider-Man villains, what can I say? A costume like his would look laughable in reality, but great in 3 ¾” scale. And really, there's no excuse not to pack in a pumpkin bomb or two. Bonus points if you pack in his pogo platform.

Sandman - Look, I already told you, Spider-Man is a treasure trove for Marvel villains. For as famous as Flint Marko is, I'm surprised we haven't seen him yet. Brown pants and a striped shirt, is that so much to ask? While we’re at it, let’s have an interchangeable sand-weapon arm or two.


Sebastian Shaw - The Hellfire Club made for some great villains, and this guy is the sometimes-disputed-but-not-dethroned Black King. Classic old tyme version please, not Kevin Bacon.


Baron Zemo - Could have been a great comic series Cap figure, but that doesn't seem to be an option at this point. Releasing him in the regular Marvel Universe line would be, as Mitt Romney says, "just fine."

Deathlok – Deathlok the Demolisher. He's been around since the mid-70s, and still (in my opinion) has never really been done justice in figure form. All around cyborg goodness, and carrier of great looking weapons. Hear that Hasbro? Don't skimp on the weapons!

Black Bolt - How can you not love a guy who's real name is Blackagar Boltagon? As if that wasn't enough, he's the leader of the Inhumans, and his major weapon in his voice. And not in the same way that Gilbert Gottfired's voice is his major weapon. No wait, actually it's pretty much like that.

Selene - Speaking of black costumed characters, where's the Black Queen? If she's good enough to help lead the Hellfire Club, then I think she's good enough to make a figure of.

Emma Frost - ...and while we’re at it, where's the White Queen? Much like Rogue, Emma's been on the big screen, the small screen, the digital screen, let's get a figure already!

Beast - Hank McCoy is one of the founding fathers of the X-Men, and a favorite Avenger as well. Yes, I know that there is a Beast on the way. But really, is there? Not this guy. Classic furry blue version, not the nyan cat.

Wolfsbane (X-Force) – Last one we need to round out the team, and another opportunity to inject some more estrogen into the line.

Tony Stark – Not Tony as Iron Man. Tony as Tony, in a suit. No copping out with a repainted Multiple Man head this time. If you want to cheap out, plop a new head on Destro in a suit. Maybe with a nice bottle accessory.

Elektra – Really? Still no Elektra? I’d like to believe that the only reason we haven seen her yet is because Hasbro is trying to hold some big names back so every wave isn’t made of background characters or re-hashes of characters we’ve seen too many times. But at the same time, we're really due for some solid Marvel ladies, and Elektra fits the bill.

Old Man Logan - If you have not read this book… go get it now. What, you don't want another Wolverine? Ok, I get that we've seen plenty of them at this point, especially with the Wolverine:XO line, but we haven't seen one even close to this.

Pyro – Classic Brotherhood bad guy. Nothing could be as nice as John Allerdyce in his classic yellow and red. It’s another one of those costumes that would look silly in person, but looks great on a comic page, or in plastic form.

Spiral – Another trend in this list. The Marvel line needs more females, especially ones with six arms. Mojo's favorite personal servant, executioner and spy. Who can't use one of those?

Nimrod – He comes from an alternate future described in "Days of Future Past", one of the best X-Men stories ever. He is a powerful, virtually indestructible, and basically the Sentinel of the future. Not quite sure how the articulation would pan out on this guy, but if done right, he would look amazing.

Sauron – Maybe what we really need is someone to absorb the energy from all our extra figures. In pterodactyl form, Dr. Karl Lycos would make for one awesome winged figure.

Bonus Sizes

Classic X-Men 5 pack - I would love to see this pack come to fruition, complete with classic snowman version Iceman! Yea, we got a comic-pack that sort of kind of provided the Cyclops and Marvel Girl, but not really. No cheaping out, give us the whole team. Bonus for Hasbro, the X-Men are popular and totally sell!
Hank Pym as Giant Man w/Wasp - For a greatest battles or masterworks, I'd love to see a classic Hank Pym Giant man. Like the BAF. In fact just re-release the BAF, but include a normal sized Wasp as the pack in figure. With Avengers-mania coming this summer to a theater near you, isn't this a great time for Giant Man?
SHIELD team pack – Speaking of the impending Avengers-mania, how about a little love for SHIELD? A new Nick Fury on the Cyke buck, Dum Dum, and maybe a Sharon Carter or Maria Hill. I'd buy so many of those. This would be a great set that would fit in perfectly with the team packs.

Starjammers – Unfortunately, I suppose four people would be too many for a team pack. Really unfortunate, as this would be a great set. Corsair might be able to handle a single release, which would leave Hepzibah, Ch’od, and Raza as a great team set, especially with Sikorsky as a bonus pack-in a la Groot.

Savage Land – C’mon, a team pack of Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil and Zabu, how can you go wrong?

So those are our picks. What do you think? Who have we named that you would leave off? Who did we leave off that you can’t live without? What do you think the chances are that Hasbro will ever read this; much less give it any serious consideration? Comment now and let us know! 

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