Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Avengers Wave 4 Revealed: Nick Fury, Super Articulated Iron Man Mk. VII


BBTS today brings us a pre-order listing for Wave 4 of The Avengers movie line, including a surprise that I don't think anyone saw coming, a new super-articulated version of Iron Man's Mark VII armor.  Full photo after the jump.



The case breakdown includes:
2x Gamma Smash Hulk
1x Fusion Armor Iron Man
2x Hawkeye
1x Black Widow
2x Movie Villain (TBA)
2x Nick Fury
2x Iron Man Mark VII Super-Articulated 



BBTS has the case, and set available for pre-order now, with an expected August in-stock date.


Not a bad assortment, other than the two MORE Hulks and the minimally-articulated original Mark VII figure.  At least Hasbro had enough sense to pack the new figures two-per-case, and carry forward Black Widow and Hawkeye from the previous wave.


We saw our first official photo of Fury a few weeks ago, and got a few good looks at the Chitauri foot soldier before that, which will undoubtedly be the "Movie Villain" in this assortment.


Here's the full size photo showing the new Iron Man.  Hard to tell exactly what points of articulation he includes, but I'm hoping it at least matches the Iron Man 2 figures' articulation scheme.  And I'm still keeping my fingers cross for an unmasked variant.



26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I pre-ordered the set of three. The articulated Iron Man is a nice surprise and I wonder if other figures being upgraded like this.

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    1. Yeah I wonder that too. I could see them maybe doing the same thing with a super-articulated Captain America, maybe Thor as well. Guess we'll know for sure in a couple weeks after SDCC.

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  2. Darn it, I just got the Mark VII, now I'm gonna have to get another... Doesn't look like he has many more joints though, ankles, I'm guessing wrists, but the stupid missile is in the way to see if he has that all important torso joint!
    I'm guessing Hasbro are realising how well these figures are selling and finally decided to start upping their game with them.
    With the Avengers being one of the biggest movies ever, let alone biggest Marvel movie ever, the figures deserve to be better.

    By the way, the likeness to Sam Jackson on Fury is pretty amazing.

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    1. I'm hoping for the torso joint too. Hopefully it's just covered by the obnoxious missile. And yeah, great likeness to Sam Jackson. I'm looking forward to both these figures.

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  3. A case with more good figures then bad!!!! *cheer* But why is the villain TBA? There have been pictures of the Chitauri already. Is it so Hasbro can change their minds and add a repack of one from the others series? I hope not since this one has only good repacks (Black Widow and Hawkeye) except for the 2 Hulks and normal Mark VII. Why have a that repack when they are adding the better articulated Mark VII? I will never understand that.

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    1. No idea why the villain is TBA, it's obviously the Chitauri at this point. And yeah, no idea why the less articulated Mark VII is also in this case. It would've made much more sense to at least put a Cap or Thor in there.

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  4. WOW! Now I'm so happy I didn't buy the crappy "Fusion Armor Iron Man"

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    1. Fusion Armor was a decent place holder. Despite the crap for articulation, it at least looks good just standing there. I'll just move that one into my Hall of Armor display when this new one comes out. Then I'll have the good looking statuesque one doing what it's best at, and I'll use the new highly articulated one to do what it's best at. Win win.

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  5. Since Hasbro has basically lost the G.I. Joe Retaliation for this year, and with The Avengers doing so well, I wonder if they will use The Avengers to help fill the gap. They could produce other upgraded figures. A highly articulated Captain America in the proper dark blue uniform would be cool. Oh well, it's just some idle speculation on my part but I can't see Hasbro not trying to recoup losses from the Retaliation fiasco.

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    1. I agree, a better Cap would be cool, and it's entirely possible that Hasbro will ship more Avengers product to make up for the lack of Joe product, but any other new figures we see in the near future in this line would have already been in development before Joe got pulled. Development of a new figure, from design to production, typically takes at least a year, if they're rushing it, or 18 months if they're not. I think what's more likely, if they do decide they need to scramble to come up with "new" Avengers product, is that they would throw together some cheap and crappy repaints in obnoxious colors. That takes less lead time since they're existing sculpts.

      But I do hope we see more new, better articulated figures in this line before the end. I hope they've been in development for a long while now

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    2. Yeah, a better articulated Cap would make more sense than anything because in addition to giving him more articulation, they can make him more movie accurate

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  6. Zak, your scenario sounds very likely. I could see Hasbro doing upgrades to certain characters if parts already exist. Isn't called kit bashing? I know they do it with Star Wars. Hasbro could easily slap together a SHIELD Trooper figure. Of course there are still plenty of colors to use for more Iron Man figures.

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    1. Yep, that would be kit-bashing. It's pretty common in most action figure lines... Marvel Universe, GI Joe, Star Wars, etc. A movie SHIELD trooper would be pretty easy to slap together using GI Joe parts, but it's pretty uncommon for them to use parts from one line in another (different design aesthetics, licensing, or the molds being located in different factories). Although, the Nick Fury from the Iron Man 2 line did use a 25th GI Joe body.

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  7. Iron man doesn't look all that more articulated to me, but hey, more is more, and I can't complain. I think wave 3 has just come out over here, so it will take at least another three or four months until we Irish people see wave 4. (If we see it at all.)
    And I, for one, would rather see an agent Coulsen action figure, seeing as it is impossible for him to get a figure in The Avengers 2 line. Also, I think that Hasbro should make an all-Avengers line like the MU or SM lines, that way we wouldn't have to wait for new movies to get more Avengers, they could even put in some of the movie version. What do you think?

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    1. I think you're right about the Iron Man. If you look, he only has 1 knee joint(ball hinge?), which sucks considering it is supposed to be more articulated

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    2. No, I think it's a simple hinge. Also: On the topic of who should get a better, more articulated version, I believe Hawkeye should be first on the list. He didn't even have double jointed knees like Cap.

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    3. I'm with you, Oisin. I think Hasbro should really combine the movie lines into the Marvel Universe line. That way, the two lines don't compete with each other for peg space. They could do movie-specific waves, or just sprinkle movie characters into comic based waves as they go, but I think the consistent branding would really help the MU and the various movie lines as a whole. And yeah, I totally want a Son of Coul figure complete with Destroyer Gun.

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    4. Hawkeye and Cap both deserve re-do's. Neither one of them is very accurate to their finished movie appearance (the figures are both based on earlier concept art of their costumes), and neither one of them has the level of articulation that both of them deserve. Unfortunately, I think Cap is the more likely choice to get an upgraded figure, at least at first, since he's more of an A-lister. Hawkeye we may see updated later, but I would expect an updated Cap by the time the line winds down. Or at least in the first wave of the Captain America 2 line.

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    5. Yeah, one movie Cap when you have multiple Iron Man and Hulk repacks? Even if it was the same figure used again having it in just one wave is not very good for such a main character!
      At least for Hawkeye you can use the Winter Solider legs and likely some GI Joe arms to fix it. With Cap its all original sculpting for the arms and legs.
      And yes, count me in for the Coulson figure want list!

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  8. @ Zack: Yeah, Cap seems more likely, still, we all have dreams. About movie-specific waves of MU, I don't see why they couldn't be in the ordinary waves with 616 and 1610-verse figures, if you look up the Avengers movie on Marvel wiki you'll see that the movie universe is supposedly in co-existance with the 616 and Ultimate universes.

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  9. I think they should include an accurately painted and better articulated Hulk he's one of the figures I couldn't wait to get as soon as The Avengers was announced and like many was a little disappointed with the "Bulk" we got

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  10. Yeah, sulk--I mean Hulk definitely drew the short straw in way of action figures. And a further wave should have at least 2 widows.

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  11. Iron Man and the Chitauri are on eBay from a seller in China. Just sold loose with no rocket gun things. Chitauri looks nice but Iron Man looks like he just has double jointed knees and some ankles, from the looks of it there is no upper body or wrist joints!
    I think they are the real deal since they look too close to the pictures from Hasbro to be after market stuff. I think they got out of the factory with helmetless War Machine.

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    1. Yeah they're the real deal. He's a legit seller that I've dealt with before. he also has (or had, maybe he sold out) Fury. I ordered them from him a few days ago, so I'll be able to get up early reviews on these figures once they come in.

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  12. Hey guys I have the new Iron Man figure
    :( the only thing that makes this figure super articulated is that it has double knie joins and a ankel articulation.
    Nothing more

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  13. Yup, we've got an early review here: http://www.onepercase.net/2012/07/avengers-wave-4-early-look-nick-fury.html

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