2009 - 2013
Many Marvel fans were disappointed when word spread that Toy Biz had lost its license to produce action figures based on some of the most iconic comic book characters in history. However, all was not lost. Hasbro had in fact picked up the license, and a full plan was in the works to revitalize the toy isle with a whole new series of comic book based action figures. The line, Marvel Universe - And, what a universe it panned out to be.
During its five year run, Hasbro churned out hundreds of action figures in wave after wave. Though they never produced everything (not that it was expected), they certainly covered enough ground to satisfy even the most picky of collectors.
Right out of the starting gate, Hasbro made sure fans were aware of their intentions to produce quality figures. Each figure contained a ton of articulation, a fantastic sculpt and paint job, and an individualized package geared towards each figure inside.
The first "series" of figures for the Marvel Universe line were released under the Fury Files banner. Nick Fury was featured on the back of each card, and packaged inside with the figure was a small envelope labeled "Top Secret". Inside the envelope was a Superhuman Registration Act card and official S.H.I.E.L.D. document for each character.
Iron Man*Spider-Man*Silver Surfer
Human Torch*Daredevil*Iron Man (Stealth Ops)
Bullseye*Human Torch*Captain America
Hulk*Grey Hulk*Green Goblin
Ronin*Iron Fist*Black Costume Spider-Man
The Thing*Punisher*Iron Man
Ms. Marvel*Ms. Marvel*Hand Ninja
Spider-Man (Dark Blue)*Human Torch (Dark Blue)*Union Jack
Moon Knight*Red Hulk (Gloss)*Red Hulk (Matte)
Blade*Hobgoblin*The Thing (Dark Blue)
Electro (Gloss)*Electro (Matte)*Guardian
Spider-Man (Upside Down)*Spider-Man*Iron Man
Sub Mariner*Iron Fist (Black Logo)*Spider-Man (House of M)
Wave six, released in November of 2009, brought with it the shift to H.A.M.M.E.R. Files. Though still officially known as the Fury Files, these particular waves of figures were based on the Dark Reign story arc where Norman Osborne has dissolved the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, and replaced it with H.A.M.M.E.R. - His own organization. As such, he also replaces Nick Fury on the back of the cards.
Captain America and Klaw*Wolverine and Torch*Spidey and Thunderball
Hulk and Cyclops*Iron Man and Spider-Woman*Magneto and Black Suit Spider-Man
Iron Man and Goliath*Iron Man and Goliath (Red and Blue Variant)
Captain America II and Skrull Giant Man
70 Years of Marvel Comics with Human Torch, Captain America, Red Skull and Namor
Daredevil, Iron Man and Silver Surfer*Soldiers and Henchmen
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Iron Man*Captain America*Luke Cage
Wolverine (New Head Sculpt)*Colossus*Juggernaut
Archangel*Archangel (with Death Mask)*A.I.M. Soldier
Kitty Pryde*Havok*Havok (Classic)
Iron Patriot*Iron Patriot (Unmasked)*Wrecker
Iron Spider-Man*Iron Spider-Man (Translucent)*Winter Soldier (Short Hair)
Winter Soldier (Long Hair)*Mary Jane*Skrull Soldier
Captain Britain*Team X Wolverine*Multiple Man
Dark Hawkeye*Yellowjacket*Iron Man 2020
Thanos*Captain Marvel*Doc Samson
The H.A.M.M.E.R. Files line ran through October of 2010, but then shifted back to S.H.I.E.L.D. as of December that same year. This time, it was S.H.I.E.L.D. as overseen by Captain America. This change brought with it Steve Rogers being depicted on the back of the cards. Unlike series one and two, this series did not include file cards for the characters inside.
World War Hulk*Modular Armor Iron Man*Spider-Man 2099
This wave brought with it a very frustrating aspect for collectors - Hasbro began packing specific new characters one per case, making them all the more difficult for buyers to find. This was made all the more frustrating as re-packed figures took up precious space in each case. Short packaged figures included; Captain Marvel, Doc Sampson, Spider-Woman, Cable, and Cyclops. Fortunately by July of 2011, Hasbro stopped short packaging new figures - For the time being - Making new releases a little easier to obtain.
Mr. Fantastic and Ultron*Hawkeye and Piledriver*Thor and Enchantress
Storm and Nightcrawler*Doom and Absorbing Man*Thing and Bulldozer
Dark Spider-Man and Dark Wolverine*Cyclops and Dark Phoenix*Wolverine and Captain America
Spider-Man and Sentry*Thor and Iron Man
Galactus and Silver Surfer (Classic)
Galactus and Silver Surfer (Ultimate Alliance Variant)
WWII Ultimate Captain America
Age of Thunder Thor
Spider-Man The Movie
Iron Man Vs. Black Panther*Iron Man Vs. Punisher
Spider-Man Vs. Green Gobline*Wolverine Vs. Hand Ninja
Cable with Baby Hope*Cable (No Hope)*Wolverine
Doctor Strange*Doctor Strange (Translucent)*Falcon
Scarlet Spider*Scarlet Spider (Upside Down)*Dr. Doom
Skaar*Skaar (Son of Hulk Stand)*Ultron
Steve Rogers*Electro (Translucent)*Tony Stark, Iron Man (Unmasked)
Tony Stark, Iron Man (Iron Man Stand)*Iceman*Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man (Metal)*Astonishing Iron Man*Magneto
There was no theme for the series with the December 2011 shift. Now instead of having a circular logo, cover art specific to the character was showcased. Instead of featuring Steve Rogers on the back, a rotation of characters was utilized such as Deadpool (Wave 17), Rocket Racoon (Wave 18), M.O.D.O.K. (Wave 19), Sasquatch (Wave 20) and Dazzler (Wave 21). Each character had numerous text bubbles which were used for the various figures in each wave. Frustrating to fans was that the series did away with the action figure stands which were packaged in with all prior waves.
Thor, Ages of Thunder*Marvel's Patriot*Storm
Shadowland Daredevil*Psylocke*Iron Fist
Patch and Silver Samurai*Deadpool and Taskmanager*Wolverine and Sabretooth
Cyclops and Marvel Girl*Spidey and Captain Britain*Luke Cage and Iron Fist
Quicksilver and Wonder Man*Bullseye and Daredevil*Thanos and Adam Warlock
Mister Sinister and Gambit
Fantastic Four*Fantastic Four (Future)
Fantastic Four (Translucent Invisible Woman)*Guardians of the Galaxy
Savage Frost Giant and Loki*Goliath and Ragnarok
Sentinel and Astonishing Wolverine
Sentinel and Astonishing Wolverine (Classic)
Victor Von Doom
Ultimate Gift Set
Captain America*Hulk*Iron Man
Giant Size X-Men
Giant Size X-Men (Deco Variant)
Spider-Man*Spider-Man (Dark Paint)*Kraven the Hunter
Hulk*Beast*Beast (Upside Down)
Beta Ray Bill*She-Hulk*Punisher
Unfortunately for fans, starting with wave 19 in 2012 (She-Hulk and beyond), Hasbro returned to short packing new figures. These short packs included; Kang, Scarlet Witch, Angel, Nova and Puck.
Spider-Man*Spider-Man (Bag Head)*Marvel's Kang
To date, Bag Head Spider-Man is one of the most sought after figures from the line. It was gobbled up by collectors from store shelves, and quickly became one of the most expensive to purchase on secondary markets. Though prices have tapered off drastically from its heydays, it's still going to set you back about fifty bucks to obtain these days.
Scarlet Witch*Marvel's Hercules*Marvel's Nighthawk
Marvel's Nova*Marvel's Puck*Angel
Professor X*Marvel's Jubele*Marvel's Blastaar
Marvel's Blastaar (Energy Hands)
Wolverine and She-Hulk*Captain America and Magneto*Doctor Doom and Spider-Man
Spider-Man and Rhino*Iron Man and Mandarin*Colossus and Juggernaut
Wolverine and Hulk*Falcon and Captain America*Doctor Strange and Silver Surfer
Heroic Age Heroes
Old Man Logan
Black Panther*Black Widow*Captain America
Extremis Iron Man
Masters of Evil
SHIELD Super Helicarrier
X-Men Collector Pack
Victor Von Doom
Fans got worried for the life of the series in November of 2012 when no new figures were marketed. It wasn't until July of 2013 that new products finally started to hit store shelves. Figure stands were a thing of the past at this point, and as such the new waves continued to not have them.
The artwork to the side of the figure was also removed, replaced with a blank black rectangle. In addition, the photos of the promotional figures on the back didn't necessarily contain those of the newer figures being made available, but rather older figures from prior waves.
Rhino*Captain America*Marvel's Mysterio
Elektra*Marvel Knights (Cloak)*Marvel Knights (Dagger)
Two unique variants included in this particular series are Cloak and Dagger titled as Marvel Knights, and Abomination and A-Bomb titled as Marvel's Abomination.
Iron Man*Marvel's Abomination*Marvel's Abomination (A-Bomb)
Hulk*Hulk (Gray)*Baron Zemo
Marvel's Colossus*Warpath*Omega Red
It is rumored that much like Marvel's Abomination and Marvel's Knights as mentioned above, Alpha Flight was supposed to be a variant package situation that would have included Aurora and Northstar. Only Auror was produced, and Northstar was held for a future release under the current series - Marvel Infinite Series (more on that below)
Alpha Flight*Nightcrawler*Marvel's Black Knight
Inhumans*The Uncanny X-Men
The West Coast Avengers
El Guero Taqueria
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What made you decide to stop posting regularly? You had a really cool archive building here. Are you doing work anywhere else?ReplyDelete
It really just came down to the amount of time I was dedicating to the site. For example, this Marvel Universe post took about a month to put together, and that was working at it anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day. I was essentially going to work in the morning, coming home, and working on the site all night. Really cut into all my other aspects of life, to and include my family. Something unfortunately had to give.Delete
I have some posts that are in the works, but honestly am not working on them at such a dedicated pace / rate.
I still really enjoy The Toy Box, and appreciate all the readers, but I just need to take a step back for a while.
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