Marvel Legends HasLab Engine of Vengeance - Hasbro Tries To Sweeten The Pot With Mephisto And Goblin Queen, But Is It Too Little Too Late?

Marvel Legends HasLab Engine of Vengeance - Hasbro Tries To Sweeten The Pot With Mephisto And Goblin Queen, But Is It Too Little Too Late?


Jay Cochran - October 01, 2022
Yesterday during the Marvel Legends Pulse-Con panel Hasbro seemingly tried to sweeten the pot on their Marvel Legends HasLab Engine of Vengeance campaign by giving us a better look at the 7" Mephisto Marvel Legends figure that would be included as the first stretch goal if the campaign were to reach 12k Backers by the end of October.

Besides showing Mephisto they also teased the second stretch goal which seemed pretty obvious was for a Goblin Queen Marvel Legends figure. We know all the stretch goals will feature 6" scale Marvel Legends figures and the teaser they showed looked to be the red ruby pendant Madelyne Pryor wears on her Goblin Queen outfit. Likely for that figure to be included the campaign would need to reach 14-15k Backers.

While Hasbro has not said exactly how many stretch goals they had planned for this campaign, I suspect there might be at least one more figure besides Mephisto and Goblin Queen in the works. Mephisto's son Blackheart seems like the most logical choice. The Orb will not be one of the stretch goals, as Hasbro revealed that one to be released at regular retail yesterday during the Pulse-Con panel. The Orb will be released in the next Avengers themed comic wave in early 2023.

Earlier this week Hasbro announced that even though the campaign lost it's Early Bird 6" Marvel Legends Robbie Reyes (Human Form) figure by failing to reach 9k backers but the end of September 23, they would still be including an alternate human Robbie Reyes headsculpt you could use with the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider figure. That's assuming the campaign can get to 9k Backers by the end of October so that it can move into production.

The campaign has struggled quit a bit so far. Back on September 23 the campaign had reached a high of 6,118 Backers, but then began to loose backers when people realized the Early Bird figure wasn't going to be included. When Hasbro announced they would be including the alternate human head earlier this week the campaign had dropped to 5,419 Backers. Since then the counter has gone up and down seeing it's biggest boost after yesterday's panel. As I type this, the campaign has 5,491 Backers with just over 30 days before it ends.

While the campaign still has time to rebound from it's loses, it's left many wondering if the campaign will even be funded, let alone reach enough backers to unlock any of the Stretch Goals. So EVEN IF people find the Stretch Goals appealing enough to motivate them to back this campaign, they may not be willing to do so unless they see the campaign reach the minimum 9k Backers needed to move into production, which to me still seems to be very much in doubt.
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Satam - 2022-11-01 @ 3:43 pm

@HulkwummyRemember when is said to dial it waaay back? This wasn't that. Now no one can post here, and you're going to take a time out.

tarot - 2022-11-01 @ 2:14 pm
On 11/1/2022 at 6:17 AM, Hulkwummy said:

Until we get a real honest to god Marvel Legends Mephisto, classic (pink face or otherwise), all who refused to back this Haslab project will never be forgiven.

if people didn't want to buy it for whatever reason, then that is their choice. There is nothing unforgivable about it. Their money, their choice. It's not just about you. This was a poorly price haslab and people spoke with their money which is their right. You need to grow up and realize that it not just about you.

Audie - 2022-11-01 @ 2:03 pm

Honestly, I dont need anyones forgiveness because I dont owe any other collector the realization of their toy dreams. Not to mention, that I dont have the power to stand in your way. The Hellcharger offering came across to me as insulting and greedy and its my own values I answer to when I dont participate or when I speak up about how I feel. If any person was able to influence another not to by this product, I see that only as a reflection that the offering was substandard according to what the market could support. That just economics, baby. My life will be identical whether anyone forgives me for that or not. You need to rage and blame? You do you, my fellow fan.

MrWolf12000 - 2022-11-01 @ 11:40 am
On 11/1/2022 at 2:17 AM, Hulkwummy said:

Until we get a real honest to god Marvel Legends Mephisto, classic (pink face or otherwise), all who refused to back this Haslab project will never be forgiven.

Its Hasbro who should feel your ire; locking a figure thats been requested forever behind an absurd paywall.

RoMe00150 - 2022-11-01 @ 11:17 am
On 11/1/2022 at 3:17 AM, Hulkwummy said:

Until we get a real honest to god Marvel Legends Mephisto, classic (pink face or otherwise), all who refused to back this Haslab project will never be forgiven.

Oh calm down. Yeah it sucks but blaming everyone won't make anything better

leokearon - 2022-11-01 @ 7:51 am

Sadly it's not surprising that this failed, there was so many things against it. The Price, the lack of universal appeal, the poor choice of tier figures, the early bird figure, etc. Still I'll wait for Lizard faced Mephisto and Marvel Woman

Faust - 2022-11-01 @ 7:36 am
On 11/1/2022 at 6:17 AM, Hulkwummy said:

Until we get a real honest to god Marvel Legends Mephisto, classic (pink face or otherwise), all who refused to back this Haslab project will never be forgiven.

Excuse us for having common sense. 350 for a car that I can get the equivalent of for 50 or less? Yeah, no. Mephisto will come

Atlantis - 2022-11-01 @ 5:31 am
On 10/31/2022 at 8:16 PM, Hogun said:

If Hasbro was smart, they would release Mephisto and a skimpier Madeline Pryor as single card figure to recuperate some of that money

True. Despite what was said, I don't buy for a second that they can't release GQ or really, any figure they dang well choose. Especially since they barely deliver to brick and mortar in the first place, especially since they have Pulse, and especially now with windowless boxing? There's ust no excuse. Frankly, those exact figures not getting released is no loss, because we want the figures released in their classic forms. Refusing to make them now is just cutting off their nose to spite their face.

It is beyond all reason that you, I and anybody else, were completely free to buy the comics and statues these characters appeared in when we were kids, but now in the 21st century, are being told that they're too...whatever....to be sold in plastic action figure form, now that we're adults. I cannot even believe this is a discussion.

This is a good day. I hope the real lesson learned here for hasbo is that they need to seriously listen to their customer base.

Satam - 2022-11-01 @ 4:32 am
On 11/1/2022 at 12:16 AM, Hogun said:

If Hasbro was smart, they would release Mephisto and a skimpier Madeline Pryor as single card figure to recuperate some of that money

Dwight said they can't release Goblin queen in anything more risque than the outfit she had for the Haslab. He didn't rule out one of her other outfits (more conservative), or another look for Mephisto for the future, but from what he told folks in interviews recently, it sounds like these exact figures are never coming out without the Haslab going forward.

Hogun - 2022-11-01 @ 4:16 am

If Hasbro was smart, they would release Mephisto and a skimpier Madeline Pryor as single card figure to recuperate some of that money

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