Here is a round-up of the Marvel Q&A's from around the Internet for November 2009. The things of most interest is we can expect to see a Marvel Universe Reptile figure in 2010 sometime and that there is a hint we could see single carded army building AIM figures for the Marvel Universe line sometime in the future as well. Below is a rundown thanks to Marvelous News reader The Real One.
We missed the deadline to get our own questions in for this round in but are currently taking questions for the December round. We can only send in 3 questions per round but if you would like to ask a question for us to possibly send in to Hasbro about any of their Marvel lines, you can post it HERE
We have to send them in by December 7, 2009 and should have answers back on or around December 18 which will be posted on the main page of Marvelous News.
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Can Marvel Legends fans expect to see anything more than just the Fans' Choice series of 2-packs? Characters like Enchantress, Jim Lee Jean Grey, & classic Ultron have been on ML top 10 lists for years, and it's frustrating that they are coming out in the Marvel Universe line first. Have you thought about doing an online exclusive collectors club series, similar to Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line?
We know how important the Legends line is to collectors and are constantly evaluating how best to address this fan base. Stay tuned for more.
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Now that the first Marvel Universe wave 2010 has started to show up (including variants...sneaky!), when can we expect to hear some details on the rest of the 2010 line? It's a LLLOOOONNNGG time to wait until Toy Fair!
There are infinite possibilities on who we may include in the upcoming waves of MU. You can count on us to deliver some characters of titanic importance.
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Now that the toy line has spawned an animated series, comic book, and video game (that's a cool change, usually it's the other way around, isn't it?)...where's Reptil? Will you be adding him into the toy line, since he's made several appearances on the show, and he's a pretty neat character.
We agree -- anyone who can transform into a dinosaur is a pretty cool character. Look for this figure in SHS in Spring 2010.
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1. Will there be more Marvel Universe product shown at this coming Toy Fair than last year, as there is no NYCC or other collectors event in early 2010?
Answer: We plan to show numerous product intros at Toy Fair, as well as at our collector day.
2. Has Hasbro made any decision on which characters it has chosen to complete each two-pack with the fan-choices, Black Widow, Valkyrie and Deapool?
Answer: Information on this will be released in early 2010.
3. How have Marvel Handful of Heroes done and are there plans for future waves?
Answer: We have been happy with the results of Handful of Heroes, and this is planned to continue in 2010.
The Secret Wars Comic Packs have really went over well with the fans. With Wave 2 hitting stores right now and Wave 3 on the way, we're still left wondering what's in store for Wave 4. We've seen Bob Layton's art for Mohawk Storm, Bulldozer, Thing (Trunks), and Dr. Doom. Care to tell us who pulled the last two slots in the line-up?
The other characters will be disclosed at Toy Fair… keep your eyes peeled for a little surprise.
Have we seen the end of the Wolverine and the X-Men figure line? The line started off strong, but then outside of repaints we only got Nightcrawler, Toad, and Forge to expand the collection. Since then we haven't heard anything, even though there's so many characters still to do. Emma Frost, Storm, Jean Grey, Quicksilver, Shadowcat, etc.
While there are no plans right now for dedicated Wolverine and X-Men lines, you will see start to see some of your favorite mutants in the Marvel Universe line.
We're all really excited about the Fan's Choice figures that we voted for. But we haven't really heard or seen anything since 5 of the 7 were announced. The final two were even supposed to be announced at SDCC '09, but nothing surfaced. Can we get an update or maybe even a sneak peek of the figures? We assume that the Modern Luke Cage that is part of Marvel Universe Wave 2 for '10 is one of the two additional figures that won the poll.
Luke Cage did make it as a Fan's Choice Runner Up. Stay tuned for more info on the other characters that made the cut!
1) Will the Marvel Universe line continue to focus on current events such as Secret Invasion or will there also be some classic interpretations of characters in the mix as well?
Yes, we plan to include classic versions as well as current in the 2010 line and beyond.
2) Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive "Gigantic Battles" sets be an ongoing year-long assortment or will they only be released once a year?
These sets are planned as Fall launches… they are a great addition to expanding the Marvel Universe.
3) When will you be announcing which characters Hasbro has chosen to compliment the winners of the Marvel legends 2-pack poll?
Information on this will be released in early 2010.
Has Hasbro looked at any of the female Marvel Super Heroes for the Crossovers treatment?
We don't have plans to feature female characters in the Transformers Crossovers line.
On the Crossover figures, there are occasionally attachment points that look a little unusual to Transformers fans. They are split pegs with 6 or 8 sides to them; for example, Hulk Tank's shoulders or Human Torch's gun handles. Firstly, is there a specific name for these types of attachments? And secondly, what is the advantage to using them? It seems like they become detached rather easily, or too easily in the case of Human Torch's gun handles.
The design team here wanted to take a different approach to these figures to create a unique design language for the MU line in juxtaposition to the Transformers line.
In the Marvel Universe line, body reuse is important in keeping tooling costs down. Which body-type does the design team favor most when it comes to re-purposing them for a new character? Is there one that they would be happy if it never saw reuse again?
The bodies that we use are determined on a character by character basis. We are planning to move away from certain bodies and develop new ones as well as other parts to help expand our tooling library and character assortment.