Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gigantic indeed!

Picture 002 The Marvel Universe line has added another feather to its cap with the Gigantic Battles line, pairing a 12” figure with a 3 3/4” figure. I’ve managed to pick up Goliath (with a 3 3/4” early Avengers-style Iron Man) and Giant Man Super Skrull (with 3 3/4” Bucky Captain America) cheapishly on eBay to add them to my Marvel Universe display.

This is a clever and well executed re-use of the Marvel Icons buck. At first, I thought that Goliath and friend might almost be a little too big to interact with the 3 3/4” figures, but when I paired up my Skrull with Iron Man in his grasp, I realised all the fun that could be had with these big dudes! I also had no idea how much I was going to like the Skrull figure – he’s really quite cool – great menacing headsculpt!

This development in the line, which I believe will be followed up by Galactus, opens up a great deal of potential for larger figures and interesting display options. I am very hopeful that this will continue in some form and perhaps move beyond the Icons buck to other larger characters, perhaps bringing some more characters that were missed in the Marvel Legends BAF era. The only downside of this is that at this point the Gigantic Battles line is a Wal Mart exclusive, a double blow for us international folk.

Marvel Universe certainly needs something like this to compensate for the persistent recycling of top-tier characters, which carries on here in the 3 3/4” inclusions – just how many Iron Men, Spideys, Wolvies, Caps and Hulks the line can sustain are yet to be seen, but it’s nice to have something like this to maintain interest amongst them.

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Until next time!


MORS said...

i was thinking about picking up these sets since they havent moved at my local walmart mainly for the bucky cap but he suffers from a poor paint job like most marvel universe toys.

Westy said...

The real question though Andy is will you be trying to locate the variant Goliath? If I let that go missing, it'd be that and Nicky Fury that I don't have. Also the Galactus is meant to be a whopping 20" and have light and sounds. I may well wet myself when I get ahold of that.

Kyle said...

I hope these do well and more come out.

fishmilkshake said...

I like them. Just need to get hold of them :(

Doug H said...

They sure are a bit pricey for my tastes and the blue-and-gold one has yet to show up here. But, I am a sucker for Goliath and adore the Giant-Man BAF (I have 2).

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