Action figure collectors around the world are especially excited this year by the announcements made by Hasbro in early February. This year there are two big reasons to haunt your favorite toy shop for newly-released action figures. First, Hasbro announced that a new set of G.I. JOE action figures celebrating the release of the new movie, G.I. JOE: Retaliation, starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Bruce Willis. Second, Hasbro made several announcements in regard to their Marvel line of action figures, the most exciting of which may be the return of their 6″ action figure line titled Marvel Legends with 27 new hero figures.
In G.I. JOE: Retaliation, the G.I. JOE force is branded criminal and all but wiped out by a sly Cobra Commander who has managed to take over the White House by assuming the identity of the President of the United States. The G.I. JOES, led by Dwayne Johnson, seek the help of a retired JOE, played by Bruce Willis, to set things right. Hasbro has announced the release of both 12″ and 6″ G.I. JOE action figures based upon the film. However, only “Roadblock”, the character played by Dwayne Johnson, will join the classic 12″ line of G.I. JOE’s. Likenesses of all three action stars from the movie are portrayed on a variety of 6″ action figures packaged with various accessories. In addition to being beautifully crafted, there is an additional draw to this set of G.I. Joes — this may be the last time you can get an action figure modelled after Bruce Willis.
No less spectacular was the Marvel announcement. Over the course of 2013, Hasbro plans to release no less than 27 new 6″ Marvel action figures. Among the figures being added to the Marvel Legends line are Scarlet Spider, Black Panther, and Rocket Racoon. If you think only minor characters are being added, think again. Also being released for the Marvel Legends line are Ultimate Captain America, X-Force Wolverine, and Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey. If you’re like me, then you probably can’t wait to find out about the other 21 figures.
Hasbro also announced that it would be releasing 23 new Marvel 3.75″ action figures in a line to be called The Marvel Universe. Heroes and villains in this line will include Captain America, Thor, and Elektra, as well as Abomination, Baron Zemo, and the Red Skull. The detail on these figures must be seen to be believed and many collectors are already scouring stores for their favorites.
So as you can see, there is a lot to be excited about in regards to the 2013 Hasbro action figure releases. Fans have a lot to be happy about this year. Go check out Hasbro’s new action figures at a toy department near you; you won’t be disappointed..