extremely popular action figure line debuted in 2009.
After a couple of years continuing the 6 inch
Marvel Legends action
figure line that Toy Biz had started a few years earlier,
Hasbro decided to scale down the size of the Marvel figures
to a more traditional size that they were more accustomed to
Hasbro is famous for producing GI Joe action figures since 1982
and the re-launched versions of the Star Wars action figures in
1995 and both of those product lines are primarily made in the 3-3/4 inch scale so it was natural for Hasbro to do
the same for the Marvel Universe figures.
With a stable of characters that runs extremely deep, Hasbro
could tap into the Marvel Comics Universe and bring forth
characters that have never been made into action figures. The
reduced size was cost effective in order to accomplish this
Universe figures have similar points of movement as found in
the Marvel Legends line. Each figure for the most part can
be adjusted at the head, middle chest, waist, arms-with some
having a couple of points, elbows, wrists, legs-some a
couple of points, knees and ankle movements.
opportunities are great for collectors and fans allowing
them to setup their figures in a variety of ways.
The accessories that come with each figure is appropriate
to that figure such as Spider-Man who comes with a web shooting accessory
that can be attached to his arm/hand. There is
display base that comes with some figures and a dossier file on the figure as it
relates to some of the current Marvel Comics storylines.
This would later change as the line continued.
first few series contained a Nick Fury SHIELD operations'
team special letter assessment on the hero or villain
written in a way as if it were written directly to the collector/fan. A nice touch.
The paint jobs have been done extremely well from figure to
figure. There are some great paint applications on
just about every figure.
The sculpting has been fantastic giving each figure great
detail and definition. You wonít confuse a figure with
You can compare them directly with their
comic book counterparts and be very happy with the likeness.
The packaging is very uniform throughout the line. Each
figure comes in its own clear plastic bubble attached to a
card back which has a summary on the figure and photos of
some of the figures in that series.
When you display unopened package figures next to one
another they look very uniform and can freely stand them without
tilting the package backward or forward.
There have been a number of multi-pack figures that have
been spin-offs of this line. One is the Marvel Secret
Wars 2 packs where each of the 12 issues from the 1980s
Marvel Secret Wars comic book maxi-series was reproduced and
inserted into 12 different 2 figure packages.
You might see Thor and
Enchantress, Hulk and Cyclops, Black Costumed Spider-Man and
Magneto, Captain America and Klaw,
Human Torch and Wolverine and other key heroes and villains
from that comic series.
have been a number of comic book 2 packs that
have been created from some of Marvelís famous issues and
covers. One of them is Marvelís Greatest Battles
featuring Cyclops and Dark Phoenix from the legendary Dark
Phoenix storyline from the 1980s.
There have been some
impressive larger, over-sized figures that have added a
tremendous value to many collections with the highly
18 inch Galactus figure and the 18 inch Sentinel
figure. Each had its own electronics and with a
press of a button can produce voices and sounds and lights.
have been a number of special figures and multi-pack figures
that have been produced which were store, internet and comic
book show exclusives.
One simulated the Invaders containing Captain America,
Sub-Mariner, Human Torch and the Red Skull which sold
initially at the
San Diego Comic Con.
others including a Hydra Soldier, Hand Ninja and SHIELD
agent in a 3 pack, Spider-Man, Iceman, Firestar comprising
Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends 3 pack.
There's been a 35th Anniversary set celebrating Giant Size
X-Men #1 from 1975 introducing the New X-Men with figures of
Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and
There's been a classic Avengers gift set including the
original Avengers team from 1963-Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, with
Ant-Man and the Wasp as they first appeared in Avengers #1.
There's been a Gigantic Battles series which included a
regular Universe figure in his 3-3/4 inch size with a larger
size character in the 12 inch range of Goliath, Skrull Giant
Man, Frost Giant.
This is just the scratch of the surface with so many other
specialty figures and specialty multi-figure packages.
There's an even bigger way to expand on this product line as
they are so comparable to other 3-3/4 inch figures like GI
Joe, Star Wars, DC Infinite Heroes and many others.
They blend in so well with these other product lines adding
to the possibilities for anyone's collection.
This truly is an amazing line of figures that all action
figure collectors and comic book fans have gravitated to
with so much more potential for greater things to come.
There are so many other characters that can be produced
however Hasbro did announce in mid-2013 that they will more
than likely change the naming of the line and introduce
future characters with a tie-in to movie and other
properties. Marvel Universe will essentially end, but
the figures in this scale and style will be introduced with
a movie line of figures for example.
Be on the lookout as there
are many movies and TV shows planned with more and more
figures being featured and blended in with those lines.
suggestion is if you want to start collecting these figures
to purchase them at retail shops locally.
I find in my area there are several stores to pick up the figures.
out Target, Walmart, Toys R
Us and K-Mart are some great venues to look for these
you've exhausted your retailers and don't want to wait for
figures to return to toy store shelves, then you may want to
check out your local comic book stores. They usually
don't sell them out too fast since their prices are a tad
bit higher than the above major retailers so you have the
opportunity to go in there and get some hard to find pieces.
A lot of times there are many collectors and sellers/dealers
who will market these figures at local comic book shows.
I find quite a few that deal with action figures in addition
to comic books.
local options have been drained then it's time to go online
and try places like
Amazon.com, Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth,
provided quite a few direct links to Amazon.com's site on
this page for various Marvel Universe figures that not only
Amazon.com carries, but a host of sellers who have
You can do quite a bit of comparison shopping between
various sellers while on Amazon.com's site.
Each item will have detailed purchasing information and
reviews from other buyers about the item. There will
be historical information on the seller as well so you can
use to make your decision on which listing is right for you.
Ebay is another good source for figures. On Ebay thereís a lot
of collectors/sellers/dealers always looking to move in and
out of product and Marvel Universe is a product line that
they know will sell for them since so many collectors want
Be careful to check out the auctions and or Buy it Now
listings carefully. Some sellersí terms are not right for
everyone and sometimes the items are not what you expect.
If condition of the package is important to you, then be
sure to ask a lot of questions. If you donít get the right
kinds of answers youíre looking for, then move on and try
Always check out the sellerís profile to see how their past
selling has been. If theyíre new to selling and have only
been buying, ask questions.
You always want to be comfortable with the person youíre
potentially going to be buying from and you really need to
know what it is youíre getting.