Hasbro 2012: Check out new toys for 'Avengers,' 'Amazing Spider-Man,' and (!) 'Return of the Jedi'

The New York Comic-Con kicks off today, but the festivities got off to an early start last night, when Hasbro hosted a preview of their 2012 slate of toys. Since the manufacturer has the rights to big franchises like Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, we went in expecting some intriguing sneak peeks at next year’s superhero projects. But there was a nice surprise in store — or at least, a nice surprise if you’re the kind of excitable geek fetishist who used to save every issue of Star Wars Insider. (Guilty!) Read on…

First up, let’s take a look at the Avengers toys. Iron Man still looks like vintage Iron Man, despite my long-running campaign to convince Marvel Studios to bring the ’80s-chic “Silver Centurion” armor to life:

Next we see Hawkeye, who looks exactly like Jeremy Renner. Or rather, he looks like Jeremy Renner after a million years of pull-ups. I recognize the biceps and the triceps, but what are all those other muscles? Can’t wait for the Hawkeye/Hulk arm wrestling scene.

Black Widow, shown here with some totally necessary pouches.

This figure represents the tweaked version of Captain America’s costume that will be seen in Avengers. I thought the WWII-era costume in this summer’s Captain America was awesome. I’m still not entirely onboard with the new outfit — are metallic shoulder-pads really necessary?

Elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, here’s a look at the new action figure for next year’s rebooted Spider-Man. It’s difficult to tell in this picture — which, by the way, there’s a reason why I never get to hold the camera on family vacations — but the costume material on the toy actually captured the specific rubbery look of the film’s costume. (My colleague Keith Staskiewicz refers to it as “the basketball fabric.”)

But let’s get to the really fun stuff. To tie in with the Star Wars Blu-ray release, Hasbro is releasing a few toys which are specifically based on a single deleted scene from Return of the Jedi, when the gang hangs out in a sandstorm after blowing Jabba’s ship up. Here’s Lando in Lawrence of Arabia regalia.

And this demure gal is Leia, shown here wearing approximately one million percent more clothes than in the previous half-hour of Return of the Jedi.

And in the only exciting piece of news you’ll ever hear about The Phantom Menace, Hasbro is releasing a Darth Maul-style double-sided lightsaber to tie into next year’s apocalyptic re-release of Episode One in glorious 3-D. Here’s EW’s aforementioned Keith Staskiewicz, showing us his war face. Terrifying.

PopWatchers, you like what you see? Am I the only one who’s holding out hope for a Tosche station play-set, complete with Luke’s pals Deak, Camie, Windy, and Fixer? Or a special limited edition figure of Han Solo’s Deleted Scene Girlfriend?

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  • mockingbird

    I want the hawkeye action figure

  • Mikie

    Oh darn. When you said “Avengers” I was hoping for an Emma Peel action figure.

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • redvector

      LOL Loves to type America Loves Crap.

    • Steve F.

      And nobody loves LOL.

    • Kardashia

      Speaking of crap, anyone catch the latest Kardashian episode? Kim was in a hottub, being whiny of course. She had drank a bit too much, and accidently squeezed out a big old turd. The Kardashian turd floated up to the top of the water, and was bouncing around in the sudsy bubbles. Kim was freaking out, as the jets propelled the K-turd closer toward her. It was bobbing near hear head when she’d had enough. She stood up to get out of the hottub, but slipped and fell back into the water, right onto the K-turd! It broke up into little pieces, chunks getting stuck in between her toes and in her hair. I was a Kraptastic Kardashian episode!!!

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  • Hoboken X-Wing

    I didn’t know Seth Rogen was playing the new Darth Maul. Sweet, dude.

  • wtm

    When I saw the photo of Black Widow on the home page, I thought it might be that sociopath Alice Morgan from the BBC series, Luther. That woman is capable of anything!

  • Wasp

    We’re all Avenger fans, but my son isa bit disappointed that Hank Pym (aka Giant Man) won’t be in the movie. He really wanted a GM toy Hopefully, He’ll be in Avengers 2 :)

  • HM

    It’s probably just the photography, but the action figures look like claymation to me.

  • angeljake

    A ‘Jenny’ figure? ;) Darth Maul dual lightsaber looks the same as the one made years before…

  • Bob in San Diego

    Wonder why Iron Man has the circle on his chest instead of the triangle from IM2 and the Avengers trailer?

    After noticing that, I do not wonder why I’m still single. Sigh.

    • Andre

      Can’t believe I went all these years igaronnt of the Red Hulk’s Origin. Thanks for the spoiler. I’m not even being sarcastic. You lit a fire under my butt to pick up some Incredible Hulk/WWHulks from the lst few years! And I’m loving em!

  • JMB in FL

    These action figures are ripe for the KaBlam! treatment.

  • mike

    The Avengers heads are almost bobblehead-esque

  • Chelsea

    Is it bad that in my mid-twenties I still impulse buy Star Wars action figures? I swear, I’m a nerd, yes, but not the “mom’s basement” variety, haha

  • Wolfgirl73

    I am so getting Jeremy Renner’s action figuer and Caps those are the only two I want

  • Oldboy87

    My wife bought me a Darth Maul lightsabre in 1999 … And now I feel really old

  • tresorparis

    Thanks for interesting blog post. You guys are always provide information that it makes it impossible not to want to buy your next product ;I caní»t wait to see what you guys come up with based on all your research and data that you gather.

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