Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S.
The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron. Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year.
At this point, it’s fair to say Marvel’s House of X and Powers of X are unqualified hits. The jumpstart to the X-line is doing what it’s supposed to, which is reignite interest and discussion in the X-Men. For our part, that merges two of our most frequent throughlines, which are 1) figure wish lists and 2) finishing teams. There’s been A LOT of progress made on those fronts in recent months, but this is a perfect time to revisit the lists and see what we need (yes, need. NEED.) from Marvel Legends. Call it Must-Have Mutants.
House of X/Powers of
X: Does anyone out there think we WON’T get a House of X assortment by next
year? This one’s easy, really: start with X (Xavier), Magneto in white, Moira,
Rasputin, Cardinal, and Destiny with a Nimrod BAF. Which redesigns, etc. do you
like best so far?
Classic X-Men: I
still contend that we need a classic Mimic and a classic Changeling (separate
from the AoA Morph we’re getting). I’d also stump for redone Toad, Mastermind
(never been a figure!) and Unus, among others.
“New” X-Men: I’ve
gone on the record many times that the era just isn’t complete without
Thunderbird or Storm in her Cockrum costume. Krakoa should get the BAF
treatment at some point, too. I’d also like to see ML dive into the Hellfire
X-Villains: See Hellfire Club. Also,
more Reavers! Belasco! How about a S’ym BAF? Let’s go crazy, people?
New Mutants: New
Mutants have made a lot of progress in a short time. The forthcoming Walgreens
Dani Moonstar/Wolfsbane/Karma is a real swing for the fences. Warlock wasn’t
that long ago. Classic Cannonball, Sunspot, Cypher, Magma, and Magick need to
happen, people! This would be a good spot for Legion, too.
Similarly, a lot of progress here, too. Musts would have to be a classic
Warpath, Feral, Rictor, and Siryn. What about Copycat? Some MLF members?
X-Factor: ‘90s X-Factor is having a big year with Madrox, the Havok/Polaris two-pack, and the Strong Guy BAF. We definitely need an X-Factor Wolfsbane to wrap that group. As far as other iterations, since we’ve got that ’85 Cyclops, what about the rest of the group in those outfits? Rusty and Skids? Or an Artie and Leech two-pack?
Marvel Legends hasn’t plumbed this area AT ALL. With Chamber and Mondo coming
back to the books, maybe there’s an opening?
had a lot of ninja Psylocke/Kwannon. What about Outback Betsy? Or the Silvestri
armor? Of the new Captain Britain look? Plus, Phoenix II, Meggan, Pete Wisdom,
and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SHADOWCAT.
The Marauders: This is the name of the new nautically-themed X-book, but it also harkens back to Mr. Sinister’s crew. Apart from Sabretooth, not ONE has been a Legend. Scalphunter, Riptide, Arclight, Harpoon, Vertigo, and more are ripe for attention.
Other X: At the
risk of getting laundry-listy . . . Sage, Thunderbird (Neal Shaara), Lifeguard,
Kid Omega, Dr. Nemesis, the Young X-Men . . . yeesh. I started with team
finishes, and now I keep thinking of other teams and line-ups that they need to
With a couple week’s left to reach the 8,000 backers, Hasbro has revealed a closer look at the robot mode for Unicron, the biggest Transformer ever.
They also revealed how you’ll convert the figure from planet to robot. Legendary Takara Tomy product designer, Kunihiro, performs complex conversion steps with style in this unique take on a Transformers conversion video.
Hey, kids. The dust settled on San Diego Comic-Con a couple of weeks back, and we had quite the earthquake of Marvel Studios news. I’m going to take a bit of a look at what we know about Phase 4 and just prognosticate on what we might get.
Generally, since 2014, every time there’s a film, we get at least one assortment associated with it. Typically, we’ve been getting something on the order of one Spidey assortment per year, one Avenger assortment (more or less), and others influenced by what’s on-screen. Examples include the Cap-centric Mandroid group of 2014, GOTG waves in 2014 and 2017, Doctor Strange in 2016, and so on. With that set-up place, let’s look at what’s coming, beginning in 2020.
Phase 4 was introduced with the idea that it will include both the films AND the Disney+ series. Films slated are Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, andThor: Love and Thunder, while the Disney+ series are The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, What If? (animated),Loki, and Hawkeye. I’m also going to note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wraps up next year, too, while Cloak and Daggercontinues on FreeForm and Ghost Riderand Helstromjoin Runawayson Hulu (though it’s questionable at this point if ANY of those canonically belong to the MCU. That’s a debate for another time).
It’s interesting to note that a lot of potential figures for
items above have been covered in recent years or will be soon. There’s a
classic comic-style Shang-Chi coming in a Spidey wave. Cloak and Dagger hit in
a Spidey wave last year. The Mighty Thor (Jane), Loki, and Valkyrie were
covered in the sole Ragnarok wave,
with Loki and Valkyrie getting other versions in recent Avengers product (a
Wal-Mart exclusive two-pack in Loki’s case). David Harbour is playing Red
Guardian in Black Widow, and the
comic version of RG appeared in the 2016 Cap wave. MCU Scarlet Witch and Vision
were in a TRU exclusive two-pack more than a year ago, and other versions of
both have found their way into other waves. Both MCU Falcon and Winter Soldier
were in a Target exclusive two-pack last year, and Hawkeye’s Ronin persona was
in this year’s second Endgame
assortment. That’s a lot, right?
Again, purely speculating, it seems likely that Black Widow will bring us a couple of Natashas (yeah, we’ve had some recently, too, but she’s the lead), Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz’s Iron Maiden, and some form of Taskmaster (yeah, there have been 2 others in the last 3 years, but still). I’m going to publicly hope right now that, movie appearance or not, the BAF is Ursa Major. That would be very appropriate and very awesome.
The Eternals, to me, is wide open. I figure we’ll get a nice round-up of the mains, like Ikarus, Thena, Ajak, Gilgamesh, and the rest. Similarly, Shang-Chi will obviously get us an MCU version of the lead and the first “real” Mandarin. It would be cool to see a classic comic Mandarin, too. Lots of room to move there.
For Doctor Strange, well, it’s a bit harder. We have recent
Wandas and Doctor Voodoo (who is rumored to appear). However, if they do
introduced the rumored Clea and Nightmare, they could do them, the Doc, Wong
(still not a Legend!), maybe a Damian Hellstrom (nod to the series) and get a
cool assortment with an appropriate supernatural BAF. I actually think Thor: Love & Thunder has it the
hardest, as ALL of the announced leads have had multiple figures in the past
couple of years. That’s to say that they might not lean in hard; hell, they
never did the Warriors Three, and I want a comic-style Volstagg BAF.
I would like to see TV’s Agents
of S.H.I.E.L.D. get some love before they go. Seven seasons, and no Quake?
Or Agent May? Even if this turns into an exclusive boxed set repurposing
Coulson and using Everett Ross parts for Fitz, etc, it would be great to see
before they retire.
All right, kids, that’s just some initial speculation. What
do you hope to see happen out of these various projects? Peggy as Cap? A new
Kate Bishop? A new US Agent? Talk to us.
The whimsy and wonder of My Little Pony is heading to your town in an all-new musical delight for all ages! Hasbro and Mills Entertainment haveannounced the inaugural U.S. tour of My Little Pony Live, set to premiere March 2020.
Inspired by the My Little Pony’s signature themes of friendship and magic, the original stage production features the beloved pony characters affectionately called “the Mane Six”—Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow Dash. Rounding out the lineup is Spike the Dragon, a fan favorite from the hugely successful My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series, which is currently airing its ninth season.
The fantastical, sensation-filled musical tells an exciting new tale. As the ponies prepare for the blossoming of Ponyville’s Rainbow Tree, promising another hundred years of friendship, trouble arises in Equestria. The Mane Six must set out to save the ailing Rainbow Tree with strength, determination, creativity and — of course — the magic of friendship! Come one pony, come all, on this unforgettable journey to Equestria!
My Little Pony Live is the ultimate live celebration of the magic of My Little Pony – brought to life for the whole family!
The production kicks off in March 2020 and tours throughout the country with stops including Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Houston and more.
Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, August 9, 2019, in select cities.
MY LITTLE PONY LIVE Tour Dates
3/07/20 – The Ordway Center – St. Paul, MN
3/08/20 – Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
3/21/20 – Rosemont Theatre – Rosemont, IL
3/28/20 – Clowes Memorial Hall – Indianapolis, IN
3/29/20 – Palace Theatre – Columbus, OH
4/08/20 – The Tower Theatre – Philadelphia, PA
4/09/20 – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts – Brookville, NY
4/10/20 – Chevalier Theatre – Boston, MA
4/11/20 – Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown, NJ
4/15/20 – Count Basie Theatre – Red Bank, NJ
4/17/20 – The Hanover Theatre – Worcester, MA
4/18/20 – Shubert Theatre – New Haven, CT
4/19/20 – Kodak Theatre – Rochester, NY
5/02/20 – Times Union Center – Jacksonville, FL
5/03/20 – Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center – Tampa, FL
5/30/20 – Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA
6/02/20 – Steven Tanger Center – Greensboro, NC
6/09/20 – The Theatre at Grand Prairie – Grand Prairie, TX
6/10/20 – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center – Midland, TX
6/11/20 – The Tobin Center – San Antonio, TX
6/26/20 – Center for the Performing Arts – San Jose, CA
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