In my last Blast From The Past, I confessed my undying love for the 1984 Marvel maxi-series Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. Coincidentally, this year was the 25th anniversary of that groundbreaking company-wide crossover.
Now, as devastated as I was that Marvel and Hasbro stopped making the beloved Marvel Legends line of action figures, (though the sculpts were admittedly much better looking when they used to be made by Toybiz), I was delighted to find out that the new 3 and 3/4 inch Marvel Universe Line from Hasbro was set to include 25th Anniversary Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars.
There’s six 2 figure sets in all, each set coming with a reprint of issue of the series. The first wave includes a 2-pack of Captain America and villain Klaw, (I freaking LOVE Klaw! I’ve been dying for a Bowen bust of him for years!), along with issue #1. Then there’s the Human Torch and Wolverine with issue 2, and Thunderball and Spider-Man with issue 3.
I zipped over to Target, and now I’m the proud owner of all three sets from Wave 1. I think they’re pretty cool looking. They’re well-articulated, though some of the paint jobs seem to be a bit sloppy. I still prefer the larger Marvel legends, still and all.
Despite that, I’ll still probably pick up Wave 2, which includes an angry Hulk and Cyclops with issue 4, Iron Man and Spider-Woman with issue 7, and Spider-Man in his iconic black costume along with Magneto and issue 8.
Nostalgia, and my uncontrollable need to be a consumer, will compel me to seek out every Secret Wars tie-in that Marvel sees fit to produce. It may not be good for my bank account, but really… who needs money?