Friday, February 7, 2014

The End of the Marvel Universe

Last year, toy company Hasbro announced that they will discontinue the 3.75-inch Marvel Universe (MU) action figure toy line. They have also announced that it will be replaced by a different line which will have a different theme every year. This year the theme team is the Avengers. X-men fans will have to wait until 2015 before they can add new items to their collection.

The bad news, if you're building a team like the X-men, the wait is just too long. Also, I doubt that they can release all the members of a team in one year. Completing a team may be impossible. Why start building a team if it is impossible to complete it anyways?

The good news, a lot of MU collectors decided to stop collecting MU's and collect other Marvel merchandise. (Hasbro has been pushing the silly idea that the 6-inch figures Marvel Legends as the toys for adult collectors and the 3.75-inch as the toys for kids.) When people stop collecting, they let go of their existing collection. When a lot of people let go of their collection, prices go down. I personally got a number of good deals recently because of this.

But still, one might think that due to the unavailability of certain key characters, the team one is trying to build is still incomplete. Good thing, I'm not like other collectors. I can customize other figures to create new characters. Currently, I'm trying to figure out how to make a small wheelchair for Professor X. I'm also working on a Polaris action figure. Sorry no WIP pics.

As for those who can't customize and still dreams of completing their favorite team, I'd like to sing to them a Demi Lovato song, "Let it go".