With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ set to launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe into space and beyond, the toy companies are responding appropriately. After all, you can’t introduce the cosmic side of the Marvel world to mainstream audiences without throwing the real nerds a bone … and by bone, we mean cool exclusive action figures that can only be picked up at Comic-Con 2014.
Initially revealed over at USA Today, Hasbro’s new cosmic-themed toy sets aren’t just slapped together — each of them is based on a famous comic book storyline (that just so happens to share characters and ideas with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ of course).
First, there’s the set based on the iconic “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, which packages the mad titan Thanos with his protege Nebula, his rival Starfox and the love of his life Mistress Death. Retailing for $74.99, the set of 3 3/4″ figures also includes your own foam, wearable Infinity Gauntlet, letting you pretend to dominate the galaxy from the relative safety of your mom’s basement.
Sorry. We couldn’t resist.
The second set is from the far more recent “Thanos Imperative” storyline. It’ll set you back $99.99, but if you want 6″ versions of Black Bolt, Medusa, Star-Lord and Blaastar packaged in a box that looks like the Galactus Engine, that’s a small price to pay.