Let’s just begin with the MU line that had both its ups and downs this year. I have really warmed up to this line – more than I should, probably – mainly due to the vast amount of different figures they have. Here are the positives from 2011:
The Best: From the Avengers Boxed Set, including an amazing looking first appearance Hulk, to the classic, rarer and more unknown characters produced like The Constrictor and Skaar. Marvel and Hasbro released some of the better variants this year related to the Hulk Universe, like the First Appearance Wolverine and, like I mentioned before, the Avengers Boxed Set. I know I’ve mentioned that twice already – but it’s THAT good! Not to mention, the Avengers set has become pretty hard to find these days. We also have one of my favorite repaints of the year – the Compound Hulk. Yes, it’s based off of a terrible story – but let’s face it – the re-paint is just hilarious and spectacular! We were also able to complete complete our classic Defenders displays with the long over due release of Dr. Strange! (yes, I have it but have not posted it – you would not believe how much I have to post – it’s just about finding the time to do it all!) Also getting an Absorbing Man – complete with fully transformed metal variant – gives the MU line one of the best years for figures we’ve had in a long time!
The Worst: That’s not to say that everything was peaches and cream with the line this year… starting with the Avengers Base variant. Everything about that figure was excellent – everything but the price. It’s amazing to watch the TRU exclusive yo-yo in price the way it did. First they were asking $19.99 – but not even a month later the figures went on sale for a much more reasonable $12.99. Once the sale ended the price went back to $19.99 for a bit – then lowered again to $16.99. Basically, these figures were not selling. Collectors may have bought them, like myself, but obviously they weren’t popular enough to keep the price up. Speaking of variants too – the Skaar “name plate” variant is the weakest excuse for a variant to date.
All in all – not too shabby – the MU line has way more positives than it does negatives this year – so kudos to them!