I’m just curious at this point to see if Hero Mashers continue much longer. I always thought of them as a fad kind of toy. Something that would go the way of Handful of Heroes or the desperately missed Mighty Muggs. So far they’ve released larger and boxed figures but all I’ve seen on the shelves lately have been the miniatures. The Red Hulk gets his own mini-figure in Series 3 and, even cooler, comes with Thor’s appendage gripping the mighty Mjolnir! With this line you could have anyone gripping Mjolnir, really – but only if you want to really bastardize the continuity! And let’s be honest here – the only one who really messes with Marvel’s mythos is Marvel themselves! Everyone else, show some respect!
Not sure if anyone else out there has been collecting the Super Hero Mashers but I have purchased at least every Hulk figure. The Red Hulk figure seems like a relic now as the Red Hulk has (thankfully) disappeared from the Marvel Universe. I am not delusional into thinking we’ve seen the last of the Red Hulk – but one can hope, can’t we?
Skaar is also somewhat a relic – although still a more acceptable one, to me anyways. The metal arm he comes with is a bit puzzling but at least there is a bad-ass axe that accompanies the figure. I also like how he is not subtitled with “son of Hulk” almost as if the everyday person is aware of the character.
I only have Whiplash for the bad-ass Planet Hulk head that is included. The beloved Hulk tale still reverberates through the whole Marvel franchise and the Mashers are no exception. Unfortunately, we are only delivered a head and not a whole figure.
The Robot Hulk (or Cyborg Hulk) pack is seriously fun. It almost looks like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pack with the pizza and humongous cheeseburger as accessories. Not that cyborgs need to eat but it helps with the illusion.
The other fun piece of this set is the inclusion of the A-Bomb – another relic from the Hulk’s dark period that is no longer a thing – but still made it into a molded piece of plastic.
I can only imagine the meeting where the toy executives came up with the idea for “Mashers”. The head guy (I call him the “boss”) says he need new action figure ideas and then he points to the new guy, who is completely unprepared, and says “Give me what you got!”
The man nervously says “Well, yeah… ummm… I was thinking about the idea about, like, well… you know how heroes all have… arms?”
“Arms? Did he just say arms?” the boss says to the man sitting to his right.
“Arms. Yeah, well, what if they could switch those?”
“Switch their arms?”
“And legs, and heads. Heads as well, yeah.”
“So, let me get this straight. Say we have Spider-Man and we want to play with his body but we want Spider-Man to have the Hulk’s head. We make figures that can actually do that?”
“That is genius!”
And *poof* Mashers were born! Consider that same conversation but with it ending with “We can also make them smaller and call them Micro Mashers” with a similar “That’s brilliant” ending.
The Micro Mashers have absolutely 3 points of articulation – but that’s not really the reason you buy these. Of course, one of the reasons you DO buy them is to switch out the body parts and the legs are unable to be detached. The Hulks do have different heads and one comes with a humongous Hulk fist – but still not sure if that really fits.
Today I bring you fine people the new Avenger’s Hulk Mashers. This is in a set of figures that have interchangeable parts that can make some funked up looking characters. The Hulk with Caps’s arms? Thor’s leg and Iron Man’s… equipment? I mean you sort of have to ask yourself, “Why?” I am not so sure this was the way to go when you’re looking for new series to release.
This figure comes with a few accessories, namely something that looks like a piece of armor attached by a hose and cannon that has a real firing projectile. I didn’t think they made toys like that anymore – but alas I was proven wrong! The action cannon makes up for the hokey theme of this series of figures. Overall, I do like this figure enough to recommend it to any other collector’s out there.