MARVEL UNIVERSE (HASBRO)
“Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the greatest crossover event of all time. As Galactus assembles the vast machine that will eventually consume Battleworld and all that exist on its surface, Mr. Fantastic and the other heroes lay their plans. The leader of the Fantastic Four knows more about Galactus than any man alive, and his advice on the coming battle is priceless. Back in Doombase, Ultron stands guard over his master’s interests while the other villains go about their assigned tasks.”
2009 was the 25th Anniversary of Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover. Given that the whole purpose of that god-forsaken thing was to move some toys, I guess it was only appropriate that its anniversary would also be used to move some toys. Hasbro got in on the action with a whole sub-set of two-packs from their then running Marvel Universe line, and really took advantage of the event to bulk up the classic characters roster for the line. The villains in particular made out quite well, since a good number of the packs paired the off one on one with the heroes. It also managed to get us our first ever proper classic Ultron figure, after Toy Biz batted around it so many times.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ultron was released in the third series of Secret Wars two-packs for the Marvel Universe line, in a pack that also included Mr. Fantastic and a reprint of Secret Wars #6. Ultron’s role in the mini-series is pretty darn laughable, but I’ll take any excuse to get a good Ultron figure. The figure stands 4 inches tall and has 23 points of articulation. I actually looked at this sculpt in its entirety already, when I looked at the later single-carded Ultron. It’s a really good sculpt, and a pretty fantastic recreation of the classic Ultron design. There are a few quirks to it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it (my figure here is actually missing the shoulder pads he’s supposed to have; both versions of the mold included them, but this guy came to me without one of them, and I wanted him to be symmetrical). The big change-up is the paintwork. The single release had a slightly out of character color scheme, making him more of a gunmetal grey and bright green combo. It was interesting, but not quite a “classic” Ultron. This figure stuck with the classics, with a brighter shade of silver, and the proper red for the eyes and mouth. Unlike the later figure, the energy also doesn’t bleed out over the rest of the figure; the red stays confined to the head. The spots that were green on the body on the other figure are instead a dark blue here, which quite well replicates the comics design, accents the sculpt quite well. I also really dig the crackling energy effect they’ve done in his mouth, which again is straight comics in nature. Ultron included no accessories, unless you want to count the dead weight that was the Mr. Fantastic figure that made up the other-half of this two-pack.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I discussed in my review of the single release, I missed out on this guy when he was new, largely because I just didn’t want that Mr. Fantastic. I made due with the later figure, but I definitely still wanted this one, since he’s the true classic look and all. Fortunately, one got traded into All Time right before everything shut down, and I was able to grab him. Sure, he’s missing the shoulderpads, but that’s a small thing. I still like the green one for his uniqueness, but this guy’s the real deal. He can be the Ultron-11 to that guy’s Ultron-12.