First Gentle Giant launches a line of jumbo vintage action figures based on Kenner’s classic Star Wars toy line, and then just last month they announced a new line of jumbo vintage action figures based on Hasbro’s iconic G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line. Now, Gentle Giant changes the game once again by unveiling a new line of Marvel’s Secret Wars jumbo vintage action figures based on Mattel’s old school ‘80s toy line based on the comic book mini-series of the same name. The Blot had all of these figures as a kid, and I can’t wait to see Gentle Giant’s take on this slice of my childhood.
If you’re not familiar with Secret Wars, it was a 12 part mini-series from Marvel Comics published in 1984 that introduced the character of The Beyonder to the Marvel Universe. The Beyonder assembles a planet from chunks of other planets and dubs it “Battleworld”. He then kidnaps several heroes and villains from Earth, and transplants them on Battleworld to fight for The Beyonder's amusement. During this story-line, Spider-Man discovers his black suit on Battleworld, which not only goes on to redefine Spider-Man, but ultimately becomes one of his worst enemies as the villain Venom!
The series was tied into the immensely popular Secret Wars action figure collection by Mattel. Each figure included their signature lenticular shield that was unique to the series. The line spawned 2 series of figures, as well as vehicles and playsets. The first figure in this exciting new series is the Black Costume Spider-Man! Digitally scanned from the original Mattel Secret Wars figures and reproduced in 12” scale, no detail has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated Black Costume Spider-Man jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced lenticular shield and comes packaged with a Secret Wars-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork in a resealable plastic outer clam shell.
The Black Costume Spider-Man 12” Jumbo Vintage Marvel’s Secret Wars action figure by Gentle Giant is not expected to be released until October 2015 (we seriously have to wait a year to get our hands on this figure!?!), but it can be pre-ordered now at Entertainment Earth for $81.99 here.