2014 Toy Fair Spotlights ‘Transformers 4′ Dinobots, ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Captain America 2′ and More
Hasbro invited press to its 2014 Entertainment Brand Preview for the American International Toy Fair in New York City this weekend, during which time the brand debuted all its toy lines hitting shelves this coming year.
Among the offerings were 'Transformers 4,' 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' 'Captain America 2' and the animated 'Star Wars Rebels' TV series. We were on hand to snap a ton of pics, and while we already detailed the coming merchandise and promo art for Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' here are some of the other toys we're excited about.
'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
"Must have been an Auto-gasm," said the Hasbro presenter after an audience member gasped at the reveal of new 'Transformers 4' toy lines.
'Transformers 4,' officially titled 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' will go where no previous live-action 'Transformers' film has gone before -- dinobot country! As Hasbro confirmed what was already presumed, all the dinobots featured in the film will be rendered in toy form. So far Grimlock and the two-headed pterodactyl, Strafe, are the only ones we've witnessed in the Super Bowl trailer, but there are a number of dinobots shown in toy form that could potentially be popping up in the film. Of course, a rep for Hasbro declined to comment on the matter.
Another new 'Transformers' addition, one who we glimpsed in the trailer, is Crosshairs (he was the green bot parachuting in, guns a blazing), though Drift, Lockdown, Hound and more get toy counterparts.
As for the toys themselves, among the new additions to the 'Transformers' lines that we're really excited for are the One-Step Changers, which kids (and adults) can transform back and forth between car and bot in one simple move. The larger Chomp and Stomp Grimlock (shown in full above and in close up below) shares a similar simplified transforming feature, though this one can also emit T-Rex roars, chomping action and has room for a smaller Optimus Prime figure to sit in.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
A recent rumor was going around the webosphere suggesting the true identity of Robert Redford's mysterious Agent Alexander Pierce character in 'Captain America 2' [SPOILERS], that of Red Skull [END SPOILERS]. And to add fuel to the fire, Hasbro revealed that the villain is a part of the 'Winter Soldier' toy line. The brand specified that other character renderings were adapted from images in the comic books, but Red Skull is specifically part of the film's adjoining line. While this doesn't confirm the rumor, it's something to think about.
'Captain America 2' will see Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) traveling to Washington, D.C. to investigate a mysterious threat -- The Winter Soldier. Played by Sebastian Stan, the assassin is discovered to be the brainwashed and genetically enhanced Bucky Barnes, Cap's bestie thought to be dead in the first film. The character also features prominently in the coming toy line and in new promo art. Check 'em out.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Hasbro is poised to debut toy lines to accompany 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' when the film is released on March 2. Electro (played by Jamie Foxx in the film) and Spider-Man (played by Andrew Garfield) were at the forefront of the new merchandise, though, oddly, Green Goblin and Rhino were omitted. That monstrous 'Ultimate Spider-Man' Goblin rendering, which we've previously seen, made its debut in other batches unaffiliated with the movie-themed lines, as well as Carnage, Shadow Cat and Spider-Girl, but unfortunately this portion of the preview didn't bear much spoilery or foreshadowing fruit.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' will unleash the web slinger's toughest challenge yet -- or, rather, threats. Electro, Rhino and Green Goblin set their sights on Spidey, though the electricity-wielding baddie will be the primary antagonist this time around. Sony Pictures already announced plans for 'Sinister Six' and 'Venom' movies, and this film will surely be a stepping stone in their direction.
'Star Wars Rebels' Animated TV Series
We've already met the new lead characters populating Lucasfilm and Disney XD's upcoming animated TV series, 'Star Wars Rebels' -- the young Luke Skywalker-esque Ezra, cowboy Jedi Kanan, new droid Chopper, and the villainous Inquisitor. But through the new upcoming toy lines from Hasbro, coming later this year, we met the villainous Agent Kallus (above) and another member of the "Ghost" ship, Keb (below left), who Hasbro says is based on the original and eventually scrapped concept art for Chewbacca.
Here's everything we know about the 'Star Wars Rebels' story from the official logline:
‘Star Wars Rebels’ continues the epic tradition of the legendary ‘Star Wars’ saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people.
But there are a select few who are brave enough to stand up against the endless Stormtroopers and TIE fighters of the Empire: the clever and motley crew of the starship “Ghost.” Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes.
Star Wars Command
A Hasbro rep commented on the new Star Wars Command toy line by joking, "We're giving kids the tools to wage war." This was one of the biggest highlights from the Hasbro Preview that caught our attention.
According to Hasbro, the new line "lets kids finally take command of the greatest battles in 'Star Wars' history! Kids can pit huge armies of collectibly-sized figures and vehicles against each other to determine the fate of the galaxy! And, for the first time ever, kids can harness the power of the Force to launch a Star Destroyer into battle with the wave of a hand."
So, how does this work, exactly? Simple. As Hasbro demonstrated with the Star Destroyer (shown below), waving your hand while holding the controller sends the toy forward, while flicking your wrist down sends it backwards and flipping your palm right side up causes it to release four "blast balls" on your opponents. There are many different pieces you can acquire, as teased in the above snapshot from the display, but the Star Destroyer is our favorite.