Sunday, February 23, 2014

New toys let you create your own ultimate Marvel Super Hero

Wouldn't it be great to be able to take the features you like the best from your favorite super heroes and villains mashed together to create your own ultimate creation?!  Now you can with Hasbro's newest line of toys MARVEL Super Hero Mashers.

My 5 year old son and I always take a run through the toy department during our weekend grocery shopping trip at Meijer and these toys caught both of our attention this week.  So when we returned home from shopping I looked them up online to find out a little more info.

Because of issues with severe food allergies in our household to peanuts and tree nuts many candy treats associated with holidays like Easter are off limits to our kids so we often supplement trick or treat bags and Easter baskets with a few toys in lieu of sweets.  According to the Hasbro website, MARVEL Super Hero Mashers are figures that you can take apart and interchange the parts from other figures in the collection to create your own super hero, or villain, combinations.  Figures are sold individually and currently feature Captain America, Dr. Doom, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Patriot, Spiderman, Thor and Wolverine to choose from. There are 3 categories of these toys, ELECTRONIC ($19.99) which have battery powered special effects [ Iron Man / Wolverine ], UPGRADED ($14.99) which has additional accessories like missile launchers included [Hulk / Thor / Iron Patriot], and BASIC figures ($9.99) which include Captain America, Dr. Doom, Hawkeye & Spiderman. The age range for these toys is listed as 4 & up.

On the Hasbro website they have an app that lets you create your own Marvel Mashers and make a poster that you can print out like the one I've posted above:

These seem like fun toys, but one concern I had was the price.  As individual toys they actually appear to be reasonably priced, but when you take into consideration that you need to buy multiple figures to enjoy the mashup benefits of the toy line that price starts to become somewhat expensive.  If you were to buy 3 figures (one from each category) for your child you are suddenly spending nearly $50+ dollars. You know your child isn't going to want just one figure because the point is to get these for the mashup ability.  I'm still on the fence about buying these toys but not necessarily ruling out that my friend the Easter Bunny may stop by with a couple of them (they are mashups you really need to buy at least 2 or otherwise just buy the regular super hero action figures on store shelves).

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