The new Optimus Prime toy (Photo: Hasbro)
Both Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures are being hush-hush about the details of their respective upcoming tentpoles, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Hasbro, however, has never been good at keeping secrets, as a sneak peek of the action figures and accessories give us a pretty good idea about what we'll be seeing in the new movies.
First up — the new (and improved?) Optimus Prime for next summer's "Transformers" installment. The fourth mega-flick in the series isn't meant to be so much a reboot but an introduction to a 'second trilogy' — either way, it calls for a makeover for the Autobot commander.
Optimus's vehicle mode in the original trilogy was a Peterbilt Model-379 truck, with a trailer full of weapons and tech added in the third film, "The Dark of the Moon" (most definitely as a nod to the original 1984 action figure). For "Age of Extinction," Optimus has been upgraded to a Western Star 4900 Custom semi-trailer truck, a sleeker and less bulkier model.
That description carries into his robot mode, as we now have a somewhat 'skinnier' and more athletic-looking Optimus. His sword and shield have also gotten upgrades — the weapons now have a more organic design, and look like they'll definitely come in handy when Optimus faces whatever new foe awaits him in "Age of Extinction" (Galvatron?).
Cool, Hasbro. But now bring on the Dinobots!
[Photos: Hasbro Toy Reveals, 2013]
As for next spring's "Captain America" adventure, we now know — thanks to Hasbro — who will be joining the Winter Soldier in providing antagonism for the red, white and blue hero. We also know more about Cap's updated look...
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' costume pieces (Photo: Hasbro)
The new Captain America action figure (Photo: Film School Rejects/ Kate Erbland)
And a sneak peek of the new Captain America action figure was just unveiled at Hasbro's Annual Pre-Comic-Con Party (courtesy of Film School Rejects). The bright red, white, and blue threads Cap wore in both "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011) and "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012) presented him as a walking, talking American flag, a symbol of optimism and hope during both World War II and modern-day New York City; now, it looks like we've got a much more somber hero with darker blues ... a perhaps more appropriate uniform for a film that's rumored to involve political corruption and intrigue.
Also, he now looks a lot more badass, doesn't he?
New Manadroid, left, and Hydra Soldier action figures (Photo: Hasbro)
In fact, if it weren't for the logo on the weapon and the 'H' on the chest, you might mistake a Hydra soldier for one of the good guys. Yellow and green doesn't traditionally scream "Villain!," though maybe that's the point, especially in a film that's so far been described as a morally ambiguous journey where the line between 'right' and 'wrong' is rather thin and blurry.
The new Mandroid is a suit of power armor chock full of various weapons. In the comics they were developed by Tony Stark for use against formidable foes, though in the Marvel Cinematic Universe we first saw them in "Iron Man 2" as the inventions of Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke), designed to take out Stark but later destroyed by Stark and Rhodey.
The Mandroids have been used by both heroes and villains since they made their debut in "Avengers" #94 (December 1971), though it's unclear what role they'll take in the new "Captain America." One thing's for sure, though: They certainly don't look friendly.
And, oh yeah, the Spidey toy line got an update, too (via ComicBook.com). And it all but reveals a much discussed rumor: that Black Cat will, in fact, be in the mix in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Think this is her? (We're 99-percent sure it is.)
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will hit theaters on April 4, 2014, followed by "Transformers: Age of Extinction" on June 27.
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