In a day and age where it’s tough to even get all stores to put out ther street-dated Star Wars figures on Force Friday, an unplanned near-simultaneous nationwide release on a new exclusive feels like a minor miracle. But that’s just what we got this week, when the Marvel Legends Mary Jane & Spider-Man two-pack began hitting Toys R Us stores from coast to coast all on the same day! And they’re not the only new exclusives hitting shelves–the fabled Marvel Legends Invisible Woman has now become visible!
But–! Within hours of that sighting, photos of the MJ two-pack (with verifying receipts) began appearing from Texas, Illinois, Colorado and more. As unlikely as it seemed, it appeared that the Toys R Us exclusive set was enjoying an obscenely rare release across the country all at once.
Even though my local Toys R Us is, well… horrible… I decided to try my luck and went on the hunt myself to see just how fast the Spidey & MJ Marvel Legends set was spreading. As I expected, there were none on the shelves in the Marvel section.
I was halfway out of of the store when I thought to myself “Wait, shouldn’t there be a big Spider-Man Homecoming section in the front of the store?” I took a quick walk and hit pay-dirt, with four fresh sets nice and lined up for me to peruse in the display.
I’m glad there were four sets on-hand, too, because the paint deco quality control on these figures wasn’t the best. Three of the All-New All-Different Spider-Man figures had badly painted chest symbols, so I grabbed the one set with a perfect Spidey (although the Mary Jane figure’s paint apps in that set were slightly imperfect on the jeans and shirt).
I’m not sure if I’ll get to a review of these figures promptly (as I have a huge backlog now with Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 2 having arrived), but at a glance, both figures look like major winners–just scrutinize the paint apps carefully when you choose your set to make sure that you get a good one.
Now, for those not familiar with H.E.R.B.I.E., urban legend is that he was created to replace Human Torch in the 1978 Fantastic Four animated series because execs thought kids would light themselves on fire imitating the Human Torch.
With a new exclusive Walgreens Marvel Legends Human Torch figure hitting stores this summer and Mr. Fantastic rumored to hit shelves next year, now is the time to hit Walgreens stores relentlessly and begin building your new F4 lineup with Sue Storm!
Huge thanks to Dave Mora, EJ Allen, Ben Anastacio, Patrick Vallejos, Oliver James and Julio Esparza , who all gave me permission to run their photos of these new figures in this article alongside my own. You guys are the best!!
Sound off, Marvel collectors! Have you founded the Marvel Legends Spider-Man and Mary Jane set and/or the Invisible Woman yet in your area? And if so, what do you think of the figures?