What better way to greet the new year than by welcoming back an old friend, right? I was astonished to see a new line of Mighty Muggs displayed at the Hasbro NYCC 2017 press event in October, and now the official street date of 1/1/2018 has arrived. But not only is Wave 1’s on-shelf date today—it’s also the day we get our first photos and info on Series 2! Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 2 is now up for order, including Black Panther, Rocket Raccoon and Doctor Strange!
Although the main line of original Mighty Muggs figures only ran from 2007-2008, we’ve seen a plethora of exclusive Muggs and smaller figures released over the years by Hasbro to keep the flame alive. But 10 years after the core line previously ended, Marvel Mighty Muggs are back this year in a big way!
(2) Captain America
(1) Black Widow
But wait—! Before you sprint off to the store in search of all five of those figures (you’re already lacing up your shoes, right?!), at the stroke of midnight, Marvel Mighty Muggs Wave 2 was revealed! Along with repacks of Spidey and Baby Groot, the second case assortment will contain three new figures…
First, we’ve got the first-ever Mighty Muggs Black Panther. When I saw Panther’s name come up, I thought this figure would be pretty boring. After all, how much expressiveness can you get from a guy in a panther mask with no eye slits?
Turns out you can get a ton—this is easily my favorite figure not just in Marvel Muggs Series 2, but in the whole revitalized line so far. I get a real Deadpool vibe off the expressions on this figure, and that’s a very good thing. Cutest T’Challa ever…?!
Sadly, the figure I like the least from the 2018 Mighty Muggs Wave 2 lineup is the character I ordinarily like the best: Rocket Raccoon. I’m not a fan of the “eyes closed” expression, and his other two faces just are not that cute. I’ll buy him, mind you (he’s a Rocket Raccoon figure, after all), but I think he could have been better.
Marvel Mighty Muggs 2018 Wave 2 is now up for order as both individual figures and as a case, and is scheduled to ship out in February 2018 (which is (obviously) next month). Hasbro has big things planned for this line, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that this Mighty Muggs revival will be well-received and we’ll be able to collect a ton more characters in this new style.
What do you think of the second series of new Mighty Muggs, Marvel collectors? How do you think this revival compares to the original line? Are you going to give this new line of super-deformed figures a try, or is this a line of toys that’s just not your jam?