SH Figuarts Black Widow Hawkeye & Tony Stark Revealed!

I collect a few lines of anime figures, so I’ve been watching the Tamashii Nation 2015 event with a lot of interest for those lines. What I don’t imagine anyone was expecting to see at the show, however, was the bombshell dropped by Bandai Japan: the continuation of the SH Figuarts Avengers figures line! Coming our way in 2016: SH Figuarts Black Widow, Hawkeye, Tony Stark, and… the Hall of Armor?!

SH Figuarts Black Widow Figure

I well and truly thought that the Bandai Web Shop Ultron figure that went up for sale a couple months ago was going to be the end of the S.H. Figuarts Avengers: Age of Ultron figures lineup. But I guess Bandai Tamashii figured that these figures are selling like gangbusters, so why stop short of completing the whole core lineup of the Avengers?!

The S.H. Figuarts Hawkeye is downright incredible. This Bandai Hawkeye figure is so far beyond any of the versions of the movie character that Hasbro has put out that it’s unbelievable.

Just looking at the pose Bandai Japan put him in at Tamashii Nation Fall 2015, it’s pretty clear that this is the best-articulated movie Hawkeye ever made (and perhaps the best-articulated Hawkeye ever made, period).

SH Figuarts Hawkeye FigureNext up it’s S.H. Figuarts Black Widow! I’m pretty excited about this figure’s release, because it’s yet another example to add to my argument about “The Myth of the Lack of Black Widow Toys”.

I was really happy with the Diamond Select Toys Marvel Select Black Widow I reviewed in the summer, but the Black Widow Figuarts will fit in better with the Marvel Legends scale and have superior articulation.

SH Figuarts Tony Stark Iron Man Hall of Armor

Finally, we’ve got SH Figuarts Tony Stark and… a whole SH Figuarts Hall of Armor!? This looks to be an Iron Man 3 Tony Stark (my favorite), and the Hall of Armor that gets blown up first in Iron Man 3. And since Bandai’s first Marvel action figures weren’t released until Iron Man 2, there are several armors shown in this Iron Man Hall of Armor that have never been released in S.H. Figuarts Iron Man form before. Hmmm.

Bandai Japan has a habit of sometimes showing off crazy dioramas and such at events that they never intend to release, and I can’t help but be dubious that this humongous set piece is ever coming out for real. Let’s take a wait-and-see approach with this one, but if Bandai Tamashii ever does release it, I’m going to have to sign a waiver so they can just pull money straight out of my checking account.

Tamashii Nation 2015 SH Figuarts Avengers Black Widow Hawkeye Tony StarkAs Bandai does not have a license to distribute these figures in the United States (and Hasbro will absolutely not allow such a thing to ever happen), these figures will have to be purchased from online retailers such as BigBadToyStore that import the figures, just like the previously-released Avengers SH Figuarts figures have been.

I’ll be posting updates here and to the Marvel Toy News Twitter and Facebook Pages as more details regarding these S.H. Figuarts 2016 Avengers figures become available, so keep watch here and on our social media pages if these are up your alley. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more and better-quality photos of these newly-revealed Bandai Avengers later this weekend (if not later today).

What do you think of these surprise Avengers Figuarts 2016 releases, Marvel collectors? Has Bandai Tamashii blown away the competition with their 6″ Avengers movie figures, or are you sticking with your Hasbro Marvel Legends?


SH Figuarts Black Widow Hawkeye & Tony Stark Revealed! — 3 Comments

  1. I think the “The myth about the lack of Black Widow toys” argument kind of misses the point. The problem has always been more on Hasbro’s side of things. The women have better presence in the more expensive merchandise aimed at adult collectors but there’s far less of it aimed at kids, especially when we’re talking about the typical shopping locations people go to get stuff for their children. I hit up the Toys R Us in Times Square and found pretty much nothing for Black Widow or Scarlet Witch despite the store having a massive Age of Ultron section.

    Most parents aren’t gonna go the extra mile and order their kid something like an expensive foreign Hot Toys or Bandai Tamashii Black Widow, which is why there was so much fuss in the first place. I can walk into any toy store or department store in America and find a bunch of relatively economical toys of the “Big 4” and Hawkeye I could get for the kids in my family, but it’s much more difficult to find anything for the girls on the team.

    • My niece and nephew like the Avengers movies, I lucked out and found 2 Scarlet Witch 3.5 inchers at Target, but sadly, the AOU Black Widow was in a pack with an ugly ass maskless Captain America and was $22.

      I bought them for ’em, but it’s kind of goofy that the female figures were: A: harder to find B: mostly only found in 3.5 size which all around the AOU 3.5 was super low quality.

  2. Anyway, that aside, I’m super stoked for this. I never expected Bandai to do a Black Widow figure! Is there an estimated release date?