I’m all for realistic-looking super hero action figures, and much to my wife’s chagrin, I’ve got more than a few around the house. Sometimes though, the situation calls for something a little less lifelike and a bit more fun. Something like, say, the ability to switch body parts around to create your own super hero mash-ups.
Hasbro’s Super Hero Mashers do just that, and while they’re hardly the first figures to feature swappable limbs, it’s hard to recall a toy line that goes all in on customization the way this one does. The 6-inch figures go beyond just heads, arms and legs, as all of the weapons and accessories (including some with electronic lights and sounds) can be mixed as well.
Want to give Spider-Man claws from Wolverine and the shoulder weaponry from Iron Patriot? Of course you do. And if you don’t, the younger super hero fan in your house probably does. It reminds me of a Marvel version of the hero customization from “Scribblenauts Unmasked,” except in physical form.
Come to think of it, that would be a great way to market Super Hero Mashers if it wasn’t for the whole DC and Marvel being competitors thing. You can grab the first wave (with heroes like Hulk, Thor and Iron Man) now at places like Toys R Us and look for more to release throughout the first half of 2014.
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