Marvel Super Hero Squad
2" Action Figure Toy Line
|Hasbro: 2007 -|
Marvel Super Hero Squad is an action figure line marketed by Hasbro beginning in 2006. The line features 2-inch (51 mm) scale replicas of comic book heroes from the Marvel Comics universe. Each figure is portrayed in a cartoonish super-deformed-style. The line was designed for younger collectors but has become a hit with fans of all ages despite the "for ages 3 and up" category status. Marketed initially as four two-packs per wave, Super Hero Squad has branched out to include larger multi-packs, vehicles, and mega-packs containing larger characters in scale with the 2-inch (51 mm) line.
Among the lines of toys released:
- Marvel Super Hero Squad Two-Packs — 23 "waves" of superheros, usually four packs per wave, and of course two figures per pack, for approximately 180 figures.
- Single Packs — 6 of the heroes were released as individual figures: Spider-Man, Ben Reilly, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, and Silver Surfer
- Easter Egg Packs — 4 single releases for Easter: Spider-Man (jumping), Spider-Man (crouching), Captain America, Hulk
- Spider-Man Super Hero Squad Two-Packs — 5 "waves" of four different pairs of heroes.
- Spider-Man Single Packs — Six different supervillains released individually, only in the UK: Spider-Man, Venom, Doc Ock, New Goblin, Sandman, Green Goblin
- Hulk Super Hero Squad Two-Packs — 3 "waves" of four pairs, totally 12 figures, each pack including one Hulk
- Vehicles — 14 vehicles of various types have been released
- Playsets — 8 different playsets have been released
- Marvel Super Hero Squad Mega-Packs — A sequence of "waves" of pairs was started, but aborted partway through wave 4, with at least a 5th being planned.
- Boxed Sets — Many boxed sets have been released.
Outside the toyline
Aside from the line of toys:
- An animated series, The Super Hero Squad Show, premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network in September 2009.
- A Chutes and Ladders board game is available from Milton Bradley.
- A comic book one-shot, followed by a mini-series featuring Super Hero Squad characters has been produced. Additionally, several Marvel comics shipped in September 2009 featuring Super Hero Squad variant covers.
- A daily comic strip is available at marvel.com. The strip began in late 2008.
- In early 2009 Gazillion Entertainment announced Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, a casual Massively multiplayer online game based on the Super Hero Squad characters to be released in 2011[dated info] as part of its larger deal with Marvel Entertainment. The Amazing Society, one of Gazillion's development studios, will be developing the game.
- In May 2009, Marvel and THQ announced an action-adventure video game based on the Marvel Super Hero Squad franchise for the Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable.
- It was revealed on June 2010 that the Marvel Super Hero Squad will have a new game, called Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet.
- A third game, which will use the uDraw GameTablet will be released on November 15, 2011,[dated info] under the name Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat.
- THQ Inc. "THQ and Marvel Developing Super Hero Squad Game". SuperheroHype.com. May 8, 2008.
- Seijas, Casey. "‘Marvel Super Hero Squad’ Animated Series Heads To Cartoon Network". MTV.com. February 17, 2009.
- Brian Michael Bendis. "NEW AVENGERS #57". Marvel.com. 2009.
- THQ Inc. "THQ Announces Marvel Super Hero Squad Game". SuperheroHype.com. May 28, 2009.
- Hasbro's Super Hero Squad site Official Hasbro site.
- Marvel's Super Hero Squad Video Game site Video game official site.
- Cartoon Network's Super Hero Squad Show site Cartoon Network's official Super Hero Squad Show site.
- Marvel's Super Hero Squad Show site Marvel Comics official Super Hero Squad Show site.
- Concept art from the cartoon Marvel's Official Concept Art for the Super Hero Squad Show.
- Marvel's Super Hero Squad Comic Strip Site Official Marvel Comics comic strip site.
- Free Super Hero Squad iOS Checklist Application