Friday, July 20 2018 00:23

#SDCC: Toy Review - Hasbro's Marvel Legends Defenders Rail Authority Set

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As I type this, Comic-Con International (SDCC) is currently underway in San Diego with the biggest names in pop culture coming together for their annual gathering.  On the toy front, the exclusives are many, and Hasbro has some stellar offerings - a few of which they sent to me for early review here at Rock Father™ HQ. One of the biggest and most-anticipated is the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES DEFENDERS RAIL AUTHORITY 5-PACK. This set brings together five characters from Marvel Studios' Netflix Original Series, The Defenders, each presented in super-articulated 6" format. Packaged in a box that's made to look like a NYC subway car, this thing is a sight to behold with JESSICA JONES, LUKE CAGE, DAREDEVIL, IRON FIST, and COLLEEN WING all ready to defend the residents of Hell's Kitchen and beyond!

SDCC Hasbro Defenders Box

Priced at $124.99, this set is pointed firmly at the "adult collector," and Comic-Con packaging often assumes that the figures contained within will not be freed from their plastic bubbles. The exterior sleeve of the rail car is chromed cardboard that easily slides off to reveal the interior window box. There's a nice scene that depicts our heroes likely headed home after and exhausting adventure, but I had to crack it open. 

Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review

My goal was to keep the packaging intact as a display piece/playset, and I did it - but it took around a half hour to remove all of the bands, straps, tape and bubbles holding it all together - but it was worth it. The train car is reusable and perfect for displaying these figures or doing some toy photography.

Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review

The figures use Hasbro's recent advances in face technology - something I'd first seen in the Star Wars The Black Series range. Rather than paint the faces and risk sloppy apps, they're now "printed," which means lifelike detail that was previously only available on far more expensive display pieces. The result is that these toys look like the actors who portray the characters on-screen.

Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review

There's a few accessories included, like Colleen's sword and Dardevil's sticks, but the inclusion of swappable heads for Matt Murdock/Daredevil is a great touch. I've enjoyed the head-swaps in the past, though my wife thinks the availability of multiple heads is "creepy."

Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review 

"Some heroes make headlines; others make police reports. For the roguish band of vigilantes dubbed The Defenders, the battle for justice is riddled with gray areas. From Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, this crew of so-called heroes must join forces to stop the radical group known as The Hand from destroying the place they call home: New York City. Though their methods may be unconventional, their motives are clear: defend and protect the city at all costs – even if it means sacrificing themselves in the process."

Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review Hasbro SDCC Defenders Rail Authority Review

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage

As the Marvel Legends collection continues to expand (more figures were just announced), I expect this to become a sought-after piece that many will want as new fans start to get in on the action. Bottom line - get it now before they start hitting the secondary markets! If you can't pick this one up at SDCC, limited quantities should make their way to HasbroToyShop.com


James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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