Could the next Walgreens exclusive Hasbro Marvel Legends figure be Ant-Man? Read on for why this now seems likely.
Two bits of news came to us two days apart. Taken separately they mean nothing, but put together a pattern seems to form.
First we received an inside tip from a HYDRA Agent at Walgreens. The Agent sent a screenshot showing that the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Marvel Legends figures, the ones with the Odin Build-A-Figure, are now in the Walgreens system. More interesting, though, is that there were eight individual UPC codes as shown in the below image:
This new wave of Marvel Legends is slated to have seven figures: Iron Fist, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Thor, Sentry, Scarlet Witch, and Machine Man. As these figures ship in cases of eight the standard case will have two of the in-demand classic Hawkeye figure.
I was confused as to what the eighth UPC could be, until Walgreens Toy Buyer Steven Anne tweeted:
2015 – An irredeemable year for action figures. Perhaps also electrifying? Am I doing this blind news correctly?
— Steven Anne (@stevenganne) January 2, 2015
As Ant-Man’s 2006 Comic was titled Irredeemable Ant-Man it is likely that Anne may be hinting at an exclusive of the figure tying into this summer’s upcoming film.
Rumors of an Ant-Man Marvel Legends figure have been swirling on social media recently, though there was no consensus on if there would be only one Ant-Man figure or an entire Ant-Man themed wave of Marvel Legends. The rumors were consistent in that the figure(s) would be an exclusive, with some indicating Target as the retailer who would carry it.
While confirmation will likely come at next month’s Toy Fair International, it seems likely now that Ant-Man will be a Walgreens exclusive.
Walgreens is a new retailer to carry exclusive Hasbro collectible figures. They started in 2014 with Agent Venom in the Marvel Legends line as well as a Boba Fett figure in the 6-inch Star Wars Black Series line.
Given that Anne’s tweet also mentions “electryfying” speculation has already begun that it may reference another Star Wars exclusive figure as well. (Let the speculation begin–an electrified Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker from the end of Return of the Jedi?)
We will keep you updated for the information!