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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 swings into big box office, but what about those Hasbro toys?

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 swung into theaters this weekend, scoring some BIG box office receipts, with over $92M in the United States, and a $116M haul Internationally - not bad for the second "Amazing" big-screen incarnation of the titular web-slinger. While I haven't seen the film yet, we have checked out a couple of the toys from Hasbro's latest MARVEL-based offerings. Yes, the toy aisles are once again loaded with new Spider-goodies, and here's a quick look at a pair of items sent to us for review, along with a rundown of what else Hasbro has in-store...

MARVEL SPIDER-MAN LEGENDS INFINITE SERIES Action Figures

Recommended for Ages 4 and Up, these figures are fantastic. Hasbro sent us the comic-based SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, taken from a story in which Doc Ock took over Spidey's body and thus deemed himself "superior." Not familiar with the story, I was more interested in the figure itself, nicely detailed and impressively articulated. While my girls may not appreciate it in full just yet, the poseability makes for some fun, and Spidey has been hanging out in my office, and fighting some backyard foes. 

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Also included in this assortment are the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (movie-based), MARVEL’S ELECTRO (movie-based), CARNAGE (comic-based), BEETLE (comic-based) and BLACK CAT (comic-based) Kids and grownups can collect all six figures to build the ULTIMATE GREEN GOBLIN Build-A-Figure (comic-based), while three swap figures appear in the assortment. The Build-A-Figure gimmick has been done in the past, but unfortunately, a couple figures from this assortment have already become the object of scalpers and unscrupulous folks, thus ending up with jacked prices on the secondary market. Finishing off that Green Goblin may be a tough challenge.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER VISION Electronic Mask

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Role Play is a big category, and kids just love to dress up and take on the role of their favorite heroes and villains. The SPIDER VISION Electronic Mask lets kids pretend to have SPIDER-MAN’S SPIDEY SENSE, and spot villains using the Mircoprism FIRE VISION technology. The mask comes with two discs that illuminate once activated by the SPIDER VISION Mask, a cool idea - but it sounds better on paper. Even without the Spidey Sense, the mask is fun and the electronics feel unnecessary. Hasbro sent us one of these, and I tend to think it would be more fun for the kids with some of the add-ons, like various web shooters/blasters/slingers available.

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Sidebar: We have the Super Solider Gear "Recon Rangefinder" from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER, and my little ones (Addie, in particular) have been using it (a dual binocular/disc-blaster kinda thing) along with the Spidey gear.

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Other toys from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 include:

SPIDER-STRIKE-BLITZ-BOARD-STHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER STRIKE 3.75-Inch Action Figures

In 2014, fans can re-create the excitement of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 film with 3.75-inch action figure versions of many of the characters in the film. Each figure features great articulation and deco, as well as an accessory that changes shape when it makes contact with the SPIDER STRIKE figures. Figures include SLASH GAUNTLET SPIDER-MAN, BLITZ BOARD SPIDER-MAN, IRON CLAW SPIDER-MAN and POWER CHARGED ELECTRO. Ten figures to collect. 

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER STRIKE Racers

An assortment of vehicles, each with a special SPIDER STRIKE instant attack and unique weapons that pop out of the racer! Each SPIDER STRIKE RACER comes with a 3.75-inch SPIDER-MAN action figure. Choose from TURBO CAPTURE RACER and BLAZE WING CYCLE. 

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SPIDER-MAN-TRIPLE-STRIKE-CRTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER STRIKE TRIPLE STRIKE Cruiser

A special, three-in-one vehicle, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 SPIDER STRIKE TRIPLE STRIKE CRUISER comes with a 3.75-inch SPIDER-MAN action figure that can ride in any of the vehicle’s three modes: Cruiser, SPIDER RACER, and WEB GLIDER!

SPIDER-MAN-TRIPLE-ATTACK-ELTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 TRIPLE ATTACK SPIDER-MAN 10-Inch Electronic Figure

Standing at 10-inches tall, the TRIPLE ATTACK SPIDER-MAN Electronic Figure is ready for any battle! Figure includes two different gauntlets that activate lights and unique phrases. Remove all SPIDEY’S accessories to hear his wise-cracking phrases. Add the web whip to hear crime-fighting phrases. And, add the web spear and SPIDEY is ready to take on ELECTRO with movie-themed phrases! Requires one AA battery. Demo battery included.

GIANT-WEB-SHOOTING-SPIDEY-ATHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 GIANT WEB SLINGING SPIDER-MAN Figure

(Ages: 5 & up /Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2014)

Kids will have a blast with slinging webs with this giant SPIDEY figure! This amazing, 14-inch scale WEB SLINGING SPIDER-MAN figure blasts either SPIDEY SHOT WEB FLUID or water. Easy to use -- just place the can in the figure’s chest then push the button on the figure’s back to defeat any villain. Figure includes water canister and one 3.8-ounce can of SPIDEY SHOT WEB FLUID. 

Stock-up on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys from my affiliates, Disney Store, Amazon, Walmart and Target.
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.

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