With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 now available on Blu-ray, the folks over at Hasbro hit me up to take a look at a couple more of their toys based on the iconic web-slinger - ones that weren't included when I did my feature on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys back in May. This time, we took their new MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set for a spin, part of an interesting new line that combines "Action Figures + Racing" - two things that kids absolutely love. But that's not all - Power Charged Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Power Charged Action Figure assortment dropped in as well. Check these out in-action below....
Recommended for ages 3-7, this set is rooted in a type of play that's usually reserved for the diecast car aisles - a vehicle that's gravity driven through a cool track. Place the "Special Edition" Spider-man action figure on the included motorcycle and send him speeding down the track where he triggers an exceptionally fast - and remarkably well-executed chain reaction that's akin to a MOUSE TRAP game. Spidey appears to leap from his motorcycle by grabbing onto a spring-loaded bar that flips upward as he hangs from it - while the construction crane it's attached to spins around and allows it's forked hook to capture the included 2-D Electro character. It happens so quickly, yet it works - and the kids love it.
Move the launch ramp to the other side of the base and you can set up an adventure that finds Spidey crashing through a breakaway wall to send Electro flying. Since the set works with other Action Figure Racing launchers, figures and vehicles (like X-MEN star Wolverine), there's room for expansion as kids create their own MARVEL Universe.
There's a lot to do here, and my little ones jumped right in... But then the movie Electro (who looks vastly different than his comic book counterpart) showed up with his light-up face and chest to crash the party looking like a glowing cast member from the Blue Man Group... and Little Finley was digging it.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur.
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 co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.
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