We started September 2019 with some exciting news for UK collectors when a set of new slimline repacked Marvel Legend figures started turning up at Tesco stores for £15.
A few days after this the same 6 figures arrived at Smyths Toy Superstores for £14.99.
It is unclear as to the thinking behind this new repacked line. While it could be Hasbro repacking less desirable figures at a cheaper price to clear - the fact that this only seems to be happening in the UK so far could indicate this is a move to try and get this type of Hasbro product back onto the shelves of the big UK stores.
Smyths last Legends on their shelves was back in 2014/5 with the Winter Soldier wave, and they were of course burned more recently with Star Wars Black Series - clearing a lot of the Rogue One and Last Jedi figures out for a fiver.
Out of the big supermarkets, most have tried Star Wars Black Series in recent years to varying success. With Asda then stocking the 2018 Avengers Legends, but ended up reducing prices to clear these out. For Tesco this is a new move, but considering they are going heavy on Funko Pops! this isn't completely out of the box.
The six figures are all MCU characters and break down as follows... We've picked up a couple so far, checkout our review for Captain America with more to follow...
This is the same Captain Marvel as the main release, but it is missing the alternative set of hands. The alternative head is included. This figure never came with a BAF.
Black Panther, Infinity War
The Black Panther release is an interesting one. It is badged as an Infinity War release and is made up of the original Black Panther suit from the Okoye BAF wave - the one that was repainted as the Vibranium Charged Suit. It comes with the newer T'Challa head - the one included in the 2nd wave of Black Panther figures (M'Baku wave).
Iron-Man, Infinity War
The Mk50 Iron-Man was the slowest seller from the original Avengers Infinity War wave. On the surface this looks like a direct re-pack with the alternative hands and FX pieces included. However, this release has the socket on the back of the figure - indicating it is a more recent run from the same mould as the upcoming 2-pack and not left overs from the first Infinity War releases?
Captain America, Endgame
The Quantum Suit Captain America - another figure that never came with a BAF - is another complete repack. The original figure only came with his shield, which is also included in the slimmer packaging. Checkout our Captain America Review to see more
Spider-Man (New Suit), Far from Home
The Far From Home suit, another figure without a BAF pack in, is quite recent from the Far from Home wave. It is a direct re-pack with the alternative hands included.
Spider-Man (Night Monkey / Stealth Suit), Far from Home
Like Captain Marvel, this figure has been adjusted from its original release. The Molten Man BAF is obviously gone, but Night Monkey has also lost the second head option - the alternative hands are included.