?From Toy Biz’s impressively wide-ranging Spider-Man and X-Men toylines of the ’90s to the Marvel Legends that dominated the ’00s, it may be hard to believe that there are any Marvel superheroes left without action figure representation. However, with thousands of characters and the need for five variations of Spider-Man in every toyline (one of which is usually water skiing or something) there are more than a few heroes and villains that have fallen through the action figure cracks. Here are 15 Marvel characters that desperately need toys. Some are new, some are old; some are heroes, some are villains and some have been around for so long they’ve been both (sometimes multiple times).
Please note: We’re not counting Heroclix here; they’re fun, but they aren’t action figures. Also, if a toy was made of a character, no matter how old and/or terrible that toy was, it’s not on this list. So there’s no need to tell us we forgot ROM, because we didn’t. But you’re welcome to tell us what Marvel toys you’re missing in your collection in the comments.
?Being one of the baddest demons in all of Marvel comics should be enough to get some toy recognition, especially now that Marvel is arguing in the courts over what is and isn’t a human. Not only did this bad guy start Inferno, but he also transformed many heroes into impressively memorable villains — Illyana became Darkchilde, Meggan became the Goblin Princess and, of course, Madeline Pryor became the Goblin Queen. N’astirh disappeared from the comics pages for many years, but has recently shown back up, still pulling the strings of Magik.
14) The Hood
?For someone who hasn’t been in the Marvel universe that long, the Hood has made quite an impact. He first appeared as the star of a Marvel MAX mini-series; most fans thought he would become a forgotten character, but then Civil War happened and the Hood rose up to become the “godfather” of Marvel’s villains. He has messed with everyone from the Punisher (even bringing back to life the previously dead Microchip) all the way up to battling everyone over the Infinity Gems. The Hood is always just one step away from taking over the world, and it’s about time he took over toy shelves.
13) Amadeus Cho
?If the gods have decided Cho is good enough to be their champion, then he’s good enough to be remade in plastic. Amadeus Cho started out as a very, verysmart kid who befriends the Hulk in World War Hulk; after he starts hanging out with Hercules, Amadeus was then thrown big brain first into the world of Greek divinity. The gods have made him the new Prince of Power, utilizing the power of the mind instead of Hercules’s power of strength. His already great intelligence (Reed Richards himself says that Cho is the seventh most intelligent mind on the planet) has been augmented with Ant-Man’s helmet and Hercules’ mace. His action figure accessories make themselves!
12) Daimon Hellstrom/Son of Satan
?The Son of Satan started off as one of Marvel’s great supernatural heroes from the 1970s. Since then he’s bounced around with various teams, including the Midnight Sons, the Defenders and the West Coast Avengers. Damion was married to Hellcat, listed as a possible Sorcerer Supreme and helped keep the Marvel Zombies at bay. Plus, his name is Son of Satan — most kids would buy that action figure on principle alone. Hellstrom was last seen in Villains for Hire waiting the time when a writer realizes how big he can be as either a hero or villain and stops leaving money on the table.
11) Power Pack
?These four preteen superhero siblings used to be the stars of one of the most popular comics on the planet. And although it was kid-friendly, the series dealt with every social issue of the 1980s had to offer, both with depth and honesty. These kids were involved in most of the major Marvel events of the ’80s, too, including The Fall of the Mutants, Inferno, Secret Wars II and they even battled Sabretooth during the Mutant Massacre. Since then, the various members of the Pack have shown up in the pages of New Warriors, Runaways, Fantastic Four and Avengers Academy. One day this group of super-powered (now) teenagers will reunite, probably at the same time Marvel realizes they have their own version of Young Justice just waiting to be animated.
?Oh, let’s see this new character’s credentials: an Avenger, a partner to both Daredevil, Hawkeye, and Moon Knight, a major player in Secret Invasion, the Invaders miniseries, and more. She’s earned a little toy love. Although deaf, Echo has similar powers to Taskmaster in that she can replicate almost any movement she sees, and became an awesome martial artist with incredible aim after watching a tape of couple of Daredevil/Bullseye fights. She might be best known as being disguised as Ronin while she was with the Avengers; however that Marvel Legends Ronin figure doesn’t cout as an Echo figure, mostly because the packaging says Ronin is Clint Barton, who took over the name and mask after Echo.
9) The Jackal
?The villain behind two of Marvel’s biggest stories doesn’t have a figure? That’s a travesty. Jackal was behind the Clone Saga, and that alone should be reason to have a toy at home you can punish for years on end. More recently, the Jackal created bed bugs to infect all of Manhattan with Spider-Man powers in the Spider-Island arc. The Jackal has died many times already and each time he’s revealed to have been a clone. How, with all the millions of Spider-Man figures released over the last 30 years, this guy doesn’t have a toy is beyond us.
8) Doctor Nemesis
?Currently in the X-Club, the good Doctor has been retconned into a 70-year-old character. Doctor Nemesis helped to create the original Human Torch, and fought Nazi super scientists in Argentina. His only real power is a super creative intelligence, but that has enabled him to give himself other power — increased life, advanced immune system and eyesight that lets him look into people’s genetic structures. Package him up with some sort of “create your own weapons” factory and Doctor Nemesis becomes the coolest playset in the entire line.
7) Flash Thompson/New Venom
?Forget all the things that Flash has already done, like creating the “Puny Parker” nickname, forming the first Spider-Man fan club, serving in the U.S. military, dating Black Cat or any of the other sub-plots Flash has been involved with. The fact is he’s the current Venom after losing his legs while serving in Iraq. He sacrificed his limbs and his own safety to protect others because, in his words, that’s what Spider-Man would do. Flash now works as the new Venom for the U.S. military (he can only stayed bonded with the symbiote for 48 hours, so it doesn’t take control) and has since fought alongside Marvel’s heroes enough times that he’s about to become an Avenger.
?He caused Civil War, one of Marvel’s biggest events in its entire history. He has been an integral part of the New Warriors, Thunderbolts and the Avengers (well, the Academy), three of Marvel’s biggest teams. Whether its the happy Speedball from his Steve Ditko series or the more recent, mentally damaged Penance, either figure would be a welcome addition to any Marvel collection. How can any self respecting toy collector have all the variant Captain America and Iron Man figures to battle each other, but no figure to blame for any of it? Make accessories out of Speedball’s balls or Penance’s spikes (all 612!) and watch the money roll in.
5) Brother Voodoo/Doctor Voodoo
?He’s the new Sorcerer Supreme! Seriously, the man is the current holder of the Eye of Agamotto, the Cloak of Levitation and the Books of Knowledge. The Eye alone, as seen in the Thor movie, should entitle Voodoo to get a figure. And if not that, the fact that he looks completely freakin’ awesome should.
?The lost brother of Cyclops and Havok finally showed up in the Marvel universe and has unsurprisingly created quite the disturbance. In a new “lost” story, it is revealed that Professor X sent a team of mutants to the island of Krakoa in between the original X-Men and the “all-new all-different” team. Most of this team died, and Cyclops’s memories of it were wiped away by Xavier. Years later, thanks to the displaced mutant energy from the Scarlet Witch’s “no more mutants” decree that caused House of M, Gabriel Summers woke up, killed Banshee, and nearly killed Xavier as well. And this is just an appetizer to the destruction he causes across the universe — he’s destroyed Shi’ar ships, killed members of the Imperial Guard, took over their entire empire, and he didn’t stop there. Since then, Vulcan has messed with the Starjammers, the Kree, and the Inhumans. Someone who has changed the fate of galaxies deserves his own figure.
3) Rick Jones
?Around since Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962, Rick Jones has been the most important “everyman” in the history of superhero comics. He inadvertently helped Bruce Banner turn into the Hulk, and joined him as his sidekick. Rick then led the Teen Brigade, and accidentally helped form the Avengers. Rick became an honorary Avenger, a temporary Bucky, played an integral part in the Kree-Skrull war, and traveled the world with @#$%ing ROM, man. Jones then authored one of the few books (along with Webs) that has mattered within the Marvel universe, Sidekicks, detailing his time with various Avengers. Rick has teamed up with two versions of Captain Marvel and been the mysterious benefactor for Excelsior/Loners. And now, he’s roaming the Earth as the Hulk-like beast A-Bomb. All of these huge Marvel adventures and the guy cant get himself a figure?!
2) The Runaways
?Either the original team, or the ones that came along later. Bottom line, not one of these great characters has a figure to their names, and that’s insane. Why the hell not? The original series won a ton of awards, including a Harvey and an Eisner. It’s a simple concept; kids discover their parents are supervillains and have been experimenting on them, thus they are also super-powered. What to do? Band together and try to survive, of course. These are young teen heroes with no code names, no costumes; its like Smallville except it’s really good. Plus there’s supposed to be a movie. The terrible thing is not only does this team not have toys but they also don’t have a current series. It’s the title that could draw in the manga kids, women, the movie fans, all those markets that comics are trying to tap. Yet here they are, with nothing.
1) Jessica Jones
?Since debuting in Alias, Jessica Jones has become one of the most important women characters in comics; she might be Marvel’s biggest new character in a decade. She is a superhero private investigator, a journalist, a wife to Luke Cage, a mother, and a superhero good enough to call herself an Avenger. Now why the hell wouldn’t Marvel want to make a figure out of her? Her numerous superhero costumes include Jewel, Knightress and Power Woman (all shown above), but we’re guessing most collectors would prefer her in her plain clothes options from her Alias days.