Hasbro’s 4th series of Marvel Legends action figures will feature Nova, according to Toyfare Magazine‘s website. The line is getting officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con International, which started today and continues until Sunday. The figures are scheduled for a December release. The line also includes Black Bolt of the Inhumans, the Punisher, Beast as seen in Astonishing X-Men, Tigra of the Avengers, and Daredevil in his original yellow costume. Each figure will come with a piece of a larger figure that, when assembled, forms Nemesis from the Age of Apocalypse event. Click on the picture for a closer look.
This marks the second time that an action figure of Richard Rider has been released, but technically the first time a figure of Nova has been released. The 1998 figure from the Silver Surfer line was called “Super Nova” to avoid confusion with a figure of the other Nova, Frankie Raye. Not the first time Rich’s name was altered because of Frankie. When The New Warriors first debuted, Rich’s super-identity was temporarily modified to Kid Nova for the same reason.
Also in the pipeline is a glass tumbler featuring Nova from PopFun Merchandising’s Toon Tumblers line. The tumbler comes in two variations: clear or frosted. Both will retail for $10.99 and will ship to stores in August. Originally previewed at the New York Comic-Con back in February, one has to wonder why we didn’t hear about this sooner. Come on Warrior fans, we’ve got to help each other out! Keep your eyes open.
Strange as it may sound, this isn’t the first time Nova has been on the side of a drinking cup. Back in 1977, the Human Rocket was featured on plastic cups sold exclusively at 7-Eleven convenience stores. This collectors item still shows up on ebay.
Other Nova merchandise of interest: A bust of Nova was released in 2005 by Bowen Designs.