I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

Chris Burns - May 11, 2015
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I was an Avengers’ Black Widow apologist before today

Last month I was an Avengers: Age of Ultron apologist for the likes of Black Widow (and to a lesser extent Hawkeye). I saw the press materials without the two of these folks, and I was with the camp that said the Main Men were More Marketable. They are, aren’t they? Captian America, Thor, Iron Man, and The Hulk – they’re all really recognizable. But to steal a toy from Our Lady Of The Kill – isn’t that going too far? Captain America, can’t you just let her have this one?

So today we’re to understand – thanks to a friendly toy enthusiast named Gill – that there’s a toy out there called the Cycle Blast Quinjet. This is one of the many odd Hasbro-made toys made to work with other Hasbro-sized toys.

It’s not a LEGO. It’s not a full-sized action figure. It’s a bit of an oddity.

But it’s big enough to fit other figures inside it, it’s the Quinjet from the new Age of Ultron film. It’s able to blast a motorcycle out of it. But not Black Widow. Not Black Widow – like the one scene in the movie where Black Widow pops out of the Quinjet on the motorcycle.

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Like in the only scene where this happens, with Black Widow on the motorcycle.

Not like that.

Instead, this Cycle Blast Quinjet has Captain America on it.

Also it’s not the same motorcycle as we see in the film – which is understandable because Hasbro would have had to have gotten the rights from Harley Davidson.

So instead they made a similar motorcycle with a lot more gear stacked on its sides for the picture on the box, and another DIFFERENT motorcycle (this is our third different design, now) for the actual toy.

But where is Black Widow?

She’s mentioned, don’t worry!

“Launch your own air-to-ground attack with this incredible Cycle Blast Quinjet vehicle! The sleek jet fits up to 4 figures (other figures sold separately).”

Wait maybe not.

“It’s a fast-diving jet with a secret weapon – a compartment that launches a motorcycle! With your Captain America figure speeding away on his powerful cycle, the jet can climb back to higher altitude for recon and air attacks! Bad guys will be running for cover when you deploy your awesome Cycle Blast Quinjet vehicle!”

Oh that’s just… that’s just not right.

But wait – there’s a SEPARATE mention on the side of the box, as found by Polygon:

“Imagine your own battles as you put Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, or Iron Man behind the controls and follow Captain America into the fight!”

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Oh there she is! The Hulk isn’t about to pilot the Quinjet, so that makes a lot of sense. Black Widow can pilot it, or Hawkeye or… Thor? That’d be weird.

Iron Man? Why would he even… Whatever.

Is Captain America more recognizable than Black Widow?

Yes, probably.

Did Steve Rogers know he was stealing from Natasha Romanova?

Probably not. He’s just an action figure.

Do we still want a Black Widow on motorcycle Quinjet toy?

Don’t worry, we have the LEGO –

-wait… oh come on, now!

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What do you think?

Has Captain America stolen the show?


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