Told myself I’d stay away from all of the HeroClix “movie” sets last year. The “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” releases were going to be the exception, since I love the character. Successfully avoided the “Thor: The Dark World” set after I’d made that semi-promise to myself. Have to curb my spending on this game somehow.
Yesterday: On the road, work-related. Familiar territory. Wandered into a games/comic book store. Bought: two Marvel HeroClix “Guardians of the Galaxy Movie” Starter Sets. For Rocket Raccoon, with a side of Groot. Found myself browsing eBay last night, hunting for the other “movieclix” versions of Rocket.
Weird thing: I half-hope WizKids continues with movie license clix. Preference: no movieclix single-figure booster sets, at least for the comic book movies. Would prefer to *just* see starters or “Fast Forces”.
Primary reason: WizKids/NECA has to play it so “close to the vest” with the movie licenses that they almost have to miss certain opportunities. Case in point: the “CAWS” set I mentioned above. SPOILER ALERT: The re-emergence of HYDRA played a huge role in the story in that movie. You wouldn’t know it to look at the dial designs of the clix in the Marvel HeroClix CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER clix, though. Some great stuff in that set. But, no “Hydra” to be found anywhere, not a hint, I suppose to avoid “spoilers”, what with the clix releasing around the time the movie hit theaters. You’d think the HYDRA keyword would at least show up. Nope.
If they have to have something available for sale to coincide with the release of the movie, why not stick with just a Starter? Six characters is plenty, plus a new map, along with all the other stuff. Gage the interest, and maybe wait 6 months to a year to release a follow-up for the movie. I could have waited on Brock Rumlow and Agent Sitwell, if it would have meant we’d get dual Hydra/SHIELD team ability dials, or at least the friggin’ Keywords! Could be as a follow-up CTD set, or some Fast Forces. A “Batroc’s Brigade” FF, with Batroc and four or five mercs. A “Hydra Cell” FF, with the aforementioned SHIELD traitors. An “Arnim Zola” FF, with a “Camp Lehigh/SHIELD Bunker” map and versions of Arnim from both Cap movies, plus some more Hydra guys, maybe the “Project: Insight” SHIELD guys.
Would have been “more special”. What we got felt….. Felt like WizKids Game Design had to “hold back” thanks to the “anti-spoiler” nature of the licensing of movies. Could have been so much more.
And the whole “dilution” thing: Looking at a lot of the dials, especially for the “generic soldier” types, in the GOTG movie set and thinking, “Why aren’t these saved for the comic book sets??” Get tired of movie versions overshadowing the “source material” versions. in the comic book sets. causes a bit of “fatigue”, too. And the “power creep”; movieclix seem to up the ante, on a regular basis.
I don’t know. Time to go hunt some “Rockets”. Distract myself via the “marketplace of clix” for a little bit.