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Will Stan Lee Tribute Figures Happen From Hasbro Or Other Companies???


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This week the POP Culture fandom was rocked with the news that legendary comic book creator Stan Lee passed away at age 95, which has left many hoping we might see companies like Hasbro release tribute figures based on the man who played a significant role in creating so many iconic characters such as Spider-Man.

One figure in particular people want to see is the mystery Stan Lee Build-A-Figure Hasbro seemingly had planned to release earlier this year, but then was mysteriously pulled at the last minute. See a mock-up of that figure done with MCU 10th Anniversary packaging that was created by fan Andy Smith.


Then there is this very cool Stan Lee statue created by overseas company Lustre Effects Studio. They had it on display at an overseas convention recently, but no word if they will be able to release it or not.




Fan DanB has even created a petition on Change.org trying to convince Hasbro to release the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure which currently has 869 of the 1000 signatures he is trying to get.


Stan Lee of course has had multiple figures based on his likeness released over the years from the likes of Hot Toys, Funko, Hasbro and even a Masters Of The Universe Stan Lee Standor figure put out by Mattel. So it would seem like a no-brainier these later products would get done. Their certainly seems to be enough demand for it, but why might it not happen?


The Hasbro Marvel Legends Stan Lee Build-A-Figure only came to light via retail computer inventory system listings and production sample leaks, and because of that Hasbro has never been willing to even acknowledge the figures existence, let alone give any kind of status update about it on or off the record. However when the fandom first became aware of the figure, their were some as-of-yet unconfirmed rumors the figure was pulled at the very last minute due to legal reasons. At the time their had been multiple reports that Mr. Lee was having problems with his former business people which included filing claims against his former Business Manager for elder abuse. It was likely these business people were the ones who initially negotiated with companies like Hasbro to have such figures made, and when those people's integrity became questionable, that would have nullified any previous agreements that might have been struck between the two camps.

At the end of the day it was very likely that legal red tape was the number one cause for things like the Marvel Legends figure not being released, and it's unclear at this stage if that red tape can be cut. I have little doubt that if it can, companies like Hasbro won't hesitate to release such product in some way, but we will just have to wait and see.

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I feel like its a given that we ll get some form of Stan in figure form to honor his memory and put him around his creations. That and the fact that he was originally a planned BAF for the 2 pack line. They essentially already have the mold, hes got to be coming. 

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We're definitely gonna get something, but it may take a while. As the OP noted, it's very likely that the BAF got squelched at the last second because of the elder abuse stuff and the deal likely having been negotiated by the ****head who was exploiting Stan, so seeing how his estate shakes out is likely gonna determine whether or not Hasbro pulls the trigger on this.

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I think evey company should make a Stan Lee. Mezco would be great at this for sure. Every marvel fan must have a Stan on his shelf and I bet that he would be very happy about that. The greatest tribute ver, 

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23 hours ago, HumanTorch said:

I definitely agree that the other founding fathers of Marvel should be made into figure form too. And I hope to God they’ll be retail figures and not Con exclusives

Yes, a Stan Lee figure is almost a sure thing, but there's absolutely no way it's gonna be a general release, unless they redo the BAF attempt. It just wouldn't fly as a standard release. I'm with you in hoping it's not a SDCC exclusive, but it will most certainly be an exclusive. Maybe with one of the e-tailers or, better yet, Hasbro Toy Shop. A four founding fathers set would also be cool, but once again, it'll only be in exclusive format.

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It was so disappointing when the BAF got pulled, even more so once the probable reasons came to light. Elder abuse is a horrible thing and I hate thinking of anybody going through that, much less someone who ended up influencing and inspiring so many others. I hope that they do find a way to get a figure that everybody who wants one will be able to find (and afford).

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