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The Fantastic Four Returns…. to Marvel Legendary from Upper Deck

For years now there’s been persistent rumors there’s been a ban/lower prioritization of the Fantastic Four and X-Men from Marvel due to their movie ownership at Fox. No actual evidence has been presented, just conspiratorial connect the dots that ignore the creation of new X-Men characters, the licensed material that does get released, and use of some of the Fantastic Four characters in the comics themselves. While it is clear “something” was up, exactly what isn’t beyond a “deemphasis.”

Part of the fuel to the fire was the discontinuation of the Marvel Legendary: Fantastic Four expansion by Upper Deck for their popular deck-building game.

As reported by ICv2, Upper Deck Senior Brand Manager Jason Brenner has said that the “company has been authorized to immediately go back to press on a new printing of the product, which will be available in six to eight weeks.”

The expansion was originally released in the fourth quarter of 2013 and went out of print due to a “licensor-controlled issue.” This out of print status has led the expansion to be covetted and the aftermarket price to incease over 10x. Originally retailing for $19.99, expansions are being sold for over $300.

Three out of the four of the Fantastic Four appeared in the first Dice Masters set, Avengers vs. X-Men by WizKids released in 2014. They haven’t appeared in the game since. The Thing was one of the releases for Knight Models’ Marvel Universe Miniature Game and was released last year.

Can the team’s return to comics be far behind?

Game Review: Legendary Secret Wars Vol. 1

secretwarsLegendary Secret Wars Vol. 1 is the fifth expansion of the Marvel Legendary base game, but also only the second big box expansion.  Thus far Marvel Legendary has been extremely streamlined, as every expansion has mostly built on the group of characters in the game while also expanding slowly but strategically on the base rules.  Inevitably though, anything which is Marvel is going to be compared to DC, and so the comparison to the DC Comics Deck Building Game is going to be discussed as well, and for the first time it would seem as though Upper Deck is taking on Cryptozoic with this new release.  What DC Comics Deck Building lacks in a concise gameplay experience, it makes up for in variety.  It already features a head-to-head option, as well as a wider variety of characters to play with, both as the main character and as cards to be acquired.  Due to the framework of the game, Legendary has always been a bit behind in this regard.  Not counting the Villains expansion, this represents the 60th playable character in the series, and even at that, three of those have now been a version of Wolverine.

There are some new rules for this game, some which work and some which don’t.  Potentially the most interesting was the Sidekicks group of cards, which could have been thematically different, just with the specialists in Legendary Encounters: Aliens, but they come off as identical versions of themselves.  More interesting is the ability to “purchase” Ultimate heroes by defeating them in combat.  Among others this includes the first time that Wasp is a playable character in the franchise, though evidently not directly as we might have hoped.  There are a couple of other interesting rules changes, including multiclass cards and the ability to bribe your enemies instead of attacking them directly, but the biggest change overall is that of the head-to-head option.  This is aided in part by the Ambition deck of cards, but evidently this does not work thematically as much as it should.  In this case one player can play as a mastermind and recruit heroes (by corrupting them).  This comes off as a bit disingenuous for the series which has tried at all times to keep the game experience as close as possible to the comics experience (as opposed to DC) and seems to be there only so players can have a true player-vs-player experience.  While this version of the game does come off as a bit weird, it ends up working pretty well when following the suggested rules for integrating both the Heroes and the Villains game.  This is also noteworthy as the cards are not only compatible with both games, but also help to incorporate them together.

The new cards are mostly impressive additions to the mix, though it is evident that Upper Deck is still holding back some of the bigger characters so that there will be interest in future expansions.  The biggest names that fans are going to be interested in are Kitty Pryde, Captain Marvel and Black Panther, although there are probably others happy to see Thanos, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Lady Thor and Namor.  The remainder of the playable heroes is a bit of a mixed bag, featuring another Wolverine, another Spider-Man, another Iron Man, and a few others to tie into the Secret Wars story line from Marvel.  Other noteworthy cards are new groups of henchmen, which have been notably absent since the first expansion, and a new bystander card, the banker, with an interesting mechanic.

This expansion also represents a move away from what fans might have though was going to be a closer tie-in to the movies, as last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy coincided closely enough with the movie.  For those that were hoping to see Ant-Man and Wasp show up any time, they will be disappointed.  At the very least though, Upper Deck seems to have a long terms plan for this series, and while there might be a bit of disappointment among fans for the releases here, it would seem likely that they plan something to coincide with next year’s Captain America movie, which could include Ant-Man, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon among others.  As well at some point a Secret Wars vol. 2 of the game is presumably coming, which could also help to fill in some gaps.  In the meantime, fans will have to be happy with this expansion, which contains a bit of what they wanted, but also a bit more which they did not.  It is not a disappointment, as the cards themselves are well conceived for the game experience, but they appeal more to the true gamers, not those who are are also comic fans.  It thus ends up being a solid expansion gamewise, but leaving a bit more to be desired thematically.

Score: 8.0  

Upper Deck Releases a Guaradians of the Galaxy Legendary Expansion

2014-Upper-Deck-Marvel-Legendary-Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Deck-Building-Game-ExpansionUpper Deck’s Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game has become the company’s top gaming property with two core sets (Legendary & Villains) and three expansion sets (Dark City, Fantastic Four & Paint the Town Red) in the market. Now Upper Deck brings Marvel fans even more excitement with the fourth expansion in the series. With content dedicated exclusively to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast of characters, comic fans have enjoyed over the years and that Marvel movie fans have come to know and love as well. Legendary fans are going to be thrilled to add their favorite Guardians of the Galaxy characters to their decks as this expansion will include 100 all new playable cards featuring original artwork.

This expansion will feature the five key heroes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon) as they get help from Nova to do battle with one of the evil masterminds; The Kree Supreme Intelligence. New game mechanics, schemes and tactics will add to the gameplay and these new cards will all be playable with cards from the previously released sets!

Gamers can play with or against each other in Upper Deck’s latest Legendary expansion for Guardians of the Galaxy when it releases on October 15, 2014.

Upper Deck’s Legendary Deck Building Game Gets Fantastic!

2013-Upper-Deck-Entertainment-Marvel-Legendary-Fantastic-Four-BoxAs more and more gamers get the chance to play Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game, the interest in the game continues to rise. Recently Upper Deck Entertainment released the game’s first expansion called Dark City, which quickly became a favorite with fans. And now Upper Deck Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of an expansion set themed around The Fantastic Four. This expansion will include five new heroes, two new masterminds and four new game twisting schemes!

The Fantastic Four expansion set will now allow gamers to play with 950 cards and some amazing new art. All the art for the heroes was done by renowned artist Alé Garza. Joining The Fantastic Four in their quest to become “Legendary” is the Silver Surfer. They will certainly need his help as the team does battle with new Masterminds to the set; Mole Man and Galactus.

Marvel fans can find The Fantastic Four expansion set in stores now! The expansion set features 100 new playing cards and has a suggested retail price of $19.99. Die-hard fans have been able to see many of the cards in the set at various shows throughout the summer and the early consensus is, “Finally, we can play with The Fantastic Four and against Galactus!”

“The Fantastic Four are such important characters to the Marvel Universe, we felt they deserved a set of their own for Legendary™,” said Jason Brenner, Upper Deck’s entertainment brand manager. “We wanted to do the fans a service by making a character like Silver Surfer a playable hero while adding some new mechanics that speak directly to the team dynamic in The Fantastic Four. The end result will be a lot of fun not only for fans of the game, but new players as well.”

Play with or against friends in this “Fantastic” deck-building game from Upper Deck Entertainment!

Gen Con 2013: Upper Deck’s Marvel Legendary Gets Two Expansions and Lots of Empty Chairs

DSCN3422While walking around the showroom floor of Gen Con this past weekend, I noticed a sign for an upcoming expansion to Upper Deck‘s deck building game Marvel Legendary. Website ICv2 is reporting, there’s actually two that will be coming out, the second announced at an event during the convention.

The set announced during a party at the Hard Rock Cafe, Upper Deck announced that a Spider-Man themed set will be making it’s debut. Artwork featuring Spider-Man and Carnage were both pictured. The company also announced a contest to name the set, with a hope that it’ll have a Carnage theme to it. The winning entry will receive a free copy of the deck.

The two new Masterminds, as well as new mechanics and schemes, for this set are Carnage and a yet to be announced character, and no it’s not Venom. The art for the set will be done by Matthew Clark. There’s 100 cards in the set and it’ll retail for $19.99.

In October, a set based on the Fantastic Four will be released. With art by Ale Garza, J.J. Kirby and Nigel Raynor, the set will also feature 100 cards. The expansion has of course the Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer with Mastermind Galactus. The set will include five heroes, two new villain groups and two Masterminds. That will also retail for $19.99.

PIC_4252At the convention, numerous tournaments occurred of the game, though it seemed Upper Deck had trouble filling in seats. Unlike AEG, Fantasy Flight, Heroclix or Magic which which were all in close proximity and constantly filled, Upper Deck had rows upon rows of empty seats which you can see to the right. I’d estimate at the times I went by, the section was about 25% to 33% filled each and every time. Out of all of the game publishers in the tournament area, this was the only section that seemed to have that issue and it was constant (I confirmed this with individuals running tournaments in surrounding sections). We’ll see over the next year if the game has legs or is already showing signs of burnout that lack of tournament interest would indicate.