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Black Widow Replaced By Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron Toys

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, May 12 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Black Widow Replaced By Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron Toys

It's toy sexism run rampant with the latest batch of superhero action figure playsets!

Source: The Mary Sue

Comic book fandom has gotten pretty used to seeing female characters excluded from toylines for popular comic book movie franchises. It's not surprising. Toy company executives are barely real people, the living embodiment of a Dilbert cartoon. Decades of toy company science have taught them that boys won't play with "dolls," that girls won't play with "action figures," and also, apparently, boys will rarely play with female action figures. In a 1996 research study from the American Institute for Dumb Sexist Stereotypes, market focus group testing revealed that boys under the age of 12 were more than 70% less likely to harass their parents into buying them an overpriced hunk of plastic if that piece of plastic has boobs. And so, today, toy lines for franchises like Justice League, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, and Avengers rarely if ever include the popular female characters, and when they do, they're rare and never proportionate to the character's involvement or importance to the franchise. And so, no one, not even The Mary Sue, was surprised to see that Black Widow was given the cold shoulder in Avengers: Age of Ultron toylines. But the lengths to which toymaker Hasbro went to give the Widow second rate treatment, well, that's another story:



Yes, that is a toy commemorating the moment when Black Widow jumps a motorcycle out of a Quinjet to kick some ass, as Captain America is riding on top of a truck and fighting with Ultron. The Widow even scoops up Cap's shield from the ground and tosses it to him before... well, we won't spoil it. It was one of the best action scenes in a movie packed with action scenes. So why replace her with Cap?

Because girls are icky. You might also notice that Black Widow is not on the box art, either, though the toy's description does point out that maybe she could be allowed to fly the plane that Cap awesomely jumps out of, so, I guess that's a win?

With your Captain America figure racing away, somebody needs to stick around in the cockpit. Luckily, the Cycle Blast Quinjet holds up to 4 2.5-inch Avengers figures! Additional figures sold separately. Imagine your own battles as you put Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thor, or Iron Man behind the controls and follow Captain America into the fight!


Those Black Widow figures mentioned there? Not easy to find, by the way, because they produce far less of them due to an expected lower demand (because she's a girl).

Now, I know that many of you will complain that this is an overreaction, and to be fair, there are times when The Outhouse exaggerates things for comic or persuasive effect. But honestly, it really does seem like they're going out of their way to be sexist. As The AV Club points out, here's another toy from the movie, again focusing on the motorcycle jump out of a plane scene, but once again, replacing Black Widow with Cap:



It's literally a playset to reenact the exact scene from the movie, and yet, it still replaces Widow with Cap (and Hawkeye with Widow, if we're going to nitpick). What is the point of this? It comes with a Widow figure? Why not just put her on the motorcycle? It doesn't make any sense.

But it makes more sense than this other one, also from The Mary Sue:



For fuck's sake. Why the hell would Iron Man need a motorcycle? He can fucking fly!

The Mary Sue concludes that Marvel/Hasbro/Hot Wheels/Lego is trolling them, but I don't think that's the case. I think that the executives at these companies really are just this stupid (and unconsciously sexist) and they really think that the toys will sell better without a woman riding a motorcycle. To prove that we're right, we requested an interview with Hasbro Executive Vice President of Toy Retcons Lance Tinkertot.

The Outhouse: Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to talk to us.

Lance Tinkertot: Anything for Bleeding Cool.

OH: Yeah, umm... That's us! So tell us why you switched out Black Widow for Captain America on that toy set.

LT: Oh, that's easy. She's a girl.

OH: And...?

LT: Girl's can't ride motorcycles.

OH: I'm pretty sure that's not true.

LT: That's unlikely.

OH: Look, I know for a fact women can ride motorcycles.

LT: You mean, like, holding onto a guy while he rides it.

OH: No, that's not...

LT: Yeah, her hair is flowing in the wind, she's clutching her man tightly, and she's wearing some nice tight jeans and her shirt is riding up so you can see her tattoo. You know what, I have seen that before. I stand corrected.

OH: No, you moron, she can ride the motorcycle. Look, here's video evidence:


LT: I'm getting an idea for another playset. Biker Babe Widow. She rides on the back of Cap's motorcycle in tight jeans, holding onto his waist...

OH: No, that's a terrible idea!

LT: We could include a Hawkeye figure too, so you could change up which one of them is driving the motorcycle while Widow clutches them from behind.

OH: What is wrong with you?

LT: No, you know what, still too girly. No boys will want to play with that. Let's just put Hawkeye and Cap on the cycle.

OH: ...which one of them will have the tramp stamp?

LT: What?

OH: You know, I should have seen this coming. It's right there in the name. Has-bro.


As you can see, we were getting nowhere, so we distracted him with a shiny object and quickly exited the room.

If we had a Marvel, Hasbro, Hot Wheels, or Lego counter, or any combination of those, we'd definitely reset it for this. But we don't, so instead, here's a comment section full of people calling me an SJW and probably insulting The Mary Sue for good measure:


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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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