Greetings HeroClix fans, and welcome to the first of our exciting previews from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix Avengers: Age of Ultron set, based upon this summer’s upcoming blockbuster! Over the next couple of days, we’ll be diving into the six figures from the movie starter set, today focusing on three signature Avengers – Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man Mk. 43!
As is tradition with the characters represented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all three characters come equipped with the Avengers Initiative team ability, which ensures that hindering terrain won’t be an issue when moving or drawing lines of fire – and with a range of 8 squares for Thor and a range of 7 squares with 2 targets for Iron Man, you’ll be able to fire off shots from all over the map without fear of Stealth derailing your attack. And don’t think Captain America misses out – sure, he has a range of 0 squares, but he can really take advantage of both Sidestep and Charge without having to concern himself with finding a path around hindering terrain.
Each of these characters comes with the standard powers you’d expect them to have, but we wanted to jump in a bit deeper with their special powers. Captain America, for example, begins with a trait called Shield Toss. Again, he has a range of 0 squares, but his trait states that whenever Cap makes a close combat attack, all squares within 6 squares and line of fire are considered adjacent. Steve also comes with a special power over the majority of his dial on damage called Heart of the Avengers. This power states that he can use Leadership, and may choose to use it normally, or as a power action. If it is used as a power action and is successful, he may in turn remove an action token from all friendly characters with the Avengers keyword within 6 squares!
Up next, we have the Asgardian God of Thunder, Thor, who has a versatile dial that can be played at either 150 or 100 points. The Odinson, of course, is armed with a mythical hammer, which is represented by his trait The Might of Mjolnir. This trait states that when Thor makes an attack, you have the choice of if that attack generates knock back or not. While a relatively straightforward effect, its advantages are numerous – will that knock back of 4 squares take your opponent over the edge of a mountain, or slam them into a wall? Thor also has a special power over three clicks of his speed, called Bring the Hammer Down, which allows him to use Charge and Quake. When he uses Charge, you have the choice to not halve his speed value from it, but if you do, he may only activate Quake with the close combat action.
Where things get exciting and a bit more complex is with the billionaire playboy philanthropist Iron Man Mk. 43. To start, Tony brings a trait called The House Party Protocol. Once per game, this trait allows Iron Man Mk. 43 to be given a power action that doesn’t deal pushing damage. You’ll then be allowed to bring in an Iron Legion figure (from the gravity feed of the Marvel HeroClix Avengers: Age of Ultron set) from outside of the game, and place it in a square adjacent to Tony on its red starting line. This is only a temporary benefit, however – the first time the Iron Legion takes damage, it’s removed from the game, and your opponent scores no points for its defeat. Iron Man Mk. 43 also kicks in the afterburners with his speed special power called Sometimes You Have to Run Before You Can Walk. This power states that Iron Man Mk. 43 can use Running Shot, and when he does, his speed value doesn’t get cut in half from its use.
Each of these characters brings something a little bit different to the table, with Captain America and Thor having indomitable dials that encourage pushing. In addition to that, each has a wide array of keywords, both generic and named, that will make them very versatile when branching out from just this starter set.
So, there you have it! Our first three characters from the Marvel HeroClix Avengers: Age of Ultron starter set! Be sure to stop by soon as we check in with the next three members of the Avengers. Until then, push for the win!