Avengers Toys Reveal The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier And The Quinjet

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Avengers
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The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are unquestionably going to be two of the biggest blockbusters of the upcoming summer season, but that's not all they have in common. They, of course, are both based on major comic book properties, and are extensions of popular franchises that have been highly anticipated for years now. One of the smaller elements that links the two together, however, is that both films will be introducing a new kind of flying machine and now details of both have been revealed in toy form. Last week we learned that Batman's new vehicle will be called The Bat and today we get our first look at both the Quinjet and the Helicarrier from The Avengers.

Discovered by Coming Soon over on the Red Shadows Forum, the image is taken from a Hasbro's catalog at the U.K. Toy Fair. For those uninitiated, the Quinjet is the primary mode of transportation for the Avengers team, but in comics lore they tend to have a short shelf life. The Helicarrier is the floating base of operations for S.H.I.E.L.D., the super-secret government organization headed up by Colonel Nick Fury. We've seen concept art for both vehicles previously, but this could end up being the closest to what we'll actually see in the film when it's released on May 4th. Check out the images below.

You may also notice that the page also includes something called the "Stark Tek Battle Vehicle" but it's entirely possible that this is something that Hasbro just made up so that they could make and sell more toys (it's not exactly a new concept). While we wait for a new Avengers trailer that could possibly show off the Quinjet and Helicarrier for real, you can see more from the Joss Whedon-directed movie over in our Blend Film Database.

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