Funko and Marvel have teamed up to launch a new micro collectible tabletop gaming system.

Revealed exclusively across the Toy Book, the Toy Insider, and the Pop Insider, Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones is a collectible adventure game that invites kids and families to play in a whole new way.

Players battle against the Mad Titan Thanos in gameplay unleashed through a Battle Ball. Each Battle Ball contains a surprise assortment, including two collectible Marvel characters, Hero Cards, Battle Cards, and pair of dice. Players can collect and battle with iconic heroes including Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and Groot alongside characters such as Valkyrie Gamora, Throg (Frog Thor), and Spider-Ham.

Funko Marvel Battleworld

Series 1 includes surprise Battle Balls and a Mega Pack that comes with six collectible heroes and 13 Battle Cards. Kids can be on the lookout for exclusive characters including Negative Zone Spider-Man.

“We are thrilled that Marvel has chosen to expand the Funko collaboration to engage their younger fans with a new category of products and animation collaboration,” says Funko CEO Brian Mariotti. “Funko enters the toy aisle for the first time with a product offering of tremendous value. In addition to two micro-collectible characters inside the Battle Ball, the child can battle independently or team up with friends to defeat Thanos through gameplay. This kind of product assortment is both what kids want and what retailers are keen to offer parents.”

Marvel Battleworld will be supported by short-form animated content created by Funko Animation Studios in collaboration with Marvel.

“Battleworld offers kids a completely new way to play and interact with the Marvel brand and universe of characters they know and love,” says Paul Gitter, senior vice president, Marvel Licensing. “The innovative tabletop gaming plus action-packed storytelling gives kids an immersive experience that’s fresh for the Marvel Brand.”

In the animated shorts, kids will be introduced to a new plot from Thanos to trap Marvel heroes in Battleworld. The content will be available across multiple platforms, including Disney XD, Marvel HQ, YouTube, and more.

Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones will be first to market at Target stores nationwide this June.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.