Saturday, March 10, 2018

Marvel Legends Thundra (Fearless Defenders 2015)

I picked up this Marvel Legends Thundra at half-price, though I'd admired her hanging on the pegs in 2015, and her variant, Valkyrie.Appearing first in Fantastic Four #129 (1972), Thundra originated from an alternate 23rd Century, where Earth is known as Femizonia, and ruled by a race of warrior women. More recently she's made a minor appearance in the short lived Fearless Defenders (2013), which I finally read this year after subscribing to Marvel Unlimited.

Misty Knight and Valkeryie are obvious choices for a Marvel Legends Fearless Defenders sub-series, but Dani Moonstar would have been a more relevant character choice than Thundra, having been a fleshed out character. Thundra was merely part of a larger group of heroines that came to the rescue in issue #6. That said, I appreciate the simplicity of this action figure, and her flashy outfit.

There are some neatly printed tampos throughout the figure, enabling Hasbro to reuse parts by simply repainting- they are consistent, so I'm fine with it. She has the same limited articulation that most female Marvel Legends have, the head particularly immobile due to the hair sculpt. The reverse swing position of her ball chain an be a challenge to pose, leaving me wishing Hasbro has put a wire through it. That said, I had fun posing her with it. I'd probably never paid full retail for this unless trying to complete the Hulkbuster BAF, but for half price she's fun.

Below, Thundra with fellow Fearless Defender, Misty Knight:

And finally, Thundra with Marvel Legends Ares, who appeared in Fearless Defenders
to battle his daughter Hippolyta for lordship over the Amazons...

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Marvel Legends Colossus- 2017 X-Men Series

While I've owned a couple Colossus figures, I realized while writing this I've never dedicated a post to the X-Men character. Russian mutant Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin is the heavyweight of the X-Men whose skin turns into organic steel, known for his strength and virtue. I was unfamiliar with this modern outfit, but stumbled upon a discounted price w/free shipping. At over 7" tall, this big figure will add variety to my burgeoning Legends collection, already diverse with different body types, sexes, alien life, etc. I've had the classic Marvel Select Colossus stowed away on card for awhile, but this 2017 X-Men Series has his own thing going on.

Aside from the Warlock BAF parts, which are currently up for auction on my eBay store, Colossus comes with a great alternate head! This bearded visage will be the one this figure wears among my displayed collection!

Below, Colossus with another Marvel Legends figure Hasbro produced recently that featured a bearded alternate head accessory, the 2018 Black Panther Wave Sub-Mariner:

The Iron Man Mark XLVII Sentry would make a good opponent for Colossus ...!

And finally, Colossus with fellow X-Man, my Retro Series Wolverine.
These two make a great pair!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Marvel Legends 2017 Walmart Exclusive Black Panther

On the heels of my last post, I thought I'd share my third Black Panther action figure acquired in the last couple months. This was an update to the 2013 Rocket Raccoon Series Black Panther, receiving a cape, extra hands, necklace, and spear. I never got that 2013 Black Panther, so this is like a second chance. I've seen some of my Instagram friends find him on clearance, but I don't recall seeing him in the wild, eventually buying him for a pretty good price with free shipping from an eBay seller.

The cape was actually borrowed from the 2008 Red Hulk Wave's Adam Warlock, and the spear from the 2015 Rhino Wave's Kraven. Not sure where the necklace came from, but would be surprised if it wasn't a recycle of some sorts, the origin of which I cannot determine.

The elbows are a little rubbery on this guy, and the wrist posts are a little too slender- I could see the latter being a problem if changing the hands often, but mine probably got changed more photographing him than he'll get the rest of his time in my collection.

Another mild issue worth noting is the noticeable gap in the abdominal hinge. Built on the Bucky Cap body, I've heard speculation by some YouTube reviews that this six year old mold had worn with age. But I've seen reference photos at MarvelLegends.Net that show gappage, so I feel it's always been an issue with that buck, perhaps less pronounced on Black Panther due to his plain torso. All said, this is a pretty cool action figure! He has good accessories, even if recycled, which are suitable with this comic-inspired interpretation of the character.

Black Panther with Marvel Legends Shuri that came in a 2pk with Klaw I reviewed last week-
What a great pair!

Below, Marvel Legends 2017 Walmart Exclusive Black Panther with the new 2018 Walmart exclusive Vibranium Suit Black Panther, and 2018 movie Black Panther Series Black Panther:

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marvel Legends Klaw/Shuri 2pk & Vibranium Suit Black Panther

I posted the photo above on my Instagram at the end of January, and finally got around to photographing them last week. I'll say again, the recent Marvel Legends Black Panther Wave was one of the best in my opinion, and this TRU Exclusive Klaw/Shuri 2pk and Walmart Exclusive Vibranium Suit Black Panther are icing on the cake. Really fun! Check out the video:

Below, Shuri with the Black Panther Wave Okoye and Nakia,
and Black Panther Wave Black Panther with Vibranium Suit Black Panther:

It's little wonder that I've become interested in Marvel Legends again considering their output in the last few years. In addition to some great movie figures, the comics-inspired offerings have been fun as well, these included. I've heard gentle complaints regarding Vibranium Black Panther's lack of butterfly joints, but this buck introduced on Spider-UK is a pretty good fit. I'm concerned about the delicate ankles on Shuri, but she looks great in her cape draped over her shoulders and the spear was a good reuse of parts, borrowed from Kraven. Redesigned from his 2012 appearance in Marvel Legends celebrated return, Klaw is a huge improvement while simultaneously retaining the character's classic design.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

SDTB Clearance Sale Continues: DC Direct Batman Figures!

More of my collection is up for auction at the Super-DuperToyBox eBay store! If you live in the Continental U.S., now is your chance to make a bid on some very cool figures from my personal collection, many just sitting in storage for the last six or seven years.. I loved the DC Direct line of action figures, this Elseworlds Series Thrillkiller Batman from the halcyon days of their artistry! Keep an eye on my Instagram as I post images of items for sale in the future!

Another DC Direct figure for sale from my personal collection is this
Justice League International Series 1 Batman from 2009:

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Marvel Legends Ares (Thor Ragnarok Series)

I passed on this guy several times, but came to my senses after seeing more online reviews and realizing how special he is. Originally a BAF figure from 2008, Hasbro's second year of producing Marvel Legends after ToyBiz. Ares is huge, and was packed with a secondary tray to hold his oversized sword and battle axe, the Gladiator Hulk BAF arm and hammer taking all the room up front. As if that wasn't enough, a large knife that sheathes onto this right thigh is included.

This Ares has some improvements from the original 2006 BAF, namely new shins and feet that allow updated ankle rocker articulation, and a little more exciting paint scheme. The head beneath the mask has been updated with blanked out eyes and shadowed face, which I don't prefer to the original, more conventional portrait. Still, a good trade for the updated skull and crossbones chest emblem, far less cartoony that the original. 

The neck articulation is very limited due to the large ball at the end, and his elbow joints can't even bend to a 45 degree angle, but he can do enough for me. I won't need the extra BAF parts for the Gladiator Hulk, but you'll be able buy those from me at my eBay store soon, if you're interested and live with the lower 48 states! I love the paint deco, accessories, and killer plumed helmet on this action figure- great addition to my Marvel Legends collection!

Below, Ares with his Ragnarok Series mates Gladiator Thor and BAF Gladiator Hulk,
and Angela from the Guardians of the Galaxy Series...

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Marvel Legends Retro Series Wolverine & Old Man Logan

I picked these up from TRU at the beginning of last December during a BOGO at 40% off sale, and thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I knew the Retro Series Wolverine would be very popular, and have only seen him on the peg one other time after. Plain-clothed Marvel Legends don't normally appeal to me, unless they are Wolverine, and in spite of the lack of any accessories, Old Man Logan did not disappoint.

While I'll most often display Wolverine unmasked, the masked head looks pretty good- the flared boot tops and wide red belt are classic Wolverine! This figure has articulation to spare, the butterfly joints at the shoulders of particular interest- I also love the swivels at the boot tops...

Pictured below. Wolverine with T'Challa, and with Sub-Mariner and Invincible Iron Man from the recent Marvel Legends Black Panther Wave...

Old Man Logan's sculpt and paint look really great! The bomber jacket is amazing, as is the head sculpt. A proper accessory would have been a hat or baby Hulk in a papoose, two possibilities straight from the original Old Man Logan (2008-2009). I only recently read this series, after subscribing to Marvel Unlimited, and while criticized by some, I enjoyed it. Less grotesque perhaps is another title I read shortly after, the more recent Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 0 - Warzones! 

Below, Old Man Logan Vs. my 14.5" Legends Series Hulk, and Star-Lord...

These are two more great Marvel Legends to add to my collection. Nitpicks aside, Hasbro has really cranked out some great action figures the last two or three years, with a lot more coming up. I still have a few to photograph that I've picked up in the last six months, which has turned out to be a return to Marvel Legends here at the Super-DuperToyBox.

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