Friday, September 13, 2019

Marvel Legends 80th Anniversary Iron Man, Capt. America, & Thor

I was trilled to get this trio of classic Marvel Avengers, part of Hasbro's recent avalanche of Marvel Legends celebrating Marvel's 80th Anniversary. These are all-new sculpts with a deluxe assortment of accessories, set at a higher price point of $25.00, though I picked up Iron Man and Thor on Amazon for south of twenty bucks using points on my card,. Check out the video:

Based heavily on  Alex Ross' styling of these three characters, the artist's work is featured on the verso of each box. I feel Hasbro nailed it on all three of them, giving us most the appropriate accessories, though Cap's alternate head was too similar to the Alex Ross Portrait, and Thor didn't come with much. The classic Hulk that came in my 80th Anniversary 1st Appearance Wolverine/Hulk 2pk goes perfectly with Thor, Cap and ol' Shellhead! Make me think I need to backtrack and pick up the Vintage Series Hawkeye or Wasp. Recommended!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Marvel Legends Dazzler

Dazzler was a slow burn for me, from the 2017 X-Men Series "Classic" version, up to the latest 2019 Retro Series, appealing to the younger '90s kids with it's ToyBiz-inspired, X-Men cardback. The latter is somewhat a stand-in for the Marvel Legends Rogue I never picked up, wearing the same jacket and belt of that figure- even a sporty headband! Rogue's secondary market price has ballooned, but Dazzler in her '90s gear will do fine. Check out the video:

I can't say enough good things about these two, though the 2017 classic version on roller skates with feathered '70s hair and disco outfit is probably the more original/unique action figure- we don't often get one on roller skates. That said, the Retro Series Dazzler scratches an itch for me personally. Of note: Dazzler was originally commissioned as a cross-promotion between Marvel Comics and Casablanca Records, who had struck gold previously with the rock group Kiss. While this project fizzled, Dazzler first appeared in Uncanny X-Men # 130 (1980), and went on to be published under her own title from '81-'85, and the X-Men in the years following, before disappearing for most of the next two decades. Read more about Dazzler at Comic Vine!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Marvel Legends Deathlok & Cable

I picked these figures up in March of 2018, not quite a year after getting back into Marvel Legends, and am finally getting around to photographing them, not for lack of enthusiasm regarding, but rather lack of time. While Cable is a longtime favorite character, Deathlok did not disappoint, and I enjoyed him every bit as much.

First appearing in Astonishing Tales #25 in 1974, the Deathlok identity has been employed by several Marvel characters, including a mostly cyborg Steve Rogers in X-Factor #231. And his likeness to British metal band Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie is undeniable! Hasbro revealed recently that Deathlok will be rereleased in his Uncanny X-Force black & gray, but I prefer this classic color scheme. I feel like Deathlok was a greatly underappreciated figure upon his release over a year ago, but is certainly on of the best figures from this Deadpool wave- his sculpt and deco are fantastic, regardless of the character's standing in the Marvel hierarchy.

Below, Deathlok with my Marvel Legends Colossus, a modern version that wasn't favored by a lot of collectors, but I liked very much. I'm unsure these two characters had much crossover in the Marvel Universe, but the figures have a lot of aesthetic similarities I couldn't ignore...

Hasbro certainly captured the Rob Liefeld/'90s aesthetic with this Cable figure- the bulk of his shoulder harness hampers his articulation somewhat, but I feel like this is the classic X-Force version I'd been waiting for. He's armed to the teeth as well! I appreciate the inclusion of a peg for stowing his rifle onto the back of his harness and holster for his shotgun, but an additional left trigger hand would have been nice

Below, Cable with my Marvel Legends Hope Summers- I loved the Messiah War story arc from a few years back! Hasbro was bringing 6" Marvel Legends back around the time they produced this Hope figure, and while I love the sculpt/paint, the articulation leaves a lot to be desired and she doesn't hold her rifle well at all.

Below, Cable and Deathlok with their wave mate, and possibly best Deadpool action figure Hasbro has produced, the 1st Appearance Deadpool- no, he didn't include an arsenal of firearms that we associate with the character, but his articulation, deco, and sculpt are top notch. Recommended!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Marvel Legends Jubilee (X-Men Wave)

The recent Marvel Legends X-Men wave was roundly praised for it's strong roster in spite of their individual shortcomings in the eyes of some, and Jubilee was one of the most anticipated. I preordered Beast and Forge right out of the gate, and have been sitting on them only for a lack of time due to moving house and career obligations. There seems to be less interest in the Caliban BAF, for myself included in spite of having read about the character in Uncanny X-Men and X-Factor. That said, we get Weapon X, Gambit, Jubilee, Forge, and the Beast figure we've waited on for a long time all in one wave.

Jubilee came with no effects accessories, but at this point nearly every Legends collector has one of these "magic bubble" rings. The arm clasp is far too large for Jubilee's wrists, but you can manage for a photo at the right angle. Apart from her elbows being limited to a right angle, she has otherwise useful articulation- her lollipop neck is problematic, but is at least partially diminished by her collar. Boot tops and shorts disguise the swivel joints perfectly. The boots, shorts, torso, and perhaps forearms all appear to be new tooling to my eyes. She looks fantastic!

While we were shorted on effects accessories for Jubilee, we did get a spectacular second portrait blowing bubble gum and extra shades that make this a really unique and fun action figure. I actually received two extra pairs of shades, and maybe you did as well, perhaps Hasbro's assumption one of these painfully tiny pieces would be immediately lost. Regardless, these are particularly useful accessories that are apropos of Jubilee's youthful pluck. Wonderful!

Above, Jubilation with her X-Men teammate Wolverine
and below Nico Minoru, fellow A-Force member...

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Marvel Legends Avengers War Machine

I knew at the moment solicitations for this figure was announced that he would be mine, and patience paid off months later when I had him for under twenty bucks, shipped. He is a beautiful piece, even if somewhat limited in articulation, due to his girth. Vertical articulation on the shoulder cannon would have made it more useful, but I do like the ankle pivots, and his neck/head and hips aren't bad. Hinged wrists & double-jointed knees help in posing him as well.

The sculptural detail and mecha/metallic finish combined with the robot bulk of this figure makes him a standout, his arm cannons exaggerating his already hulking stance. Paint is spare, ultimately contributing to his realistic aesthetic. The touch of glowing red around the eyes is fantastic!

My 2013 Marvel Legends Iron Man 3 Series Iron Patriot has a superiorly articulated shoulder cannon, truth be told, but he seems downright anemic next to War Machine. I somehow have no other War Machine figures to compare this one to, but am confident all the previous versions would fare no better next to this...

And finally, War Machine next to my Marvel Legends Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk, Starforce Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange. That Gladiator Hulk got me back into Legends in 2017, after which I collected more than I had years prior by far. It's been said before, Hasbro has been killin' it the last few years, with no end in sight. I have several collected I've yet to photograph, and a couple of the new 80th Anniversary figures on the way, so expect to see more here on the Super-DuperToyBox!

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Marvel Legends 1st Appearance Wolverine & Hulk (80 Yrs 2-Pk)

I was immediately into the Marvel 80 Year Anniversary Marvel Legends Wolverine/Hulk 2-pack upon it's announcement a few months ago, mostly for the comic-based Hulk included, a version many fans have undoubtedly been looking forward to. While I wasn't as mad for the 1st Appearance Wolverine, who uses the same buck as the last two Wolverines, I must admit I do like the face sculpt quite a bit, and he makes a great partner with the Hulk, who battled the adamantium-clawed berserker in Hulk #181, Nov. 1974. Check out the video:

I love the butterfly shoulder joints on these figures, giving them a range of fighting poses that especially complements two raging characters Like Wolverine and the Hulk. Hulk is the star of this 2-pack, and Hasbro nailed it, even giving us a tattered shirt made of this latex that drapes nicely over the shoulders and makes him extra special. While I like that and the extra hands, I do feel the price point of $60.00 we deserved at least a variant head sculpt for each figure, but there was no way I was passing on this. See the video above for more comparison pics with other action figures. Recommended! 

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Mego 14" Aquaman

While I'm certain some collectors would prefer a more true 1:6 scale, I'm mad for these Mego 14" figures! Like the 13" DC Direct from some years ago, they are just extra fun a little bigger! There have been some issues with loose joints Mego has claimed to address, but Aquaman still suffers from a bit, particularly in his wrists and ankles. Still, he will stand on his own, and looks fantastic in his retro styling. Check out the video:

Like all Bronze-Age kids, I prefer Aqauman in his classic outfit with black trunks as pictured above, my new 14" Mego Aquaman with my 8" Mattel Retro-Action Aquaman and 6" DC Universe Classics Aquaman. Below, Aquaman joins ranks with my 14" Mego Batman, Flash, and Green Lantern- what a team!

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Marvel Legends Wolverine & All-New Wolverine

I posted a picture of these two on my Instagram in mid-October of 2018, and am just getting around to opening them! I've been selling off a lot of my collection, which has kept me busy along with a couple other very involved hobbies that take a lot of time and work. While they are from different Marvel Legends waves, I felt they'd make a nice pair, and I wasn't disappointed. Check out the video:

I've been reading some of the All-New, All-Different Wolverine from Marvel's 2015 relaunch, and have enjoyed it. Laura Kinney/X-23 is an interesting character - from her taking Gabby under her wing, a clone of herself also looking for absolution after escaping Allchemax, to their strange relationship with Old Man Logan from another dimension, designated Earth-807128. How long must we wait to see Laura as full-on Wolverine in the movies?  This needs to happen in the next wave of MCU. As a figure, Laura has some lateral hip articulation limitations, and her toe claws are hard to keep pegged while posing, but I love her aesthetic in that bright Tiger-Stripe outfit. There are some uneven tones in the yellows, but the mask and dynamic hair sculpt are fantastic. Like a lot of female Legends, Laura has single-hinge elbows on a swivel, though she does get beyond 45 degrees, and her hinged wrists help extend that reach. 

The X-Men Series Tiger-Stripe is nearly a perfect figure, built on the same base as the Retro Series Wolverine, whom he complements nicely. His claws are a little loose in their pegs and get moved posing, but don't drop out. An additional portrait would have been nice, maybe a berserker expression- Laura came with an unmasked portrait, and a huge BAF piece for Sauron, and we get skinny little arm hoses for the Apocalypse BAF, and a pair of regular fists for Wolverine. Still, he IS a great figure. Recommended!

Below, Marvel Legends X-Men Wolverine with some other Tiger-Stripe Wolverines that reside in the Super-DuperToyBox:  9" Origins Signature Series Wolverine, 2" Heroes & Villains Wolverine, Marvel Legends 10.5" Wolverine, and Marvel Universe 3.75" Wolverine. See the video above for more figure comparisons with both these Wolverines!

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