Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Marvel Legends House of X Marvel Girl, Moira MacTaggert

 I liked most all the figures from this Marvel Legends House of X line, though am unfamiliar with the two 2019 Jonathan Hickman House of X and Powers of X books. While I like all the other figures in this wave, the main attraction to these two figures for me were a classic Marvel Girl portrait and a female in both civilian dress and lab coat. The sheer volume and expense of what Hasbro is putting out in the Marvel Legends wave prevents me from buying entire waves often, but these two are popular among the line for good reason.

Below, Marvel Girl with fellow X-Men, my Marvel Legends Nightcrawler and Beast...

Jean's Flower of Krakoa has powers to extend human life, cure disease, and create self-sustaining biome. In House of X, the X-Men use them to leverage diplomacy with mankind into their acceptance of Krakoa's sovereignty. This is just a fun, futuristic accessory I enjoy on it's own aesthetic merit.

In House of X,  it is revealed Moira is a mutant with the power of reincarnation, having lived many lives connected to Charles Xavier and Magneto, sometimes at odds with their place among mutantkind across timelines. Regardless of Hickman's thick history of Moira's ten lives, I just liked having both a scientist and female in civilian dress.

Below, Moira with my Marvel Legends Jubilee and Dazzler...

I'm unsure if I'll pick up any of the other House of X figures, but these two were unique among the wave in my eyes. Their skirts prevent great leg articulation, but they look fantastic. There's a ton of great X-Men stuff I've not read, but these figures have me curious about House of X/Powers of X by Hickman.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Marvel Legends Infinity Gauntlet Thanos & Obsidian Surfer

 I acquired the Marvel Legends Deluxe Infinity Gauntlet Thanos and Walgreens Exclusive Obsidian Surfer within a week of one another, the former for free using Amazon points, and the Surfer during my only sighting in the wild since. I'd been on the fence regarding Thanos, as I've owned a fantastic classic Marvel Select Thanos for years. This long awaited Marvel Legends Thanos had some extra articulation points however, and may scale better with other 6" Hasbro figures. Also included was an alternate snapping-fingers left hand, an accessory that seems almost crucial at this point.

While I've read The Infinity Gauntlet, I've not read the story from the recent pages of Thanos, were King Thanos brings back young Thanos to fight the Fallen One, or Obsidian Surfer, wielding Mjolnir, returning to kill the Titan for destroying everyone in the Universe.

Obsidian Surfer includes flame effects for his hands in addition to Mjolnir, and Thanos an additional King Thanos head sculpt, allowing fans to reenact the Thanos Wins storyline. I'll refrain from spoiling much, though will say Obsidian Surfer does not emerge the victor.

Below, Infinity Gauntlet Thanos with Marvel Select Thanos and Hasbro Marvel Universe Thanos, and with Marvel Legends Walmart Exclusive Modern Thanos further below...

Below. Thanos with a few other larger Marvel Legends: Thing, Venompool, Beast and Hulk...

And finally, Obsidian Surfer with Marvel Legends Walgreens Exclusive Fantastic Four...

While I have the regular Marvel Legends Silver Surfer still  boxed, on ice, and more than one Thanos figure, I like this darker release of the Surfer, and I didn't pay anything for the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos. Both are really nice figures! Recommended! 

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

ReAction Terminator 3.75" Figure

Just a quick post related to my last on the ReAction Arrow figures, another I picked up cheap on eBay, a ReAction T800 Terminator figure. The '80s were a great time to be a kid, renting VHS sci-fi movies like Terminator. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the action star of the decade, and I watched anything he was in.

I said in my last post that I'm less likely to pick up more recent ReAction figures due to their steep retail price of $16.00 - $18.00, but I have been buying Hasbro's ten dollar 3.75" Retro Marvel Legends figures. This 2013 Terminator series had a few other figures, including the metal skeleton T800, but I liked this one with the leather jacket, machine gun, and shotgun! 

Below, Arnold with my ReAction Arrow figures...

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

ReAction Arrow 3.75" Figures

I picked up a few of these 2015 WB Arrow figures on the secondary market; as child of the '70s, I had many 3.75" Star Wars figures, and enjoy the retro-appeal of small, simple figures like that. I never watched a single episode of Arrow- surprising in that I like Green Arrow from the comics. I like the sculpt on these, and would have loved them as a kid.

These come with appropriate accessories, two bows for Arrow, and a sheath for Deathstroke's sword on his back. Black Canary has somewhat loose arm swivels, but I like them overall. I've bought several of the new Hasbro 3.75" Retro Marvel Legends figures at ten bucks each, which is a better value than Super 7's recent $16. - $18. ReAction figures. While I enjoy the sculpt and deco on these figures, I'm less likely to pay that price.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Super 7 Super Cyborg Cobra B.A.T.

 I had some 3.75" G.I. Joe figures as a kid in the '80s, and have had a few things as an adult collector- notably some of the recent Hasbro 6" G.I. Joe Classified. While I'm not a diehard collector of the franchise, and was completely unaware of the character, I could not resist this 11" Cobra B.A.T. vinyl figure by Super 7. There are other figures in the toy company's Super Cyborg Series, three Transformers and a Megazord thus far, the Cobra B.A.T.'s color scheme, interchangeable arms, and overall retro appeal sold me upon solicitation months ago. Check out the video:

Articulation is very limited on the Super Cyborg Cobra B.A.T., but there are swivels at the boot tops, wrists, shoulders and neck. The arm attachments are made of a soft vinyl that also plug into the backpack for storage. I would have loved to have the sidearm removeable to hold in his hand, but the included accessories are fine. I picked up a couple of 3.75" Cobra B.A.T. II figures that Hasbro produced in 2004 to complement my Super 7 B.A.T. There have been other Battle Android Troopers produced in this smaller scale that have transparent chest plates, but these were affordable and similar in color scheme to my 11" Super 7 B.A.T.

I included my Mattel 11.5" Bat-Mech from 2016 for comparison in the video above, which also has an opening chest plate, which can hold DC Mighty Mini figures, like my Batman V. Superman 2" Armored Batman! The Bat-Mech is a fun toy that was somewhat coveted on the secondary market the last time I looked...

The Super 7 Super Cyborg figures go for $75.00, but I was able to use Amazon points to cash in, reducing it to under $55.00. Super 7 makes nice toys that have smaller production runs and distribution, so they cost more. If you can get one at a discount, take advantage of that, but I recommend the Super Cyborg Cobra B.A.T. regardless. It's a fun, retro-styled toy with lots of crossover possibility with other toys.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Robin (Damian Wayne)

I picked up this McFarlane Toys Damian Wayne Robin when buying the Red Son Superman in my last post; as I said then, I've not the time nor money to collect everything McFarlane drops, but these two caught my eye. I loved the Batman and Robin storyline by Grant Morrison (2009-2011), and subsequent stories featuring Damian as Robin. The character was a murderous brat, retrained by Dick Grayson first, then his father Bruce Wayne when he finally reclaimed the mantle. He was easy to dislike, but turned out to be an interesting character in the Batman mythos.

Robin comes with two throwing stars and a large sword, all of which he can hold quite well, and are character appropriate- the sword, a reference to the weapon that killed Damian in the second volume of Batman Inc. A separate, hooded head would have been nice, but it's not a deal breaker. This is another McFarlane figure that would have benefitted from a thigh swivel, but perhaps more notably absent are double-jointed knees. The figure appealed to me solely upon aesthetics, but such an acrobatic character should have double-jointed knees. Regardless, he's a fantastic looking figure that I was looking forward to as a Robin fan.  

Below McFarlane Toys Robin with DC Direct Batman Inc. Robin, and Mattel DC Multiverse Damian Wayne. I'm pretty sure the DC Direct was the first figure of Damian as Robin, and still sought after. Grant Morison's Batman Incorporated was a fun book, featuring a global network of Batmen to fight crime! I picked up the Mattel Damian just a year ago, and am still a fan of their past DC Universe Classics line.

And finally, Damian with other members of the Bat Family, McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse Batman, Batgirl, and Nightwing.  I enjoyed all these McFarlane figures and love having Robin to go with them.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

McFarlane Toys Red Son Superman & Flashpoint Batman

 I've been sitting on the McFarlane Toys Flashpoint Batman for over three months, but decided to crack him open with this Red Son Superman I picked up a week ago. Their "Elseworlds" representations of two classic DC characters don't share the same storyline, but they pair well aesthetically.

I've not read Red Son, but am familiar with the 2003 book's premise of this "Elseworld" Superman originating in the Soviet Union, and a few tidbits of what happens within. I mostly purchased him on action figure merits alone, and my love of this Superman's outfit. Truth be told, I wouldn't mind seeing the American Superman in these colors, with the black trunks and muted reds and blues.

While somewhat indifferent regarding the character cards, I love McFarlane Toys' inclusion of bases with their figures, Red Son Superman packed with a modest, but serviceable flight stand. He can strike an effective flight pose, and is a handsome action figure.

Below, Red Son Superman with DC Direct's History of the DC Universe Nightwing Superman, and DC Collectibles' New 52 Superman. I have a handful of other figures from both these series, and while McFarlane does have superior articulation, these earlier action figures did represent each character's source material successfully.

I wasn't sure I'd have a crack at this McFarlane Flashpoint Batman, released the last week of November last year as a Target exclusive. Those kinds of situations will sometimes drive hoarding, but the first Target I walked into had a few- I didn't see many after this, so time on this guy was limited.

I enjoyed author Feoff Johns' Flashpoint several years ago, the story arc that would drive DC Comics' New 52 relaunch in 2011, an occasion that ruffled the reading community, but successfully drove sales. I was reading a few of these titles, and enjoyed the moment for awhile. I was engaged with the idea of a timeline featuring a Thomas Wayne Batman, who instead survived the death of his son Bruce.

There are limitations to some of McFarlane Toys' articulation on this figure, namely the forward hips range in movement, and the lack of upper thigh swivel. While this is unfortunate, articulation is more than adequate throughout the rest of the figure, and the sculpt and deco are fantastic.

Below, Flashpoint Batman with McFarlane Toys' Bloodshot, who also wields twin pistols, and McFarlane Toys' Hellbat. These are a couple of McFarlane figures in my small connection that I really like, and pair well with Flashpoint Batman.

While I haven't had the budget, nor the time to collect many McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse offerings, I did enjoy these two "Elseworlds" characters, and their subdued color palettes- though unrelated, they make a nice pair. I've been pretty happy with what McFarlane Multiverse figures I've picked up, as well as a couple other figures from other properties. I'd love to see a classic Action Comics or Kingdom Come Superman, and look forward to the forthcoming Batman Beyond!

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