Friday, November 24, 2017

Wolverine "Blood Debt" Continued & More...


Continued from my last post on the Wolverine #150 Giant-Sized Special, the "Blood Debt" story further unfurls, Logan tangled in the ongoing Kaishek clan power struggle between Kia and brother Haan! I couldn't find issue #151 in the dollar comics bin, but I did find #152 & #153 from July and August of 2000, respectively. There are a lot more scenes of Wolverine taking on piles of baddies, as illustrated below, after Kia betrays Gomm, and seeks to do the same to Haan. Logan reluctantly follows as bodyguard for the ambitious sister, looking for a window of opportunity to free the captive Amiko and Yukio.


Logan returns to find Kenuichio and Amiko, discovering Yukio has left for outer Mongolia to confront Kia, Pleas of young Amiko and battered Kenuichio are unequivocally shut down by the bloodied hero, determined to collect his debt in blood alone...



...and collect it he does. Wolverine # 153 concludes the "Blood Debt" story with Kenuichio and Amiko defying Logan, following him to a downright brutal takedown of Kia. The team barely survives the conflict, barely escaping the Kaishek tower as it explodes, a spark setting off a broken gas pipe by the clashing of Kia's sword and Logan's adamantium claws! Exhilarating! While I'm no literary critic, I really enjoyed this dark, but engaging return on the earlier Wolverine Vol. 1 characters, and continuance of the clan mythos. Classic Wolverine evolving into darker, modern Wolverine!


Dropping right when 20th Century Fox brought X-Men to the silver screen, these issues are packed with advertisement for the movie, merchandising for ToyBiz action figures, and solicitation for the new Ultimate X-Men book that would be released in February of 2001. Things like this are a big part of why I love the dollar comics bin, like small time capsules from exciting times past!



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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wolverine Vol.1 #150 GIANT-SIZED Special, May 2000


Finding comics in the dollar bin that are worth the search can be a challenge, but I found myself on the hunt again recently, and felt pretty good about this Wolverine #150 Giant-Sized Special. I probably found the familiarity in the first issues of Wolverine, Vol. 1 by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller- one of my earliest experiences with the character. All the elements are there, including scenic Japan, Silver Samurai, Yukio, betrayal, and an exuberantly outnumbered Wolverine. "Blood Debt" story line is basically four issues, staring with #150, a callback to some of the characters surrounding Logan's beloved Mariko and her clan, the Yashida. Things get tense between Kenuichio (Silver Samurai) and a resentful Logan, who blames Mariko's death and the corruption of her clan on her brother, now corrupt and drunk. The confrontation and resulting hasty exit by Logan are watched by ambitious eyes...



Logan's erstwhile girlfriend Yukio enters the story, hand full watching over Amiko, Wolverine's adopted, but neglected daughter. Logan must reason with the angry child that Yukio can provide for her in ways he cannot, and his constant absence is regrettable, but out of duty.


I loved this page with Silver Samurai bashing in Yukio's door, sword ablaze! Seemingly confrontational, Kenuichio had actually been attacked, and had come to warn Logan of Haan Kaishek's intent to overthrow the clans as part of his criminal empire.


Haan's men find Kenuichio, Logan, Yukio and Amiko, attacking the penthouse and splintering the group.  Haan eventually catches up with Kenuichio, running him through and sending Logan into a berserker rage!


Kia distracts Logan long enough for Gomm, Haan's brother, to pop a cap in his adamantium skull, demanding he dispatch the former so he may claim his birthright at the head of the clans. Video of the captured Yukio and Amiko force our hero's hand into the middle of a clan war!


In the back of this issue were notes on the story and art, including pencil sketches by artist Steve Skroce, and part four of a Spider-Man/Avengers short plopped right in the middle. I enjoyed the art and reunion of characters in Wolverine's modern mythology of this issue- it was a fun return for me years later, found in the dollar comics bin!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thor Ragnarok Gladiator Hulk BAF


As much as I admired the recent Thor Ragnarok Marvel Legends Series, I was mostly interested in this Gladiator Hulk BAF, and I'm in the midst of unloading a lot of my action figure collection. I just don't need all the extra figures, and as much as I paid for him, I still saved a lot of money buying Hulk on the secondary market. His articulation is hindered by his bulk and armor but he can do enough for me, and the sculpt and paint are a high mark for Hasbro Marvel Legends. Check out the video:


I picked up a loose Gladiator Thor from another seller. which like many figures from the Legends Ragnarok Series, is also a great figure in his own right. Like Hulk, Thor has an asymmetrical design, great colors, and a super-detailed sculpt are admirable. The pegged cape likes to come undone when posing in extreme positions, and his swords are made of an easily bent, rubbery plastic, like Hulk's accessories. These issues aside, Thor is so artfully done otherwise, it's hard to complain.


In the video above are some comparison shots with other figures, including the 14.5" Marvel Legends Hulk I bought this summer, and Angela from the Guardians of the Galaxy Series, who makes a great companion to these two. I've heard some nitpicks regarding both these recent Hulk figures, but they are probably the best two we've ever had. Getting two Hulk figures this good in one year, along with a figure like Angela, seems to have set a new bar for Hasbro Marvel Legends, backed by several other great figures produced recently.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marvel Legends Angela


I found this Marvel Legends Angela without the Titus BAF for a heavily discounted price on eBay, which I didn't need anyway as I already had the parts to build mine. I had my eyes on this incredible figure for quite some time, knowing eventually I'd have to pick one up, and she did not disappoint!


There are so many great sculpting and paint details on this action figure that it's hard to believe it's a $20.00 action figure from Hasbro and not some expensive import. I had been reading the Guardians of the Galaxy title in 2013 when Angela made her Marvel debut, acquired  from Image Comics in a legal dispute between Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman, and was excited to see the action figure. All the modern articulation we've come to expect from Hasbro is present, except double-hinged elbows which may have helped handle the sword with both hands, but it's hard to complain about this figure.


Angela's pair of kama have golden blades to match her armor- I'd preferred the blades silver, but they look good, the raised handle wrappings helping her to grip them. I like the sword a  lot, which sheaths neatly onto the back of her belt.


Below, Angela with Hope Summers from the 2012 return of Marvel Legends- I loved the attention to detail on Hope, like Angela, even though she doesn't hold her weapon well at all. Angela is superior in many ways, but visually speaking, these two redheads show how well Hasbro can put together an action figure when they try...


Pictured below, Angela with Kid Nova and Titus from the same Guardians of the Galaxy wave- I'd swore off Marvel Legends some years ago, but Hasbro has really upped their game, these action figures being fine examples...

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Marvel Legends Titus BAF & Kid Nova


I didn't need every figure in the wave necessary, so I cut to the chase and got the remaining parts of him on eBay, most of which came in one slightly incomplete listing, supplementing with an arm I got from Drax, and the head from another seller. I was reading Marvel NOW! Nova in the summer of 2013, and seem to be in the minority regarding enthusiasm to Titus, as an action figure at least. I didn't stick with the title only in an effort to scale back my weekly purchases, but I liked the premise of Titus and the title character himself. This BAF measures in at approximately 7.75", and has some admirable heft.

The paint is nearly flawless if sparse, and most of the best articulation from modern Hasbro present. The bulk of the head is restrictive and Titus' elbows are single-hinged, but their range is useful enough. I thought he'd have a shin swivel, but that incised line appears to be immobile, perhaps a sculpted boot line from a reused part- this suits me fine as I've mixed feelings on shin swivels.


I enjoy pairings or small groupings when collecting, and found Kid Nova from the same series at an extremely discounted price w/o his BAF piece on eBay to go along with Titus. I liked their corresponding Nova Corps design elements, and contrasting size difference.



Sam Alexander Nova, son of Richard Rider Nova really was a great update to the Nova story, the character represented well here on a Marvel Legends youth buck. Again, a simple but effective outfit design I admire, and ample articulation. We did receive his A.I. bot accessory, which I love, but some blast extensions may have offered more- Sam can hardly hold it with his closed fists, and it won't stand upright alone.


This was a cool wave of Marvel Legends, but I'm cherry picking as usual. I'm in the midst of selling off a large portion of my collection anyway, and just don't need more to get rid of. I've acquired a few BAFs recently on eBay that I'll eventually show, preferring to spend money on what I really want rather than dozens of figures I have to sell later. If you have a mailing address in the continental U.S., be sure to check out my eBay clearance sale and see if there's something that interests you- new items going up every week!


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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Hasbro 10.5" Groot


A Walmart exclusive, this 10.5" Groot's size appealed to me, as well as the fact that he had no electronics to replace batteries for. Just a regular action figure, even if with limited articulation. It was somewhat of an impulse purchase, only having passed on him once. Check out the video:



Groot has a swivel head and wrists and hinge swivel shoulders- that's it. His Ravager flight suit has nice sculpted detail, and an acceptable amount of paint apps. Though scaled more like his actual size in the movie fits in pretty well with my Hasbro Marvel Legends, like the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Star-Lord, for whom he makes a great companion piece! 

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Drax & Star-Lord


Recently selling a chunk of my Marvel Legends action figures on my eBay store reignited my interest on some newer figures I'd put off buying, including this Drax & Star-Lord from the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Series. I've also only recently seen the movie, pushing me further into it's merchandising campaign. The deco and sculpts on the Marvel Legends have come a long way, particularly in these movie series figures, Drax and Star-Lord both great examples of the line's improvement. While I have my nitpicks with them, they are beautifully sculpted and have great articulation. 



The Chris Pratt head is a good likeness, but the masked head put me over the edge regarding Star-Lord. His blasters have a spiffy paint job, but I'm not crazy about the pegs on the outside of his hips upon which they fasten. The jacket and fully painted shirt logo within pack in some admirable detail.




I'm on the fence about Drax's screaming head sculpt, but it is well done, and true to the nature of this volatile character. I love the boot sheathed daggers, but they are loose in his hands, particularly the right where his grip had been stretched after holding the bazooka. Speaking of which, this was not his weapon in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. These complaints aside, Drax is a great figure with some spectacular sculpting and great articulation.




I was pleased with these two action figures, an even better value at a 20% discount below retail at Amazon. I've picked up other Marvel Legends figures since getting these two- be sure to head over to my Super-DuperToyBox Instagram to see more action figure pictures while waiting for me to post on other Marvel Legends here!  Pictured below, Marvel Legends Star-Lord with the Jada Nano Metalfigs Series Star-Lord, and Drax with the 2017 Hot Wheels diecast Milano spaceship...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

DC Multiverse 12in. Wonder Woman


I can't believe I bought this DC Multiverse 12in. Wonder Woman, but I was so taken by actress Gal Gadot after seeing the new Wonder Woman  film, and Mattel's presentation here was so good that I hunted one down, paying a discounted price on Amazon. I'd nearly bought the previous Batman v Superman version while on sale several months ago, and am glad I didn't, this one a noticeable improvement, particularly in the head sculpt. Check out the video:




I could have done with or without the sonic blasts and ricocheting bullet accessories, the latter I prefer, but Wonder Woman also comes with an extra pair of gripping hands, a coiled magic lasso, and sword. The sculpt detailing and paint are immaculate on this figure. The articulation in the arms is great, the legs leaving some to be desired, but I'm mostly okay with that- she stands upright well, and her accessories are dependent on those double-jointed elbows. All said, this is an exceptional 12" figure from Mattel, and a marked improvement over recent offerings- highly recommended! 


Of course I had to dig out my 12" DC Super Hero Girls Wonder Woman- as odd an experience it was buying a full-on dolly, the excellent redesign of the Amazon warrior for this line is undeniable. Also be sure to see my March 2017 post on the BootLego Wonder Woman minifig styled after this new DCEU design!

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rewind: Marvel Legends Twin Pack Series Kree Soldier Vs. Skrull Soldier


I've posted recently about revisiting some of my action figure collection, shooting with a fresh eye for my eBay store as I clear out some of my collection to make room for new things. This Marvel Legends Twin Pack Series Kree Soldier Vs. Skrull Soldier was a blast to get reacquainted with and already has three bids! Be sure to follow the Super-DuperToyBox on Instagram, where I will post some of the action figures going up for sale as I list them!



Marvel Legends was a new acquisition of Hasbro's in 2009, winning licensing to produce action figures of Marvel characters only two years before this set was produced, taking the mantle from Toy Biz, who stared the celebrated 6" action figure line in 2002. Check out my 2011 post on this Kree Soldier Vs. Skrull Soldier, written only a few short months of the creation of this blog seven years ago!


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Marvel Legends Doc Samson (2008)


I actually posted on this Doc Samson when I got him seven years ago, but never devoted an entire post to the figure due to his lack of accessories and somewhat underwhelming quality. He's made some guest appearances in other Marvel Legends posts here on the Super-DuperToyBox, usually when a Hulk figure is involved, because he just does better in groups with his contrasty outfit. Hailing from 2008's Hulk/Fin Fang Foom BAF Series, he did include a chunk of Fin's tail, which was useless to me. My interest in the character was thanks in part to Marvel Essential Hulk Vol. 6, which I was reading at the time. Doc doesn't appear until the end of the book, but it spurned my latent curiosity in the character.


Doc Samson was created by author Roy Thomas and artist Herb Trimpe in 1971, a psychiatrist who became affected by the same gamma that made Bruce Banner the Hulk while attempting to cure the scientist by siphoning the radiation from his body. Leonard Skivorski, Jr. then became the mighty Doc Samson! 2008 was the second year for Hasbro producing Marvel Legends, the rest of the Hulk Series more interesting than Doc here, but his presence was complementary, and helped Hasbro build that monstrous Fin Fang Foom BAF.


Of course my new 14.5" Hulk should make an appearance if we are showcasing Doc Samson ...



And while we have the Marvel Legends out, Hulk and Doc below with a few other favorites- Modern Thor, Commander Steve Rogers, and Iron Man III Series Iron Patriot ...

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