Sunday, June 28, 2020

Marvel Legends Iron Man Mark VII

I found this Marvel Studios First Ten Years edition Iron Man Mark VII on eBay around the same time as the Iron Man MarkL/Iron Spider 2pk in my last post, in November of 2019. I really liked the articulated wing flaps on his back, and the vivid red of his armor. There was also a bit of nostalgia at play, Iron Man being the first Marvel Studios film, later leading to all those great Avengers movies, and the breadth of the MCU as a whole. I've often said we'd have gone crazy for these movies as a kid, like we did for the original Star Wars trilogy.

I sold several of my carded 6" Iron Man figures off a few years ago in attempt to downsize my collection, though I've bought as many since. The articulated wing flaps made this one special, though the head/neck and abdominal range is somewhat limited on this Mark VII. He came with extra repulsor hands and blast effects, unlike the Iron Man 3 figures, so he feels deluxe and more can be done with him. I have some 6" Iron Man figures acquired recently that I really love, but this Mark VII makes a great addition.

Below Iron Man Mark VII battles my Infinity War Thanos BAF...

And finally, my current MCU Iron Man collection: Iron Man Mark L
Iron Man Mark VII, Iron Man Mark LXXXV, and Iron Man Mark XLII...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Marvel Legends Avengers Infinity War Iron Man Mark 50/Iron Spider 2pk

I picked up this Marvel Legends Infinity War Iron Man Mark 50/Iron Spider 2pk off Amazon in November of 2019 for a somewhat inflated price, a Toys 'R Us exclusive I never got to see due to the retail chain going into bankruptcy and shutting down in April of 2018. Nevertheless, I couldn't pass on it, as Hasbro's initial releases of both these figures were bereft of the important accessories this 2pk, perhaps most importantly Iron Spider's waldoes/mechanical arms. I had temporarily appeased myself with a Chinese bootleg Iron Spider, which was nice, but lacked the articulation of the Marvel Legends version.

In addition to the array of weapons included with this newer Mark L Iron Man, he received a more metallic paint app upgrade. The floating energy shields that peg onto the back are the star of this figure's accessories, but the nano-enhanced repulsor cannons also help the figure function more like the highly advanced Mark L armor in Avengers: Infinity War.

Below, Mark L Iron Man with the Mark LXXXV Iron Man from 
Avengers: Endgame, probably my favorite MCU Marvel Legends Iron Man...

I'm unsure why the first release of this Iron Spider didn't include the waldoes, but this is the version we wanted. There was a fair amount of criticism regarding Hasbro's initial Marvel Legends Infinity War wave, including a somewhat goofy looking Thanos without his iconic battle armor, another mistake that was also later rectified. Also included with Iron Spider was a Peter Parker head that captures actor Tom Holland pretty well.

Below, the 2pk Infinity War Iron Spider with the initial 2018 Infinity War Wave Iron Spider without waldoes. Note the new forearms and slightly more vivid red coloring. I love the design of this outfit, but regret the waste of plastic by making us buy it twice to get what we wanted in the first place. We were trying to build that somewhat underwhelming Thanos BAF you also had to do over. Complaints aside, I do love this 2pk, and was glad to pay a little extra for an enthusiastically sought after pair of figures.

Below, Iron Man Mark 50 Iron Man and Iron Spider with Spider-Man 
and Iron Man Sentry from the 2017 Homecoming 2pk...

Of course I had to include a shot with my new Marvel Legends Stan Lee!

Below: After a brief misunderstanding, Star-Lord and Drax team up 
with Dr. Strange, Iron Spider and Iron Man to defeat Thanos ...!

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Marvel Legends Stan Lee (2020)

I preordered this Marvel Legends Stan Lee from Target in February, the perfect addition to any Marvel Legends collection. Hasbro originally planned him as a BAF that could be assembled by purchasing some of the 2-packs offered a couple years ago, but decided to release him alone in his own deluxe box, a tribute more fitting of a man of Stan Lee stature. Excelsior!

Stan was packed with a portable chess board that I wish opened, a prop from his cameo in The Avengers (2012), but made up for it with a signed Capt. America shield that looks fantastic! I've heard some comments regarding his loafers, that tennis shoes would have been better, but I don't mind them. The Members Only jacket and trademark glasses are great, unique pieces, and the portrait with slicked back hair is spot on. I really looks like Stan!

Though a more realistic rendering inspired by the MCU cameos he starred in, Stan Lee can be paired or grouped with any of your Marvel Legends collection, movie or comic based. His singular look just works with anyone. Hands from other Marvel Legends like Spider-Man or Iron Man can be pegged onto Stan's arms, taking on the powers of Marvel heroes Stan co-created or wrote adventures for during his decades long career. Below, Stan Lee battles Doctor Doom and Thanos and leads a few of his Mighty Avengers- Capt. America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man...

The profundity of Stan lee's influence on me had become more apparent to me in the last ten years of writing this blog, captured by my love for comics again as an adult by some of the lore I Marveled in as a child, so many years ago. I absolutely love having Stan in action figure form, a figure that will appear more in future posts of Marvel Legends figures on the blog. Sure, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and John Romita, among countless others, had as much and more to do with the creativity born out of the bullpen, but there was no greater "character" from Marvel than Stan Lee, the World's Ambassador of Comics forever immortalized by this spectacular offering from Hasbro.

R.I.P. Stan Lee 1922-2018

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Marvel Legends 12in. Spider-Man

I'd been eyeing this Marvel Legends 12in. Spider-Man for at least seven months at a little booth I frequent at a local antique mall. At forty bucks, he was priced at about 20% less than he retailed for upon release in 2016. I finally took him home because I love his classic Spidey styling, and I loved this brief series from Hasbro so much. While I collect a lot of six and seven inch action figures, I'm a big fan of larger scale figures- so much more room for paint and sculpt detail. While Spider-Man is one of the more simple figures in this line, his webbed outfit is cleanly applied and looks good. Hasbro, if you are listening: we'd buy more of these- release them as a fan channel exclusive if you want to limit production. Check out the video:

There have been complaints regarding this figure's articulation, and while they are legitimate, Spidey does most of what I want. Figures displayed in my collection art generally neutral for one, but aside from poor lateral range in the hips, this figure has some otherwise useful articulation, including deep elbow and knee range, butterfly joints at the shoulders, ankle pivots, and toe articulation. If not generous, the included accessories are appropriate: the essential three sets of hands most useful to the character, as well as a Peter Parker head and half-masked smiling portrait. While I bought him for his classic Spidey aesthetic, he does plenty enough to make me happy. Mileage may vary depending on your needs/expectations.

Below, Spidey with the rest of my 12" Marvel Legends figures: Black Panther, Daredevil, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Wolverine. I was a little disappointed Hasbro didn't make a few more of these- a female, perhaps Captain Marvel or Black Widow, or a villain like Doom or Thanos. Both ToyBiz and Hasbro produced 12 inch Marvel Legends Icons figures between 2006 and 2009, double in number to what Hasbro produced in this recent 2016-2018 series. Still, I absolutely love all of mine- Marvelous figures! The extra hands, heads, and other accessories made these oversized Marvel Legends figures some of the best figures I've seen. 

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Marvel Legends Black Widow (2020 Walmart Exclusive)

I pretty much instantly preordered this Walmart exclusive Black Widow upon announcement months ago, the gray outfit and short hair how I remember her from my issues of the Marvel Universe Handbook back in the '80s. I don't remember Natasha's Avengers jacket, but I like that addition to this figure, along with her wristbands and utility belt. The array of accessories included is fantastic: firing, smoking, and regular wristbands, additional splayed hands, and a jetpack complete with pegged jet fire blasts. Impressive. We've received probably a half dozen Black Widow figures in the last five years, but I love the retro-appeal of this one. The facial portrait  and hair sculpt are superb on this figure, an area that Hasbro has really evolved in the last few years. For a mass-produced figure retailing at twenty bucks, this is a solid value.

I'd have a hard time choosing a favorite between this Wal-Mart exclusive Widow and the Target exclusive Deadly Origins Widow I reviewed recently, who also came packed with accessories, including an arsenal of firearms we are usually denied. I had to have both!

I was mad for the recent 80th Anniversary Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, and get them out whenever the subject of any of my posts warrant the occasion. I imagine Cap training with Black Widow in the Avengers headquarters, or perhaps in combat in a time before she joined the Avengers. Though her origins are as a nemesis to Iron Man, her later defection from Russia and subsequent affiliation with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers link het more strongly to Cap...

And finally, Black Widow with a few classic Marvel Legends Avengers that live here in the Super-DuperToyBox, including the aforementioned 80th Anniversary Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, the Vintage Series Hawkeye and Vision, and perhaps my favorite Marvel Legends figure of 2019, The Hulk from the 80th Anniversary Hulk/1st Appearance Wolverine 2-pack... 

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