Sunday, March 26, 2023

Marvel Select Apocalypse & Super Skrull

I coulc not believe these two new Marvel Select figures that dropped recently, two classic Marvel characters that aren't really in the forefront of the entertainment/movie industry currently. I was particularly amazed by this oversized Apocalypse with extra fists and three arm/weapon accessories. Sometimes Marvel Select nails it, and this is one of those instances. I had just picked up the Hasbro Marvel Legends Apocalypse, but this figure is another thing all together...

The Marvel Select has a more classic deco than the Marvel Legends Retro Card version, which was inspired by the '90s X-Men Animated show with it's purple and blue. At well over 9 inches the Marvel Select towers head and shoulders above the Marvel Legends Apocalypse. I'm mad for both of these!

Below, Apocalypse with my Marvel Select Classic Thanos, which has been in my collection for well over a decade. In my opinion, this Thanos is one of the best out there for many years now- it still holds up against newer Marvel Select figures.

This Super Skrull in Black Bolt/Inhumans outfit was a surprise- Secret Invasion was back in 2008, but Marvel Studios is currently producing a series of the storyline for Disney+. Along with a somewhat inexplicable four sets of hands, a Black Bolt head was included, with sonic effect accessory that fits into SkrullBolt's open mouth. Fantastic!

Among the array of extra hands that came with Super Skrull were a gripping pair with nothing to hold- I remembered the McFarlane Accessory Pack that arrived in February, which included the perfect sci-fi laser pistol for this figure ...!

Super Skrull and Apocalypse with two more recent Marvel Select figures, Red Hulk and Vision...

Marvel Select has released some fantastic new figures recently, which I have been happy with by and large. The Super Skrull has a lot going for it, in spite of some loos joints, but the Apocalypse it outstanding- I was seriously impressed with this big, beautiful figure! Recommended! 

More Later- Make It FUN!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Marvel Select Vision & Red Hulk

 Diamond's Marvel Select line has had several new 7" figures solicited recently, including comic book versions of classic Vision and Red Hulk. While there are several such characters, Vision is one I get a little more excited for regarding action figures. I'm unsure Vision even registered on my childhood brain with so many other Marvel characters hogging the spotlight, but I took to him much later as an adult after reading Avengers: Kree-Skrull War (issues #89-97). While this newer Marvel Select does included articulation improved well beyond a lot of older figures from Diamond, it's not on the level of a Marvel Legends. It's serviceable however, and the classic look is intact, like Vision walked right off the paged of a Bronze-Age comic. 

I was pleasantly surprised with the number of accessories that came with Vision. including a blast effect hand, flattened/flight hand, blast effect for the wrist, and extra teeth-gritting head with removeable Solar Jewel (later the Mind Gem in the MCU) and forehead blast effect that mounts into the port. This all adds a lot of display value.

Below, Marvel Select Vision with my 9" ToyBiz Famous 

I kind of regretted not picking up the Marvel Legends Red Hulk Target was selling three or four years ago, so I was happy to see this new Marvel Select Red Hulk. I love the head sculpt, but we got TWO head sculpts with the recent Marvel Select Immortal Hulk, which shares 100% the rest of this figure's body- we should have got a Robert Maverick head with shades and a mustache.

While I sold most of my 3.75" Marvel Universe collection, I did keep some of the Hulks, including my Red Hulk. Ironically, I've taken to collecting Hasbro's more recent 3.75" Marvel Legends on those retro cards. So cool.

While the bare minimum was put into this Red Hulk, I did love that Immortal Hulk body, and the head sculpt is fantastic. Great figure! Diamond did throw down on the accessories for Vision, so in spite of his smaller stature, he felt a little more special. I don't buy every Marvel Select, but these are two I wanted for my humble collection. They have more updated articulation than the earlier Marvel Select and do capture the essence of both characters. Recommended!

More Later- Make It FUN!