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Weekly Wednesday Haul – X-Men Edition

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I mentioned on my original entry for this series that I probably wouldn’t post if I didn’t get anything, which happened last week.  Buying a Laptop pretty much killed my discretionary spending funds for a bit.  I’ve bounced back in good form though after hitting a few Walgreen’s Stores looking for X-Men Marvel Legends.  I hate the idea of “rushing” to get these figures but given that the previous X-men wave (granted it was a TRU exclusive) is impossible to find even second hand for a reasonable price and that in general Marvel Legends has gotten really screwy on it’s distribution, I don’t want to wait.  I still have only ever seen Iron Man from the Giant Man wave.

On a complete side note, last post I mentioned Kitty Pride doesn’t have a Juggernaut part, which was wrong, she has a Juggernaut part and the Onslaught Head.

Marvel Legends Rogue

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So, Rogue is a long wanted fan favorite member of the X-men for a lot of people, myself included.  She is a popular character with a pretty well known design and look.

More importantly, the only version available of this design for this scale is the old Toybiz version, which has one of the absolute worst heads ever designed for a Marvel Legends.  The old one also has those awful Toybiz lady hips.  Pretty much the only thing going for her is the jacket, which is pretty nice.  If this new rogue didn’t have sculpted sleeves, I’d have already given her that jacket.

New Rogue is definitely way better, though not perfect.  The eyes are a bit off on mine, though given these may end up hard to find, I didn’t really want to skip her.  The odd “derpy eyes” problem seems to plague almost every female Marvel Legends Hasbro puts out.

Marvel Legends Havok

Marvel Legends HavokTwo weeks ago, when I was broke, I came across Havok at the Walgreen’s in town and was sure that he’d be gone by the time I got paid again.  I wasn’t super worried, he’s not anything special and feels like one of the “He’ll be $15 on Amazon eventually after all of the $50 Deadpools and $30 Cables and Wolverines are sold out”.  Surprisingly, he was still there, with his Namor buddies.

Havok isn’t a super popular member of the X-men by any stretch, though he did show up in several of the movies.  His primary trait is pretty much “Being Cyclops’ Brother”.  He has a pseudo similar power to Cyclops, he shoots bursts of energy from his body, though Havok isn’t limited to blasting them out of his eyes and he has to “charge” up after using up some of his energy.

He also “radiates” energy after he’s charged, which is sort of what the doofy arm bands are supposed to represent.  They work similarly to the energy effect included with Scarlet Witch, Dr. Strange, and others, but it’s a different design.  This one has more of a spiral design as well as some bubbly effects.

There isn’t anything super flashy about his design, he’s pretty much a standard “guy in a skin suit” design.

Marvel Legends Punisher

Marvel Legends PunisherOk, Frank Castle isn’t a member of the X-men, nor is he even a mutant.  He’s a Walgreens elusive though, just being released, and when I came across him, I figured why not.  These Walgreens exclusives actually tend to clog shelves though, which kind of sucks because they all tend to be pretty alright.

I feel like Punisher may not linger as bad as Yellow Daredevil or that Ant Man.  He’s not a repaint of an existing figure, he’s got a bunch of accessories, and he is probably the most well known of all of the exclusives so far (with the possible exception of Namor).

Punisher is a pretty nice figure with one, tragic, stupid flaw.  His hands have no trigger fingers.  Of all the figures who get needless trigger finger hands, somehow, Hasbro managed to completely screw up with the one character who is very well known for using guns.  Not to mention he includes THREE trigger based weapons.  This can be fixed, carefully, with some sort of knife, but this creates a new problem where the hands don’t grip quite enough to hold the guns.  Take the photo here, his white gun repeatedly fell out of his hand while trying to take the photo, from barely any movement.

He also includes a head without the bandana.  I have some gripes with the heads included, neither is particularly angry looking.  Frank Castle really kind of needs a good “Angry Head”.  The bandana head looks tougher, but it’s still not really a “I’m going to kill you” head, more of a “I’m going to get you for that” head.

Side note, because it came up elsewhere, Punisher uses the same body as Grim Reaper.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – Laptop Edition

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This week’s Weekly Haul includes one of those “non toy” things I mentioned last time.  I’ve been working on updating my laptop for a while, and I finally did.

The Laptop

Acer Aspire E15I’ll go into more details over on [Blogging Intensifies] at some point, but the basic idea here is, I’ve been using the same small HP Netbook for five or six years now.  I finally managed to save up enough to upgrade.  I didn’t get anything super fancy, the new laptop is an Acer Aspire E15.  It’s fairly new but then there are new laptops out all the time.

So far it’s definitely better than the old laptop, though anything would be.  It runs games, it edits Photos, it’s got plenty of ports and much better specs.  Like I said, I’ll do a detailed but over on the other blog.

Moving on to the toys…

Marvel Legends Ultron Wave, Giant Man, Reaper, and Tigershark

I flip flopped a lot on this wave when it was initially put out.  There were a few interesting looking character, but no one I particularly cared about aside from Ant-Man himself.  Well, plus the Build a Figure Ultron.  I feel like ultimately this was the feeling of, well, everyone.  The wave sold poorly.  I only originally bought Ant-Man and Wasp (twice, I wanted the head for a shoddy Daisy Johnson custom).  I figured in the end, for the money, if I really wanted an Ultron, I would be better off just buying a Figuarts or something.

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HasbroToyShop apparently has an eBay page where they clear out old stock however, and it was brought to my attention that they had this wave in stock, for $6 per figure.  Essentially, I could pay around $24, or normal retail for a single figure, for Ultron, with a bunch of other “bonus” figures.  I had originally kind of wanted Reaper anyway, just because he’s kind of a zany design.  Sadly, Bulldozer apparently sold out immediately, he wasn’t available, and I jumped on this almost as soon as they were listed.  I’ll have to pick him up later to complete my Ultron, which I probably will do.

A quick rundown of each figure.  Giant Man is kind of boring by design, and not particularly Giant.  Tigershark is a big tough guy with claws and a goofy shark fin head.  Reaper is probably the most unique looking but his rubbery scythe is kind of garbage.  I’ll have to look around for some sort of ideas on how to mod it to be less shitty.  Ultron is better than I expected, though not amazing.  The colors don’t match well in spots, which kind of ruins the look a bit.  He’s big too.

Marvel Legends Juggernaut Wave Kitty Pryde

On paper, Kitty seems like a really boring figure.  Her super power is phasing through walls and whatnot, which can’t really be represented with any sort of accessory, she’s not particularly tough looking, her power itself really doesn’t make her feel super action packed to start with.  I did have a thought that if her joints were designed to pop apart easily you could say, separate her waist joint and make it look like she’s coming through the floor.  Given how so many pop apart joints feel like you’re going to destroy the figure, that’s probably not a super great idea though.

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It’s a pretty nice figure though.  The sculpt and paint are all nicely done.  None of the joints feel like they are going to break or stretch, which I keep finding in a lot of ML lately.  The dragon is nicely done as well, there is no peg or anything but the design and balance allows it to sit on her pretty well.  It’s obviously not secure enough to flop her around and keep it attached but the tail does this sort of wrap over along with the wings and claws that lets it grip enough to keep it balanced in poses pretty easily.

Like Deadpool, Kitty is superfluous to the Juggernaut BAF.  Deadpool has no BAF part, in favor of more accessories.  Kitty comes with a Magneto helmet head to use on the previous wave’s Red Skull Onslaught.  This allows you to build a proper Onslaught.

SDCC 2016 – Marvel’s Doctor Strange Trailer

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Back on the Marvel front, for the last interesting trailer to come out of SDCC, is Doctor Strange.

This one looks… interesting.  Cumberbatch fits way better than I thought he would when he was announced as the lead for starters.  I think maybe the goatee helps offset how goofy looking he is.  I imagine his kind of odd personality (at least in a lot of his roles) will fit pretty well with the character of Doctor Strange as well.

He’s always kind of been the make or break aspect of this movie for my interest.  I really don’t care for most of his roles outside of Sherlock.  It also really felt like there were other, better choices that better looked the part of Doctor Strange as well.  Marvel seems to prefer more “big names” for it’s big heroes though.

Instead it seems like the make or break will be the effects, which almost feel like the real star here.  Lots of little glitchy bits, the whole repeated use of the Kaleidoscope effect, they almost feel like they may be come too much.  I guess it’s part of who the character is, so it fits.  I also wonder if, or how, the whole multi universe angle could work into the MCU.  Mostly because it feels like it could be exploited for some fun Easter eggs related directly to other “Universes” like the comics, or the Fox X-Men, or even older Marvel movies that technically aren’t “MCU”.

Like Ant-Man and Guardians, Doctor Strange is kind of an “off cycle” step in the MCU, though if the former are any indication, that will make this a bit of an unexpected hit.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – First Edition

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My intention s to make a post like this once a week, though if there isn’t anything new to talk about, I won’t bother making a post.  Essentially, I just want to give a run down on anything I’ve gotten new and some initial thoughts on them.  I’m probably not going to limit this to just toys, though I plan to do a series of post in a similar vein based on what I’ve been playing, video game wise.

DC Multiverse Flash

DC Multiverse FlashEarlier this week, I noticed my local Wal-Mart had the DC Multiverse figures on clearance for $9.  I’m not hugely into the line, but I have been kind of eying the TV versions of Green Arrow and Flash.  They didn’t have any Green Arrows unfortunately, mostly just Batman variants, but they did have one Flash.  The sculpt and paint are both pretty nice, but I really dislike the articulation.  Those nasty swing out hips Mattel uses are a lot of the reason I have little interest in this line.  If I was going to collect DC character I’d spend a little more for the DC Icons which all look like much nicer figures.

The screwy hips and kind of boring hands mean he can’t strike a very great “running pose”.  Which really hurts considering The Flash is pretty much only known for running.

It also included parts to build the Justice Buster robot.  I’m not sure about what a Justice Buster is but it sounds like “Hulkbuster” and it uses the Legion of Doom HQ for it’s head for some reason.

Marvel Legends X-men Wave Wolverine and Deadpool

I’ve still only found one Iron Man from the Civil War Giant Man wave that was supposed to be out months ago and the new line up of X-men are already starting to pop up at Walgreen’s and Targets.  I may never get a Black Panther.  Thankfully, my first two for this wave are two that will likely be hard to find int he long term.  My local Walgreen’s had Wolverine and Deadpool on the shelf among their many Namors.  If they follow the pattern they did for Hulkbuster, they will put out 2-3 every week or so as they sell off.  These aren’t really the two I most wanted from this wave but they are likely to be harder to get, especially Deadpool, in the long term.  I don’t always complete every wave of Marvel Legends but this one has enough characters I want that it’s worth trying to finish off the Juggernaut Build a Figure.

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Both of these figures are upgrades for old Toybiz figures I have in my collection, though Deadpool is more of a sidegrade.  The old Deadpool isn’t perfect but he’s very nicely articulated with some good accessories.  The new Deadpool stands quite a bit taller and generally feels more solid than the older one, but he’s god that goofy pinky finger thing going on and he can’t carry all of his accessories.  In fact I believe a couple of his accessories are actually intended to go with Cabal from this same wave.

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Wolverine is a definite improvement, though this is comparing the original Toybiz Marvel Legends to a modern era figure.  The old wolverine does have a nicer facial expression but he’s way too tall.  The brown costume look has also grown on me over the years, though I still really like the Blue and Yellow.  My old Wolverine is missing most of his claws as well, ages ago I replaced the toy’s rubber claws with metal claws made from paper clips.  It was an easy and semi popular modification back in the day.  The new Wolverine has some pretty decent claws, though it’s hard to keep them parallel to each other.  They aren’t rubber but they aren’t quite hard, fragile plastic.  They jiggle a bit in their slots, which could be a plus for getting some detail adjustments when posting the figure, but they don’t really stay in place well.  Wolverine also has alternate hands with claws removed as well as a head for the Juggernaut BAF.

SDCC 2016 – Wonder Woman Trailer

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Next up for SDCC Trailers, Wonder Woman.

So, first off, I’m not entirely sure why but Wonder Woman is really being pushed to he spotlight in these films.  She was introduced in Batman V Superman, she’s getting her own movie, and she’s looking pretty prominent in Justice League.  I’m not complaining, she’s kind of a neat character, though at this point she hasn’t gotten a lot of characterization, and her theme feels like it gets way over used.  On a side note, I mentioned in my thoughts on justice League that I hadn’t watched Batman v Superman, I’ve since remedied that.

Which kind of makes discussing this trailer a little more constructive.  It’s also a little hard not to talk about it without comparing things to Captain America.  Wonder Woman kind of comes of as a lady version of Cap, with added Sword.  I don’t know which one actually came first, I suspect Wonder Woman, since this trailer suggests her origins lay in Word War I, where Captain America was a product of World War II.  Also, aside from the combat similarity, there isn’t a lot else linking these two.  Wonder Woman seems to have much less “Fish out of Water” aspect going for her than Captain America during the future settings and Wonder Woman isn’t the product of some science super serum but comes from Greek mythology.

Of all of DC’s offering so far, Wonder Woman seems like the most interesting.  BvS has it’s issues, which I’ll probably discuss later, Justice League has promise but feels like it may carry some of it’s predecessor’s problems.  Suicide Squad seems like an interesting concept that may get over shadowed by it’s Xtreem Edgyness.  Also Leto is trying way too hard to top Ledger’s Joker.

Back to Wonder Woman though, I like the concept of something not set in modern times, it’s part of why I like The First Avenger.  Wonder Woman is pretty tough but not overpowered like Superman.  She’s strong and has her weapons, but she is still a ground fighter, which is more interesting than randomly flying around while obliterating cities.  I don’t know enough about DC lore to speculate on who the ultimate villain is, I’m sure there is a Red Skull hiding behind the scenes somewhere.

It looks good though.  I’m apprehensive about DC’s other offerings, but this one looks fun and exciting, I look forward to watching it.

SDCC 2016 – Justice League Trailer

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Shifting gears a bit on these SDCC trailers, I want to take a moment to give some thoughts on this Justice League trailer.

I should probably preface this by mentioning, I have not yet watched Batman vs Superman, or Man of Steel.  I’m not as much of a fan of DC as I am of Marvel either.

I do like Batman quite a bit though.  The character, less so the Nolan movies.  I’m still not really sold on Ben Afleck as Batman, though he does seem pretty alright in this trailer.  He does sort of fit with the idea of the “older guy” batman, which I believe is what they are going for.  I’m still kind of disappointed they didn’t roll off the Nolan Batman Trilogy when they started making their DC Universe for the big screen.  They are definitely trying to push into that Grimdark tone, they even have an excuse to not use Christian Bale.

In general I kind of wonder what DC’s logic is on these movies.  I guess maybe they just don’t want to completely copy Marvel’s model, but they DO already have a Flash on TV, and people seem to mostly like that show.  Yet, here we have a new Flash.  I like the effect of the Flash, the lighting both in the later fast shot and the slow motion lighting during the earlier slowmotion shot (in the trailer).  I’m not real sold on the character here, he seems a little too cocky or something.

Aquaman seems alright, Wonder Woman we’ve seen before, I’m still not really sold on Gal Gadot as WW.  Cyborg doesn’t get a ton of screen time here, I almost missed him the first time I watched this.

This leaves two questions, what is this bug evil force that Bruce Wayne is recruiting for, and where is Superman?

SDCC 2016 – Marvel’s Iron Fist

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There were quite a few trailers that came out of SDCC, but I figure it’s appropriate to follow up Luke Cage with Iron Fist.  Though it’s considerably less of a trailer, more of a teaser.

The general gist, at least in the comics, is that Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist, uses mystical martial arts power to fight crime.  Honestly, looking into it, it’s all a little confusing.  I do think this will end up being a pretty good series.  Iron Fist seems to have quite a bit of pre-established comic lore to draw from for one.  Unlike Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, he also seems like he’s a bit more of a traditional “I have a costume and an alter ego and some general super powers” sort of character, more akin to Daredevil.

Comic Book Iron FistI kind of wonder how they will handle his costume.  Most of these series, and the Marvel TV shows in general, have taken a very “down to earth” style with it’s heroes.  Jessica Jones and Luke Cage of their own shows prety much just wear street clothes.  Their side characters like Patsy Walker (Hellcat), Simpson (Nuke), even Kilgrave, who is purple in the comics, are just people with heightened abilities.  Then you have characters in Agents of Shield like Quake and Mockingbird, who never actually use code names and barely wear “suits”.  The movies are kind of an exception, and Daredevil starts out very basic before donning a more traditional red suit.  The point is, I wonder if Iron Fist will ever wear a suit.

In all of the media he looks like a bum.

A guy in a green and yellow suit with the flaming hands, looks less like a bum and kind of like a bad ass.  Just saying.

SDCC 2016 – Marvel’s Luke Cage Trailer

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Luke Cage debuted in the second Netflix series based on Marvel characters, Jessica Jones, now he’s getting his own show. This actually isn’t any huge surprise, he was one of the original four slated for a series from the start. The trailer debuted at San Diego Comic Con last week.

While Daredevil was an easy contender for a series, reasonably known hero with several known villains, action oriented, interesting abilities, I had my doubt about Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones is kind of a nobody in the hero world, I’m honestly not sure she has really done much outside of her one run in Alias aside from being a side character to others. Fortunately, Jessa Jones managed to be pretty decent, partially thanks to Luke Cage. I’m not really inclined to go into spoiler details, but Luke is pretty important to Jessica’s story in an overall sense. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

Luke’s solo outing looks pretty awesome to be sure. Back to more of the action aspects of Daredevil, with a bit more of a brawler angle. It’ll be kind of interesting to see how they manage to add some tension to Luke’s adventures though. Daredevil is pretty much just a well trained guy. Jessica is strong, but she’s not invulnerable. Luke Cage, at least what we’ve seen of him, is kind of both of these things. Super strong, and more or less indestructible. There’s the possible Lois Lane angle, where people he knows get in trouble, but so far he mostly seems to only really hang out with Jessica Jones, and she doesn’t really need much saving.

I’m also curious to see if we’ll get any crossover going. Jessica Jones only had one bit with Daredevil, and not even any of the main cast. Luke Cage has a lot of history and reason to cross paths with Jessica again. There’s also Iron Fist, who is also getting his own series. Luke Cage and Iron Fist have a strong history together with Heroes for Hire, among other adventures. I suspect that will be saved for after the Defenders event, once our heroes all have their own introduction series out of the way.