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Weekly Wednesday Haul – Decepticons Edition

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Everything’s coming up Decepticons this round, from a couple of different lines.

Titans Return Galvatron

I’ve been kind of hemming and hawing on Titans Return Galvatron.  On one hand, he’s a mostly really good update to Galvatron, who has been sorely in need of a decent update since forever.  Even the original toy is a pretty mediocre representation.  On the other hand, he has a couple of pretty glaring flaws.  First is the cannon placement on his arm, which completely negates the elbow.  I can mostly live with that.

More of a problem is his ridiculous head.  Specifically, the shoddy limited movement crown that flips up and sort of… hovers, in front of the Headmaster head.  I don’t really care all that much about the headmaster gimmick in this case, I’m tempted to either paint the appropriate parts of the headmaster purple, and forget the flip up crown, or to simply cut the crown off and permanently glue it to the headmaster face, so things look mostly better, and the neck joint becomes useful again.

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Then there are his alt modes.  There’s a neat idea in there.  The cannon is appropriate, but the cockpit kind of screws it up a lot.  The space jet is neat, but it kind of barely holds together.  I don’t care much about his alt modes really, so these problems are less of a problem than the robot issues.

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Robots in Disguise Scorponok

I have to admit, I have not watched nor do I really care about the Robots in Disguise show.  Initially I was pretty convinced I would end up skipping the entire line actually.  I ended up picking up every single Decepticon so far however, once they started putting them out.  For the first 3 or 4 waves, there was one mediocre Decepticon in the whole line.  Which was a real tragedy because the Decepticons of the show had this fun and interesting animal theme going for them.

RID Scorponok

The latest release is Scorponok.  I almost ended up with two Scorponoks but decided to pass on the second.  There is a repaint of this Transformer that’s exclusive to Toys R Us.  It’s purple with a head that greatly resembles Beast Wars Scorponok.  I decided to pass on it.  It seemed a little silly to get the same figure twice in a row, I think I’ll hold out hope for an actual “Classics Beast Wars Scorponok”.

RID Scorponok

Anyway, this guy is pretty neat.  I’d say he’s definitely one of the more interesting and fun Decepticons of this line, though I think Fracture is probably a bit cooler.  The way his shoulders work is different, but the result is that his claws are essentially static, which kind of sucks.  He makes up for it a lot with his awesome tail.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – Sylvester and Tweety Edition

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I have to admit, I was a little worried that the Giant Man wave was never going to hit retail in mass.  I’ve only ever found Iron Man, which was sort of fine, since unlike say, the 1000 Captain Americas, Iron Man has a built in excuse for owning 1000 versions, especially different ones.  It helps that I like Iron Man and Tony Stark and the whole mech suit concept.  It’s not a super amazing wave admittedly, White Nick Fury I could give or take since I prefer Black Fury,  Russian Cap seems fun a as a joke level concept so I kind of wanted one.  Nuke I could give or take, he was in the Jessica Jones show, but unlike others, he’s not as interchangeable design wise with his comic counterpart.  The Cap is… well, he’s yet another Captain America.  The real desirable character in this wave is Black Panther (and to a lesser extent, Giant Man).

I had been hoping this wave would get a second push with the Civil war DVD release, since it’s the “Civil War wave”, fortunately, it did.  So I managed to snag up a Black Panther to go with my MCU collection.

As a bonus, I’ve also added the much needed Falcon.  Cat and Bird, hence, Sylvester and Tweety….

Marvel Legends Falcon

There’s quite a few pretty key players missing from the MCU related Marvel Legends, Falcon has been a favorite since The Winter Soldier.  I imagine the main hold up is that his Wings are kind of huge, which makes him hard to fit into the budget of a regular release.  Wal-Mart has gotten a couple of exclusives with Falcon and a Bucky with better paint apps, I guess they took the BAF budget to give him wings.  Honestly, it’s kind of a good argument for getting rid of the annoying BAf concept entirely for better single packed figures.  The Bucky that is Falcon’s wave mate looks much much nicer than Rocket Raccoon Bucky from the Winter Soldier wave.

But I didn’t get Bucky, I got Falcon, and his magnificent wings!

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The wing pack is very nice, the wings are definitely nice and huge.  I kind of wish they had a bit of articulation, but it’s kind of forgivable since they are removable and can be attached a couple of different ways for either swept forward or swept backwards.  It also would be pretty simple to add a few extra holes to let them sweep up or sweep down.  Out of the box the pegs on the wings for “top and bottom” are slightly larger and smaller than each other.

He also includes his little bird drone which showed up a lot in the Civil War movie.

Marvel Legends Black Panther

Marvel Legends Black PantherThen there is the Black Panther.  Black Panther is quickly becoming one of my favorite Marvel characters.  I’d read up on him before, King of his own country, yet also a hero.  He’s kind of got this Iron Man thing going on with his panther armor.  His position as royalty and a world leader gives him an interesting dynamic in the whole scheme of things.

A few months ago I bought a bunch of Civil War comics through Comixology and read through those, one of which was a Black Panther book.  Across these books, my interest in this character was increased more.  Early on he’s shown as part of a sort of secret council of the more influential and powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.  The book itself later follows Panther and Storm globetrotting around trying to convince all these bad asses like Doom and Iron Man that the path they are on is a bad idea.

It really helped solidify the idea to me that this guy is pretty awesome, despite being a little low on the “on paper” power level.  He’s kind of just a really good fighter in armor, he doesn’t even fly or shoot things like say, Iron Man.

The figure itself is nice.  He’s got a lot of nice little details and sculpting going on like his neck details, claws, and toes, that make him more interesting than just “Guy in a suit”.  The pose ability is good as well, which a character like this really needs.

Recap – Agents of Shield S04E01 – More Questions than Answers

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At last, the constant media push can end, Ghost Rider, has come to Agents of Shield.  Spoiler space, I suppose, though he shows up within 5 minutes of the show open and every ad for the past month has been pushing Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider!

So did the hype pay off?

Well, the CGI didn’t come off anywhere near as ugly as expected, though there were a few points where it might have looked a little iffy.  I’m not complaining, a flaming, moving skull is kind of tricky.

As for the rest of the episode, well, there will be a few more in depth thoughts and spoilers from here on out.

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Weekly Wednesday Haul – Faces of Evil Edition

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I mentioned int he last installment picking up Demolition Man/Scourge on clearance at the local Wal-Mart.  I was waiting on the others to finish up Onslaught, since they didn’t seem to be selling at all, even at $15.  I stopped in for other errands and found they had been knocked down to $10 now, though they didn’t ring up at that price.  I passed on Wolf Cap though, I don’t need another damn Captain America and I can live without onslaught having his cape.

I did opt for …. THE FACES OF EVIL!

On a side note, I really have no idea why these get packed this way, with silly groupings instead of their names.  It’s not like there are multiple case assortments where one case has character A and the other character B from the grouping.  They don’t share BAF parts either, you still need both of them.  In case you’re wondering what I’m rambling about, Cottonmouth and Whirlwind come packed in shared packaging, their boxes are the same and instead of names they are listed as “The Faces of Evil”.

Moving on…

Cottonmouth

Marvel's CottonmouthOk, so, researching a bit on these guys, as I like to do, it seems there are two different people named Cottonmouth in the Marvel universe.  One is a Luke Cage villain, which could be fun, since Luke Cage is getting a Netflix series and that little corner of the Marvel-verse in general is getting a lot of light lately.  The other is this joker, Burchell Clemens.

This guy is… pretty much as nobody as it gets.  He’s a member of the Serpent Society, a bunch of villains named after snakes, and he got shot by Deadpool, who also pretty much has shot everyone.  He has a bionic jaw that opens pretty huge to allow him to chew on heads and steal beams.

It’s a neat-ish design, the guy in the snake mask looks pretty crazy to be sure, he’s just, not really anyone important.  He makes for some alright generic villain fodder I suppose.

Whirlwind

WhirlwindWhirlwind is slightly more interesting than Cottonmouth (though not much).  His design makes me think “Iron Man Villain” but he’s not, he’s actually mostly a Pym Ant-Man and Wasp villain but he’s gotten around the Marvel Universe a lot.  His power also isn’t quite what i expected just looking at him, he basically spins and moves really fast, and becomes a tornado (hence Whirlwind).  He’s palled around with several other villains, including some other recent lower tier villains like Tiger Shark and Blizzard.  He’s also got a thing for Wasp.  The point is, while he’s not Red Skull or Doctor Octopus, he’s also several levels above Cottonmouth on the who’s who list of villains.

The Human TopAlso while checking into who this guy is, I found a ton of pictures with “Tornado legs” which really makes me wish he had come with some sort of sap out parts accessory.  I found something similar in my parts box but the best I could do is fake it since I’m not going to break the waist apart on this guy just for some pictures.

The only other thing that seems worth noting here is that his helmet is not removable but his little buzz saws are.

Onslaught

Still want more faces of evil?  How about Onslaught, who gets two faces all of his own.

I don’t personally understand what’s going on with Red Onslaught or why Red Skull is Onslaught, as originally designed.  It’s also hard to find any good information on Red Onslaught since the search results all show up Red Skull, who has a long and full history that doesn’t really include “Being Onslaught”.  From what I gather this guy is actually a clone of Red Skull, maybe fused with some Xavier bits who went evil then got captured and something about Inverted Avengers.

Red Onslaught

Regular old Onslight however, I get that.  Xavier and Magneto merged into a super mutant for Xmen to fight, I can get behind that.  Thankfully, the X-men wave gave us an alternate head for Red Onslaught to use the body as regular Onslaught.

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He’s nice and big and beefy and works well for a BAF.

Rocksteady

TMNT RocksteadStill need more?  Have a bonus face of evil, in the form of Rocksteady here from TMNT.  I’m not exactly sure what this line is called, TMNT Classics?  These are larger 6″ Turtles figures with fancier articulation than their normal counterparts.  I’ve been keeping an eye on the listings for Rocksteady and Bebop over on Amazon hoping to catch a deal, and eventually Rocksteady did drop down below the ridiculous $50-$60 price these seem to go for these days.  Frankly, probably not worth that.  He lacks any ankle joints, his accessories have no paint (including his helmet which needs it), the packaging is a lame bubble which isn’t reusable.  All of this is kind of excusable for the original $20-$25 price, not so much as an after market premium.

He’s actually a bit small if you pair him with the Turtles of this same Classics line.  I don’t actually have any of those turtles, but since all of the figures in this line up are the same height, he’d be small next to them.  Which is fine, since I intend for him to go with my non Classics line up of Turtles.  The Turtles are all supposed to be around 4′ tall anyway, a 6″ Rocksteady works great with the 4″ turtles as well as any crossover action with Marvel figures.

He does seem kind of lonely without Bebop, but like I said, not worth $60 at all.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – LEGO CMF Edition

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I have this love hate relationship with LEGO CMF’s.  Most of the figures available are pretty cool.  They tend to have a little more detail and unique accessories.  They also get to be great one offs that don’t necessarily fit in a set.  On the other hand, they are blind packed.  I despise this entire concept.  Sure, LEGO can generally be felt out, if you want to spend 30 minutes looking creepy and being loud in the toy aisles, groping little plastic bags.  Generally, I go through maybe one round of feeling bags, where I pick out 3-4 of a wave, then later I decide it’s not worth feeling bags and it’s not worth chancing duplicates, so I just say screw it.

So I ended up with three from the most recent wave (Series 16), two I picked out and one that I haphazardly picked out but was wrong about.  I picked out Banana Guy first, he’s easy, he’s a long tubey Banana.  I also picked out the Ice Queen, also easy because she is the only one with a solid sloped leg piece.  The third I was hoping was the Babysitter, but it was Hiker Guy.  Hiker Guy is still pretty cool though.

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Marvel Legends Cable and… Other Guy…

IMGP0992In continuing with my current round of picking up X-Men, I got Cable.  There was also a Jean and Iceman, the last two I’m looking for but I’ve got a pre order coming in soon (potentially) so I passed.  I feel like, of the entire wave, those two will be easyish to find later.  Deadpool, Wolverine, and Cable here are definitely the most popular of the wave.  It’s pretty solid, I may have been wrong about Deadpools odd weapons belonging to Cable though.  His shoulders kind of look odd due to his armored flack jacked thing.

I also picked up… this other guy, on clearance at my local Wal-Mart.  I say “This Guy” because it’s not clear who he is.  The box says Demolition Man, though Demolition Man looks like Wolverine with a giant D on his chest (literally).  This figure looks like Scourge.  Doing a search on Scourge suggests that Nuke (from the Giant-Man wave) is Scourge.  One review I found online suggests that Dennis Dunphy, aka Demolition Man, has been running around the comics dressed as Demolition Man.  Or it could be one of those lame name copyright issues that come up a lot in Transformers.

Whatever the case, since I have an Onslaught Head, I’m kind of feeling like I want to actually build the Onslaught BAF, and my local Wal-Mart had most of the wave on clearance for $15.  This guy seemed like the coolest and most likely to be hard to find if these get cheaper, so I started with him.  At the very least, he’s a nice “Generic Solder” sort of guy.

Titans Returns Rewind

IMGP0993One of the pretty major holes in the Lost Light crew (see IDW’s More than Meets the Eye) is a decent Rewind.  We got a disk based one a few years ago, but it’s a spring loaded gimmick with no real joints that doesn’t look like much.  Titants Returns is revisiting Soundwave and Blaster again, along with their cassette bots, this time in a less gimmick hindered format.

Which gives us a pretty nice Rewind.

He has an annoying lack of heels and some huge forearms, but otherwise all three modes are pretty decent and he has a nice interesting transformation.  I really dig how his arms fold open and his head flips into his chest.  I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but on this size of a figure, as a triple changer, it’s pretty slick.

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.