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Mafex – BatmanVSuperman Superman

I have to admit, I sometimes feel like a bit of a masochist because I’m still sticking with Medicom’s Mafex line for my DC collection.  My experience so far has been pretty hit and miss, the hits are good, but the misses tend to be pretty awful.  I feel like if I just stick with it, they will figure things out and start producing really solid figures.  Mafex Batman vs Superman Superman here is definitely par for this course.

I want to start with the good things, and why I stick with the line.  I really like the sculpts.  The proportions are good, the stance is good, the heads tend to look really good, which is what matters.  It’s definitely better than most domestic releases.  I also really really like the use of cloth goods for things like capes.  Cloth works sooooo much better than plastic or rubber, especially when done well.

I also, for the most part, like the pricing.  Recent releases are starting to creep up a bit admittedly, but the price of the line tends to be on the lower end for import figures.

The bad bits though really stick out and really get in the way.  The biggest and only real bad bit is the looseness and joint tolerances.  Superman for example, his head tends to fall off at the base of the neck.  It feels like a problem that could have been solved by even a few millimeters more length on the neck ball post so it stuck down into the socket just a bit deeper.  It’s weird too because you can attach the head, then pick the whole figure up by the head, which suggests it’s solid, but then after a bit of wiggling or posing, it just falls right out.

His legs are also a little loose.  Its not horrible and the figure isn’t super heavy so it doesn’t cause major issue but it can cause some frustration with getting him to hold a pose.

On Superman, I also wish his cape had wires along the vertical axis as well as the bottom.  I’ve seen custom fixes for this and may look into adding some wire myself.  It’s not a huge issue, but it would make the cape a lot more dynamic, though it’s already pretty dynamic and flows nicely around the figure.

For accessories, Mafex Superman comes with 3 (total) sets of hands and 2 heads, one normal, one with an angry head and colored eyes, as if he is powering up to use his heat vision.  He also comes with a standard Mafex stand.  It’s not an amazing parts count, but there isn’t a lot that Superman really uses as far as gear like say, Batman.

All in all it’s not an awful figure, I just wish Mafex could figure out it’s lose joint issues.  This isn’t the first figure I’ve had from them with similar issues.

Weekly Wednesday Haul – First Edition

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

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

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?