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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.