Tagged: Marvel Universe

Troy’s Toy: The One when Marvel makes a come back.

Still no Wolverine Legends, or whatever the crap they’re supposed to be called. I’m hearing September at this point, supposedly comics shops exclusives, so that’s cool. Well it’s only cool if I can snag both Emma Frost and Cyclops. Otherwise it’s the WORST THING EVER.

Remember last week when I was a huge liar and said there’s been a severe lack of new Marvel stuff out there? Hasbro’s gone done called me out by releasing a BUTT TON of new Marvel things. First up, what will ultimately phase out the Marvel Universe line (BOOO!) is the initial wave of Avengers Assemble figures. Based on the new animated series currently airing on Disney XD, the first wave consists of Iron Man (not pictured), Captain America, the Hulk, Falcon, Black Widow and the Red Skull. I bought myself the Black Widow because it’s arguably the best Widow figure to come out in the 3.75″ inch scale. Each of these figures posses somewhere between 12-15 points of articulation, fairly good sculpts and all non-Hulk figures come with S.H.I.E.L.D gear aka, spring loaded weapons that you can aim at your cat when she’s being dumb (yes I’m speaking from experience). I’m really digging the Widow figure, which I’m fairly certain it is re-worked movie Avengers figures with a non-ScarJo looking head sculpt. They’re $15 a pop, and I’m sure the short-packed characters are going to be harder and harder to find with every passing week.

The Marvel Legends line gets a HAWKGUY FIGURE BROS, BRO BRO BRO SERIOUSLY BRO HAWKGUY.  That’s Tracksuit Dracula for Rocket Raccoon line, who’s the build a figure for this wave. Includes is Black Panther, 2 members of the Wrecking Crew (I think Wrecker and Pile Driver, hell if I’m gonna google them), 90s Jim Lee Era Jean Grey, the 2012 Scarlet Spider and Hawkguy….Hawkeye if you’ve ignored my sage-like words to buy the book and am not in on the joke. Note, the variant figures will probably ship in the new few weeks- Pile Drive, Heroic Age Hawkeye, White Phoenix Jean Grey, and Age of Apocalypse Jean Grey. I’m not too crazy on Jean’s face sculpt with the final product, but the rest of the line is fine. Obviously I am a big fan of the Hawkguy, which means he too was bought this week. These figures are more in the 20 point range of articulation, and go for about $25 bucks a pop. I’d grab em as soon as possibly, except maybe for 90s Jean, and hope that the Phoenix version is better. Oh, and the Blade/Punisher figure from last year was re-released, now with a red skull on his chest to mirror his current look in Thunderbolts.

And to complete the Marvel trifecta is a quartet of new Marvel Universe figures. Spider-villains Rhino and Mysterio make their Marvel Universe debut with a pair of sharp figures, and are joined by a iconic take on Captain America, and Elektra, who I also think is making her MU debut. I don’t know, I think to ignore Elektra whenever she’s mentioned. But each of these figures are great, ESPECIALLY Mysterio, with his big dumb fishbowl. Not unlike the AA line, these also are going for $15, and are worth buying immediately because they’re gonna be harder and harder to fine as the series is phased out. And again, MYSTERIO PEOPLE, WHY WOULDN’T YOU WANT TO BUY HIM AND HAVE YOUR SPIDER-MAN/MEN ASSAULT HIM?

Yes I’m aware I have some weird criteria for toys to buy. What of it?

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Chris Troy and the uneventful convention. Also toys!

So Baltimore Comic Con was this weekend, and truth be told, it was pretty uneventful, especially when compared to Heroescon or any of the bigger shows (SDCC, NYCC). To be fair though, BCC was an excuse for  the Hyatt bar to be “hopping” (that’s still acceptable slang right?) on Saturday night, as I got to talk to the likes of John Romita Jr (AvX, Kick-Ass, Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Waid (Daredevil), Reilly Brown (Cable/Deadpool, Amazing Spider-Man), Pablo Rivera (Daredevil as well), and Phil LaMar (Futurama, Justice League) among others. I also may have accidentally call Savage Dragon creator Erik Larson “David Finch”, and gotten Mark Waid to take a photo of him flipping the bird so that I could send it to a friend, because I’m five. Good times! And here, have a photo of my wife as Black Widow hanging out with awesome Carol Danvers cosplayer Bettie Bloodshed. This is literally the most exciting photo I currently have of the convention. Oh well, NYCC is next month, we have tickets available for sale. You should go because they literally have Elmo as a guest. Also because it’s a pretty great show.

(( All joking aside, BCC is a pretty great con, but coming off of C2E2 & Heroescon, I am le spoiled!)

Alright less con talk, more toy talk. I mentioned that the new wave of Marvel Universe figures are out in a previous article , so it’s probably about time  to take a closer look at the line so as to recommend what figures to look out for. This wave is a bit of a mix, as there’s some REALLY good stuff, and some… not so much. Starting off we have the Beast, which man, is so close to being the best Universe figure to date if it wasn’t for one major flaw. Beast’s arms are flimsy as hell which is a shame, considering the fact that  he has a great paintjob, amazing sculpt, and 29 points of articulation. Yeah 29, meaning he’s more poseable than most Legends/DC Classic figures. Considering Hank clocks in at 4″, that says a lot. I bought him to complete my OG X-Men set, which you should too if you have any interest in the Marvel Universe line. Continue reading

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Tiny Marvels

My wife is currently in lovely Seattle, selling at PAX (Prime), and rubbing elbows with a ton of amazing video game developers and playing games that are still months away from being released. Several of my friends won’t stop tweeting how awesome of a time they are having at Dragon*Con down in Atlanta. MEANWHILE, I’m in Brooklyn, typing up a yet another 500 word article about Marvel toys. I wonder where I went wrong in life. Ah well, I will be at Baltimore Comic Con next weekend, so I got that going for me. IMMA GONNA MEET FRANK QUITELY!

My whining aside, let us start this article off by taking a look at a set of awesome new Mini-Mates previously only available at San Diego Comic Con earlier this summer. I’ve spoken highly of the line in the past, as their Marvel vs Capcom 3 series really took the line to the next level. This set, based on Uncanny X-Men’s Extinction Team  (available monthly from Marvel, and written by the very awesome Kieron Gillien), gives us 4 Minimates, 1 whom of which have never received the Mini-treatment. There’s Cyclops and the White Queen Emma Frost, both sporting their modern costumes, Collossus, now rocking his Juggernaut powers, and like I just mentioned above, the supposed mutant messiah Hope Summers. I’m a big fan of packaging, which makes these figures the 1st toys to tie into Marvel’s massive AvX (Avengers vs. X-men) summer event.

What really made me impressed with this particular set is what it offers in terms of customization on such a small scale. Emma doesn’t really offer much, but it’s a cool figure on it’s own, so I’ll let it slide. Collossus’ helmet is removable, which doesn’t sound all that impressive, but hey, he’s usually not wearing it all the time in the comics, so that counts for something. Cyclops is the set’s MVP, as you can remove his standard visor/hood to reveal a face with ruby-quartz sunglasses painted on them, and the hood can be replaced with sculpted snap-on hair. He also comes with a variant snap-on visor/hood that has a “optic blast” attached to it, which is very cool. Hope is no slouch either, as she comes with 2 guns, one that can snap onto her body, a removable tattered cloak, Cyclops’ stolen jet back, and a little stream of propulsion that doubles for a stand. My only beef with the jetpack is that Hope has to be wearing the cloak in order to wear the jet pack, and that it only works on her, and not Cyke.  Call me a bias fanboy, but it’s HIS jetpack, you think it would fit on him as well. No biggie, considering the set only runs about $20, it’s well worth the money, and definitely a good addition to anyone’s collection, Minimate fans or not.

Let me end the article by pointing out that the new line of Marvel Universe figures are now available, and man, it’s a killer roster. There’s the Beast in his Astonishing X-men get up (arguably the best figure in the wave), Beta Ray Bill, the Incredible Hulk (classic first appearance and the John Romita era Hulk that Ed McGuiness drew inspiration from), classic Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Kraven the Hunter, and Ultimate Spider-Man, available in both Peter Park and Miles Morales flavors. We’ll take a close look at these figures next time!

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The one where Chris won’t shut up about Marvel Universe figures

LOOK, LOOK EVERYONE, WE GOTS OURSELVES A NEW BLOG (kinda)! IT’S ALL SHINEY AND NEW, AND WORDPRESS HAS GIVEN ME A TON OF NEW OPTIONS TO PLAY WITH THAT I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE! OH WHAT FUN WE SHALL HAVE!!

Anywho, I promised you guys a look at the new line of Marvel Universe figures, and I shall deliver, because I’m that type of guy, and there’s not much I can talk about at the present. Today we’ll be looking at the new set of 2 packs, as well as a more indept look at the 18th wave which I talked about last post.

The newest 2-packs in the Greatest Battle line consist of Adam Warlock vs. Thanos, a staple of cosmic Marvel, and Mr. Sinister Vs. Gambit, which is a solid set of 90s Marvel mutant memorabilia. Loran took a look at the Thanos figure a few months back,  and this one is repainted slightly different from the one we saw on the blog. The Adam Warlock figure is mostly new, and comes armed with the Infinity Gauntlet, as well a staff. The Sinister/Gambit 2 pack offers a Mr. Sinister painted black, while the Gambit figure is a repainted and slightly altered figure from the X-men Origins: Wolverine line a few years back. If you need some advice as to which one to buy, I prefer me some cosmic Marvel, as this 2 pack goes well with the Guardians of Galaxy box set. Speaking of which, there’s a slightly new Future Foundations 3 pack out, which is basically a repaint of the Fantastic Four box that dropped awhile back, and ties into the Future Foundation Spider-Man figure that will drop this spring. That’s some impressive synergy!

Alright, so let’s give a look at the 17th Wave of MU figures. Starting off with  Avengers-related releases, we have Young Avenger Patriot, which I think is the first YA to get a MU figure. This is kind of rad, except for the fact that the costume he’s rocking was worn for like the first 3 issues, and the mask was discarded shortly after. I guess Hasbro didn’t want to risk making another fugly face sculpt. Still kind of  whack if you ask me. Wave 17 no longer comes packaged with stands, so you’re only get an old-timey Captain America shield with him. Double whack. On the right we have Thor, rocking his Ages of Thunder look. I think the body is a new sculpt, and the hammer and head are just repainted from an earlier Thor figure.

Moving onto the X-men side of things (well technically still Avengers as Storm is an Avenger too…)  , we have X-women Psylocke and Storm. I’m fairly certain this is the first time we’ve gotten a Psylocke figure, and she comes packed with a purple psychic katana & psi-blade. I couldn’t tell you how it’s psychic katana, but I assume it has something to do with being purple. I like the figure, but I’m hoping this gets re-released later in black, so she can be  Uncanyy X-Force accurate. Moving onto Ms. Munroe (Is she still Mrs. Black Panther? I want to say yes. Someone correct me in the comments section) , this is the 3rd Storm figure we got, and it’s the closest we’ll get to her rocking her modern costume. I’m fairly certain it’s a mostly retooled Classic X-men Storm (apart of that awesome Uncanny X-Men box set) and comes with lightening bolts for both arms. I think that’s kind of cool, which is while I bought her and she’s chilling with the rest of my X-Men.

Rounding out the Wave 17 figures, are 2 blatant repaints, Iron Fist and Daredevil. The white and gold Fist is to reflect something nonsense that happened in New Avengers, and black and red Daredevil is to indicate his fall from grace via demonic possession during Shadowlands.  New paintjobs aside, they’re literally figures you’ve seen before, and they both rock the same accessories they’ve always rad (snap on chi and nunchuks respectively). Buy only if you need these figures, and missed them every time they’ve dropped so far.

Each of the figures retail for about $12, and we also got in some older releases as well if you want to check em out. That’s all I got this week, take care of yourself Forbidden Planet Faithful!

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The first new releases of 2012

By Chris Troy

Well okay, the title’s kind of a lie. Most of the new stuffs we’ll be looking at came in towards the end of 2011, but you know, I was busy playing catch up with the best of list and attending MAGfest (which again, was awesome). However most of the awesome new arrivals are STILL in stock (for now!), so we might as well go over what those things are just in case you the reader are interested. Which hopefully, you will be.

On the left, you’ll see a picture of the Robot Damashii Wing Zero Custom (from the Gundam Wing OVA “Endless Waltz”) from Bandai. I’m not exactly how new it is on the shelves of Japan, but we finally have it in at FPNYC, so that’s all that matters right? The Winger Zero Custom joins the Tallgeese 3 as the 2 Wing-related Robot Damashiis we have in, as well as the Gouf Custom and the Gundam Unicorn from the Universal Century line. All 3 of these figures are super articulated, come with a nice selection of variant parts and weapons, and are 2nd only to the Revoltech in overall mecha quality, which is impressive for a line that hasn’t been around as long. We’ve sold out of the One Piece/DBZ/MegaMan/Tiger and Bunny releases super fast, so if you want yourself a super articulated Gundam figure, you best come get them as soon as possible. Continue reading

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Marvel Universe: The Wolverine Buyer’s Guide

By Chris Troy

Happy post Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday (who says the holidays are commercialized) FPNYC Faithful! If you’re anything like me (which if so, I’m sorry to hear that), you probably spent most of your weekend in a food/football/shopping coma. If not, I’m extremely jealous of you, unless you were working.

So let’s talk toys shall we? I’m going to attempt to start a new feature for the blog, highlighting the evolution of certain popular characters throughout a particular line. The easiest would be Batman, but that would be a month’s work of articles (hmmm..). Instead we’ll go with something a littler easier, Marvel’s most popular mutant/Canadian: Wolverine!

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Surprisingly, the 1st Wolverine figure that came from the Marvel Universe line was not in his modern costume, but his X-Force costume (back when it was written by X-Men:Evolution creators Craig Kyle & Chris Yost, and was mostly all claw-based characters). It’s actually a really great figure, despite Wolverine never actually using a gun during that run of the book. Post-X-Force Wolverine’s release, Hasbro released several Wolverine figures in his classic yellow costume and brown one in the Wolverine: Origins line, as well as several figures based on Hugh Jackman’s version of the character. Since that took care of the iconic costumes, the Marvel Universe line saw the release of 3 other variant Wolverine costumes: his maskless yellow/blue jumpsuit from Jim Lee‘s run on Uncanny, his Weapon X Operative outfit (also designed in the 90s, which explains the pouches) and his classic first appearance costume from Incredible Hulk #181. I’m not particularly thrilled with ANY of these figures to be honest, but different strokes for different folks and all that. Continue reading

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Of Arkham City and Marvel Universe figures

By Chris Troy

Happy Halloween FPNYC Faithful! Hope whatever you have planned for this/weekend doesn’t involve being dressed as M.O.D.O.K. and drinking a ton of tequila, because that’s my plan for the year (and as of writing, it’s been 12+ hours later and I’m STILL hung over). That being said, anybody pick up Arkham City for their Xbox or PS3 yet (I think PC users still have to wait a bit)? The game is damn good, as it improves on several things from Rocksteady‘s previous release, the million units selling Arkham Asylum. If you’re a fan of Batman and/or excellent video games, it’s worth your time.

And if you’re a Bat-video game fan, you REALLY need to pick up the Arkham City tie-in graphic novel. I know, I know, tie-in books usually blow and are usually widely ignored when it comes to the actual game’s, but things are different with this one. It’s written by the game’s  head writer Paul Dini (who was also one of the original creators involved with the 90s Batman Animated series, as well as runs on Bat-books like Gotham Sirens & Detective Comics) and drawn by the game’s concept artist Carlos D’ana. The hardcover collects the mini-series & web-only episodes, which connect the 2 games, as well as some behind the scenes artwork. A solid collection to add to your book shelf.

Last week I mentioned I picked up some new Marvel Universe figures, and promised to give a review of them this week. So unless I want to be labeled a liar, I better do so. X-23 & Commander Steve Rogers were the 1st two ML figures I’ve purchased since Spider-Woman, and man, the line has come a far way since then! Hasbro has been getting better with these figures since their debut a few year back, but now it’s really showing how much the line has improved. Continue reading

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NYCC Wrap-up/Recap!

by Chris Troy

::: Coughs for several minutes before vomiting up several organs of varying importance:::

Once again, New York Comic Con has come and gone, this time giving me a case of the death, along with a ton of freebies, like posters, shirts and comics that I would never buy. The con was awesome and if you want a recap of what I did that doesn’t involve toys, I suggest you check out the article I typed up for BleedingCool.com, which can be found right here: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/10/18/cosplaying-with-seth-green-chris-troys-nycc/

As for toy news from NYCC that you should care about:

– Next year’s Avengers toyline will have figures in-scale with Marvel Universe/ Marvel Movie figures as well as Marvel Legends sized figures. (3.5″ and 6″ to those unfamiliar with what the hell I’m talking about) On display were Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, & Loki for both lines, in addition to Black Widow, Thor, and Nick Fury for the 3.5″ figures.)

-The 2nd wave of the returning Marvel Legends line will consist of Big Time Spider-Man, Daken, Madam Hydra, Fantomex, Bucky, Captain America, Madam Masaque, Thunderball, and Build-a-Figure Arnim Zola. As good as the Avenger figures looks, these looks amazing, and I will end up buying WAY too many of them.

-DC Direct & Mattel both had “Arkham City”-based figures on display. Mattel’s will be 2-packs, and will feature characters like Harley Quinn, Robin, Batman, and the Joker. DC Direct, is making single cared figures of Batman and  literally ALL his villains from the game, as well as oversized deluxe characters from the first game like Venom-Joker, Killer Croc, & Bane. Also Catwoman, who I guess we can consider an alley at this point.

-Square Enix also had Arkham Asylum figures on display, Batman and the Joker of course. Also, photos of an armored Batman & Harley Quinn. In addition to these, there were Halo Play Arts Kai, Deus Ex: Human Revolution (which we just got in!), Serrah from Final Fantasy 13-2, as well as fully painted prototypes of the new Street Fighter 4 line, consisting of Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and Cammy. Without a doubt, these are the BEST looking Street Fighter figures to date, so expect me to rave about Cammy when she drops in 2012. Continue reading

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Review: Marvel Universe Doctor Doom

By Loran

I’m really starting to think I need to put more “rhythm” into my comic character collecting…

I got Deadpool before any of the other X-Men, Ms. Marvel before Captain Marvel; I own Iron Patriot and no Captain America (which I need to fix), I don’t have a good Hulk figure, I own Black Widow and Namor for… some reason and I have more Iron Men than I really need. And of course, I continued this by getting Doctor Doom before anyone in the Fantastic Four! At least there’s a boxset to help fix that now. Besides, he’s Doctor Doom. Who needs reason to own him?

I always thought Doctor Doom was kind of cool, probably because I like Destro from G.I. Joe so much. He’s kind of like the prototype for Destro, even if was a bit cooler, at least in my opinion. This mold was previously used in one of the Secret Wars comic packs with Wasp and Absorbing Man, sporting a much more “animated” color scheme. Whether you like the animated look or the “realistic” look is really a matter of opinion, but either way, this one gives you the option of just getting Doom by himself. Continue reading

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Countdown to NYCC part 2

by Chris Troy

Hey FPNYC faithful, in a few short hours, yours truly will be at the Javitis Center, fan-gasming over the nerdfest that is the 2011 New York Comic Con. Despite being a show veteran, this is my favorite convention of the year, and I’m really excited to see what the likes of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Bioware, & Capcom have to offer to the attendees this year. And depending on security, I may decide to stalk Captain America himself Chris Evans come Saturday. For you know, article research related reasons. REALLY!

Last article we focused on a lot of the comic goodness that will be at NYCC. I’m not saying I won’t be talking about the onslaught of Marvel Universe figures we received over these last 2 weeks later on in the article, but I decided to  focus on something a little more animated first. Cartoon Network & Adult Swim will have a large presence at NYCC once again this year, hosting a ton of panels with sneak peeks of a lot of their new and returning program. Regular offenders Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will be in attendance, talking about their hit show “The Venture Bros“. And in case you want something other than DVDs signed by the duo, FPNYC currently has in stock the 8′ Venture Bros classic Mego-style figures (or dolls, if you’re up for the particular debate). The 1st 2 waves in the series consist of the likes of Hank  and Dean Venture,  their old man Dr. Venture,  Brock Samson, the (mighty) Monarch, and “humorless #$@!” Phantom Limb. These retro style-figures go for about $15-$20 a pop, and probably wont be around long, given the show’s rabid fanbase.

We also received a ton of product from Cartoon Network’s newest revival hit, the Thundercats! Bandai-Namco will also be at  NYCC, but I’m none too certain if they’ll be much of a push for the show at the convention. That doesn’t mean a trip to FPNYC to check in on these figures isn’t warranted. Bandai has released 2 different toy lines based on the new show (as well as some toys based on the 80s versions as well!). There’s a line of 6″ figures consisting of the likes of Lion-O, Panthro, & Mumm-Ra (The Ever-Living!), as well as 2 different 4″ figure lines, one standard line that covers most of the show’s cast, and a deluxe one that comes with big-honking accessories. Prices range anywhere from $10-$20 depending on the figures, so keep an eye out for them on our shelves the new time you come by. Continue reading

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Countdown to New York Comic Con part 1

By Chris Troy

HOWDY FPNYC FAITHFUL!  We are only a few short days away from New York Comic Con, and as of the time of writing, FPNYC is SOLD OUT of all passes for the biggest comic & pop culture convention on the Northeastern Coast (Fairly certain east coast as well, but there’s a small chance that I may be wrong). Myself and Loran will be at the con all weekend (well Loran for a day), covering the convention for Bleedingcool.com and tweeting 140 character one liners over at @anarchris if you want to keep tabs on the convention and see what X-Men related characters I dress up as during the weekend (yup, cosplay is happening).

For the first time at the  convention, Hasbro is finally showing NYCC some love by hooking the con up with not 1, but 2 Marvel exclusives for the show. Representing the Marvel Universe line is the “Compound Hulk“, who appeared in a single issue of Jeff Parker‘s current run of “The Hulk” title. Much like the silver age Composite Superman-Batman, Compound Hulk is half Green Hulk, half Red Hulk, possibly the strongest there is. Possibly. And why SDCC got a exclusive Avengers themed Mini-Mugg box set, NYCC gets one based on the 90s crossover “Maximum Carnage.” This mini-5 packs gives us Carnage, Eddie Brock/Venom, Spider-Man, Demogoblin, and J. Jonah Jameson, with mean this 5 pack is a menace and a threat (to my wallet!), and well worth the money already. Continue reading

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Marvel Universe Ms. Marvel Review

By Loran

In my… unfortunately limited experience with comics (seriously, I’m working on it!), there are a few characters I’ve really taken a liking to, and one of them is Ms. Marvel, and I can’t quite explain why. Maybe it’s because she’s one of the few characters with classic AND modern outfits that I like, or maybe it’s the fact that she’s a bit easier to take seriously than her male counterpart. Either way, I’ve taken a liking to her, especially her Dark Avengers counterpart (a figure I haven’t had any luck finding, so I’ve decided to settle on this one).

For this figure, Ms. Marvel dons a variant of her classic outfit, more along the lines of Dark Ms. Marvel. I actually don’t mind this change that much. I think the covered stomach looks better here, since well, superpowers or not, showing THAT MUCH SKIN is a bit excessive, I think. I’d actually say this take on her outfit is probably my favorite. Shame they never made her classic figure in Marvel Legends scale. Maybe we’ll get to see one when Hasbro revives the scale next year. Continue reading

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Marvel Universe Thanos Review

by Loran

Larger 3.75” figures tend to be pretty hit or miss. Once in awhile, you can get something great like the Resolute/Rise of Cobra sculpt for Roadblock from G.I. Joe; a great interpretation of the character that gives him the proper height amongst his teammates. Other times you end up with the drones from Iron Man 2, which, as much as they may try, just don’t work. Sometimes too much of the budget goes into making them big and not necessarily good. As the old saying goes, bigger isn’t always better. Thanos here seems to fall somewhere in the middle.

I’m not 100% sure as I’m not as well-versed in Marvel figures as I am G.I. Joe or Transformers, but I believe Thanos uses the mold made for Juggernaut. I initially thought he used the mold for Hulk (yes, I still don’t own a decent Hulk yet), but I was wrong. Juggernaut was a better mold choice regardless, as the Hulk body would have been a bit TOO big. Only a handful of parts seem to be shared between the two; just the torso and the upper legs. I’m sure the amount of reused parts between the big guys is what allows Hasbro to keep making them and keep them at the same price point as the regular figures. Continue reading

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Checking in with the Marvel Universe

by Chris Troy

Say what you will about the new 52, but DC has managed to keep everyone talking about their comics since the announcement months ago. Marvel on the other hand, had a great summer in the box office, but hasn’t been able to produce something to counter the DC reboot/relaunch buzz aside from the announcement of the new  bi-racial Ultimate Spider-Man. A shame really, because while Fear Itself may or may not be meeting up to your expectations ( I’m not a fan of everyone becomes Thor, but hey, at least it’s managed to stay on schedule unlike The House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, & Siege), the mini events ( Dan Slott‘s Spider-Island and it’s tie-in, Jason Aaron‘s Schism, the Daredevil/Moon Knight/Punisher relaunch) have all been awesome. You definitely owe it to yourself to see what Marvel’s been putting out this month while picking up your new DC #1s.

And after what feels like forever (at least to me), we’ve finally gotten more non-movie related Marvel Universe figures on the shelf. The 2011 releases so far have been pretty great, and it’s nice to see Hasbro  starting to pump out more 3 packs! I believe I may have brought up the Classic Avengers (Thor/Iron Man/ Hulk) and X-Force ( Warpath, Wolverine, Deadpool) sets in the past, and they’ve now been joined by 2 new sets. The Fantastic Four set contains Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing, and H.E.R.B.I.E. subbing in the for late (until November) Human Torch. Both Sue and Reed are rocking the Mark Millar era outfits, which gave the characters short sleeves. I imagine a Future Foundation line is in the works, with those sweet black & white costumes.  Maybe they’ll be some sort of announcement come New York Comic Con (which we’re selling passes for!)

But what blew my mind  this week was the release of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” set! Writers DnA (along with Keith Giffen) has reshaped the cosmic Marvel line, as the actual Guardians book was one of the best books no one read in the last 5 years. Hasbro threw GOtG fans a bone with the a set featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket Racoon (soon to make his video game debut in “Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3” come November) and a plant-size Groot (I AM GROOT!). Truth be told, I’m sure Star Lord and Drax are repaints/ resculpts or some such, and Rocket Racoon & Groot barely count as figures, but I don’t care.  This is an awesome set based on a series that deserved more love, so come in, pick up some “Annihilation”-related and “Guardians of the Galaxy” hardcovers/trades and I guarantee you’ll want this set. Each of these sets go for about $30 a pop, which is pretty solid for 3.5 figures a box.

As for single release Marvel Universe figures, we received and quickly sold out of the latest wave of the popular toy line. Returning figures Apocalypse, Guardian and Skaar (son/repaint of the Hulk) are joined by Avenger/Captain America partner the Falcon (with Redwing!), Doctor Strange, comic’s greatest villain Doctor Doom, and the Spider-Clone himself Scarlet Spider.  Worth noting is that Dr. Strange also comes in a clear blue variant, to represent his Astral Plane form, and that some Scarlet Spiders and packaged upside down, with a “Spider-Man” name-plate. I’m not sure if that’s an intentional error or not, but if so, that’s awesome. Anywho, this set has sold out once already, so if you want in on this wave, make sure you pick them up once they’re back on our shelves!

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Spider-Battle! Marvel Universe vs. Spider-Man 2010

By Loran

Boy, I can’t leave well enough alone, can I?

Last week I expressed how much I was displeased with the Spidey figure I have from the 2010 Spider-man line. It’s a shame that the figure was so bad, since it seemed to have a lot of potential. I went on about how the Marvel Universe figure is probably a lot better, and is something your money would be better spent on. Well, I got a hold of a Marvel Universe Spider-man for really cheap in the hopes of doing a little comparison review on the two figures, and to give my collection a proper Spidey. So, let’s take a look at which figure wins in the first “versus” review I’ve done since I started writing here last spring!

Head:

The 2010’s head resembles the Spidey most people are familiar with, while the MU seems to have a meaner look to it. I’d say the MU one looks sort of like the one from the movies. This really comes down to a matter of personal preference, but I like the MU here, mostly because it makes him look like he wouldn’t seem out of place standing alongside movie Wolverine and Iron Man. Continue reading

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