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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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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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Injustice for all: Super Hero Lego sets are killing my wallet.

Back from Maine suckers, you miss me? No? That’s….fair. The vacation was fun, but now I’m back, pimping out toys to the masses (and peeing myself in terror at those giant crab photos, what the hell is wrong with Australia???). And man, do I have some dope toys to pimp out.

In the early 2000s, Lego began to experiment with superhero-based sets after hitting a gold mine with the Star Wars and Harry Potter licenses. They managed to secure the rights to both Spider-Man (based on the 1st two Sam Raimi movies) and the Batman universe (mostly comic stuffs) and they sold alright, but the Spider-Man line died out within a year. Batman on the other hand would go on to inspire a hit video game, which saw a sequel earlier this summer. However, the time between those releases saw the superhero movies take over the box office, thanks in part to the Marvel Movie Universe and Nolan’s Batman trilogy. So 2012 saw the return of both Marvel and Lego DC sets, but instead of focusing only 1 character per universe, Lego decided to go for each respective universe. The results are, unsurprisingly, awesome.

Instead of starting off with Spider-Man again (although he’s on the way). Lego decided to start the Marvel line off with some Avengers tie ins. This was a genius move; it’s the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time, there’s a ton of Avengers, and WHY WOULDN’T YOU, RIGHT? There are currently 3 sets on the market. The Captain America Bike set with Cap and 2 “Alien Soldiers” ((still trying to be spoiler free! )) and Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape set with the God of Mischief, Iron Man, and Hawkeye go for about $25 each. There’s also the massive Quinjet set, which comes with 3 vehicles, an alien soldier, Loki, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. That set is pushing the $80 dollar range, but seeing how you’re getting nearly 750 Legos plus 5 mini-figs, that’s pretty good. There’s also an X-Men-related set available, featuring Magneto, Deadpool, Wolverine, and a helicopter. That’s another set in the $25 range, but you can’t put a price on the happiness one gets from a Lego Deadpool. Continue reading

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I hope you like Tiny Avengers

by Chris Troy

Alright so Marvel has literally dropped the release mic this past week, unleashing a plethora of new product related to the upcoming Avengers movie (go look at that extended Super Bowl trailer now!) and I want to talk about them, because they ARE RAD. But we’ll get back to that later.

Alright, so the next wave of NECA Gears of War 3 figures is in stock and again, I’m a fan of them. NECA’s female sculpts aren’t always the best, but their angry buff guys and monsters are usually solid toys. This applies to the 2nd wave of Gears figures, which are some of their most articulate figures to date (what with 30 some-odd points or articulation each). The wave consists of Dom Santiago, Damon Bard (my personal favorite!), and Augustus Cole aka THE COLE TRAIN BABY WOOOOOOOOOO! I’m assuming anyone who’s played any of the Gears games got that reference. Anywho, each figure goes for about $18 bucks a pop for each 6″ figure, which also come with various weapons from the games. For less than $20 bucks it’s a solid deal.

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Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a Time

In 1995 director Lars Von Trier, tired of the special effects and genre tropes he felt were ruining cinema, created a list of rules for filmmakers to follow in order to make superior, modern artistic worth. This new style for film-making was called “Dogma 95.”

Rules like “Filming must be done on location,” “No overdubbed background music,” and “All films must feature at least one bear-mauling” make perfect sense when you think about them.

Why do I mention this? Well, I’ve just read Avengers X-Sanction #1. It is, don’t get me wrong, a beautiful book. I’ve liked the team of Loeb and McGuiness since Batman/Superman and I loved them on The Hulk (by the way, trades of these great runs are available here at the Planet!). Loeb keeps his stories simple, fluid, and action packed. McGuiness is the inheritor of Arthur Adams.

BUT. The plot of X-Santion is…iffy. Cable, the time hopping mutant son of Cyclops and Jean Grey’s clone, is going to capture/kill all of the Avengers because somehow they will kill Hope, his time-traveling mutant adopted daughter who is probably a clone of Jean Grey.

And WHY does he think this? I’m sure it will be clarified in future issues, but if we only read this first issue (and again, it is the only one out yet) it is because A) he wakes up in the future after being dead with no explanation of how he got there, B) THIS future (and this is a character that has experienced many) is desolate and destroyed, and C) a time traveling friend of his named Blaquesmith told him that the future was destroyed because “Hope is dead and it’s the Avengers fault.”

GETTING BACK

So about the Dogma Film movement and the new rules for making superior art? I have a rule for comics: NO MORE messed up time travel stories!

Especially in this instance! Blaquesmith could have been speaking metaphorically. “Whoa!” He could say, later on. “You tied Captain America to a chair and shot him in the head because I said Hope was dead? I meant, like, HOPE, ya know? The desire to aspire towards loftier goals and ambitions? You thought I meant your adopted daughter? Way to fly off the handle there, Cable.”

Besides, these future moments take place in “The Far Future.” I should hope that Hope is dead in “The Far Future,” because otherwise she’d be, like, 500-50 thousand years old. As premises go this is like going back in time to kill Mickey Mantle because he didn’t play in the 2011 World Series.

NOT ONLY THAT but Hope is only alive at all because Cable recently fought against a time traveling Bishop who went back to the past to kill her because a potential future he envisioned was destroyed because of her. Continue reading

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Santa, Maybe

No matter how hard the lefties, the pagans, the communists, the gays, and every other group I belong to tries to stop it, Christmas is still happening. Glycon knows I’ve done my part! I personally punched out three mall Santas this week. I think they were mall Santas. They had beards and were wearing red…of course, I am color blind. And I think I was in a mall…

I remember I was drinking single malt whiskey mixed with lighter fluid at a Burl Ives look alike contest and then I kinda’ blacked out. Hmm.

The point is, you people will need to get some holiday shopping done soon and Forbidden Planet wants to build a scale replica of a Sentinel to keep those mutant kids from loitering out front.

UNKIEDEV’S GIFTS FOR PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND LIKE PT.1

Without a doubt my number 1 recommended gift for the holidays this year is The Incredible Hulk #2, out from Marvel this week. WHY? Because The Hulk is punching giant, green, great white sharks while simultaneously being eaten alive by these self-same, paradoxically-pigmented Green Great Whites. For the full awesome of that sentence to sink in on you I’ll pause here a moment so you may read it again.

Can I judge a book by its cover? YES, when that cover features gamma-radiated sharks fighting the Hulk, YES I CAN.

The latest Hulk comic has been cool. Marc Silvestri (with Whilce Portacio and other friends) have been turning out some really nice pages, and Jason Aaron seems to get the fun of a good Hulk story. The Hulk is best when there’s A) lots of monsters and B) weird, high stakes.

The Hulk and Bruce Banner are separate entities, due to Fear Itself. Why? Who knows? I read the dang thing and I can’t seem to recall…but then, those Whiskey-Lighter Daiquiris do pack quite a wallop.
The Hulk is seems okay with it, living with the Moloids underground. He does, however, fear the big, nasty Fear Demon that turned him into a Hammer-wielding puppet this past summer. I can’t figure out what he’s complaining about…he got to rampage, smash puny humans, pretty much par for the course there. I guess Hulk no like hammers.

Banner, meanwhile, is brooding, has a brain tumor, and is engaging in some spectacular mad science that would make the Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Dr. Weird look like Bill Nye. This is so he can recreate the Hulk. He wants the monster back.

THAT is where the story takes some suspension of disbelief. When you’ve got over forty years worth of continuity to deal with it is hard to keep some motivations clear, but the total about face of Banner WANTING the Hulk is jarring.

Fear Not. The Hulk is like a good hot dog; it should NEVER be over-analyzed. Continue reading

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Books Worth The Holiday Cash

Books Worth The Holiday CashI’ve been typing my fingers down to the bone these days, working on exciting new book and column ideas. One of the projects I’m passionate about is my new book of Super-Hero puzzles and brainbusters. I’m halfway through!

For example: Spider-Man is traveling on a train with 10 cars. When the train leaves the station, the Hulk jumps from midtown trying to squish the train. If the Hulk will land on the train in 10 minutes, and the train travels at 40 miles per hour, how come Spidey gets to date Shadowcat in the Ultimate Marvel U, but never got to date her in the 616 Marvel Universe?

Or how about this one: With over 50 years worth of comics under his belt, understanding the current continuity to Superman can be difficult. What is the best book to read first in order to understand the complicated world of Superman.

I suspect the answer to that one is “A Dictionary,” though I’m not sure. When I say I’m halfway done with this project I really mean it: I write the questions first and then go back and try to write the answers. Anybody who has a clue on how to answer that first questions should send their response my way. Continue reading

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