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.
And if it wasn’t for the Beast, good ol’ Horse-Thor himself Beta-Ray Bill would have been my pick of the wave. He’s a damn good figure with a great sculpt/paintjob and a solid amount of articulation, especially when you realize he has a moveable jaw! His arms aren’t flimsy like Beast’s are, but in my book, it hard to top 29 points of articulation. It doesn’t mean Bill is a bad figure, he’s just got a lot to content with when compared to the Beast.
However, if we are going to discuss unimpressive, the line also continues with a classic Ghost Rider figure no one asked for, and 2 Hulk figures, that once again, we didn’t need. The classic GR isn’t a bad figure per say, but it’s nothing to write home about (especially since it’s a re-release and not even the modern version of the character). As for the Hulk, the one with the Romita/McGuiness head-sculpt would have been fine, as we really didn’t need the original one with the horrid face back on shelves. I guess these re-releases are nice if you missed them the first time around, but man, they’re pretty rough to recommend, unless you’re in a need of a Hulk.
We’ll look at the remaining figures from the line next time, as well as a cool little surprise that fell into my hands today. I am legit excite to share it with you all, as I actually had no clue it existed until….well today!