Transformers: Generations – Combiner Wars – Optimius Maximus

Is it just me, or are the waves totally messed up for the Combiner Wars?  Have three parts of the Protectobots to build Defensor, and Cyclonus to build Galvatronus.  I was able to get the last bot to be able to build the original version of Optimus Maximus.  What do I mean by “original?”  When the line began, we got Optimus Prime.  It says to use him to build Ultra Prime… but we didn’t have any of the other bots to do it.   Even the comic started with Optimus as the torso/head of OM.  Since then, Hasbro has revealed Battle Core Optimus Prime, which is a white version with a new head.   Apparently, they wanted us to get the original Optimus, and now they want us to get a new version to make a different Optimus Maximus.  That being said, I will probably end up getting Battle Core OP, since I do so love Optimus.

Well, we have four new bots to look at, here we go!

Sunstreaker:

Sunstreaker is probably my least favorite of the four deluxe figures. He is a bit flat as a vehicle. As a robot, he has some strange hips in order for him to become an arm in Combiner Mode. It is probably one of the few figures I have found that suffers from being able to change into a giant body part.

I do like that the Combiner hand is able to be used as a backpack in the car mode, a nod to the original design.

He is a retool of Breakdown. I do have to say I think I like the body better in yellow than Breakdown’s white.

Prowl:

Prowl is a really well done figure. He looks like Prowl, in both robot and vehicle modes.

He is third in line for this body after Dead End and Streetwise. It is a well done body, and a lot of fun to transform. He makes a very solid leg for Optimus Maximus.

Mirage:

Mirage is my favorite of the wave. He has been a figure I have wanted for an awful long time. I loved him in the G1 show, but never found one in all of my adult collecting time.

I think this one really does the original justice. He has a great transformation, and looks fantastic in both modes. He follows Dragstrip with this body use, but I think Mirage looks a whole lot better than Dragstrip. The colors are better, and the head is better.

Ironhide:

Ooh wee, there was a lot of hate out there for Ironhide. I actually like the robot mode design. I think he looks like a young, svelte version of the G1 Ironhide. This is what he would have looked like without the millions of years of fighting under his belt.

He is a retool of Offroad. The red is definitely better than Offroad’s grey. There were some pretty boring colors in Menasor huh?

This is a great looking team.  Lots of color with a pretty good variety of design.   Poor Ironhide will be lagging behind some pretty fast cars.

Time for Optimus Prime to join the team.

A nod to the G1 show.  Look at this lineup of figures. This could be a formidable team.

Together, they form Optimus Maximus… or a retool of Menasor?

Technically Motormaster is a retool of Optimus, but Motormaster was able to build his Menasor Combiner first. And all of the guys from Menasor were retooled to become OM.

Rodimus: But wait, there’s more!!

I ended up with Rodimus before any of the other figures for Optimus Maximus.  Rodimus has shown to be a pretty good right hand man for Optimus over the years. Why not become the chest armor too?

Rodimus is a retool of Blackjack, and once again the Autobots have a way better color scheme going on.

Unfortunately, Rodimus has the same problem as Blackjack and does not stay locked into the chest very well.  He still looks really cool though.

 

Overall, Optimus Maximus is a really cool Combiner.  Even though he is basically a retool of Menasor, they don’t look that much alike, other than the chest area.  The shield is a bit of a give away.   We will see with Battle Core OP, if we get a little more variation, or if it will be more of the same with a new color.

I am having a lot of fun with the Combiner Wars series.  We are getting some great figures we haven’t seen in a long time, and they are well made.  This series is going strong, and we have a lot of great figures to come.  More fantastic Leader Class figures, including Ultra Magnus, and some other great Voyager Class figures like Sky Lynx.  I can’t wait for what is coming next…

Make sure to click on my Flickr page to the left to see even more pictures of this set and many more.


Walgreens Exclusive Marvel Legends – Ant-Man (Eric O’Grady)

Not Hank Pym or Scott Lang, but a different Ant-Man all together. This time around the suit was worn by Eric O’Grady, who wore the suit, and was later copied as a Life-Model Decoy or LMD who wore this suit.

This is the Walgreens Exclusive Marvel Legends figure that ties in with the Ultron Wave.  This is pretty much an Ant-Man wave with a Ultron Build-a-Figure, but they are generally named after the BAF anyway.  We probably should have seen a Giant Man in this set to make it fit better, but oh well.  This Ant-Man has the same ant motif on the sides of the box that matches the rest of the wave.

The articulation is just what we like with our Marvel Legends. Double joints in the elbows and knees.

The neck has the great up and down movement. As an exclusive figure, he is simple, but effective. This could easily be repainted to make a Hank Pym Ant-Man at a later date.


Pacific Rim – Romeo Blue

This guy is great looking. He has the look of a Jaeger, but then he gets a little crazy.  First off, you might notice the giant fin on the front of the chest. This is supposed to be extra protection for the Conn-Pod, or the cockpit of the Jaeger.

Romeo Blue was only the second Jaeger sent out to fight the Kaiju, and was very slow. It is ranked as a Mark 1, and is/was deployed in December of 2015.

As a figure, it is yet another great figure by NECA. They continue to make these figures with such amazing detail and great articulation.  Romeo Blue has one forearm open, while the other is still closed.  He also has two jump jets on his back.   There is an overall look about him that says he is an early Mark 1 version of the Jaeger.   He looks very robotic from what we see later with the higher techs of the Mark 3 and Mark 4s, where the Jaegers become more robust and take on some very unique characteristics.Romeo Blue is a fantastic figure, and a whole lot of fun to play with.   He definitely stands out on the shelf.


Three Legion Class figures went on a recent holiday with me from California to Europe. I like taking the small guys since they fit easily in my backpack.

I ended up taking pictures of them on a Roman wall built in 71AD in the city of York, England.

I like the Legion Class figures. Warpath and Viper are better than Groove in this lineup.

Groove’s motorcycle mode is a bit stout.  He is extremely wide.   It is a pretty good representation of a futuristic bike, but it looks a bit too much like a scooter for my taste.

Groove is a bit gangly as a robot.  His legs are extremely long, and he has some strange articulation.   I don’t like his head being hidden as far as it is.

Warpath is on the top 10 of my favorite figures, when looking at the G1 design.  In tank mode, the brick red color really lets you know who this is.  As soon as we had Megatron, it was pretty easy to guess that Warpath was not far behind.

Warpath’s head looks great.  It is the flat back head that we know from the previous designs of the figure.   He does lose points with me in robot mode.  Of course, anyone who knows Warpath, knows he is known for having the cannon mounted right in his chest.   Not so in this release.  Too bad, but there is not much they could have done with this reuse of body.

Viper is a repaint of Powerglide, with a new head. This figure has been a long time coming. Many have been wanting a GI Joe/Transformers crossover for years of this figure. Finally we have it. Small scale, but better than nothing.  He is called Viper, named after the main troopers in the Cobra army, though his vehicle mode represents the Cobra Rattler, which is a take on the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or the Warthog.    He has the markings of the Cobra Rattler on his wings, with the Cobra marking being tweaked to also carry the Decepticon insignia.

In robot mode, he is just Powerglide with a new head.  But boy does a new head and paint really make a difference.  He looks great, and he looks like he could be a part of the Cobra team.

Once again, some good Legion Class figures.  Viper and Groove actually fit in with the Combiner Wars larger scale figures.  Viper becomes a gun, like Powerglide, while Groove becomes a chest piece for a combiner.   Warpath is in the Combiner line with name alone.

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Marvel Legends – Thanos Wave

I went away for a two-week vacation to Europe, and now I am back to look at the final wave of the three Marvel Legends super photo shoot.   Today we are going to look at the Thanos Wave.  This is a great wave of really nice figures. From the massive Hulk to some pretty ladies, and Batrok thrown in there for fun.   Let’s go!

Iron Man:

Iron Man got his own earlier review here.  It seems only fitting for Tony to be out of the box before the others get their chance.

Hulk:
Gotta love the size.  They smushed him into that packaging to get the Hulk to fit.  He comes with Thanos’ arm.

He as such great details.  He is wearing his newly acquired Age of Ultron stretchy pants.   Thank goodness Bruce doesn’t have to track down new pants any more.It is amazing that these two figures could come in the same size box.  They really had to work hard to get Hulk in there.  His size is amazing.  Larger than the BAF Thanos actually.

Captain America:
We have seen this before.  A new paint scheme on a Cap.  We get a few extra hands, unmasked head, and Thanos’ leg.Shhh.  One of his extra hands is a pointing finger, but it could also be a shushing finger too.  Don’t say bad words, or so the gag went through most of the movie.

Two punching hands make for great hands to create scenes.  These are a great addition to the set.

Can’t forget the salute hand.  It could also be a chopping hand, but we don’t see Cap karate chopping too many bad guys.

If you are going to have a modern movie comic figure, you have to have much of the movie without his helmet/mask on, or so say the movie makers.

Batroc:

Batrok is a new character for me. I love the idea and look of him. Looking at the Marvel Database, he seems to have connections to just about everyone, so he fits right into this wave.   He comes with Thanos’ torso and collar.

That color scheme stands out so much.  I love that the he would think this is a good outfit for robbing people.

A little bit French, and a little bit Wolverine.  I absolutely love his head sculpt.

Hellcat:

Another character I don’t know much about.  Looks like she has been around for just about forever.   Plain yellow outfit with painted on eyebrows.  Looks like she could fit in with Batman pretty well.  She comes with a baton (Daredevil), along with Thanos’ head and arm.

Hellcat’s paint is not the best.  She has some orange highlights on her yellow outfit that can be a little hit or miss.  There is also a bit of weakness on the yellow below the knees.  Yellow should never go over blue.  They should have sculpted the part in yellow, and then painted blue boots.   Oh well.

Her head sculpt is okay.  Pretty plain.  She is not my favorite character of the wave.

Spider-Woman:

One of my favorites.  This costume of Jessica’s is the best. She comes with two sets of armpit webs for arms out or arms in.  She also comes with the head and arm of Thanos that Hellcat comes with.  At least this way you get to choose the best head to put on Thanos.

Arms out, the removable wings look great.  She is a great sculpt overall.   The paint overall is well done too. There were only some problems with the black stripes between the red and yellow sections.  Easy enough to touch-up.

Arms down, the other set of wings work well too.

Now THIS is how you head sculpt…and hair sculpt.  Jessica looks beautiful.

Thanos:

Thanos all put together.   He is a lot of figure.  Hefty.  I was glad to have the two head sculpts to choose from.   One was a lot better than the other.

All seven figures in their plastic glory.  I am still amazed at Hulk’s size.  Thanos better watch out.  How is it that Batroc was the only one to look at the camera.  One of those things of only seeing through the small camera screen.

Finally done with the three waves of Marvel Legends.  That was a lot of figures to try to get standing.   Of course by this time of the day, the wind started to blow.  I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to get the shot.

 

This was quite an undertaking to get all of the figure shot.  And now here we are with Ant-Man coming out, both the movie and the ML wave.  I am looking forward to what comes next.

Up next, we are going to look at some Legion Class Transformers.  I was on a holiday in Europe for two weeks, and I brought along a couple of little guys.  We did a shoot on a 1900 year old Roman wall in York.  That was a lot of fun.


Marvel Legends – Hobgoblin Wave

Continuing my biggest photo shoot ever, I bring you the Marvel Legends Hobgoblin Wave.  As you might suspect, this wave is all about Spider-Man and family.  Another seven figures, and two more women.   This one was easy for them, as there are lots of great women in the Spider-verse to choose from.  Since Felicia Hardy is already out there, and looking mighty fine, they went with a few others.  Let’s go!

Spider-Man:

He looks great in his classic costume.  4 extra hands, a mask up head, and a slice of pizza.  He comes with HG’s leg.

This is as classic as you can get with Spider-Man.  He looks amazing.  This is the perfect body for him.  Thin and very highly articulated.

He can be put into so many great poses.   All of the different hands really lend themselves to allowing Spider-Man to be put into so many different poses and situations.

A smile and a slice.  Nothing makes a New Yorker happier than a skinny slice of pizza.

Anti-Venom:

No accessories with Anti-Venom, but then what would you give him?  He is a one symbiote wrecking crew.  Just HG’s leg.

I didn’t like this style from back when we got Toxin last year, but he was needed for the leg of Hobgoblin.  I do actually like AV better than Toxin, since he has a better head, and looks better overall.

I do love the giant hands.

Spider-Man 2099:

SM2099 doesn’t need anything special to fight with either.  Really, none of the Spider-Family really needs any accessories, but it is a bit sad when they come alone.  HG’s arm and flaming sword.

Spider-Man 2099 looks great.  The paint is fantastic.   There is a bit of glitter in the blue plastic to give him a bit of a shine.

Ending up a little more spider than Spider-Man, this guy looks mean.  He has his clawed fingers.

Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker):

Spider-Girl, the second in two years, looks a lot more like her father in terms of attire. This version is Mayday Parker as opposed to the first version (in the Green Goblin series) that was Anya Corazon.  She comes with HG’s head and wings.

Spider-Girl has some great details on her personage.   She carries the larger web shooters on her hands.  She is not quite as well articulated as her father.  Hasbro seems to still have some issues with making good articulation on the slight build of their women.

That is a great face, reminiscent of her father’s sult.

Spider-Woman (Ultimate):

Ultimate Spider-Woman.  She comes with HG’s Torso.

It’s Jessica Drew, but not really.  In the next wave, we get the real Spider-Woman, but this time around we are going Ultimate, which means taking what we know and turning it on it’s head.  This Jessica is the clone of Peter Parker.  Boy, Peter sure does seem to have a lot of clones.

Spider-Woman has wind-swept hair, which actually pulls her off to that side on her slight body.  The paint on this one is okay, but a little boring.  She kind of gets lost in the crowd of bright reds and blues this time around.

Daredevil:

The one everyone has been looking for.   Since the NetFlix show came on, Daredevil’s popularity has continued to rise.  I couldn’t find him in any stores, but I was not going to pay scalper prices online, so I just waited for the time to strike, and finally got him on Amazon on a day when the prices dropped to normal.  He comes with his sticks that can be combined to form a staff.  He also comes with HG’s arm.

The rest of this wave of heroes are fairly slight in build.  They are what you would expect from Spider-People.   Matt is a completely different body type.   Taller and more of a brawler.  I love how his muscles are so well defined under his costume.

He carries his two sticks.  He can hold one in heach hand, or they can be stored in the holster on his left leg.

Put those sticks together, and he has a bit of a longer reach with his staff.

Hobgoblin:

Usually the BAF is THE ONE you are waiting for.  None of these three waves are BAF’s I have been waiting to get my hands on, so getting the figures finished was not that great for me.  Not like when I finished the Sentinel, Groot, or the upcoming Hulkbuster Armor.

We had the Green Goblin last year, so why not Hobgoblin this year?  Quite a different figure from the last.  This one is yet another slight of build Spider-Man figure.  He comes with his flaming sword, a flaming pumpkin bomb, and his wings.  The wings have the hilt of his sword that can be removed.

He is SO ugly.  Just the way he should be.  He has some really strange body design parts that really make him an interesting figure.

If you like Spider-Man, this is the wave for you.   We get the best version of Spider-Man to date, along with some great supporting cast members.   Daredevil of course is a must have for the Marvel Legends collectors.  The rest are give and take.  I really like the design of SM2099 and Spider-Girl.   Anti-Venom is so-so, but better than the earlier Toxin.   I am not a big fan of the Spider-Woman.  She is very slight of build, with a heavy head.  Especially since we get the best version of Spider-Woman in the Thanos Wave coming up next.


Marvel Legends – Allfather Wave

This was one of the biggest undertakings of my blogging career.   Not long ago, my trusty Canon EOS up and died.  More to the point, a sensor in the computer died, thus leaving a black line across every one of my pictures.   Since it was 8 years old, there was no way of repairing it.  So, I up and got myself a new one.  More bells and whistles than ever before.  A Canon EOS T6i.  Can’t get much better than that without moving to a professional camera.  And since this gig doesn’t pay anything, I am thinking the camera right below pro is good enough.

Well, the long time of no camera, as well as finishing school for the year (as a teacher, not a student), there is a pile of toys waiting to be shot… in a photo shoot.  Among them were three waves of Marvel Legends.   The three most recent waves, Allfather, Thanos, and Hobgoblin.   I reviewed Iron Man Mark 43 a while back, which was only two shoots before the camera kicked the bucket.

In a grand scheme of a free weekend day I went for it.  I shot all of the figures in one outing.  Including the Build-a-Figures, that equals 22 figures.  It took a long time, but it was a lot of fun, and I got a final shot of all 22 in one big picture.

So without any more delay, here we go with the Allfather Wave:

Iron Fist:
4 sets of hands for Iron Fist in total.  I think this may be a first for Marvel Legends.   Also has Oden’s leg.

He looks fantastic.  He is was  a minor character in the Marvel Universe.   He is coming out at the right time as it was announced he will get getting his own series on Netflix along with the AMAZING Daredevil show that came out not too long ago.  We will first see Jessica Jones, followed by Iron Fist, and then continuing with Luke Cage, before we ultimately get a Defenders series.  If the rest of the shows are anywhere as good as Daredevil, the Avengers are going to have a run for their money from the TV/internet front.   It is going to be awesome to see what comes of this guy.

Machine Man:

First, let’s look at the accessories. He comes with extended arms, as well as Oden’s arms.  Now for the much bigger question:

Machine-who now?!?!  Definitely outside of my realm of knowledge.  Seemed like Hasbro was digging pretty deep for this one.  He actually does have some history with Tony Stark, as well as Ms. Marvel who appears in this wave with him.  I like the concept of Machine Man being the latest in a series of sentient robots who take up a life of a human.  We have seen this idea before.  The Red Tornado comes to mind.

Extending arms are just one of his many abilities.  I can see this guy getting some major upgrades by some builders.  I have seen a comic picture of him with a flight pack.  Already the gears are turning in my head.

I don’t necessarily love the extending arms, but they are a nice touch.  The punching hands on the end of the extension do switch out with his standard hands, so at the very least, he has a second set of hands… which we still don’t see a lot of.  There is a lot of playability with a set of hands that grasp on the end of extensions.

Sentry:

Simple.  Man of strength.  No accessories necessary.   He comes with Oden’s arms.

The is a big dude, just as he is in the comics.   I remember when he came out in the comics at the time I was collecting.  He has a great story, and a tremendous made-up backstory as if he had been around for years and years.  I really like this big guy sculpt.  He has muscles upon muscles.  One grabbing hand and one punching hand.  Hold on to the one you want to punch!

Hawkeye:

Hawkeye.  Poor Avengers Hawkeye never gets a break.  Once again, we get a comic version of a guy we should be getting a movie version of.   He comes with Oden’s Torso.

Not a bad figure, but I really would have liked a movie figure to go with all of the other movie figures.

I couldn’t find anything that tells about Hawkeye’s metal arm.  I mean, it belongs to Bucky with a purple paint job, and was in the comics for a moment, but not much out there on the arm.Thor with his hammer, sword, and his dad’s leg.

This is a MASSIVE figure.  he is so over sized for the rest of the figures.  He stands a head taller than the rest, and that just seems a little silly.  His outfit overall is fantastic.  The details on his hammer and sword are amazing.  I kind of looks like he laid the smackdown on He-Man and stole his sword.

Ms. Marvel:

Ah yes, the beautiful Carol Danvers.  I have been a fan of her’s for many years.  She is one tough lady.   She comes with her regular head and masked version with mohawk.  She comes with King Thor”s head, cape and axe.

She looks great with her mussed hair.  Fantastic look for her.   Her current outfit is reminiscent of her original outfit, but with a lot less skin showing.  I do love the New Avengers look of the black suit with gold lightning too, but this one suits Captain Marvel.

I didn’t know how much I would like the mohawk look, but it makes her look bad ass!  Go get ’em girl!

Scarlet Witch:

Red beauty.  She looks so much better than the earlier version of herself in the Legends line.  She comes with her magic circles as well as Oden’s head, cape, and staff.

She has some tiny little feet and skinny legs. I wish they were a little more substantial.  It makes her a bit hard to pose… especially with the heavy cape.  At least the cape helps her stand.

She looks great using her powers.  Easy to put on and off.  They really stand out in that bright pink color.

Oden:

Something unique this time around is the decision where you can either make Oden, or King Thor.  I went with Oden since he uses the tall staff, and his head sculpt is amazing.   I love the helmet.

The team all together.  This time around they are all good guys.  Not so in the future waves. 6 guys and 2 women in the wave are pretty good stats.  There are a lot more women coming up in future waves too.

 

This is the first 8 figures of the massive photo shoot come back next time as we take a look at the Hobgoblin Series.  Good guys, bad guys, and pizza!  Gotta love it!


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