Monthly Archives: September 2015

Marvel Legends – Rhino Series – Scarlet Spider

Here we are, nearly to the end of the Rhino Series.  They are all in hand, all unpacked, and all of the BAF parts are together.   We are looking at one of my favorite’s tonight, Scarlet Spider.

A character that started life as a clone in 1975, he gained his notoriety in 1994 when he donned the red suit with blue hoodie and went by Scarlet Spider. I remember him so well from back in that time. I was immersed in the world of Peter Parker, and was really loving the Clone Saga. Later, Ben Reilly took up the mantle of Spider-Man for a time with another great Spider-Man outfit redeco. It would be great to get that version at some point in the future. If we keep going at this rate, we will probably get every iteration of Spider-Man ever seen on a comic page.

As for the figure, he is just what you would expect from a Spider-Man. Very flexible with all of the right joints. His outfit is a bit more dynamic than the standard Spider-Man outfit. He has the web shooters on his wrists, a belt, both ankle pouches, and of course the hoodie with ties and all. All of that and three sets of hands too boot. A nice haul in a Spider-Man based Rhino Series.

Up next, we will get to the big guy himself, Rhino. Oh what fun we have had with this wave, and the BAF is big and bad, and creates a whole lot of carnage… next time.

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Marvel Legends – Rhino Series – White Tiger

I did not expect much from White Tiger. Really, she was a means to an end…and that end was Rhino. I needed the torso, and it was either going to be White Tiger or Misty Knight, and I happened to find White Tiger first.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by her. She is super well articulated, and she really holds her pose. I was really happy with how photogenic she is, for being a mostly white figure.

She has such great articulation.  The double joint in her knees allows for a great squatting position.  I was a bit worried about her arm movement since she only has one joint in her elbow, but she really has good movement there too.

Of course, what I really like about her is her interaction with the other figures.   I mean, she is not being very nice to Chameleon here, but he did pull the gun first.

This is a scene I made for Articulated Comic Book Art. After I did the shot of White Tiger putting Chameleon in a figure four leglock, I wanted to see how well she would do wrapped around his neck. They actually stood on their own, and the idea of the shot was born.
WIth her great articulation, it was so easy to pose her any way I wanted, and naturally if I was going to have her take down Chameleon, I would imagine Kraven being somewhere near by.


Power Rangers Dino Charge – Ptera Charge Megazord

Lots of bright beautiful art.  He comes with his gold charger (clear #6), his head, 2 cannons, as well as a funny plate that covers the hole in his chest.  A strange addition to be sure, since it is removed and the Pteranodon’s head is attached there.   Of course the box would have been 3 inches deeper if they had put the head on for release, and that would have been ridiculous.

When he is in Pteranodon form, he has quite a wingspan.  Basically the length of the shoulders and double the length of his arms.  The body is a bit on the square bulky side.

The head covers the Dino Charger slot.  The top of the head pivots up, and the jaw drops down.

The charger sliding into place allows double cannons to be flipped forward for extra firepower.

Ptera Charge Megazord’s head is very intricately decorated.  There is mostly gold and silver with touches of blue.  It is quite a good looking helmet.

Standing in robot mode, he has slender legs with sharp toes.  He looks great as a Megazord.

Insert the charger, and the cannons flip forward for firepower in Megazord mode.

The guns that are attached to his shoulders can be removed and used as pistols.
The helmet slides closed from the sides to protect his face when he changes to Pteranodon.

Ptera Charge Megazord stands almost as tall as Megazord all on his own, withouth the addition of extra Zords.  To Dino Charge Megazord’s credit, all of his height is from T-Rex Zord alone.  He needs help from others for arms.

Dino Charge Megazord: Tri-Stego-Ptera Formation:   The formation of the two Megazords is quite a thing to behold.  This new Zord looks to be tough and flight capable.

MegaZord’s hat is taken off, and the Pteranodon’s head is used as a hat instead.

That is quite a backpack.  And the T-Rex tail is definitely needed to keep this guy standing.

Ptera Charge Megazord: Stego-Tricera Formation: Not really a sanctioned formation as of yet, but I wasn’t prepared for the Para-Raptor Formation.  As in, I didn’t know what the actual formation was until I looked it up on RangerWiki.  That and the box back uses the future Zords that have yet to be released.

The playability alone of these is so amazing and fun.   With a second Megazord, there are so many more possibilities.  There are enough arms out now that both Megazords can have a pair, with more on the way.  We are going to be crawling in extra parts in the very near future, with some fun new arms that will be more playable than the pairs out now.  I was just getting to the point of being bored with waiting, and then they came out with the next big thing along with some of the new Power Rangers and a whole slew of bad guys.  This looks like the largest number of bad guys released in any iteration of the show.


Marvel Legends – Rhino Series – Chameleon

You know this one is special right off the bat when you see so many heads in the box.   Not to mention three guns, and a giant Rhino arm.

What better way to show off my new gun crates than to do it with Chameleon and his multitude of weaponry.   The comes with a more modern looking gun with matching bullet canister.  He also comes with a much more classic looking tommy gun.  Finally he has a hand gun that has a bit of a futuristic look to it.The canister does not stay in place very well when inserted into the gun, but it makes for a nice display piece when it is taken apart.

What do you do with a tommy gun?  Why you take on the persona of Hammerhead of course!

Get that tommy gun warmed up, cuz this guy needs some bank robbin’ see?

Oh yes.  If you are going to have a Spider-Man wave, you should eventually bring in JJJ.  His yelling face is classic.  A good cover for Chameleon to take on as he works his way closer to beating Spider-Man.

The great thing with the Chameleon being able to change faces, you have the potential of having many different characters for your shelf, or scene.  Who wouldn’t want a JJ figure yelling at Spider-Man?  I wonder how many Chameleon doubles will be bought by people so they can have all three figures.

“Finally we are back together again!”

I think Chameleon is another fantastic figure for the line.  He looks very different dressed in a suit from the other figures in the wave.   He has great playability with three heads and three guns.  He is going to be a whole lot of fun to play with here in the future.


Marvel Legends – Rhino Series – Ghost Rider

Not much going on with extras for Ghost Rider. He comes with Rhino’s leg, and that is it.  But really, what would he have come with?  A plastic chain that looks silly?  Probably.   I think it will be much better to go on a hunt for some real chain in the right scale.  Challenge accepted.

Ghost Rider’s sculpt is one of the best I have ever seen. he is wearing his black leather riding suit. It is hard to make a single color look interesting, but Hasbro has pulled it off here. There is just a bit of white around the chest and neck, but the rest is matte and gloss black.
The creases and folds in the fabric are fantastic. His boots have thicker toes than most feet we see in the MU, but this is totally what Ghost Rider needed.

Along with a phenomenal body, Ghost Rider also has an amazing head sculpt.  His skull is white-ish.  Then he has clear red/orange flames added on top of it.   His eyes have the amazing glow.  It didn’t stop with the head.  His neck has sculpted vertebrae, and there are flames coming up from around his neck.

Then there is the mouth.  He would have looked good with a standard mouth.  But they went the extra mile and gave him a jaw joint.  When was the last time we saw a Marvel Legends figure with a moving mouth? This is a great addition.

This is a fantastically done Ghost Rider.  He looks great, and holds his own against other figures in this series, as well as with figures from other series.  He will be made better and more playable when I find some chain that he can use to take down his foes.

 


Marvel Legends – Rhino Series – Superior Venom

He is a good looking guy. From far back, the webbing around the face takes away from the overall appearance of Venom. The great thing about the original Venom was the all black design. This gets a little muddled from far back.
He comes with four arms hanging off the back. They go into specific ports on the back. Two shorter arms coming over the top, and two longer arms hanging down.

This is Doc Ock, but not the fat Doc we remember from the past.  He is a much more svelte version of himself.

“What do you say, Kraven? You wanna take a shot at taking down THIS spider?”

Kraven originally wanted a Spider for his wall.  Will he even try to take on this one?

“Maybe I will just choke the life out of you, and then eat you!!!”

Overall I like this Venom.   He looks good in his black wares.  He has extra arms that are creepy.  I am not too big on the webs up top, but they are comic accurate.  And I am not too sure about his feet.   I don’t generally like my heroes, or anti-heroes in bare feet.  It just looks dangerous.


Marvel Legends – Kraven the Hunter (Rhino Series)

I just recently got out the Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2.  And wouldn’t you know it, right there in The Amazing Spider-Man #15 is the first appearance of Kraven the Hunter.  Always one that is up for a good hunt, Kraven heads to New York to take down none other than Spider-Man himself.  Well, since we are some 700 issues later, I am sure it is not a spoiler to say that Spider-Man bested Kraven, and not for the last time.  He also teams up with Chameleon, which is pretty great since they share this wave together.

Since this wave features the Scarlet Spider, rather than a regular Spider-Man, I went to the shelf to get out my First Appearance Spider-Man from way back in 2005, when the Marvel Legends were being made by Toy Biz.   It seemed rather fitting to have Kraven be up against the early costume.

“I’m coming for you little spider.”

Kraven looks amazing in his consistently over-the-top hunting outfit.  He comes with his spear, and he really doesn’t need anything else.  A net would have been nice.

“Where could that Spider-Man have gotten to?”

He has all of the great articulation that we know and love from this line.

“You lookin’ for me, Kraven?”

There are so many details on his clothing that really help him to stand out on the shelf.  The vest is rubber, and didn’t really interfere with any of the articulation.  It helps that it is open in the front.  The skulls on his knees have some of the best details on his entire body, and that is saying a lot.  He is covered in details.

“Watch were you point that thing, Kraven! You will shoot your eye out!”

Where do you think Kraven would have mounted Spider-Man if he had bested him way back in 1964?  Head on the wall?

“Lucky those boxes were there to break your fall.”

You can bring all of the tools you want to a fight, but it will be hard to beat the natural talent of Spider-Man.  Kraven was a fantastic first figure to open in this new Rhino Series of figures.  He is not heavy in the accessories, but he has that great look about him.  All of his lines are crisp and clean.  There was a little bleeding around the forehead from the black hair, but easily overlooked when all else was done so well.

I had to post a second shot of Spider-Man here.  Getting him to balance on that post was some amazing feat.  The post is not wide enough for one foot, and I was able to get him to stand there free-form.  I didn’t want to have to mount him there somehow.


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