Monthly Archives: June 2016

Venom – Marvel Legends – Absorbing Man Series

Venom is one bad dude. The original symbiote. He looks like he has taken over the muscle bound Eddie Brock in this form. He comes with a pair of heads that give him different looks.  I love the smiley face head. I think Venom is way creepier with the sharp-toothed smile.

In the other version, he has his tongue out and slime is dripping out of his mouth. Can’t go wrong here either.

I think this is the most successful of the symbiote characters that we have seen lately (not including the Ben Reilly version which is a different level of cool). He looks very proportional, unlike the others we have seen that are a bit off. Sometimes simpler is better, and this is one of those cases.

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SafariGaOh from Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Movie – Galaxy Line SOS

SafariGaOh is from Ressha Sentai ToQger: The Movie – Galaxy Line SOS. Basically a repaint of ToQ-Oh with new lion parts added.

The biggest change is with the redesign of Red Ressha inot Lion Ressha. Lion Ressha is still a steam locomotive, but this time around with a lion head at the front, and some added details down the sides.  It comes with a redesigned Fumikiriken, this time taking on the appearance of a lion tail, as opposed to a railroad crossing arm. It also comes with a lion mane, two claws for the front hands, and a large white piece that allows the back legs to be angled down to the ground for a four legged stance.

Eagle Ressha is a repaint of the long Shinkansen of Blue Ressha. This time around it is primarily orange and white.

Wildcat Ressha is a bit of a change. It is pink like the Pink Ressha, but it is powered by ToQ 3gou (yellow). The Pink and Yellow ToQgers have to switch sides in SafariGaOh since of course the arms cannot be on the opposite sides.

Aligator Ressha gets to keep the green color of Green Ressha, one of only two that retain their colors.

Panda Ressha is a black and white version of Yellow Ressha. In the movie, the ToQgers take on new forms when they use the Ressha in their ToQ Changers. It was a natural fit to switch Yellow and Pink for this formation because the attitude of Yellow is more fitting for a Wildcat, while Pink was much more suited for a Panda. Why they didn’t just recolor their own Ressha, I will never know, but it was done, and that is that.

The formation into SafariGaOh is the same as ToQ-Oh with the exception of adding the piece to the back for the hind legs. The lion mode of SafariGaOh is really good looking. The colors are much more subtle than ToQ-Oh, since most of the trains are white and then additionally colored.

There is quite a bit of movement in the forearms, allowing for some additional posing.

SafariGaOh has a robot mode as well as the lion mode. In the movie, SafariGaOh takes on the robot mode for a mere two or three seconds, just enough time to work with ToQ-Oh to attack with the ToQ Safari Double Kick! to destroy the enemy.

When the two Mecha are standing side by side, there looks to be a height advantage for SafariGaOh, since he additional hip accessory becomes a part of the neck area. This gives SafariGaOh just a slight advantage in height.

I did not know quite what to expect when I got this set. I knew it was going to be ToQ-Oh repainted, with some additional accessories. The new front engine, and the accessories really make this guy his own Mecha. Having him in Lion mode really stands out from the other figures in the line, since they are fairly flat figures.

This is the end for my Ressha Sentai ToQger collection, unless I am able to find a few of the missing support Ressha for a good deal at some time in the future. I am certainly not done with Super Sentai yet. ToQger has only fueled the fire of the Japanese versions of the toys, and I have already started to amass a new army, that I will hopefully be debuting after a cross-country vacation, where I am going to be taking my camera and new toys and hopefully finding some epic locals for some great photo shoots.


Spider-Gwen – Marvel Legends Absorbing Man Series

Spider-Gwen, alternate reality Gwen Stacy. Can’t go wrong with having one of the current favorite characters hitting the Marvel Legends line.

It was a pretty natural choice to make. We have already seen two Spider-Girls using this body, so it is not a surprise to see it once again.  This is not my favorite body. It is fairly thin, and that means we see a lot less articulation than we do with other, larger figures. Even the recent Mockingbird was big enough for full Marvel Legends articulation.

We see a pair of new heads this time around. Spider-Gwen’s mask is a nod to Spider-Man’s mask in the eyes, but with a pink spray around the eyes. It is definitely unique form all of the other Spider-People. She also has a hood that she can wear up. It allows for her head to move beneath, which is a nice touch.  Pop off the head, and you can change the hood to a down position. We also get an unmasked Gwen head, which is a must have. How many Spider-Men have we had without an unmasked version. We NEED a Peter Parker so Gwen and Peter can have a talk.

Gwen only comes with the hands that were on the body. For all of the hands we get with Spider-Man, we don’t see a lot of extras with the Spider-Women. It would have been nice to get alternate hands with this one. She has a fist and a web-shooting hand.

The BAF accessory she comes with is a wrecking ball for Absorbing Man. It is a plastic ball of junk. The chain is molded into place, and not in a good design. The ball is hollow, with a big fat seam running around it. I think this one is definitely going to need to be customized after I find the right thickness of chain to go with it.

Overall I like her. I don’t love this figure, mostly because of the small body with some poor articulation.She is definitely a must-have for Marvel Legends and Spider-Man fans. Anyone who doesn’t care about Gwen can skip her, since she does not have a necessary accessory for Absorbing Man.


Spider-Man Ben Reilly – Marvel Legends, Absorbing Man Wave

I’m your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man…clone.

You know this is going to be a good figure when he comes with 6 alternate hands and a head to make him a bad guy.

What is this feeling coming over me?

Ben Reilly has been a hero of mine since way back in the day when he was the Scarlet Spider. A lot of people poo-pooed the idea of a clone, but I always liked him. We got the Scarlet Spider version of him last year in the Rhino Series. We get to see him again in his updated costume. Of course we are still talking about the 1996 time frame.

Ah, I can’t take the pressure in my head!

Wha-, what is happening to me?

 

RaaaaahhHH!!! Much better!

Better than that, we get to change a few parts and have Ben taken over by Carnage. Now THAT is a good bad guy. We saw a Carnage two years back as a part of the Ultimate Hobgoblin Series. That Carnage was rather weak, and I skipped it because I found Toxin first (who had the same BAF head piece for Goblin). This is a way better way of showing Carnage.

Now face the wrath of Carnage!!!

 

Ben Reilly falls in line with the rest of the Spider-Man figures. It is only natural that they would use the same body as Spider-Man, since he is a clone, duh! He has all of the great articulation you want. Open hands, closed fists, and web-shooting hands. Either way you want him, Spider-Man or Carnage, you will not be disappointed.


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