Monthly Archives: October 2016

Apeface – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Ape face is part of Wave 2 of the Titan Master Class figures, along with Brawn and Clobber. I found Brawn, but Clobber was nowhere to be found. It looked like they packaged a part of wave 2 with a return set of wave 1. So, we will wait and see what happens there. Now we are getting ever closer to the holiday season, and weird things happen on the toy aisle.

Anyway, let’s take a look at this duo. This one feels more like a team than most of the other Titan Master sets. Apeface comes with a gorilla looking figure with wings. Flying monkey anyone? The vehicle is based on the G1 Apeface that was a triple changer of an ape, jet and robot. The Titan Master retained the name of the robot, while the original Headmaster, Spasma is lost to time.

Apeface can of course ride this flying gorilla. It reminds me of Hiro riding Baymax in Big Hero 6. The “vehicle” is well done for a little Titan Master vehicle. It has moving arms that swing forward and back. The back “legs” and the front arms have sweet spots where all four legs touch the ground at the same time and give the forward-leaning ape suggestion. The ape has a great expression on it’s face. It appears to have very sharp teeth.

As a triple changer, the vehicle becomes a jet. Not a big surprise, as the ape had wings and all. The jet is a fun little thing. It is a solid design. The red from the ape’s visor carries over to the nosecone of the jet. Apeface slides down inside the top of the jet and becomes a part of it.

And then the third transformation of the vehicle is the requisite gun. Basically jet mode with the wings flipped forward. That puts the jets facing the front, and they becomes double barrels for the gun. Not too shabby.

The fun isn’t over yet, as Apeface becomes a head. This is one mean looking guy. Hasbro made an improvement over the original head of Apeface, that was Spasma. He looks a lot more menacing. Not what I would expect from a figure named “Apeface.”

This is a great start to the second wave of Titan Masters. Get ready for our next guest, Brawn. There is some strange stuff going on over there with that G1 favorite character. Just wait and see.

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Paralon and Scorponok – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Two peas in a pod. Or two scorpions in a cyclone. Does two make a cyclone?

The new Robots in Disguise figures started to hit the shelves, and the first thing I noticed were the overlapping figures from the standard Warriors line, and the Warriors from the Clash of the Transformers line.

First off we have Paralon and Scorponok. Scorponok is the standard figure, while Paralon is the Toys R Us Exclusive figure in the Clash of the Transformers line.

They come out of the box in robot mode, as most all Transformers do. Since they are exactly the same, with the exception of color and head sculpt, it would be good to look at the two together.  The details on the two are really well done. They have a lot of articulation, with some special insect like legs that have two knees to give that backwards leg bend. As with nearly all Robots in Disguise figures, it would have been really nice to have wrist twist, but that does not seem like it is going to happen.  These two have a really cool tail with lots of articulation just in the tail. There is a port that allows the sword to be wielded back there too.

When we transform them into scorpion mode, we hit a bit of a snag. The pinchers really fall short, and that is a big part of what makes these guys who they are. Their giant shoulders come loose and move down over their “hands.” The claws are supposed to close to make pods. The mechanism that is supposed to hold the pods closed does not hold tight, and the whole claw falls open. I noticed it was worse on Paralon.

Other than the big problem with the claws, the rest of the figure is great.

The transformation is a lot of fun, with the legs folding up under the body, the head being hidden inside the torso with a scorpion head coming out with moving jaw. The tail goes up in the back and has a lot of movement. You can attach the sword, or not. There is a fully detailed stinger on the tip of the tail to go for a more show accurate look.

I was really excited to get Scorponok, as I have been a fan since way back in Beast Wars. I have a bit of a problem telling the two apart since I remember Scorponok being purple with the red visor.  In the Robots in Disguise show, they went with the yellow/orange color.  I think they already had a few purple guys, so they needed to mix it up a little.  I can see that.  I am pretty sure I will keep referring to Paralon as Scorponok for a long time to come. They are really great in robot mode. They would be great in beast mode, if they didn’t have that problem with the claws. So close.  I will probably always have them in robot mode, so it is not all that bad, but if they are going to come up with a new gimmick for transformation, it would be good to make sure it works.


Juggernaut – BAF – Juggernaut Series

And we close out this series with a big ol’ bad guy. The one and only Juggernaut, also known as Cain Marko. He is the original unstoppable force, and he is a big guy.

Juggernaut has some pretty good sculpting on his body. Most of it is just muscle, but there are some veins in his arms. His boots are really well done. The most detail went into his face and helmet. You would expect for a guy who goes into battle head-first, he would have a pretty banged up helmet. And he does. The real shining light is the face sculpt that is hidden under the helmet. We get a fair amount of the face, showing through the holes. It is so well done, down to a chipped tooth.

Compared to the rest of the figures, he is a head and shoulders taller, and twice as wide. These are my favorite BAF figures. We get the bigger than life guys that cannot be sold as individual figures. They work so well, and end up being so much fun.  They tend to have a little less articulation than the other figures, but real big guys tend to be a little less flexible than the average guy too. So nothing lost.

This was a mixed bag of a series, with some of the best figures we have seen, and a few that are less than desirable. But once they are put together for the final team picture, there is no doubt that this is a great team.


Deadpool – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Deadpool. One crazy guy, that made a huge splash outside of the comic world with a movie that was a huge success. People in the know have loved Deadpool for years. For me, he was in and out of comics that I read. I knew who he was. I knew he had a loud mouth and great jokes that could rival Spider-Man. It wasn’t until more recently that I started to get the collected volumes to really delve into the character. And boy does this not disappoint.

Now we have the figure. Part of the X-Men series, since he wants to be an X-Men over almost anything else. What do we get with this figure? First and foremost, we get a fantastic figure. We get some nice new body parts. The forearms and the shins are both covered in armor. He has a great head sculpt that gives a wonderful expression. And he comes with a few costume accessories that really add to the outfit, including the belt, shoulder holster for his katana blades, and leg holster for his gun. So, with such a great figure, how can we top that? Add in more accessories than I have ever seen come with one figure, and more than some waves have had over all of the figures combined. Let’s take a look at what we get.

First off, a knife. I am sure if Deadpool is using a knife, he is out of options… like cutting off his own hand to get away. There is a sheath along the outside of his left leg to keep it nice and close by.

Next up is a pair of guns. They look like they are Desert Eagles. A little small if they are, but fairly well done. They both have a holster, one on the hip, and one on the thigh. Yay for storage for your guns!!!!

Next up, the pair of Katana blades. Can’t be Deadpool with out going into a gun fight wielding a pair of swords. They look great. They were nice and straight out of the box, and fit nicely into the sheaths running down his back.

Then we get a little crazy. A rocket launcher with punching fist. This is the same rocket launcher we got with The Punisher, but without the boxing glove. Thankfully, if you want a more serious tone, the boxing glove is removable. The rocket launcher pegs into the hole in his back.

We get a couple of extra weapons. One is a repaint of the shotgun that came with The Punisher. This time around, it is a much better silver color. The other gun is a futuristic rifle. It makes me think of the Kree storyline where Deadpool was pretending to work with them while he was actually working on destroying them.  These guns are extra, and do not have a place to be stored on Deadpool.  I am thinking some straps need to be added, because Deadpool needs to go into battle with every weapon that is not tied down.

Finally we get an alternate head. We need an unmasked head, because how else is he going to eat that taco he also comes with? The head looks horribly great. He is no doubt a burn victim of some sort. The smile is well done, and shows he cannot be kept down by that ugly face.

This figure is great. No wonder it took me so long to get my hands on. Everyone and their brother wanted this figure. It was an additional figure to the wave, so it did not come with a BAF part. Instead they filled every part of the box with some kind of death instrument. What fun!!!


Rogue – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

As I continue on the back half of the Juggernaut Series, we come to one of the most anticipated figures in this series, Rogue.

She is decked out in her classic green and yellow outfit with the brown leather flight jacket. She looks like her 90’s amazingness, from the well designed outfit, to the fantastically big and poofy hair.

Earlier we looked at Phoenix, and she suffered from a giant, heavy blob of hair. Hasbro went a different way with Rogue, and actually sculpted a fantastic head of hair. Not only does it look great, but it is also fairly light. So, it shows Hasbro can do big hair well, they just didn’t do it with poor Jean. There was a lot of talk before Rogue came out, so I am sure this is one of the figures they really didn’t want to mess up.

Her outfit looks so good. The green is shiny and metallic. The yellow is flawlessly painted. She is wearing her iconic short gloves and long boots. Her boots are a little bit of a wild card. There are two added parts, the top of the boots on her thigh, and the green piping around the bottom of her knee. These two pieces are loose, and do not always stay in place. They can probably be glued into place, as they do not hinder the double knee joint. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

She comes with one accessory. It is her bare hand. We have seen this open hand a number of times on lots of ladies, but this time it just works very well. She has been know to take off her glove to steal powers, so that is a great add to the figure.

Overall, this is an outstanding figure. She looks great. They picked the right costume to use. She has a great body buck that allows for great posing. I don’t know of anything I would change on this figure. She is very well done.


Wolverine – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Over the years we have had lots and lots of Wolverines. This guy has always been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and he has been a part of every team conceivable. Of course, none of them more so than with the X-Men.

This time around we get Wolverine in his brown and yellow outfit. It has been referred to as his gaijin costume, since he wore it during his time in Japan in the comics. Hasbro really went out of their way this time around to really give the team a unique look. They could have gone with outfits that had them all matching in their yellow and blue, but that would have been a lot of the same. Some people don’t like this outfit and color scheme, but when was initially introduced to Wolverine, he was still running around in this outfit.

The sculpt looks great. He is a bit shorter than the other characters in the line, just he way he should be.

One of the best parts of the sculpt is the change in the shoulders. He has more movement in his shoulders than we find with Spider-Man. That allows for some pretty dynamic posing for him. You can get some fairly accurate comic poses.

Since it is Wolverine, you have to have claws that come out of the hands. In the past, they have used one sculpt pieces with hands and claws together, and what we get are wavy rubbery claws that do not stay straight. What Hasbro did this time was make hands with holes, and then add harder plastic claws later. It works to great effect. Not only that, but you get more posing options for Wolvie, with choices on how many claws he has out.

He comes with “accessories” of an extra set of hands. Unfortunately they are more fists, this time with no claw holes. I think the claw holes are small enough that they did not need to include a second set of fists. I would like to have seen open hands with the claw holes, so you can mix and match for even more dynamics.

I love Wolverine. Always have, always will, so this was a natural choice for me. I would have picked him up, even if it was the extra figure in the wave. He looks great, he is a lot of fun to play with, and he is a quintessential character in the X-Men universe, so he is definitely a must-have.


Phoenix – Marvel Legends – Juggernaut Series

Oof, this figure is rough. I was not expecting her to be good, but she is pretty weak.  The paint is the best thing she has going for her.  The phoenix emblem is well done, and there is a good contrast between the green and gold.  It gets really sloppy around the hair, spilling onto her skin.  It is really clear the hair is just placed on her head, and is not a part of the sculpt.

This funky pose was all I could do to get her to stand on her own.

This funky pose was all I could do to get her to stand on her own.

She is on the terrible skinny woman body. I HATE the skinny body. It has tiny feet, and cannot stand worth a darn. On top of that, they gave Jean a mess of terrible hair that is a giant plastic blob. She is top heavy!! Come on! You can’t make a figure skinny and then make it top heavy. Not Cool!

She comes with no accessories, so other than the Juggernaut piece, I think Phoenix is pretty worthless. I am starting to like the previous figures I said I would skip, more and more. At least with the other figures, they could stand and pose. Not much we can do with this skinny one. Ugh!

Up next, we are moving onto the big guns, and they do NOT disappoint!!!


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