Monthly Archives: May 2017

Angela – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

It’s Angela, of Spawn fame. In that universe, she was an angel and bounty hunter. She and Spawn fought against one another and together a few times. In the real world Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman went to court over who was the rightful owner of this fantastic lady. Well, Neil Gaiman won the real world battle. He would later sell the rights to Marvel.

From there, Marvel created a backstory where Angela is actually a daughter of Odin, therefore a sister to Thor. She is known as Aldrif Odinsdottir, but that is a mouthful, so we’ll stick with Angela. In the Age of Ultron storyline, she met up with and was attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Welcome to your new universe. This is where the tie-in comes that allows us to feel okay with her being added to this wave of GotG Vol.2 figures.

Her body mold, and paint work are fantastic. She has a nice strong body. I am hoping we are continuing to move away from that skinny female body we saw for so long. Her hair is blowing in the wind, which is fantastic, and generally typical for how she is drawn.

She comes with two axes and a giant sword. The sword has a sheath that is on a belt around her waist. She has some added armor around her elbows. Those pieces tend to move around a lot, and don’t really stay in place. It is a similar problem we had back with Rogue and her boot tops. A very minor problem for a great figure.

Well, this is the first comic figure of the wave, and she is really well done. It is great to get a figure that has such a rich history, both in comics and the real world. I love that Hasbro spent the time and energy on making her, and getting her into our hands. It has been 4 years since her introduction into the Marvel Universe, so it is about time. There are plenty of others who have never seen the light of day in plastic form, but this one is out, and she is great!

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Drax – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

Hey, another Drax. Did we need another Drax? Um, not really. The first one was fine. This one is pretty much a copy with a new yelling head.

Drax comes with a rocket launcher this time around, and not a fancy space rocket launcher. It is a newer looking version that the model we saw that came with The Punisher and Deadpool (who used the same model). It looks a lot more like a ground to air defense missile launcher. Perfect in the hands of the big guy. Since this was not used in the movie, and Hasbro probably didn’t want to go to the cost of giving him a one-off weapon, I am guessing we will see this one show up again soon.
He also comes with the two thin blade knives we saw in the first figure, as well as the Guardians comic exclusive set.

Here is one of the pics of Star-Lord unmasked I promised y’all.

Comparing the two Draxes, it is the same, save for the color of his pants. The color of their skin is different too. So unfortunately if you like one color of pants over the other, you are stuck with the heads attached to the body they came on.

This is a fine figure. It was good the first time around, but a bit stale the second. You definitely need the figure to get all of the BAF parts, but at least I am on my way to three complete sets of Guardians. HAHA!!!

Next up, we will visit the comic world for a few figures and see how those new figures stack up to the movie figures.


Star-Lord – Marvel Legends (Titus Wave) (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2)

Wave 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 has been out for a while, just in time for the movie to come out. I personally loved the movie, and I am happy to have this new version of Star-Lord, Peter Quill.   I started with Nova a ways back, and you can catch the review here.

He is similar to the original version that came out in that he has a head, masked head, and 2 guns. This time around his outfit is different. It is not better or worse, it is just different. Hasbro has really done a great job with the movie figures since they started adding them to the Marvel Legends line. This figure is no different.

He is actually a bit of an improvement around the head. The new mask has better details and more paint. Even on the back. And the face is great. How did I spend 2 hours in the freaking sun taking pictures and not get any of Peter’s face? GAH!!! Actually I know why. In the initial photo shoot I did with him, I was on the beach up in Northern California. The weather was awesome and I was having a great time. Until I got attacked by a pack of dogs. Running around and sniffing my stuff. I had to pack it in. I only got a few shots that day, and then when I did my second photo shoot, I forgot to get the head out. Live and learn. I actually have one of him unmasked that I will include with the whole team when this is all said and done.

I am happy with Peter. This is the start of a really nice wave, and best yet, it is two waves this time around, so we get more characters. Yay! More to come…


Decepticon Rumble – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Legends Class)

Here I was, sitting down at the computer (way too early in the morning), and I saw a folder marked “Rumble”. My poor friend Rumble got lost in the shuffle of new pictures, and he was waiting so patiently to be seen by masses in all of his gold, red, and black glory.

Rumble is a repaint of Rewind, that we saw in wave 1 of the Legends Class of Titans Return. As with the rest of the repaints in Titans Return, we get a new head sculpt to go along with the paint, which goes a long way to sell the illusion that this is a different character.

Since we are giving nearly everyone the triple changer love in Titan’s Return, Rumble gets an alternate mode of a tiny little tank. I am sure that this little guy would not do a whole lot of damage against some larger foes. He is decked out in his famous red/gold color scheme, and looks pretty true to the G1 version, though he does not have his big ground pounders that he loved to use to cause earthquakes, thus the name Rumble. Now it is more for the sounds of his treads moving over the earth.

Rumble becomes a tablet that can be used with Leader Class Soundwave.

He shares a body with Rewind. The stickers give Rewind a look of being an old-school recording device with a tape in the deck ready to record. Rumble on the other hand looks to have a working screen. True to his G1 counterpart, he has seismic readings on his screen. A very nice (tiny) touch.

I do like how much a change of paint apps as well as a new head go to change the look of a figure to make two completely different characters.

We have had some amazing Legends Class figures coming out in the Titans Return line. Hasbro has done a great job of making the figures size accurate with smaller figures like these tablets as well as other small figures like Bumblebee and Wheelie being featured in this great smaller scale. Hasbro still gave these little guys some good articulation as well, not like the fairly poor articulation we have seen in the Legion Class (not Titans Return). There are a few more Legends Class figures coming out in this series, and I am looking forward to them.


Autobot Ptero – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

 

Hey look, it’s a tiny version of Swoop… I mean Ptero. Red body with silver arms and legs, yup, it’s Swoop alright. The details are all there in robot mode too. From the head sculpt to the chest that is the head of Swoop’s pterodactyl head. He has really good detailing, and a new unique look from the other Titan Masters.

Of course, you cannot be called Ptero, and not have a vehicle that is a Pterodactyl, or more specifically a Pteranodon. The first mode is of course that of the famous flying dinosaur. Ptero folds up and becomes the body of the flying lizard. The head is very Swoop-like, with the red horn.

From there, there is the transformation into the jet. The Pteranodon flipped upside down, fold in the head, and flip up the wings. Ptero gets a place to sit upright.

Finally, there is the weapon mode. The vehicle becomes a bow, a crossbow, or powerbow. Whatever it is, it is a good weapon. We do not get a lot of Transformers running around shooting bows.

Then there is Ptero’s alternate mode. As with all of the Titan Masters, he turns into a head. The head is very Swoop-like. He has a slender, silver face, which we see in nearly all of the versions of him. Hasbro went with the G1 coloring of the black helmet. He has the telltale rectangle on his forehead, but he is missing the giant horn off the back, since that was a part of the Pteranodon’s body.

This is another really good Titan Master. I really like the unique vehicle, and the weapon it becomes. This wave was pretty fun, with a shield and a bow. Now we need one to turn into a sword.


Majorette 3 and 5 pack found at Marshalls

Here I was minding my own business. I went into Marshall’s for a look around for some action figures or something of the sort. And then I saw these boxes.

I have been watching a bunch of the British guys on here talking about the Majorette cars. I have not had really seen them around a whole lot. That is probably because my brain was wired to look for Hot Wheels and Matchbox. Well, yesterday my brain zeroed in on that very fine Majorette logo, and I found 8 cars to quickly add to my collection. There were 2 packs, a 3 pack and a 5 pack. My eyes first found the black Golf GTI with the red and silver stripes. Then I saw the rest of the pack of 5 cars with their fairly unique look. An Audi A5 Coupe. That is not one common for the US brands, much less any Audis, except for the R8 which I have at least one if not two. A Porsche Cayenne? Nope, that is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. With a hatchback no less.

Then I saw the 3 pack with the Renault Twingo III, Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, and Jaguar F Type. I needed these to be added to my ever growing collection of diecast, and yes, my eyes are open to the world of Majorette. Something to keep my eyes open for. And more pictures when I have time to set them free. I can see the wheels on these are pretty great already.


Voltron Legendary Defenders

When the first season of Voltron came on Netflix, I knew my subscription rate was worth it. The show took me back to the days of eating bowls of cereal with Saturday morning cartoons. There was just something so special about the Japanese cartoons that made it over to the US. At the time, I was too young to know of Anime and Manga. There was not the culture in the US that there is today.

After the first few episodes, I was thinking that someone HAD to make some toys for this show. And then they did. Playmates was tasked with making the most anticipated toy of 2016. Unfortunately, Playmates was not in on the excitement of how much fans wanted the toys. Now there were two sets of lions that came out. A basic and a Legendary. The basic figures were just that. Basic. They had some gimmick that moved legs or shot a missile. But that was not what the fans wanted. What they wanted were the Legendary Lions. Five lions that combined into the 16 inch tall Voltron.

I initially found the Black, Yellow and Blue Lions. That was not enough to build Voltron, so I hung in there waiting for the rest They were under produced, so of course the secondary market exploded with price increases. Each lion going for double or triple the original price. Now I know Playmates. They are the makers of some popular brands like TMNT. They do listen to what is going on. So I was sure they were going to step up and release more lions. And they did. Phew!

The lions are fantastic. They look like they were pulled from the show. Black Lion is of course the biggest. It has articulated wings, opening mouth, and jointed legs. This is also the brains of the operation. The electronics and lights are in the body to allow all of the phrases and sound effects. It is amazing tech. It knows which Lion is being plugged in.

There is a hatch on the bottom that allows the driver (in a little ship), to come out. Each lion has a little ship that hides in the belly. All 5 are differently designed.

The rest of the lions have an attachable weapon system that is seen in the show. Green, Blue, and Red fire a missile, while Yellow fires a trio of discs.

Green and Red each came with a part of Voltron’s sword, which makes sense since they are the two arms, thus would be able to wield said sword. Both lions have spring mouths, with gaps in the sides of the mouth for them to hold the sword in both Lion and Voltron modes.

Voltron stands an impressive 16 inches tall, That is a very big robot, especially for being built from 5 figures. We do know of some other mechas that are multi-member teams too. We will look at them in a little bit. The Lions were so well engineered that they transform much the same way as they do in the show. In fact, I did not need to look at the directions, since after watching two seasons of the show, I pretty much have their transformations memorized.

The paint work on Voltron is amazing. His face is right on. He wears a great scowl, and looks ready for battle.

There is a lot of good articulation in Voltron. Now he is a combiner, and does have some limitations. When they get to be this big, we cannot pull off the same poses as we can with smaller figures. He does a good job holding his own.

Compared to some of the other brands multi-member teams, he is standing tall. Next to Devastator, Voltron is not that much smaller. And of course he has taken on entire armadas of enemies, so that would probably be an easy battle for Voltron to win. And next to the Legacy Megazord, he is WAY bigger. It is fun to have Voltron next to Megazord, since it was said that Megazord’s design was taken from Voltron.

 

I am so happy with this guy. It has been years in waiting for me to get this guy, from the initial hope that one will get made, to the Playmates mistake of under producing them. He looks great, and Voltron is a welcome addition to my ever growing robot collection.


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