Monthly Archives: June 2017

Vance Astro – Marvel Legends – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Titus Wave)

Look everybody, it’s Vance Astro. Who? You know, Vance Astro. *chirp chirp* Yes that is right, the guy that not many people have heard about. But he is important because he was a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy back in 1969. And that is pretty cool. His story though is riddled with bummers.

Starting with his entering the space program. He was sent on a mission to the Alpha Centauri system that would take 10 centuries, since his ship was not equipped with a faster-than-light engine. By the time he made it to his destination, the planet had already been visited by humans, since the faster engines were developed over the centuries. Sad, right?

From there, he creates the Guardians of the Galaxy, and jumps all over time changing history, and teaming up with teams like The Defenders, and the Avengers. He even meets himself, and convinces himself not to join the space program. It makes me think of the movies and TV shows where someone tries to explain how the timeline is interrupted by a character doing something at some point. And how this version of the character is from the future that does not exist any more.

One of the times he has to go in search of Captain America’s shield. Well, he found it, and we got it as a part of this set.

Major Victory is given to us in his standard suit. Basically the best choice so Hasbro can use the standard tall, muscular body and just paint it. It is nothing special, and a figure most people would probably skip if not for the BAF part for Titus.

What he does have going for him is the sculpt is killer, with all of the good detailing in the muscle, and good articulation.

As I mentioned before, he comes with Captain America’s shield. And that is it. Paint and a shield. The shield is standard, so it can clip on the wrist, or the clip can be folded back to reveal a post that can go in Vance’s back.

I can not go so far as to say this guy is totally worth it. The price is down on Amazon, so that helps, but this is not best figure we have seen. He is important to the Guardians, so that ups his cool points, but not by much.

 

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Tennessee State Trooper Volkswagen Beetle (Greenlight – Hot Pursuit)

When I saw this little Beetle sitting on the peg at Toys R Us, I knew it had to be in my collection. I love Beetles, but they are not the end all vehicle for me. What I love more, are unique vehicles. And to have a Tennessee State Trooper Beetle was too cool to pass up.

On further investigation (who wouldn’t want to know more about this car), the 1:1 version is known as the “Litter Bug.” They take it around to shows and parades and speak out about littering on the highways.

The original car was seized in a drug bust. What a great way to honor this Bug, by giving it a new life in the line of duty. There are other “new” Beetles being used by police forces, but it takes a classic Beetle to be something special.


Darkhawk – Marvel Legends (Titus Series)

Darkhawk just screams “Early 1990s!” I remember when Darkhawk came out. I even have a cover with a red foil cover. He seems to be a funny choice to be put in with the Guardians. I could not find any place that says he was affiliated with the Guardians, much less interacted with any of the characters in this line, including the other comic figures and the BAF of Titus.

So, he is not a good match for this set, but he is a good figure nonetheless. He comes with wings on each arm. They had to separate the wings at the elbows, so he can actually bend his arms. That is a needed articulation point.

He has all of the standard motion we have come to expect from the Legends line.

He is a unique looking figure, and a nice nod to the figures of the 90s. And a fun figure to add to the outer space figures.


Overboard – Transformers Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Oh look, it’s that vehicle set…again. First we had Clobber and Crashbash, and now Overboard. This little T-Rex/dragon vehicle has used up it’s usefulness. Three versions of the same vehicle. I am done with it.

Originally known as Overkill, renamed to Overboard (probably because ‘kill’ was in his name), was a Mini-Cassette back in 1987. Thankfully they kept the color scheme. This guy was released 3 times, once as a cassette, and twice as repaints of Classics Grimlock. He always kept a blue and grey color scheme.

He becomes a T-Rex. Bla-bla-bla. Same as we have seen twice before. No nose horn like his G1 version.

He also becomes a terrible looking dragon. Bla-bla-bla.

And he becomes the same oddly shaped gun we have seen through two iterations.

But now, here is the head sculpt. Wait a minute. That is Crashbash’s head repainted. Gah!!! Not even the Titan Master head is different. I actually really like the blue helmet with white face a whole lot. It can go with a lot more figures than the hot pink of Crashbash.

Unless you are a completist, you can probably skip this guy. Unless you want another well colored Decepticon head. Overboard is definitely the weak point of this wave, with some really great figures. Ah well, can’t win them all.


Yandu – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) (Titus Series)

Yandu did not make it into the series for the first movie. There were a lot of people that were unhappy that the Marvel Legends for the first movie was just the Guardians, when there were so many great figures that needed to be made. Well, this time around, we are getting them. There are many secondary characters from the first movie that stole scenes, and made bigger impact in Volume 2.

Yandu is one of those characters. He is really the catalyst that made the Guardians a reality, since he stole little Peter Quill and used him for his own gains. In this movie he has a stronger link to Rocket, and allows Rocket to come to peace with his life and his role in the larger universe.

The figure is just what we wanted it to be. His ugly mug has a nasty smile that lets us know that he knows something we don’t. He is in his Ravagers duster and dark colors. The colors really bring out the blue of his skin, much like it did in the movies.

If you so desire, Yandu’s coat is removable. You can see all of the really nice detailing that went into the clothes.

He comes with two heads. The first has his red electronic bar on his head that controls his Yaka Arrow. Later in the movie (No Spoilers) he relies on a different fin to control his arrow. This one is on the second head that he comes with. It is a nod to the comic version of Yondu that does have a large red fin on his head.

Yandu comes with one weapon, his Yaka Arrow. Now in the first movie he used it, and we could see it was powerful. But in Volume 2, we saw JUST how powerful it really is, and that arrow is dangerous. The arrow comes with a wisp of power streaking out behind it. The power is pretty short, and does not stay in place very well. I would love to have had a second arrow to fit into his sheath on his hip. You can either have the arrow flying or it is missing. I will probably go and make my own. An arrow will not be all that hard, just small.

I really like Yandu in this scale. He is a good looking figure, and a much needed addition to the Guardians. I am glad we are getting two waves of Guardians for this movie, and we get to see a wider range of characters represented.


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