Monthly Archives: July 2017

Falcon – Marvel Legends (Captain America: Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

I felt really lucky to find this Walmart exclusive version of Sam Wilson, Falcon. It was not easy to get. I HATE Walmart exclusives. I do not have many Walmarts around me, and they are terrible wastelands of no toys. Empty shelves and pegs galore. Usually I have better luck on road trips elsewhere.
This figure was no different.

This is Sam Wilson in his flight suit from Captain America: Civil War. He was awesome in the movie, with all of his great aerobatics and acrobatics when fighting.

The biggest problem I had with this figure was opening him after I already put Vulture’s wings together. There is no articulation in this set of wings, so it was a bit of a letdown. That being said, this is a good figure.

He has standard articulation. A bit less movement with the movie figures than the comic counterparts. Generally the clothing gets in the way.

Sam comes with the backpack in place. A closed up Redwing fits in the top of the backpack.

The wings attach with two posts (top and bottom). They do not stay very tightly in place, so that messes with the playability a bit.

He has grasping hands, ready to shoot someone, but he did not come with any weapons. He is all about cool guns, right after even cooler wings. He needs something.

In addition to the closed up version of Redwing, Sam also comes with a flying version. A nice addition.

Overall this is a good figure. It helps to fill out Cap’s team of Avengers. Up next, the other Walmart Exclusive…


Blurr – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

The Robots in Disguise line can be a bit hit and miss with the figures. Some are well done, while others seem rushed or cheapened in some way.

Blurr is on the high side of the line. He comes out of the box with a really good robot mode. He has really big shoulders that add to his Warrior Class height. The two-toned blue and white are a great combination.

I love that he is wearing a visor and a smirk. It is so subtle with just the corner curved up, but that is so Blurr.

The only backpack part he has is the canopy. Sometimes there are some major parts left behind on Transformers, but this one is not too bad. It is a fairly large section, but it is rounded, so it is not too bad. It also stops before it gets down to the knee, so there is some good articulation there. I actually prefer it staying as one section, as it plays a lot better in vehicle mode.

Speaking of vehicle mode, the transformation is super easy and straight forward, but the completed car does not look like it should have been so easy. The details are great. I imagine we could easily see this guy flying down the track at Le Mans.

His gun can be mounted in the ports on either side of the rear, just behind the back wheels, or on the roof. None of them are ideal, since the gun sticks out so far, and kind of looks silly, but it is better to be able to stick it somewhere, than it just floating around in the collection.

I was really surprised and happy with Blurr. I am a big fan of Blurr, and we have had a few versions recently. I really liked the 2010 version that was a repaint of Drift. Then more recently we got him again in the Titans Returns line in his Cybertron vehicle mode. This is a good version to add to the collection.


Tie Striker – Star Wars – Rogue One (3 3/4 scale)

The Tie Striker. There were a lot of new vessels introduced in Rogue One. One of them was this alternate version of the Tie Fighter. It is always an interesting gable to throw a new vehicle into a world that already has a long history. Why didn’t we see Tie Strikers and U-Wings during other movies. Well, they were created after the other movies, but take place before. Like the Death Troopers, you have to have a good story to go along with it. Basically the Galactic War takes place over an entire galaxy, and the places that have these vehicles were not visited… or something along those lines.  Over the years, Hasbro has come out with some amazing Tie Fighter variations. We have had Tie Bombers, Tie Fighters, Tie Interceptors, and the Tie X1. And now the Tie Striker.

This version comes with very long wings. It is nearly as long as Hasbro’s U-Wing, which is impressive on its own. There are 5 main parts to put together. The top part has an opening canopy. The bottom has the NERF cannon. Then there are two wings that are a bit tricky to get in place, but not too bad.

The Tie comes with a pilot. He is a very standard 5POA figure. He does come with an E-11 blaster.

Just like the First Order Tie Fighter, this one has a place in the canopy to hold the blaster. That way it is not bouncing around in there when the ship is flown around.

The wings are locked in the up position for landing. There is a bit of a forward slope to the wings while it is on the ground.

From the top the wing design is unique, but not too dissimilar from the standard Tie variation, so it still fits into the universe.

With a press of a button, the wings fall down into attack mode. Apparently this helps the fighter to fly faster.

From the front, you can see the increased fire power. Yes, there is a NERF cannon down there, but that is of no concern. What is interesting is the second set of cannons below the first. This fighter is ready for battle with 4 cannons instead of two.

From the back, you can see the button on top for dropping the wings. There are holders under the wings for up to 4 NERF darts. The fighter only comes with two.

Overall this is a great model of a Tie Striker. It is big and fun to swoop around. There is a lot of playability with the wings flapping up and down as the flyer sees fit. The NERF guns work well, and the darts fly far, for some added playability. To me, the NERF parts detract from the overall appeal of the toy. It isn’t too bad on this one, like the giant blob hanging off of Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing from the Rebels TV show. I am hoping for a passing phase on this as we get closer to the next Star Wars film coming out, which means the potential for some new vessels.


Vulture and Build-an-Accessory – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

Oh what fun. We start with the 7th figure of the wave, and give him wings to fly. I could not have asked for a better ending to the series than this.

We start with the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie version of Vulture. He is a super detailed figure. As we have seen, Hasbro goes above and beyond (for the most part) with their movie figures in the MCU. This one is no different. He has an amazing helmet with the creepy green eyes behind the visor. His suit is right out of the movie, from the furred jacket, to the harness.

He has good articulation. Not as great at Spider-Man, but then again, not many figures do. He is not a spring chicken anyway, so we would not expect Vulture to be too articulated, just enough to match a human.

He comes with the final piece (or first piece, depending on which figure you open first) of Vulture’s wings. This is the engine and wing attachment point. It is equally well detailed, and the paint is great. Compared to the two-tone paint on the rest of the wings, I was surprised by the extra touches. Nicely done.

There are no directions that come with Vulture for how to put the wings together. It takes a bit of flipping the pieces around in your hands, and look for the right and left indicators on the wings to know which side each part goes to. All together, we are talking a 23 inch wingspan, which is a 23 foot wingspan in Marvel Legends scale. To put that in perspective, a standard 4-seater Cessna has a 36 foot wingspan, so this guy’s wings are HUGE!!!

As you would expect with an accessory that comes in 7 pieces, the wings are very well articulated. They were in the movie, so it is only right that they would be in the figure.

You can recreate all of your favorite scenes from the movie, or fold in the wings to make him a little more manageable for a shelf display. Though I think I am going to show him off in all of his spread-wing glory.

I am so happy with this figure, and the wings. I think Hasbro hit it out of the park with their first build-an-accessory. They have shown that this is something they can do to change up the usual BAF, and give us some big alternatives.

Finally the team is all together. 3 movie figures, and 4 comic figures. 3 more Spider-Men for the collection, and some other good additions to the rogue gallery.


Tombstone – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

Ugh, the letdown for me of the wave. I am NOT into Tombstone. He is ugly, and he is fairly uninventive. He is a Spider-Man bad guy, so he fits, but this guy really does not bring a lot to the table for me.


On top of that, he is missing one of his boot tops. There are plastic accessories that make up the wrist of the gloves, and the tops of the boots. Hasbro doesn’t even care enough to give this guy proper clothing molds, and one of them isn’t even there. I really don’t care much. It doesn’t really detract from the figure, and I do not care about this guy one bit. He is a means to an end. All I really want is the engine piece for Vulture’s wings. He is going to sit in a dark corner until I need him to come out to be a punching bag for a Spider-Man or two in the future.

Well, one figure left. Vulture. A figure and the necessary part to make the build-an-accessory work. We will see him next…


Captain Universe (Cosmic Spider-Man) – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

The Spider-Verse meets the Micro-Verse. Peter Parker was joined with the Uni-Power and given greater power than he had before. The costume he wore was consistent with others who also joined with the Uni-Power, save for the webbing around the mouth area.

This was an easy choice of figures. They used a standard muscular buck and added some heads.

There is a lot of work that went into the paint on this one. Most of the body is white, but the upper part has a lot of added work. The metallic blue is really nicely done. The head sculpt is pretty well done. There is a lot of good details around the eyes.

The second head belongs to Captain Universe. This is more of a generic head that could be anyone. I am going to go with Ray Coffin, who was the first Captain Universe back in 1979 in Micronauts #8.

The final head sure does look like Peter Parker with a beard. I really, really, really like this head sculpt. The hair and beard are great. This head will definitely be making an appearance again soon on some body or another.

This is one of those figures that I didn’t have any clue about. He was a means to an end, so I could collect all of the parts to Vulture’s wings. But along the way, I learned a lot about him, and really like the figure overall.
We are down to our last two figures. One is pretty bad, and one will take the cake. Until next time…


1/64 scale diorama complete

A long time in the making. I have 2 dioramas for 6 inch figures, and one more for Transformers. What I was missing was something in the 1/64 scale range to take proper pictures of diecast cars. The work is over. Time for photo fun.

The diorama is set on two walls. The left wall is a receiving dock for a warehouse. The idea behind this was to have a place that looked industrial with lots of concrete. I made to dock wide enough for a standard 1/64 scale vehicle for when a chase scene happens. I added a fence in the front for some texture to the pictures.

The back wall is a large block wall. It is intentionally a different material than the warehouse wall so the two buildings look like they are together but not the same building. I wanted to be able to add different textures to this wall, and a different color scheme.

Down in front of the block wall is a new car dealership. There are skylights on the removable roof, as well as big front windows to display the cars. There is a concrete display in the front to show off the newest delivery. I am planning to add a sign for the dealership. I am working on a way to make the sign changeable, so I can create different looks depending on what cars are on display in the showroom.

Enjoy some behind the scenes looks of the building process, and how it all came to be, from the initial drawing all the way to the final product. There were a few changes from the initial drawing, but much of it has stayed the same.

design drawing with scale for roads.

Trying to figure out the size for the loading dock. I used pink insulation foam for the big walls.

The road was made with plaster of paris to give a used look. There is a new car dealership, but it is in an old industrial part of town.

The road is painted and the sidewalks are being made. I used pressboard for the sidewalks. It was hard to find a material that was tall enough to be a curb.

The warehouse is getting some art deco style design work to make that massive wall more interesting. I used sheets of soft art foam for the details. Once in place, it all got a coat of Modge Podge to make sure it was nice and strong.

Next up were the warehouse doors. I also added windows and a door to the far right side. The back wall has the blocks scribed into the foam.

The back wall is painted. The floor of the car dealership is cut and glued from illustration board, which is what 95% of the finished car dealership was made from. In the foreground, I carved some foam into a small rise to add some height to the scene. It does not interfere with the angles for taking pictures. Road signs have been made and added too.

The walls of the car dealership are drawn and cut to size on illustration board. From there it was adding the million details and paint to get this store ready to open.


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