Daily Archives: July 6, 2017

Green Goblin and Spider-Man 2099 – Marvel Legends (Sandman Series)

Just a few waves back we were dealing with Spider-Man, and here we are again. With a movie line coming next. This Sandman wave was the wave before the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wave, but I was too excited about the Guardians to keep in order. So we will go back in time a series for this one.

We are going to look at this series in sets of two. We will mix in the three Spider-Men with the other 5 characters so we don’t get over saturated with Spider-Men. No Spider-Women this time around, but we do get a Ms. Marvel down the line.

Let’s start with one of Peter’s favorite bad guys, Green Goblin. Probably his most consistent enemy.

If you think he looks familiar, that is because he is. Back in the Space Venom Wave, we got Hobgoblin. This is a repaint of Hobby with a new head sculpt, and no cape.

The colors really pop on this one. The green on the costume has a really cool pearlescence to the paint that really makes the scaling on the arms and legs stand out.

He comes with his bag, thrown over his chest, a flaming pumpkin bomb, and of course the glider. All three of those came with Hobgoblin as well.

Even though we have had lots and lots of Spider-Man waves in the past, there have only been two Green Goblins that have come before. One was WAY back in 2006, and more recently we had the Ultimate Green Goblin BAF in 2014, that is not really Green Goblin. So, it was nice to finally get him for Spider-Man’s Rogue Gallery.

Up next it’s Spider-Man 2099. Wait a minute. Isn’t Spider-Man 2099 supposed to be blue with red accents? I know that because I was alive in the 90s, and I have a Spider-Man 2099 from 2015 that came in the Hobgoblin Wave. Well, this is the All-New All-Different take on the character. Who can keep up with all of the time travel stuff anyway?

Whatever the deal, the figure is great, and the costume is fantastic. The black and white are more matte, while the red is glossy and metallic.

He has all of the articulation that we like to see in our Spider-Men, and you can put him in almost any pose you can imagine or see in a comic book.

These two are a great start to the wave of Spider-Man figures.

Up next we will look at the very strong Spider-Man UK and the new Ms. Marvel complete with giant hands.

Skywarp – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

A while back I took a look at Starscream . This time around it is Skywarp’s turn. I only mention Starscream because, like with nearly every other (if not every other) version of Skywarp we have ever gotten was a repaint (and new head) of Starscream.

I have always been a fan of the Seekers, so any time they come out in any form, I like to grab them up.

So far Skywarp and Starscream are the only two Seekers we have in the Robots in Disguise show. It would be great to get my main man, Thundercracker, but we will have to wait and see.

The robot mode of Skywarp is really good. Just like with Starscream, they have good articulation, and nice skinny bodies, as we would want to see. The plane parts fold up really nicely and out of the way. He comes with two blasters that can be mounted on the forearm, as they should always be able to do, but also be held in the hand as a pistol.

Transform him into robot mode, and he is a forward-swept wing jet. The style is really fun. I am a big fan of the really long noses these jets have. The arms and shoulders fold under the wing, giving it quite a fat look, but at least the body parts fit the angle of the wings so the robot parts aren’t so distracting.

The guns mount under the wing tips for a bit of bite in jet mode.

I really like this figure in the Robots in Disguise line. There are some hits and misses in the line, where it is clear corners were being cut with less transformation, or articulation. But that is not the case here. Skywarp is what we want to see in the RiD lineup.

I have a few more RiD figures to look at, and they are all really well done. I think Hasbro has done a great job on the back end of this toy line to give us some good characters with some very interesting transformations. Stay tuned…

Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!

Titus – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Let’s take a quick look at the build-a-figure of Titus that we get with the completion of the Titus Wave of the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Marvel Legends set.

This is the first of two waves this time around for the second movie. We have the Vulture and Warlock series to stick in the middle of the two waves, but it will be here eventually nonetheless. You know, right about the time the DVD drops I am sure.

Titus was a member of the Supernovas, so he ties into the space theme as well as having worked with Sam Alexander’s dad, so a more direct connection to another figure in the wave.

The figure himself is what we like to see in a BAF. He is big and tough looking. He has a unique look, with the giant white tiger head, as well as the quad blaster for a hand.

He has the standard articulation that we get in the big guys of the Marvel Legend line. A bit less than the standard figures, but not bad overall.

So this concludes the 8-figure set of the GotG Vol 2 wave. This will continue to grow sometime down the line with some more great figures and characters.

For now, I found Cyclops to complete the Warlock wave somewhere out there in either Nevada or Utah. It was thankfully pretty early in the trip. And that was the only Cyclops I saw through 11 states. I knew he would be the hard one to find. And then the Spider-Man: Homecoming figures started to show up, and I completed that set as well. The figures are starting to back up, so look for lots and lots of updates coming soon.

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