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Marvel Legends – Man-Thing Series (Netflix Defenders) – Part 3

We are going to end the Man-Thing Series of Marvel Legends with looking at the last three comic book figures, Blade, Bullseye, and the Build-a-Figure himself, Man-Thing.

Blade:

Blade is the comic representation of the figure. Putting him in this lineup is pretty darn thin. He had a meeting with Punisher once.
*shrugs* There were a lot of people wanting the Wesley Snipes movie figure, but I figure they may be getting around to that now that Marvel is part owner of the entire world. He comes with a really interesting outfit. Wooden stakes on a bandolier around his chest, paired with a sheath for his sword. And he has silver darts around his thigh. So I guess he can take care of vampires AND werewolves alike.

He comes with two heads, each sporting a different haircut. The face of the two heads is the same, with a goatee and red sunglasses. If you were going to go to the trouble of making a second head, at least make it an interesting change…like with our next guest.

 

Bullseye:

What a great figure to have in this series. Bullseye is a long standing badguy against Daredevil. And there is a very iconic image of Bullseye killing Elektra with her own sai.

He comes out of the package with throwing knives effects attached to his left hand. I am not a big fan of the effect hands. Hasbro did it with Captain America, and I didn’t like it a whole lot that time either.

A quick switch of hands, and he has two grasping hands. One for his knife, and one for the gun. We have seen this particular gun floating around for a while now.

There is a holster for the gun, as well as s sheath for the knife. That is a nice added bonus as we seem to have a lack of weapon holsters in a lot of the figures.

And THAT is how you do an alternate head. No mask, and a crazy look on his face. Add in the pointing gun finger, and you have a great crazy guy going on here.

What a threatening motion. I am sure against Blade, he would be losing that hand very shortly.

This is a comparison of the two Bullseyes. The one on the left is the new version. On the right is the ToyBiz version from 2005. Boy was that an ugly looking dude. There was very little that was right about the 2005 version, but they did do a good job with the outfit.

Man-Thing:

Time to Build-a-figure. 6 parts come together to form a swamp monster. Debuting in May 1971, just a few month before DC came out with Swamp Thing. It seems funny that they would both come out with a swamp creature at almost exactly the same time. I actually prefer my “Thing” in the “Swamp” form rather than the “Man” form, but there is something endearing about the strange face of Man-Thing.

I don’t know how he is connected to the rest of this wave, and I am pretty sure Hasbro could have come up with a better BAF to fit in with the rest of the figures, but this is what we have. And I like him.

The textures are very well done. He is definitely of the swamp, with all of the vines growing all over his body.

He is nice and big, standing nearly 2 heads taller than the rest of the wave. I love that face.

Well, there we have it. The Man-Thing series, or the first of the Netflix Defenders waves. It doesn’t look like Marvel Legends is going to slow down anytime soon. Black Panther figures are set to drop, and then there is a wave of Spider-People coming from the comics, so lots and lots to look forward to. I will have to go backwards a bit. I had a bit of a harder time getting my hands on those figures initially, so I am a series backwards. Lots of other great stuff coming too. Power of the Primes is in full swing with the Transformers, and I have a few Star Wars ships to look at too. Not to mention new Power Rangers Legacy figures are starting to leak out very slowly.

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Marvel Legends – Man-Thing Series (Netflix Defenders) – Part 2

We will take a look at the ladies of Netflix, Elektra and Jessica Jones. Yesterday we looked at the men of the series, Daredevil and Punisher. These two may be smaller, but they are two very tough ladies.

Elektra:

A part of Daredevil Season 2, she came back in Defenders Season 1, to make a nice segway into the later figures we should be seeing from the Defenders team.

Elektra comes packaged with a mask covering her face. The black and red looked great on the screen, and it looks good here too.  She comes with two sais. The shape of her hands allows her some interesting holding positions for her sais, way better than just holding them straight. We saw her use them in Daredevil Season 2, and they are an important part of her story in The Defenders.

She also comes with an unmasked version of her head. It is a very good likeness of Élodie Yung. The movie/TV figures continue to get better and better head sculpts. Now if we can only take care of the shiny skin, we would be all set.

Jessica Jones:

Now THAT is a likeness of Krysten Ritter. Boy how I wish the figures weren’t so shiny, but that is a part of the process I guess.

There is not a lot going on with the figure. It is great to see some plain clothed figures, and Jessica fits the bill. She is mad about having powers, and is really an anti-hero, who has the role thrust upon her. So of course she mocks the characters who do wear costumes (lookin’ at you Daredevil). The outfit is perfect, with the leather jacket over a black shirt, and the tight jeans down to the boots. She does not come with any accessoires, but other than a liquor bottle or a glass, she doesn’t really have any tools that she uses. I guess they could have given her a camera. Ah, that would have been a great accessory. A camera with a long zoom lens. Boo! Now I am going to have to find or make one for her.

This is a great couple of ladies to put out first. Elektra from Daredevil, and Jessica Jones from her own show before going head to head in The Defenders. If there is something that Netflix has done right (and there is a lot that they have done right), it is the great strong female lead characters. I am hoping we will get Karen Page, Claire Temple, and of course, Colleen Wing.

So far so good. We have three figures left that are all comic figures. Can the rest of the wave stand up to the great start? We will see.


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