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Repugnus – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Titan Master)

Usually I am all about the love for the Transformers. Especially recently with the Combiner Wars and the Titans Return lines coming into play in the Generations line-up.  Repugnus however is very lackluster for me. I guess you can’t love them all. And if you are going to have a miss, make sure it is a tiny Titan Master.

As with the other Titan Master single packs, you get a Titan Master, and a vehicle. In this case, we get the red and yellow Repugnus, and we get a beetle looking vehicle.

The Titan Master looks really close to his G1 robot mode. That is a plus he has going for himself. From there, they took a red and yellow robot and slapped some paint on his face. This is the worst paint I have seen in a long time.

The vehicle that belongs to Repugnus looks a lot like the beetle, bug sort of thing that he transformed into back in 1987. We still don’t know what it is. Repugnus fits right into the chest when he is folded up.

As with the other vehicles, this one has alternate modes. These are not the most well thought out modes we have seen from the line. The first is some sort of aircraft. It basically looks like someone sprayed the vehicle with some Raid, and then Repugnus went for a ride. Not great.

Then there is the gun mode. It is somewhat better with some barrels down low, and what looks like it could also be a bladed weapon.

Finally there is Repugnus’ alternate mode, as a head. That is one weird looking dude. And that is all I have to say about that.

I am glad they missed with a little guy. He can live out his life as a part of the beetle on the back of a shelf somewhere, only achieving dominance when a nuclear war destroys all life, except for Insecticons. And then they can start the process anew. I bet Repugnus wouldn’t look so ugly then.


The Invisible Woman – Sue Richards – Marvel Legends (Walgreens Exclusive)

Sue Richards, Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman. Whatever you call her, the newest entry in the Walgreens exclusive figures from Marvel Legends is now a trend. First we had Namor, and now The Invisible Woman. The rest of the Fantastic 4 cannot be far behind.

Sue comes with H.E.R.B.I.E. While not an accessory people were dying for, it is a nice accessory none the less. We could very well have gotten Sue with nothing more than her alternate hand. It is nice that they threw something else in there for us. He will help all of the toy photographers her in the future as they build their Fantastic 4 sets.

Sue is well done. She is one of the newer body types that have melded form and function. Gone are the skinny limbs with the high-heeled boots. We get a much more usable pair of feet that not only look more realistic, but help the ladies stand on the shelf.

She has a fantastic head sculpt. She is beautiful. I am hoping this is the current trend, since we have now had a lot of really well done female heads recently that have been far and above some of the heads that have come out before.

I am really happy with this Sue, and I am looking forward to what is coming next with the Fantastic 4. Unlike the likes of Walmart, Walgreens seems serious about getting the figures out to the people. They may not be the fastest at getting the figures on the shelf, but they do get out there eventually. The reasons for me to go to Walgreens keeps growing. Marvel Legends, Transformers, and MiniMates. Keep it up Walgreens.


Convex and Perceptor – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Perceptor is one of the funny Transformers that transforms from a big robot into a very small accessory. In this case a microscope. Out of the ordinary, and that is what makes him great. No more trying to make him into a vehicle of some sort. A straight up homage to the G1 version.

So, here we go with robot mode. He looks great. His lens is on his shoulder just as it should be. And what is that? A sniper rifle? Fantastic. I love how in his alternate mode, he can see tiny things close up, and in robot mode, he is used as a sniper to see tiny things that are really far away. The colors are fantastic on him, just like they were on the G1 figure.

He has a peg on his back that allows him to store his gun, so he does not always have to carry it around with him.

He comes with the Titan Master Convex. He is an all new Titan Master with no Headmaster or Targetmaster heritage. He is all black, with red legs. It is hard to see all of the great detail with him being all black like this. I am glad we do not have very many that are THIS black.

Transforming Perceptor is pretty straight forward. There are some fun parts that side around. When he is changed, he is a giant microscope. Now for the show and comics, he would be able to shrink down to size, but in the toy, he cannot interact with the figures that way. It is nice that there are so many figures that have base modes, so he can fit in with them and be the science lab.

The tabletop supports a Titan Master, so they can get check-ups from the doctor. The lens works to a certain extent, but it is not a very expensive rig, so don’t expect to be watching amoebas crawling around.

There are no directions for an alternate Tank mode, but there are parts for it. It has the treads, and has articulation to create the mode. I didn’t see that it could do that until after I had finished my photoshoot. I am going to have to go back now and see if I can recreate the tank mode.

I like Perceptor. It is always nice to have some very different looking figures. A guy with a big lens on his shoulder always helps with the different look. I love how G1 he looks from his body design to what he transforms into. He is just so well done.


Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson – 2-pack – Toys R Us Exclusive

This is the Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack with Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson. It is labeled as “Spider-Man”, but this is really the All New All Different Spider-Man. You can tell by the green around the emblem on the chest, as well as the hint of green in the eyes of the mask. Basically in the comics, this is a new take on Peter Parker, where he is a Tony Stark level company owner, where his world has grown past New York, to encompass the world. Think about the trouble he has caused, or what has been caused to him on a New York scale, and blow it up to a world scale. That could be a lot of fun to read.

Anyway, we are looking at the figures today. This is one of the most known couples in all of comic history. Along with Lois Lane and Superman, and Cyclops and Phoenix, Peter and Mary Jane have gone through a lot together. Now we finally get our first Mary Jane Watson Marvel Legends figure, and she is AMAZING!!!

We do not get a lot of people in street clothes, since Hasbro doesn’t think they will sell. We have gotten a few suits, but that is about it. Now we get Mary Jane in a black tank top and blue jeans. The paint is fantastic. I do have to warn about looking at the black tank top when you are going to buy this set, if you can find multiple. The first set I found had some yuck on the shirt, and it really stands out against the black. When I went to another store and found more, there were three to choose from, and one of those also has stuff on the tank top. So, just be aware.

Close up on Mary Jane, she has an amazing head sculpt. The eyes are straight. The paint is applied so well. She has fantastic hair. Nothing wrong with this figure at all. She comes with one accessory, a bag that can be thrown over her shoulder. The strap is molded to go across her chest, so you are limited to it going one way only.

This is the first time in a very long time that we have had Peter with an unmasked adult head. We have gotten a teen version not too long ago. This head looks really good. One of the eyes is a bit off, but other than that, he looks good and handsome.

Spider-Man comes with 5 accessories. He comes with the masked head, equipped with the new green lenses. He also comes with an assortment of hands to allow 2 open hands, 2 fists, and 2 web-shooting hands.

I don’t know that this is my favorite Spider-Man outfit. I am not too keen on the green accents. A bit of a strange choice when the suit has always been black, red, and blue. I guess Marvel needs it to stand out when the chest is glowing in the comics. This is definitely the way 2-packs should be. Something new with a reprint figure, and an all-new figure that will blow us away. This is definitely a must-have for Spider-Fans. You cannot pass up Mary Jane Watson, and another Spider-Man to add to the Spider-Verse is okay too. We have been drowning in Spider-stuff this summer, since the movie came out, and Marvel Legends has done a great job with all of it.


Flintlock and Sergeant Kup – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return

Sergeant Kup is exactly what I would want from this guy. He is so plain and utilitarian, and it is great. So many of the Transformers in the Titans Return line, as well as the previous Combiner Wars line, had such amazingly detailed molding. Kup didn’t have to be any different, but he was looked at as the character that he is, and it demanded a simpler design.

Kup is an old man, thus he does not have all of the bells and whistles that the newer Transformers have, and he probably likes it that way. The design of his arms, legs and simple torso have everything Kup needs, and nothing extra.

He comes with two pistols that can port into his back. Yay for being able to carry your own weapons. And it look okay back there too.

Of course he would like to be able to use them at some point too, and they look great in his hands. In all of the previous version of Kup, he was given a more rifle like blaster, but we can go with pistols too.

He comes with his Titan Maser, Flintlock. As usual, there was some copyright problem, and Hasbro could not use his original name of Recoil, from when he was a Targetmaster. Now he turns into a head rather than a gun, and his colors have been altered for this go around.

Transforming Kup into truck mode is fun, with some interesting transformations. When all is said and done, the truck looks like the G1 version. A little updated, and an actual cockpit to ride in. Pretty slick overall.

The guns can be mounted in ports behind the front wheels for some forward usage. They stick out a bit like any of the guns that mount on the sides of vehicles.

There are also ports on the bed of the truck to allow the guns to be stored. In the forward position, they fit nice and tight with the back of the cab.

The fun begins with the guns are flipped around. Two Titan Masters can stand back there and wield the guns, making anyone who is chasing this team think twice before continuing the pursuit.

Kup is fantastic. He is a standout among the series, not because of how detailed he is, but how simple everything is. He is a lot of fun and welcome to the team.


The Samurai – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Playmates

I was walking down the toy aisle, and always stop in the see what is happening around the TMNT section. It is like the Little Engine That Could. Just when you think the latest gimmick is going to be the peg warmer, and kill the toy line, something new and exciting comes out. And when it is exciting and new, I am paying attention.

 

The exciting and new this time around was Usagi Yojimbo. I was so enamored with Usagi back in the 80s. He was like the Turtles, but different. And then they joined forces. A samurai rabbit hanging out with ninja turtles. Could there be a better team-up? I think not.

Well, the first one I saw was Usagi in his blue outfit. I grabbed him up, excited for this one figure. Looking at the back, I saw it was actually a line that included the 4 turtles in samurai armor as well. Exciting!  Usagi is well articulated, for this line. Thankfully as well at the turtles, who tend to get the best articulation. He comes with two swords that can be kept in sheaths on his hip. This first head design features a scowling Usagi with his ears sticking up in the back.

Not featured on the box is a second version of Usagi wearing full armor. He comes with a new head that features more of a smirk. His ears are down against his head so he can wear the helmet.

And what a fine helmet it is. The face piece is combined with the helmet (something that is separate with the turtles), and has amazing details.  Speaking of details, the outfit is so intricate and beautifully sculpted.

When you see the two side by side, it is clear that this is two completely different versions of the figure. No repainting this time around. It looks as though they only reused the feet, hands and swords. That is a great amount of new work for a line like this.

The 4 turtles use the same bodies with the fantastic sculpting on the armor. They have different colors on specific armor plates, belt, and knee pads that represent their color. This is a good reuse of a body, as they would have had similar armor for all samurai, and the color splashes really go a long way to change the look of each figure. And, since they do not have the same skin tone, that shows up a fair amount between the armor plates as well.

The big change comes with their helmets. Each Turtle comes with a unique helmet that has a change in side decoration, as well as the colored accent on top. They can wear no helmet, the helmet, or they can wear the faceplate as well. The four face plates are the same.

Each Turtle comes with a weapon that is somewhat similar to their original weapon(s), but changed a bit. They do not have any holders on their armor for this weapon. Too bad.

I really like this line of figures. There have been so many fun sub-themes of figures that have come out, and the line keeps pulling me back in. This is another set of figures that looks great on the display shelf together.

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Gamora with Rocket (Marvel Select Disney Store Exc)

I absolutely love this version of Gamora. I was bummed it was not coming out in any form in the Marvel Legends line, but I was happy that it was coming out in Marvel Select. In the last few years, Marvel Select figures have gotten the full articulation treatment. In the past, they were limited, being over glorified statues. Not any more.

Gamora comes with Rocket in this set. You can also get Star-Lord, Drax, and Groot to fill out this team if you would like. They run a little higher, $24.99 for each figure.

There are a lot of accessories. Rocket comes with 4 guns of varying sizes, while Gamora comes with 3 guns, two blades, and 4 additional hads. They also come with a base that can attach to the rest of the team.

There is really good movement in both figures. Rocket does well holding both his big and small guns. His tail helps him out a lot.

I really like the size comparison of the two. Rocket is small, but very dangerous looking.

Gamora has great articulation. She is able to hold her rifle with two hands, and can have very dynamic stances.

The sword is gigantic. It is long and imposing, just as it should be.

Though she comes with so many weapons, she has no way of carrying any of them, which is sad. It would have been nice to have seen a few holsters, or sheaths. Oh well, you don’t want to mess with that fantastic outfit of hers.

And when all else fails, she can punch her way out of the situation, which I am sure she has no problem doing.

I have assembled my Guardians team. This version of Gamora and Rocket, teamed up with movie Star-Lord and Groot, and comics Drax. That is the team I choose to guard my galaxy.


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