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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.

 


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.


Angela – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

It’s Angela, of Spawn fame. In that universe, she was an angel and bounty hunter. She and Spawn fought against one another and together a few times. In the real world Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman went to court over who was the rightful owner of this fantastic lady. Well, Neil Gaiman won the real world battle. He would later sell the rights to Marvel.

From there, Marvel created a backstory where Angela is actually a daughter of Odin, therefore a sister to Thor. She is known as Aldrif Odinsdottir, but that is a mouthful, so we’ll stick with Angela. In the Age of Ultron storyline, she met up with and was attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Welcome to your new universe. This is where the tie-in comes that allows us to feel okay with her being added to this wave of GotG Vol.2 figures.

Her body mold, and paint work are fantastic. She has a nice strong body. I am hoping we are continuing to move away from that skinny female body we saw for so long. Her hair is blowing in the wind, which is fantastic, and generally typical for how she is drawn.

She comes with two axes and a giant sword. The sword has a sheath that is on a belt around her waist. She has some added armor around her elbows. Those pieces tend to move around a lot, and don’t really stay in place. It is a similar problem we had back with Rogue and her boot tops. A very minor problem for a great figure.

Well, this is the first comic figure of the wave, and she is really well done. It is great to get a figure that has such a rich history, both in comics and the real world. I love that Hasbro spent the time and energy on making her, and getting her into our hands. It has been 4 years since her introduction into the Marvel Universe, so it is about time. There are plenty of others who have never seen the light of day in plastic form, but this one is out, and she is great!


Drax – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

Hey, another Drax. Did we need another Drax? Um, not really. The first one was fine. This one is pretty much a copy with a new yelling head.

Drax comes with a rocket launcher this time around, and not a fancy space rocket launcher. It is a newer looking version that the model we saw that came with The Punisher and Deadpool (who used the same model). It looks a lot more like a ground to air defense missile launcher. Perfect in the hands of the big guy. Since this was not used in the movie, and Hasbro probably didn’t want to go to the cost of giving him a one-off weapon, I am guessing we will see this one show up again soon.
He also comes with the two thin blade knives we saw in the first figure, as well as the Guardians comic exclusive set.

Here is one of the pics of Star-Lord unmasked I promised y’all.

Comparing the two Draxes, it is the same, save for the color of his pants. The color of their skin is different too. So unfortunately if you like one color of pants over the other, you are stuck with the heads attached to the body they came on.

This is a fine figure. It was good the first time around, but a bit stale the second. You definitely need the figure to get all of the BAF parts, but at least I am on my way to three complete sets of Guardians. HAHA!!!

Next up, we will visit the comic world for a few figures and see how those new figures stack up to the movie figures.


Star-Lord – Marvel Legends (Titus Wave) (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2)

Wave 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 has been out for a while, just in time for the movie to come out. I personally loved the movie, and I am happy to have this new version of Star-Lord, Peter Quill.   I started with Nova a ways back, and you can catch the review here.

He is similar to the original version that came out in that he has a head, masked head, and 2 guns. This time around his outfit is different. It is not better or worse, it is just different. Hasbro has really done a great job with the movie figures since they started adding them to the Marvel Legends line. This figure is no different.

He is actually a bit of an improvement around the head. The new mask has better details and more paint. Even on the back. And the face is great. How did I spend 2 hours in the freaking sun taking pictures and not get any of Peter’s face? GAH!!! Actually I know why. In the initial photo shoot I did with him, I was on the beach up in Northern California. The weather was awesome and I was having a great time. Until I got attacked by a pack of dogs. Running around and sniffing my stuff. I had to pack it in. I only got a few shots that day, and then when I did my second photo shoot, I forgot to get the head out. Live and learn. I actually have one of him unmasked that I will include with the whole team when this is all said and done.

I am happy with Peter. This is the start of a really nice wave, and best yet, it is two waves this time around, so we get more characters. Yay! More to come…


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