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Marvel Legends #200 – Colossus (Warlock Wave)

I am 2 waves behind in my Marvel Legends. I have one photographed, while the other is still boxed. But today I have to stop and take a look at Colossus. He is not only important because he is a really cool character, and a killer action figure, but he marks my 200th Marvel Legend.

My very first Marvel Legend was Captain America that came out in 2005. Later that year I started the hunt for the second BAF in the Sentinel Series (Still my favorite figure of all time). Then I didn’t really start to collect until 2013. Over the years from 2005 to 2013, I collected 18 figures. Not a whole lot considering how many figures actually came out that year. But with the Iron Monger series, I was in it for good.

There have been a lot of attempts and tries over the years to get the Marvel Line kickstarted. ToyBiz introduced us to the figures with good articulation. Some of those characters were not often seen before that time period, and that was really great. But we kept seeing the same things pop up. Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine. Not to say that doesn’t still happen, but now we have movie versions, and comic versions, and really far out there comic versions.

Some of my favorite figures are X-Men. They were an early part of my comic youth, and I still love them today. Colossus is a great example of a good X-Man. He has been around forever. He has seen many changes over the years in the comics and the movies. Most recently he was rediscovered in the movie-verse with his appearance in Deadpool. He was the straight-man to Deadpool’s comic silliness. And that is the way it should be.

This version of Colossus is the comic version. Red and yellow are pretty standard colors for him in most of his outfits. There is an added black chevron to his torso to give a bit of extra color.

The metal color Hasbro used to color his head and arms is absolutely fantastic. It is shiny and just the right color. Since he is a big guy, he lost the double joint in the elbows that all of the bigger figures have also lost. That does limit his movement a bit. He is a giant 7.5 inches tall. The is Build-a-Figure territory, but he is not the BAF this time around.

He comes with the classic Russian hard-edged face. His hair is a darker gunmetal color, cut high and tight, just like any good Russian should. The details in his face are second to none. He has so much detail, that I can look at that face for days and still find new details.

He comes with a second head. This is his hipster head. The hair is coiffed to one side with the front sticking up. He has a nicely trimmed beard, straight across the bottom. I really like this look too. It is hard to decide which head will be the primary head when he is on the shelf.

The muscle tone on this guy is so great. I am always amazed at the quality that Hasbro has put into this line. They work on the back as much as the front. There is nothing lacking from this figure. I am excited for the rest of this cool and crazy wave. But first I have to go back to the last two waves and get those completed. Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy Wave 1.

Until next time.


Guardians of the Galaxy (comic) Marvel Legends – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Box Set

Way back when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced, I had know who The Guardians were, but not a whole lot about them. I had seen them pop up now and then, but not really that mainstream. I knew Marvel was really taking a risk going all in by adding a team that was mostly unknown. I trust Marvel, and I knew they were going to do a good job. I was all in. Well, the crazy hit, and The Guardians gained more followers. One of the advantages of that is that there are other risks taken when putting out toys.

The comic version of The Guardians was made in the Marvel Legends 6 inch line and was an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. Originally set at about $120, I was not going to be able to get this one. Besides that, it was WAY too high priced with each figure going for $24, if you are including Rocket as one figure, which would be hard to do for that price. Then back in March, I had some money for Amazon, and this set popped up for 30% less than it sold for on Entertainment Earth’s site. Funny enough, it is still available on Amazon for the 30% off, and EE says they are sold out.

Anyway, let’s take a look. That is a lot of stuff in one box of Marvel Legends. The whole team is here. Rocket in uniform. Groot is looking very angry. Star-Lord is looking great in his uniform. Gamora is clad in soft-goods mixed with some plastic. And Drax has some metal hands and is very very bright green.

Out of the box, they look even more dynamic. That is a team I can get behind. I LOVE teams, and this one looks great.

Let’s take a closer look starting with the firecracker, Rocket Raccoon. He comes with three different weapons. He is holding one that fits him pretty well. The other two are gigantic, but you know Rocket, that is the way he likes them. He is also posing with a baby Groot. Not nearly as cute at the movie Groot, but not much actually is. I really like Rocket’s paint. His face is so bright with the black and white face.

Star-Lord comes masked with his helmet and mask in place. With all of the extras, we didn’t get an unmasked version. Too bad. His suit is just fantastic. It has a classic feel to it, with the barnstormer jacket and the brown spats over his boots.

He comes with a pair of pistols. They are really well made with good details. They do need a bit of paint apps to really bring out the details. And some holsters would have been nice, but not the worse. He also comes with the Tesseract.

Drax has a pair of metal hands, as well as his bare hands. He comes with 4 knives. The metal hands do not allow holding of weapons. When the hands are removed, the gauntlets can be removed as well, but he always wears those.

The two big knives that look like big ole Bowie knives with guards for his hands. They are well made and look just right in the big guy’s hands.

The two smaller knives are the same as the pair that came with movie Drax, and they also holster in his boots.

Gamora is so lovely. Her paint is top notch. He comes fully dressed with a head that has a hood up. Her mouth is slightly open. She has the rest of the cape, made of plastic, going down the back.

There is a soft-goods poncho that goes on under the cape. There is one arm hole and a head hole in the poncho.

The extra clothing covers up so much great paint apps on the rest of her body. She is certainly not modest, wearing next to nothing. No wonder she has to wear a poncho and a cape. I hear space can be a cold place. She has a second head that does not have the hood. The hair is a bit more free. She also has a really big broadsword that is two-toned gold and silver.

You can make a lot of clothing choices with her. Her cape can be worn without the poncho, which is actually closer to the art from the cover of the box.

Finally there is Groot. This is not your ordinary movie Groot. This guy is angry. From the neck down, it actually IS the movie Groot, but with a darker paint job. The head is all new, with a look much closer to the comic books, with a much more root appearance.

This is a great team. They look so good together. They have the height, both high and low. They have a whole lot of different fighting attributes to bring to the table. I love teams!!!

And for good measure, the comic team is joined by the movie team. Comparing the two teams based on appearance: movie Groot wins, Comic Gamora. Comic Drax, Comic Rocket, and a tie on Star-Lord. I absolutely love the movie, and I cannot wait to see Volume 2, but for the Marvel Legends, the comic team wins on appearance.

 

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Nova (Sam Alexander) – Marvel Legends Titus Series (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Wave 1)

 

Sam Alexander is Nova. There are a lot of Novas out there, but Sam is the newest Nova to the Legends team. Why is he a part of a movie series?
Well, I will tell you. Sam’s dad was Nova Centurion. He lost his helmet along with his life. His son found the helmet with the help of Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, hence the connection to the Guardians. On top of that, Sam is a part of the Titus Series, with Titus being the Build a Figure. AND Titus used to be the Nova Centurion too. There are a lot of tie ins to this lineup. He was not just thrown in there.

Now, here is the thing about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Series. It feels like it is a redo of the original wave from the first movie. We are going to take a look as we move along and see the connections between this wave and the first wave, and see if this was a good move.

This time around, we get Kid Nova as in Sam Alexander. In the original wave we got Richard Rider who was Nova Prime. This was definitely not a copy. There is nothing that is the same about these two, other than they are both Novas.

Sam uses the newer “teen” buck. A shorter, slighter build body. He is clearly teen Spider-Man with some modifications to the body. There was work done to the upper and lower torso to incorporate the gold circles and straps. And there was added bulk to the forearms. In addition the helmet head is all new.

Don’t be tricked by this photo. The perspective of the lower camera makes Sam look taller than he is compared to Richard.

He stands almost a head shorter than Richard Rider, and it suits him. He is a great looking figure. These two look great together, looking linked but different all the same. Where Richard Rider’s suit is shiny and metallic all over, with Sam, only the gold parts are shiny. The rest of the suit and the helmet are matte.

So far, this wave shows similarities from the first wave, but this NOT the same figure. He is a great addition to the space side of the Marvel Universe, and will look great working with the Guardians, or with the younger members of the Spider-Verse.


Space Venom – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave Build-a-Figure

The Spider-Verse is ever evolving. Old players come back. Sometimes for the better. Venom was a pretty old character. They did whatever they could to keep him relevant. But a homicidal symbiote alien can only do so much. He can take over good guys, bad guys, make alien children who are worse than he is. What do you do when all of that is done? You make him a good guy. Agent Venom is his name, and the suit is worn by none other than Flash Thompson. Wait what? Flash Thompson, the jerk that picked on poor teenager Peter Parker is now a good guy? He cleaned up his ways, went off to the military and became a good soldier before losing his legs.

Superhero landing!

Superhero landing!

Thompson and the Venom symbiote found their way into space, and a bit of adventures, with Venom being taken over with mind control. Finding their way to Venom’s home planet of Klyntar, the other Klyntar helped cure Venom of the craziness, allowing Thompson to tap into the full potential of Venom, creating quite a fine space faring knight, and an intergalactic ambassador of Earth. Can’t say I ever saw that coming from way back in the day when I first read the original comics of Spider-Man and Venom’s run-ins.

 

The figure is exactly what we want with a Build-a-Figure. He is a big boy. Strong and muscular. He as fairly good articulation. Most of the super-muscular guys tend to lose some of the articulation that the slight figures have.

He is mostly black, to no one’s surprise. He has his white trademark spider on his chest. Changing a bit from the original design of Venom, this version has some extra white detailing around the shoulders, and white on the insides of the hands. He still retains the white on the back of the hands. He even has white running up the back of his calves. Hasbro really did to a nice job with the paint this time around.

For his head and neck, it looks more like armor plating rather than organics. His head looks like a helmet with a strong brow and an equally strong jaw. I was surprised by how pointy the chin is. The ultra creepy eyes of the past are gone and what remains are white outlines similar to Agent Venom, with lines that bleed down his jaw.

This is a great finish to this wave. We have had quite a few BAFs from the Spider-Verse. Rhino was the biggest. Finally there is someone who can take him on face to face. Let the battle begin!


Evil Adversaries – Hobgoblin and Electro – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

Here we go again… another Hobgoblin and another Electro. Well, for Hobgoblin, we had to build the figure, and he was a strange version. It is nice to get the standard version. And as for Electro, we only got the movie version, so it is good to get our hands on the crazy masked version.

Hobgoblin was created in 1983, when the write was under pressure to bring the Green Goblin back yet again to battle Spider-Man. Well, when you don’t want to keep bringing guys back from the dead, you create a new villain. This was not just the Green Goblin in a new costume, though it was pretty much the Green Goblin in a new costume. Fly around on a goblin glider and thrown flaming pumpkin bombs at people. Yup, pretty much the same.

With the Build a Figure, I was not terribly impressed. The body was less detailed than I expected. This time around, it is all different. The costume is great, with good details, like the mesh on the arms. The cloak is torn and the folds in the leather gauntlets and boots is well done.

Hobgoblin comes with a man-purse, a bomb, glider, and alternate super creepy head. I was not surprised to see that we are getting a Green Goblin in the upcoming Sandman Wave. Hasbro loves to introduce something like the glider, and then get their money’s worth out of the design. And we haven’t gotten a proper Green Goblin since 2006. That is still during the days of ToyBiz for those who are keeping track.

Electro is a great bad guy for Spider-Man. Even Sony thought so and created a terrible version for their movie. Alas, the toy was not great either. Blue sparkly head with electric hands. Guess what? The head is better this time, but we still only get the electric hands! What gives?!? You pack in 3 sets of hand for Spider-Man, but cannot give Electro a second set of hands with out electricity? That is total garbage.

We do get a couple of nice heads for Sparky here. He comes with the tattooed head with a pot leaf on his face, or is that electricity? Oh, I see. It is supposed to be a tattooed version of his fantastic mask. 😉

Well the good news is that we also get the awesome electric mask. That may be one of the best accessories packed in yet. It looks right, and like any good Spider-Man villain, it is larger than life.

Well, there you have it. Only two bad guys in this wave. Even Venom is a good guy now. Fear not, we have 4 new bad guys in the upcoming Sandman Wave. Of course it is going to include 3 new Spider-Men, so the Spider-Verse will be growing too. Bad guys are not going to have a lot of hope with this many spiders running around.


Web-Slinging Heroines – Spider-Woman and Silk – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

You know there are a lot of characters in a specific theme, when they give you your own Universe. The Spider-Verse has become something crazy, with so many crossing webs (all pun intended).

We are adding to the Marvel Legends ranks with two more women Spider-types, Silk and Spider-Woman.

Silk is an Asian-American woman who was bit by the same spider Peter Parker was. Apparently the dying wish of that spider was to bite as many people as possible. She is a part of Earth-616, which is the standard Earth from the comics. She has similar powers to Peter, but she does have organic webs that shoot out of her hands. She also has heightened Spider-Sense that she calls Silk-Sense.

She comes on the skinny female buck that a lot of the Spider-ladies come with. It allows for some good movement. Thankfully she came with the flatter feet. No high-heeled boots for these Spider-Women. She comes with an alternate head with her mask down. She also comes with an extra mask piece that goes around her neck. Her head sculpts are both beautifully done. She has a really well done face, and nice hair.

Ashley Barton, known as Spider-Woman is from Earth-807128. This is a very sad Earth. It is set 50 years in the future, and features a dying world, Old Man Logan, and almost all of the heroes dead. It cannot be a good existence.

Ashley is the daughter of Peter Parker’s youngest daughter, and Hawkeye. So her dad is Clint Barton, who is older than her grandfather, Peter Parker. This is a weird existence. From there it just keeps getting weirder and more intertwined. Like her recruitment into fighting along side Spider-Man, who is now Otto Octavius. Who can keep track of this stuff?

Anyway, we get Ashley Barton. Similar to the two Ultimate Spider-Men, this was a set that made sense. Two of the same bodies, with a new head or two, and you have yourself two figures. Ashley has some really nice paint apps, with a very dynamic outfit.

She does not come with any accessories. Some hands would have been nice. I don’t think we have had any Spider-Women come with alternate hands. She does have one grasping hand, which is unique to the Spider-Women. They generally have fists, open, or web-slinging hands.

Next time, we are on to the bad guys of the wave, and the Build-A-Figure. Those bad guys better watch out. The Spider-Team is growing to be very big now. I am going to have to get them all out for one big photo shoot. Hope you aren’t arachnophobic.


Ultimate Spider-Men – Marvel Legends – Space Venom Wave

Twins! Peter Parker and Miles Morales are both Ultimate Spider-Man. Miles took up the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker died. Miles went on after Ultimate Spider-Man to star in his own comic twice.

This was a no brainer for Hasbro to create these two. They could do a repaint, add a few unmasked head sculpts, and they could sell two for the price of two.

They really are the same figure twice. They both come with the very small body buck, with great articulation. They come with closed fists, open hands, and web shooting hands. In the packaging, Hasbro decided to ship them with opposite hands in web-shooting pose. That probably didn’t trick anyone.

Even their BAF parts are both the opposite arms of Space Venom. They couldn’t even change that one around much.

The best part, is that they came with unmasked heads. That really lends a lot to the figures, and makes them much more playable. They feel less like a direct copy. We get young Peter with his center-parted hair and a great smile. Miles looks amused, but slightly more serious.

This is a great first duo for the Space Venom Wave. Hasbro has been using the multi-figure packaging for a while now, but this is the best use yet, and it follows well throughout this wave. More Spider-Fun to come.


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