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Hound – Transformers: The Last Knight

Hound is a figure that we can’t look at without thinking of the version that came out last time. That was a really good version that matched the movie pretty well, and had a ton of weaponry to go with him. How will the new Hound stack-up?

First off he comes out of the box in robot mode. The first thing I thought was just how light the green was. It was a bit too washed out compared to the movie. But I think it was a better choice than the vibrant green used in the last version of Hound.

His head is much bigger in this version, and looks a lot better than the last version that has a bit of a pin-head thing going on. The face sculpt is good. There is a bit of bleeding on the colors, but not too bad.

The guns can combine and be stored on his back when not in use.

He comes with a good amount of weaponry this time around. Two big guns and two smaller guns. None of them are the weapons he uses in the movie. He still uses the same weapons from the last movie, which came with the last figure. There is a reason of the change in vehicle mode. Is it worth it for the wrong weapons? We will see. Apparently all of the weapons from the previous version can be attached to ports across his body.

Standing together, this new version is only slightly taller. He has a lot more bulk to him this time around, which fits the movie better.

In vehicle mode he is a Mercedes Unimog. He is missing the cover for the truck bed that was in the movie, and instead he has a weapons platform. All four guns combine with an extra piece to allow the turret to rotate.

The front end of the truck looks really good. There was some changes to the back, but the front stayed true.

This is a good usage of the guns in this mode. I do really like the way the guns were broken down in the last version. A little more “Robots in Disguise” but this has a lot more playability to it.

Now side by side it is amazing how much larger the new truck is from the old one. The figures were not that much different in robot mode, but the size difference is quite drastic in vehicle mode.

This is another good figure from the Last Knight line. Hasbro has been having some trouble getting figures out to the people and it has been hard to find some of the figures. Most are worth it. I have a few more from the movie to look at in the future.

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Marvel Minimates – Thor: Ragnarok – Walgreens and Toys R Us sets

With Thor: Ragnarok only a few weeks away, it is time to break into these MiniMates boxes and see what we have going on here.

Gladiator Thor and Hela:

Gladiator Thor and Hela are one of the two packs that are the same across the series. They come dressed for battle. Thor is wearing his gladiator outfit that we are very familiar with from the preview. The details in the outfit are fantastic. He comes with two blue/green swords that have replaced Mjölnir after it was destroyed by Hela.

Hela comes in her over-the-top headdress. It is so wide and fantastic looking. Hela also comes with a cape that is bit too long for her. It touches the ground before her feet, so she leans forward a bit. Good thing I was posing the figures in sand.

They both come with an additional accessory. Thor comes with his short hair, while Hela comes with an unmasked head and long hair.

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie:

Gladiator Hulk and Valkyrie are the other set that are the same amongst the retail sellers.

Hulk is nothing short of amazing in this small scale. He is HUGE! Well relatively huge anyway. He stands nearly a head taller than any of the other figures. He comes with lots of additional body parts to beef up his arms, legs and torso. There are great little additions here and there to make him larger overall using the same basic body as a standard Minimate and then going from there. He has his hammer and axe going into battle.  Valkyrie looks good. She comes with a sword that matches those of Thor in color. The design is unique. She also has a half cape similar to Thor, with a different color.

These two also have additional accessories. Hulk comes with hair, and Valkyrie comes with two small daggers. They are SO small. I am sure I am going to lose them soon.

It is not a surprise that these would be the four figures selected to be in all retail packs. You have to have the main two stars, Hulk and Thor, and you want a bad guy as well as someone else of interest. This is a good start.

 

Roadworn Hero Thor & Civilian Loki:

The Walgreens Exclusive side consists of 2 more 2-packs. The first is Roadworn Hero Thor and Civilian Loki. Thor looks to be in a toned down version of his Avengers outfit. We don’t know what he has been up to yet, but I am sure he is going home for a bit of a rest (you know because he is Roadworn Hero).

Loki is just a civilian at the moment. We know that won’t last long, but I like the all-black suit. It suits Loki very well. The only accessory in this set is Thor’s Mjölnir. We know what happens in the previews with the hammer…

Skurge & Grandmaster:

The other Walgreens Exclusive pair is Skurge and Grandmaster. We saw Grandmaster last at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Now he plays a major role in this movie as he is the leader of Skaar, and the reason we get to see a battle between Thor and Hulk.

Grandmaster is played by Jeff Goldblum, who I really like as an actor. Along with him in this set is Skurge who is played by Karl Urban, who I think is a totally under-utilized actor today. Skurge looks a little on the fat side as opposed to being in armor.  Neither figure comes with an accessory.

These are interesting secondary characters that make for a richer collection. It is nice to get some figures that are not all the same.

All 4 Walgreens packs have the same back pictures and info.

Sakaar Loki & Heimdall:

The final set is the Toys R Us Exclusive. TRU only got three 2-packs for this series, and the first two showed up at Walgreens as well.

A fitting 2-pack. Heimdall had been cast out of Asgard by Loki who was posing as Odin. Heimdall does not have his gold armor, but he does have his fantastic sword.

In the meantime, Loki is in his second box and is being called Sakaar Loki. Guess he ditches the black suit for some super colorful armor. I am bummed to see that there were not additional accessories beyond Heimdall’s sword. We saw Loki in the preview flipping a few daggers. That would have been an easy addition to the set, since we just saw two that came with Valkyrie.

All 3 2-packs come with the same backing for the TRU set.

I don’t know about the rest of the Marvel Universe, but I have been dying to see these two go at it since they began fighting amongst themselves in The Avengers. This should be a pretty epic battle.

Overall this is a great series of figures. Lots of fun, as I am sure the movie will be. Now I just have to wait for the movie in a few weeks.


Power Rangers (2017 Movie) – 6 inch Legacy Line

I had not realized that I was all the way back in February when I found the Pink Ranger and Alpha 5 for the Legacy Movie figures ( http://wp.me/pRvoW-Dm ). It was hard to get my hands on the figures at first, but now they are warming the pegs at all Toys R Us stores that I have been to.

But there is no time like the present to take a look at the rest of the team and the BAF of the Megazord.

Yellow Ranger:

She looks pretty good. She is a bit on the loose side, so she is hard to keep standing. I have had a lot of trouble with the Pink Ranger over the months, falling over and knocking over the rest of the Legacy figures.

Red, Blue, Black Rangers:

These three guys are basically the same, just with a different head sculpt. Pretty much how the rest of the Legacy line goes. The Red Ranger is the only figure in the series with an accessory. He comes with a sword. Unfortunate that he is the only one that gets something to hold.

But the details on them are really well done. There are a lot of textures that have been added, and the blue glowing color and the stripes of silver add to the overall appeal.

I do like how, even though the three are basically the same, the colors really make them stand apart.

This is a fine team. I am not in love with the overall reimagined look of the characters. I do like the potential that they bring to the Power Rangers as a whole.

Now onto the Megazord.

Megazord:

It is… just strange. What a weird robot. I think they went with an alien theme here that really hurt the overall appeal of the Zord.

Anyone who was looking to see a familiar face of some sort is not getting it this time around. And the feet… is this guy wearing robot slippers?

I will stick with my original Megazord, thank you very much.


The Black Series Photo Dump

Over on my Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnitasfever/  I added a mess of new The Black Series photos.   I have been so focused on other toys in the last year that the 6 inch Star Wars figures have been neglected.   I finally took some time to break these men and women from their plastic and cardboard prisons and set them free on the shelf.  But before they went on the shelf, they went to the sand for a photoshoot.

I figured I would just dump all of them at once, since some of them are old, and most have been reviewed elsewhere a long time ago.

I am really happy with what Hasbro has done, and continues to do with The Black Series.   This was a catch-up matter, so hopefully I will be more on top of things as we go forward with new Black Series figures.  And I know there is some good stuff coming.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/carnitasfever/


Winter Soldier – Marvel Legends (Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

Like Falcon, Winter Soldier was SUPER hard for me to find. When I did finally find the two, they had pegs full of them. Crazy!

Well, this is the updated Winter Soldier for the Captain America: Civil War movie. This time he is unmasked, and without black facepaint on his unmasked head.

Right off, there is a bit of a problem with the head. The flesh tone is in the hair. It looks like the paint on the hair just didn’t get far enough to cover all of the hair. That should be a pretty easy touch up with some paint. The face looks pretty good overall. It is a good portrait of Sebastian Stan.

He comes with two weapons, a knife and a handgun. The knife is a bit loose in his hands, since they are both gun firing hands, so the knife wants to fall out all of the time. The handgun fits okay in his hand, but not the greatest. It looks to be a black Desert Eagle. Boy how people love to use a Desert Eagle, except in the real world, where it is oversized and overpowered, but it looks good right? Unfortunately with all of the straps and belt, Bucky does not actually have anyplace to hold either weapon. I thought we were past this fake holster stuff. He has a fake gun on his chest.

Comparing this Bucky to the first Bucky that came out in the Mandroid wave that featured characters from Captain America: Winter Soldier, you can see they are fairly similar. The legs and arms are the same. There is a new chest, and a new head. The arms and legs were really well detailed, so I can see using them again. I would like to have seen at least a modified belt from the first figure, so Bucky could hold his knife on the back of his waist. The head sculpt is a lot better this time around. I did not break out the unmasked head for the first version because I vowed to never use it again after posting pictures. It was ugly, didn’t look anything like Sebastian Stan, and does not have a place in my collection.

At least this version has good weapons. The first version came with such a terrible gun, I had to ditch it and look through a parts box for some usable weapon that he may actually use. This time around was better.

I love that it is Falcon and Winter Soldier that came out together. They are two guys that are fighting amongst themselves for Cap’s #1 friend. One from before the ice nap, and one in modern times. They really did not get along in Civil War, but they were there for Cap, and it is great to get more figures for Team Cap.


Vulture and Build-an-Accessory – Marvel Legends (Vulture Series)

Oh what fun. We start with the 7th figure of the wave, and give him wings to fly. I could not have asked for a better ending to the series than this.

We start with the Spider-Man: Homecoming movie version of Vulture. He is a super detailed figure. As we have seen, Hasbro goes above and beyond (for the most part) with their movie figures in the MCU. This one is no different. He has an amazing helmet with the creepy green eyes behind the visor. His suit is right out of the movie, from the furred jacket, to the harness.

He has good articulation. Not as great at Spider-Man, but then again, not many figures do. He is not a spring chicken anyway, so we would not expect Vulture to be too articulated, just enough to match a human.

He comes with the final piece (or first piece, depending on which figure you open first) of Vulture’s wings. This is the engine and wing attachment point. It is equally well detailed, and the paint is great. Compared to the two-tone paint on the rest of the wings, I was surprised by the extra touches. Nicely done.

There are no directions that come with Vulture for how to put the wings together. It takes a bit of flipping the pieces around in your hands, and look for the right and left indicators on the wings to know which side each part goes to. All together, we are talking a 23 inch wingspan, which is a 23 foot wingspan in Marvel Legends scale. To put that in perspective, a standard 4-seater Cessna has a 36 foot wingspan, so this guy’s wings are HUGE!!!

As you would expect with an accessory that comes in 7 pieces, the wings are very well articulated. They were in the movie, so it is only right that they would be in the figure.

You can recreate all of your favorite scenes from the movie, or fold in the wings to make him a little more manageable for a shelf display. Though I think I am going to show him off in all of his spread-wing glory.

I am so happy with this figure, and the wings. I think Hasbro hit it out of the park with their first build-an-accessory. They have shown that this is something they can do to change up the usual BAF, and give us some big alternatives.

Finally the team is all together. 3 movie figures, and 4 comic figures. 3 more Spider-Men for the collection, and some other good additions to the rogue gallery.


Spider-Man (Homecoming Homemade Suit) – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

It seems like Hasbro really has their stuff together. Waves are coming out as fast as we can find them. Finding them is the hard part sometimes. This wave I found across my 11-state road trip.

This is our first figure, and rightfully so, it is how Tony Stark found Peter in the first place. A kid running around in a hoodie and mask.

This wave is the “Vulture Wave” as you buy the parts to build Vulture’s wings from the Homecoming movie. That is a first for the Marvel Legends line. We have had many many many Build-a-Figures, but this is the first Build-an-accessory. That being said, we are talking about a set of wings that are an awe-inspiring 23 inches wide. When we are talking about 1 inch equaling 1 foot, that is a HUGE wingspan. I take pictures of my Marvel Legends on a 2 foot square diorama. I cannot even get all of the wings in the picture. That is a crazy big set of wings. But we will be getting to him. You will notice as we go along with the figures, that the wing pieces will begin to show up in the background. Each character comes with a piece. Seven figures, seven pieces.

Let’s take a look at Spider-Man, or as Tony Stark would call it, Spider-Man Mark I. When we first caught up with Spider-Man in Civil War, he was running around in this outfit. He stated that the goggles helped him to focus his senses since they were heightened and going crazy in a fight. He comes with a set of fists and his hood is down.

Spider-Man comes with a second set of hands that are web-slinging hands. They are in more of a natural pose for how a person actually does the web hands as opposed to the comics where Peter has exaggerated finger posing.

He also comes with a second hood, so he can have his hood up. Is this inspired by Spider-Gwen? Maybe. I noticed a few times in the film that he had his hood up, but generally in a fight situation the hood was down. Better to see, and no real way of keeping it on. I am glad we got two variations.

This is a great first figure for the wave. Since this is the Vulture Wave, you know Vulture is coming. We will also be looking at a new suit Spider-Man. And that is all. We do not get anyone else from the movie. Boo! This would have been a great time to get a few more movie figures in regular clothes. Shocker anyone? The rest of the wave is made up of comic characters. And believe it or not, since it is a Spider-Man wave, we will be getting 3 Spider-Men this time around. About typical with each Spider Wave.


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