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Smell Swell Lightning McQueen

Well, the stuff is coming out in droves to the store for the upcoming Cars 3 movie. The $3.99 price tag for the basic cars is way too steep for me. I was at WalMart, and they had single boxes like the old Matchbox cars. All 6 are different versions of Lightning. And all of them had come out before. I did not have the privilege of finding the Smell Swell Lightning McQueen before, so I grabbed him.

These are the same great vehicles that come in the standard packs, but they are just boxed specially. If you collect all 6 boxes, there is art that connects them. I don’t care to collect doubles, just so I can build some art.

Now, for those who don’t know Smell Swell Deodorizers is the first sponsor Lightning ever had. You can tell this is pretty early in his career. He only has the one sponsor. There are no little stickers either. Just the main Smell Swell sponsor and his light stickers. Pretty plain.

Even his “95” is a very plain font, with the lightning bolt running through it. What I like is that as he became better and got more cocky, his lightning became bigger.

This is a fun car to add to my ever growing Lightning collection. There are lots of great cars coming out, and I would not mind grabbing all of them. There is going to have to be a killer sale or price drop before I start collecting all of these though.


Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader – The Black Series – Rogue One

Ah, Rogue One. Bringing us a battalion of new Stormtroopers to broaden the Star Wars Universe.

I have already taken a look at the Hovertank Pilot, and the Death Trooper. Those have been cool and talked about. I think I have heard more people talking and wondering about the Scarif Stormtrooper, or Shoretrooper more than any other. Well, this is the Squad Leader. This one is the figure that was mass market available. It seems a bit backward that the standard Scarif Stormtrooper would be the WalMart exclusive, while the Squad Leader would be the one to hit the mass market. Hasbro should know by now that people will want to army build these guys, and you can’t have too many standard troopers, but it seems a bit off to have a squad built of leaders.

Anyway, let’s take a look. He comes with some really great paint. They have a few markings that signify their rank as Squad Leader. They have a blue stripe across their chest, a both shoulders are painted blue. The red arm band and white stripe are on both classes of Shoretrooper. There is also a Captain rank that we will see in the movie, where nearly the entire chest plate is colored blue.

The Squad Leader also has a dark skirt and less accessories on his belt. There are a lot of detail added around the body, with lots of scrapes and dirt on the armor.

The Squad Leader comes with the E-22 blaster rifle. It is molded fairly sharply, due to a new casting, though it is still soft. Nothing is like Cassian’s rifle we looked at a little while ago.

Comparing the E-22 to the Death Trooper’s variation of the E-11, you can see some of the variations. The front end is of course the most notable, with the double barrel. I cannot wait to see these in action. The center is the same, as you may expect with a new variation on a standard weapon. There is also a change in the back stock. Just as there is a longer stock on the Death Trooper’s E-11, the E-22 has a longer stock as well. The E-22 eliminates the fold-out stock that the E-11 had.

The Scarif Stormtrooper and the Hovertank Pilot have virtually the same armor. The big change is in the helmet. The rest of the outfit is the same with the exception of the belt, and the armor colors. That does make sense from the standpoint that we always saw just Stormtroopers in the original trilogy. This time around we see new Stormtroopers, but they are not vastly different from one another.

The design of the two are logically thought out. The Shoretrooper would be in a tropical climate, with water all around, so they would probably wear less armor on the lower part of their bodies. The Hovertank Pilot would be inside the tank, and need to be comfortable sitting down. I am sure the standard Stormtrooper armor would not be great to sit in for long periods of time.

I ended up finding two and getting them both since I didn't know how hard it would be to find the standard Shoretrooper at WalMart.

I ended up finding two and getting them both since I didn’t know how hard it would be to find the standard Shoretrooper at WalMart.

My army of Imperials is growing. I am really enjoying these new 6 inch figures. There is a better array of difference that I feel like I want to get more variations than we found with The Force Awakens. They were all very white, and smooth. These guys have a lot more to say.


Star Wars: Rogue One – Target 3-Pack, Jyn Erso, Captain Cassian Andor, Imperial Death Trooper Specialist

Boy is that a dusty box.  I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn't see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Boy is that a dusty box. I was doing a lot of scratch building for a new diorama, and I didn’t see how much stuff was stuck to the box.

Target has been getting some larger packs while other stores are getting single figures as their exclusives. The Target 3-Pack consists of Jyn Erso in her Jedha outfit. The people that went out and got her on Force Friday were not happy when the news came out a few days later that she would be included in this 3-pack with the exact same outfit and gun. Thankfully my Force Friday was more miss than hit, so I didn’t find her, and was happy when the news came that she would be available in the 3-Pack. Along with her is Cassian Andor in his flight jacket. This is different than his first release in his cold-weather gear. He also comes with a very special weapon. Finally in the set comes the Imperial Death Trooper. They forgot to mention on the box that this is the Death Trooper Specialist. Similar to the very loved Sandtrooper, the Specialist comes with a pauldron over their right shoulder, and additional weaponry across the webbing. This version is missing the Long Range Blaster Rifle that we have seen in the previews, but more on that later. For now, let’s bust this pack open and see what have to play with.

Jyn Erso:

Jyn is a fantastic figure. I have seen some problems with the eyes, though mine look up slightly, all three packs at my Target seemed to be okay. She comes in her head scarf. The gun is packed separately, but fits in to the holster on her hip. The holster has a strap to keep the gun securely in place.

The head scarf is removable to show Jyn with a bare head. She has her hair back in a low bun, but with parts hanging down on both sides of her face.

The gun is a nice little thing. It is well painted in black and silver.

For the fans that got her early, they will be a bit erked to have to buy her again to get the other two characters. And they have good reason to be bummed. There are many version of Jyn we could have seen, and I don’t think we are done yet.

Captain Cassian Andor:

This time around, we get Andor in his flight jacket. He matches Jyn with their stripes down the sleeves. The sculpting on this one continues to be great. He is not as heavily padded as he was in his cold-weather gear from the first release, so they had to do a little more work to make the sculpt work. And boy did it. The shirt has an open flap, a little similar to Luke’s shirt flap. He has a low-slung belt holster. A strap goes around his leg to hold it in place. A really good look overall.

Cassian comes with the blaster he came with in the Eadu release, but this time it has a bit of something different going on. There is an extra tab on the back to let you know it does something special. And that special has something to do with the two extra gun parts that come in the box. There is a longer front and a stock for the back.

The parts are better molded than the usual E-11 Blaster Rifles we see every Imperial come with. They are usually a bit soft in the mold. Not this gun though. It is crisp, clean, and well painted. The parts fit snugly together to make a really well done blaster rifle.

This is a great team of Rebels. I am excited to see them on the big screen soon. But that is not all, there is one more guy in this box.

Imperial Death Trooper Specialist:

The Specialist is similar to the first release of the Death Trooper, but it has the pauldron with extra ammo, and grenades attached to the webbing. Is that enough to warrant getting this 3-pack?

 

For those that already got Jyn, I would say it is still worth it. This guy looks different enough from the other Death Trooper. He looks pretty hard core. He comes with the standard modified E-11 blaster rifle and the SE-14 blaster pistol, both molded in grey plastic.

I have already modified my two sets from the Death Troopers I have. I repainted them black and added silver scratches and scrapes as they appear in the movie.

I mentioned before the Long Range Blaster Rifle that the Specialists carry in the movie previews. I went ahead and built my own. I made two, since I figured it would be just as easy as making one, and who knew who was going to have to wield one of these? I made them out of scrap styrene and wire for the piping along the sides.

With the addition of K-2SO, this is a Rebel team that is coming together nicely. I think we are out of Rebels for now. I have some more Imperials coming in soon, and the battle is really going to heat up.


Marvel Legends – Civil War War Machine and Iron Man Mark 27 – Target 2-Pack

Well played Hasbro. Make the Civil War series the biggest in Marvel Legends history, and then do something like pair up the new War Machine with a much less impressive repaint.

In this case, if you are a Marvel Legends fan, you will definitely want to get your hands on War Machine. He is a much more robust and stronger looking version, since the previous movie version. There are a ton of accessories as well.

Rhody definitely has had some upgrades since he joined the Avengers. First off are the arm mounted machine guns. They fit on the hips, in a closed-up position. The clip flips out and then it is attached to the forearm. The clip easily falls off, so be careful with those small pieces.

On his back, he has storage for his club and shoulder mounted gatling gun. The club is closed up when in the port on his back. It can be switched out for an alternate version when held in hand, where it looks powered up and ready to hand out beatings. The gatling gun is the barrel that fits into the square hole on the shoulder. It can be replaced with an alternate version that swivels and moves up and down. It is a bit on the delicate side, and falls out easily too.

Finally, there are fists. War Machine comes with partially closed grasping hands. They work fine. There is an extra set of fists that work well with the arm guns. It is a nice touch. I would not have expected an extra set of hands, but I will take them.

Then there is the Mark 27 suit. A lot of people have been poopooing the Disco armor. It is accurate as far as the color goes. It was part of the “House Party Protocol” where Tony called on JARVIS to bring forth all of the suits in Iron Man 3 to attack the Extremis soldiers. Sadly, it didn’t make it long after the battle as Tony called for “Clean Slate” which destroyed all of the armors.

The Disco armor is very bright, with the right colors, including some really nice pearl blue paint. The problem I have with it is that it is a direct repaint of War Machine from Age of Ultron. It seems like with so many Iron Man molds to choose from, we should have gotten something a little closer to the Disco Armor. Looking at pictures of the Disco Armor, really, if we got a proper chest plate, we would have been pretty set. As it is, they painted a white circle over the rectangle arc port that we see from War Machine.

I am chalking this one up to a whole new mold, for War Machine, with a whole bunch of accessories. They wanted to do it right, it would probably be a one-off use, so they needed to two-pack it with something that will not be as expensive, as they only needed to do a different paint job. I get it.

Well, since it is a repaint of War Machine, they were nice enough to give us the turret for the shoulder, so that is something. Now, Mark 27 didn’t have any such gun, and had some pretty sweet fins that opened on his back, but I guess we can’t be too choosy. “Yes sir. Thank you sir. Please sir, may I have another?”

 

Civil War Iron Man and War Machine

Civil War Iron Man and War Machine

CIVIL WAR!

CIVIL WAR!

“You can’t bring armor into a battle after it is already destroyed. I am the Agent in charge of making sure the timeline stays in tact!”


Marvel Legends Civil War – Captain America and Iron Man Mark 46 – Giant Man Series

The Civil War movie was very polarizing for fans of Captain America and Iron Man. I was on team Cap, while my wife went for team Iron Man. We had a lot of fun poking one another during the movie as each made good points about their stand on all that brought about the Civil War.

Captain America:

Captain America is another Captain America. I have 7 Captain America’s just in the Marvel Legends line, though there are even more that I do not have. This one is a good representation of Cap from the movie.

His outfit is so very nicely detailed, from great molding to a really nice paint scheme. He is ready to battle with all of the articulation you expect from the Marvel Legends line. Hasbro has really gone for it, and has spread the great articulation through all of their lines of 6 inch figures. So much so that other companies have jumped onto the 6 inch bandwagon to capitalize on the ever growing 6 inch market.

Steve comes with his trademark shield. This one is the movie version. It has the straps on the back to be held on the arm only. There is no peg like the comic version to be attached to the back.

Iron Man Mark 46:

Iron Man is decked out in his Mark 46 suit this time around. He is looking good with the red and gold, and a bit of silver in there for good measure.  We have had a LOT of Iron Men over the years of Marvel Legends. Some great, some good, but the movie figures have the best details.

This version of Iron Man comes with open and closed hands. His open hands have a port to add repulsor beams that are beautifully painted in blue and white. They give a bit of extra detail to allow for more playability.

The only problem I have with the hands are the lack of movement at the wrists. If he is using the the repulosors as a weapon, he has a bit of a funny stance while firing them toward someone.

This is a great start to the Giant Man Series.  We get the main characters from the Civil War movie.   I was a but surprised at first that this wave was half Civil War, and half Comic.  Then I saw what they were up to.  This wave of 7 figures has been extended to add 8 more figures in exclusives and box sets.  That turns out to be a whole lot of figures under the Civil War branding.


Zootopia – Operation Red Wood – Target Exclusive

Zootopia is out, and it is phenomenal. I had grabbed a few of the Target Exclusive 2-Packs a while back, and I am glad I did. This set, Operation Red Wood is actually a pretty major part of the story line where we get to see Nick Wilde in action and really get Judy riled up about Nick being a con artist.

They did a great job with the set. They have Nick and Finnick dressed as they were in the scene. They have the ice cream shop elephant, Jerry Jumbeaux Jr. Jerry is actually a total jerk. He won’t sell Nick a popsicle because Nick is a fox. Of course there is a whole setup behind the scenes, but Jerry doesn’t know that. He is just a jerk.

At the end of the con, Nick and Finnick sell the red popsicle sticks to the mice construction workers. He tells them they are red wood. Later when Judy confronts Nick about the lie, Nick says, “I said they were red, space, wood.” They got it right on the box and called it “Operation Red Wood” which makes me happy to no end.

The figures are well done. The details are nice. Nick is the same as you can find in the 2-pack. I had Nick from the 14-pack that had the wrong color shirt in a repaint, so I was happy to get my hands on him this way. He is the most articulated figure in this set. Finnick has a moving head. He is in his Ele Finnick outfit that is special to this set.

Jerry has shoulder movement, head swivel and trunk swivel. He comes with a giant popsicle. That will be $15. Yikes! That is an expensive popsicle, but I guess since it is bigger than Nick, it would be worth it.

The two mice are stationary, but that is what we expect from the small figures. They come with the cutest construction truck in the world.

It has two posts inside for sitting, as well as an extra post in the bed of the truck.


War Machine and Marvel Now Iron Man – Hulkbuster Series Part 3

Today we look at the Iron Men from the Hulkbuster Series. Well, hello there, War Machine we have already seen. Nothing new here. We saw it as Iron Patriot, featuring Col. James Rhodes, in the Iron Monger Series.

Same figure with the blaster on the shoulder. He is missing a bit of good articulation in the ankles, which makes it hard to pose.

He comes with an alternate head, with the mask up, so you can see Rhodes face. It is not the best face out there, but it works. I would love for Hasbro to figure out this dead eye problem.  We have seen it in the Star Wars figures too.  I had a really hard time getting the head to pop on.

I think with this version of War Machine, we are ready to start playing Civil War.

Marvel Now Iron Man:

Iron Men

Um, Iron Man, you are tiny. Something went terribly wrong here. He is half a head shorter than War Machine.

This version of Iron Man is black and gold repaint of Iron Man 2. What we ended up with was fairly comic accurate, but overall, we have come a long way past these days. It is a fine figure for the shelf. Nice to see a black Iron Man amongst a shelf of red, but we have seen many better Iron Man figures in recent years.

He is a necessary figure to bulid Hulkbuster, and he looks fine on the shelf, but I don’t think he will be coming out to play very often.


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