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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.


Titus – Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

Let’s take a quick look at the build-a-figure of Titus that we get with the completion of the Titus Wave of the Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Marvel Legends set.

This is the first of two waves this time around for the second movie. We have the Vulture and Warlock series to stick in the middle of the two waves, but it will be here eventually nonetheless. You know, right about the time the DVD drops I am sure.

Titus was a member of the Supernovas, so he ties into the space theme as well as having worked with Sam Alexander’s dad, so a more direct connection to another figure in the wave.

The figure himself is what we like to see in a BAF. He is big and tough looking. He has a unique look, with the giant white tiger head, as well as the quad blaster for a hand.

He has the standard articulation that we get in the big guys of the Marvel Legend line. A bit less than the standard figures, but not bad overall.

So this concludes the 8-figure set of the GotG Vol 2 wave. This will continue to grow sometime down the line with some more great figures and characters.

For now, I found Cyclops to complete the Warlock wave somewhere out there in either Nevada or Utah. It was thankfully pretty early in the trip. And that was the only Cyclops I saw through 11 states. I knew he would be the hard one to find. And then the Spider-Man: Homecoming figures started to show up, and I completed that set as well. The figures are starting to back up, so look for lots and lots of updates coming soon.


Barricade – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

I was set to skip the movie figures this time around, but then I couldn’t. As part of my 11 state summer trip, I was in a whole mess of Walmarts, and they had the Deluxe figures for a way better deal in the middle of the country than here at home in California. So I pulled the trigger on three of the four. I grabbed Barricade, Bumblebee, and Berserker. I skipped Slash, since he is just a repaint of the Age of Extinction figure.

We are going to take a look at the three figures and see what is going on this time around. I decided I am going to be a little more scientific this time around, with a star rating for three areas: vehicle, robot, and weapons. One star is not good, and five stars is the best.

Today we will start with the guy that made me want some of these movie figures, Barricade.

Vehicle: *****

I am giving Barricade a 5 star rating on the vehicle. The paint is right on, and he snaps together nice and tight.

The front end is right on with the heavy duty push bars with the lights mounted in there.

There are some liberties taken at the back end with the taillights and rear bumper area, but the back end is not the most important part.

There are only a few things missing on the toy that the real car had, such as searchlights on both A-pillars, and the rear spoiler. I can see skipping the lights, as they would be hard to mount. But the rear spoiler should have been included, but that would have been an extra piece that I can see why it would also be skipped.

His 8-barreled wrist cannon can be opened in half and mounted on the back of the car. That is a fun touch.

Robot: ****
Weapons: *****

Barricade is a great car, and he is a really good robot. With the movie figures we get into a bit of a grey area where transforming comes into play. The movie robots can transform and tuck parts away in a way that they cannot do with a toy… at least not with a toy that wouldn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

What we get this time around is a really good representation of the movie Barricade. His head sculpt is fantastic. He is so creepy with the four eyes.

He has all of the colors where they should be for the most part. He is a good combo of black, blue, grey, and white, much like his car mode.

One area that really hurts this figure is on the back. The windshield to the back of the trunk are all one giant piece. There is no way to hide that one. It looks pretty bad back there with so much of the car being left. I feel like they could have done one hinge in the middle (similar to Bumblebee’s), and it would have brought the bottom part up a lot and gotten it out of Barricade’s legs.

Articulation with this one is really good too. He has good all around movement. The movie figures seem to lack hip movement more times than not, which would really up the ante on the articulation.

He comes with three weapons, which is really great. He has his 8-barreled cannon that attaches to his wrist. He also comes with a handgun and a nightstick. Something any cop/robot should be carrying. It is a great touch to add these items in.

In addition to his three main weapons, Barricade also has a pair of “brass” knuckles. They have “PROTECT” and “SERVE” written on each fist backwards, as to leave a nice mark on whatever he hits.

  • Vehicle:      *****
  • Robot:         ****
  • Weapons:  *****

Overall, this is a great first figure to look at in the The Last Knight, Deluxe line. I am not as favorable of the other two figures, but we will get to them next.


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.


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