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Marvel Legends – Mantis Series (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)

We are back in Marvel Legends with another go around from the Guardians of the Galaxy. This time to go along with Volume 2.  In the standard that we are currently seeing from Habro, we have a number of movie figures and a string of comic figures to go with the theme.

Rocket and Groot:

One of the best pairing from the first movie again makes waves as we look at Rocket in a new costume, and a young Groot.

This version of Rocket still looks like he has a bad attitude. This is helped with a hinged jaw and two guns that fit well in his hand.  Rocket is not a big figure, but the details are outstanding on his outfit. And little Groot looks great too. Maybe we will see a teenage Groot in Infinity Wars. Fingers crossed for an emo Groot.

Gamora:

Gamora is not a big win for me. I did not love the first version, and the second version does not bring me much joy either. I think it is because I LOVE the design of the comic version of Gamora, and it is hard to make a live-action related to that.

The face sculpt is really well done. Hasbro has been nailing the face sculpts for the most part.

Along with a large rifle, Gamora also comes with her sword, as well as a second version of her sword that folds up and fits in a holster/sheath.

Nebula:

I was so happy to see Nebula make it back into Volume 2. I thought there was a lot of depth to the character that we had not yet seen… and we didn’t get a figure the first time around either.

Her outfit is really cool looking with the two tones of purple, with the black and some shiny and some matte. There is a lot of detail going on there. It goes along with the rest of her body, a great head sculpt and a fantastic metal arm.

She comes with a small blaster, and a second arm. That replacement forearm is a bit creepy, and it looks great.

Star-Lord:

Oh good, just what we need… another Star-Lord. How many is that now? This time we have Dr. Who Star-Lord. I am not a big fan of the face sculpt on this one. We have gotten a few really good versions in the past.

We don’t get a masked head, but boy, we get a scrap of black plastic. Hmmm. Kind of a letdown this time around.

Star-Lord also comes with his twin blasters, but boy this is a hard one for me to like, since we have had a few good ones in the past.

Adam Warlock:

Adam Warlock is the first of the comic figures. They gave us a painted buck with a skirt and fat belt, power effects, and a pair of heads. This is not a terribly exciting figure.

The alternate head is actually quite amazing. It adds to the dynamics of the figure and makes him way better. And the purple skin is really well done.

Ex Nihilo:

Ex, who now? I have no clue who this guy is. And I don’t really care all that much. In the past, there have been strange out-there figures that have come around in the later part of the Marvel Legends waves that I really wanted to know more about.

This guy, not so much. He is gold and has a black symbol on his chest. And he has some crazy asymmetrical horns. That is about all I need to know.

I do actually love the gold paint. It really shows off the great sculpting of the figure.

Mantis (BAF):

Take the build-a-figure part from each of the figures and you end up with Mantis. Easily one of my favorite parts of Volume 2.

She looks fantastic in her black and green. The colors of her outfit are really well done. She has her movie accurate hair and the big black eyes.

It is hard to say it is worth it to have to get 6 figures, just to build Mantis. She is great, but she is also a small figure. We had Hit Monkey back in the day that was a small guy, but there were only 3 figures to collect in that wave. This one you had to collect 6 of the 7 figures to get this BAF. I skipped Death’s Head II. I will probably pick him up on clearance on Amazon.
He looks a lot better than Ex Nihilo. And it was a redo of Rocket, Gamora, Star-Lord, and a couple of unknowns. So, I am not impressed overall. And that is hard for me to say, I LOVE Marvel Legends. Thankfully, there are some really good waves coming up in the very near future.

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Dinobot Slug – Transformers: Generations – Power of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

A bit ago, we looked at Slash, the newest member of the Dinobots. Today we are looking at Slug. Oh why did we have to move away from “Slag”? Wouldn’t you like to have your name be a bad word too? Ah well, alas, we have Slug. We saw him with this name in Age of Extinction, and it stuck around.

Straight up you can see there is the grey, gold, and red that we know and love of the Dinobots. Lacking is the wonderful chrome that decorated the G1 Dinobots. Maybe someday we will see a recolored version of the set.

Slug comes with a blaster (not a proper sword from G1), and Prime Armor. I have to say, I am impressed with this Prime Armor already. The knuckles of the fist are spiked, just the way Volcanicus is going to like it.

Wearing his Prime Armor and teaming up with Micronus, Slug is able to share his fire breathing power with another warrior. Can you imagine Optimus Prime breathing fire? Well I am sure it will only ever be in your dreams, since Slug hates Optimus, and probably wouldn’t share his power…ever.

Standing alongside Slash, you can see how slight the scout is compared to the other Dinobots. That is what you get with a size change from Legends to Deluxe.

And then there is the Triceratops mode. It is not bad. I like the head a whole lot. That gold inside the clear plastic looks great. And the fins around the head look really close to the G1 version, though this set lays back a lot more.

There is something weird going on with the back legs. I don’t know if he is getting ready to jump, or take a poop. It would have been so much better if the legs were slightly less bent.

And as with the other figures in this series, Slug can hold onto his Prime Armor in beast mode, though it is kind of silly up there on top of his back. Maybe if they looked a bit more like cannons like some of the other Prime Armors, it would be a bit more fetching. The gun can also be attached to the peg hole on either hip.

Of course, what I am really excited about is forming Volcanicus. Slug becomes the right arm of the Combiner, which we will get to after the second wave of figures gives us the rest of the Dinobots.

Overall, I am happy with Slug (name and pooping stance aside). I can’t wait to have the whole team assembled and fighting together. It has been a LONG time since we have seen them all together (not including the movies). This gives me hope of some really great figures to come.


Black Widow – Marvel Ultimate Series (Disney Store Exclusive)

I don’t play around in the 12 inch scale a whole lot. The good figures tend to be really expensive, so I shy away from them for the most part. But when something like Black Widow goes on a deep sale at The Disney Store, I jump all over that kind of deal.

She is pretty much all I have seen that is left from the Ultimate Series of figures. I don’t know a lot about her, but overall I am pleased with her.

She comes in a cloth outfit that has a zipper in the front. She comes with a set of stun batons that are nicely colored. She also comes with 3 guns (2 handguns and a rifle). There is also an alternate set of hands.

The outfit looks nice. It fits well and has a really good looking material. The holsters do not stay in place when playing with her, and moving her around for posing.

She has a pair of gauntlets that we have seen her use before to shock an assailant. Unfortunately, the bracelets have blue electricity shooting out of them, and it does not look very good when she is holding her guns or just standing there. I might have to cut off the electricity.

She has really good range of motion with good articulation, and fabric that lets that articulation work. If you have a pose you want her in, she can probably make it.

I am a bit skeptical about her being a $34.95 action figure. She is nice, but I have trouble thinking she is $35 nice. There are a lot of really good quality accessories and the body is well done. I got her for $20, and I think that is a GREAT deal for this figure. I checked the DisneyStore.com website, and now they are going for $14.99. A steal.

If you are a fan of Black Widow, or want a good set of clothes and guns, you might want to head over to your local Disney Store or get online and pick her up.


Wingspan and Cloudraker – Transformers: Generations – Titans Returns – Wingspan and Cloudraker (Walgreens Exclusive)

We are in the midst of Power of the Primes, but we are not done with Titans Masters yet. A bunch of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco. The day after Black Friday, my wife and I were walking around town getting ready for breakfast. We stopped in at a fantastic greasy spoon we have gone to before. The line was extremely long. Across the street and down half a block was the glowing cursive ‘w’ of Walgreens. My wife said, “We have to wait a bit, why don’t you go take a look around Walgreens and I will hold our spot.” I don’t have to be told twice. Waving my goodbye and “thanks,” I headed in. I didn’t expect a whole lot, since it was in the middle of the city, and the Walgreens tend to be a lot lighter on goods in the big cities. But to my amazement, they had this Titans Return 2-pack of Wingspan and Cloudraker.

So, the figures are about Legends Class size, and it actually says so on the packaging. In the past, many of the special sets like this left the buyer guessing at the Class. Not this time.

Out of the box, the two guys are very similar. They share some of the same transformation, but they do not look like typical “brothers.” I like the colors. Wingspan has a purple and teal color scheme going on with touches of white and hot pink. Cloudraker seems to be a little more put together with red and cream with a touch of black on the legs/wings.

From the back, Wingspan has giant gaping holes in the back of his legs… something we have not seen a lot with some really clever transformation. Like with his box mate, Cloudraker, who has wings that covers over his holes. But then he has a funky looking backpack that shows a lot of empty parts under the nose of the ship.

Cloudraker transforms into a spaceship of some sort. Clearly a light fighter, since he is a little guy, he has high engines like a lot of the Cybertronian jets we have seen in the Titans Returns line.

It is an okay ship, though there are a lot of parts that are recognizable as body parts.

Wingspan, clearly named for his wider wingspan than Cloudraker, transforms into a bird of prey. We did not get a whole lot of Beastformers in the Titans Returns line.

Wingspan does a good job transforming. Most of the parts are well hidden, with the bulk transfering to the underside of the body, helping to hide the.

Here we have it. A couple of flying robots. I would rather have seen two more similarly themed figures, as opposed to one hawk and one space ship.  They even have spots for Titan Masters to sit, though I could not get one to ride Wingspan very well.

 

I love that Walgreens keeps getting lots of exclusives, quickly becoming one of my favorite spots to find exclusives. I can’t wait to see what I find there next.


Scorchfire and Windblade – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return (Deluxe Class)

Well, hmmm….  apparently this post was written, but I accidentally left it as a draft, rather than actually posting it.  So, it has been in the depths of the interweb for 4 months, but now here is Windblade, with Scorchfire.

Windblade won the Fan Favorite award to be made. She has appeared in the comics, Robots in Disguise cartoon, and now has a number of figures across the lines. This is her best version yet. She is a bit bulkier in the legs than her previous release, but that is okay with me. Too skinny of legs means harder to pose, and easy to fall over, taking all of her other shelf-mates with her.

She comes with the TItan Master of Scorchfire. He is an all new figure to go along with her all new figure. It wouldn’t do to have a G1 Headmaster go along with a figure that wasn’t around back then. The head mode shows off Windblades fantastically sculpted and painted head. This is probably the most detailed head in all of the figures of this line.

In robot mode, he is very black, except for his face visor. It is hard to see the details on these really dark Titan Masters.

When figuring out what figures share which bodies, some are more obvious than others. Windblade shares the same skeletal system with Scourge and Highbrow. It is clear that it is only the skeletal system since they are three very different figures.

Windblade comes with two swords. They can combine to form one double-sided sword.

It also doubles as a seat for Scorchfire. In order to live up to his name, when Scorchfire rides in the sword, it gives Windblade a flaming sword power.

Her swords can be stored on her back. A fantastic touch to leave her hands free, but not have to set her swords down someplace and forget them.

In her alternate mode, Windblade becomes a VTOL jet. No surprise there. Scorchfire can ride in the cockpit like a good Titan Master should.

The jet is well done. It is a touch bulky in the back, but that seems to be the theme of the Titans Return line of jets. Junk in the trunk.  The fan blades move, and the swords can be mounted on the wings.

If you want something weird, the swords can also be mounted to the top of the jet, allowing Scorchfire an outdoor seat, though I don’t think that is too safe.

Overall, I like this one. There are still a lack of female Transformers, but it is all the more exciting when we get them.

 

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Jazz – Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Deluxe Class Wave 1)

The internet seemed to erupt pretty quickly with hate for Jazz. So, I was a little skeptical about the figure when I first got him. Well, that was unfounded. He is a fine figure. Is he the best? Nope. But, there are a lot of things that are done right.

First off, it looks like Jazz. He has the wide body with the front of the car making up his chest. He has wheels on his shoulders, and wheels on his outer legs. The colors are there, just like they should be. The only thing missing is the shoulder-mounted rocket launcher… but we haven’t seen that since his first issue back in 1984.

Like with the Legends Class, the Deluxe Class figures come with a card as well. This one says “Onyx Jazz”. Onyx Prime is one of the original 13 Primes, and is the Prime of the Beasts. I would have imagined him teaming up with a Dinobot, rather than Jazz, but as per the card, it looks like teaming up with Onyx will improve Jazz’s fighting.

As with all of the Deluxe figures, Jazz comes with a weapon, and “Prime Armor.” The gun is very reminiscent of his G1 blaster, with a square body and and angular barrel that flares in the middle.

The Prime Armor can be worn on the forearm as a weapon and shield, or it can be attached to the chest of the Deluxe figure. In this case, Jazz is hanging with Vector Prime, since we don’t have Onyx Prime yet.

From the front, the chest mounted armor works, but from the side, it looks pretty silly. It seems that it would have been much better if it had been torso armor instead. Hasbro did such a good job with the big chest of Jazz, but it doesn’t work too well with the additional armor added on.

Transforming Jazz into vehicle mode is very familiar if you have been collecting the Combiner Wars figures. It has the same sort of folding parts that we have seen before. I am still once again amazed that Hasbro was able to make good looking robots, vehicles, and still be able to have them transform into arms and legs for a Combiner.

Jazz continues with his Porsche vehicle mode. This time around, he is a Le Mans style Porsche. I am sure much faster than the original G1 935 Turbo. He has his familiar #4 on the hood and sides. Where it used to say “Martinii” It now says “Autobot Jazz.”

On the back of the car, you can see the telltale port that is the same as with all of the Combiner Wars figures.

The Prime Armor can fit on the back of Jazz in vehicle mode. He can also carry his gun. I do wish the gun could be stored away inside the vehicle, but at this point, with a giant hunk of armor on the roof, there is not disguising this Transformer.

Along with a number of ports for holding weapons, there are also a number of posts for Prime Masters or Titan Masters to stand around. Why they would do that, I don’t know, but they are there anyway.

And of course, as we go full circle in this Prime Wars Trilogy, we come back to the beginning. The Deluxe Class figures can become arms or legs and combine with the Voyager Class figures. I haven’t been able to get my hands on the first two Voyager Class figure (Grimlock and Starscream) yet, so Battle Core Optimus will be stepping in to take control of the new recruits. On the directions of Jazz, it shows using Grimlock as the body, and having Jazz along with the rest of the Deluxe Figures of wave 1 becoming the limbs. That is a bit problematic as the Decepticon Dreadwing is a part of the first wave of figures. Alas, he will be a part of this first Combiner team until new recruits are released in wave 2, and then he can go and spread his doom and gloom on Starscream’s team.

Coming up next, the return of the Dinobots. These guys look great, and I cannot wait to get all 5 to form Volcanicus. I think that is going to be one mean Combiner.


Transformers: Generations – Power Of the Primes (Legends Class Wave 1)

Today we are going to take a look at the first wave of the slightly larger Legends Class figures. There are 4 in all. Windcharger, Beachcomber, Slash, and Skrapnel. The first three are new, while Skrapnel is a minor repaint from Titans Return, so I passed on him. But the other three, ironically enough all Autobots, are new and ready for show.

Windcharger:

Based on a pretty good likeness of his G1 version, Windcharger is back. We saw him at the beginning of the Prime Wars Trilogy in Combiner Wars, where he was still small, but not an actual combiner. He was an original member of the Ark crew that crash landed on Earth in the G1 cartoon, and a figure that came out in the first year of the Transformers toy line, so it is a great place to start.

He has the same block head look that he had in the G1 cartoon. He is updated with a bit of a size increase as well as really good articulation.

As you can see, he is about half the size of a Deluxe figure, which fits in well with the overall design of the G1 feel. He was small then, and he is small now.

The transformation of these Legends is pretty intricate. They have improved over the past two years of the Prime Wars Trilogy. And if history is any indication, the first Windcharger from 2015 was made into Tailgate, just like the 1984 version. And since history has a way of repeating itself, we will see him redecoed into Tailgate once more later in this line. And that is fine with me. This is a very nice car.

And along with the introduction of Titan Masters, we got Legends Class figures that can allow for drivers. The trend continues, and the proportions with the Prime Masters continues.  The top of Windcharger peels back to allow any Prime Master ti fit inside. A ride is the only way for Prime Masters and Legends Class figures to interact with one another, unlike with the rest of the sizes of figures.

 

Beachcomber:

An Autobot that showed up one day and stayed on the team back in G1. Today Beachcomber is again recreated to help any way he can. Digging holes and the like for this geologist.

The detail work that went into him is amazing. The designers looked at lines and markings and translated them into some amazing molding work. His chest is fantastic, and there are a lot of tiny touches that really make him stand out.

He transforms into a dune buggy with some pretty nifty transformations. The roll cage is actually three separate parts that fold out and connect as the buggy comes together. That keeps from being a big roll cage from hanging off his back or something.

There is a giant, funny-looking hole in the back of his body. This is where his head tucks as he is transformed. It is so strange to have designer go to so much work to add so many details, but not have some sort of door that closes on the back part of the car.

As with Windcharger, Beachcomber can accept one Master to drive inside. A much windier ride, but I am sure fun nonetheless.

 

Slash:

Slash is new to the G1 continuity. Originally Slash was supposed to be in the Age of Extinction movie along with the rest of the Dinbots, but it was not meant to be. There was a toy made in the Deluxe Class, and made a return in the The Last Knight line earlier this year.

Well, ‘he’ became a ‘she’, and she is a good looking bot in the color scheme of the rest of the Dinobots. She is their scout, and that works well in this smaller scale, as we have had many type scouts in the Legends Class.  This is a very slender figure compared to the other two Autobot Legends we got in Wave 1.

Her transformation is that of a Velociraptor, and it is awesome. She has the correct coloring, with the red/black/silver/gold color scheme. She even has the clear head with gold inside to better match her team. The rest of the Dinobots will be able to combine to form Volcanicus, but Slash sadly will not be a part of that. She will however be able to continue to be their scout.


And yes, she has a seat. A door in her back opens and allows a Prime Master to sit in/on her.

Each of the Legends comes with a collectible card. It is the name of a Prime Master along with their name, and their capabilities. So far, we only have Vector Prime to see how this works. Vector Prime’s logo is in the middle picture, and it says “Time travels to prevent extinction-level events.” That is very fitting for a time traveling Prime Master, and a geologist. But we don’t know how it all works. Do they time travel when Vector Prime is riding in the vehicle mode of Beachcomber? Or are they linked? I would love a bit more background on this one.

I am very happy with the Legends Class figures so far. They are a whole lot of fun to transform, and they look very G1 with a nice update to 2018. I am very excited to move onto the Deluxe Class figures while I keep my eyes out for the larger Class figures.


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