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Tie Striker – Star Wars – Rogue One (3 3/4 scale)

The Tie Striker. There were a lot of new vessels introduced in Rogue One. One of them was this alternate version of the Tie Fighter. It is always an interesting gable to throw a new vehicle into a world that already has a long history. Why didn’t we see Tie Strikers and U-Wings during other movies. Well, they were created after the other movies, but take place before. Like the Death Troopers, you have to have a good story to go along with it. Basically the Galactic War takes place over an entire galaxy, and the places that have these vehicles were not visited… or something along those lines.  Over the years, Hasbro has come out with some amazing Tie Fighter variations. We have had Tie Bombers, Tie Fighters, Tie Interceptors, and the Tie X1. And now the Tie Striker.

This version comes with very long wings. It is nearly as long as Hasbro’s U-Wing, which is impressive on its own. There are 5 main parts to put together. The top part has an opening canopy. The bottom has the NERF cannon. Then there are two wings that are a bit tricky to get in place, but not too bad.

The Tie comes with a pilot. He is a very standard 5POA figure. He does come with an E-11 blaster.

Just like the First Order Tie Fighter, this one has a place in the canopy to hold the blaster. That way it is not bouncing around in there when the ship is flown around.

The wings are locked in the up position for landing. There is a bit of a forward slope to the wings while it is on the ground.

From the top the wing design is unique, but not too dissimilar from the standard Tie variation, so it still fits into the universe.

With a press of a button, the wings fall down into attack mode. Apparently this helps the fighter to fly faster.

From the front, you can see the increased fire power. Yes, there is a NERF cannon down there, but that is of no concern. What is interesting is the second set of cannons below the first. This fighter is ready for battle with 4 cannons instead of two.

From the back, you can see the button on top for dropping the wings. There are holders under the wings for up to 4 NERF darts. The fighter only comes with two.

Overall this is a great model of a Tie Striker. It is big and fun to swoop around. There is a lot of playability with the wings flapping up and down as the flyer sees fit. The NERF guns work well, and the darts fly far, for some added playability. To me, the NERF parts detract from the overall appeal of the toy. It isn’t too bad on this one, like the giant blob hanging off of Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing from the Rebels TV show. I am hoping for a passing phase on this as we get closer to the next Star Wars film coming out, which means the potential for some new vessels.


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 – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

Back with the next Spider-Man. Yesterday we took a look at the homemade suit Spider-Man. Today we will take a look at the suit that Tony Stark gave to Peter Parker.

I am not a fan of the wings. They fall off too easily, and they are too short in width to allow SM to fly.

This figure is similar, but not the same as the Spider-Man we got in the Civil War 3-pack back when Civil War came out. This suit has more texture on the suit, and the paint apps are actually better.

He comes equipped with the web wings that we saw from the very first trailer with Spider-Man flying over a helicopter. And in the movie, that scene was even better with all of the context behind it.

He comes with two sets of hands, which is pretty typical for Spider-Man. One set of fists, and one set of web-flinging hands.

This version of Spider-Man has a lot more articulation than the Homemade Suit version. He has the super-jointed shoulders that allow for some very dynamic poses.

In addition, he has an alternate head that has squinty eyes. His eyes in the movie were a character of their own. I really think they took a cue from Deadpool and allowed Spider-Man to wear his mask much more and let his eyes do a lot of the talking. Very well done. If you want an unmasked version, you have to go hunt down the Spider-Man/Iron Man 2-pack to get Tom Holland’s head.

Comparing the two Spider-Men for the movie, they are very similar in height…which is what we would want. It is funny how the optical illusion of the two figures alone make the Homemade suit version look smaller.

Well, we are two figures in, and we are already almost done with the movie figures. Next up, we have a run of comic figures. Some are good, some are so-so, and one is absolutely terrible, not to mention it is missing a part. Until later…


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.


Jackson Storm – Cars 3

I was not expecting it to be so difficult to get my hands on Jackson Storm when the Cars 3 vehicles first came out. But then I saw the $44 8 pack at Target, and knew he would be in a holding pattern along with the gold foil wrapped Lightning McQueen. Get the people to buy the expensive set first. Nope, I can wait. And then they hit at WalMart, and I was swimming in Storms.

There are a lot of cars that do have updates from the previous movies. All of Lightning’s friends look to be the same. At least enough of the same for me to not need to get them. But there are some newer Next-Gen Piston Cup cars that are out that are pretty neat looking.

Jackson Storm is all dark grey and blue. He is clearly the bad guy, or at least the antagonist of the film. He is like Chick Hicks from the first film, but an actual threat to Lightning.

I am happy with what I see in the previews so far. I think this is what Cars 2 should have been. The world trotting with spies and all of that was fine, but it didn’t have what gave the first movie heart. I think we will be back to that in this installment, and I cannot wait. I know if I go see it by myself, my wife would kill me, or at least disown me. Neither of which sound like good options. But we were on our camping road trip, and didn’t get a chance to see it when it came out June 16. So now I am behind and ready to go!


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.


Decepticon Berserker – Transformers: The Last Knight (Deluxe Premiere Edition)

Since I went to see The Last Knight this morning, Berserker is even more of a strange choice of figures to make. He was in the movie for a handful of seconds only. Megatron wants him freed, and we get to see just how crazy he is. He is strapped down, Steve Buscemi style ala ConAir. And for good reason too. He is CRAZY!

But enough about the character, let’s look at the figure.

Vehicle: *

Ouch, this vehicle SUCKS!!! First off, it is clear that they used Crankcase from Dark of the Moon as the basis for this figure. A Suburban with police lights on the roof. That is okay, but the real problem is that they tried to (like with Bumblebee) make too many cuts to the vehicle. It does not stay together in any way shape or form. And that is a really bad thing.

There is virtually no playability with the vehicle at all. Even if you can get it to stay together somewhat, it falls apart with the smallest bit of pressure.

Robot: ****
Weapons: ***


In robot mode, he is still rather Crankcase looking. Dreads and an ugly mug. He really shines in robot mode, despite his vehicle mode. The car parts fold up really nice to allow him to showcase his robot mode (which is all we see in the movie).
It is strange to me that they would make a new character that looks so much like the old one. We know Crankcase bit the dust in Dark of the Moon. Maybe they were brothers. Who knows?
He has very unique legs, with the ankle being reversed and high up on his leg. He has shorter feet than most of the other oversized feet the movie figures generally have.

Despite having the Predator-type dreadlocks, he does have really good head articulation due to a double joint on the neck.

He comes with a pair of spiked weapons. They are nasty looking things. They can be wielded in his hands, or they can hang off his back with the tab on the handle. They can also be placed in the undercarriage of the body when in vehicle mode. Maybe the best part of his vehicle mode. They are not the best weapons out there, but I like that he actually comes with weapons, and they are very fitting to the character.

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

The vehicle mode is a mess. He will probably never go back into that mode as long as I have him. The robot mode is so much better, with good articulation, nice detailing, and an overall great appearance. If you are not a completist, you will probably want to skip this one. He is hardly in the movie at all, and will not be missed in your collection. If however you do not think that it is fair that there are 17 Autobots, and only 5 Decepticons in the Deluxe, Voyager, and Leader Classes, then you may want to pick him up.

We will see what the rest of the line brings us. I am not overly excited about the figures so far, and the rest of the line looks so-so. I am glad we still have figures from Titans Return to look forward to. They have been consistently solid every time.


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