Guardians of the Galaxy (comic) Marvel Legends – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Box Set

Way back when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced, I had know who The Guardians were, but not a whole lot about them. I had seen them pop up now and then, but not really that mainstream. I knew Marvel was really taking a risk going all in by adding a team that was mostly unknown. I trust Marvel, and I knew they were going to do a good job. I was all in. Well, the crazy hit, and The Guardians gained more followers. One of the advantages of that is that there are other risks taken when putting out toys.

The comic version of The Guardians was made in the Marvel Legends 6 inch line and was an exclusive to Entertainment Earth. Originally set at about $120, I was not going to be able to get this one. Besides that, it was WAY too high priced with each figure going for $24, if you are including Rocket as one figure, which would be hard to do for that price. Then back in March, I had some money for Amazon, and this set popped up for 30% less than it sold for on Entertainment Earth’s site. Funny enough, it is still available on Amazon for the 30% off, and EE says they are sold out.

Anyway, let’s take a look. That is a lot of stuff in one box of Marvel Legends. The whole team is here. Rocket in uniform. Groot is looking very angry. Star-Lord is looking great in his uniform. Gamora is clad in soft-goods mixed with some plastic. And Drax has some metal hands and is very very bright green.

Out of the box, they look even more dynamic. That is a team I can get behind. I LOVE teams, and this one looks great.

Let’s take a closer look starting with the firecracker, Rocket Raccoon. He comes with three different weapons. He is holding one that fits him pretty well. The other two are gigantic, but you know Rocket, that is the way he likes them. He is also posing with a baby Groot. Not nearly as cute at the movie Groot, but not much actually is. I really like Rocket’s paint. His face is so bright with the black and white face.

Star-Lord comes masked with his helmet and mask in place. With all of the extras, we didn’t get an unmasked version. Too bad. His suit is just fantastic. It has a classic feel to it, with the barnstormer jacket and the brown spats over his boots.

He comes with a pair of pistols. They are really well made with good details. They do need a bit of paint apps to really bring out the details. And some holsters would have been nice, but not the worse. He also comes with the Tesseract.

Drax has a pair of metal hands, as well as his bare hands. He comes with 4 knives. The metal hands do not allow holding of weapons. When the hands are removed, the gauntlets can be removed as well, but he always wears those.

The two big knives that look like big ole Bowie knives with guards for his hands. They are well made and look just right in the big guy’s hands.

The two smaller knives are the same as the pair that came with movie Drax, and they also holster in his boots.

Gamora is so lovely. Her paint is top notch. He comes fully dressed with a head that has a hood up. Her mouth is slightly open. She has the rest of the cape, made of plastic, going down the back.

There is a soft-goods poncho that goes on under the cape. There is one arm hole and a head hole in the poncho.

The extra clothing covers up so much great paint apps on the rest of her body. She is certainly not modest, wearing next to nothing. No wonder she has to wear a poncho and a cape. I hear space can be a cold place. She has a second head that does not have the hood. The hair is a bit more free. She also has a really big broadsword that is two-toned gold and silver.

You can make a lot of clothing choices with her. Her cape can be worn without the poncho, which is actually closer to the art from the cover of the box.

Finally there is Groot. This is not your ordinary movie Groot. This guy is angry. From the neck down, it actually IS the movie Groot, but with a darker paint job. The head is all new, with a look much closer to the comic books, with a much more root appearance.

This is a great team. They look so good together. They have the height, both high and low. They have a whole lot of different fighting attributes to bring to the table. I love teams!!!

And for good measure, the comic team is joined by the movie team. Comparing the two teams based on appearance: movie Groot wins, Comic Gamora. Comic Drax, Comic Rocket, and a tie on Star-Lord. I absolutely love the movie, and I cannot wait to see Volume 2, but for the Marvel Legends, the comic team wins on appearance.

 

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Decepticon Fangry – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Today, we are going to take a look at Fangry. First the backstory. Fangry was the name of the Headmaster robot from 1988. The actual Headmaster Driver was named Brisko. So, this is kind of Brisko with a vehicle accessory that allows him to turn into the wolf-bat thing that the larger robot turned into. With me so far? Well, the body of this new Fangry is modeled after Brisko. The head he transforms into is modeled after the head that Bisko transforms into. So basically, this is Brisko with Fangry’s name… or something like that.

We get a pink and black robot in his robot mode. The Decepticons are not against taking on pinks and purples, and making them their own. The color scheme matches that of Fangry (1988) with a pink torso and legs, and black arms and head. The only difference is pink upper legs rather than black. He has a pretty menacing looking face, you know, for being a tiny, tiny robot.

His first mode is the wolf-bat. In the 1988 version, he had tiny little wings that stuck out funny. This time everything is a whole lot more proportional. You know this is no normal bat. It has arms for one thing. You can see Fangry right there front and center as the chest.

The second mode is the dragon. They want to get full use of the wings, so his alternate mode is another beast. This one works okay too. The tail is a bit stunted, and there is a strange post sticking out of the chest, but that is about all. Fangry gets to ride the dragon like a scooter. You know you wish you could ride a dragon too.

Third up is the weapon mode. It looks like the wolf-bat all folded up. The feet have blasters in the soles, and the dragon’s tail is the third blaster. That funny post sticking out of the dragon’s chest becomes the gun’s handle.

Finally we get to the Titan Master head. A great nod to Fangry’s G1 head with the green face surrounded by the black edging. The green is so neon and crazy that it just works with him. The visor he has is just so incredibly thick.

This is another fun figure to add to the growing Titan Master lineup. Another Decepticon in the ranks. Next up, we will swing back the Autobot’s way for another flyer.

 

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Sawback (Lione) – Transformers: Generations – Titans Return – Titan Master

Sawback… wait a minute, Sawback is a blue wolf mini-con from the Robots in Disguise line. This guy is not blue, he is definitely not a wolf, and… he doesn’t even have anything to do with saws. This my friends is Lione from the Headmasters. He will from now on be called Lione. I do not care about copyright, and whatever Hasbro did to lose the right to “Lione,” but I am going to call him Lione. Is that enough references to Lione in two sentences?

So, here we go. Lione here is a Titan Master. Therefore he can transform from a head to a tiny little robot. The original Lione transformed from a head to a lion. This time around, he is a robot, but his robot mode has a lion’s head. Pretty neat in all of it’s tiny glory.

As a Titan Master without a body, he comes with a vehicle, as do all of the figures in this series. It is clearly some sort of lion. The first mode I got it into was a ship. Some sort of upside down lion with legs sticking up. No the best in designs. This feels like the designers held the lion and said, “Let’s see if we can get a third mode out of this somehow. If we turn it over, we can force it into the very loose form of a flying vehicle of some sort.”

It is not a terrible mode, and really useful for Lione to get around. It has cannons all over it, so he could be helpful in a fight.

A Lion! Now we are talking. The second mode of the vehicle is a lion. Hence the name Sawback. Gah! Nope, can’t do it. Sticking with Lione. Lione folds up and becomes the mane behind the lion’s head. This is probably the best representation of blend between vehicle and Titan Master that we have ever seen.

There is quite a cartoony feel to the face of the lion. It even has a bit of a head spike that is a nice nod to the original Lione that had a really tall spike. This time around the spike was traded in for a pair of wings. Another flying mammal. The Japanese sure do love putting wings on animals that don’t have wings. And I love buying them.

Then there is the “weapon” mode. This time we see the first defensive weapon. A shield. That is a great change. Now a Transformer can use two weapons and really have an advantage.

Finally there is the head. Lione has such an interesting face. In the original version, he had a really long face, and we see it again here. Looking at the rest of the head, the orange part around the face, it looks like a tiny head on top of his head, with legs coming down the sides of his face. This is a direct take from the original, where the lion body folds in around the head. The continued homage paid to the original figures is fantastic and so welcome.

This is another great figure in the tiny Titan Master line. I am always excited to get my hands on these little guys, and I am glad we have more to go.


Dragonzord – Legacy Collection 2017 Reissue

I went to a Toys R Us a little ways away today. Out and about and looking for some Hot Wheels, or maybe some new 6.5 inch Legacy Power Rangers. And then I came upon this guy, the Dragonzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The Green Ranger’s angry Godzilla inspired Zord in all of his plastic and mostly diecast glory.

“Where are you Dragonzord?”

I am really excited to be finally getting my hands on this guy. It was issued initially back in 2014, but I could not find one. I was definitely not going to pay scalper prices, and I figured I would be missing out. Not great, since I have the rest of the Legacy Collection (save for Titanus), and Dragonzord would really round out that part of my collection.

“I shall set you free!”

The box art is really well done and fits in with the rest of the Zords we have seen so far.

Inside we see the nice packaging usually reserved for the Japanese Super Sentai Zords with the nice tight packaging and each part wrapped in plastic. We do not need window boxes with these figures. The quality control is really up there and nicely done.

Dragonzord comes with two sets of hands, one straight and one with curved fingers. Generally we saw the curved hands in the show when Dragonzord was fighting hand-to-hand combat, and the flat hands when it was shooting or when transforming.

This is a great looking Zord. It has Godzilla written all over it. The color scheme is so nicely done. Decades later, and it is still a great overall design. The standouts are the gold and green paint apps. So bright and shiny.

There are a lot of details all over the zord. His head is fantastic. The red eyes are great, and the top head spike is so long.

And then there is the 11 inch tail. It is huge!!! And it is articulated. Now, it is not as articulated as the show makes the tail seem, but I am guessing the tail on the show’s Dragonzord was not quite that articulated either.

Dragonzord and Megazord had a few good battles. Usually the MMPR team trying to get Tommy to not beat them up.

They were no match for Dragonzord, and thankfully they were able to help Tommy to kick the bad guy chip on his shoulder and use the Dragonzord for good, not evil.

I was surprised by how much taller Megazord is over Dragonzord. It is nearly half a head.

Finally, once the team was a group of six, Zordon taught Tommy how to use the Dragon Dagger to summon Dragonzord to join with Megazord to form Dragonzord Battle Mode. The transformation is pretty much like it was in the show, using the Mastodon, Sabertooth Tiger and Triceratops to form a bigger, badder Zord. That left the tail and center of Dragonzord’s body to form a really big staff. It is about half again as tall as Dragonzord. Interestingly, the Power Staff on this figure is more accurate than the staff in the show. That staff had only three tail parts and then the drill, as opposed to 5, which Dragonzord’s tail actually had.

When the spike on top of his head is pressed up to full height, it releases the bottom jaw, and allows the face to show. It is a cool face, with a really big red eye mask.

Then there is the secondary transformation. The even more powerful Mega Dragonzord. This uses all of Megazord, except for Mastodon’s head. This mode does not use the parts to form the Power Staff, so Mega Dragonzord could foreseeably use the Power Staff in this mode, though I don’t know if the team would need to since the finishing move is very powerful.

Since Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers ran longer than Zyuranger and went into the footage of Dairanger, they wanted to continue to use the Dragonzord for a bit while Tommy made the transition from Green Ranger to White Ranger. The evil clone of Tommy as the Green Ranger took over the Dragonzord, while Tommy took control of the White TigerZord. Now these two Zords were from different shows, so they were not ever in scenes together. The editing team had to edit a fight together using footage of each Zord. They fought against one another, but never were on screen together.

Seasons 1-3 in Zords. This Dragonzord is really fun to play around with. It is a bit finicky at times, where the parts don’t want to stay together. I guess there really is too much diecast in these guys. Dragonzord is the only Zord of the three to not be destroyed. Maybe we will see it again someday.


Clobber and Skytread – Conclusion of Wave 2 of Titans Return Titan Masters

It was strangely hard to get my hands on the last two figures in wave 2 of the Titan Masters in the Titans Return series.   I did however find them, and then they slipped through the cracks and hid away for a while.  But they are out and they are ready to join their wave.

Clobber:

Clobber’s vehicle/weapon is a repaint of Crashbash’s, as well as Clobber’s robot body.

The T-Rex is a new color scheme going with yellow and grey. Hey, do you know of another gold and grey T-Rex? I bet you do. Just wait, the surprise is coming.

First we have to look at the rest of the modes. The vehicle transforms into a dragon. Ugh! Not this guy again! That is not a great mode for this guy. It is a bit forced. Especially to have Clobber stand on his back like this. Last time for this mode.

Then there is the weapon. Basically the T-Rex laying down with a handle on his back. It works fine, and I do not suspect you would make a much better weapon from a robot T-Rex.

Now for the surprise:

Yup, that is in fact Grimlock. Now, why did they call him “Clobber” rather than Grimlock? The running theory is that Grimlock is already working hard in the Robots in Disguise show and toy line, so Hasbro went with a different named character. I don’t get it, but whatever. His head looks great!!!

 

Skytread:

Skytread is a retool of Terri-Bull that we saw back in wave 1. He is a rename of the figure Flywheels from way back in 1987. Flywheels was able to separate into a tank and a jet, so that makes sense with this figure and vehicle combo. Plus the color scheme matches fairly well, though Flywheel was more burgundy, and not so much pink.

In tank mode, Skytread gets to ride up top and control the 4 cannons that can move in their separate pairs.

Flip it over and spin it around, open some wings, and Skytread is flying high in jet mode.

The colors on Skytread are a bit off. It was really hard to try and photograph, but the pinks do not match up well at all.

The jet is the basis for the gun mode, where basically the wings fold in and you have a gun, 4 barrels underneath and the nose of the plane for a 5th barrel.

I don’t know if I would say this is Flywheel’s head. It looks a bit on the generic side to me. I am definitely not an expert on Flywheel, and most of the pictures I have seen are not really that great.

A couple of retools for the second part of this wave.   They are good figures and fine heads.   They are welcome to my team.


Scatterspike – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Warrior Class

“Get me out of here!”

Quillfire has a brother now. Scatterspike is repainted version of Quillfire, and he turned out great. In the RiD line, there are generally straight repaints, as opposed to the Generations line that at least gives a new head sculpt.

Scatterspike is sporting a darker color scheme with burgundy and purple. The bottom of his mouth is colored with a darker shade of grey more like a gunmetal. It is the only place that the color shows up. With Quillfire, his quills were the same color, so the color matches front to back. With Scatterspike, Hasbro focused on the secondary color of purple a lot more. You know purple is the color of Decepticons, so you know he is a bad guy.

From there, things continue to be the same. He has a blaster, which is still really cool, and fits his hand very well. It is the primary color of burgundy. He also has a removable spike that is in the purple color.

Choose your flavor: Raspberry or Mocha.

Side by side in vehicle mode, I think Scatterspike has a much better disguise. He is nearly fully burgundy in vehicle mode. The paint apps are pretty much identical except for a change of color. I do like that Hasbro went so far as to change the color of the band around the wheels.

Overall, Quillfire was a good figure. He is fun to transform, and he is a lot of fun to play with including good articulation, two weapons, and a moving mouth. So to get a second character based on the first was just fine with me. They can be a couple of grumpy Decepticons together forever.

 


U-Wing – Star Wars: Rogue One – 3 3/4 inch scale ship

Let’s take a look at something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

The U-Wing. A starfighter that doubles as a troop transport. It saw a good piece of action in Rogue One. It is too bad it was created so recently, as it could have been very useful in the original trilogy that followed Rogue One. There are a bunch of cool things we saw in Rogue One that didn’t carry over to the original trilogy, but that is to be expected. Today we are going to look at the ship.

It comes in a good sized box. I was surprised to see so much room left in the box. The biggest complaint I saw was how relatively small the body actually is. It seems that they could have gone 10-20% larger and still stayed inside the box.

There are a lot of parts in the box. The body, Cassian with a gun, two super long wings, four engines, and 2 NERF darts. If you read my A-Wing review, you will know I have no love of the NERF gimmick. At least this time around, the blaster can be tucked up in the body, so it isn’t so blatantly annoying, like it is with the A-Wing.

First let’s look at Cassian. It is a typical figure we see in this modern, but not Golden Age of Star Wars. It should be the Golden Age, with figures that have good articulation. But no, somewhere along the line, Hasbro went backwards from the Clone Era where we got super articulation, to going back to 5 points. Ugh.

Well, he is very static with such a small amount of articulation, but I am not terribly worried about it, since I am really only interested in the ship. My figure focus is in The Black Series with the 6 inch figures. He comes with his blaster, and a holster on his hip for carrying his gun.

He comes with a seatbelt. HAHA!!!

Onto the ship. Let’s put Cassian in the…wait a minute. What is this cockpit they have him going into? The cockpit in the movie is big enough for two people and extra space for moving around. This one has room for one pilot and that is about it. This is where the smaller size comes into play, and there are plenty of people bummed about it.

Moving on to the outside of the ship. It has those great engines that connect the U-Wing to the X-Wing in design and function. That was a great touch. It has the fat belly, but it is a bit on the slim side for allowing soldiers to jump out of the door that is way too small.

Other than the size problem, this is a really nice ship. The details are really well done, from the mold lines, to the paint. It does look a little too clean, and could go a long way with a bit of weathering, which I will probably get around to one of these days. There are four landing struts that are moved down by hand. Two are under the body, and two are in the bottom engines. Having four struts really makes a strong platform for the ship to settle onto terra firma.

The biggest excitement for this vehicle when it was premiered in the trailers was the swept wing that stick out way in front, and then sweep back to make the ship very long. It totally changes the look of the ship. If you look at the bottom, you can see the NERF blaster sticking out. It is dark in color, and slides up and down easily. Thankfully it is out of the way for the most part.

Taking a look at the top of the ship, you can see the lever that gets pulled to make the wings sweep back.

Overall, this is a really nice ship. There are issues with size, and adding an unnecessary NERF blaster to the bottom, but those are fairly minor, and the design of the ship is very appealing, and fun to play with. It is big and has moving parts. Can’t ask for much more than that.


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