Moon Knight – Marvel Legends Vulture Wave

Moving on to the comic characters of the Vulture Series, we have Moon Knight. There is a LOT of love out there for this guy.

Think of him as Marvel’s answer to Batman. A fairly regular guy that runs around in a suit and beats people up. He has multiple personalities and a lot of cool gadgets. This version of Moon Knight is his more recent attire where he wears more of a shielded armor on his body. He has kept the white cape and the pointed hood. The hood and cape are separate pieces. The cape has a peg that is supposed to connect to the back of Moon Knight to keep it in place. I have found it to fall out of place any time he is moved.

Moon Knight comes with a bunch of accessories. He comes with a staff (same as Daredevil and a few other characters), one big moon weapon, three small moon weapons, and alternate fist hands.

I haven’t found a good way to use the small moon weapons, but he can hold the larger moon as well as the staff.

This is the second Moon Knight we have gotten from Marvel Legends. It was actually in the last series (MODOK series) where ToyBiz had control of the license back in 2006. Flash ahead 11 years, and he has made a return.


The first version had less of a black color to the costume, and more of a gunmetal. At ToyBiz, they loved the articulation, and they made their hands with finger articulation. That was neat in theory, but it made for pretty weak grasping hands, and the fists looked terrible.
He also had a cape that wrapped around him, and looks like it is always trying to give him a hug.

This is new version is an improvement over the first version. ToyBiz did a great job with creating the highly articulated figures we have today, but Hasbro has continued to work on the details, and has continued to make some great costumes.

Relating Moon Knight to Spider-Man goes all the way back to September, 1978 in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 22. They meet for the first time in that issue and fight one another until they see that they are fighting for the same thing, and team up in the next issue. Moon Knight and Spider-Man will meet many more times over the years. This Wave Team-Up works for me.


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.


Ash and Pikachu

Gotta catch ’em all!

What fun to have an articulated Ash Ketchum. I have had this one laying around for awhile, waiting to be opened. Today was the day.

Pikachu is not happy that Ash is paying more attention to his tablet than to him. Someone is gonna get shocked here in a minute.

Ash is well articulated. We don’t get a lot of Tomy toys with articulation here in the US. Mostly they are more similar to Pikachu and the other Pokemon that came out in this series. They are solid sculpts, but they are generally done well. The last thing I bought from Tomy was the Zootopia stuff, and they had slight articulation. But Ash wins.

He is a short guy and fits in well with the other 6 inch series figures.


Soundwave – Transformers: Robots in Disguise (Warrior Class)

About 7 years ago to go along with the War for Cybertron game, Hasbro came out with a Generations Soundwave that was an SUV. They moved Soundwave away from the cassette player. Then the Prime TV show made Soundwave into a drone plane. Then a year later, Soundwave once again came out as an SUV, but this time in the Voyager class.

Now he has been brought out once again, this time in the Robots in Disguise line, and once again as an SUV. He looks similar to the War for Cybertron version, expect the head. The head looks like it is from Prime, which is fitting, since RiD is a continuation of that story line.

I like that they gave Soundwave the shoulder-mounted gun, much like the G1 version.

The transformation into the vehicle mode is fairly straightforward. If you are a collector of this line, you know that there are not going to be many amazing transformations involved in this line. Hasbro tended to go with a more simplistic approach with this line than they do with the Generations line.

Though the transformation is fairly simple, the vehicle is solid. It stays together well, and there are not lots of robot parts hanging off the vehicle. The gun sits way too high on the vehicle, but it can rotate up and down, as well as swivel all around. That is a nice touch.

The RiD line is so hit and miss. One time, the robot and vehicle can be right on, and the next time it can be a mess. Thankfully, Soundwave is a solid figure.


Katana – DC SuperHero Girls (2016 SDCC Exclusive)

It has been a while since I looked at a DC Superhero Girl. I was actually on the Mattel Toy Shop site at the end of last year since I heard they had She-Ra for a super good price. I saw that they had some Katanas left for an awesome price as well, so I pounced on the deal. I got her, took pictures, and then they sat in a folder on my desktop since January. It is June! Time to clean house I guess.

Well, the box art is what this set is all about. The fine people at Mattel did a fantastic job with some amazing art on all sides of the box.

Inside the outer box is a window-box that portrays Katana about to be attacked by some other bad girls.

Slide the box open and there you have the doll. She looks ready for action. She is clad in armor, holding her katana blade. Along with the katana is a bladed staff, 2 sai, a knife, and 4 throwing stars for good measure. That is a lot of accessories for a DCSG. Way more than any of the other girls get. That is to be expected in a SDCC exclusive set.

She has a stand with her name on it. The sheath of the sword attaches to the base to make a really nice display.

She is able to hold all of her weapons, except for the throwing stars. They are a bit on the small side for her grasping hands.

It was a nice touch to include sheaths for the weapons. She is able to wear the knife on her back.

There are a lot of parts that make up Katana. All of the armor comes off, leaving her in a grey/black suit. You can see that her arms are two different colors, so she is limited to wearing one outfit. Similar to Harley Quinn with painted legs.

This is a nice set. I do not like how she is looking off to the side. It makes it hard to pose her for photo shoots with the other girls. I saw she is still available on Amazon, but the price is back up to $90. Fear not, the standard version is out now, and is $21.99. Way better in price. I have not seen her in the wild yet. She was supposed to be coming out with Frost, who I have also not seen the wild. I will keep my eyes peeled for them.

Until then, there are lots of other great girls that have come out that we will be looking at shortly.


Blunderbuss and Broadside – Transformers: Titans Return (Voyager Class)

Broadside is a little hard to wrap my head around. He is Voyager Class, so he is the medium scale figure. He transforms from a robot, into an aircraft carrier, and then a jet. There are figures that can be out of size, but this guy is crazy. Because of the way he works with Blunderbuss, it seems that he is a tiny aircraft carrier, rather than a giant jet. Anyway, let’s take a look at the figure.

Broadside

Alpha Trion

He is a severely retooled Alpha Trion. The only thing they seem to share is that Broadside becomes an aircraft carrier, while Alpha Trion becomes a space aircraft carrier. You can see some similarities around the feet, but that is about it.

Broadside has wings that from the front look like they belong to a jet, but from the back, they look like they are a part of the aircraft carrier. There is a big cockpit hanging off his back, so there is not a lot of greeble hanging around this guy.

He comes with Blunderbuss. A fitting name for this sea-faring Titan Master, as a Blunderbuss was a gun known to be carried by navy and privateers. Too bad Broadside didn’t come with a Blunderbuss to run around with. It seems like they could have, since they gave Sergeant Kup a musket at one point. Blunderbuss is based off of Sovereign who came with Alpha Trion. I would think they would try to mix these guys up a bit more, but oh well.

Transforming Broadside is pretty straight forward. He becomes an aircraft carrier. Nothing too exciting going on there. He comes with little jets that resemble the Aerialbots. It is supposed to help sell the illusion that this guy is actually really big… though he isn’t.

There are a few choices of places for Blunderbuss to sit. One is sitting in the gun mounted on the side of the aircraft carrier. I still think it is a terrible idea for someone to stick their Titan Master out in the elements of the fight. No head, means no robot. Not a good idea.

The second place, is in place of the flight tower. The antenna fold down, and the top flips in half to make a seat. Still not the safest, but better than hanging off the side.

Then there is the third mode. A… jet? This is what happens when you start with someone like Alpha Trion. You have a robot, a space aircraft carrier, and a lion. You go and make Broadside, with a robot, an aircraft carrier, and a jet? There are a lot of differences between a lion and a jet. So you give him a cockpit. Done. Add some wings. Done. And then squish everything in the back together and add some fins and stabilizers to help the illusion. It looks more like a block with a pointed nose than a jet.

I am thinking maybe it is kinda Macross style with giant jets hanging off the back. Maybe a little Jetfire like. Okay, I am back on board with the space jet idea. Too bad the aircraft carrier wasn’t kept as a space aircraft carrier too.

Overall I like him. He has a good robot mode. From there it is a fine aircraft carrier. Too small for any good, but still nice. And the jet is okay. You have to squint at it, but I have seen worse. I don’t think he is going to end up being anyone’s favorite figure of the Titan’s Return line, but he is a solid figure, and some much needed Voyager Class muscle for the Autobot side.

 


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