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Black Widow – Marvel Legends Retro / Vintage Packaging

Finally we get a comic version of Black Widow. Mostly it looks like Mary Jane Watson in a black suit, but we get the point. It was a great head sculpt with fantastic hair, and the body was equally as good. So we should go with it for a while longer.

She comes dressed all in black save for the gold belt and the matching bracelets. She comes with a pair of black handguns that we have seen before. Most recently we have seen a silver version used by Bullseye in the Man-Thing wave (that I have not yet reviewed but have photographed, so they are in the queue to drop soon).

This is a pretty plain figure, but she is a solid one. She has great movement in her articulation, and she is well sculpted. An all around great figure.

The wave is 6 figures. Most are a skip for me, but I was so happy I lucked into finding Natasha on the peg at my local Toys R Us. The rest of the figures are a repaint of Punisher, a repaint of Spider-Man, a Repaint of Captain America, a re release of gaijin Wolverine, and a partially new Iron Man. I will keep my eyes out for the Iron Man, since you can never have too many Iron Men, but the rest of the wave is a pass for me, unless I luck into a good deal somewhere. This is a case where I am glad there is no Build-A-Figure in this wave, since I am not too excited about 3/5 of the wave.

The women of the Marvel Universe continues to grow, and they are looking great. Hasbro has continued to do a great job of bringing better body sculpts, nice sized feet for standing, and great head sculpts. Though they are still a bit hit and miss with the hair, for the most part, they have gotten that down too. This is a great figure to add to my collection.

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Marvel Legends – A-Force Box Set (Toys R Us Exclusive)

A-Force. Who now? A band of women that teamed up together to take on evil. It has comprised about every female member of the Marvel Universe from the Inhuman Medusa all of the way down to the crime-fighting Misty Knight. Since there cannot be a box set of 30+ figures, they had to pare that down a bit. And what they ended up with was a unique look at some different women of the Marvel Universe. None of which I have in my collection. The only woman here who has had a figure was She-Hulk. She has had two figures before (back in 2007 and 2008). So, let’s take a look at the figures.

She-Hulk:

Jen Walters herself in all of her green glory. They went with the purple and white color scheme for her suit that we have seen forever. This particular design is from the A-Force series. It is a nice suit, since it takes cues from her original outfit with the white belt line around the middle. She also has the high neck and gloved arms that we saw later in other designs. And I sure am glad they decided to give her shoes at some point. Just because Hulk goes around barefoot, doesn’t mean She-Hulk as to as well.

Her face is good. I think this box set came out at the perfect time, when Hasbro figured out how to make pretty ladies. She-Hulk has a bit of a shine to her skin. It looks like she has been working out a bit. It will be nice to see more consistency with the less shiny skin.

Lady Sif:

Lady Sif (or just Sif on the box) has also been around a long time. 1964 is a ways back. She really came into pop-culture more recently as she fought alongside Thor in his movies. This Sif has an outstanding outfit. Red and white adorn her body. She has armored gauntlets and boots that protect her appendages. Her torso has some white detailed painting
that is really crisp and clean.

Her face is very lovely. She looks a lot like Jessica Jones to me. I feel like there is a lot of Krysten Ritter in her face. She has a headdress on with the same white and red motif.

Sif comes with a good number of accessories. She has a cape that rests on her shoulders. It does not peg into her back. She also comes with a belt that has a skirt attached around the bottom. The belt also has a hilt for her sword. And then she also has her sword. It is a fairly plain sword. There are no special markings or great details to the sword. I think it is very fitting of a warrior to have a weapon that is all business.

Singularity:

Supposedly she is a sentient quantum singularity. Very Star Trek of them. She is a very small member of the team. She does not wear an outfit, instead just being. She has some great color tones of blues and purples over a translucent body with glitter. The only other paint is her white eyes.

It is pretty neat that she is translucent, but I always worry about those clear bodies. I hope she will hold up over time. She has such a small body. She is a similar height to Loki and Monica, but that is only because of her high hair. She is only about nose high to them.

Loki:

Since Loki is a god, he is able to return from the dead. When he came back after Ragnarok, he was a lady. Sure, why not. At some point Loki joined up with the A-Force for a time. And now we have this fantastic figure. She has some of the most beautiful green paint I have ever seen applied to a figure. I love that her boots are not gold, but a deep mustard yellow. You may recognize them as Rogue’s boots. I only noticed because, just like with Rogue, the tops of the boots are not glued into place, and one was flopping around. They easily squeeze back into place.

She has a beautiful face, and stuff her in hair, just like in the comics. Her horns are large and magnificent.

If you had an eagle eye, you might have noticed a bit of a problem with Loki’s hands. Yup, she has two left hands. Well, that isn’t great. I was not going to go all of the way back to Toys R Us to return this set that has 5 fantastic figures and one wrong hand. One it is too far away, and two, I may end up with another problem later on.

This one I fixed by giving her Phoenix’s gold hands. I have an email in to Hasbro to see if there is any way to get a replacement hand. If not, I will see about repainting a hand so she can have her ungloved hands back.

Elsa Bloodstone:

A gunslinger to be sure, Elsa has strength too, because of the Bloodstone she wears around her neck. I actually have the Bloodstone comics from when she was blonde, before she joined Nextwave and dyed it red. She comes with a pair of rifles, as well as a revolver that fits in the holster on the belt around her waist.

She has a very pretty face, as we can see the trend going in this set. It is not a perfect face, as there are a few lines from the molding process.

Along with her great outfit, mobility with a duster, she also has the amazing long red hair. The details in the hair are quite well done. We may be done with the days of blobby hair.

Monica Rambeau:

Though going by a dozen or so names over the years, Monica was most known as Spectrum. She has also been a part of 10 teams, including Nextwave where she met Elsa Bloodstone, and of course A-Force.

She is decked out in her Spectrum outfit of black and white with a knee-length black trench coat. She continues the trend of beautiful faces. She has some amazing hair too. This style could have easily been a mess, but there was great detail taken, and she looks great with it pulled back behind a headband.

She has the darkest outfit, but the dark fits in, to give a unique look from the rest of the vibrant colors.

This is a fantastic team of women. Guess the adage that female action figures don’t sell didn’t get into Hasbro’s mind when they went for this set. It is decently priced for an exclusive. It was $120, which is $20 per figure, which is what we pay for the figures regularly at full price in the stores for Marvel Legends figures, and they are all new figures (save for She-Hulk who we haven’t seen in 9 years). Some would argue that the price is not quite the great deal, since the standard figures come with BAF parts for another final figure for each wave.  I highly recommend this set. And more fun yet will be to continue to build up the A-Force team. About any woman you have in your Marvel collection will have been a part of this team.


Iron Man Mark 43 (Thanos Wave, Marvel Legends)

I was almost able to pass on the Thanos Wave.  Then Tony went and made a new suit of armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Well, then I went and found it in the store.  It had to be bought at that point.   So here he is in all of his red and gold glory.

This guy has all of the articulation we have come to love from the Marvel Legends line by Hasbro.  He has the double joints in the elbows and knees that actually give him a bit too much movement, but that is up to the owner’s discretion as to how folded up they want their Iron Man.  This version has a lot more red then what we saw with with Mark 42 during Iron Man 3. And thankfully the gold is actually gold and not some sand color.    He has just a bit of silver on parts of the body to make the suit a bit more interesting.

I always find one of the trickiest parts of working with a new Marvel Legends figure is the painted joint.  Some of them are really hard to get loose, and I really don’t want to break off an arm.   I had him out of the box for a couple of days before heading out into the sun for some photographs.  I was all set to bash on the ankles that didn’t appear to have more than a back and forth movement.   A little time in the sun, and the joint loosened up and freed up the side to side movement.

The only complaint I have about the figure is the head’s movement up.  He can look down with his head touching his chest, but he cannot look up as he would do when he is flying.  We have had others that could do it.

Overall, he is a nice figure.  I don’t think I can get behind the Build a Figure idea when the figures are running $20 a piece now.  I would really need to have that figure in order to continue shelling out that kind of cash for five or six figures.  In the Thanos Wave, both Spider-Woman and Hellcat come with the same parts for Thanos.  At least they could have gone the Allfather route and given us some alternate BAF parts.  Happy Thanos and Angry Thanos.  Something different.  But it comes down to…”Do I need Thanos?”  We have definitely moved away from the days of the Sentinel Series.   Remember that one way back in 2005 when the boxes weighed 5 pounds because of such massive parts?   I do have to say the second wave coming out later this year is a lot more tempting with the Build a Figure being Hulkbuster Armor.  That one I could get behind.  Of course, there are a bunch of no-name characters to get with it.  Why wouldn’t we get Hulkbuster with this wave? You know, a BAF of someone who was actually in the movie for more than 7 seconds.

Well, another great armor for my Hall of Armor.  There have been a lot in this scale, and I am sure we will see more to come.


Hasbro 2.5 inch figures for Age of Ultron?!?!

Really Hasbro?  You have to go and price up the 3.75 figures to $12-13, and pretty much insure the end of the Marvel Universe line.  Now you are going to go out of scale for the new Age of Ultron figures.

avengers-age-of-ultron-hasbro-toy-war-machineSo now we are looking at less articulation and a scale that is now NOT the same as the millions of Marvel figures already out there. The only saving grace is that these new 2.5 inch figures fall in line with the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy figures and vehicles.  I guess that way we will actually get some pretty movie accurate vehicles.  I will reserve final judgement until I see them in the store, and see the price tag attached to them.


Marvel Legends – Mandroid complete

It was a long road to getting all of the parts of Mandroid.  I finally found the last two figures to finally build Mandroid.  He is big and impressive.  Let’s look at the last two figures on our way to the big guy.

Marvel Now! Captain America:

He is a big, tough version of Cap.  He has a lot of detail, and I found the paint to be pretty good.  He comes with his shield, which can be placed on his wrist, or thrown on his back.

He comes with the really good articulation we have come to know from the Marvel Legends line.   Double joints in the knees and elbows.  The leg joints are pretty soft.  I am not too keen on the rubber use that makes the knees and elbows.  The knees on my Cap are pretty loose.  I am expecting to find him laying on the ground quite often as he will no doubt loose his balance and topple over.

We have seen a lot of Cap’s as of late.  I don’t think I would have picked him up if I didn’t need the Mandroid part.   I think the movie version of Cap was pretty spot-on, so this is not that big of an addition to my collection.  Guess we will see what happens with the transition to a new Captain America.

Black Widow:

I am not a huge fan of Black Widow in the Marvel movies.  Scarlett Johansson is far from one of my favorite actresses, so I would have been fine if this had been a comic version, but the figure is okay.   She comes with two heads.  The long hair version above, and the short hair version below.  She also comes with 4 hands.  2 open and 2 grasping.  I cannot believe they would give us a Black Widow and not give her some weapons.   She has molded in guns on her hips, but that is all.

She has the same good articulation as we get with all of the Marvel figures.  It is hard to get her into poses.  She has skinny body parts and high-heeled boots that make it tricky to get her to stand on her own.  The outfit has so much detail close-up.

Mandroid:

Six parts all in a pile.  This time I didn’t have to option to begin building Mandroid early.  Black Widow had the torso, and as she was my last figure, I just had a bunch of parts waiting around.  But from the size of the arms and legs alone, I knew this was going to be a big figure.

He is so easy to snap together, and then he can begin to wreak havoc.  The only problem I had with him was the paint on his chest.  It is a very big chest, and the plastic from the front of the box rubs against the eagle stamp.  When I found Widow, there were two, and I took the one with the least amount of damage to the paint.

He shares some of the same parts as the previous release Iron Monger.  From the abs down to the ground is the same, and they reused the fists.  The torso, arms, and head are new.  He is a great figure.  Well worth the wait and all of the hunting.  If you are still looking for parts, don’t give up, he is worth it.


Captain America – WWII or Avengers

Marvel put out some new photos of the Avengers team.  I don’t think I can approve of this outfit for Captain America.   Dude, there is a zipper in the front to the left of the center red stripe.   I have to say, I am much fonder of the outfit he had in The First Avenger, when he was running around looking Nazis in his leather.   Maybe it will be better in the actual movie, and not in still shots.  Only time will tell.


MLiS: The Avengers are coming!

This is the first poll on My Life in Scale.  Today we are covering the topic of The Avengers. They have been big news in the comic world as of late, but they are getting bigger. A number of titles are beginning, and that means a lot more characters being pulled into the mix.
Not to mention the prequel movies leading to the big budget Avenger movie in 2012.


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