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Marvel Legends Multi-Packs and Exlcusives

We are going to take a quick look at a few multi-packs that came out a few years ago.  I was not able to find them initially, but they were available in the secondary market (Amazon) for great deals.   They have been sitting on the floor way too long, and wanted to be let free to play.

Amazon Exclusive – Age of Ultron 4-Pack (2015)

This is the Amazon.com exclusive set from Age of Ultron. It contains a really large new mold of Thor, a retool of Black Widow, a new tool of Bruce Banner, and a retool of non-Legends Hawkeye. The set is okay. I really wanted to get my hands on a decent movie Thor, and of course the Bruce Banner. We have had Hulk, but this is the first time we get Bruce.

Black Widow is a fine figure. The colors on her outfit are kind of fun. They are not very movie accurate. She comes with a set of batons to break some bad guy heads. Hawkeye is the weakest of the set. It is clear that he was not a part of the Marvel Legends line originally. His face seems a bit smooshed, and the rest of his proportions are way off too. Not what we are used to with the Marvel Legends movie figures.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Three-Pack (2015) (Toys R Us Exclusive)

This is a fun set of great characters. We get Agent Coulson carrying his really big gun. He comes with two heads, the alternate head wearing sunglasses. They did a great job of capturing the likeness of Clark Gregg.
The second figure is Nick Fury. He comes clad in his black outfit and black trenchcoat. He comes with two handguns that have working holsters, one on the hip, and one on the chest. Then there is Maria Hill. She uses the Agent 13 body with a new head sculpt.

This is a great set to fill out some of the non-super powered characters in the MCU.

Infinite Three-Pack (2014)

This set, I found for a good deal on Amazon I think. It was a super sale, and I could not miss getting my hands on Ms. Marvel. And she does not disappoint.
She comes with Captain America, who I think is a reused version. And then there is Radioactive Man. We can’t have too many bad guys, and to have one that is opaque and glowing is pretty fun.

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Winter Soldier – Marvel Legends (Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

Like Falcon, Winter Soldier was SUPER hard for me to find. When I did finally find the two, they had pegs full of them. Crazy!

Well, this is the updated Winter Soldier for the Captain America: Civil War movie. This time he is unmasked, and without black facepaint on his unmasked head.

Right off, there is a bit of a problem with the head. The flesh tone is in the hair. It looks like the paint on the hair just didn’t get far enough to cover all of the hair. That should be a pretty easy touch up with some paint. The face looks pretty good overall. It is a good portrait of Sebastian Stan.

He comes with two weapons, a knife and a handgun. The knife is a bit loose in his hands, since they are both gun firing hands, so the knife wants to fall out all of the time. The handgun fits okay in his hand, but not the greatest. It looks to be a black Desert Eagle. Boy how people love to use a Desert Eagle, except in the real world, where it is oversized and overpowered, but it looks good right? Unfortunately with all of the straps and belt, Bucky does not actually have anyplace to hold either weapon. I thought we were past this fake holster stuff. He has a fake gun on his chest.

Comparing this Bucky to the first Bucky that came out in the Mandroid wave that featured characters from Captain America: Winter Soldier, you can see they are fairly similar. The legs and arms are the same. There is a new chest, and a new head. The arms and legs were really well detailed, so I can see using them again. I would like to have seen at least a modified belt from the first figure, so Bucky could hold his knife on the back of his waist. The head sculpt is a lot better this time around. I did not break out the unmasked head for the first version because I vowed to never use it again after posting pictures. It was ugly, didn’t look anything like Sebastian Stan, and does not have a place in my collection.

At least this version has good weapons. The first version came with such a terrible gun, I had to ditch it and look through a parts box for some usable weapon that he may actually use. This time around was better.

I love that it is Falcon and Winter Soldier that came out together. They are two guys that are fighting amongst themselves for Cap’s #1 friend. One from before the ice nap, and one in modern times. They really did not get along in Civil War, but they were there for Cap, and it is great to get more figures for Team Cap.


Falcon – Marvel Legends (Captain America: Civil War) – Walmart Exclusive

I felt really lucky to find this Walmart exclusive version of Sam Wilson, Falcon. It was not easy to get. I HATE Walmart exclusives. I do not have many Walmarts around me, and they are terrible wastelands of no toys. Empty shelves and pegs galore. Usually I have better luck on road trips elsewhere.
This figure was no different.

This is Sam Wilson in his flight suit from Captain America: Civil War. He was awesome in the movie, with all of his great aerobatics and acrobatics when fighting.

The biggest problem I had with this figure was opening him after I already put Vulture’s wings together. There is no articulation in this set of wings, so it was a bit of a letdown. That being said, this is a good figure.

He has standard articulation. A bit less movement with the movie figures than the comic counterparts. Generally the clothing gets in the way.

Sam comes with the backpack in place. A closed up Redwing fits in the top of the backpack.

The wings attach with two posts (top and bottom). They do not stay very tightly in place, so that messes with the playability a bit.

He has grasping hands, ready to shoot someone, but he did not come with any weapons. He is all about cool guns, right after even cooler wings. He needs something.

In addition to the closed up version of Redwing, Sam also comes with a flying version. A nice addition.

Overall this is a good figure. It helps to fill out Cap’s team of Avengers. Up next, the other Walmart Exclusive…


Vance Astro – Marvel Legends – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Titus Wave)

Look everybody, it’s Vance Astro. Who? You know, Vance Astro. *chirp chirp* Yes that is right, the guy that not many people have heard about. But he is important because he was a founding member of the Guardians of the Galaxy back in 1969. And that is pretty cool. His story though is riddled with bummers.

Starting with his entering the space program. He was sent on a mission to the Alpha Centauri system that would take 10 centuries, since his ship was not equipped with a faster-than-light engine. By the time he made it to his destination, the planet had already been visited by humans, since the faster engines were developed over the centuries. Sad, right?

From there, he creates the Guardians of the Galaxy, and jumps all over time changing history, and teaming up with teams like The Defenders, and the Avengers. He even meets himself, and convinces himself not to join the space program. It makes me think of the movies and TV shows where someone tries to explain how the timeline is interrupted by a character doing something at some point. And how this version of the character is from the future that does not exist any more.

One of the times he has to go in search of Captain America’s shield. Well, he found it, and we got it as a part of this set.

Major Victory is given to us in his standard suit. Basically the best choice so Hasbro can use the standard tall, muscular body and just paint it. It is nothing special, and a figure most people would probably skip if not for the BAF part for Titus.

What he does have going for him is the sculpt is killer, with all of the good detailing in the muscle, and good articulation.

As I mentioned before, he comes with Captain America’s shield. And that is it. Paint and a shield. The shield is standard, so it can clip on the wrist, or the clip can be folded back to reveal a post that can go in Vance’s back.

I can not go so far as to say this guy is totally worth it. The price is down on Amazon, so that helps, but this is not best figure we have seen. He is important to the Guardians, so that ups his cool points, but not by much.

 


Marvel Legends Civil War 3-Pack, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man

This Marvel Legends 3-Pack is one of the problems we are facing with the toy industry. The large number of repaints for a single figure. The companies, in this case Hasbro, is trying to cut the cost on their tooling by reusing bodies. That is all and fine, to an extent. What they have started doing is reissue figures with new paint apps in three packs. Generally one figure we need, and two we don’t. Then they change the same amount as if we were going to buy the three characters individually. I would really like to know the thinking behind this. What we are ending up with is a bunch of this three-pack sitting on the shelves of Target. In the meantime, someplace like Amazon gets a hold of the set, sees the writing on the wall, and drops the price down to $20. That is where I found it, and for that price, it is like getting Spider-Man for regular price, and getting two bonus figures for free. That is a deal I can get behind. But now the question is, does that hurt Hasbro overall?

Another example is the Rogue One three-pack that came out recently. That set had the opposite problem. Two figures we do want (Death Trooper Specialist, and Cassian), and one figure that was in mass market already (Jyn in her Jedha outfit). What that one caused was a huge number of Jyns to be sitting on the pegs at the stores. It seems that overall the problems mount with the reuse of bodies as opposed to actually going about doing something new.

I was not going to pay $60 for a 3-pack that included dirty versions of Cap and Iron Man, just to get Civil War Spider-Man, when you know we are going to be getting one upcoming for the Homecoming movie. But with the price reduced to $20, that was just right. So let’s take a look at this trio and see what we get.

Spider-Man is in his new movie outfit with black accents. I think it works well, and I think he was a great addition to the movie. The outfit is a modern take on the classic outfit.

Gone are the days of the puff-paint spider webs. Even on his back, we get the classic giant red spider. Nice touch.

In the packaging, Spider-Man comes packed with Cap’s shield in his hand. That of course references his stealing of Cap’s shield during the film. He does not come with any accessories of his own, so they let him borrow Cap’s for a while.

Captain America is a battle damaged repaint of the Civil War Cap. Nothing special going on here, except for a bunch of burns all over his outfit.

Steve comes with an alternate unmasked head. It is a good sculpt, but it does not look a lot like Chris Evans. I would really like to have seen some paint added to the face. I bit of dirt and grime to match the clothes.

Iron Man took a lot of damage in the movie. He looks pretty badly burned in his repaint. This is also a repaint of his Civil War armor, the Mark 46. This is one of my favorite armors that Hasbro has put out. There is a lot of detailing and colors going on here.

His back is strangely untouched. It seems that he should be battle damaged all over, not just on his front.

Tony comes with the most accessories. He comes with hand blasts as well as feet blasts, and they are in two different colors.

He also comes with a maskless face. It is really unfortunate that he does not have any paint apps to the face. He pretty much spends the entire movie with a beat-up face, and it should have been reflected in this face. By the time his armor got this messed up, he was already physically beat up too.

Overall, this is a fine set. I am glad I waited for the price to drop. Spider-Man is great. he looks good, and he fits in so well with the other movie figures. The other two are just minor repaints of their original figures, so paying full price for a little bit of black paint would have been hard to swallow. But at $20 for three figures, this was a deal too good to pass up. That seemed to have been the bottom price. It stopped there, and now it is slowly climbing back up.


New 1/12 scale diorama – Police Interrogation Room

I don’t know what Iceman did, but he landed himself in the interrogation room.

This is my new diorama that was built with removable walls all around. That allows for 360 degrees of shooting. I knew I was going to try to make more realistic photos with this dio, so I wanted to get the ceiling in there too. It is simulating standard overhead fluorescent lighting you would find in the police station.

The wall with the glass window is removable to allow the rooms to simulate a hallway as well.

All of the furniture was scratch built. In the observation room, I made a desk from wood. I don’t have a chair yet for that room. The computer on the desk is scratch built as well, using tag board.

In the interrogation room, the table is made of wood, with metal loops for locking down a criminal. The chairs are plastic frames with wood seat and back.

On the walls, there are simulated cork boards with information I thought one would find in a police station. Maps, CPR instructions, fire exits, and wanted bulletins.

This was a lot of fun to make. It was different from my last build, of the giant pier scene. In some ways it was harder with more walls to make. The doors and window were a bit tougher too, since I had to make sure it was all as straight as I could make it.


Abomination Wave – Captain America – Marvel Legends

What a strange collection of figures for a wave. We have a movie character, comic characters and a cartoon character. That is a lot of different genres to pull from. They seems to be very loosely based around Captain America… for the most part, but not really for the Build a Figure. Abomination is definitely a Hulk bad guy that I don’t know that I can relate to Cap in any way.

First off we have Scarlet Witch. This is an easy one. Civil War come to life. She looks great, and is a much needed member of the team. Probably the only figure in this wave that people really wanted to go after. Many of the others are repaints, but this one is special. She has the realistic clothing and face that we see on the other movie figures. She comes with some flame effects for her hands. The best of the wave for sure.

Next up is Secret War Captain America. Ah, Secret War. Just a reason to repaint Ole Steve Rogers here for another figure. We have to have about a million Captain Americas now. We can start a Super Soldier army with all of them, I am pretty sure. This Cap is not very happy. He is looking quite perturbed.

He comes with a throwing hand that is throwing his shield. It is a fun gimmick. The shield can be removed and attached to his arm, or pegged into his back.

Captain Britain. I guess he is a captain, so that relates him to Captain America? I am glad to get a new version of Captain Britain, since I love me some Excalibur, and the last figure was not great looking. This one is pretty tough. His helmet is really cool, and he looks like a brawler.

Eel. Ah, yes. Another excuse for a repaint. Technically, Eel worked with Red Skull, and did get defeated by Captain America, so there is a connection there. This is really just a total reuse of Blizzard with a new paint scheme and some Electro hands thrown in. There is not a lot going on here. Most people will want to skip this one.

Wonder Man. Well, he is Wonder Man. The most boring superhero ever. Ugh. He was a agent of SHIELD, and an Avenger, so I guess there is a Cap connection, but it is pretty thin.

Iron Skull. Now we are talking. Someone totally related to Captain America. And in a new outfit that is really cool. Red Skull is dying in the cartoon Avengers Assemble, so he takes Iron Man’s suit and becomes Iron Skull. That is a great premise. And the figure is fantastic. This is the head of Red Skull we have seen before. It is repainted better than we got back with The First Avenger Red Skull.

He comes with a standard Iron Man Suit, but it is molded in black with some glitter. He comes with a repainted Iron Man helmet that has a red skull painted on it. The dark armor and the eerie red skull helmet work so well together and really creates a great badguy.

Finally there is the BAF of Abomination. I could not find a connection to Captain America for this guy. I know he is really closely related to Hulk, but not Cap. Well, either way, we get 6 parts to put him together.

The paint is really well done. There sculpt overall is really well done too. He has a good head sculpt with the big ear-wings. He looks like he is armor plated all over. I think his legs seem slightly short to me.

There are some issues with how he is constructed. There are some plastic and rubber parts that are attached together, mostly around the shoulders and back. The two parts did not adhere very well, and there is a major seam that runs all around his body.

Overall, this is a weird set of figures. I only wanted 3 of the figures, Scarlet Witch, Iron Skull, and Captain Britain. Some people may want even less than that. Other than getting Scarlet Witch for their Civil War team, there is no one here that is really that great and needs to be collected. Keep an eye on Amazon for the price to bottom out on the majority of these figures. All of them are now sitting at $12.98, with the exception of Scarlet Witch that stayed up in price, for good reason. I never saw this wave in the store, and I am glad I didn’t. It saved me money hunting them down on Amazon later.


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