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Marvel Legends – Dormammu Wave – Dr. Strange (Movie, Astral, and Comic Versions)

Well, it is no surprise that we would end up with a few different Dr. Stranges in the Dormammu Wave of Marvel Legends based around the Dr. Strange movie. Today we are going to take a look at the three Doctors that came in the wave. Let’s start with the movie version.

The outfit is fantastic. This has some of the best detailing that we have seen in the Marvel Legends movie figures. There are a lot of layers to this outfit that we see Stephen run around in, so they had a lot of work to do. The colors are really well done, with lots and lots of variation. He comes with his cape. I would really have liked to see it come in soft goods, but we don’t see that much in this scale, so I was not really surprised.

The good doctor comes with his shield that he can make with the magic. It is a really good looking piece. It was a bit bent coming out of the box, but with thin items like this, that is generally the case. The colors are well done to give a bit of a look like something that is glowing. There is a handle on the back for the doctor to hold onto. I think it would have been a better touch if it looked a bit more like it was coming out of his and as energy, and not a physical shield. But in the movie, it was out in front of him, and that would have been rather hard to pull off.

Dr. Strange comes with a second set of hands with mimic when he is using his magic. That was one of the best things they could have done for us. The hands are very important for the movie, and we needed them.

In the movie, Dr. Strange is sent out of his body, and and into the Astral Plane.

To accomplish this in the figure, they used the same body as the movie figure, but colored him with pearl white. There are actually some color variations in the white.

This is not probably going to fall onto anyone’s top 10 list of best figures, but it is still really well done. He comes with the necklace, and that is the only accessory he comes with. He has the magic hands, and no cape.

This is one figure that will probably make it into people’s collections just since they need the part to complete Dormammu. I would have skipped him too, but I also wanted to complete Dormammu. I am glad I was able to get him for a pretty good price on Amazon.

Finally we have the comic Dr. Strange. This is a reuse of the body of Dr. Strange we got back in the Hulkbuster wave. They gave this Doctor new forearms, a new red paint design on his chest, and a cape.

They had to give him the cape this time around, since it was a big part of the movie.

He also comes with the energy effects we have seen a lot of recenly. This time the energy effects are in orange to match the movie version’s colors.

This is a pretty good start to the wave. Not the most creative, with one figure used twice, and a reissue of a figure we had not that long ago. It could have been better. I don’t see why they didn’t include some of the other key characters from the movie. There were plenty to choose from.

Well, next time we will look at a few more of the figures. More movie and comic figures to come. Plus one thrown in for good measure who does not really tie into Dr. Strange.

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Transformers: Generations – Waspinator

He is bad at being a bad guy or a good guy.  But boy can he switch sides quick.  Waspinator likes to move to the winning side, and he is not afraid to stab a few bots in the back to do so.   Here we have the new Generations version of Waspinator.   He is quite different from everybody else we have seen so far, but very fitting for a line called “Generations.”  He won’t be quite so out there when I finally get my hands on Rhinox.   Then I will have a wasp AND a rhino.

His robot mode is really well done.  His face looks perfect.   A mix of robot and bug parts.  He has his wasp head split down the middle to make his chest area.  You still get a lot of bug parts hanging off here and there, but I don’t think you would want to have it any other way with him.   I like his weapon.  It is a stinger gun.  Definitely his.

It takes quite a bit of work to get him transformed into his wasp mode.  Isn’t is just more fun that way sometimes?   I think so.   He has a gimmick function, when you push the lever on his back, his wings flap.  Pretty fun, and not in the way.  Just the way a good gimmick should work.   His weapon is even hidden.  It attaches to his abdomen and becomes his wasp stinger.   Hasbro really did a good job thinking about this figure.

That is one big bug.  The wasp caught the bee.  Dinner time!


Iron Man 2 figures: Iron Monger (comic) and Advanced Armor (comic)

The other day, while slushing through and endless army of Iron Men hanging on the little metal hooks at Target, I came across two figures I did not yet have.  Iron Monger and Advanced Armor Iron Man.

These two figures could not be more different.  Other than the fact they are both in the Comic Series of the Iron Man 2 series, they have NOTHING in common.   As you will see, Iron Monger is huge and cartoonish looking, while Advanced Armor is thin and much closer to the movie series.  They are both really nice figures though.

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As with many of the other figures, we get a repulsor blast to go over his hand.  This one is a nice two-toned clear color, and not overly heavy.

The color scheme is the red and gold we are used to from Iron Man but with a few modifications in the design to make this version interesting.

The Advanced Armor has a stronger looking neck and larger shoulder pads that do rotate for arm movement.  The arms have larger parts around the upper forearm that are reminiscent of the classic armor.   There is quite a bit of detail around the torso area as well.   The upper legs have a fun design with the red wrapping around the gold.   The knees have a sharp point to them which does seem helpful.

Again, we get that great neck articulation that allows him to be posed in a flying position.  Here you can also see those sharp knees.    On his back he has two fins, one over each shoulder.  I assume those are for flight.  Not much else they could be for.

The generational gap, from the comic version of the first Iron Man armor to the Advanced Armor, which is supposed to be the best of the best.   These are fun to have side by side to compare how far Tony came in his designs from the original to now.  The first armor was more of a necessity armor, making due with what he had.   To think it started with a bulky armor where he could hardly walk, to an armor where he can fly.   How times have changed.

Iron Monger:

What it would look like if Smurfs built an Iron suit?    That is a lot of blue.   Thankfully Hasbro did a bit of weathering on the Iron Monger suit, or it would have been REALLY bright.  He is a much more cartoon looking figure.  Big body parts, feet, and hands.  That is not to say it is a bad thing, just different.   He has a great amount of detail, and the dark wash really brings out the details.

My favorite part may just be the back.  He has SO many details on his back, and really does take away from the cartoon look of the front.

Even though he is so big and “balloony” he does have really good articulation.  Thankfully the shoulder pads are on a pivot so they move up with the arms.   Of course, Iron Monger will never be able to scratch his head, but that is to be expected with the larger figures.    He has rotation in both his wrist and arm right below the elbow for a little extra movement.    Of course, he also has the double joints in the knees that thankfully look to be the new standard.

The Iron big boys, the movie version of Iron Monger and Hulkbuster IM join Iron Monger.  There is definitely a difference in style from from the movie and comic versions of the character.

These figures are great.  I cannot wait to see what else they have.  And when we get Iron Man 3 toys?  Heaven to be sure.   As long as they stay in the 3 3/4 scale.   Do you hear me Hasbro?  DO YOU HEAR ME!?!?!  🙂


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