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MiniMate Scale Vehicles

We will continue looking at MiniMates today. They are on my mind, since I have immersed myself in the scale to try and make a quality diorama for them, which I have never had before.  Now it is time to look for some vehicles. The scale of MiniMates is between 1/35th and 1/24th scale. I some 1/24 scale models around, and they are a bit too tall for MiniMates. I do not have any 1/35 scale cars to use.

But I do have Transformers, and plenty of Transformers. I figured, why not look at the newest of the lot. The Titans Return figures.  As a vehicle, a Titans Return Deluxe Class figure works fine. The cockpit is too small, since it is made for a Titan Master that is about half as tall as a MiniMate. Too bad, no going for rides in the cabs of these vehicles. But from the outside, they work quite well.

Comparing the robot mode, this works well too. This could be the start of some pretty fun photography.

And as you continue to increase the scale of the Transformer, it works better with MiniMates. It is a good thing Colossus didn’t attack Fort Max, thinking he was a Sentinel.

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The Samurai – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Playmates

I was walking down the toy aisle, and always stop in the see what is happening around the TMNT section. It is like the Little Engine That Could. Just when you think the latest gimmick is going to be the peg warmer, and kill the toy line, something new and exciting comes out. And when it is exciting and new, I am paying attention.

 

The exciting and new this time around was Usagi Yojimbo. I was so enamored with Usagi back in the 80s. He was like the Turtles, but different. And then they joined forces. A samurai rabbit hanging out with ninja turtles. Could there be a better team-up? I think not.

Well, the first one I saw was Usagi in his blue outfit. I grabbed him up, excited for this one figure. Looking at the back, I saw it was actually a line that included the 4 turtles in samurai armor as well. Exciting!  Usagi is well articulated, for this line. Thankfully as well at the turtles, who tend to get the best articulation. He comes with two swords that can be kept in sheaths on his hip. This first head design features a scowling Usagi with his ears sticking up in the back.

Not featured on the box is a second version of Usagi wearing full armor. He comes with a new head that features more of a smirk. His ears are down against his head so he can wear the helmet.

And what a fine helmet it is. The face piece is combined with the helmet (something that is separate with the turtles), and has amazing details.  Speaking of details, the outfit is so intricate and beautifully sculpted.

When you see the two side by side, it is clear that this is two completely different versions of the figure. No repainting this time around. It looks as though they only reused the feet, hands and swords. That is a great amount of new work for a line like this.

The 4 turtles use the same bodies with the fantastic sculpting on the armor. They have different colors on specific armor plates, belt, and knee pads that represent their color. This is a good reuse of a body, as they would have had similar armor for all samurai, and the color splashes really go a long way to change the look of each figure. And, since they do not have the same skin tone, that shows up a fair amount between the armor plates as well.

The big change comes with their helmets. Each Turtle comes with a unique helmet that has a change in side decoration, as well as the colored accent on top. They can wear no helmet, the helmet, or they can wear the faceplate as well. The four face plates are the same.

Each Turtle comes with a weapon that is somewhat similar to their original weapon(s), but changed a bit. They do not have any holders on their armor for this weapon. Too bad.

I really like this line of figures. There have been so many fun sub-themes of figures that have come out, and the line keeps pulling me back in. This is another set of figures that looks great on the display shelf together.

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Spider-UK and Ms. Marvel – Marvel Legends (Sandman Series)

Spider-UK:

Spider-UK, where things in the Spider-Verse take a strange turn. So, of you know your history, back in the 80s, Excalibur was a fantastically crazy comic. For my followers, you know that was the one that started it all for me. Well, there was a guy named Captain Britain. He was like Captain America, but even more muscular. Well, the same is happening with Spider-UK. He is like Spider-Man, but a lot stronger.

From a different Earth (833) William “Billy” Braddock (note the name is almost the same as that of Brain Braddock (Earth-616’s Captain Britain), and is a mix of Captain B, and Spider-Man. The multiverse has allowed Spider-People to come out of the woodwork, and that is fine with me.

It is nice to see a buffed-up version of Spider-Man. He does not have quite the articulation of the thinner Spider-Men, but that is to be expected. You get more muscle, you lose some of your motion. That is just life, and it is reflected in the toys too.

The design of Spider-UK is great. I can see why he was added to the Spider-Verse. Take the standard red, white, and blue of Spider-Man, and add the design of the Union Jack, which also happens to be red, white, and blue. There you have all the makings for a new Spider-Man. Add in a sad story (his universe has been destroyed), and you have your next Spider-Man to join the ranks.

Ms. Marvel:

Let’s move away from our Spider-Man for a minute and take a look at Ms. Marvel. Hey, that isn’t Carol Danvers! Nope, Carol has moved on to become Captain Marvel, so that left the mantle of Ms. Marvel open for a new recruit. That is where Kamala Khan comes in. She gained the powers of being a polymorph, where she can take on any shape. Think Reed Richards of the Fantastic 4.

Kamala is a Pakistani-American, and takes to wearing clothing that is appropriate for her culture. The suit is made of a Biokinetic Polymer which becomes very malleable, allowing it to change with her.

The figure is a short buck with thin appendages, just like Kamala. There was a lot of work that went into making this whole new outfit, and it paid off. She looks great. She wears the red and blue of Ms. Marvel, with the added lightning bolt of gold that she wore in her later black outfit.

She comes with two extra body parts. Elongated and exaggerated arms and hands. In her regular form, she has two fist hands. When switched out for the bigger hands, she has one fist, and one open hand. That allows to an added bit of playability. And being that she comes in the Sandman wave, she will need some bigger appendages, since you know Sandman can get pretty big himself.

Oof, poor Goblin. He just can’t catch a break in this wave. Seems that everyone wants a piece of him.

Two more characters in the wave down, and we have reached the halfway point of this wave. Spider-UK is a nice new touch to the ever growing Spider-Verse, and Ms. Marvel is a unique character all her own.


Angela – Marvel Legends (Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2) (Titus Wave)

It’s Angela, of Spawn fame. In that universe, she was an angel and bounty hunter. She and Spawn fought against one another and together a few times. In the real world Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman went to court over who was the rightful owner of this fantastic lady. Well, Neil Gaiman won the real world battle. He would later sell the rights to Marvel.

From there, Marvel created a backstory where Angela is actually a daughter of Odin, therefore a sister to Thor. She is known as Aldrif Odinsdottir, but that is a mouthful, so we’ll stick with Angela. In the Age of Ultron storyline, she met up with and was attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Welcome to your new universe. This is where the tie-in comes that allows us to feel okay with her being added to this wave of GotG Vol.2 figures.

Her body mold, and paint work are fantastic. She has a nice strong body. I am hoping we are continuing to move away from that skinny female body we saw for so long. Her hair is blowing in the wind, which is fantastic, and generally typical for how she is drawn.

She comes with two axes and a giant sword. The sword has a sheath that is on a belt around her waist. She has some added armor around her elbows. Those pieces tend to move around a lot, and don’t really stay in place. It is a similar problem we had back with Rogue and her boot tops. A very minor problem for a great figure.

Well, this is the first comic figure of the wave, and she is really well done. It is great to get a figure that has such a rich history, both in comics and the real world. I love that Hasbro spent the time and energy on making her, and getting her into our hands. It has been 4 years since her introduction into the Marvel Universe, so it is about time. There are plenty of others who have never seen the light of day in plastic form, but this one is out, and she is great!


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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Hope Summers – Marvel Legends Terrax Wave 2012

This is a figure from the Marvel Legends way back machine. She is part of the 2012 Terrax wave. I have no real love for Hope, but I liked the overall look of the figure. She came with a good outfit, and had a big gun. Plus parts to build Terrax, if I ever got around to it at some point in the future.

I ordered her off of Amazon for a really good price. Probably a good 2012 price, and definitely a good 2015 price for the going rate of Legends figures right now.

Upon opening her up, she fell apart. This was during the time period of the crazy poses in the packaging. Well, take thin limbs into account, and her legs were super wonky. So much so, that the left leg fell right off, and couldn’t fit back onto the peg on her hip. Well, I stuck her under a box of stuff, and let those legs straighten out for a few days. Upon removal from the underside of the box, the legs were straight, and the left leg popped right back on.

Now I have a nice looking Hope on my shelf, and an ugly dude’s head and axe that have been united with Terrax’s torso from Constrictor, awaiting the rest of the body parts.


Poison Ivy – Detective Comics 23.1

If you haven’t had a chance to read many of the Villains Month books, Poison Ivy is one to get. This month, all DC titles have been taken over by the villains of their respective books. A little in the current time, and a little of an origin, this book makes me really like Ivy, whom I have thought of as a little flat as a character most of the time.

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I have to say, I would LOVE to see this Ivy on the cover as a figure. Flat black and gloss green. A nice bit of vines. Now THAT would be a figure to hunt down.


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