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Deadpool – Back in Black – Marvel Legends GameStop Exclusive

In late 2016 and early 2017, Marvel had the brainchild to take us back to the 80s. We join Peter Parker as he finally gets rid of the alien symbiote that will one day become Venom. But before that happens, the symbiote goes on an adventure with none other than Deadpool. You know nobody would be able to hang with that crazy dude for long. Well, five issues in this mini-series is all the future Venom could take. Back in Black is of course a reference to AC/DC’s album by the same name, released in 1980. The issue doesn’t scream over the top 80s references like I thought it would, but with the non-stop action over 5 issues, there isn’t really time to stop and take in the nostalgia.

Flash forward to the end of 2017, and we have a figure in hand of that very same Deadpool. He comes with a good number of accessories. None of them are new, but they are still cool none-the-less. He comes equipped with a grasping hand and a web-slinging hand. I was surprised that he really took on the persona of Spider-Man a lot in the book, and actually flew around with webs. He also comes with Toxin’s clawed hands, as well as one more grasping hand. He comes with the back arms that came with Space Venom, since he needs them for a classic scene from the book. In the book he gets a little crazy and fangs show up. We get that in a repaint of Superior Venom’s head. And then we get some weapons too. Deadpool’s own katana swords in a transparent pink to represent the swords he stole off an alien. He didn’t use them for long, but that was a fun scene.

Teamed up with his modern self, the Deadpool of ole didn’t wear all of the gear he does now. It was a simpler time, so his Black Suit is less detailed with guns and pouches and the rest. Pretty much as it was in the comic.

Throw on the backpack for some straight-out-of-the-comics fun with swords. Unfortunately the symbiote arms were made for Space Venom and holding hand guns. The swords are not held in place very strong. One side can hold a blade pretty well, but the other side is just placed there.

When the going get’s tough, Deadpool gets crazy. He showed some of the future Venom look with sharp fangs and claws. He grew in size too, but you cannot represent that in a single toy. I have one problem with the right hand on mine. It is extremely loose. When I put the hand in, it tends to flop around. The grasping hand even falls out when just standing there. I am going to have to work on getting that a bit tighter. Anyone have a good way of going about that, I am all ears.

By the time Deadpool was done, he realized that the symbiote was trying to take over his mind. Not happy about that, he was able to get rid of the alien. But then it wanted to hook up with Peter again. Deadpool said, “If you want him, you have to go through me.” Not happy about having to deal with Deadpool and his crazy mind again, it decided to go hunting for a new host. And the rest of the story is history…

This is a fine figure. Only two problems, holding the swords with the extra appendages, and a loose hand socket. The paint is pretty solid. I have heard of some problems with paint on the figures people have found in the store. Since I got mine online, I never got a choice. Thankfully mine came in good shape. This is a fun figure to go along with a richer history being filled in for Venom, Spider-Man, and of course, Deadpool. If you happen by a GameStop and are a fan of Marvel Legends, Deadpool, or Spider-Man, this is a figure to get.


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.


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!


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